Fred Rogers: The Last Interview

and Other Conversations

Fred Rogers’s gentle spirit and passion for children’s television takes center stage in this collection of interviews spanning his nearly forty-year career

Nearly twenty years after his death, Fred Rogers remains a source of comfort and fond memories for generations who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Over the course of his career, Rogers revolutionized children’s television and changed the way experts thought about the educational power of media. But perhaps his most lasting legacy was demonstrating the power of simply being nice to other people. In this collection of interviews including his fiery (for him) 1969 senate testimony that saved PBS and his final interview with Diane Rehm, Rogers’s gentle spirit and compassionate approach to life continues to be an inspiration.

Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was the creator, showrunner, and host of the internationally acclaimed children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood which ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001. His work in children’s television has been widely lauded, and he received over forty honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997, and induction into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Rogers was also a musician, Presbyterian minister, and the author of several books for children and adults.