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Thursday, September 14 2017 12:26

Exclusive Clip Debut: PEG + CAT - "The Mariachi Problem"

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There's a new problem for PEG + CAT to solve, and tomorrow, September 15, 2017, they'll tackle it in an all-new episode premiering nationally on PBS KIDS! The Mariachi Problem features an appearance from the internationally-acclaimed Latin Grammy-nominated Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only all-women mariachi band to hail from New York. The seven members of Mariachi Flor de Toloache play themselves in their first-ever animated appearance, and sing original counting songs as they help Cat serenade his lady love, Rosana, on a fun road trip to Mexico. The episode premiere is timed to the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month, and today The Fred Rogers Company and The Rock Father™ are pleased to give you an exclusive look at a brand-new clip!

About the Series: Airing daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings), Peg + Cat is an animated math-based series for children ages 3-5 years old. The show follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems together, and learn foundational math concepts and skills.  In each 12 minute episode, Peg and Cat face A REALLY BIG PROBLEM, a messy funny crisis they must somehow solve without totally freaking out!

Along the way, they grapple with all kinds of loony, loopy obstacles, under intense time pressure.  They write out diagrams and charts on the graph paper that comprises their background.  They interact with one another in their own quirky, comical way.  And somehow, they always find a way to solve the math and save the day.

The Mariachi Problem

Peg + Cat will inspire preschoolers’ natural curiosity about math and help them develop new skills and strategies for solving problems creatively in their daily lives.  Through engaging characters, whimsical stories, and songs, the show will celebrate the ways in which math plays a role in their world.

By using characters kids relate to and laugh with, and situations they’re thrilled and entertained by, PEG + CAT makes math problems cool.

You never know who Peg and Cat may encounter along the way! In addition to Mariachi Flor de Toloache, prima ballerina Misty Copeland made a guest appearance on the show and Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) played the President of the United States. Peg + Cat has also featured animated versions of icons from Billie Holiday to Beethoven, Emily Dickinson to Einstein, Marie Curie and more!

Check out PBSKIDS.org/peg for more.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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