Remember When? Sesame Street and A Muppet Family Christmas

December 18, 2014

There are a lot of classic TV Christmas specials. But as a Muppets fan who grew up in the 1980s, there was no television event that better defined most of my childhood than 1987’s A Muppet Family Christmas. In the course of just one hour, all of my favorite Muppets converged on Fozzie Bear’s mother’s…

Is Kermit the Frog the Best Commencement Speaker Ever?

May 20, 2014

Our public broadcasting colleagues over at NPR recently compiled 300 of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever and we quickly took note that a handful of PBS favorites made the list. Whether you’re a new graduate – “no longer tadpoles” as Kermit the Frog would say – or simply find inspiration with each commencement season, I…

An Intrepid News Frog From Thanksgiving’s Past

November 28, 2013

We’ve heard that high winds on the East Coast might ground the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. To offset the potential disappointment of the parade foregoing its big flying wonders, we went and found this vintage photo of the always intrepid Sesame Street News Frog Kermit reporting on his own balloon in 1977 to wish…

Celebrate Christmas at the White House

December 20, 2011

Watch The National Christmas Tree Lighting 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 or 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 on Wisconsin Public Television. It’s not often that Kermit the Frog shares the stage with President Obama and his family. Well this year, the magic of Christmas has brought them, Carson Daly and some top musical acts together…