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Episode 1523

Topic: Conflict
Air Date: November 9, 1983
Previous Episode: 1522 - Conflict
Next Episode: 1524 - Conflict

Mister Rogers brings a Braille writing machine with him and demonstrates how it works.

He then takes viewers with him as he visits with Jim Swauger in a cave where he see the petroglyphs of an early civilization.

On the way back to the house, Mister Rogers stops by Negri's Music Shop to see Don Liuzzi practice the marimba and a few other percussion instruments.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Elaine and Lady Aberlin resist King Friday's bomb-building efforts as they seek to prove that Southwood is a peaceful place. Bob Dog has been appointed as a spy for the "war" with Southwood.

In the school, the children learn about using gas masks and air-raid shelters.

At the castle, the appointed generals have been armed with the recently-constructed "bombs."

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings I'm Proud of You: "I'm very glad that you're a part of the world. Because you can help to make it a better and better place for people to live so that people won't have to be so scared of other people."


The original broadcast of this series coincided with ABC's airing of the television film The Day After. It is often believed that these episodes were designed to help children cope with potential feelings brought on by the film; however, the timing of the movie and this series was purely coincidental.

The Conflict episodes last aired during the week of April 1-5, 1996.

This episode's visit to Negri's Music Shop is featured on the What About Love VHS release.

"General" Brockett reads a note in braille: "That which is essential is invisible to the eye." This passage comes from one of Fred Rogers' favorite books, The Little Prince.

Harriett Elizabeth Cow presents the school children with a detailed map of bomb shelters planned throughout the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

As the episode transitions to the visit with Mr. Swauger, I'm Glad I'm the Way I Am plays in the background. Moving on to Negri's Music Shop, Everybody Has a History plays.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Don Liuzzi
  • Jim Swauger




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Charles Altman, Don Brockett, Don Liuzzi, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, Audrey Roth, Jim Swauger, Bob Trow
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Sam Newbury
Director: Paul Lally
Associate Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications, Inc.
© 1983 Family Communications, Inc.

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