Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Theater, New Episode Trailer!: Overdue!

by Jim Cheff Overdue! – Briscoe’s overdue library book unleashes the wrath of the Krone Brezheen – five fearsome knights who ride robot sharks, and punish those who abuse their library privileges! Can Mary and Briscoe…

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Posted in Children Common Dreams Coronavirus Family Separation ICE

Judge orders release of children held by ICE

Advocates are calling on the agency to also immediately release parents. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday, June 27 A federal judge ruled Friday evening that immigrant children held in ICE detention must be released by…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News Pro Publica

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News The Conversation Youth

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic

  by Mark Hicar, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Critically ill children have been ending up in intensive care units with shock-like symptoms in recent weeks, adding yet…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Theater, New Episode!: Overdue!

by Jim Cheff Overdue! – Briscoe’s overdue library book unleashes the wrath of the Krone Brezheen – five fearsome knights who ride robot sharks, and punish those who abuse their library privileges! Can Mary and Briscoe…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Theater: Novice Dancer on the Streams of Time – Part Two of ‘The Marvelous Music Box of Moxo Boxo.’

Novice Dancer on the Streams of Time – Part Two of ‘The Marvelous Music Box of Moxo Boxo.’ Mary and her companions must journey back in Time to stop the Big Nothing. It’s up to Whichway…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Theater: The Marvelous Music Box Of Moxo Boxo

The Marvelous Music Box Of Moxo Boxo – The mystery of a slowly vanishing planet called Moxo Boxo results in the reappearance of an old friend … and the arrival, perhaps, of a new enemy! A…

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Mary Farfisa Episode 19: Blase Koolkatt

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Posted in Children Homelessness News Privacy Safety Net The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

America’s poorest children won’t get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus

Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools aren’t only places where kids learn. They are also places where kids eat. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, 30 million U.S. children – some…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Adventure episode 19 – Into The Unexpected

Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Adventure episode 19 – Into The Unexpected – Mary and Briscoe travel to three different worlds, and find the unexpected on each of them! They search for a musical instrument called the…

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Mary Farfisa Radio Theater episode 18: The Asterodeo

The Asterodeo – Mary Farfisa and Briscoe discover a rodeo in Outer Space – where students rope, ride and catch the musical instruments of their dreams! A children’s radio series written and produced by Jim Cheff….

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Radio Theater – Episode 17 A Visit to Music Together – 

Mary Farfisa ‘s Outer Space Radio Theater — Episode 17 A visit to Music Together —  Mary Farfisa and Briscoe the Space-horse visit a Music Together class in Flagstaff, Arizona, on the planet Earth! A children’s radio…

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Posted in Analysis Children Education funding Politics Poverty Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Democratic candidates seek a big and unprecedented K-12 funding boost

David S. Knight, University of Washington Democratic presidential candidates are proposing new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders want to triple the US$15 billion…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outerspace Adventures episode 16 – The Dream Boat

THE DREAM BOAT – The flying ‘Dream Boat’ has hit a cloud-berg, and its cargo of musical dreams are escaping. Captain Slumber and his First Mate, Jollypop, ask Mary and Briscoe to help. A children’s radio…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outerspace Adventures: Episode 15 – The Solar Heathcliffe

THE SOLAR HEATHCLIFFE – What happens when a rare and wildly-anticipated Cosmic Event … gets stage fright? Find out in today’s episode! A children’s radio series written and produced by Jim Cheff. Starring Cara Alboucq, Leslie…

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Unique ‘Mary Farfisa’ Episode, A River In Space, touches on old age, Alzheimer’s

  By Jim Cheff, The Meteor ‘Mary Farfisa’ is a series of radio plays for children, created by writer/artist Jim Cheff. It ran for two years on Radio Sunnyside in Flagstaff. It now can be found…

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Mary Farfisa’s Outer Space Adventures: Episode 14 – A River In Space

A RIVER IN SPACE – While exploring a river in Outer Space, Mary and Briscoe visit a Nursing Home for Fading Stars. Mary meets a very old Sun named Mr. Corona. He’s cooled off, and all…

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Mary Farfisa – episode 14 Us, Or Ice Cream

Mary Farfisa – episode 14 US, OR ICE CREAM – When the Universe needs fixing, it needs a Handyman! THAT, of course, is Handyman How! But Handyman How always needs an assistant – and THAT, of…

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Posted in Analysis Children Environment Food Health Health Labor News Off the wire Science

Why California is banning chlorpyrifos, a widely-used pesticide: 5 questions answered

Gina Solomon, University of California, San Francisco Editor’s note: California, the top U.S. food-producing state, is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children. Gina Solomon, a principal…

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Mary Farfisa ep 13: Scent of the Star-Dodo

Scent of the Star-Dodo – Jayne Sarrah! found out where she came from … and she’s NOT happy about it! Mary Farfisa thinks going to a Skunk mustache concert on the planet Holjernozia will cheer up…

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The Outer Space Adventures of Mary Farfisa: episode 11 – The Empty Eggs Of Embrios

The Outer Space Adventures of Mary Farfisa: episode 11 – The Empty Eggs Of EMBRIOS – Mary’s “frenemy” Jayne Sarrah! steers the Toolbox beyond the Wall of Sleep, in search of her origins. But Handyman How is…

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Mary Farfisa's Outer Space Adventures: Episode 10: Time Out!
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The Outer Space Adventures of Mary Farfisa – ep 10 – Time Out!

TIME OUT! – The perky Mary Farfisa and the petulant Jayne Sarrah! are forced to endure each other’s company in this interstellar tale of mistaken identity. A children’s radio series written and produced by Jim Cheff….

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Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Children Environment Environmental Justice Mexico News Off the wire

Massive spill highlights outdated water quality standards, government oversight in Mexico

Editor’s note: This report is part of an AZCIR collaboration with KPBS’ Fronteras Project, a regional news collaborative that produces reports on the changing culture and demographics of the American West and Southwest. The reporting was…

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Mary Farfisa – Joyride

JOYRIDE! Handyman How asks Mary and Briscoe for help when his smart but bratty assistant Jayne Sarrah! runs off with the Toolbox. They set out to get the amazing vehicle, and his assistant, back. And, naturally,…

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