Sesame Street

Sesame Street to help Syrian refugees

The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee have won a $100m (£75m) grant to help with the "toxic stress" on child refugees.

It will help children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria

Jeffrey Dunn, head of Sesame Workshop, said Syria's refugee crisis was the "humanitarian issue of our time".

"This may be our most important initiative ever," he said.

Tackling trauma

The award has been made by the Chicago-based John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, which wants to make "big bets" on influencing major challenges.

Kermit the Frog's new voice

In July, Matt Vogel replaced former puppeteer Steve Whitmire, who had portrayed the character for 27 years.

Whitmire took over as the voice of Kermit after the famous frog's creator and originator of the voice, Jim Henson, died suddenly in 1990.

How Sesame Street tackles social issues

The character's already featured in digital and printed storybooks, but will debut on TV next month.

Her introduction will attempt to explain the complex topic of autism to a young audience.

But this isn't the first time Sesame Street has been a trailblazer in introducing socially progressive characters to children.

Look back at some of the other characters who've attempted to explain difficult issues to children.

Sesame Street' fans mourn loss of Bob, Gordon and Luis

On Thursday, news broke that actor Bob McGrath, who has played "Bob" since 1969, had announced that he "has been graciously let go" from the show, along with Roscoe Orman ("Gordon") and Emilio Delgado ("Luis").

It was announced last year that the series was moving to HBO. At the time, some fans raised alarms that children without access to the premium cable channel would miss out.

New episodes will air on the premium cable channel and then appear on the free airwaves later.

Sesame Street Is Headed to HBO

It's going to be HBO.

While the classic family favorite isn't leaving PBS anytime soon, Sesame Workshop announced today that HBO and its various platforms will be showing the next five seasons of Sesame Street, allowing producers to make nearly twice as much content that, after a nine-month window, will be free for PBS affiliates. (So if that alone means fewer between-programming telethons, we're on board.)

Remember, Fraggle Rock originated on HBO back in the day, so this isn't quite as strange as it sounds when you first hear it.