Tom Junod is an American journalist. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Cal looks back on what he learned from Big Questions last year as a way to improve in 2020. Clips include takeaways from: Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why Larry King, the CNN talk show host who celebrated his 86th birthday after overcoming severe health problems Amy Morin, best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do The takeaways are a great way for everyone to think about approaching the new year, and they also lead Cal to an unexpected place.
Journalist Tom Junod had lost confidence in himself. He was known as cynical, hardened journalist. So it was an inside-joke that he’d be assigned to interview the nicest man in America: Fred Rogers. Junod joins host Krys Boyd to talk about what turned into an unlikely, lifelong friendship with a quiet man who possessed a special power to deeply empathize with children and adults alike. The new movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”– starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers – is based on a 1998 article Junod wrote for Esquire.
Only on the "CBS This Morning" podcast, co-host Gayle King talks with journalist Tom Junod about his 1998 "Esquire" magazine profile of Fred Rogers, which is now the inspiration for the new movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys.
Cal sits with his old pal, Tom Junod, after they see a preview of the upcoming movie about the children’s television host that stars Tom Hanks. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is based on the Esquire Magazine cover story that Junod wrote in 1998, and Junod’s friendship with Mr. Rogers in the years that followed. While the film creates a tortured relationship between Junod and his dad to advance the plot, there was actually tremendous tension in Tom’s life as a writer for Esquire when the story was published that was not known even to his closest friends. Cal was startled, at times, during this talk with his friend of three decades – a conversation that will allow everyone to see the upcoming movie in a new light. 
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Apr 9th, 1958
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