Baily the donkey (right) and Munna, characters from the Pakistani version of <em>Sesame Street</em>, perform at the launch ceremony for the show, <em>Sim Sim Hamara,</em> at Rafi Peer Theater Workshop in Lahore, Nov. 26, 2011.
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A Pakistani artist in Lahore touches up puppets from Pakistan's <em>Sesame Street</em>. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan says it has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a local version of <em>Sesame Street</em> amid reports of corruption.
The U.S. is withdrawing millions of dollars in funding for the Pakistani version of Sesame Street. Officials say the decision stems from serious allegations of fraud directed at the Pakistani theater company that's producing the children's TV program.
Sim Sim Hamara, the Pakistani version of Sesame Street, is set in a mock-up of a typical Pakistani town. There's a school, the ubiquitous Banyan tree, a restaurant and a colorful cast of characters centered on a 6-year-old girl named Rani who loves the sport of cricket.
Adam Davidson grew up in Greenwich Village when the rent was cheap and the neighborhood was full of funky small businesses. Today, the Village is super gentrified and full of luxury boutiques. But a few mom-and-pop shops have managed to hang on. In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Davidson returns to the neighborhood, and tries to figure out how the mom-and-pop stores hang on. Here's an excerpt.
A new Obama campaign ad says the Massachusetts economy actually fared poorly during Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's four years as governor, challenging the notion that Romney knows how to fix the nation's ailing economy.
The ad says that between 2003 and 2007, Massachusetts had one of the worst economic records in the country, lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs at "a rate twice the national average, and fell to 47th in job creation."
All Things Considered continues its "Mom and Dad's Record Collection" series with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The politician currently hosts a TV show on Fox News and plays bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. His musical tastes are similarly multifaceted: Huckabee says he grew up listening to big-band jazz.
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Deeply rooted in traditional sounds and drawing from singer-songwriter and country influences of the late 1970s, Blue Highway has earned its place alongside legendary acts like The Seldom Scene and J.D. Crowe & The New South. Blue Highway makes its third appearance on Mountain Stage in the border town of Bristol, Tenn./Va.
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We're a few weeks into our search for the albums everyone can agree on, and some of the results of our surveys so far have been surprising. Most of you haven't even heard the Once soundtrack or The Band's Music From Big Pink? How is that possible?
Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries of the Arab Spring are remaking themselves after revolutions last year.
Steve and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.