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The Daily Need

It’s a beautiful day in the Senate hearing chamber

This week, House Republicans passed a measure to cut federal funding for NPR. As public media again faces tough times, there are of course eloquent defenses of why it’s so vital to keep around. But perhaps we need a voice from beyond the grave.

Watch as Mr. Fred Rogers weaves his calming spell over a curmudgeonly senator and saves public television in front of your very eyes.

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    Spotlight on California
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