October 6, 2007 |
On Sept. 18, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street," launched the first in a series of video podcasts available for free download on iTunes. It was an instant success. Think painful supermarket moments, noisy dentist office moments and embarrassing restaurant moments: Mom or Dad whips out the iPod. Baby pacified. Baby learning!
May 1, 2007 |
"Puppet regimes" are back in the Middle East. Once again, they're promoting peace, diversity and the importance of brushing your teeth. New episodes of "Sesame Street" are going on TV in Israel and the Palestinian territories, producers report, years after the original versions signed off because of a lack of funds. As with the popular U.S. program -- designed to enhance basic educational content for youngsters -- producers tailored the Mideast casts and story lines to fit the audiences.
December 26, 2006 |
Children left behind when their mother or father or sometimes both are sent away to fight are the hidden casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A PBS special with advice on how families can hold together during wartime separations is both a practical guide and a window into a world that many Americans are unfamiliar with.
July 14, 2006 |
Military families trying to tell their young children about Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas are about to get some help from Elmo and the gang at "Sesame Street." Sesame Workshop has produced a DVD, in English and Spanish, that will be distributed free to military families next month. The DVD shows Elmo and his parents preparing for Elmo's dad to be deployed, though it doesn't say where he's going.
March 24, 2006 |
How young is too young to park a baby in front of the TV set? The American Academy of Pediatrics' rule has been steadfast: No television under age 2. Now the venerable educational organization that pioneered "Sesame Street" is lowering that age limit with a new DVD series, "Sesame Beginnings," which targets babies and toddlers from 6 months to 2 years.
September 2, 2005 |
"The Electric Company" is coming back -- but not for kids. Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop) is working on a four-DVD boxed set that will be released Feb. 7, featuring 24 of the 780 episodes of the series that aired on PBS from 1971 to 1977. "The Electric Company" emphasized reading skills for young minds who had graduated from "Sesame Street." The soundtrack won a Grammy in 1972, and the writers won an Emmy in 1973. The DVD has been in the works for years.