The children’s favorite Sesame Street on December 8 became the first TV program to receive Kennedy Center Honors—and its magic conjured some much needed bipartisan accord in Washington. Performers and producers of the series and their puppets wore single yellow feathers in memory of Caroll Spinney, who brought the popular characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life. Spinney died December 8. Singer Linda Ronstadt, actor Sally Field, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and music group Earth Wind & Fire were this year’s other honorees.
The Guardian (UK), Dec. 9