In 2011, PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman paid a visit to Sesame Street, where he taught Grover about Walter Michel’s famous “Marshmallow Test” – a psychological experiment where a child is given a choice between eating one marshmallow now, or waiting and earning a second marshmallow later. Continue reading
The NewsHour itself has made several visits to PBS-neighbor Sesame Street over the years, from its “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” incarnation all the way through to the PBS NewsHour. Here are some of our favorites.
“Sesame Street,” the long-running children’s television series, celebrates its 45th birthday today. To look back at 45 seasons entertaining and education children, the show’s Twitter feed shared 45 facts Monday; including Oscar the Grouch’s original color, Elmo’s favorite food and how Cookie Monster’s fingers set him apart from his other fellow monsters.
If taught young, self-control skills can have strong protective effects, even helping those whose vulnerabilities might make them more likely to fall behind economically. That’s according to Walter Mischel, author of “The Marshmallow Test,” in part four of his conversation with Paul Solman. Continue reading
A study found that self-control at age 3 predicts financial competence in adulthood. But does that finding make researchers fatalistically depressed or tremendously encouraged? Continue reading
As part of his continuing coverage of Making Sen$e of financial news, business correspondent Paul Solman reports on how “Sesame Street” friends Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster are teaching children smart ways to save and spend money — and how many adults could use a refresher on the basics of saving for the future. Continue reading
In “Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale,” a simple trip to the laundromat gone awry provides plenty of dramatic and comedic material for a 31-page picture book. But is it enough to support a 45-minute musical? That was the challenge for author, illustrator, and now playwright, Mo Willems, whose very popular children’s book has just been transformed into a stage performance at the Kennedy Center.
On the 40th anniversary of ‘Sesame Street,” Jeffrey Brown explores how the classic PBS program has helped shape childhood education in the United States and around the world. Continue reading