Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 22 Episode 14

Learning (4)

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Aired Unknown Aug 27, 1992 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers shows a picture of his friend Eric Kloss and plays a cassette of Kloss playing his original music. Kloss is working a new reading machine at the library, and Rogers says he will take viewers there.
In the NOM, Prince Tuesday tells Edgar Cooke to show the schoolchildren the Castle kitchen near the end of the field trip. When King Friday XIII inquires Prince Tuesday's absence from school, Tuesday explains he is simply planning the field trip to every place in the NOM. Mayor Maggie talks with Corny about showing his wares for the field trip. She and Chuck Aber visit the Museum-Go-Round. They find Lady Elaine and James Michael Jones, who is wearing a new learning machine. Lady Elaine suggests that he make learning machines for the schoolchildren to learn anything. There would be no need for school or field trips. This upsets the entire school.
Most of the remaining 15 minutes is spent at the library. Joyce Broadus leads Rogers to the reference room. Eric Kloss is there, working the Volkwein reading machine. It can read the printed word. The machine consists of a scanner that converts the visual into a synthe voice (any one of nine such voices can be selected). Kloss plays two voices reading a letter for him. Rogers gets a book of poems, from which the reading machine reads Be the Best of Whatever You Are. Kloss talks about his fourth-grade teacher's storytelling, and how that led him to improvise on the saxophone. John Costa stops by for a jazz workshop. They play Let's Think Of Something To Do While We're Waiting.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Did You Know That It's All Right To Wonder, Let's Think Of Something To Do While We're Waiting (Eric Kloss and John Costa), Good Feeling.
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