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Scientific Podcast Goes Boink, Episode 34: Kermit the Frog Believes in You

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On the anniversary of Jim Henson's death, we have a special podcast. Things get earnest.

Nick Laham

Jim Henson died on May 16, 1990. On May 16, 2013, Pete and Bill sit down to discuss what made Jim Henson and the Muppets so wonderful. There is a lot of life-affirming positivity and earnest discussion about puppets in this episode, so consider yourself warned.

For your full enjoyment, links to things discussed on the podcast:

- Jim Henson Memorial Service, "Just One Person"
- Bill's Uncle Deadly tattoo
- Uncle Deadly and Vincent Price
- The Doozers
- Muppets riding bicycles
- The Muppet Movie, "The Rainbow Connection"
- The Paley Center for Media
- Roger Moore and Piggy, on the couch
- "What if Kermit the Frog was a real living being"
- First appearance of Snuffleupagus, complete with skeptical adults
- Mid-70s criticism of Roosevelt Franklin
- Cookie Monster, "A Cookie is a Sometimes Food"
- Objections to same, in example
- Roosevelt Franklin helps Suzetta
- Roosevelt Franklin, in portaiture
- Rowlf the Dog and Kermit the Frog, "Hope That Something Better Comes Along"
- Fozzie Bear and Kermit the Frog tell the world's funniest joke
- Muppets Take Mahattan, "Saying Goodbye"
- Life is hard for Kermit the Frog, too
- Muppets Take Mahattan, "Hmmm"
- The Great Muppet Caper, "Taxi!"
- I Appreciate The Muppets On A Much Deeper Level Than You