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Throwback Thursday: NewsHour’s visits to Sesame Street

“Sesame Street” celebrated its 45th birthday Monday. Since its launch in 1969, the long-running children’s television show has aired more than 4,000 episodes, allowing millions of children to “travel” to the famous street to learn with their favorite Muppets.

The NewsHour itself has made several visits to PBS-neighbor Sesame Street over the years, from its “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” incarnation all the way through to the PBS NewsHour. Here are some of our favorites.


In 1988, Robert MacLehrer Robert MacNeil anchored a special report on an episode of Sesame Street. MacNeil interviewed Cookie Monster, alongside Kermit the Frog, about “Cookiegate.”


In 2009, ahead of the show’s 40th anniversary, Jeffrey Brown talked to Sonia Manzano, who was cast as “Maria” on Sesame Street in the early ’70s. Manzano has stayed with the show ever since, eventually joining and winning 15 Emmy Awards as part of the writing staff.


For the 40th anniversary of “Sesame Street,” in 2009 Jeffrey Brown explored how the program helped shape childhood education in not only the U.S., but also around the world.


In 2011, business and economics correspondent Paul Solman (who would later be turned into a Muppet himself) reported on how the “Sesame Street” trio of Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster were teaching kids smart ways to save and spend money.

There’s even an interview with Grover himself.



Last but not least, in September PBS Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan was able to snag a “Sesame Street” selfie with Elmo for American Graduate day.

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