Why is Don Lemon’s office wall lined with skateboards?

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In the Office Hours With… pilot episode, host Jason Kurtz welcomes Don Lemon for a candid conversation ranging from Obama and Oprah to skateboards and staying authentic.

Click here to watch the video as Kurtz and Lemon blow the door off it’s hinges in the debut edition of the original CNN digital series.

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Can you tell Don Lemon how to get to ‘Sesame Street’?

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In the spirit of CNN’s “The Seventies” series, Don Lemon has traveled to arguably the most famous and influential address in all of American history: 123 Sesame Street.

After nearly half a century on the air, it’s not an exaggeration to say that “Sesame Street” has changed the world. When the show premiered in 1969, it was unlike anything else on television. In fact, in the state of Mississippi the program was briefly banned on account of widespread resistance to the multiracial cast.

And “Sesame Street” has always been much more than fun and games.

It has long helped kids and their families face challenging life events, even tackling such teaching moments as the terror attacks of September 11th and 2014’s race rioting in Ferguson, MO. A recent study by two economics professors found that children who watch “Sesame Street” perform better in elementary school.

As part of his visit, Lemon got a chance to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with four of the show’s fuzziest and most famous stars: Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby.

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Note: Eric Weisbrod contributed to this story.
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Picking your bracket in eight easy Vines: The Don Lemon Method

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When it’s time to fill out a March Madness bracket, there are countless techniques, each involving hours of research, schematic analysis, and the poring over of statistical data.

And then there’s the Don Lemon Method.

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Why “Salt-N-Pepa” didn’t like the song “Push It”

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It’s been nearly three decades since female rap duo “Salt-N-Pepa” pushed it real good, but the women born Cheryl James and Sandra Denton haven’t yet tired of their iconic hit. And neither have audiences and advertisers alike, as “Push It” is presently serving as the soundtrack for a an entirely entertaining GEICO commercial.

Coming up Monday evening, the longtime friends and collaborators will join Don Lemon as part of his “CNN Tonight” primetime program, and following the taping they were kind enough to join Jason Kurtz in the show’s “Green Room” for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes chat.

Despite all the accolades that have accompanied “Push It” throughout the years, as Kurtz learns, initially, the ladies weren’t in love with the tune.

“We didn’t even like the song, how about that,” laughs James, aka “Salt.” “A deejay flipped it over – it was a ‘B Side.'”

On the strength of that deejay’s eye – or, rather, ear – for hit-making, the song, and the group’s debut album – “Hot, Cool & Vicious” – went platinum, and the rest, as they say, is hip-hop history.

Watch the above clip as “Salt-N-Pepa” offer their take on modern music and discuss their work with clothing company Lane Bryant. And, for the full interview with the lyrical ladies, check out Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” at 10 p.m.

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Why won’t Kevin Costner make a Super Bowl prediction?

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Following an honest and entertaining visit with “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon, legendary actor Kevin Costner was kind enough to join Jason Kurtz in the show’s “Green Room” for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes chat.

Despite being well-known for several notable sports roles (“Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup,” etc.) Costner clammed up when asked to offer a prediction for the forthcoming Super Bowl.

“I don’t have an idea who’s going to win,” Costner told Kurtz, the program’s Digital Producer. “I don’t need anybody else’s predictions either, it’s boring to me.”

Watch the above clip as Costner further explains his verbal stiff-arm, and also to hear what his long-term film-making plan is should he tire of the sports genre.

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