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Exploring is a Saturday morning children's educational series in color that appeared on NBC television on Saturday afternoons from 1962 to 1966. The NBC News series, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1964 and won a Peabody Award in 1963, featured not only segments that covered science, but also covered other subjects, including the arts. The series was hosted by Dr. Albert Hibbs, a scientist and educator, with Mary Ritts and Paul Ritts as the series' puppeteers.
Besides the Ritts puppets, the series also featured cinematic short subjects, animated versions of famous legends, and music. Millard Research Associates produced a printed copy of their survey results which found over 600,000 Exploring Teachers Guides were requested for teachers in major school districts all across the country (they were free). A Millard survey found 86% of the teachers requesting the Guides were assigning the Saturday morning program for family viewing. This was the first instance of proving you could change ratings with Teachers Guides. This was done again on CBS with the Teachers Guides to the 21st Century (Young and Rubicon researched this) and later, still, on PBS.
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