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In a story about Sesame Street‘s 38th season, USA Today reports that literacy will be “emphasized even more this year because of a rising gap in literacy and language skills between lower- and middle-income children.” Also noted: Sesame Street “viewership, though down 7.5% since 2001, has averaged 8.3 million for the past decade — which is remarkable when competing with cable outlets such as Disney and Nickelodeon.” The paper talked with celeb guests on the show this season, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper (who does a newscast with Walter Cranky and Dan Rather-Not) and NBC’s Brian Williams.