“WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR”

November 29, 2019 at 5:15 am

Mister Rogers frequent on-air neighbor, Nicolas Ma, the son of cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives us an intimate look at the man whose life lessons continue to influence.

Aired on November 22, 2019 and November 28, 2019. 

Transcript Print

§P
>> WRITER PRS
WELP
WELCOMED INTO HOMES
AMEAMERIP
AMERICA FOR MORE
THRTHROUP
THROUGH HIS BELO
PROGRAM "MISTER ROGERS'
NEIGHBORHOOD."
WR
WIWITH HIP
WITH HIS
FRIP
FRIEFRIENDS HE SPOKE
YOYOUNG CHILDREN ABOUT SOME O
LILIFE'S HEAVINOWW NEIGHBOT
A P
A LOOK OF THE MAN BEH
SHOW.
R
>>P
>> WON'T YOU BE
SOMP
SOMESOMEBODY KNOW TD
AR
AND CAP
AAND CAPABG
AR
AND CAP
LOVE IS AT
TTHEP
THE THE ROOT OF EVER
TTHE LACK OF IT.
CHIPCHILDREN HAVE VERY DEEP
JT
R
JUSP
JUST THE WAY EVE.
THTHERP
THERETHERE MUST BE
FEEL BLUE.
IP
I'I'M NOT FEELING BLUE
FEEL BLUE.
IP
I'I'M NOT F RIGHT NOW,
THOUGH.
>> ME NEITHER.
>> THANK YOU
>> ME NEITHER.
>> THA FOR WHATEVER YOU DO
R
TO BRINP
TOTO BRING JD
LR
LOVE TO
>> WITH MO
WINWINNIP
WINNING FILM IS
NICOLAS MAN.
R
>>>> GLAD THAT WE
CH
CHR
CP
CHCHANCE TO
FILM.
R
GETTINGP
GETTIGETTING ADDE
REP
REREALLY LIKE BEHIND T?
PEPEOPLEPEOPLE KEEP ASKING
LLIKE THAT
PEPEOPLEPEOPLE KEEP ASKING
LLIKE IN REAL LIFE,
REFEREFERP
REFEREFERRING D
ON CAMERA.
AT
ANR
ANAND JUSPAND JUST WU
FP
FEER
FEEP
FEEL THAT IMP
THAT?
>R
>> THP
>> >> THERE
PART OF THAT.
WHAT WAS HE REALLY LIKE?
OROUR SUP
OUR SUSPICION
SOMSOMEHOW SOMEONE R
OF THE M
TRADITTRADITIONALLYR
OF THE M
TRADITTRADITION TO BE A MAN
OR P
OR TALK TO CHILDREN,
SOM
SOMEHOW THERE WAS SOMETHING
SUSPICION ABOUT THAT.
P
I I THINK THAT'S SAD B
THR
THTHINP
THINK IT RE
OFP
OOFTEN CLOIFT
IN OUR
REALIZE WE DO.
BR
BP
BUT BUT I THINK
TP
THTHAT OR THE IMPORTAN
TR
THTHATP
LAYERS OF TU
REAP
REALIREALIZE THAT THISE
PREPRESENTS PRESENTS PERSO.
I T
I THINK THERE'S SOMETHIN
WONDWONDERP
WONCHOOSE WHO
LIVES.
THP
THATTHAT'S THE MESSAGE
CHIR
ASAS ADUP
AS ADULTS
HR
HAHAVP
HAVE THE CHO
WP
WWAS INT
WAS INTERESTI.
R
P
HE DEALT WITH SOM
DIFFDIFFICULT ISSUES LIKE DEAT
DIVP
DIVORCE AND WAR WITH
CHILDREN.
AP
AND SPECIFICALLY ONE OF
PAPARTS
PARTS TPARTS THAT E
WR
WAP
WA
WAS ADDRESSI
ASSASSINATION.
THIP
THIS WAS VERY EARLY O
SSHOWP
SHOW SHO
SHOW AND
KENNEP
KENNEDKENNEDY HAD BE
ACTP
ACTUACTUALLY >> I TH
KRKNEW WE HADPMORGAN A
FEBR
FEBRFEBRUP
FEBRUAR
EPIR
EPP
EPISEPISODE AND WE AR.
R
WEWE HAD GOOSE BUMPS.
BECP
BECAUSE HERE WAS SOMEO
HAP
HADNHADN'T BEEN ON
BECP
BECAUSE HERE WAS SOMEO
HAP
HADNHADN'TPR
BOBBY KE
ASSASP
GOING TO HAPPEN ON A S
WWHEN PWHEN KIDS WOULD BEG
TELEVISION, WHO
PARENTS MIGHT
LANP
LANGUAGE TO EXPLAIN WH
HAPP
HAPPHAPPEN SELF AS A
NAR
NATNATIRNATION AND
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS PUTTING
TOGP
TOGTOGETHER A PROGRA
TP
THE THE COUNTRY TO
TOGP
TOGTOGETHER A PROGRA
TP
THE THE CO SAY HERE'SE
CCAN TALK ABOUT THIS WITH
CHILDREN.
R
I P
I TR
I TP
I THI
ABLR
ABLABLE ARABLE TO
EMOTIEMOTIONALLY, POLITICALLY X
SESET OFP
P
CHILD NEED TO
MOMENT?
GGAVEP
GAVE HIM THE COURAG
DOING THAT.
P
>>>> ONE OF THE OTHER T
THOTHOUGHT WASP
ALSO ALSO GOT E
R
OP
OR
OF HIS METHOD
CONTROVERSIAL.
>> YEAH.
R
II THIP
I THINK --
SOMSOMEOP
SOMEONE WHO HAD
SESENSE OF HUMOR.
AP
AND I THINK, YOU KNOW,
NR
NONOT TP
NOT THE PAR
BROUGHT TO THE SHOW.
RIGHT?PI THINK HE
DEMEANOR.
P
THERE WAS A LOT OF FUN A
LAUP
LAUGHTER AMONGST THE .
AR
ANAND THP
RAND THE C
INCRP
INCREDIINCR>> WHEN IT
FPFILM TOGETHER, THERE WAS S
TRP
ISSUISSUE OF THE
AT LP
AT LAT LEAS
AT LEAS
ROROGERS THINK OF THE WORLD N
AP
ANAND ONE OF THE PEOPL
INTERINTERVIEWED THAT STRUCKP
FOR NPR.
R
>> SUZANNE STANBERG.
>> P
AND SAND SHE SAI
SR
SP
SUSURE OF PACK UP
JRJUSTPJUST GO SURE HE
RIRIGHP
RIGHT NOW FEELS S
BECBECAUSE THIS IS SOMEONE WHO
HR
P
HAD HAD A CHANCE
AAND LIVE
HR
P
HAD HAD A CHANCE
AAND THROUGH WHAT TURBULENT T
TP
THR
THTHATTHAT NOW S
R
>P
>> I THINK IT IS .
BR
BP
BUT BUT I THINK T
R
>P
>> I THINK IT IS .
BR
BP
BUT BUT FRED HAD
OFPOF REDUCING COMPLICS
TO HUMAN PROPORTION.
P
AND IAND I THINK HE AF
HP
HIS SPEECHES TO REMEMBER
PEP
PEOPEOPLE WHO LOVE U
MEAMEASUP
MEASMEASURE AND
TRTRUEP
TRURTTRUE TO T.
ARANP
ANDAND I THINK E
PER
PPEOPLEPEOPLE IN
ENCOP
ENCOURAENCOURAGED TON
OTOTHER P
AND IF WE CAN HO
UNCP
UNCLEAR, THE NEXT STE
VERY DOABLE.
AANP
ANDAND I THINK THAT
P
OF LOVE THAT YOU CAN FE
THROP
THROUR
THRI WANT TO
MAR
MAKING THIS FILM.
>> THANK YOU.
GOOD TO BE HERE.

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.

WNET

© WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019