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This week, the critics discuss the new documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about the legacy of Fred Rogers and his neighborhood, the ways it changed children’s television, and how even an icon as beloved as Mr. Rogers had his faults. Next, they talk about the deeply moving new comedy special Nanette from comedian Hannah Gadsby. Or is it an anti-comedy special? Finally, Mike Pesca joins the gabbers to talk about the culture of the World Cup and to explain why everyone seems so obsessed with it.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
- Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood
- “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Is a Moving Documentary About One Fave Who Wasn’t Problematic” by Aisha Harris in Slate
- “Hannah Gadsby’s First Netflix Comedy Special Is About Why She’s Quitting Comedy” by Rachel Withers in Slate
- “A Non-Ode to Sweden-Switzerland, the Saddest Game of the World Cup” by Eric Betts in Slate
- “This World Cup Is So European It Dips Its Fries in Mayo” by Eric Betts in Slate
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