Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
WQED-TV, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts
The primary goal of this significant program is to expose young viewers to the rich texture of geography. Many recent studies have concluded that American youth is largely ignorant of geography, despite the increasing internationalization of economics, politics, and culture. In addition, geography has often been presented in the curriculum as something boring, dull, and lifeless. Happily, this show—which combines animation, elements of quiz programs, detective yarns and musical-variety shows—offers an effective antidote. It simultaneously informs and entertains its target audience, those between the ages of eight and thirteen. Based on a popular computer program, the show is a uniquely creative and influential use of television on a topic of primary importance. To Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, a Peabody Award.