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KidPop News: The Hub Kills Off Discovery Kids

New children's cable network, The Hub, has sent Discovery Kids to an early grave. Illustration: Christopher Healy
DISCOVERY KIDS CHANNEL DROPS EDUCATIONAL VENEER, BECOMES "THE HUB" If your kids were among the relatively few fans...
The Hub is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro -- yes, the toy company. As you might imagine, the Hasbro connection doesn't sit well with some folks.

KidPop News: Obama, Super Mario, and Literary Lions

Obama Picture Book Due Out in November
Credit: Amazon
I can hear the pundits now: The president wrote a children's book! It's propaganda! It's a stunt for the midterms! I think we can all relax -- It's just a picture book. It's called "Of Th...
Obama's publishing a kid's book and Super Mario turns 25? What is the world coming to?

I Hate That My Kids Hate 'Dora the Explorer'

In Dora's 10 years, my daughter has loved her. Then hated her. And now? Credit: Nick Jr.
As the iconic Dora the Explorer celebrates its 10th year on the air this week, I began to reflect on my own children's relationship with the spunky Latina ...

Pop Culture Smackdown: Polar Bears vs. Penguins!

Which cold-weather creature comes out on top in pop culture? Illustration: Christopher Healy
We've always had a fascination with cold-weather animals. Perhaps it's because they live in environments we never could. Polar bears and penguins are ani...

Opinion: SpongeBob is Living in My Brain ... And He Won't Leave!

SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora Explorer show up at a Minnesota Timberwolves basektball game. (And we didn't even know they were dating.) Credit: Getty Images
Sometimes we in the press must report depressing, even tragic, news. We don't enjoy telli...

Is Cookie Monster Morally Superior to SpongeBob?

Is Cookie Monster morally superior to SpongeBob Squarepants? Paula Kerger would say so. She's the president of the Public Broadcasting Service. At a meeting of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., last week, she told critic...

Steve Burns: The Blue's Clues Host

Steve Burns is best known as the original host of the long-running children's television show "Blue's Clues." Burns was born on October 9, 1973, in Boyertown, Pa. He studied theater on a scholarship at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., but...

Blue's Clues

"Blue's Clues" was a popular, long-running children's television show on Nickelodeon. The show, which aired from 1996 to 2006, featured Blue, an animated dog who interacted with a human host . "Blues Clues" producers created the show based on thei...

Beyoncé Appears On Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

Beyoncé Knowles is having a big week. First she fights off a fake tape of her singing horribly off-key. Then her movie, "Obsessed", opens at number one despite the fact that critics seemed to hate it. Oh, and she has a mega-multi-super-uber...

Sesame Street Gets Downsized

With so many people from all walks of life losing their homes these days, it seems that no neighborhood is immune to the credit crunch; from the row houses of Chicago to the gated estates of Palm Beach, foreclosure signs are popping up everywhere. Th...

Reality Shows Kids Watch

With so much unscripted programming on television these days, you might wonder who's watching it. Turns out the answer is: Our kids! Surprise, surprise. A lot of reality shows are being enjoyed by children as young as 7 or 8 years old. Here are so...

The Electric Company is Back!

A few years back, I purchased the DVD collection, The Best of The Electric Company. I bought it for Ellie, but I probably enjoyed watching it more than she did. I loved that show as a child but had forgotten just how clever it really was. Witty and k...

No TV for toddlers unless it is educational

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under two shouldn't be watching television at all and that older children should be limited in what and how long they watch. But a new study by University of Washington researchers has looked a li...


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