TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

Hate crimes are on the rise in New York City. A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) notes that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in New York rose by over 90% in 2017 compared to 2016. Perhaps even more troubling, are reports of a doubling of incidents involving harassment suffered by children in K-12 schools. Evan Bernstein, ADL New York regional director, is here with the disturbing facts. The 1964 World’s Fair is coming back to Queens, sort of. A modern version of the fair “The World’s Fare,” highlighting culinary diversity, will debut in the parking lot of Citi Field April 28th-29th. We have the details on this “only in New York” event. PBS celebrates everyone’s favorite neighbor with an hour-long celebrity-filled special tribute to the beloved children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which turns 50 this year. Ellen Doherty, executive producer of the special for The Fred Rogers Company, is here with your preview.

Aired on March 5, 2018. 

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' A RECORD RISE IN HATE CRIMES.

A 90% SURGE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY AND A DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASE IN HARASSMENT OF KIDS IN CLASSROOMS FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.

THE DISTURBING FACTS AHEAD.

> MR. ROGERS, IT'S YOU I LIKE.

PBS CELEBRATES EVERYONE'S FAVORITE NEIGHBOR.

YOUR SNEAK PEEK IS JUST AHEAD.

> AND THE 1946 WORLD'S FAIR IS COMING BACK TO QUEENS, SORT OF.

WE HAVE THE DETAIL THE OF THIS ONLY-IN-NEW YORK EVENT THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS.'

WITH RAFAEL PI RAMON, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANIGAN.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY

> CORPORATE FUNDING PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

THESE ARE TRYING TIMES FOR OUR COUNTRY, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR KINDERGARTENS, HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, THERE'S NOT JUST A GUN PROBLEM BUT A HATE PROBLEM AS WELL.

SPECIFICALLY, HATE AGAINST JEWS.

THE NUMBER OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS HAVE SKYROCKETED ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE FACTS AND STATISTICS ARE FRIGHTENING.

IN ITS ANNUAL AUDIT, THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE UNCOVERED 1,986 INCIDENTS AGAINST JEWS NATIONWIDE.

THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 1267 CASES FROM LAST YEAR.

LET THAT SINK IN.

90%. AND ACROSS THE RIVER, NEW JERSEY SAW A 32% INCREASE SINCE 2016.

NATIONALLY, THE NUMBERS HAVE DOUBLED.

THE QUESTION THEN IS WHY?

HERE TO PROVIDE ANSWERS IS EVAN BERNSTEIN.

WELCOME.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT SOME SPECIFICS HERE.

I THINK THERE'S SOME THAT JUMPED OUT AT ME.

SURE.

STARTING OFF WITH, FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE.

IN THAT CATEGORY, WE SAW THE NUMBERS DOUBLE.

YEAH.

DOUBLE.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

AND WERE YOU SURPRISED AT THAT DRAMATIC INCREASE?

I WAS SHOCKED BY THAT.

WE KNEW THE NUMBERS WERE GOING TO BE UP.

WE'RE ON THE GROUND EVERY DAY.

WE'RE GETTING THE CALLS INTO OUR OFFICE, AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY TRACKING, WHEN WE PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN A COMPILATION AND SEE THOSE NUMBERS K-12, THAT WAS SHOCKING TO ME.

AND I THINK IT'S SPEAKING TO KIND OF THE DISCOURSE NOW THAT'S IN AMERICA IS NOW TRICKLING DOWN TO SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN.

WE KNOW AS PARENTS, WE KNOW THAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE FORMED AT THAT VERY AGE.

THERE'S SOME, SOME FOLKS WHO WOULD SAY AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS, THEIR VIEWS AND THEIR APPROACHES AND HOW THEY DEAL WITH PEOPLE HAS HARDENED.

SO IF YOU'RE SEEING K-12 WITH THAT SORT OF DRAMATIC INCREASE, WHAT KIND OF FEAR DOES THAT PROVIDE FOR YOU?

IT'S A LOT OF FEAR.

I HAVE A 7-YEAR-OLD AND A 10-YEAR-OLD, AND YOU KNOW THESE KIDS ARE LEARNING THIS SOMEWHERE.

HATE IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR.

WE KNOW THAT.

SO THEY'RE EITHER GETTING IT ONLINE, AND WE SEE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HATE ONLINE, ON FACEBOOK, ON TWITTER.

PARENTS CAN'T MONITOR TEENAGERS ALL THE TIME, AND THEY'RE GETTING THIS INFORMATION WHICH IS VERY SCARY.

AND YOUNGER CHILDREN ARE GETTING IT FROM THEIR PARENTS AND REFWURNL TAITING IT IN THEIR SCHOOLS.

I THOROUGHLY ENJOY BEING ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES, BUT THERE'S BEEN A RISE OF 130% ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

AGAIN, HOW AND WHY?

WE'VE SEEN THIS OVERALL GENERAL OPENING UP OF HATE IN OUR SOCIETY, REALLY, SINCE THE ELECTION SEASON.

AND IT'S JUST BEEN MAINTAINING ITSELF.

AND YOU'RE SEEING THIS LANGUAGE IS BEING USED ONLINE AND IT'S STARTING TO FILTER INTO OUR NORMAL CONVERSATION AND HOW WE'RE INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE.

AND PEOPLE'S FILTERS THAT WERE ONCE VERY MUCH ESTABLISHED ARE BECOMING LESSENED.

AND YOU'RE SEEING THAT IN ALL PARTS OF SOCIETY BUT SPECIFICALLY NOW ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

PROFESSORS ARE GETTING NOTES THAT ARE ANTI-SEMITIC.

CONVERSATIONS AMONG STUDENTS ARE BECOMING DIFFICULT.

AND ALSO WE'RE SEEING A VERY LARGE RISE OF WHITE SUPREMACIST MOVEMENTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

SOMETIMES THEY'RE ANTI-SEMITIC IN NATURE.

OTHER TIMES GENERAL HATRED.

WHETHER IT'S THE KLAN.

AND THAT SETS UP AN ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE CONVERSATION WHERE THEY DIDN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE BEFORE AND NOW THEY DO.

IS IT A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE SEEING MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTING IN THESE HATE-FILLED BELIEFS?

OR IS JUST THAT THEY'VE BEEN THERE ALL ALONG, AND NOW THEY'RE MORE COMFORTABLE EXPRESSING THEM?

IT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

I THINK WE DON'T FEEL THAT THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE ANTI-SEMITIC IN AMERICA.

WE'VE BEEN DOING POLLING SINCE THE '60s.

WE FEEL IT'S BEEN HOLDING BETWEEN 10% AND 12%. WE DON'T FEEL THAT NUMBER IS GROWING.

WE FEEL THAT GROUP IS MORE EMBOLDENED THAN IN A VERY LONG TIME.

WE'RE CLEARLY SEEING THAT WITH THE NUMBERS, WHAT WE'RE SIGEEIN ONLINE AND THE REPORTS WE'RE GETTING, FROM MINORITY LEADERS AND ACROSS THE STATE AND COUNTRY.

THIS IS NOT JUST A JEWISH PROBLEM BUT A PROBLEM FOR ALL MINORITIES.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE SEEING ACROSS THE BOARD.

ANOTHER FACT THAT SURPRISED ME.

I'M GOING TO ASK ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT IT.

BUT THAT WAS THE INCREASE HERE IN MANHATTAN AS OPPOSED TO THE OTHER BURROUGHS.

WHY IS THAT SURPRISING?

? W

WHEN I STARTED ABOUT TEN YEARS YEARS, THE INCIDENT, THE MAJORITY WERE IN BROOKLYN OR QUEENS BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LARGE GROUP OF ORTHODOX JEWING THAT ARE EASY TARGETS.

THEY'RE WEARING SHADELES AND KEY FAS.

FOR MANHATTAN, YOU KNOW, IT HAS ITS FAIR SHARE OF ORTHODOX JEWS, BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME CLIMATE AS A BROOKLYN OR QUEENS, TO HAVE THE MOST NUMBER OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK IS REALLY SHOCKING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE UPPER EAST, UPPER WEST SIDE WHO HAVE BEEN LEADING LIVES AND FELT THAT ANTI-SEMITISM WAS DEAD, SOMETHING GONE AFTER THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

THEY'RE NOW EXPERIENCING IT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED IT INEC HAD A SYNAG MIDTOWN GET SWASTIKAED.

MAYBE IT HAPPENS OUT THERE BUT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE.

EXACTLY.

IN TO US.

EXACTLY.

SO MANY CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD WITH JEWS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT HAVE REALLY SAID INITIALLY, THIS IS STILL NOT A PROBLEM, EVEN DESPITE THE NUMBERS.

IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.

IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.

THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THEIR FRIEND OR THEIR CHILD OR SOMEONE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEN IT BECOMES A PROBLEM.

I THINK WE HAVE TO BE, OUR EYES HAVE TO BE WIDE OPEN AND NOT JUST WAIT FOR TO AFFECT US.

YOU HAVE TO SEE THAT THIS IS REALLY AFFECTING A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

IT'S VERY ACADEMIC WHEN YOU LOOK AT NUMBERS.

THERE ARE PERSONAL STORIES BEHIND EACH ONE OF THOSE, AND I'VE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE VICTIMS.

AND IT IS VERY, VERY T DISCONCERTING AND VERY PAINFUL WHEN SOMEONE HAS THE WORD 'JEW' WRITTEN ON THEIR HOUSE OR SOMEONE HAS A SWASTIKA PUT ON THEIR LOCKER.

HAVE WE SEEN PEOPLE ESSENTIALLY HAVE CHANGES IN THEIR LIVES?

YOU TALK ABOUT PAIN, I DON'T MEAN TO MINIMIZE THE NOTION OF PAIN.

SURE.

BUT HAVE A REAL IMPACT ON HOW THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES?

ABSOLUTELY.

PEOPLE THAT WERE COMFORTABLE, ANTI-SEMITISM IS NOT AN ISSUE, PEOPLE ACCEPTED JEWS.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE A MASSIVE SWASTIKA PAINTED ON YOUR HOUSE WITH THE WORD 'JEW' ON IT, UNDERNEATH THE SWASTIKA, YOU START TO QUESTION, AM I SAFE TO BE HERE?

DO I WANT TO BE HERE?

THOSE ARE QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE WEREN'T HAVING TO ASK, YOU KNOW, IN A LOT OF KACASES UNTIL RECENTLY.

THAT'S VERY TROUBLING.

TAKE A LOOK BACK HISTORICALLY.

THERE HAVE BEEN PERIODS WHEN THERE HAVE BEEN INCREASES IN APP ANTI-SEMITIC BEHAVIOR.

USUALLY WHEN THERE ARE SPIKES BECAUSE IT'S ACTIVITY IN ISRAEL.

THERE'S BEEN KIND OF A SPIKE, THE SPIKE HAS HELD, AND IT'S HELD FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT'S A BIT OF AN ANOMALY.

FOR US, DOING THIS KIND OF TRACKING SINCE 1979.

AND WE'RE TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, GET OUR ARMS WRAPPED AROUND THAT IS CORRECT BECAUSE IF THE TREND'S GOING TO CONTINUE, THOSE ARE NOT GOOD TRENDS.

WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PUSH BACK ON THAT.

HOW CONCERNED SHOULD WE BE THEN THAT WE MIGHT BECOME DESENSITIZED TO THESE INCIDENTS.

THEY ARE HAPPENING SO OFTEN THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE COVERAGE THEY USED TO HAVE.

AND THEY BECOME A SENSE OF THIS PERVERSE NORMALITY.

I'VE SEEN THAT.

THERE WAS A SWASTIKA INCIDENT, THERE WAS PRESS RELEASE, MAJOR COVERAGE.

IT LEAD THE NEWS.

LEAD THE NEWS.

NOW IT BECOMES JUST ANOTHER NUMBER WITHIN THE AUDIT.

AND IT BECOMES ANOTHER INCIDENT TAKING PLACE IN THE CITY.

SO THE ELECTED OFFICIAL THS AND OTHERS DON'T RESPOND WITH THE SAME VIM AND VIGOR.

THAT IS CONCERNING.

TO ME, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LEVELS THAT WE ACCEPT AND BECOME NORMAL IN OUR SOCIETY.

SO IF ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM BECOMES NORMALIZED, WHAT BECOMES NORMALIZED NEXT?

ASSAULTS?

YOU CAN'T LIVE IN THE BUILDING?

YOU CAN'T GO TO OUR SCHOOL?

ALL THINGS WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH.

AND JEWS RIGHT NOW HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY THE BIGGEST SUCCESS.

WE CAN'T TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED.

WE'RE CERTAINLY LIVING BETTER AND FREER LIVES THAN WE DID 67 YEARS AGO IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT WE CAN'T TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED AS A PEOPLE AT ALL.

IN HERE'S A QUESTION, THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING.

THEY'RE TROUBLING AND FRIGHTENING.

WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?

TO ME, IT'S TWO FRONTS, ONE, GETTING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS MORE ENGAGED, GETTING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE CHANGE IN THE NUMBERS.

TAKING THESE THINGS SERIOUSLY, ENSURING AS CONSTITUENTS OF THESE LELECTIONS THAT THEY GET THEM TO SPEAK OUT LOUDLY.

CREATE A PLAN, BE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

UNDERSTANDING THIS IS AN ISSUE AND DOESN'T NEED TO BE SWEPT ASIDE.

NUMBER TWO, IT'S ABOUT EDUCATION.

EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE, GETTING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT BIAS OF ANY KIND, TOWARDS JEWS OR ANY OTHER MINORITIES IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO GBE PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE AND TO GET SUPERINTENDENTS TRAINED ON HOW TO HANDLE, THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING, THE TRENDS ARE THAT'S CORRECT LE-- THERE, LET'S GET PROACTIVE.

THEY'RE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AFTER.

LET'S DO SOMETHING BEFORE.

THEY ARE TROUBLING NUMBERS.

AND HOPEFULLY BY SHINING A LIGHT ON THIS, WE CAN DO SOMETHING POSITIVE IN DEALING WITH IT.

WE APPRECIATE YOU SPENDING SOME TIME WITH US.

YOU TAKE CARE NOW.

THANK YOU.

> IT'S THE BIGGEST, THEY SAY, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, THE MOST AWE INSPIRING.

THE MOST COLORFUL, THE MOST SPECTACULAR EVENT OF THIS ERA, 'THE NEW YORK WORLD'S' FAIR!

IN A WORD, IT'S THE GREATEST.

MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO, FROM 1964 TO 1965, THE WORLD'S FAIR TRANSFORMED FLUSHING MEADOWS INTO A FUTURISTIC LAUNCHING PAD WITH THE THEME OF A WORLD OF PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING.

MILLIONS OF VISITORS VISITED THE FAIR.

I WAS ONE OF THEM AS A YOUNG BOY TO EXPLORE THE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED AS WELL AS GET A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE.

AMONG THE FAIR'S HIGHLIGHTS, SPACE AGE PREVIEWS OF NASA'S SATURN FIVE MOON ROCKET.

BELL TELEPHONE'S PICTUREPHONE, TODAY'S SKYPE.

AND THE FORD MUSTANG AND THE MOST POPULAR ATTRACTION IN FUTURE RAMA WITH THE RIDE INTO TOMORROW.

IT CELEBRATED THE DIVERSE CULL TURLS OF THE WORLD.

AND NOWHERE IS IT MORE EVIDENT THAN QUEENS.

NOW FLUSHING MEADOWS AND QUEENS IS SET TO HOST A WORLDS FARE, THIS TIME SPELLED F-A-R-E.

OVER 100 VENDORS WILL BE COMING TOGETHER ON APRIL 28th AND 29th IN THE SHADOW OF THE 1964 WORLD'S FAIR.

HERE NOW JOINING US, TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE ICONIC WORLD'S FAIR, JOSEPH TIRELLA, THE AUTHOR OF THE TOMORROW-LAND, THE 1964-65 WORLD'S FAIR AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA.'

IT'S THE COLD WAR.

SO NEW YORK WON THE FAIR IN 1960.

EISENHOWER'S STILL PRESIDENT.

KENNEDY IS COMING IN.

KENNEDY COMES IN AND IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZES THE FAIR FOR WHAT IT COULD BE.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF WAGE A BATTLE IN THE COLD WAR WITHOUT ANY BULLETS.

SIMPLY PUT, OUR BEST CULTURAL, TECHNOLOGICAL AND ARTISTIC WARES ON DISPLAY.

WE'LL INVITE THE ENTIRE WORLD TO COME AND DO THE SAME.

THEY OPENLY INVITED THE USSR AT THE TIME, THE SOVIET UNION , IN THIS IDEA THAT THROUGH PIECEE PE -- PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING WE WILL EMERGE FROM THE COLD WAR.

IT OPENS IN APRIL 1964.

THE ENTIRE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION IS, I MEAN, THOSE YEARS ARE RIGHT THERE.

YOU HAVE THE BERLIN WALL, THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.

THE.

THERE'S A LOT OF TENSION IN THE WORLD.

A LOT OF TENSION.

A LOT --

A BACKDROP FOR PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING.

WHICH IS WHY WHEN KENNEDY CAME IN DECEMBER 1962, HE CAME TO FLUSHING FOR A GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY.

YOU KNOW, THE CEREMONIAL SHOVEL SHOT.

WHAT WAS THERE IN FLUSHING IN.

A CONSTRUCTION SITE.

THAT WAS IT.

AND THE U.S. PAVILION, WHICH WAS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAS FUNDING, THEY WERE HAVING THE GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY.

SO KENNEDY COMES.

AND HE COMES TO GIVE A SPEECH.

AND HE EMPHASIZE, NOW REMEMBER, THIS IS DECEMBER '62.

SO WE'RE LITERALLY ABOUT A MONTH OR SO PAST THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.

I WASN'T ALIVE AT THE TIME, BUT PEOPLE HEARD --

I WAS A KID, WE WERE TAUGHT, BE READY FOR A NUCLEAR WAR.

AND THEN YOU WENT ON TO DO YOUR MATH HOMEWORK.

ANYWAY, HE COMES AND EMPHASIZES THAT PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE THEME FOR ANY WORLD'S FAIR AT THIS TIME IN THE WORLD.

THAT MADE SENSE.

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE EXHIBITS THERE.

I MENTIONED TO YOU, I WAS A YOUNG BOY.

WENT WITH A GROUP, ACTUALLY GOT LOST EARLY ON.

I WAS SEPARATED.

SO I AM WANDERING AROUND BY MYSELF.

AND MY MEMORIES OF IT WAS THIS WAS MASSIVE BUT FASCINATING.

TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE REAL GROUND-BREAKING EXHIBITS.

FIRST, OF HAD THE MICHELANGELO'S PIETA.

WE JUST HAD MICHELANGELO'S DRESS AT THE MET, BUT THE ACTUAL STATUE, THE SCULPTURAL MASTERPIECE, THE LA PIETA, THE MADONNA HOLDING THE DEAD CHRIST.

IF YOU GO INTO THE VATICAN, IT'S RIGHT THERE.

IT NEVER LEFT THE VATICAN EXCEPT TO COME TO FLUSHING QUEENS.

THERE'S NO DISNEY WORLD IN FLORIDA, ONLY IN CALIFORNIA.

AND HE WANTED AN EAST COAST STRONGHOLD, BUT HE DIDN'T HAVE ONE.

HE WAS LOOKING AROUND.

I THINK THINK SETTLED ON ORLANDO DURING THE FAIR YEARS, BUT WHAT HE DID DO WAS GET INVOLVED IN FOUR EXHIBITS.

THE GE EXHIBIT, THE TOMORROW-LAND, THE LINCOLN EXHIBIT, WHICH IS A WALKING, TALKING, AUDIO ANIMATRONIC VERSION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

NOW WE THINK THAT'S NOTHING.

FINE.

INTERACTIVE, FINE.

IT WAS A BIG DEAL.

HIS ENGINEERS, CALLED IMAGINEERS, INVENTED ANIMATRONICS.

NOW THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

THERE WAS THIS SKYLINE WHEN YOU SAT IN THE FORD MUSTANG.

A BRAND-NEW CAR, AN AWESOME CAR.

EVER, STILL ICONIC.

YOU SIT IN THE CAR, YOU'RE ON A CONVEYOR BELT.

YOU STILL HAVE TO WAIT IN A LINE, BUT YOU'RE IN THIS BRAND-NEW MUSTANG.

HALF THE FAMILY.

IT'S STARTING WITH THE DINOSAUR AGE AND CAME UP TO CURRENT TIMES.

SO I MEAN, THINK ABOUT THAT.

AND IT'S A SMALL WORLD.

IT STARTED THERE.

IT STARTED THERE IN THE PEPSI PAVILION.

THAT WAS SUPPOSED TOA BE SING TE SONG.

THE BOOK IS TOMORROW LAND THE 1964-65 WORLD'S FAIR AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA.

THEY SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

THE IT'S A GREAT STORY.

AND A REMINDER, YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORLD'S FARE BY GOING TO OUR WEBSITE, 'METROFOCUS'.ORG.

> I'M CONSTANTLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE SEEING.

AND FOR I15 YEARS I HAVE TRIED N THIS COUNTRY AND CANADA TO PRESENT WHAT I FEEL IS A MEANINGFUL EXPRESSION OF CARE.

DO YOU NARRATE?

I'M THE HOST, YES, AND I DO ALL THE PUPPETS AND I WRITE ALL THE MUSIC AND THE SCRIPTS.

I'M SUPPOSED TO BE A PRETTY TOUGH GUY, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE HAD GOOSE BUMPS FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS.

I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL.

LOOKS LIKE YOU JUST EARNED THE $20 MILLION.

[ APPLAUSE ]

A MONUMENTAL MOMENT IN PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

THE IT'S BEEN 50 YEARS SINCE FRED ROGERS FIRST APPEARED ON OUR TV SCREENS AS OUR NEIGHBOR, MR. ROGERS.

A GENTLE AND MODEST MAN WHO WARBLED, WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR.

HE INSPIRED KIDS AND ADULTS ACROSS AMERICA TO BE MORE THOUGHTFUL AND KIND IN HIS TELEVISION SHOW, TOUCHING ON PIVOTAL TOPICS LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL, MAKING FRIENDS AND DEALING WITH SIBLINGS, ALL THE WAY TO DIFFICULT TOPICS LIKE DIVORCE, DISABILITIES AND BULLYING.

NOW IN A NEW SHOW, PBS WILL BE GIVING A HEARTFELT THANK YOU AND TRIBUTE TO THE BELOVED ICON.

THE HERE'S JUST ONE OF MANY.

THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER LEARNING FROM MR. ROGERS IF I CAN ONLY BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TALK ABOUT IT, THEN IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.

I'M DELIGHTED TO BE JOINED BY THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE SPECIAL, ELLEN DOUGHERTY.

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THE.

THANK YOU.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.

WHAT IS IT THAT MADE MR. ROGERS SO SPECIAL?

OH, GOSH.

SO MANY THINGS.

PEOPLE REALLY CONNECTED WITH MR.

ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THE GREAT CARE THAT FRED TOOK IN MAKING THE SHOW.

EVERY DECISION WAS CAREFULLY TAKEN AS TO HOW BEST TO DEAL WITH CHILDREN, HOW BEST TO REFLECT THE NEED THE AND WORRIES AND WANTS AND NEEDS OF KIDS.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE SHOW THAT SO MANY OF US REMEMBER, WE MIGHT NOT REMEMBER IT AS BEING REVOLUTIONARY, BUT THERE WERE SOME THINGS THAT HAPPENED ON 'MR. ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD' THAT WERE JUST THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

FOR ONE THING, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE AT THE TIME.

IN THE '60S, THERE WASN'T CHILDREN'S TELEVISION AS WE KNOW IT.

IT STARTED WITH MR. ROGERS AND THEN THE NEXT YEAR 'SESAME STREET.'

JUST DOING A PROGRAM THAT WAS SO THOUGHTFUL AND PACED IN SUCH A WAY THAT COULD REALLY CONNECT WITH THE HOME VIEWER.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY RELATED TO, WAS THAT ONE ON ONE CONNECTION WITH FRED.

OF COURSE THE SPECIAL IS GOING TO BE VERY STAR-STUDDED.

I WONDER IF YOU COULD TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE CELEBRITIES.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE YOU WILL SEE ON IT'S YOU I LIKE WILL INCLUDE PEOPLE ON THE SHOW, LIKE YO YO MA.

AND THEN WE ALSO LOOKED AT PEOPLE WHO WERE INSPIRED BY THE SHOW, SOME WERE VIEWERS THEMSELVES AS KIDS, LIKE SARAH SILVERMAN, JUDD APATOW.

IF THERE WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE DOCUMENTARY, WHAT WOULD IT SNB.

HOPEFUL TLY IT WILL CONNECT THEM WITH THEIR OWN KIDS AND GRANDKIDS AND I GUESS THE MESSAGE FROM 'MR. ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD', AND THE WAY THEY FELT WHEN THEY WATCHED IT THE FIRST TIME THROUGH AND MAYBE TO CEENU SEE NEW THINGS WITH ADULT EYES FROM THIS LITTLE BIT OF DISTANCE.

AND NOW REFLECTING, HOW THE SHOW WAS PUT TOGETHER AND THE THINGS FRED DID.

THE REALLY INTERESTING WAYS THAT HE TOOK BIG IDEAS, LIKE FEELINGS AND PUT THEM INTO REALLY THOUGHTFUL, SIMPLE PHRASES LIKE WHAT TO YOU DO WITH THE MAD THAT YOU FEEL?

SO PROFOUND.

SOMETHING THAT ANY ADULT CAN HANDLE.

AS WELL AS A 3-YEAR-OLD OR 4-YEAR-OLD.

OR IN A NEW YORK CITY SHRINK'S OFFICE.

'MR. ROGERS, IT'S YOU I LIKE' PREMIERES MARCH 6 ON PBS.

CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS FOR ADDITIONAL AIRTIMES.

> BEFORE WE LET YOU GO TONIGHT, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT A WONDERFUL EXTENSION TO 'METROFOCUS.'

OUR NEW TWICE WEEKLY POD CAST, WITH ME AS YOUR HOST.

ON IT, WE'LL GET TO EXPLORE IN DEPTH CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE A LITTLE LESS FILTERED THAN THEY ARE ON TELEVISION AND A LOT MORE INTIMATE.

ON THE POD CAST, I'LL TALK TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT HOST OF GUESTS WITH AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ATTITUDE.

FROM WALL STREET TO BROADWAY, ABSOLUTELY FREE.

HEAD OVER TO iTUNES OR SOUND CLOUD TO JOIN ME IN THIS ECLECTIC LIST OF PERSONALITIES AS WE EXPLORE OUR CITY WITH A UNIQUE 'METROFOCUS.'

I'LL SEE YOU THERE.

> FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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