Author: Marissa Wandzel

Marissa writes for The Borgen Project from St. Paul, MN. Her academic interests include communications and journalism. Marissa is a big animal lover, with four cats and two pet turtles.

SEATTLE — Since its debut in 1969, “Sesame Street” has helped educate and entertain children across America with their iconic puppet, or Muppet, characters. From Big Bird to Elmo, Bert and Ernie, it is rare to find someone not familiar with the friends found on “Sesame Street”. While the original “Sesame Street” debuted in the United States, other countries have contracted with the original team in creating co-productions of the show. These co-productions use the same flexible formula of the original and tailor it to the children in those specific countries. The co-production in South Africa, “Takalani Sesame”, made international news…

Read More

SEATTLE — On April 2, the heartbreaking news came out of South Africa that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid campaigner, had passed away at 81 years old. The family of Madikizela announced that she had passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa after battling a long illness. Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of the hospital since the beginning of the year. Madikizela-Mandela, best known as the “Mother of the Nation,” was known for her work against white minority rule and the fight against apartheid. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation…

Read More