In a world gone mad, when war is endless and politics are chaos ... there's only one man who can reassure our troubled souls.
Unfortunately, he's no longer with us (RIP).
<h2>Fortunately, we've got a lot of Mister Rogers on tape — and for the next two weeks, you can binge him 24 hours a day. </h2><p>Twitch, the online video streaming service, is <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers" target="_blank">currently marathoning all 866 episodes of "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" in chronological order</a>.</p><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyNjcwNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNDg3NjA5N30.HRO-VXFAMaKwfXC_KjJanW8Hej7Ds_eWh4118x6tJDg/img.jpg?width=980" id="9a49f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="62ffc3fa10423616ace0b5211bf28a7c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><div class="image-caption"><p>Photo via Everett Collection.</p></div></div></div><p>That means you have until June 3 to relive the most soothing, gray sweaterful moments of your childhood.</p><h2>It's an opportunity every American should be pretty grateful to seize right about now — and it's for a good cause. </h2><p>The marathon is an effort to raise money for local PBS stations, many of which have trouble keeping their funding levels up.</p><p>As of this writing, over <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/misterrogers" target="_blank">$14,000 has been donated</a>. </p><h2>Periodically, PBS has to fight to survive in the face of apathy and political calls to cut its funding. Now is one of those times. </h2><div><div class="push-wrapper--mobile" data-card="image" data-reactroot=""><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyNjcwNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjU2NzA4Nn0.Fq6XoI2TbM4GZxSn-VusVJdbGli0TCtr7IBodNAb-ss/img.jpg?width=980" id="0845e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ceb36727a258235a8acd86b2edaf891e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><div class="image-caption"><p>Photo via HBO. </p></div></div></div><p>A budget proposed by the Trump administration in March 2017 would have <a href="http://deadline.com/2017/03/pbs-response-donald-trump-budget-proposal-1202044526/" target="_blank">eliminated funding for the network</a>. </p><p>The initial version of the budget did not pass, and PBS remains in on the air <em>for now</em>, but the threat is real for the kind of enriching children's programming that Fred Rogers spent his life making and advocating for.</p><p>A 2015 study found that shows like "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" and "Sesame Street" — available to anyone with a TV set for decades — <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/06/09/sesame-street-income-inequality/#SOqQqljpPsqP" target="_blank">made low-income children who watched regularly 14% less likely to fall behind in school</a>.</p><p>"These findings raise the exciting possibility that TV and electronic media more generally can be leveraged to address income and racial gaps in children's school readiness," study co-author Melissa Kearney said in a statement.</p><h2>48 years ago, Rogers appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to convince skeptical elected officials to allocate $20 million for public television. </h2><p>His <a href="http://www.upworthy.com/mister-rogers-saved-pbs-once-before-help-him-save-it-again">heart-wrenching, six-minute testimony</a> was key to convincing the lawmakers to provide the funding. </p><div><div data-card="youtube" data-reactroot=""><div><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ccd0931341cdb37c56613569558b21c2"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fKy7ljRr0AA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></div></div></div><h2>Though Rogers may no longer be with us, this two-week fundraising marathon allows his message of kindness and empathy — broadcast for over 30 years to millions of American children from all walks of life — to speak for itself. </h2><p>You should check it out — and prepare yourself for a nostalgia-and-<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw_GnjE-des" target="_blank">classic moment</a> tsunami. In a just world, that would be enough to secure PBS the funding it needs. </p><p>Here's hoping.</p>
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