75 episodes

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 Wagner Bros.

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 17 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.

    This Is Not A Test

    This Is Not A Test

    In the 90s, the CDC made the correlation between adverse childhood experiences like divorce, violence, substance abuse and mental illness and adult outcomes like anxiety, depression, addiction and many of the leading causes of death. It’s just that, well, no one told most of us. 

    • 5 min
    Helpers Wanted

    Helpers Wanted

    When what I thought was anxiety and depression was diagnosed as PTSD last fall, I suddenly saw trauma and its impact all around. Since April, I've been quietly crisscrossing the country, examining the roots of my own trauma, and the trauma and chronic stress that affect us all. I’ve been seeking insights, solutions, and strategies to help heal the anxious and uncertain communities around us. And now, I’m seeking your help.

    • 3 min
    Irving Washington

    Irving Washington

    As outgoing CEO of the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, Online News Association, Irving Washington has led programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals, and students worldwide. This week, in the fourth of a series of Media Transformation Challenge-sponsored episodes, MTC Journeys, Irving shares how MTC helped accelerate the organization's transformation, and how a childhood passion for re-creating mainstream media through the lens of representation connects his career of service at RTDNA, NABJ and ONA.

    • 49 min
    Jeff Berner

    Jeff Berner

    Whether as a touring guitarist for the avant-garde rockers, Psychic TV, or producer for artists like Boy George, Lenny Kaye, and Pharoahe Monch, Jeff Berner makes a safe, creative space for those around him to make great art. This week, we trace Jeff’s life from first falling for “Sunshine of Your Love,” to building his studio career, performing in Russia with punk legend Genesis P-Orridge – and producing, performing on and brilliantly wedging an electric bouzouki into my new album, Constellations.

    • 45 min
    Wherever You Go

    Wherever You Go

    The fourth single, final track and thesis statement of my new album, Constellations, began as an expression of darkness and sadness but with time and telling, transformed into something altogether different.

    • 15 min
    Lily McKown & Hayden Chance

    Lily McKown & Hayden Chance

    Philly singer/songwriter Lily McKown & Wilmington psyche rocker, Hayden Chance (a/k/a Chvnce) have both graduated to national stages but are close enough to rock 'n roll's rickety attics and ratty basements to remember the stale smell of beer and sharp shock of an ungrounded microphone. This week, we discuss early influences, song craft and what it feels like to finally arrive.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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