Diane Rehm's show on NPR always holds my attention. Last Tuesday I found myself laughing and crying all at once as she interviewed Michael Davis, author of the new book, Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.
I "grew up" watching Sesame Street with my daughters! I mean, what could be better than Cookie Monster's rendition of "C is for Cookie"?
In my current life I've decided that Sesame Street prefigured all that I've learned and come to know about community and community development in the inner city.
I love the title Davis gave his book, "Street Gang."
During the interview, Davis read part of the script of the program that delivered the bad news that Mr. Hooper, the older storekeeper, had died. The Children's Television Workshop decided to create a script that would attempt an explanation of death to pre-school children.
It is a very moving episode. You can watch it here.
I think it is true. Everything we need, and about all that's worth knowing, we learned from Sesame Street.