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CREATING JULIA: SESAME STREET'S NEW CHARACTER WITH AUTISM

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Sesame Street began on PBS in 1970. The educational children's program uses Jim Henson puppets and other characters to interact with children both on the show and watching at home. It's won numerous Emmy and Grammy Awards over the years, and has featured  a host of special guests from First Lady Michelle Obama to Ron Howard. 

In the fall of 2015 Sesame Street introduced audiences to Julia, a four year old girl with autism. Dr. Wendy Stone at the University of Washington was a primary consultant in the development of Julia; learn more about the autism diagnosis and how she worked with Sesame Street to create a character aimed at promoting acceptance.

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SONIA MANZANO ON BECOMING SESAME STREET'S 'MARIA'

Writer and actor Sonia Manzano played the character of Maria on “Sesame Street” for 44 years before announcing her retirement. In her new memoir, “Becoming Maria,” Manzano recounts her tough childhood in the South Bronx and how she used her experiences to help other children. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Manzano about her journey to playing a beloved role model.

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