EDUCATION: “The Best Argument For Saving Public Media Was Made By Mr. Rogers In 1969” / May 1, 1969 ☮

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (named Misterogers’ Neighborhood at the time), testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million. Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers’ 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore’s demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks.

h/t: Huffington Post / Maxwell Strachan

PSYCHOLOGY – PSYCHOANALYSIS: “What It’s Like Inside Our Minds” / The School of Life / Alain de Botton ☮

It’s remarkably hard to imagine what it might be like inside our minds. But doing so helps us to see that the real task of thinking should involve throwing a spotlight on our elusive vague thoughts.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: “Colbert on Religion” / ReligionForBreakfast / Andrew Henry ☮

I’ve watched a lot of Stephen Colbert over the years. When you watch enough of one TV show, you start to notice patterns. For Colbert, I noticed he talks about religion a lot…at least more than other late night TV shows. What can we learn about this?