On Wednesday, November 27th Paul spoke with Dr. Benjamin Rolsky about his viral essay on faith of Fred Rogers. The audio of their conversation is below in three parts:
GUEST: L. Benjamin Rolsky is an adjunct instructor in the History and Anthropology Department at Monmouth University and a part-time lecturer in the Religion Department at Rutgers University.
“In many respects, I would argue that Rogers’ iconic invitation, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” reflected the religious sensibilities of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which encouraged individuals to turn the other cheek, to assist the less fortunate and to love their neighbors as they would love themselves.”Benjamin Rolsky
- THE CONVERSATION: How Mister Rogers’ faith shaped his idea of children’s television
- Dr. Rolsky’s Book: Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond