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PBS KIDS VIPWhile Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day here in the 'States, it's "Neighbor Day" for the residents of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD on PBS KIDS. In this new, half-hour episode, "Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, culminating with the declaration of 'Neighbor Day'!" It's also a "Musical Event," and you can check out a preview below...

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If you spin it back to the beginning, August 11, 1973 is viewed by many to be the true beginning of Hip-Hop as a movement. As a kid from the South Suburbs of Chicago, I felt the influence of hip-hop from a young age (starting in elementary school in Chicago Heights), eventually making Yo! MTV Raps an after-school stable. Ed Lover and Dr. Dre introduced me to a new world of music, that even in my later, metal-loving years, has a lot of respect here at Rock Father HQ. Now, my friends at PBS are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop with a special section, and an Independent Lens special. Check out videos on PBS.org, or check out HIP-HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES below...

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PBS KIDS VIP BloggerIt's a known fact that I'm not a fan of ICONA POP. While The Rock Father might not love "I Love It," I do love COOKIE MONSTER, and today my big blue friend finally made "I Love It" worth listening to through his reworked cover, "Me Want It." The new, Cookie-centric version of the song comes from SESAME STREET Season 44 (premiering September 16, 2013 on PBS KIDS!), in which Cookie Monster has his own segment to help kids learn to practice self-restraint. Check out Cookie's new video below, along with a full playlist of Sesame Street Season 44 Previews... including the SONS OF ANARCHY riff, "Sons of Poetry," and the introduction of Sesame Street's newest resident, 'Mando!

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My friends over at PBS Digital Studios have something really great to share today - a previously-unheard interview from LOUIS ARMSTRONG, conducted in 1964 by "two young kids" - Michael Aisner and James R. Stein, for the New Trier High School radio station. The interview took place at Ravinia - which is fairly close to Rock Father HQ here in Chicago's Northern Suburbs, and features Satchmo discussing the origin of his nickname, how his career got started and more. It's fascinating to hear, but also fun to watch as it's been animated as part of BLANK ON BLANK, the ongoing series from David Gerlach. Check it out below.

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PBS KIDS VIPAs many of you know, I'm one of the 2013 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Ambassadors, so it's always my pleasure to spread the word on some great educational entertainment that the folks at PBS have been cooking up. Today comes word that PBS Distribution will be releasing four, all-new DVDs this July that will help educate kids on bullying (ARTHUR Stands Up To Bullying), star gazing (DINOSAUR TRAIN: Nature Trackers), making healthy treat decisions (SUPER WHY! Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure), and what it means to be a "big kid" (CAILLOU: Big Kid Caillou). The Rock Father has full details on all four titles below...

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PBS KIDS VIPMy oldest daughter just wrapped preschool for the season, and while I do have her enrolled in a Day Camp a couple of days a week throughout the summer, I - like many parents - want to make sure that learning doesn't take a break just because school's out. To help combat the summer learning slump (a genuine issue that the National Summer Learning Association has data on), my friends at PBS KIDS have come up with a variety of FREE RESOURCES for kids and parents, including 10 weeks of themed programming, printable activities, and they've developed some great partnerships to keep learning fun and productive all summer long.

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