'Sesame Beginnings' Targets Baby TV Viewers

Baby Elmo wants to cozy up with the 0-2 age set. He's one of the characters in a new DVD series called Sesame Beginnings. Researchers question whether children under age 2 should be parked in front of the tube. Guest host Michel Martin looks at television programming aimed at babies.

Guests:

Rosemarie Truglio, vice president of education and research for Sesame Workshop.

Dr. Alvin Poussaint, director of the Media Center of the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston. He is also a professor of psychiatry and faculty associate dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School. He is also on the steering committee for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and parents opposed to marketing to children.

Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician and director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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