Ruff And Ready

Good news for fans of Ruff Ruffman – the star of the fan-favorite PBS Kids series will be returning this fall in The Ruff Ruffman Show, an all-new short-form animated digital series.

Along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, the canine host extraordinaire will answer questions from real kids, take on challenges and learn the value of perseverance – all while modeling science inquiry skills.

The 20-episode series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities and will be available on PBS Kids digital platforms on September 20.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.

It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.

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But You Don’t Have To Take My Word For It

I mentioned this a while back but Reading Rainbow‘s LeVar Burton will be a guest at this weekend’s Raleigh Supercon. The amazing event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center July 14-16 and features actors, entertainers and creators from the world of pop culture, science fiction, fantasy, anime, video games and more. Burton will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

What time is it? Let’s ask Snook the sloth! For those unfamiliar with the arboreal edentate, he was the star of the PBS Kids show It’s A Big, Big World, which debuted in 2006. And now his furry face graces a clock in our Community Engagement department, ever ready to tell you the hour and minute of the day. Interestingly enough, the clock does not run slow.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

As you may have gathered, I’m a big fan of Wishbone – the little dog with the big imagination. It was a cool show with a great premise (bring classic books to a young audience) and an ultra-cute canine star. So you can understand my surprise to stumble upon this promotional Wishbone stand-up in a co-worker’s cubicle.

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The display probably dates back to the early days of the show (mid-90s) but I’ve no idea as to its actual origins. I could ask but I don’t want to tip my hand if the cardboard doggie happens to go walkies.