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"In this thrilling debut, television producer and filmmaker Rogoff recounts her mission to bring Sesame Street to Russian audiences.... The resulting tale is one of perseverance and creativity that illuminates how even the most disparate cultures and perspectives can find common ground." Publishers Weekly, Starred ReviewAfter the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the timing appeared perfect to bring Sesame Street to millions of children living in the former Soviet Union. With the Muppets envisioned as ideal ambassadors of Western values, no one anticipated just how challenging and dangerous this would prove to be.In Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia, Natasha Lance Rogoff brings this gripping tale to life.

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Natasha Lance Rogoff

Natasha Lance Rogoff is an award-winning television producer who has written and directed documentaries and produced children's television shows for over twenty-five years. She executive produced Ulitsa Sezam (Sesame Street in Russia) and served as producer of Plaza Sesamo (Sesame Street in Mexico) between 1992-1997. Natasha moved from New York to Moscow in the early 1980s to study Russian at Leningrad State University. Becoming fluent, she made close Russian friends and wrote about Soviet underground culture for mainstream international newspapers and magazines. Her 1983 article, "Gay Life in the Soviet Union," published in the San Francisco Chronicle, was one of the earliest exposé of Soviet government persecution of the Russian LGBTQ community. And, her 1985 film, Rock Around the Kremlin, about Russian rock musicians who endured extreme hardships due to communist censorship, aired on ABC TV's "20/20. " Ulitsa Sezam's production created opportunities for these artists to express themselves freely creating original music, films, and scripts. She is now an Associate in the Art, Film, and Visual Studies Department at Harvard University and lives between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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