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Why Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Were you blown away by the amazing podcast last week discussing the letter from Mr. Rogers? Want to know more? Want to dive deeper? So do we!

Take a listen! Share if you care!

Ways to listen to this episode:

Did you ever hear…

  • That Mr. Rogers served in the Army and was a sniper in Vietnam?
  • That Mr. Rogers only wore sweaters to cover up the tattoos on his arms?
  • That he used to chase kids off his porch on Halloween?

All of these are untrue. However, in this special bonus, “off the record” recording, Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes and Dr. David Carter will discuss the misconceptions about Mr. Rogers and why we have such a hard time believing in the goodness of Mr. Rogers, that he was the same “off screen” as he was “on screen.”

Take a listen to this bonus podcast and join the discussion on social media.

Fun fact: Why did Mr. Rogers like the number 1-4-3 so much? Because it takes 1 letter to say “I”, 4 letters to say “love,” and 3 letters to say, “you.”

About the Podcast

In Times Like These explores the difficult spaces we humans navigate in culture and religion, in dialogue and doubt. We talk to voices from the field, in law, activism, civil rights, and from places of struggle and places of deep learning. In Times Like These, we unpack the most troubling issues of politics and faith we face, together.

In Times Like These is hosted by Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes and is a CLU Live production by Claremont Lincoln University.

Claremont Lincoln University offers a social entrepreneurship master’s degree program called Social Impact.

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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