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wonders never cease Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2010 Elmo Thinks, Therefore Elmo Is…

Two Oscars For those of you confused by the headline, today is the anniversary of two very important events in the progression of modern thought. The first occurred in 1619, when French philosopher Rene Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy, in which he introduced his signature theory, "I think, therefore I am." The second happened 350 years later, when the precursor to PBS, National Educational Television, debuted an educational new show to adulatory reviews, some controversy, and high ratings. That show was Sesame Street.

Time Magazine featured Big Bird (who had received more fan mail than any of the show's human hosts) on its cover when the show had been on the air less than a year, declaring " ... it is not only the best children's show in TV history, it is one of the best parents' shows as well." By the end of the show's first season, Sesame Street had won twenty awards, including a Peabody Award, three Emmys, an award from the Public Relations Society of America, a Clio, and the Prix Jeunesse award. Dr. Benjamin Spock predicted that the program would result in "better-trained citizens, fewer unemployables in the next generation, fewer people on welfare, and smaller jail populations." Dr. Spock may not have been spot-on with his statistics, but his sentiment may prove to be accurate on a small scale. Renata Adler may have hit closer to the truth in a 1972 review for The New Yorker, "Sesame Street is...with lapses, the most intelligent and important program in television. That is not anything much yet."

We are proud supporters of PBS and Children's Television Workshop. Sesame Street has enriched our lives, and continues to do so into a new generation. Thank you, Children's Television Workshop, for helping us to be the people we are today. Here are thirteen of our favorite Sesame Street performances, brought to you by the number ten:

1. Sunny Days - Joshua Radin

2. One, Two, Three, Four - Feist

3. Superstition - Stevie Wonder

4. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones

5. Pride - Goo Goo Dolls

6. Hi De Ho Man - Cab Calloway

7. Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow

8. Furry Happy Monsters - REM

9. It's Not Easy Being Green - Kermit and Ray Charles

10. Outdoors - Jason Mraz

11. U Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

12. Triangle - James Blunt

13. Questions - Tracy Chapman

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