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John Oliver calls attention to lead poisoning with help from 'Sesame Street'

John Oliver calls attention to lead poisoning with help from 'Sesame Street'

Sometimes corporate synergy can be a force for good. 

On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver teamed up with "Sesame Street" stars and HBO stablemates Elmo, Rosita and Oscar to raise awareness about lead poisoning.

The issue has been in the news of late, largely due to the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But as Oliver noted, lead paint dust poses an even larger threat to public health: According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, some 2.1 million homes in the U.S. contain a lead dust hazard and a child under 6.

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