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Postcards from Buster; Beats By The Bay: San Francisco, CA



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Postcards from Buster
Beats By The Bay: San Francisco, CA
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Buster, one of the most popular characters on ARTHUR will accompany his airline pilot father as he flies the fictional Latin rock group Los Viajeros on a concert tour of the United States, with forays into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Buster will stay in touch with his friends back home via a small, hand-held digital video camera. These first-person video "postcards" will be in the form of live-action, P.O.V.-style footage of the places visited in the show. Narrated by Buster, they are woven seamlessly into each animated story. "It's important for children to experience cultures different from their own," says WGBH executive producer Carol Greenwald. "Putting Buster on the road and immersing him in real-life settings via the live-action 'postcards' is a perfect vehicle to teach children about the rich and complex cultural life that exists across America." Series release date: 2004

Program Description

Carlos and Mora's new music video is selected to debut on 2CoolTV. The only problem is, the song isn't finished, and they haven't even begun to think about the video! So while Carlos and Mora scramble to finish the song, Buster directs a video featuring hip hop dancers Briaunna, Darianne, and Zack grooving their way around San Francisco and proving that hip hop is for everyone.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of daily life and culture in and around San Francisco, through the eyes of three young hip hop dancers. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children and families in this episode. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to discuss ability and possibilities and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to action verbs.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Beats By The Bay: San Francisco, CA,” 01/10/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_14C8A272CC2B41EFA11E5E57E732EDAD.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Beats By The Bay: San Francisco, CA.” 01/10/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_14C8A272CC2B41EFA11E5E57E732EDAD>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Beats By The Bay: San Francisco, CA. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_14C8A272CC2B41EFA11E5E57E732EDAD
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