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Iowa Public Television Will Broadcast Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change Documentary from Sesame Workshop

March 23, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa)—On Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m., Iowa Public Television will broadcast Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change, a new production from Sesame Workshop featuring Queen Latifah and John Mayer.

This prime time family television special tells the stories of military families coping with the challenges of combat-related injuries—both visible and invisible—and explores the different ways these heroic families come together to find a “new normal.” The program also salutes the extraordinary courage and strength of these military families and offers the general public a powerful glimpse into what they often must endure. Des Moines, Iowa native B.J. Jackson, who was injured during his National Guard service in Iraq in 2003, is featured in the documentary.

With help from Elmo and Rosita, “Coming Home” gives voice to young children as they play a central role in their families’ adjustment process. The special encourages them to ask questions, talk about how they feel, and be what they are—kids. During the program, Queen Latifah meets real families dealing with combat-related injuries including the loss of a leg, traumatic brain injury, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Coming Home is part of Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative for military families. The program will repeat on Iowa Public Television on Sunday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.


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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
March 23, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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