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Friday, April 22, 2016

It Takes A Village To ...

PBS NewsHour:
‘Sesame Street’ moves to HBO, with re-airs on PBS
After calling PBS home for 45 years, HBO is now how you first get to “Sesame Street.”

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit group that produces the show, announced Thursday that the next five seasons of the popular educational children’s show will start premiering this fall on the premium cable network, famous for adult dramas such as “The Sopranos” and “Game of Thrones,” and made available to all its streaming services.

The five-year deal allows HBO to widen its programming to include a long-running and prestigious children’s show, while Sesame Workshop will be able to produce twice as much content each year.

The deal doesn’t mean “Sesame Street” has abandoned its PBS roots. The new episodes will be available to PBS and its member stations, free of charge, after a nine-month delay...

It takes a whole village to PAY to raise a child...

Premium channel HBO? If you can afford premium HBO, you can afford an au pair to nanny and tutor your child.
As far as the re-airings on PBS after 9 months, I guess we'll see about that.

I do not think my sour grapes on this news is just being a curmudgeon; I think our society lacks the imagination and drive to provide essential services for child upbringing at no cost for all people for the long term. This includes not only education, but also such things as paid 6 month leave for new parents, and a real commitment to eliminate child abuse.

Oh, we are committed to eliminating child abuse?!

I'm sorry. I guess I got a different idea from looking at all those Syrian kids washing up on the shores of the Mediterranean, and NATO's thinking that things will improve by paying off the nouveau tyrant Erdogan, who will probably apply a variant of the Armenian Solution to this problem.


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