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Reading Rainbow

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LeVar Burton Becomes A Musician Thanks To The Reading Rainbow Remix

Earlier this year, Star Trek actor LeVar Burton was able to secure the Reading Rainbow Twitter account (much like we just secured @TheMarySue) and we knew great things were on the horizon. The latest? PBS Digital Studios’ John D. Boswell remixed the classic opening tune to the show. If you really hate auto-tune you may not like this particular video but we think Mr. Burton sounds pretty rad.

(via Geekosystem)

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You Mess With Big Bird, You Mess With La Forge

I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion. Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children. PBS represents .00016% of our nation’s budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances. Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all…

But you don’t have to take my word for it… Make your own decision about how you feel about Romney’s campaign against PBS, and act.LeVar Burton.

To our nerdy selves, LeVar Burton is first and foremost Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of the USS Enterprise. But to our inner children, he’s first and foremost LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow, the third longest running kids series on PBS, behind Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (and still alive and well today in best selling app form). And with the use of his Reading Rainbow catch phrase, you know he’s still got it.

Previously in PBS

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Almost Totally Excellent

Jimmy Fallon Sings The Reading Rainbow Theme Song in the Style of The Doors

Oh, Jimmy. We appreciate your silly song stylings. We especially enjoy them when it means we get to wake up to you singing one of our favorite childhood theme songs in a changed-up style. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of this scene, but we’ll also be adding this one to our roster of favorite Reading Rainbow covers.

(via Late Night)

Elsewhere on the internet

LeVar Burton Secures Reading Rainbow Twitter Account To Promote New App

Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and host of the PBS children’s television show Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton, has carved out a nice niche for himself on Twitter the last few years but he used the clout of his verified status, and 1.7 million followers, recently to commandeer another Twitter account for a very specific cause. @ReadingRainbow, previously held by another user, is now Burton’s to promote a Reading Rainbow app for the iPad.

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it's time to play the music

Jimmy Fallon (As Jim Morrison) Sings the Reading Rainbow Theme Song [Video]

One of the best things that Jimmy Fallon (aka The Most Popular Boy in School Who Talked to Us That One Time) does on his late-night show is continue to play characters and do impressions, including musical ones. And when he does Jim Morrison (backed up by some excellent Doors impersonators), singing a badass version of the Reading Rainbow theme song, we pay attention. And then we realize what a great Doors song it might be. And how incredibly Gen-X-y this all is.

(via Laughing Squid)

Previously in Jimmy Fallon

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: How to Make Jack Skellington Cake Pops

Only forty-six baking days left until Halloween. (GeekMom)

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Ask a Muppet

LeVar Burton and Kermit Discuss Classic Pig Literature [Video]

Let’s put our library cards on the table, folks: Kermit is piggy-whipped.

(YouTube)