‘Sesame Street’ Plans Post-Hurricane Sandy Episode

Even though Romney’s loss has washed away fears that PBS funding could be cut, it seems that Big Bird still has some worries down on Sesame Street. The show has announced a very special hurricane-themed episode, which airs on Friday, and it’ll lend some awareness to disaster relief. Never too early to teach kids how to help out, I’d say.

Per the Sesame Street tumblr:

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.

Usually I’d bemoan a spoiler, but this sounds like a pretty sweet episode all-around. 

Follow Tyler Coates on Twitter.

Big Bird Visits ‘Weekend Update’ To Talk Romney Snub

Big Bird left the safe confines of Sesame Street last night for a (chaperoned, I hope) trip to Studio 8H, where he chatted with "Mr. Meyers" about this week’s snub from Mitt Romney.

Romney famously said in Thursday night’s debate that he would cut the "miniscule" amount of the federal budget  — that’s the word the Christian Science Monitor uses — that goes towards PBS. Said Romney: 

"What things would I cut from spending I will eliminate all programs by this test: Is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I’ll get rid of it. Obamacare’s on my list. … I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for [it]."

We’e already seen the @FireMeElmo Twitter feed get fired up about Romney’s comments. Here’s what Big Bird himself had to say about it:



De-baits, de-fishes … get it?!?! Oh, give him a break. It was seven hours past his bed time.

Contact the author of this post at Jessica.Wakeman@Gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter and Tumblr.