Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast
Bonus Episode: Looking For Helpers and Being Helpers In The Time of A Pandemic

Bonus Episode: Looking For Helpers and Being Helpers In The Time of A Pandemic

March 16, 2020

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Bonus Episode: Looking For Helpers and Being Helpers In The Time of A Pandemic

This is the first livestream episode of this podcast I beg your pardon if the audio quality isn't what we usually have. I wanted to take some time today, very briefly, to talk about a few ways that we might be good helpers and neighbors in this very testing time that we are living in with the coronavirus pandemic affecting all of us in one way or another.  I'd love to hear from you with your ideas about how to be helpers. Send me a tweet @MisterRogersSay.

As always, thank you for listening. As Fred Rogers said, "By listening, you minister to me."

 

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

www.RickLeeJames.com

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Bonus Episode: Joy Ike - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Bonus Episode: Joy Ike - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

February 24, 2020

Bonus Episode: Joy Ike - Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Joy Ike is a Pittsburgh based singer and songwriter whose music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to great female musicians like Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and Regina Spektor. Her polished, precise and graceful music defies easy categorization. 

A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."

Recently Joy released a brilliant cover song and music video for the Mister Rogers Neighborhood Theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. She has stopped by our podcast neighborhood for a visit today and I am just thrilled have her with us.

 

 

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick's Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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(Live) Bonus Episode: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Hospitality

(Live) Bonus Episode: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Hospitality

February 12, 2020

(Live) Bonus Episode: What Mister Rogers Can Teach Us About Hospitality

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This special live episode was recorded in January 2020 at the Worship 424 Conference in Cedarville Ohio at Cedarville University. I had the chance to talk address a group of minister on what Fred Rogers can teach churches about hospitality in Worship. 

 

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Movie Tie-In): Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers

Get The New Book: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is "Nouvelle Noel" by Kevin MacLeod.

A special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick's Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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Bonus Episode: Fred Rogers Quotes @MisterRogerSay

Bonus Episode: Fred Rogers Quotes @MisterRogerSay

January 17, 2020

Bonus Episode: Fred Rogers Quotes @MisterRogerSay

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This week I am pleased to bring you a collection of my favorite Fred Rogers quotes. It's as simple (and as deep) as that.

Enjoy these wise and powerful quotes by our favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers.

 

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Movie Tie-In): Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers

Get The New Book: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is "Nouvelle Noel" by Kevin MacLeod.

A special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick's Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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Christmastime With Mister Rogers: A Bonus Episode

Christmastime With Mister Rogers: A Bonus Episode

December 16, 2019

Christmastime With Mister Rogers

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After a decade of shows, Fred Rogers needed to take a breather. In 1976, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went on a three year hiatus. One year into the show’s hiatus, our favorite sweater-loving neighbor took a break from his vacation so that he could film the rarely seen special, Christmastime with Mister Rogers. It would be the only Christmas special that he ever made in his long career. Christmastime With Fred Rogers was the name of that special and it's the focus of this special bonus episode.

Hosted by Rick Lee James of www.RickLeeJames.com

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Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Luke Flowers, Illustrator of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Luke Flowers, Illustrator of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

December 9, 2019

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Luke Flowers, Illustrator of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

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Luke Flowers is an author and illustrator from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has illustrated over 50 children's books since 2014, including Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” storybook, and his own original top selling series “Moby Shinobi”,which has a new chapter  book releasing on  Dec. 26, 2019. Luke has created work for a range of clients that include Disney, Scholastic, Random House, Little Golden Books, Nickelodeon, and many more. He recently illustrated the New York Times Best-seller “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” poems by Fred Rogers” and he stopped by today to tell us more about it.

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Buy Luke's New Book: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

Luke Flowers Web Site: http://www.lukeflowerscreative.com/

Luke Flowers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lafcreative?s=20

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Bonus Episode: François (Officer) Clemmons

Bonus Episode: François (Officer) Clemmons

December 2, 2019

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with François Clemmons

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Our guest on this special Bonus episode of Welcome To The Neighborhood is François Clemmons (Officer Clemmons) from Mister Rogers Neighborhood     

Dr. François Scarborough Clemmons is an Afro-American singer, actor, playwright and university lecturer. He is perhaps best known for his appearances as Officer Clemmons on the PBS television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968 to 1993. For 25 years, Clemmons performed the role of Officer Clemmons, a friendly neighborhood policeman, in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" on the children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the neighborhood itself, Clemmons ran a singing and dance studio located in the building diagonally across from Mr. Rogers' house. As "Officer Clemmons", he became one of the first African Americans to have a recurring role on a kids' TV series. 

 

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Buy François Clemmons New Book: Officer Clemmons: A Memoir

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is "Nouvelle Noel" by Kevin MacLeod and all other Music by Bejamin Tossot at www.Bensound.com.

Special Thanks to my guest neighbor David Dault.

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick's Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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Bonus Episode: Shea Tuttle Exactly As You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers 

Bonus Episode: Shea Tuttle Exactly As You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers 

November 27, 2019

Bonus Episode: Shea Tuttle Exactly As You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers 

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Fred Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. God, he insisted, loves us just the way we are. 

In the book, Exactly as You Are, Shea Tuttle looks at Fred Rogers’s life, the people and places that made him who he was, and his work through Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She pays particular attention to his faith—because Fred Rogers was a deeply spiritual person, ordained by his church with a one-of-a-kind charge: to minister to children and families through television. 

Tuttle explores this kind, influential, and sometimes surprising man: the neighborhood he came from, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he, by his example, calls all of us to be.

 Shea Tuttle's Web Site: https://www.sheatuttle.com/

Shea Tuttle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheaTuttle

Buy The Book: https://amzn.to/34OHalb

 

About the Author:

Shea Tuttle is the author of Exactly as You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers and co-editor of Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. Her essays have appeared at Greater Good Magazine, The Toast, The Other Journal, Role Reboot and Jenny. She holds an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Shea lives in Virginia with her family.

 

As Always...Thank You For Listening

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About Your Host: Rick Lee James

Official Web Site: www.RickLeeJames.com

Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder

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Bonus Episode: Mister Rogers - Things Not Seen Episode with David Dault and Shea Tuttle  

Bonus Episode: Mister Rogers - Things Not Seen Episode with David Dault and Shea Tuttle  

November 25, 2019

Bonus Episode: Mister Rogers - Things Not Seen Episode with David Dault and Shea Tuttle  

 

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Fred Rogers fiercely believed that all people deserve love. This conviction wasn’t simply sentimental: it came directly from his Christian faith. God, he insisted, loves us just the way we are. 

In the book, Exactly as You Are, Shea Tuttle looks at Fred Rogers’s life, the people and places that made him who he was, and his work through Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She pays particular attention to his faith—because Fred Rogers was a deeply spiritual person, ordained by his church with a one-of-a-kind charge: to minister to children and families through television. 

Tuttle explores this kind, influential, and sometimes surprising man: the neighborhood he came from, the neighborhood he built, and the kind of neighbor he, by his example, calls all of us to be.

 Shea Tuttle's Web Site: https://www.sheatuttle.com/

Shea Tuttle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheaTuttle

Buy The Book: https://amzn.to/34OHalb

Things Not Seen Podcast Web Site: https://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/

About the Author:

Shea Tuttle is the author of Exactly as You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers and co-editor of Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. Her essays have appeared at Greater Good Magazine, The Toast, The Other Journal, Role Reboot and Jenny. She holds an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Shea lives in Virginia with her family.

 

About the Dr. David Dault:

Host and Executive Producer

David got his start in journalism when he was sixteen years old, writing articles for his hometown newspaper.  He's been asking folks questions ever since. 

David has a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt, and a masters degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.  When he began Things Not Seen, he was teaching in the religion department of a liberal arts college in Memphis. He moved to Chicago with his family in 2013, and spent five years as the executive director of a nonprofit company producing faith-focused media for television, radio, and the web.

He is currently a Visiting Scholar for theology and media at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

He produces the show from studios in the Hyde Park neighborhood, on Chicago's south side, where he lives with his family.

As Always...Thank You For Listening

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About Your Host: Rick Lee James

Official Web Site: www.RickLeeJames.com

Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder

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For Booking Inquiries  Click Here

or contact Gary Stripling

By Phone: 904.745.9151

By Email: gary@themanagementagency.com

Management General Office Hours:
Monday – 11Am – 5PM

Tuesday – 11Am – 5PM

Wednesday – Office closed

Thursday – 11Am – 5PM

Friday – 11AM – 5PM

Saturday – 11AM – 5PM

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Tom Junod

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Tom Junod

November 18, 2019

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Tom Junod

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This week we are pleased to bring you a bonus episode in cooperation with Sony Pictures and the new movie "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood".

This week in the neighborhood we are joined by award winning journalist, and Senior Writer at ESPN, Tom Junod.

Tom has written a number of memorable pieces over the years but he is perhaps best known for a profile article he wrote on Fred Rogers for Esquire in 1998 titled, "Can You Say. . . Hero?". That Esquire article serves as the framework of the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in which Tom Hanks portrays Fred Rogers, and Matthew Rhys portrays Lloyd Vogel, a character loosely based on Junod.

The movie opens in theaters everywhere this November.

Special Thanks to Tom Junod and Sony Pictures for helping us bring this wonderful conversation to you this week.

"The first day I met Fred I left my pen in his apartment in NYC. The next morning I found this on his table. I've never opened it."  Tom Junod, telling of an artifact he's kept from his first interview with Mister Rogers for an Esquire profile he wrote in 1998.

 "The first day I met Fred I left my pen in his apartment in NYC. The next morning I found this on his table. I've never opened it."
-Tom Junod, telling of an artifact he's kept from his first interview with Mister Rogers for an Esquire profile he wrote in 1998. 

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Movie Tie-In): Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers

Buy Tom's New Book: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is "Nouvelle Noel" by Kevin MacLeod and all other Music by Bejamin Tossot at www.Bensound.com.

Special Thanks to my guest neighbor David Dault.

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick's Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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