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'Sesame Street' goes to HBO and makes it clear why we should fund the arts

'Sesame Street' goes to HBO and makes it clear why we should fund the arts

The news that the beloved children's television program "Sesame Street" will begin airing on HBO, with new episodes coming to public broadcasting stations nine months after their initial run on premium cable, has prompted understandable dismay. The deal will allow "Sesame Street" to produce many more episodes per season than it did under its current revenue model, but as incoming New York Times television critic James Poniewozik pointed out on Twitter, the question is one of unpleasant perception: The show, he wrote, "is a landmark of free public service TV, so [the move] feels wrong." But this move to HBO ought to prompt more questions for us than for...

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