Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

November 10, 2009

You can if you live in New York - the city has actually named a street after the popular children's show.

And that show is 40 years old today! Take a walk down memory lane here.

Many of us here on World Report are of the Sesame Street generation. The show helped teach kids everything from counting to dealing with social issues (remember when Mr. Hooper died? Or Kami, the first HIV-positive muppet?)

And, Sesame Street promoted "Edutainment". Back in the early days, many parents loved it -- but also worried its fast-moving format (for its time) would condition kids to have short attention spans. Check out this piece in the Globe and Mail

The New York Times has an interesting look at how the show has changed with society. The Times says the election of U.S. president Barack Obama is sign of the kind of society Sesame Street was striving for over the last 40 years. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama is appearing on today's episode.

And here's something we don't get to broadcast every day: CBC's New York correspondent David Common did an interview with Elmo to mark today's anniversary. If you missed it live on World Report this morning, not to worry! Just download our podcasts at 5, 8 and 11 a.m. ET.

Nicole Ireland, Producer, World Report

Nicole Ireland, Producer, World Report