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May the 4th Be With You: Remembering a Very Special Star Wars Visit to Sesame Street

This annual unofficial Star Wars holiday – May the 4th be with you! – gives us a great excuse to go back and look at one of our favorite moments from the legendary intergalactic franchise. That, of course, was the day that R2D2 and C-3PO visited Sesame Street!

Landing just before the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the second film in the still-growing series, the two iconic droids actually appeared on our favorite children’s program for two episodes in January 1980. And the highlights are still amazing.

First, the Sesame Street gang approach the friendly pair to see what brings them to town. Naturally R2D2 claims a secret mission has brought him to deliver a secret message, while C-3PO simply wants an oil change after traveling 50 parsecs.

Then, the two space friends join in the kind of impromptu musical fun – and learning – that can only happen on Sesame Street when they teach Big Bird how to count with their own personalized numbers ditty – “If it says one, I go ‘beep!’ If it says two, I go ‘beep beep!'” – and join in with Bob and friends on an almost avant-garde interpretation of the alphabet song!

And, of course, what would a visit to Sesame Street be without meeting a new friend? Before blasting off back to another galaxy, R2D2 even fell in love with an unexpected feature of almost every street!

Of course, this actual visit from real stars of the Star Wars cast isn’t the only time the films have found their way onto the beloved children’s series. In fact, just a few years ago, Star Wars was the focus of one of our favorite Sesame Street parodies, “Star S’mores.” Watch for Snuffleupagus as a Bantha, and stay for the meta in-joke of Grover as Yoda. And, May the 4th be with you!

News About Sesame Street

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This morning you might have seen media coverage about an announcement from Sesame Workshop and HBO that they have entered into a contract that will add HBO as a new additional home to Sesame Street. We wanted to get in touch directly with our friends to share this news and what it means to all of us in Wisconsin.

It is essential to note that Sesame Street will continue to be available on PBS stations including Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). With its significant infusion of funding to Sesame Workshop, HBO will be afforded the first “broadcast window” with programs becoming available to PBS stations some nine months later. According to HBO and Sesame Workshop, this deal will allow the show’s producers to create twice as many new programs each year as they were previously able to.

WPT will continue to broadcast Sesame Street, which will remain a critical component of our broad-based and well-recognized educational service to families and young children. WPT will also continue to broadcast Sesame Street episodes between now and when the new episodes are available. Our audiences will continue to be well served by the research-based educational lessons that have always marked Sesame Street on-air and online along with a full lineup of critically acclaimed early childhood and K-12 education programs loved by children and parents. Continue reading News About Sesame Street

Your Daily Dose of Cute, 'Sesame Street' Style

It’s hard to decide which Sesame Street star is the cutest. Whether it’s a touching moment with Elmo or an important lesson from Grover, when it comes to adorable, heart-warming characters and scenes, Sesame Street’s got ’em. (Yes, Oscar, even you’re cute sometimes!)

To honor the spirit of all things cute, I’ve scoured the internet for the most adorable Sesame Street moment in history. My research has produced this gem starring two guests: the always lovable Kermit and an adorable little girl named Joey.

The clip begins with Kermit asking Joey if she can sing the “ABC Song.” “Yes I could,” Joey replies matter-of-factly. There’s only one catch: Joey’s version is a little different from the song we all know so well.

Take a look and let me know which version of the song you prefer! Have a favorite cute moment from Sesame Street you’d like to share? Reply below!

See Sesame Street's "House of Cards" Parody

“Some people say there’s too much pork in this town. Frank Underwolf could not agree more.”

Sesame Street released its latest parody this week, this time wonderfully merging the stories of “House of Cards” with “Three Little Pigs.”

“House of Cards” begins its third season Friday on Netflix, and though we would never recommend watching the Kevin Spacey version with your kids, Sesame Street’s playful little “House of Cards” spoof is one you and the kids will both enjoy.

Want more? Watch “Upside Downton Abbey” and more spoofs from Sesame Street.

Fun "Cookie Thief" Games for Kids and Adults

Artwork is disappearing from the Museum of Modern Cookies and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect. Can Elmo, Abby, and Chris clear their friend’s name?

That was the premise of the “classic chewdunnit” The Cookie Thief, which aired on Sesame Street today. If you and your kids enjoyed the show, keep on learning with games and video clips from PBS Kids.

Right now on PBS Kids, find several video clips from The Cookie Thief. And over at Sesame Street find a whole bunch of related games including Cooking With Cookie and Cookie Thief Puzzle. There’s even one Pac-Man-inspired game that will be most fun for parents.

Learn more. Watch PBS Kids Video and Play Sesame Street Games with your kids now.

 

PBS Stars Join In On Colbert Farewell

For last night’s finale of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert invited a couple familiar Sesame Street friends, Ken Burns and Charlie Rose to join him and an all-star group of actors, news reporters, musicians, writers, politicians and more for the rousing – and dare I say, epic! – musical farewell that you can watch below.

Together they sang, “We’ll Meet Again,” which of course is correct since Colbert (minus the TV pundit character he’s played on the Report) will be taking over hosting duties on The Late Show on CBS after David Letterman retires in 2015.

Remember When? Sesame Street and A Muppet Family Christmas

There are a lot of classic TV Christmas specials. But as a Muppets fan who grew up in the 1980s, there was no television event that better defined most of my childhood than 1987’s A Muppet Family Christmas. In the course of just one hour, all of my favorite Muppets converged on Fozzie Bear’s mother’s farm house for a traditional holiday get-together. They watched home movies of them as Muppet Babies. Kermit and his nephew explored a cave in the basement and met the Fraggles. Just about everyone slipped and fell on an icy patch at the front door – a classic slapstick running joke that never got old.

Then, the ultimate convergence of Muppetry occurred – carolers were heard outside and who could it be? The entire cast of Sesame Street! As Big Bird, Oscar, The Count, the Two-Headed Monster and just about every other resident of Sesame Street mingled and partied with Animal, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef, my then 8-year-old mind was blown!

Here is the video from that great moment in Muppets and Sesame Street history, including Ernie and Bert’s introduction to Doc from Fraggle Rock. “Hey, what is this?,” Doc asks the orange and yellow buddies as they tell him Doc starts with “D” and “Yes” starts with “Y.” “Where we come from, this is small talk.” Happy holidays!

Count von Count Tackles Pi to 10,000 Places

Have you ever wanted to listen to a 5.5-hour video of Count von Count from Sesame Street counting pi to 10,000 places? You’re in luck. YouTube creator crysknife007 has created a video that features The Count tackling all 10,000 digits of pi, with his trademark “ah ah ah” after every digit.

“Learn to count to pi with The Count from Sesame Street,” reads the video description. “This should be good for memorizing pi, driving yourself and others batty, or just irritating the daylights out of people you live around.”

Repetitive? Yes. Maddening? Yes. Worth checking out at least for a few seconds? Yes. The fact that videos like this go viral is a testament to Sesame Street’s iconic, timeless appeal. After more than 40 years on the air, Sesame Street’s muppets are still in the spotlight.  

 

8 Activities for your Halloween

Looking for some creative ways to spend your Halloween? There’s plenty of fun costume ideas, gripping dramas, delicious recipes and more available throughout the public media landscape. Here are eight activities to add to your Halloween festivities.

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Make Salted Pumpkin Caramels

1. Make Salted Pumpkin Caramels or Mummy Dogs — because, for some, holidays are all about the food.

2. Go ghost hunting with Green Bay’s paranormal investigative team Shadows of Spirits (S.O.S.). See what WPT’s Wisconsin Life turned up on a recent investigation with S.O.S.

3. Take a haunted road trip with Antiques Roadshow by reading about paranormal highlights from the series’ past tour events, including those of a young engineer that haunts the Queen Mary and a vengeful prison ghost in Idaho.

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Play Dress Up Time with Elmo and Abby

4. If you’re skeptical that paranormal ghosts really do exist, spend time with some of nature’s undisputed ghosts. Frolic with the White Deer of Wisconsin or take to the oceans to swim with beluga whales, also known as sea ghosts.

5. Grab the kids and play Dress Up Time with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby. You might even find some last minute costume ideas.

6. Elevate your halloween costume to couture fashion status with ideas from HighBall, “the nation’s fiercest costume party” held annually in Columbus, Ohio. Watch the video from PBS member station WOSU.

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Experience the golden age of radio

7. Go trick or treating with “The Seven Sinister Sisters” and learn how the cosmos relate to Halloween celebrations around the globe. Check out this short video so you know where to “look up” this Halloween.

8. Experience the golden age of radio on Nov. 8 with “Supernatural,” a live radio drama event from Wisconsin Public Radio. Or look back on one of the spookiest radio broadcasts of all time, Orson Welles’ performance of “The War of the Worlds” on Oct. 30, 1938, as documented by American Experience.

A 'Sesame Street' Renaissance

Sesame Street is a classic, and the work of Johannes Vermeer, James McNeill Whistler and other talented artists is widely recognized as classic art. So what happens when Sesame Street characters and classic art collide?

Why, this, of course.

Kermit’s Mother By LegGodt

And this.

Marquis de Rosita By RatbarSteward

And of course, this.

Cookie monster By Alena910

These images are part of a photo effects contest by the website www.worth1000.com, which describes itself as “the top creative contest site in the world.” These three images come from a contest titled “Sesame Street Ren 3: classic paintings with Sesame Street characters,” which encouraged users to submit their original entries combining classic art and their favorite Sesame Street character.

You can view all of the entries from this particular contest here. And, if you want to see more, check out photos from some of their other “Sesame Street Ren” contests here here and here

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the internet throws a curveball. What’s your favorite entry?