Any child of the ’90s can probably remember the spinning globe logo from the opening credits and Ellerbee’s chill, laid-back attitude as she reported cross-legged in her Converse sneakers. It wasn’t the most high-octane show in Nickelodeon’s Sunday night lineup, but it was far and away the most different. Who else has ever—or, more importantly, will ever—dedicated their career to educational Dateline-style interview series on topics kids generally need help wrapping their heads around? Things like gender and equality in a Title IX report, or on privilege and empathy in a report on autism.
The show has won two Peabody Awards in its tenure, and held the No. 1 spot in Nickelodeon’s ratings in 1992 and 1993. According to the show’s Wikipedia page, it never dipped below the No. 6 spot in its entire run.
So to celebrate Ellerbee’s awesome canon, here are three of the most iconic full episodes available to watch on YouTube:
1) Homelessness, Malcolm X, and mountain biking
2) Domestic violence
3) Animal rights
The network will retire the series after airing a one-hour retrospective of Ellerbee’s work, entitled Hello, I Must Be Going: 25 Years of Nick News With Linda Ellerbee, December 15.
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