This morning, popular New York public radio personality Brian Lehrer invited Elmo and his friend Dr. Rosemarie Truglio from the Sesame Street Education and Research Department to join him on his show. Elmo and Miss Rosemarie (as Elmo called her) gave advice about how to help children understand what happens before, during and after a hurricane. Host Lehrer noted that Elmo’s reassurance probably made a few adults feel better, as well, and I have to admit I was one of them.
Dr. Truglio and Elmo both noted that Sesame Street experienced a hurricane (as fodder on the show) even before Hurricane Katrina hit back in 2005. In the disaster-related episode, Elmo prepared for the storm with his parents and Big Bird’s nest was damaged. The Sesame Street community came together to help Big Bird rebuild his home after the storm.
Here are two clips, below, of this morning’s episode of The Brian Lehrer Show and the first half of the Sesame Street episode that dealt with hurricane preparedness, if you’d like to listen/watch with your kids:
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