The Life and Lessons of Mister Rogers celebrated on BetterWorldians Radio

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Mister Rogers’ real life neighbors and friends discuss his legacy.

One of the things he told me is that the best gift you can offer someone is your honest self.

BetterWorldians Radio today announced that Amy Hollingsworth, author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, and Benjamin Wagner, producer of the film Mister Rogers and Me, were guests on the weekly Internet radio show. BetterWorldians Radio inspires with the people and ideas that are making the world a better place. The show featuring Hollingsworth and Wagner aired on Thursday, April 10th and is now available via podcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel (

Hollingsworth and Wagner each discussed their personal relationships with Mister Rogers and how that friendship impacted their lives. Hollingsworth said, “One of the things he told me is that the best gift you can offer someone is your honest self. He made the world a better place by doing that every single day.”

Wagner agreed and said Mister Rogers’ message has the power to change the world, “If ten listeners becomes multiplied by ten and so on, then you’ve got some potential for real change. Small increments of change can add up to something really profound.”

BetterWorldians Radio co-host Gregory Hansell said, "Mister Rogers is a national treasure and it was a real pleasure to have Amy and Benjamin sharing their personal stories about Fred Rogers and his life of kindness. They shared so many great lessons from Mister Rogers that anyone can implement to improve their lives and the lives of others.”

About BetterWorldians Radio
BetterWorldians Radio is a weekly Internet radio broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio network that has provided a platform for some of the most inspiring people and organizations in our world today. BetterWorldians Radio is hosted by Ray, MarySue and Gregory Hansell, the family team that created the popular game on Facebook, A Better World. BetterWorldians Radio airs live on Thursdays at 11 a.m. ET on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel and has featured guests such as best-selling authors Dr. Stephen Post (Why Good Things Happen to Good People and The Hidden Gifts of Helping), Tom Ziglar (CEO, Ziglar, Inc.), and Tiny Buddha founder Lori Deschene. To listen to the show, log on to All shows will be available in the BetterWorldians content library on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel for on-demand and podcast download.

About A Better World
A Better World is a game on Facebook that rewards players for doing good deeds while helping to raise money and awareness for charities. Over 2.5 million people have performed over 14 million good deeds in A Better World to date. A Better World recently launched a worldwide Campaign for Kindness with the release of an animated video,

About Amy Hollingsworth
Amy Hollingsworth is the author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers, the story of her longtime friendship with Fred Rogers and the simple faith he shared so well with all his neighbors. Hollingsworth is also author of Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind, Holy Curiosity, and most recently, Letters from the Closet, named one of USA Today’s Top Pop Culture Picks of the Week. Before writing books, Hollingsworth wrote for various magazines and was a television writer for eight years for CBN. Hollingsworth was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People of 2010 for her influence on pop culture and is featured in the documentary “Mister Rogers & Me.” Learn more at

About Benjamin Wagner
Benjamin Wagner first met “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” creator and star, Fred Rogers, at his summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. After Rogers’ death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to meet some of Mister Rogers’ neighbors to find out more about the man himself. What resulted is the film Mister Rogers and Me. Benjamin graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in creative writing and journalism. He is currently Senior Vice President at MTV News. Benjamin is also performing singer/songwriter with twelve independent albums. Learn more at

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