Try not to cry watching a young Mr. Rogers defend PBS

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If you were a child in America anytime between the ’60s and ’90s, there’s a certain man in a red sweater who was probably there for you.

Fred Rogers, better known as the one and only Mr. Rogers, spent over four decades hosting educational TV programs for kids. In 1969, the same year PBS was founded, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and gave a moving speech on what publicly funded TV programs could offer.

Of course, all this talk about public TV feels more important than ever, given the Trump Administration’s plans to eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds PBS, where Sesame Street still airs, despite the show being sold to HBO) as well as three other independent agencies for culture and the arts. Read more…

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