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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Drake helps a blogger hit it big, Nintendo meets Twin Peaks, Ishmael's blog post, Muppets vs. Beasties, and Zelda Williams remembers her father.  

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Studio 360

Robin Williams Knew How To Get To Sesame Street

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams wore a lot of hats (and one time, for a few hours, a clown nose). One Robin you may not have known was the gentle educator. It was a side of him we only glimpsed during his many visits to Sesame Street

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The Green Handshake Edition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Everyone's a guest this week on the Culture Gabfest with Slate's Mike Pesca, John Swansburg, and Jessica Winter filling in for our usual hosts. The guest gabbers discuss the movie Muppets Most Wanted and what the Muppets mean to kids in 2014. Next,...

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Muppets' 'Ode to Joy'

Saturday, December 07, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon we feature the finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Muppet-style.

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Month of Mozart

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mozart, Muppet-Style

Saturday, November 16, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon, Mozart gets the Muppet treatment. Miss Piggy and Link Hogthrob perform the duet "La ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni between the characters Don Giovanni and Zerlina.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Muppet Irish Song

Saturday, August 31, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon, we present the traditional Irish song "Danny Boy." We play a beautiful performance by flautist James Galway, but another version not to be missed comes from an episode of the Muppet Show.

   

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Do Bert and Ernie Get it On? Edition

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Slate's Dana Stevens, June Thomas and David Haglund discuss the New Yorker cover celebrating the defeat of DOMA, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film "I'm So Excited" and the new Showtime series "Ray Donovan" For links and more, head to:...

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Clanky Cantata

Saturday, June 22, 2013

This Saturday's cartoon features J.S. Bach's famous chorale “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." In a 1980 episode of "The Muppet Show," Rowlf the Dog attempts a few minutes of musical profundity with this work.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Minuet Mayhem

Saturday, March 09, 2013

On this weekend's Saturday morning cartoon, find out what happens when "The Muppet Show's" Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem get a hold of Luigi Boccherini’s famous Minuet in A Major.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mozart Meets The Muppets

Saturday, January 26, 2013

From a 1977 episode of "The Muppet Show," Miss Piggy and Link Hogthrob sing “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Muppets Right to Stand Against Chick-Fil-A Over Gay Marriage

Friday, July 27, 2012

If there's any lesson from every Muppet adventure, it's that you shouldn't underestimate the ability of that goofy crew of lovable misfits to get things done, outsmart the bad guys and save the day. Evidently, the right-wing owners of Chick-fil-A haven't watched enough of Kermit and the gang.

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WNYC News

Muppets Are City's New Family-Friendly Ambassadors

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has enlisted The Muppets to help attract more families to the city as part of his push to get 55 million visitors a year to come to the Big Apple by 2015.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'War Horse,' 'We Bought a Zoo' and So Much More

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's Christmas week, and Oscar season, which means lots and lots of movies. Our Movie Date podcasters try to cut through the muck and get to the quality films by looking at this week's releases. Find out what they think about the self-explanatory feel-good story "We Bought a Zoo," the new blockbuster "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol," the bestseller-turned-feature film "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and much more.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, “Don We Now Our Gay Apparel” Edition

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Listen to Slate's show about The Muppets, decorating at home with Deborah Needleman, and Christmas carols.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'The Muppets' Reunited and it Feels So Good

Friday, November 25, 2011

Who doesn't get chills when they hear the opening banjo riff to "Rainbow Connection"? That was the popular tune payed by a lovable Kermit the Frog in the original 'Muppet Movie' way back in 1979. This week, 'The Muppets' return to the screen after a long hiatus. When Muppet-master Jim Henson died in 1990, some thought these lovable puppets might be gone for good. But they got the whole band back together for a Muppets reunion, with help from Jason Segel and Amy Adams.

Takeaway 'Movie Date' podcasters Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer take a trip down memory lane and talk about what the new installment of the series brings to the table.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Hugo,' 'My Week with Marilyn,' 'The Muppets'

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's the day before Thanksgiving, one of the biggest movie release dates of the year. Among the major releases this year is Martin Scorsese's ode to movie history, "Hugo," and "My Week with Marilyn," starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. And of course, "The Muppets" which has everyone as eager to talk about music as they are about movies.

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Features

The Muppets, The Gremlins and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Take Brooklyn

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

For two weekends in November, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will screen 54 new and old films starring live puppets. The festival's 19 features and 35 shorts will be shown from Nov. 12 through 14 and from Nov. 18 through 20 as part of "Puppets on Film."

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Studio 360

They Will Rock You

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Muppets have a proud tradition of taking the hit songs and making them their own: muppet-izing them, shall we say.  The Sesame Street gang had a string of successes with “Letter B” (ala the Beatles’s “Let Her Be”), “Born to Add” (ala the Boss’s “Born to Run”) and “U Really Got a Hold On Me” featuring Smokey Robinson and a rather clingy Letter U.

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Studio 360

Happy Birthday Muppets!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hard to believe, but the Muppets turned 40 this month! And my favorite segments from "The Muppet Show" are still "Pigs in Space."

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Studio 360

Jim Henson's Time Piece

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Last night, I joined hundreds of nostalgic 30-somethings at a 30th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie in Brooklyn. Seeing it on the big screen was pure delight, and proved the lasting genius of Jim Henson and co. Everything holds up: the snappy dialogue (Man in Swamp: 'You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!' Kermit: 'Have you tried Hare Krishna?'); the irresistible soundtrack (the Electric Mayhem jams are the best); the hilarious cameos (Mel Brooks as Dr. Mengele-like mad scientist); and, of course, the unforgettable Muppets themselves (witness Miss Piggy transform from precious damsel-in-distress to gangster-ass-kicker, with her unmistakable battle cry: 'HEEEE-YAH!').

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