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Matthew Tousignant: Here’s The Ticket

Matthew Tousignant and I have been hiking the rocky trails of Valley Forge National Park since we were fifteen. Tous holds degrees from Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a Breema Practitioner and Instructor, he combines hands-on bodywork with somatic psychology to connect people to their unique potential as human beings. When…
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Kathy Kim: Sweeping The Clouds Away

Like the 80 million other Americans who’ve watched since the show’s inception, I grew up wondering how to get to Sesame Street. When I discovered that my friend and one-time Mister Rogers & Me researcher, Kathy Kim, was behind the show’s first Asian American Muppet. Ji-Young, I thought, “Of course!”  And when she popped up in the studio wearing a…
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Mister Rogers & Us, Part II

For years, Tim and Amy have been sentinels, slightly-elder spiritual siblings ever-ready to provide me wise council. I have called on them confounded, confused, and crestfallen, exuberant, and downright giddy. They hold space for me to be whoever I need to be: weak or strong, brave or stupid. Which seems to me to be the…
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Mister Rogers & Us, Part I

It’s difficult to remember how little Chris and I knew when we began shooting our documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, in 2006. While Mrs. Rogers had signed off, Fred’s Company hadn’t yet granted permission. There were precious few sources of information on life and career outside of his Wikipedia page, obituary, and a few scattered remembrances. And while Chris had…
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Christofer Wagner: Talk About The Passion

My brother, Chris, and I moved to New York City in the mid-nineties.  The rent for our 600 square foot, Hell’s Kitchen apartment was $1200. I had $400 saved in a Quaker Oats can, and a gig filing music reviews but was well shy of my cut. Still, when I landed a gig at a…
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Amy Letourneau: Helpers Wanted

Of all the helpers who helped make our documentary, “Mister Rogers & Me,” get made, find its audience, and make its impact, few did so much so quickly and with such potent amplification as PBS Distribution’s, Amy Letourneau. Amy and I met at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2011. Within days, she’d connected us…
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