Lessons Learned from Mister Rogers Air Date: April 10, 2014
Podcast #23

Mister Rogers always said, “I like you just the way you are.” This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’ll talk about the lessons learned from Mister Rogers by children and adults, alike. Our guests are filmmaker Benjamin Wagner (Mister Rogers and Me) and author Amy Hollingsworth (The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers). Wagner and Hollingsworth will discuss their personal friendships with Fred Rogers and his legacy of kindness and love. Tune in every week to hear new guests share how they are making the world a better place and to learn how you can become a BetterWorldian!



Amy Hollingsworth
Author, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers Author, Holy Curiosity

Amy Hollingsworth is the author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, the story of her longtime friendship with Mister Rogers and the simple faith he shared with all of his neighbors. Hollingsworth is also author of Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind, Holy Curiosity, and most recently, Letters from the Closet. Before writing books, Hollingsworth wrote for various magazines and was a writer for eight years for a national television program. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in both English and psychology. Hollingsworth was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People of 2010 for her influence on pop culture and featured in the documentary by MTV News VP/producer Benjamin Wagner titled “Mister Rogers & Me.”


Benjamin Wagner
Filmmaker, Mister Rogers and Me Senior Vice President, MTV News

Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at his summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. After Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to meet some of Mister Rogers’ neighbors to find out more about the man himself. What resulted is the film Mister Rogers and Me. Benjamin graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in creative writing and journalism. He is currently Senior Vice President at MTV News. Benjamin is also a performing singer/songwriter with twelve independent albums.