Peep and the Big Wide World
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Nature and basic science concepts are taught in the cartoon Peep and the Big Wide World. The main characters are a yellow baby chick, a blue drake, and a baby red bird. The current show, narrated by Joan Cusack, is based on a National Film Board of Canada cartoon short of the same name, created in 1988 by Kaj Pindal and narrated by Peter Ustinov. The show is produced by WGBH in Boston and 9 Story Entertainment in Toronto, Canada. This show was once aired on Discovery Kids in the US as part of its "Ready, Set, Learn!" programming block. American Public Television distributes it nationally in the United States. It is on TVOntario in Canada. Books and DVDs can also be purchased. The National Science Foundation sponsors Peep and the Big Wide World as part of an education and outreach program. Kate Taylor is the principal investigator. The show is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The show was funded by Toyota, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The show was funded by the Discovery Kids Foundation. Clumsy PriStar Television produced the show in 1999. There are VHS copies of Clumsy Pristar's home viewings.
Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9, 1980) is an American actress. Known for her roles in small-scale independent productions with dark or tragic themes, Williams is the recipient of several accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and nominations for four Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards and a Tony Award.Daughter of the politician and trader Larry R. Williams, she was raised in Kalispell and San Diego. She began her career with television guest appearances and made her film debut in the family film Lassie in 1994. At 15, she gained emancipation from her parents, and soon achieved recognition for her leading role in the television teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003). This was followed by low-profile films, before having her breakthrough with the drama film Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.Williams went on to gain critical acclaim for playing emotionally troubled women coping with loss or loneliness in the independent dramas Wendy and Lucy (2008), Blue Valentine (2010), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). For the last two of these she received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, respectively. She won two Golden Globes for portraying Marilyn Monroe in the drama My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Gwen Verdon in the miniseries Fosse/Verdon (2019), in addition to a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for the latter. Her highest-grossing releases came with the thriller Shutter Island (2010), the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), the musical The Greatest Showman (2017), and the superhero film Venom (2018). On Broadway, she starred in revivals of the musical Cabaret in 2014 and the drama Blackbird in 2016, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.Williams is an advocate for equal pay. She is reticent about her personal life; she has a daughter from her relationship with actor Heath Ledger, and was briefly married to the musician Phil Elverum. She is married to theater director Thomas Kail, with whom she has a child.
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