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'How to Dance in Ohio' on HBO

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.25.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

My favorite moments are the girls preparing for the dance, particularly selecting their gowns in a local bridal boutique. The fashion moment plays with our standards of beauty and self-image.

A Look at 20 Hot Holiday Toys for 2015

Laurie Schacht | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

What makes a toy hot? Is it hot because it's on TV every 20 minutes in front of your kids or because all of their friends have it so they absolutely must have one too? Or is it hot because it's based on a character they truly love, a passion that they have or their own unique play style, even if they haven't asked for it yet?

How Elmo Taught My Kids About Death

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I started with a very basic definition of dead: something that's not moving or breathing. Then I explained how some things are never alive and others are alive for a while and then they die. And finally, I used Elmo's World type questions to help him sort out the ideas and the differences.

Let Your Imagination Run Away With Playtime

Laurie Schacht | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

This holiday season, the tech-driven toy industry is balanced out with a variety of toys that encourage kids to create wonderful stories, pretend to be someone new, or practice what they'd like to be what they grow up. Here are some great new items on the shelves to get your kids' imaginations started.

5 Things You Don't Know About Bob McGrath On The 45th Anniversary Of 'Sesame Street'

Pat Gallagher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Five things you don't know about Bob McGrath on the 45th anniversary of 'Sesame Street.'

Viola Davis Teaches Elmo How To Get Away With Partying

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment

Viola Davis stopped by Sesame Street to teach Elmo a valuable lesson: how to party. The "How To Get Away With Murder" star taught Elmo all about fiest...

Lupita Nyong'o's 'Sesame Street' Bit On Skin Is Truly Wonderful

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment

Lupita Nyong'o made her debut on American "Sesame Street" and it was, well, perfect. Elmo and Nyong'o talk about skin -- apparently, Elmo has skin, to...

Elmo Puppeteer's Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dismissed

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Crime

(Adds comment from Clash spokesman, byline) By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, June 20 (Reuters) - A federal judge in Pennsyl...

Today's Parenting Lesson Brought to You By the Letter 'J' for 'Judgemental'

Whitney Fisch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Whitney Fisch

The mass marketing of Elmo still creeps me out but all-in-all, I'm realizing that fighting Elmo isn't the fight I want or should be fighting. For my daughter, Elmo represents fun.

Apparently, I Love Beer More Than I Love My Daughter

Ben Hallman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Ben Hallman

An accounting of my spending reveals that when I told my daughter we couldn't afford the book, what I meant was that I'd rather spend that money on something else. That something, in most instances, is beer.

Generosity Is the New Currency

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Studies show that being generous with one's time, for example through volunteering, can lengthen your life, lower blood pressure, help manage pain and boost overall feelings of well-being.

Folk-Rock Heroes: Conversations with Steve Forbert, Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin, Plus Terence P. Minogue & American Voices' 'Gaudete' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Season of Joy is the latest offering of Christmas songs, old and new, from Terence P. Minogue. The album leads us through three special aspects of Christmas Part 1 -- The Season is for the weeks before Christmas, the busy time in anticipation of the upcoming festivities.

It's OK: Let Elmo Be a Carrot Pusher

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

The Produce Marketing Association's growers, suppliers and retailers will be allowed for two years to use iconic characters such as Elmo and Big Bird in messaging and on produce sold in stores -- all without paying any licensing fees.

Anti-Semitic 'Elmo' Gets Year In Jail

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Luke Swiderski NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A bogus costumed Elmo, who collected tips for cuddling children in family photos in New ...

This May Be The Happiest Thing Ever Filmed

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.26.2013 | Comedy

To honor the 44th season of "Sesame Street," Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and others from the "Sesame Street" gang...

What Your Favorite Sesame Street Character Says About You

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.24.2013 | TV

Let's just put this out there so everyone is clear: Sesame Street is awesome. And not in an ironic, it's-cool-to-love-a-kids-show-because-we're-adults...

Elmo-Dressed Man Admits Girl Scouts Scam After Anti-Semitic Tirade

AP | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime

NEW YORK -- A homeless man who went on an anti-Semitic tirade in New York City's Times Square while dressed as Elmo is facing prison time for a plot t...

The Count & Elmo Sing Jay Z

Posted 08.07.2013 | Comedy

There's simply nothing better than Sesame Street characters singing today's hits... nothing. (Watch out for some NSFW language.) Via Tastefully Of...

Kevin Clash Gets Some Good News

AP | Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys, won three Daytime Emmy Awards...

Elmo And Jon Hamm Explain Sculpture... And It's Adorable

Posted 04.16.2013 | Arts

In this adorable Sesame Street video, Elmo and his pal Jon Hamm do their best to explain the art of sculpture to the masses. The benevolent red artis...

Elmo Teaching Online Safety? That's Cool!

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 04.17.2013 | Parents
Hemanshu Nigam

Technology solutions offer parents powerful tools to protect children from online risks, but education remains critical in empowering young users to follow safe practices and gain Internet independence.

Kissing Cousins

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.22.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Uh oh. We're coming up once again to that holiday in December that FOX News claims liberals declared a war on. But a couple recent news items make us wonder if the real soldiers in the war on Christmas aren't our friends in red states.

Hollywood's Signs The World Actually Is Ending

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment

Who knew that in the ancient Mayan calendar, they would have predicted so much that pointed to the end of the world? Like the exact date that Lindsay ...

9 Celebrities Who Behaved Badly In 2012

Pat Gallagher | Posted 02.18.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

These post 50 celebrities show wisdom doesn't necessary come with age. Sometimes midlife can present some situations that stir up the pot, leading to lapses in judgment that would make even Lindsay Lohan (on a good day) gasp.

CARTOON: Elmo Sex Scandal Affecting More Than Just Sesame Street

Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices

With every passing day the controversy surrounding Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo, seems to hold more twist and turns. With a fourth accuser co...