'Sesame Street' now has a show for kids with parents in prison

TV zoning laws haven't seen fit to allow a bail bondsman's office on "Sesame Street," but gritty reality continues to encroach on the way to where the air is sweet. The workshop that birthed the iconic PBS show, having tackled divorce and other sources of kid angst, has now produced a 30-minute video for youngsters who have a parent in jail and have problems coping. And, yes, that means there's a Muppet mom or dad in the joint somewhere. The program won't be part of the regular "Sesame Street" broadcast, but will be distributed to schools, therapists and prisons. With one of every 28 U.S. kids having an incarcerated parent, there's a ready-made audience. [Source]

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1. [PDF], "Cap the Cost: A guide to the FCC's request for comments on prison phone rates." Campaign for Prison Phone Justice.
2. Drew Kukorowski, "The price to call home: state-sanctioned monopolization in the prison phone industry." PRISON Policy Initiative, September 11, 2012.
3. Justin Moyer, "After almost a decade, FCC has yet to rule on high cost of prison phone calls." Washington Post, December 2, 2012.
4. Drew Kukorowski, "The price to call home: state-sanctioned monopolization in the prison phone industry." PRISON Policy Initiative, September 11, 2012.
5. Justin Moyer, "After almost a decade, FCC has yet to rule on high cost of prison phone calls." Washington Post, December 2, 2012.
6. "Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services." FCC, accessed March 8, 2013."