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Episode 1436

Air Date: April 21, 1975
Previous Episode: 1435
Next Episode: 1437

Mister Rogers arrives with a thumb piano similar to the one he shared during a recent visit. He looks closely at the instrument and explains that it comes from Africa. Before singing Look and Listen, he takes out a globe, he shows where Africa is located in relation to the United States.

At the Browns' Marionette Theatre, Mister Rogers meets the members of an African-American dance ensemble who demonstrate their music, dance, and puppetry. One member of the group shows Mister Rogers how to wrap a gele.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is wearing a gele of her own. King Friday XIII believes she has a present for him under the head wrap while Henrietta Pussycat thinks she must be wearing hair curlers. Daniel Striped Tiger wonders if Lady Aberlin has a headache. After she leaves the Museum-Go-Round, Lady Aberlin takes off the gele and explains its significance to her friends.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about asking questions when you're curious about things. He concludes by singing Look and Listen and listening to various kinds of music on the radio.


Mister Rogers arrives to his house with a different thumb piano on Episode 1428.

As he reaches Browns' studio, Natalie Baker, her son Reid, and Reid's friend Jack are just leaving. Natalie Baker is Joe Negri's cousin who recently moved to the Neighborhood.

As Robert Troll walks around the tree, studio cameras can be seen in the top right corner of the shot.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Alice Swann
  • Arthur Hall
  • Clarence Schley
  • Dorothy Pierce
  • Farel Johnson
  • Jack Kotovsky
  • Norman Mills




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Natalie Disilvio Baker, Reid Fisher, Jack Kotovsky, Bob Trow
With Afro-American Dance Ensemble: Arthur Hall, Farel Johnson, Norman Mills, Clarence Schley
and Dorothy Pierce, Alice Swann of Creative Puppet Craft Inc.
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

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