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Join ”Mister Rogers & Me” filmmaker, Benjamin Wagner, as he explore how his friends and neighbors are cultivating depth and simplicity despite an often shallow and complex world.

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    • 4.5 • 22 Ratings

Join ”Mister Rogers & Me” filmmaker, Benjamin Wagner, as he explore how his friends and neighbors are cultivating depth and simplicity despite an often shallow and complex world.

    Friends & Neighbors Premiere Q&A

    Friends & Neighbors Premiere Q&A

    In this live episode recorded after the premiere of "Friends & Neighbors," Opera Delaware's Kerriann Otaño moderates Q&A with director Benjamin Wagner, plus "helpers" Alonna Berry, Logan Herring, Sarah McBride, Lauren Scott, and Matthew Tousignant. Together, the panel digs deeper into the root causes of and potential solutions to our current mental health epidemic. Watch Friends & Neighbors through May 31 at www.friendsandneighbors.mov.

    • 38 min
    Liane Su

    Liane Su

    She rehearsed with Pearl Jam, flew private with Korn, sparred with J Lo, and fled the out-of-control, nu-metal-fueled arson of Woodstock ‘99. We talk mic flags, mult boxes, and pd-150s; junkets, red carpets, and festivals; plus Chris, Kurt, and Tabitha. We dodge stereotypes in the studio with Raekwan, and rubber bullets at the RNC with Rage Against The Machine. Keep your hands on the wheel, and your eyes on the 605, this is Liane Su.

    • 44 min
    Jim Fraenkel

    Jim Fraenkel

    One-time VP & EP of MTV News, and The All-Time King of V.O., Jim Fraenkel, takes us from the driver’s seat of his Picasso Pizza delivery days and his stint at the legendary Geffen Record (where he was nearly cast in Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video), to his nearly two-decade run at MTV News. We’ll travel with Jim from interviewing 'NSYNC in Orlando, Florida, to covering Matthew Shepard’s murder in Laramie, Wyoming, and get lost in Harlem at 3am with a very-pregnant Sandra Bernhard. We’ll listen to R.E.M. rehearse, watch Kurt and Courtney cuddle, and feel all the feels at a private dinner with His Royal Badness.

    • 56 min
    Merle Ginsberg

    Merle Ginsberg

    Music and Fashion Writer and Editor turned Rupaul co-star, Merle Ginsberg, talks about sharing a scene with Laurie Anderson, Twyla Tharp, and Eric Bogosian, catching The Clash, Television, and Glenn Branca at Danceteria, Mudd Club, and The Ritz, and parlaying Downtown Avant-garde Art into Midtown Corporate Music Media Business at a then-nascent MTV.

    • 40 min
    Rhonda Markowitz

    Rhonda Markowitz

    Legendary MTV News Senior Writer, Rhonda Markowitz, takes us on a wild, star-studded, forgotten New York ride from Bayside, Queens (alongside her childhood friend, a certain Loser’s mom, Bibbe Hanson) to her first concert (yup, The Beatles at Shea Stadium) to her stints at A&M and Polygram Records, and, eventually, the MTV newsroom. We’ll hear about befriending INXS’ Michael Hutchence, Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett, and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe; and tag along at the Concert for Bangladesh, MUSE's “No Nukes” benefits, and Live AID. And Rhonda walks us step-by-step through her reportage of Kurt Cobain’s final days.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Darin Byrne

    Darin Byrne

    This week, onetime MTV News intern-turned-senior producer Darin Byrne takes us into the studio with Beyonce, on-tour with WuTang Clan, on-stage with Biohazard, backstage with Matchbox 20, and on-set at 1515 Broadway. He talks about sharing an office with Sway, the impact of digital video on the newsroom, and a certain 2002 quadruple-bill at CBGBs, Newsapalooza.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Peter2473 ,

Standout show

Benjamin has a real talent for getting people to open up and talk about the deep stuff in life that really matters. Having Mr. Rogers as the grounding element of this show truly comes through, as the episodes leave you with a sense of universal understanding of the human experience. Additionally, the guests on the show have amazing stories, and Benjamin does a great job finding a balance between discussing success stories and digging into vulnerabilities. It's a real gem!

momlovesfilm ,

Thoughtful Conversations

Thoughtful conversations with interesting people around decision making, feelings, family, friends and everyday life. The conversation is relatable, heartfelt, entertaining and sincere. I look forward to every new episode. Well done.

Neighborhood member ,

Phenomenal Pod Cast

Benjamin Wagner knows and interviews fascinating people and for 30 minutes focuses on Deep

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