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October 02, 2012

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Opening Doors to a Bright Future for India’s Next Generation

By Sesame Workshop


This article originally appeared on the Sesame Workshop India site. Visit SesameWorkshopIndia.org to learn more about Galli Galli Sim Sim and all the wonderful work Sesame Workshop India does to improve the lives of and educate the children of India.

As India surges on the global stage, early education here has never been more important. With 165 million children under age 8, India’s preschools face a daunting task: creating a new generation of global citizens with creative minds and critical-thinking skills that can help the country continue to thrive and compete.

Indian families are eager to give their children the best advantages in a highly competitive world. But India’s current system struggles to deliver. While there are pockets of excellence among India’s preschools, major gaps exist in availability and quality. In many places, preschool lessons are a downward extension of the primary curriculum, relying on memorization and a didactic teaching style that aren’t appropriate for the youngest learners.

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September 26, 2012

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The Unexpected Lessons You Learn on Sesame Street

By Sonia Manzano


Ed. Note: Sonia Manzano has played Sesame Street’s Maria since 1971. Her first novel, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, was recently published by Scholastic Press and can be purchased here. Special thanks to Sonia for taking the time to contribute to the Sesame Workshop blog.

You never know what you’ll come away with watching Sesame Street.  Even me – and I’m on the show! I recently watched two episodes and came away with a new appreciation of Muppets, a lesson in comedy, and a sweet memory of my mother. Read More

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September 25, 2012

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Sesame Joins U.N. Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Movement

By Graydon Gordian


U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Sesame Workshop CEO Melvin H. Ming and Takalani Sesame's Kami

Throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia there are numerous health risks that threaten women and children. Diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition and obesity extend across borders and impact millions. That’s why we are reaffirming and deepening our commitment to the United Nation Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. The movement aims to mobilize and intensify global efforts to improve the health of women and children around the world.

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September 20, 2012

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The Making of Elmo The Musical

By Sesame Workshop


This season on Sesame Street, Elmo is starring in a brand new segment: Elmo The Musical! During the creation of the segment, we went behind the scenes to show you how this rollicking, music-filled math adventure got made.

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September 18, 2012

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Kinect Sesame Street TV Brings Educational Content to 2-Way Television

By Graydon Gordian


Since the 1980s Sesame Workshop has been working to provide children ways to not just watch but genuinely interact with our educational content. Over the years VHS and CD-ROM games offered limited interactivity, but nothing approaches what the Workshop and Microsoft have partnered to create.

Starting today “Kinect Sesame Street TV,” a groundbreaking 2-way television, Xbox-based experience that has plenty of educational potential, is now available for purchase. Read More

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Congratulations to the Growing Hope Against Hunger Team on Their Emmy!

By Graydon Gordian


Congratulations to the Sesame Workshop team for receiving an Emmy for Growing Hope Against Hunger, a special focusing on the invisible crisis of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is a difficult issue for parents and children to discuss, and Growing Hope Against Hunger sought to present personal stories about food insecure families that would help raise awareness about hunger as well strategies that have helped these families grow stronger and more secure. Congratulations to Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente, Supervising Producer Melissa Dino, Senior Producer Mason Rather and Producer Kevin Clash.

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September 13, 2012

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Elmo, Cookie Monster and the Rest of the Gang Take in a Baseball Game

By Graydon Gordian


On Wednesday Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Cookie Monster, and Katie, a Muppet created especially for Sesame Street‘s USO tour, stopped by an Arizona Diamondbacks game in Phoenix. Elmo even got to throw out the first pitch. Check out the photos from their trip to the ballgame.

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September 12, 2012

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Sesame and MeeGenius Partner to Bring Children’s Books to Digital Platforms

By Graydon Gordian



A few years ago, Wandy Hoh was at home, playing with her three young daughters, when she noticed something.

“It was very obvious that the things they were most interested in were various gadgets and computers,” she said. But she felt that there weren’t enough children’s books available digitally. Instead of waiting for them to come along, Hoh took the initiative and in 2010 founded MeeGenius, of which she now serves as CEO.

Two years later, MeeGenius and Sesame Workshop are happy to announce that we’ve formed a partnership that will bring six Sesame Street e-book titles to web, iOS and Android platforms. Beginning today with Celebrate School: First Day, the new titles will debut every Wednesday throughout the month of September.

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September 07, 2012

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An Elmo a Day Keeps Apples on the Way

By Jennifer Kotler


Elmo is the man… err, monster these days! Headlines all across the nation are giving him credit for making apples more appealing.  A new study published this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine conducted by researchers at Cornell University found that children ages 8 to 11 were 65 percent more likely to add an apple to their lunch in their school cafeteria when Elmo stickers were placed on the apples compared to when the apples had no stickers. Sesame Workshop had no input or knowledge into this study until it came out in the press, but it reconfirms our own and others’ research on the power of beloved characters in influencing food choices and other behaviors.

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Remembering Jerry Nelson: Fans of Sesame Street Tell their Stories

By Graydon Gordian


When Jerry Nelson passed away on Thursday, August 23, everyone at Sesame Workshop — especially those who had worked with Jerry for not just years but decades — was deeply saddened. However, the outpouring of emotion regarding Jerry’s loss spread far beyond the walls of the Workshop. Across the country his fans began penning moving tributes to the artistry and care with which he portrayed iconic Sesame Street characters such as Count Von Count, Herry Monster and Sherlock Hemlock. There were many lovely pieces written about Jerry, too many to read them all. But we wanted to introduce you to a few that the Sesame Workshop family found especially touching.

James Wood, author of the blog Go Jimmy Go, wrote a wonderful piece about why, as a middle-aged man, he found the death of Jerry Nelson so moving.

On Taking Note, the New York Times editorial page blog, Lawrence Downes fondly remembers a scene in which Count Von Count provides some comic relief.

At Tough Pigs, a site for “Muppet fans who grew up,” they are dedicating an entire week to the remembrance of all the great work Jerry Nelson did not just for Sesame Street but on a number of iconic television shows.

At Muppet Mindset, another Muppet fan site, there have also been a number of thoughtful tributes to Jerry Nelson and his puppetry.

At Just Plain Something, a film blog, the author reflects on how big a hole the loss of Jerry Nelson leaves in the world of puppetry, even for those who did not immediately recognize his name.

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