Kids & Family

Tue, February 9, 2016

Wisconsin Bookworms™, a collaborative outreach effort between Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education (WAHCE) and UW-Extension Family Living Programs, has grown to reach over 5,000 children annu

Wed, August 5, 2015

With less than 2 days to go before we Get Up and GO!, children, families, and communities all across Wisconsin are getting excited to get up, get out, and get active!

Wed, July 1, 2015

It’s July, and that means Wild Kratts Wednesdays have begun! 

Thu, June 18, 2015

Every dad is special in his own way. Father’s Day is a great opportunity to show dad how much he means to you. Here are 20 ideas to help make this Father’s Day one your dad won’t forget.

Wed, May 27, 2015

PBS KIDS Summer Safari will take you on a wild adventure all summer long - beginning in June with hour-long episodes of Dinosaur Train on Mondays!

Tue, May 5, 2015

I started out 2015 a little differently than most years. I didn't make resolutions for myself or my family like I usually do. I didn't commit to "lose 10 pounds by Valentine's Day," nor did I institute "family game night" every Sunday.

Thu, April 23, 2015

Death, sex, divorce … these are just a few of the topics that often stump parents when children ask about them. When tough topics come up on the news or at school, children come to us for reassurance and explanation.

Tue, December 2, 2014

The holidays can mean BIG stress for little ones, just as they can for adults – from changes in the daily routine to family squabbles and more.

Tue, November 25, 2014

It's Thanksgiving week, and Oscar the Grouch and his family celebrate in their own way- With Trashgiving Day! Trashgiving Day is one of the most rotten awful days of the year.

Thu, November 20, 2014

Join everyone's favorite monkey for "A Very Monkey Christmas" on Wednesday, November 26 at 7am and 2pm!

Tue, November 18, 2014

ODD SQUAD, a brand new live action kids’ show is premiering on WPT next Wednesday, November 26 at 8am!

Thu, November 13, 2014

Flu seasons is upon us, and as kids spend more time indoors, it's field day for germs!  Keeping kids entertained while they're home sick can be a challenge.

Tue, November 4, 2014

Today is Election Day! Share the importance of voting with your children with some help from PBS Kids.

Fri, October 31, 2014

Trick or treating safety is something that parents think a lot about. But trick or treating is also a great opportunity to help your kids learn about being a good neighbor.

Tue, October 28, 2014

Season 18 of Thomas & Friends is coming to WPT!

Tue, October 21, 2014

Halloween can be a lot of fun, but spooky costumes and decorations can also bring out fears in children that can be hard to manage.

Tue, October 14, 2014

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage ste

Thu, October 9, 2014

PBS KIDS recently announced the launch of Arthur’s Big App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! Designe

Tue, September 30, 2014

Have you signed up for the PBS Parents newsletter?  It's a great place to find:

Thu, September 25, 2014

Families can join everyone’s favorite aardvark for the premiere of season 18 of ARTHUR, beginning September 29 at 3:00pm on WPT.

Tue, September 23, 2014

Everyone loves to celebrate birthdays, especially with our little ones. But it's easy to go overboard and overwhelm yourself and your child during what should be a fun, happy time!

Thu, September 18, 2014

As the weather begins to cool down, you might start looking for indoor activities to fill the days with your preschooler.

Tue, September 16, 2014

Wisconsin native Mildred Fish-Harnack was the only American woman to be executed by direct order of Adolph Hitler during World War II.

Tue, September 9, 2014

It’s rhyme time! There are many benefits of reading rhyming books with kids; practicing patterns and improving memorization skills, recognizing rhythms, increasing phonological awareness and phonetic ability are just a few.

Thu, September 4, 2014

Teachers and parents know that children of all ages need to be read to or to read by themselves and to talk about books often.

Tue, September 2, 2014

More and more often, products are made and stores are desig

Tue, August 26, 2014

Times are changing at PBS Kids! Show times, that is! Beginning on September 1, Wisconsin Public Television will have a new schedule for children's programming.

Tue, August 19, 2014

In some parts of Wisconsin, students have already returned to school, with most starting in the next two weeks.

Tue, August 5, 2014

We hope everyone had a great time celebrating ways to "Get Up & Go" across Wisconsin last Friday!  To keep that level of activity going, why not celebrate National Exercise with Your Child Week?

Tue, July 29, 2014

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Tue, July 22, 2014

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Tue, July 15, 2014

Take your kids on fantastic adventures to explore our world with PLUM LANDING, an exciting environmental science project from WGBH Boston that helps kids develop a love for, and connection to,

Tue, July 8, 2014

All this week, PBS KIDS will feature NEW episodes of Wild Kratts, starting with a special premiere of WILD KRATTS: BACK IN CREATURE TIME.

Tue, July 1, 2014

This Friday, July 4 at 8am and 1pm, join Peg and Cat as they use a map to help George Washington and his team cross the Delaware River.

Tue, June 24, 2014
Wisconsin Public Television is teaming up with the Madison Mallards and the LaCrosse Loggers for Wisc
Tue, June 17, 2014

New episodes of lots of your favorite PBS KIDS shows are coming up in the next few weeks!  

Tue, June 10, 2014

Father's Day is Sunday, June 15.  Father's Day was first proposed in 1909 by Sonora Dodd- She got the idea while listening to a Mother's Day sermon.

Tue, June 3, 2014

The school year is winding down for kids across Wisconsin.  As excited as kids (and parents!) can be about the start of summer, transitions can be challenging.

Thu, May 29, 2014

Today we join our friends around the world to celebrate the life of an incredible woman, Maya Angelou.

Tue, May 27, 2014

It's double the fun this summer with a new kids' schedule!

Thu, May 22, 2014

Tue, May 20, 2014

When we think about military deployments, we don't always think about how they affect the entire family, especially the littlest family members.

Thu, May 15, 2014

All-new episodes of Curious George are coming to WPT, starting this Monday, May 19! Check out the schedule here!  

Tue, May 13, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, families from across Wisconsin came to the Sun Prairie Public Library for a ceremony honoring the winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest!

Thu, May 8, 2014

PBS KIDS has launched a new, free app designed specifically for parents that will give you the “super power” to engage with your kids in the digital medium as never before: PBS KIDS Super Vision.

Tue, May 6, 2014

Are you looking for ways to show your child's teachers how much you appreciate them?  PBS Parents has some suggestions that will involve your kids and that won't break the budget.

Thu, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 11.  Kids love to lavish Mom and Grandma with gifts from the heart, and here are some fun and easy craft ideas to get them started!

Tue, April 29, 2014

Wisconsin Public Television helps kids develop a love of learning in lots of ways!

Thu, April 24, 2014

Tomorrow, April 25th, is Arbor Day! The first Arbor Day was 140 years ago in Nebraska, and other states soon followed.

Tue, April 22, 2014

Thu, April 17, 2014

Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, PBS will launch PLUM LANDING, a brand new web-original that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities, live-action videos—plus a curious alien named Plum—to help connect 6- t

Tue, April 15, 2014

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. It was founded by Wisconsin's US Senator, Gaylord Nelson, and was observed by more than 20 million Americans.

Thu, April 10, 2014

If you're looking to get a head start on your garden this year, now's a great time to start some seeds indoors!

Tue, April 8, 2014

Are your kids enjoying the new episodes of Wild Kratts this week?  Here are some fun activities to go along with them!

Thu, April 3, 2014

Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they begin their third season!

Tue, April 1, 2014

Here in Wisconsin, we are lucky enough to have 66 state parks and 13 state forests, as well as a 1.5 MILLION acre national forest!  Have you explored any of them with your family?

Thu, March 27, 2014

March is Women's History Month, and it's never too early to start teaching kids about the important contributions of women in history.

Tue, March 25, 2014

Most people could probably guess what Wisconsin's state beverage is... Milk, of course! And you probably also know that our state motto is "Forward."  But did you know Wisconsin also has a state soil?  Or a state fossil?

Thu, March 20, 2014

March 20 would have been Fred Rogers' 86th birthday. In honor of his kind, generous, loving spirit, why not find ways to be neighborly in your every day life?

Tue, March 18, 2014

As part of Sesame Street's Healthy Habits for Life initiative, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker teamed up with Ro

Thu, March 13, 2014

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit their originally written and illustrated stories in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

Tue, March 11, 2014

Today, PBS KIDS and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the annual Explore the Outdoors campaign and partnership, which encourages families

Tue, March 4, 2014

On Sunday, March 2, the first WPT Get Up and Go Summer Camp Fair was held at the UW Arboretum Visitors Center in Madison.  The exciting event featured 30 camps from around Dane County and was enjoyed by hundreds of attendees!

Thu, February 27, 2014

Can you believe it's time to start thinking about summer camp for your kids?  The temperatures outside make it hard to think that far ahead, but many camps have already opened for registration and some have even filled up!

Tue, February 18, 2014

February is designated as Black History Month, and PBS Parents encourages you to spend time with your family celebrating the countless contributions of African Americans.

Tue, February 11, 2014

The 8th season of Curious George premiered this week on WPT with new episodes.  Check out the complete schedule here!

Thu, February 6, 2014

This weekend, Wisconsin Public Television hosts the 2014 Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Thu, January 30, 2014

Tired of being inside in the bitter cold? Longing for summer? Dust off that cooler and dig out those sleeping bags! We're going camping!

Tue, January 28, 2014

Imagine having a simple way to keep your children entertained while waiting for your dinner at a restaurant or in line at the grocery store!

Thu, January 23, 2014

In a world of emails, texts, and Twitter, learning to write a hand-written note is a skill that doesn't get practiced often these days.

Tue, January 21, 2014

Are your kids enjoying Dinosaur Train's all new "Nature Trackers Adventure Camp" week?  Did you know they could join in the fun at home?

Thu, January 16, 2014

"Nature Trackers Adventure Camp,” an all-new, PBS KIDS one-hour special from The Jim Henson Company’s hit series DINOSAUR TRAIN will premiere on WPT at 7am on Monday, January 20.

Tue, January 14, 2014

Most children are aware that school is closed on Monday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wed, January 8, 2014

The bitter cold weather has kept many Wisconsinites indoors lately- Are you running out of ways to keep your kids entertained?

Thu, January 2, 2014

It may be hard to believe when we look out at our frozen state, but in some communities it is time to start thinking about next autumn!  Many preschools start registering students for the fall in January and February.

Mon, December 30, 2013

Celebrating the start of a new year is a fun family tradition, but it happens awfully late at night for little ones.

Thu, December 19, 2013

Starting on Monday, December 23, the Wild Kratts are going underwater all week long!

Tue, December 17, 2013

'Tis the season for coughs and colds and other yucky stuff!  It can be tough for kids to remember to cough and sneeze into their elbow (like The Count!) rather than their hands, and to wash their hands frequently.

Tue, December 10, 2013


Thu, December 5, 2013

Starting on Monday, December 9, PBS Kids will celebrate the holidays all week long!  Join Thomas & Friends for two all new episodes, “Snow Stops Play” and “Tinsel & Trains.”  Favorites from past years are returning, too, including

Tue, December 3, 2013

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as "Giving Tuesday."  Volunteering is a great way to teach your kids how to give the all important gift of time.  You can make a major time commitment, like organizing a food drive f

Tue, November 26, 2013

Families can kick off the holiday season on November 27 at with the return of the PBS Kids blockbuster hit The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

Tue, November 19, 2013

Are you struggling to help your kids (and maybe yourself!) take a moment this Thanksgiving season to show gratitude?  In the rush between Halloween and Christmas, it can be hard to sit down and talk about the many things we all have to be

Tue, November 12, 2013

The school year is well underway, and many students are facing homework for the first time in their school careers.  PBS parents shares ways to help your child with homework without a struggle.  Important points include not doing the work

Thu, November 7, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) joined the

Tue, November 5, 2013

PBS KIDS premieres new episodes of Martha Speaks, featuring special guest star Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live, starting Monday, November 11 at Noon on WPT.

Thu, October 31, 2013

From all of us at Wisconsin Public Television, have a safe and happy Halloween!

Trick or treating rained out?  Check out lots of fun Halloween activities at!


Tue, October 29, 2013

Does your family carve pumpkins for Halloween?  Check out these adorable templates from PBS featuring some favorite PBS Kids characters! 

Thu, October 24, 2013

This week, librarians from across Wisconsin gathered in Green Bay for the Wisconsin Library Association conference.  Libraries are constantly updating and refreshing their services, and tod

Tue, October 22, 2013

On October 28, WPT will premiere the first ever CURIOUS GEORGE Halloween special – CURIOUS GEORGE: A Ha

Thu, October 17, 2013

Halloween is coming, and all the little ghosts and goblins are getting excited to trick or treat, show off their costumes, and decorate for the season!  Here are some great tips for celebrating safely.

Tue, October 15, 2013

Wisconsin Public Television wants kids to engage with our children's programming, and you can help them do that by using the Learning Triangle.

Thu, October 10, 2013

The recent PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial has many people across Wisconsin and the United States concerned about kee

Tue, October 8, 2013

Last week's warm weather may not have seemed very autumnal, but Fall is definitely here!  Share some fun Fall crafts with your kids, courtesy of PBS Parents!

Thu, October 3, 2013

PBS KIDS’ newest animated preschool series PEG + CAT is coming to WPT next week!

Tue, October 1, 2013

On September 28, as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, Wisconsin Public Television presented a workshop called, "The Preschool Genius: Teaching Math & Science to Early Learners."

Thu, September 26, 2013

Making the right food choices for your family can sometimes seem overwhelming and expensive.  Watching for sales, clipping coupons, going to different stores for different items...

Tue, September 24, 2013

As parents and caregivers, we do our best to raise healthy and fit children. Some of us follow specific guidelines. Some of us make it happen in a casual way.

Tue, September 17, 2013

Grocery shopping with kids in tow is not always a fun experience, but it is often unavoidable.  The grocery store offers a wealth of learning opportunities that keep kids engaged and learning while helping avoid boredom meltdowns!

Thu, September 12, 2013

Season 44 of Sesame Street premieres on WPT on Tuesday, September 17 at 8:00am!  This season continues the show’s long tradition of tackling current issues that are relevant to preschoolers and school readiness.

Tue, September 10, 2013

Packing a healthy lunch that your kids will actually eat can be a challenge- Especially when you have to do it day after day throughout the year.  PBS parents has some great ideas to shake things up and add some new and interesting option

Thu, September 5, 2013

Remember how much fun it was to treat your friends at school to a special snack on your birthday?  These days, it can be challenging to come up with kid-friendly, allergy-aware, healthy snacks to send in for celebrations at school.  Many

Tue, September 3, 2013

A new line-up of your favorite PBS Kids shows started today, Tuesday, September 3!  Some old friends are returning to weekdays, and lots of exciting, educational new episodes of your kids’ favorite shows will be airing throughout the Fall

Thu, August 29, 2013

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood will be premiering a brand new episode on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 at 12:30 on WPT!  "Neighbor Day" is a half-hour musical special in which Daniel learns just how good it feels to be neighborly - and that

Thu, August 22, 2013

All across Wisconsin, kids are heading back to school! PBS Parents has a great informational page all about going to school.

Thu, August 15, 2013

Starting Monday, August 19th, PBS KIDS will be airing a week of WILD KRATTS dedicated to some of the most slithery, leathery creatures in the world.  This theme week includes four brand-new episodes that explore the wildlife of the Sonora

Thu, August 8, 2013

Get Up and Go Day 2013 was a huge success thanks to participation from community partners across Wisconsin and viewers like you!  More than 4,000 people attended the five events, and countless more of you joined in at home.  You can see s

Tue, July 30, 2013

Get Up and Go Day happens on the first Friday of August every year.  WPT wants you and your family to know about all the great ways you can get moving and stay safe and healthy all

Thu, July 25, 2013

PBS Kids Get Up and Go Day is just over a week away and we've got lots of fun planned for you and your kids!  Join us in Madison, Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Keshena, and the Fox Valley or watch live on WPT from 10am-12pm on Friday, August 2! 

Thu, July 18, 2013

Wisconsin is experiencing some steamy weather this week!  Here are some summer heat safety tips from PBS Parents. 

Thu, July 11, 2013

Have you or your kids ever tried the practice of yoga?  Yoga is a great way to help kids keep fit physically and mentally, and it's a perfect activity for kids and adults of all ages and abilities to do together.  Yoga can teach kids the

Tue, July 2, 2013
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Thu, June 13, 2013

On Saturday, June 1, families from across Wisconsin came to the Sun Prairie Public Library to celebrate Wisconsin’s winners of this year’s PBS Kids Go!

Thu, June 6, 2013

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Thu, May 30, 2013

Each year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program creates a theme for community libraries to use in their summer reading programs.  This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading.” The theme offers some g

Thu, May 23, 2013

Beginning Monday, May 27, PBS Kids programming on WPT will change to our summer lineup.

Wed, May 15, 2013

An exciting new show is coming to PBS Kids!

Mon, May 13, 2013

Summer is coming!  For some families, that means road trips are in the works!

Mon, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week starts today in the U.S.  There are lots of ways to recognize the hard work that teachers do throughout the year.  A heartfelt note from you and your child is always well-received.  Focus on specific things the t

Thu, May 2, 2013

For many of us, learning to ride a bike was a formative experience in our childhoods.

Mon, April 29, 2013

Warm weather has finally arrived in Wisconsin and all the greys and browns of winter are starting to turn to beautiful shades of green.  One way to take advantage of the gorgeous weather is to start a garden with your child. 

Thu, April 25, 2013

As Earth Week winds down, we are reminded that we encourage our children to be compassionate to others – to siblings, to classmates, to animals. Why not encourage compassion towards our environment, too?

Mon, April 22, 2013

Earth Day is next Monday, April 22, and we've got some great ideas to help you and your family celebrate!  Did you know Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S.

Thu, April 18, 2013

This Earth Day, PBS KIDS invites viewers to join America’s favorite monkey for a new CURIOUS GEORGE special: Curious George Swings Into Spring!

Mon, April 15, 2013

Explore the Outdoors Month continues with a week of episodes about animal families on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

Wed, April 10, 2013

Warmer weather means lots of opportunities for active family time, from taking a walk around the block to longer outings.

Mon, April 8, 2013

Encore presentations of some of the most musical episodes of Dinosaur Train make for a week of dance-tastic adventures.

Thu, April 4, 2013

Through their adventures, the Kratt brothers learn how each creature uses its own special powers – including their senses – to do amazing things.

Mon, April 1, 2013

Spring is finally arriving here in Wisconsin!  It’s time to start thinking about getting outside, digging in the dirt, watching for animals returning from their travels, and making new discoveries!  All month long, PBS Kids will be celebr

Thu, March 28, 2013

As a PBS Parent, you probably already understand the value of engaging with or giving back to your community. Did you know that children as young as three can learn the value of helping people in need?

Mon, March 25, 2013

Sid the Science Kid: The Movie follows Sid and his friend Gabriela through their adventure in The Super Ultimate Science Museum.

Thu, March 21, 2013

There are just a few days left for your child to enter the PBS Kids Go!

Mon, March 18, 2013

This Wednesday, March 20th, we’re celebrating what would have been Fred Rogers’ 85th birthday.

Thu, March 14, 2013

Every year on March 14, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi, the circumference of a circle (the distance around the circle) divided by its diameter (the distance across). 

Mon, March 11, 2013

Everyone’s favorite vocabulary-slinging super hero squares off against a cavalcade of evil-doers in Word Girl: March-Enemy Week!  Starting Tuesday, March 12 at 1pm, WPT has four brand-new Word Girl

Wed, March 6, 2013

Normally, the start of March brings an explosion of green as snowstorms give way to thunderstorms.

Wed, February 27, 2013

Born Theodore Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss wrote some of the most well known and widely loved children’s books of the twentieth century.

Wed, February 20, 2013

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., departed from the text he'd prepared for his speech to some 200,000 marchers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and gave what became his most famous oration.

Wed, February 13, 2013

For kids who don't enjoy math, it can be challenging to get them to practice skills -- whether its during the school year or during a long break over the summer.

Wed, February 6, 2013


Thu, January 24, 2013

Everyone has their own definition of "good food" and kids can often be some of the most narrow in their definition.

Thu, January 17, 2013

We all spend more time on computers now than people did a decade ago – and children are no exception.

Wed, January 9, 2013

Reading takes us places -- from adventures on planets orbiting stars in another solar system, to deep-sea diving in the last unexplored frontier on Earth, to our own neighborhoods! It cultivates imagination and develops critical thinking skills and can help us become incredible writers!

Wed, January 2, 2013

Literacy can happen anywhere, from the park to the doctor’s office!

Thu, December 27, 2012

As the clock winds down on 2012, it presents a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the year that has passed as well as look to all that the coming year might bring. Sometimes those reflections prompt us to make resolutions for changing or improving habits.

Fri, December 14, 2012

From the Fred Rogers Company:

Wed, December 12, 2012

We all know how important exercise is to stay healthy and happy -- especially for young children. But did you know that yoga can be great exercise for kids, as well as adults?

Wed, December 5, 2012

Each year, the fourth Thursday of November kicks off several weeks of busy activity – spending time with family, planning holiday trips, shopping, cooking ...

Wed, November 28, 2012

Encourage your kids to read by turning it into a fun social activity!

Tue, November 20, 2012

Congratulations to Word Girl on winning this year's WPT Kids Vote election!

Mon, November 12, 2012

Storms and other natural disaster can be especially scary for kids; news coverage can be especially scary as images of destruction appear without context or explanation. Even if you don’t live in an affected area, what your children see can still be frightening.

Tue, November 6, 2012

It’s Election Day, time for people all over Wisconsin to make their voices heard! 

Tue, October 30, 2012

It’s Halloween and time for spiders, bats, ghosts and goblins to go out on the prowl! Did you know that there are REAL ghosts and goblins in the wild?

Wed, October 24, 2012

Exploring the world can be lots of fun, but sometimes new things can be a little scary. 

Wed, October 17, 2012

Rainy fall weather means staying inside and keeping warm – even if you’d rather be outside picking apples or jumping in leaves.

Wed, October 10, 2012

Take a trip with Daniel Tiger, Prince Wednesday, and Miss Eliana – without leaving your living room!

Wed, October 3, 2012

For decades, researchers believed that differences between boys and girls stemmed primarily from socialization – there weren’t any significant physical or biological differences that affected when or how children developed skills.

Thu, September 20, 2012

Parents play an important role in helping their children become successful and effective learners, but knowing when and how to help can often prove challenging.

Thu, September 20, 2012

Welcome to the new Kids & Family blog from Wisconsin Public Television!

Thu, September 20, 2012

How can you show your support for PBS Kids programs on Wisconsin Public Television? There are two great, easy ways --

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Use this simple three-step process at home or in an educational setting.

View: TV

Use the magic of Wisconsin PBS Kids to spark your child's sense of curiosity and love of learning.

Do: Activities

Transform educational ideas into concrete, hands-on experiences for children.

Read: Books

Make connections between what you view and what you read.


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