Thursday, April 2, 2009

Elmo, John Mayer, and Queen Latifah look to help families of soldiers on PBS


Queen Latifah, John Mayer, and pals from 'Sesame Street' in 'Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change'


Elmo and some of his "Sesame Street" pals move to prime time Wednesday night with a special to help children understand that sometimes, when Daddy becomes a soldier, Daddy can come home hurt.

Presumably that's also true for Mommy if Mommy is a soldier, but all the wounded vets who join Queen Latifah for this serious but ultimately hopeful show Wednesday night happen to be men.

Put together by "Sesame Street" and David Letterman's production company, "Coming Home" is part of a wider campaign called "Talk, Listen, Connect." As the name suggests, it urges everyone to be open and honest about how they're affected by a life-changing injury in the family.

To punctuate the point, John Mayer does an acoustic performance of the theme song toward the end of Wednesday night's program.

"Coming Home" is similar to the Linda Ellerbee specials that break down complex, grownup issues into simple terms, with a sprinkling of actual kids and a general tone of reassurance.

The show features several soldiers who suffered severe injuries in Iraq and have returned to their families. Now they are adjusting to the new rules of their lives.

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Source: NY Daily News Online

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin

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