How ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Recreated Mr. Rogers’ TV Set

Production designer Jade Healy is a master of playing with space to contrast the differences between characters and their environments. In “Marriage Story,” she explored the painful divorce between Scarlett Johansson’s Nicole and Adam Driver’s Charlie by accentuating full and empty spaces in New York and LA. But, with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” she had a more ambitious...

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She’s Mrs. Rogers. But Joanne Rogers Has ‘Always Been Her Own Person.’

In “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” there is one scene where Mister Rogers’s piano playing is upstaged.Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, is seated at a piano in the living room of his apartment in Pittsburgh, and his wife, Joanne Rogers (played by Maryann Plunkett), is at a separate piano beside him. The couple plays a lively duet, and Mrs. Rogers, her...

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Mr. Rogers’ Real Neighborhood

LATROBE, Pa. — “Welcome to Mr. Rogers’ real neighborhood,” says Mary Lou Townsend as she opens the door to the Latrobe Area Historical Society on a warm fall Friday afternoon. The building, formerly a synagogue, sits on a tree-lined street in the small town with a population of about 8,000, about an hour outside Pittsburgh. Just a few blocks over...

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Educators Continue Mister Rogers’ Legacy Through ‘Simple Interactions’

For teachers to admit to their students they don’t know something can be very uncomfortable. Having that conversation captured on video can leave teachers feeling even more exposed. The school, in this case, was Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5, where Melissa Butler, a kindergarten teacher at the time, was leading a technology project focusing on circuitry. The videotaping of teachers’ lessons was part...

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Saint Vincent College Professor, Wife Team Up to Edit “Mister Rogers and Philosophy: Wondering Through the Neighborhood

LATROBE, PA – Since 2000, Open Court Publishing’s series “Popular Culture and Philosophy” has examined the philosophical elements behind popular movies, television shows, books, artists and more, with its 130-book series including editions on “Seinfeld,” “The Simpsons,” “Harry Potter,” Bruce Springsteen, “Star Wars” and “The Twilight Zone,” among others. Thanks to a member of the Saint Vincent College faculty, the series’...

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2019-20 Fred Rogers Scholars Announced

LATROBE, PA – The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has announced the 2019-20 class of Fred Rogers Scholars, students of Saint Vincent College who are interested in pursuing careers in educating and inspiring children by carrying on the legacy of Fred Rogers. The newest cohort includes Myrissa Donaldson, a theology major from West Middlesex; James...

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Simple Interactions Honored as an Innovation in Education

The Fred Rogers Center is proud to be a part of the HundrEDorg’s Spotlight on Pittsburgh. Dr. Dana Winters, Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs was at the celebration recognizing the 12 most innovative approaches and programs in the region. HundrED just released a comprehensive report and videos featuring Simple Interactions! Download the report at HundrED.org/Pittsburgh. You may also visit...

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The Lasting Legacy of Fred Rogers

https://youtu.be/0tL0JZpuuzY Hi, I'm Steve Adubato. No, we are not in a studio in New Jersey or in New York. We're all the way up here in Vermont. This is Shelburne, Vermont. We're actually at this historic, iconic, beautiful location. This is Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. We are here for a series of very important interviews. Interviews about child care. Interviews...

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