In an effort to address every fear or negative repercussion that might somehow arise from inventive and playful programming, I think Sesame Street lost some of its irreverence. More important, in making these kinds of changes, the show didn't give kids the credit they deserve for being able to separate what's real and what's not.
What strikes audiences immediately at the CSC production of Brecht's Galileo is how modern it feels. Today's polarizing political landscape, with attacks on established scientific theories, is a chilling reminder that Galileo's struggles mirror our own.
Justice Sotomayor is known for being down-to-earth and approachable. Even so, it's not so often that people just walk up to her on the street and ask her to resolve their disputes. Unless she's on Sesame Street, that is.
At last, an actual television critic has said it -- this stuff that we let our kids watch is good. Or, shall I say, at last a parent has said it -- we can talk about television for toddlers without bringing up pediatric guidelines or mommy guilt.
Fact-checking sites, pundits and politicians failed to deal with the issue. And despite the AP story, no major American journalist, columnist, debater or think tank has demanded that Gingrich apologize for this brazen lie.
"One of the things that I learned from Paul Simon's class is that all the stories have been told, it's the way you tell that story that's your thumbprint. That's really the job of the writer."
You would never want your kid's teachers to find out that you once pulled up old Sesame Street clips on YouTube and then left them unsupervised while you made a phone call.
For more than half a century, TV hipsters have had a profound effect on American culture. These characters taught many of us the importance of oddball tastes, wardrobe thrifting and (perhaps more importantly) the ever-lasting power of snark.
Kermit the Frog was the target of many of the questions. He was asked to elaborate on his time as a community organizer on Sesame Street, and at one point a committee member asked, "Is it not true, Mr. The Frog, that thanks to affirmative action, it is, in fact, easier being green?"
Murray Monster may not be as famous as his amphibious and porcine companions, but he is a key reason why his TV show, Sesame Street, is still thriving deep into its 42nd season.
I don't mean to suggest that every successful joke about autism will necessarily portray it positively. But I do think that good jokes at least have to portray autism originally. Easy stereotypes don't get laughs, no matter what the topic.
By: Noah Nelson Publicity photo courtesy Submarine Deluxe/Constance Marks Full disclosure: the first time I became aware of the Elmo phenomenon I...
Products like the Kinect can and will play a huge part in our kids' future development. With it's immersive interactivity, the experience becomes as much about kids teaching themselves as it is about being taught.
The report finds that a primary factor underlying the persistent harassment, ridicule and discrimination against American Muslim children is the American mainstream's general misperception of Islam and Muslims.
An interview with Constance Marks, director of a documentary on Kevin Clash, the creator of Elmo.