Is Santa Real? A Look At Mister Rogers Neighborhood Episode 1261

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Is Santa Real?

A Look At Mister Rogers Neighborhood Episode 1261

 
This week marks the long awaited return of our friend David Dault to the show. In this special Christmas themed episode, we look at Episode 1261 of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, a controversial show where Mister Rogers arrives in his neighborhood with a Santa Claus costume, and raises some serious questions for his television neighbors.
 

Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is “Nouvelle Noel” by Kevin MacLeod

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter and Instagram.

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick’s Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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Voices In My Head Productions does not profit from this program. This show is completely a labor of love out of the respect that the host has for the life of Fred Rogers. We do not own images or sound clips of Fred Rogers used on this show. While this is not a legally binding Mea Culpa, we would appreciate you not suing us.

 

Hello Neighbor! with Special Guest  Matthew Cordell – A World Kindness Day Special

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Hello Neighbor! with Special Guest  Matthew Cordell – A World Kindness Day Special

To help celebrate World Kindness Day (Friday November 13th), we are sharing this conversation with Matthew Cordell, Author and Illustrator of “Hello Neighbor”, The Authorized Picture Book Biography of Fred Rogers.

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About Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers

Groundbreaking in a quiet, generous way, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood introduced a generation of children to the wonders of the world in the comfort of their own living rooms. Fred Rogers took young viewers to art museums, introduced them to different professions, and talked through difficult subjects like losing a loved one, or experiencing parents’ divorce, with compassion and reassurance. Share that deep respect, care, and quiet joy in the day-to-day with the only authorized picture book biography of Fred Rogers—lovingly created by Caldecott Medalist Matt Cordell. Lively, colorful illustrations explore Fred Rogers’ early life and the events that led him to create his enduring show. Exclusively published archival photographs, provided by Fred Rogers Productions, offer a behind-the-scenes look at this historic show and the people whose hard work made it possible. A brief biography of Mister Rogers and a history of the show is included, as well as a note from author-illustrator Matt Cordell about his inspiration and longtime admiration for Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

BUY THE BOOK: https://holidayhouse.com/book/hello-neighbor/

 

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About Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children’s books including The Only Fish in the Sea (by Philip C. Stead) and Special Delivery which was a Washington Post Best Book of 2015. He wrote and illustrated Another Brother, Wish and Hello! Hello!, a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. His most new book, Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, is the official authorized picture book of Fred Rogers.  Matthew lives near Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children. He’s stopped by for a visit in our podcast neighborhood today.

Matthew Cordell’s Web Site: http://www.matthewcordell.com/

 

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World Kindness Day on Friday November 13, 2020

World Kindness Day 2020 World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is “Nouvelle Noel” by Kevin MacLeod

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter and Instagram.

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick’s Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

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This Podcast Is Hosted by Rick Lee James

Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter: @MisterRogersSay

Rick Lee James on Twitter: @RickLeeJames

Rick Lee James Web Site: www.RickLeeJames.com

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Voices In My Head Productions does not profit from this program. This show is completely a labor of love out of the respect that the host has for the life of Fred Rogers. We do not own images or sound clips of Fred Rogers used on this show. While this is not a legally binding Mea Culpa, we would appreciate you not suing us. 

Welcome To The Neighborhood Election Day Special: What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?

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Welcome To The Neighborhood Election Day Special: What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel? 

In the United States it’s election day and for many of us it’s a time of strong feelings and great tension. No matter who wins, there will be many who are filled with great joy and many who are filled with great anger and disappointment.

I’m very much concerned about what we do with those strong feelings like joy and anger so I recorded this episode to (hopefully) help us find healthy ways to deal with our anger by using some valuable lyrics from Fred Rogers.

I hope you find this show helpful even when it isn’t election day. Let’s all work to find ways use our strong feelings to love each other well.

 

Thanks for listening,

–Rick Lee James

 

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Some of the poems I use in this episode today came directly from this book: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

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Thank you for joining us here this week in the neighborhood.

Theme Music featured on this podcast is “Nouvelle Noel” by Kevin MacLeod

Also a special thanks to the @MisterRogersSay Community on Twitter and Instagram.

Your host is Rick Lee James.

Rick’s Twitter account is @RickLeeJames and his web site is RickLeeJames.com.

Podcasts From Rick Lee James & Voices In My Head Productions

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This Podcast Is Hosted by Rick Lee James

Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter: @MisterRogersSay

Rick Lee James on Twitter: @RickLeeJames

Rick Lee James Web Site: www.RickLeeJames.com

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Voices In My Head Productions does not profit from this program. This show is completely a labor of love out of the respect that the host has for the life of Fred Rogers. We do not own images or sound clips of Fred Rogers used on this show. While this is not a legally binding Mea Culpa, we would appreciate you not suing us. 

Great News! Advent Hymn Charting at #7 for Adds on Christian AC Radio

In preparation for the Christmas Season

Each year in late Summer/early Fall, artists like myself begin sending music out to radio stations, hoping the songs will become a part of those station’s annual Advent celebrations. Last week my song Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) went out to over 1500 radio stations internationally. Those stations, through streaming and downloading, caused it to chart at #7 for streams and #14 for downloads. I could hardly believe my eyes, but there it was charting with amazing artists like Trisha Yearwood, Phil Wickham, Casting Crowns, Brandon Lake and so many others.

As you can imagine, this is really exciting news for me. I’m grateful to my friends at Lifeway Worship for publishing this song and helping me to share it in so many new places this year. I’m also grateful to all of the reporting Play MPE Radio Stations who are using this song in 2020.

My prayer is always that Christ’s message will be received through the words and music of my songs, and I hope you will pray for that too we approach the coming Advent and Christmas Seasons. It is always an honor to be able to tell the story of Jesus through song, and I thank you for being a part of helping me to present the message. 

Thunder – A Lost Rich Mullins Song – (This weekend is the 23rd anniversary of his death)

It’s hard to believe that it has been 23 years since we lost Rich Mullins. In a world full of breathtakingly amazing songwriters, I still think his writing is unparalleled.

I remember where I was on September 19th, 1977. I was at an outdoor music festival in Nashville waiting to hear Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day. Just before Third Day came out to play, the festival promoter announced that Rich Mullins had passed away in a tragic car accident.

Thousands of people who had been pretty rowdy suddenly went silent. It was as if mass mourning had begun. I remember Third Day taking the stage and quietly singing the words, “Oh God, You Are My God, and I will ever praise You…step by step you’ll lead me, and I will follow you all of my days.

After Third Day left the stage, Steven Curtis Chapman took over. He spoke about how Rich’s lyrics were filled with a longing for home and that he would always pour over Rich’s lyrics in the album liners He then dedicated a new song to Rich, and debuted “Not Home Yet”.

Well, Rich is home now, and we are all awaiting resurrection, living in the already and the not yet.

A little over a year ago I had the chance to record and release a Rich Mullins song that never made it onto one of his albums. The song Thunder was co-written by Phil Naish and Lowell Alexander. It probably won’t be remembered in the long list of Rich Mullins most remembered songs, but it will always be special to me for the way it touched my life.

Telling the story of the disruptive Thunderous grace of Jesus through this song has been a real privilege for me. In honor of Rich, and more importantly, in honor of his Savior, I wanted to share Thunder again today.

I’m curious, what are your Rich Mullins memories? Where were you when you heard the news of his passing? How has his music influenced your life?

If you would like to know more about Rich Mullins from one of his close friends, I had a great conversation with Shane Claiborne on my Podcast where he told stories about his friend. I encourage you to give it a listen here.

Voices In My Head Podcast Episode #234: Shane Claiborne talks about Rich Mullins, Ragamuffins, and Ordinary Radicals

Shane Claiborne is a follower of Jesus and following Jesus has led him on many adventures. Following Jesus has taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek.

The Importance of Being Ernest: Justin Lloyd talks about the Life of his uncle, Actor Jim Varney – Episode 385

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The Importance of Being Ernest: Justin Lloyd talks about the Life of his uncle, Actor Jim Varney

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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest p. Worrell, the lovable blue-collar buffoon, was a staple of pop culture in countless commercials, nearly a dozen movies and an award-winning Saturday-morning TV show called, Hey Vern, It’s Ernest. Today, millions of fans still mourn the loss of actor Jim Varney, who portrayed Ernest and who died of cancer at age 50 in the year  2000. In the book The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney, Jim’s nephew Justin Lloyd has created a comprehensive biography that fans were waiting for. The book traces Jim’s journey from a child in Lexington, Kentucky, with dreams of being a stage and film actor to becoming an iconic entertainment figure. The Importance of Being Ernest has now inspired a forthcoming Documentary about the life of Jim Varney.

Justin Lloyd, the book’s author and nephew of Jim Varney has stopped by for a visit today.

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Music From RICK LEE JAMES

LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE

Stream Rick’s Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder

Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com

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About Your Host: Rick Lee James

Web Site www.rickleejames.com,

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Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com,

Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay.

“Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE.

Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special 

Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder

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In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. 

The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com.

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You Are My Friend: The Songs of Fred Rogers –  Daniel Knox Talks About His Latest Album

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You Are My Friend: The Songs of Fred Rogers –  Daniel Knox Talks About His Latest Album

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This week is a special bonus episode with Chicago based singer and songwriter Daniel Knox

 

Daniel Knox has a commanding baritone voice that can invoke both power and tenderness interchangably. On his latest album,  You Are My Friend: The Songs of Mister Rogers, Knox captures the care and generosity of Fred Rogers music, honors the original spirit of the music of Mister Rogers, while infusing it with the complications adding his own musical idea.

 

Hearing the childlike, welcoming lyrics of Fred Rogers through the sound of a strong baritone voice makes this album unique and original among the library of Mister Rogers tribute projects that have released over the years.   

 

Knox’s blanket of simple piano melodies and distinctive vocals invite the listener into a playful atmosphere where they can grapple with that joys and fears that that confront both adults and children alike. You Are My Friend is like a Mister Rogers album for contemplative adults that helps us to laugh, cry and reflect on and navigate the joys and sorrows of adulthood. It’s like musical medicine for weary souls who long to see the world again through the eyes of a child.

 

About The Album: 

You Are My Friend is made up of 11 songs from Mister Rogers Neighborhood, recorded for piano and voice. Kit Shields sings the part of Lady Aberlin to my Daniel Tiger on the duet “Sometimes I Wonder If I’m a Mistake”. The beautiful cover art is by Lake Wilson.

The music video for “Some Things I Don’t Understand”, directed by Lily Ekimian and A.T. Ragheb of Dog Door Films, is a simple and beautiful portrait of Rogers’ hometown of Pittsburgh.

Watch the video here:
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You Can Also Stream The Album on Bandcamp or order the limited edition blue cassette.
 
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Voices In My Head Productions does not profit from this program. This show is completely a labor of love out of the respect that the host has for the life of Fred Rogers. We do not own images or sound clips of Fred Rogers used on this show. While this is not a legally binding Mea Culpa, we would appreciate you not suing us. 

RICK LEE JAMES PREMIERS POWERFUL AND TIMELY ‘LOVE OUR ENEMIES’ MUSIC VIDEO

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—“Love Our Enemies,” the latest music video from acclaimed singer/songwriter and author Rick Lee James, premiers today. Directed and edited by Jason Elam for Agape Media, the clip features James and his band performing at Dayton, Ohio’s historic Something Old Studio, and incorporates current news footage and images of people from around the world. “Love Our Enemies” is also releasing to Christian AC radio formats today.

“I wrote this song because I need to be reminded as much as anyone that loving our enemies isn’t optional—not in an election year; not when the world is burning; and not even when we feel unsafe,” James shares. “The whole world is our neighborhood and Christ’s call is to love our neighbors as ourselves, even the un-neighborly ones. Jesus turned the world upside down with inconvenient commands like this.”

“Our initial idea was to film a room full of people worshipping at a house church, but the pandemic caused us to think creatively and take a different approach,” James says of the video’s concept. “We landed on shooting the performance with the band in the historic studio space. From there, we decided to visualize the message by interweaving current events footage with images of people from around the world. And we wanted to highlight acts of service. Our hope for this video is that viewers may be prompted to ‘see’ and consider Jesus’ command to love in new ways.”  

“Love Our Enemies” is featured on James’ critically acclaimed 2019 album, Thunder. Taking the listener on a liturgical path, marked by Scripture readings and a passage from the Book of Common Prayer, Thunder was produced by Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg. The project features 10 songs, nine of which were written or co-written by James, while the title cut was co-written by the late Rich Mullins along with renowned songsmiths Lowell Alexander and Phil Naish.

Rick Lee James is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, worship leader, author, speaker and podcast host. His recordings include Basement Psalms Live and Hymns, Prayers & Invitations. James’ 2018 hit, “Advent Hymn,” remained at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s “CRW Adds Chart” for seven consecutive weeks. The song has been played on nearly 700 radio stations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. 

James’ book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, is used as a textbook for the National Praise & Worship Institute at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also been a contributor to Worship Leader magazine, Holiness TodayThe Table and Worshiplife.com. His podcast, “Voices In My Head,” has featured such leading singer/songwriters as Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Michael Card and Paul Baloche.

For further information, visit rickleejames.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. For booking inquiries, email Voices In My Head Productions or call 937-206-1146. 

Rick Lee James – Love Our Enemies – Official Music Video