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*Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired for 31 seasons and over 900 episodes according to Wikipedia. It had various pre-incarnations before becoming a national daily broadcast on NET (later PBS) in 1968.
*New episodes lasted until 2001, most taped at PBS member station WQED in Pittsburgh. The series took a production break for several years in the mid Seventies.
*Episodes are streaming various places, including a rotating assortment each week at the series' official site at https://www.misterrogers.org/.
*Props to Johnny Costa, who Mike mentions on the podcast. Costa was the show's longtime musical director and performed much of the music in the episodes.
*Morgan Neville's documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor premiered in theaters in 2018, the 50th anniversary of the debut on PBS. That same year, PBS stations aired Mister Rogers: It's You I Like, an hourlong presentation hosted by Michael Keaton.
*According to this site, the episode we discuss, "What Is Love?" is numbered 1309 and premiered Thursday, April 26, 1973 on most PBS stations.
*Elsie Neal, the proprietor of the craft shop, should not be confused with actress Elise Neal.
*Warning to sensitive listeners/viewers: Here is the scary PBS logo indent, also contained (but just barely) in our playlist this week:
We feel that by sharing this clip and confronting it, we can all grow and get past our crippling fear of it.
*Mike and I think you're are special, and we love you just the way you are (and not just because you listen, but we appreciate that, too)/