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Lyndon B. Johnson

Checking back in with Mr. Rogers a reminder how unneighborly America has become

Checking back in with Mr. Rogers a reminder how unneighborly America has become

I will admit that I have not been the greatest fan of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” over the years.

I respected the gentle PBS children’s show. But as both as a TV critic and a professor who has been teaching a course in “Children and Television” at Goucher College the last three decades, the PBS children’s show that I’ve worshiped is “Sesame Street.”

No show in the history of American TV had a more profound effect on the nation. It taught multiculturalism to successive generations in a country that was deeply racist when it arrived in 1969, one year after “Mr. Rogers” made its American debut on national TV. And “Sesame Street” helped make Barack Obama’s presidency possible 39...

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