Kids urged to unlock a 'top secret video' when 1 billion views is reached. For 'Sesame Street,' the milestone — a first on YouTube for a nonprofit — reflects the multimedia nature of kids entertainment.
A new study that seeks to understand how new, kid-focused online venues effect adolescence says that social media forums can promote forms of social and identity development. Those skills, the study says, can help encourage civic involvement later in life.
Sesame Street made a first attempted a segment on divorce in 1992, but it made preschoolers cry so it never aired. It has now returned to divorce with segments airing online only.
The Obama campaign's new ad attacking Romney for promising to cut Big Bird's funding has been criticized by conservatives, the Sesame Workshop CEO, and even some Democrats.
Eliminating federal spending for the whole Corporation for Public Broadcasting, not just Big Bird and 'Sesame Street,' would save about $445 million a year. It is less than a speck in overall government spending, but that's not MItt Romney's point.
It may not be easy being green like Muppet favorite Kermit the Frog, but sometimes it's even harder to be hip.
Ron Schiller, the executive caught in the hidden-camera sting, says NPR, which gets less than 2 percent of its budget from federal funds, would be 'better off.' But for rural stations, the figure can be 30 percent or higher.