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'Pee Wee's Playhouse' Returns to TV

The classic TV series Pee Wee's Playhouse will be broadcast as part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block starting July 10. The series, which includes 45 episodes, aired from 1986 to 1990. This interview originally aired on Nov. 29, 2004.

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Kevin Clash: Making Elmo Come To Life

For more than 20 years, puppeteer Kevin Clash has been the voice behind the lovable red monster on Sesame Street. Both Clash "and" Elmo talk with Terry Gross about performing with Jim Henson, and creating a fun, educational experience for preschool-aged children.

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Kevin Clash: The Man Behind Elmo.

For more than 20 years, puppeteer Kevin Clash has been the voice behind the lovable red monster on Sesame Street. Both Clash "and" Elmo talk with Terry Gross about performing with Jim Henson, and creating a fun, educational experience for preschool-aged children.

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Pee-Wee Herman Is A Loner, A Rebel — And Back

Pee-wee Herman, the zany boyish character created by comedian Paul Reubens, is back in a new Broadway show. In 2004, Reubens joined Terry Gross for a discussion about his show Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which ran from 1986 to 1991.

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Come And Play: 'Sesame Street' Celebrates 40 Years

Four decades after its premiere, Sesame Street is the same happy neighborhood it always was. TV critic David Bianculli takes a look at the newest episode -- which features special guest Michelle Obama -- and assesses the show's enduring legacy.

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A Stroll Among The Memories On 'Sesame Street'

The venerable children's TV show celebrates its 40th anniversary on Nov. 10, with a demonstration from First Lady Michelle Obama on how to plant your own vegetable garden. The late Jeff Moss, one of the program's co-creators, talked to Terry Gross in 1998; we'll listen back to excerpts from that conversation.

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Actor Paul Reubens, Pee-Wee Herman

The complete 45-episode series of the TV show Pee-Wee's Playhouse is now out on DVD. Comedian and actor Paul Reubens originally created the Pee-Wee character at the Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. An HBO special followed. In 1985, Reubens made the feature film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Pee-Wee's Playhouse went on the air in 1986. It ran on CBS for 5 years, garnering 22 Emmys. In 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure at a Sarasota, Fla., theater.

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Actor Paul Reubens, 'Pee-Wee Herman'

The complete 45-episode series of the TV show Pee-Wee's Playhouse is now out on DVD. Reubens originally created the Pee-Wee character at the Los Angeles improv group called The Groundlings. Pee-Wee's Playhouse went on the air in 1986. It ran on CBS for 5 years, garnering 22 Emmys.

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TV Host Fred Rogers

His popular show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was the longest-running program on public television. It ran 33 years and ended its run in 2001. Rogers was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the nation can bestow, in 2001. Rogers died in February of this year at the age of 74. Barbara Bogaev conducted this interview.

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Jazz Musician Bob Dorough

Dorough was musical director of the 1970s educational TV series School House Rock and composer of the popular song "Three is a Magic Number." Contemporary artists such as Blind Melon, The Lemonheads and Pavement covered the songs on the CD Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks.

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