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Millennials cry happy tears as 'Reading Rainbow' debuts on Netflix.

Take a look. It's in a book. Scratch that. It's streaming on your phone.

"Reading Rainbow," the beloved children's program hosted by LeVar Burton, ran for an astounding 21 seasons.

The show debuted in 1983 as a way to encourage kids to read. It aired for 26 years before ending its run in 2009.

In that time, the show received tremendous critical acclaim, earning 26 Daytime Emmys and a Peabody Award. Not to mention the love and adoration of an entire generation of children and their parents.


Burton after his Daytime Emmy award in 2002. Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images.

The show's been off the air since 2009, but snag a juice box and get comfy because "Reading Rainbow" is coming back ... to Netflix!

A select volume of episodes of the iconic TV show will arrive on the popular streaming service Aug. 1, 2015.

And there's more where that came from. Brand new episodes of "Reading Rainbow" are on the way, too.

In 2014, Burton started a Kickstarter campaign to produce new episodes of the show.

He launched the campaign with a goal of raising $1 million, and he did it — in 11 HOURS!



Since surpassing the campaign's stretch goal of $5 million, Burton's been hard at work shooting more content for the new "Reading Rainbow" and developing Skybrary, a digital children's library of books and videos. While the new episodes won't be available on Netflix, Burton hopes to make the content available on mobile devices, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles.

These kids aren't watching "Reading Rainbow" ... yet. Burton hopes to deliver new episodes of the show to mobile devices and gaming consoles. Photo by Francois Guillot//AFP/Getty Images.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Burton shared his excitement about delivering the new episodes of the show in an interactive format.

"I have to say, as a fan of technology, I guess I've always thought counterintuitively about this because with Reading Rainbow the television series, the debate 31 years ago — when we first began this journey — was: Is television the enemy of education? And I thought, here in television lies a great assist and a great ally in educating our kids. I feel the same way about the current digital media. I think that this is a tremendous opportunity for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that these gadgets that we all carry around are so engaging. We want to spend time on them, we want to interact with them, and that interaction is something television does not offer. So I'm really excited about the potential for technology being a great tool in the education process."

But for now, we're just days away from reliving some of our favorite "Reading Rainbow" episodes on Netflix.

Not to mention, one of the best theme songs of all time. Yeah, I said it.

Sing it with me,"Butterfly in the skyyyyyyyyy, I can go twice as highhhhhhhh."

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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