Roger Clark: Perfectly Good Stranger

So many cool things have happened in my life when I’ve quieted the worried voices in my head, stuck out my hand, and introduced myself to a perfectly good stranger. Roger Clark was one of those perfectly good strangers.  It was the fourth year of our annual Holiday Benefit in New York City, somewhere in…

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Megan Watkins: She Sells Sanctuary

Even as a kid from Iowa, I imagined farms as bucolic, self-sustaining places: silos full of corn to feed cute, muddy pigs; fresh milk from a well-loved heifer; eggs from the family hen. But of course, farming hasn’t been a ma ‘n pop operation for years. It’s big, big business: pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones.…

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Tim Madigan: Essential Invisible

When Christofer and I began imagining our PBS Documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, remembrances of Fred Rogers were not yet a cottage industry.  It was surprising, then, in the earliest days of my research, to discover Tim Madigan’s just-published memoir, “I’m Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers.”  More surprising still, Tim and my…

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Áine Kerr: Discomfort Zones

When my colleague and dear friend Áine Kerr left Facebook to co-found her second startup, she left a note on my desk that read, “The future begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” Áine grew up in Monaghan County Ireland, just shy of The Troubles, and just prior to The Celtic Tiger.  She began…

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Bill Flangan: Listen Closely

Back in the day (2010 or so), there were two reasons why I sought to be promoted to SVP at MTV News: Business Class Travel (back and forth to LA in one, comfortable day!), and Bill Flanagan. Bill was a celebrated contributor to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Spy, before joining Musician, and ascending the…

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Anna Sale: Radical Vulnerability

If you’ve ever driven across America, then you probably know just how big it really is. The state of Kansas alone is well over 400 miles across. And while it’s not as flat as as reported, it is a whole lotta nondescript prairie: grass and dirt and sky for miles. It is a landscape made…

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Kara Golden: Connecting The Dots

Were it not for Hint CEO, Kara Goldin, I might not be here today.  The year was 2013. And work was beginning to smell weird. I’d helped transform MTV News from a revenue-neutral, broadcaster to a 24/7, digital first newsroom. But short form was getting shorter, and memes were replacing headlines. Worse, media was riding/boom…

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The Belly Of An Insect

We are a Microwave Culture. We track time by weekends, holidays and life events. We love The Quick Fix, The Cliff Note, The New York Minute. We want immediate gratification, rapid appreciation, and hockey stick growth. Few things in the natural world, though, are actually immediate. Nature tends towards cycles (like tides), stalls and starts…

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Negin Farsad: The Best Medicine

I first met Negin Farsad in the MTV Newsroom thirteen or so years ago. Negin was a writer on a wacky show called “Daily Detox” which, as I recall, was a bizarre daily news recap with a very healthy budget line for puppets and plush mascots. At the time, Chris and I were a bit…

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“Friends & Neighbors” Season Two Trailer

Twenty years ago, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with America’s Favorite Neighbor, Fred Rogers. That day, Mister Rogers said something that changed my life: “Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” In season two of our new podcast, “Friends & Neighbors,” my brother, Christopher, and I, continue the…

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