To Be Real

The richly deserved heaps of accolades festooning Mr. Rogers Neighborhood usually highlights the wonderful work with puppets and make-believe. There’s an aspect of the fred rogers high schoolprogram’s design that is firmly, essentially rooted in reality, children’s realities. The documentary segments produced for them, through the Neighborhood characters such as all the music segments through Joe Negri’s Music Shop, appealed to kids desire to know the real world, about how things are made, and about neighbors. When children were featured as guests, they were never performing, always rooted in their own reality, and respected for it. Though many people don’t make the connection between Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and children’s documentaries, children’s documentary makers share Fred’s perspective, and their best films serve the same purpose. My love of the program is tightly woven with my desire to see more for children on screens that is rooted in that calm and relevant reality

Real Kids want Real News – for and by them!

alternative factsFor example, Hilde Kate Lisiak, from Selinsgrove, PA.,HildeLysiak-photo-credit-James-Morehead-Google-2 in the grand tradition of Harriet the Spy, takes her reporting duties very seriously. She doesn’t understand why people say she couldn’t really be interested in being a working journalist because she’s just a Kid, and I’m on her side all the way!   

Kids know we adults are upset with “fake news” and “alt facts”, lack of representation and attacks on journalism, and they know that when it comes to their own lives, and the lives of other children, there’s no reporting at all, and they don’t remember Linda Ellerbee.  linda ellerbeeOf course they’re confused, and in need of some real journalism, made just for them today.  I’m ready to make a show based on Hilde’s story!  Or to help produce a Children’s News program here in the US.  Is anyone with me??  

To Be Real

The richly deserved heaps of accolades festooning Mr. Rogers Neighborhood usually highlights the wonderful work with puppets and make-believe. There’s an aspect of the fred rogers high schoolprogram’s design that is firmly, essentially rooted in reality, children’s realities. The documentary segments produced for them, through the Neighborhood characters such as all the music segments through Joe Negri’s Music Shop, appealed to kids desire to know the real world, about how things are made, and about neighbors. When children were featured as guests, they were never performing, always rooted in their own reality, and respected for it. Though many people don’t make the connection between Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and children’s documentaries, children’s documentary makers share Fred’s perspective, and their best films serve the same purpose. My love of the program is tightly woven with my desire to see more for children on screens that is rooted in that calm and relevant reality.

This “Drunken History” sketch is funny, I’ll even bet Fred would get a kick out of it. Fun fact, the actor playing Fred Rogers is Colin Hanks, Tom Hank’s son (doesn’t he look exactly like both his mom Annette Bening, and dad?). Tom’s the producer of the devotional Mister Rogers film coming out soon. The idea that they were mutually conducting a study of  Rogers behind the scenes is pretty cool, and the wise and wicked interpretation of the history by Solomon Gregoire, brought me delighted cackles, curiosity about how he came by some details I’d never heard before (have you?), and a warm grin.

Real Kids want Real News – for and by them!

alternative factsFor example, Hilde Kate Lisiak, from Selinsgrove, PA., in the grand tradition of Harriet the Spy, takes her reporting duties very seriously. She doesn’t understand why people say she couldn’t really be interested in being a working journalist because she’s just a Kid, and I’m on her side all the way!   Reports show…   News and Wadada….   not since Linda Ellerbee… Kids know we adults are upset with “fake news” and “alt facts”, the constant lying, and attacks on the Media, and they know that when it comes to their own lives there’s no reporting at all.  Of course they’re confused, and in need of some real journalism, made just for them today.  I’m ready to make a show based on Hilde’s story!  Or to help produce a Children’s News program here in the US.  Is anyone with me??

Free to Be You and Me

marlothomasCan we find a show on the air, on demand, for that matter anywhere, that gives Kids as much encouragement to be themselves and acknowledges their realities as much as “Free To Be You and Me” did?  – cause here we are, 45 Years later, and…. crickets….. !  In the greatly expanded media landscape, I’ll bet there’s still room for a magazine type show, with spots by well known adults, that hits on all subjects of social interest to kids – with sensitivity, wit, song, and whimsy!  Free to Be – or Not To Be