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Charlotte Talks: The Lessons And Legacy Of Mister Rogers

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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

The authors of two books about one of the most influential men in early childhood education – TV’s Mister Rogers.

Today, a conversation about a man many of us grew up with – Mister Rogers. In his iconic cardigan sweater and sneakers, the late Fred Rogers was remarkably influential in the world of early childhood education through his television show.

"Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" was groundbreaking for its simplicity and earnest mission: to provide intelligent programming for children. With honesty, compassion, and kindness he talked to kids like adults, even about tough subjects.

'Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever' by Gavin Edwards and 'The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers' by Maxwell King

Mister Rogers made an impression on many of us and the lessons he imparted endure today. A new book by Charlotte author Gavin Edwards examines his influence. He joins us as well as Rogers’ biographer Maxwell King to talk about the life, lessons, and legacy of everyone’s favorite neighbor.


Gavin Edwards, Author of "Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever"

Maxwell King, Author of "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers"

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Gavin Edwards will be at Park Road Books on from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Details.

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.