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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego

Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? CEO, Intellectual, & America’s Most Positive Latina Role Model

Essay

“We want to motivate them to learn about the world,” game show host Greg Lee once told the Associated Press, sometime in the past century (1992) Lee had just taken the helm at a children’s education show entitled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, whose plot demanded the children observe the command of their boss at Interpol, The Chief (Lynne Thigpen), to capture the elusive monument thief. The premise of the show, based on a video game, at once was to maintain the audience of older children as they graduated from Sesame Street and morning shows meant for younger folk. No one in my generation doubts that it did just that. But what the creators of the Carmen Sandiego video game and program franchise could have never anticipated was the cultural impact Sandiego had on one particular demographic following the canon— Latin American girls.

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10 Great Fictional Bosses

Power Grid

What is there to explain about this one? There are good bosses, and bad bosses. In fact, we've taken a look at a number of bad bosses in our list of places you shouldn't take your daughter for Take Your Daughter to Work Day. But while fiction loves the comedy and drama of a bad boss, fiction also needs leaders and administrators who actually inspire.

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Everything Carmen Sandiego Ever Stole, in List Form

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is one of those cultural touchstones that tends to be fondly remembered by the valuable 18-34 demographic, and has inspired countless nostalgia-based Facebook groups to that end: It was one of the first computer games that was any fun, and one of the rare "edutainment" games of all time that wasn't desperately snore-inducing.

Sure, you were forced to learn about geography from puzzlingly unhelpful townspeople, (they knew obscure landmarks in cities, but not the names of the cities themselves?) but you were also up against one of the most ingenious thieves of all time. She even managed to steal the game-winning puck from the Stanley Cup, the Strait of Magellan (how is that possible? --Ed.) and even a monkey-eating eagle. If you've got to learn that Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland to stop that sort of ruthless criminal, it's worth it.

Here, via Wikipedia, is a complete list of fifty things that Carmen Sandiego stole in Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

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