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.
Onetime Supervising Producer and West Coast Bureau Lead Shari Scorca remembers going on tour with 50 Cent; speeding through Yonkers with Jadakiss; and catching an impromptu, unplugged performance from Thom Yorke and David Crosby. She talks about covering the Michael Jackson trial with John Norris and floor producing the VMAs with Kurt Loder, plus backstage moments with Madonna, Bono, Dave Grohl, and more.
MTV News Assignment Editor, Nina Justman, recalls her early days at a fledgling MTV News; meeting her teenage dream, David Cassidy; escorting NSYNC to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting; partying with Elton John; dinner with George Michael; championing an underappreciated Dave Matthews; that time ODB swiped her all-access pass; plus red carpet moments Madonna and Britney, Mick Jagger, and more.
Before he launched The Daily Show, Chappelle’s Show and South Park, and before her oversaw MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central simultaneously, Doug Herzog was MTV’s first News Director. This week, the Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Famer shares stories about almost turning down the offer from MTV co-founders, John Sykes and Bob Pittman; branding ten-to-the-hour-every-hour news briefs; hiring Kurt Loder; launching the Week in Rock; and generally transforming the fledgling network's news operation from VJ-hosted rip and reads to prime time, enterprise journalism. Along the way, Doug recalls bum-rushing Lionel Ritchie at Live Aid, office visits from the then-teenage Beastie Boys, and an unforgettable photo op with Bruce Springsteen.
Longtime MTV News Editorial Director Michael Shore shares stories about the days Kurt Cobain died and Courtney Love crashed Madonna’s VMA pre-show; Tabitha Soren’s Choose or Lose audition; office visits from Axl Rose and Jay-Zl; interviewing heroes Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, and Miles Davis; Live Aid, Woodstock; and much more.
These days, Elon Johnson leads development for Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. But in 1999, Elon was one of a handful of MTV News Writers tasked with writing and producing daily news briefs and packages. This week, Elon breaks down day-to-day operations in the MTV Newsroom and recalls bumping into Busta Rhymes, getting tight with Christina Aguilera, championing Alicia Keys, and fanning out on Cyndi Lauper.
As Senior Hip-Hop Editor, Rob Markman led some of the cultures' most vital conversations, from MTV News' weekly RapFix Live show, to the most debated list in all of music, Hottest MCs. This week, Rob traces his journey from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to a Queens mailroom, all the way to MTV's Times Square Studios, and drops gems on Drake's beef, Kayne's TV, Killer Mike's mad props, Pusha T's career advice, and much much more.
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!
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.
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