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Jon Ludwig On The Lasting Influence And Importance Of ‘Sesame Street’

From Big Bird, to Oscar the Grouch, to the Cookie Monster, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't been affected by "Sesame Street" and its unwavering commitment to peace and acceptance for all.
From Big Bird, to Oscar the Grouch, to the Cookie Monster, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't been affected by "Sesame Street" and its unwavering commitment to peace and acceptance for all.
Credit Center for Puppetry Arts

“Sesame Street” has been a staple of childhood entertainment and education since it premiered all the way back in November of 1969. The writer Malcolm Gladwell described the essence of “Sesame Street” as “the artful blend of fluffy monsters and earnest adults.”

Those fluffy monsters and the moments they have brought to the show are iconic. From Big Bird, to Oscar the Grouch, to the Cookie Monster, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected by the show and its unwavering commitment to peace and acceptance for all.

Many of those fluffy monsters were Muppets created for “Sesame Street” by Jim Henson. Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts is home to the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson Puppets and artifacts.

Artistic director of the center, Jon Ludwig, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes for a conversation about what has made “Sesame Street” the gold standard when it comes to puppets, and why the show has had such a lasting impact throughout its more than 50 years on air.

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