The Impact of Mister Rogers and PBS on a Whole Ghusti of Bengalis in the ’90s

I learned English from watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Lamb Chops, Reading Rainbow, and later on Sesame Street on the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS). The quiet, genuine, and stern yet relaxed manner in which Mister Rogers spoke to me through the TV screen was juxtaposed with the loud, crime-infested, odious neighborhood outside of my apartment in East New York in the 1990s.

By Kamrul Khan

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the U.S. Senate commerce committee requesting funds to help support the growth of a new concept – national public television.


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