Show #255 – July 5, 2015

In Podcast by Steve Swanson

The Muppet Newsflash Podcast (which is sort a running joke between JD Hansel and I) makes an admirable effort this week. Meaning, JD and I make Muppet podcast magic once again as we bring everyone up to date on what’s happening in the Muppet world. Lots of news, some great Frank Oz clips, and even more links to check out!

Episode Guest

JD Hansel is the host of Eleven Point Collar, and the owner of Muppet Hub, one of the fastest growing Muppet fansites.

Show Links

The Muppets perform “Pure Imagination” with Lindsey Stirling and Josh Groban.

Lindsey Stirling comments on the experience of performing with the Muppets.

San Diego Comic Con – July 11, come see ABC’s The Muppets panel discussion! Bill Barretta and others, including the show creators and writers, will be on hand to talk to audiences.

Frank Oz appeared at the Disney premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, because he and Dave Goelz voice two of the characters in the film.
Watch Frank at a very special appearance at Walt Disney World, as part of the Star Wars Weekends event.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is nearing completion of the new Jim Henson wing!

Elmo appeared with Jimmy Fallon recently, and the results were…interesting. tweeted a link to Archaia’s exlusive gallery showing off the Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol. 3 artwork, for the new comic coming this fall.

Jim Henson Company’s “Doozers” out on DVD soon.

Murray the Monster is now a walkaround character at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

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Sesame Workshop partnered with the World Bank to raise awareness of sanitation concerns in parts of the developing world.

How to help a child who moves frequently? Some tips from Sesame Street and the USO might help.

A recently published research paper shows evidence behind Sesame Street’s stated goal of preparing children to enter elementary school.

How do Sesame Street writers decide what does (and doesn’t) become a Sesame parody sketch? Hear from actual Sesame writers and producers!

Thanks for listening!

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Have a great week!


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Steve is a lifelong Muppet fan. He is the owner of FanPress, a media company specializing in telling inspiring stories in fandom. He is also a musician, songwriter, and teacher. Currently his favorite instrument is the ukulele. As such, he recently launched UcanUke, a music coaching website, where students of all ages and skill levels can learn in personalized online lessons.

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