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Sesame Street takes to radio and TV to help keeps cope in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

2:01 pm - 11/07/2012
In an effort to help soothe children scared or confused by Hurricane Sandy, Elmo appeared on New York’s WNYC radio stations this morning. [actually last week] Elmo spoke with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, along with Sesame Street education representative Rosemarie Truglio, about how he was coping with the storm.

Lehrer, who has been a trusted source for New Yorkers throughout the storm, didn’t go easy on Elmo with his questions. Early on he asked Elmo, “Elmo, were you scared last night?” And Elmo said he was. Elmo didn’t know whether the winds would ever stop blowing. But Elmo still got to bed on time.

This wasn’t the first time Elmo and his friends have served to comfort children in emergencies. A hurricane struck Sesame Street itself in a 2001 episode—which the show has made available on YouTube—and the Muppets, along with Al Roker, helped teach children how to prepare for a storm.

Perhaps the toughest question of all, however, came from one young listener who Lehrer said “might be the youngest caller ever in the history of the show.” The young girl, who sounded only barely old enough to go to school herself, wondered whether she would be able to school on Thursday. Elmo wasn’t sure (no decision had been announced), but he did have one last comforting message for his young fan: “Elmo loves you.”

Slate has recording of Elmo

On Friday, we’ll be airing a very special episode of Sesame Street.

A hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.

from Sesame Street's official tumblr
belleweather 7th-Nov-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
We watched the Hurricane episode of Sesame Street with our kids during Hurricane Sandy in DC. It's sad, but it was enormously helpful in un-terrifying my four year old. I'm really glad they're doing this for kids in NYC.
ahria 7th-Nov-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Kevin Clash seems like such a nice guy. (Haha, yeah, I watched "Being Elmo" on Netflix). Also, I love Sesame Street. <3
mercystars 7th-Nov-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
well clearly i need to clean my house because there's dust in my eyes or something
fenris_lorsrai 7th-Nov-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
it's totally an epidemic. everywhere is so dusty all of a sudden...
lady_borg 7th-Nov-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah strange, it seems to be raining on my face inside my house.
rex_dart 7th-Nov-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Muppets are basically covered in dust, in my experience.
angelofdeath275 7th-Nov-2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
“Elmo loves you.”

omfg i would bawl my eyes out
fenris_lorsrai 7th-Nov-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)

the Sesame Street tumblr gives me all the feels. Elmo points to your name if you reblog him ALL THE FEELS.

Edited at 2012-11-07 09:02 pm (UTC)
sitakhet 7th-Nov-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
omg the tags on that post, "how many w's are there in awwwwwwwwww anyway?"

lmfao sometimes you get media people who are damn on point.
the_gabih 7th-Nov-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Love this. <3
poetic_pixie_13 7th-Nov-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
I teared up listening to the recording. Sesame Street is always my favourite. (The 'when will your faves ever?' tag is giving me life rn.)

he did have one last comforting message for his young fan: “Elmo loves you.”

Hearts in my eyes. Reading that reminded me of this submission to the queersecrets tumblr.

And now favourite Sesame Street moments cause I fucking can.

365reasonswhy 7th-Nov-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
OMG that Mickey secret. I CAN NOT.

<3 to the person inside of that Mouse costume.
agentsculder 8th-Nov-2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Man, and I thought Elmo's message brought on the tears. That secret, and the knowledge that the person STILL has the photo of the moment just killed me.

All the feels.
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 12:33 am (UTC)

Also, "I don't want to live on the moon" is far and away my favorite Sesame St song.
tabaqui 8th-Nov-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
*sniffles hard*
rjdaae 8th-Nov-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Aww, that Mickey secret gets me every time. ;_;
paksenarrion2 8th-Nov-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Between the Mickey secret and this post, I am bawling all over the place.

This whole election has just given me so much hope for humanity. That decency and love will win out over hatred and bigotry.
romp 8th-Nov-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Oh to be 12 and just enough of a kid to still feel Mickey is the one safe person to talk to. Way to make 2 grown women cry, Pi!
wrestlingdog 8th-Nov-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
The 2001 hurricane episode was their response to 9/11, wasn't it? My bad, that episode was about a robbery at Mr Hooper's store.


Edited at 2012-11-08 01:44 am (UTC)
tabaqui 8th-Nov-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
And this is deemed worthless by the GOP.
zinnia_rose 8th-Nov-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Awww. Elmo's voice makes me want to stab things, ngl, but that is so sweet!
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