This week on From Scratch:

Joan Ganz CooneySince the 1970s, The Children’s Television Workshop—now called the Sesame Workshop—intended to help low-income children become better prepared for school by using television as a tool. The Sesame Workshop’s shows—including Sesame Street, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact—ended up being much more far reaching, teaching and entertaining children from all backgrounds, internationally.

Jessica speaks with television producer Joan Ganz Cooney about the early days of educational programming, and how she helped to revolutionize children’s television, from scratch.

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Jonathan CedarBiolite is a company that produces clean, portable stoves for cooking off the grid in developing countries as well as for camping. The stove reduces toxic smoke emissions by 90 percent by using its own heat waste to generate energy. Biolite is targeting a global public health challenge of smoke pollution caused by cooking over an open fire. According to the World Health Organization, more than seven million people die annually from smoke originating from open cooking fires. A USB port on the stove can also charge a cell phone or other portable device.

Jonathan speaks with Jessica about how he is providing cleaner cooking solutions and electricity access in more than 70 developing countries, from scratch.

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