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Join "Mister Rogers & Me" filmmakers, Benjamin and Christofer Wagner, as they explore how their friends and neighbors around the world are cultivating depth and simplicity in their own complex lives.

Friends & Neighbors Wagner Bros.

    • Arts
    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

Join "Mister Rogers & Me" filmmakers, Benjamin and Christofer Wagner, as they explore how their friends and neighbors around the world are cultivating depth and simplicity in their own complex lives.

    Michael Tyler

    Michael Tyler

    Michael Tyler is the author of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award-winning children’s book, "The Skin You Live In," and Co-Founder of Ubica Advisors.

    • 49 min
    Ron Lieber

    Ron Lieber

    My friend, Ron Lieber, leads the league in reasoned, thoughtful conversations about hard things. This week, the New York Times Columnist and Best Seller shares who inspires him, why curiosity is so important and how he ran two marathons in 30 days.

    • 35 min
    Brian Ives

    Brian Ives

    For more than 30 years, Brian Ives has kept the music scoops coming on SiriusXM, VH1 and MTV. Brian currently runs digital content operations for Beasley Radio’s 40+ stations. This week, Brian and I discuss doing what you love, building rapport with artists and colleagues, and being present.

    • 35 min
    Martine McDonald

    Martine McDonald

    As Education Director at the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and Founder of Practice Wonder, Martine McDonald is “dedicated to co-creating and developing diverse children's media with mindfulness and representation of LGBTQ+ and families of color on screen.” In this episode, Martine, an early “Mister Rogers & Me" booster, goes deep into her journey as an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and a human being on Earth.

    • 43 min
    An ”Essential” Conversation, Part II

    An ”Essential” Conversation, Part II

    In the second part of our two-part conversation, music journalist, Brian Ives, and I discuss my new collection of "greatest hits," "Essential Benjamin Wagner (2001-2021)," including stories behind set staples "Summer's Gone," "Crash Site," and "Dear Elizabeth," as well as their potential legacy.

    • 15 min
    An ”Essential” Conversation, Part I

    An ”Essential” Conversation, Part I

    When it came to helping me put context on two decades of music for my new release, "Essential Benjamin Wagner (2001-2021)," my friend, Brian Ives, was the only choice. Brian is a rock journalism lifer with three decades at MTV, VH1, Loudwire, Sirius XM and Radio.com. He currently runs digital content operations for Beasley Radio’s 40+ stations, and hosts the podcast, “How You Play Your Hand."

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Llscott56 ,

Remember when we used to talk to each other?

Friends and Neighbors gratefully reminds us of the time when we knew each other deeply because we shared meaningful dialogue over long talks not short texts, spent hours on the phone or at a meal together pondering the lives we were leading and made time to be together. Friends and Neighbors allows us to feel connected to each other in the knowing that deep and simple is where the heart lives and where connection brings belonging which brings health and wholeness. Take time to become a friend and neighbor with Benjamin and his guests and then to reimagine the connectedness you can enliven in your own friends and neighbors.

brianonthescene ,

Important Talk with Terrific People

Enjoyed the first episode very much and can’t wait to hear more of these fun and meaningful discussions.

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