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Kids Culture Series on witf FM

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | May 29, 2013 12:27 PM
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Children are huge consumers of culture, gobbling up TV shows, books, games, apps and movies for hours every day -- but deep critical looks at the images and ideas they come away with are few and far between. There's little discussion about what kinds of cultural messages the creators thought they were sending, or what kinds of conclusions your child could draw about race, class, gender roles and religious values.

NPR's Arts Desk puts a new critical focus on media for children with an extensive series that takes children and the ideas they encounter seriously. The segments go beyond ratings and sorting things into age-appropriate baskets and instead turn to thoughtful exploration of media for kids. Look for stories from Bob Mondello on the dominance of PG-rated movies, Laura Sydell on video games, Mandalit del Barco on licensing tie-ins for kids' movies, and Sonari Glinton on Matchbox cars.

The series airs in June on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition on witf FM.

The Fosters - All Things Considered; Monday, June 3rd
A new show on ABC Family follows a family with one biological kid, two adopted kids and a new addition, a teenage foster child. Given how fostering is such an inherently dramatic situation, why hasn't this been a premise of a TV show before? And how do real-life foster families feel about the show?

Kid Books - All Things Considered
From Heidi to Hunger Games, are the classics being pushed out by more contemporary books? NPR's Lynn Neary reports.

Jose Luis Orozco  - Morning Edition
For decades, Jose Luis Orozco has entertained children with music he sings in English and Spanish. He's passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music and has written books for children as well.

Hard Subjects - Morning Edition
Part of being a child is learning about difficult subjects, from the death of a friend to sex, racism and the Holocaust. Some subjects that some families consider delicate, such as homosexuality, are completely run-of-the-mill to other families. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores how hard subjects are dealt with in many media

The Dominance of PG Ratings - All Things Considered
Part of being a child is learning about difficult subjects, from the death of a friend to sex, racism and the Holocaust. Some subjects that some families consider delicate, such as homosexuality, are completely run-of-the-mill to other families. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores how hard subjects are dealt with in many media

More stories coming the following week as well.

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