My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part Two (Audio) ~ Television as Holy Ground

By Wendy MurrayContinuing my conversation with Fred Rogers on the day we met in his office in October 2000,  I probed him on his desire to go to seminary as part of his preparation for the work he was doing in television. What was behind his desire to study theology? In what way did he see seminary training as germane to the work he was already doing in television?[Listen to Part One of this interview here.]In the portion of our interview that is included below Fred explains the … [Read more...]

My Visit with Fred “Mister” Rogers, Part One (Audio) ~ His Family & the Puppets

By Wendy MurrayThis posting marks the first of what I hope will be ongoing audio portions of actual interviews I've conducted with thought leaders and fascinating people over the decades of my career in journalism.In October 2000 I had the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh to spend a day with Fred "Mister" Rogers and his colleagues for a cover story that appeared in Christianty Today. The project had been a pay-off assignment for me in the aftermath of intense traveling, … [Read more...]