Midwest survival guide, First Asian American Sesame Street character

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Sesame Street recently introduced its first Asian American puppet. We talk with two guests about the significance of new character. Plus, Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens joins us to talk about his love of the state and his Midwest Survival Guide.

Featured in this Show

  • Comedian Charlie Berens shares his Midwest survival guide

    To some, the Midwest is a strange land of freezing winters and aggressive niceness. To others, it’s the beloved home of fish fries and ice fishing. To comedian Charlie Berens of “Manitowoc Minute”-fame, it’s all of the above. We sit down with Berens to talk about his new book, his comedy career and all things Midwest.

  • 'Sesame Street' adds first Asian American character 'Ji-Young'

    “Ji-Young” was just introduced as the first-ever Asian American muppet on the longrunning kids’ television series “Sesame Street.” We discuss what this addition means for representation of Asian Americans in media, and what impact this can have on kids.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Charlie Berens Guest
  • John C. Yang Guest
  • Heather Kirkorian Guest

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