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The Late Movies: 6 Political Figures That Appeared on Sesame Street

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It's always fun to look back on past guests of Sesame Street. Everyone from Beyonce to Plácido Domingo has appeared on the kids' show. Here, six political figures who have walked the street and taught important lessons to our children.

Jesse Jackson

The two-time presidential candidate taught the children that they are all somebody.

Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush read Peter's Chair.

Ralph Nader

Activist and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader appeared in this funny clip from a PBS pledge drive. (Barbara Walters, too!)

Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor explains political process.

Michelle Obama

The First Lady plants a vegetable garden to help children understand healthy eating.

Hillary Clinton

The former First Lady, presidential primary candidate, former New York Senator and former Secretary of State talks about healthy living.

Laura Bush

Just like her mother-in-law, this former First Lady read a storybook to her friends on Sesame Street.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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