On my America Weekend show, I enjoyed talking with Brian Jay Jones, who has written an authorized biography of Jim Henson, the man behind the Muppets. Among the topics we covered:

  • how “The Muppet Show” worked on different levels for kids and adults;
  • why the Muppets didn’t interact with the humans in early episodes of “Sesame Street”;
  • the turmoil of the year the Muppets spent on “Saturday Night Live”;
  • how Kermit rode a bicycle in the original “Muppet Movie”;
  • was there really a group of Muppet groupies;
  • whether Henson eschewed real medicine, thus exacerbating his death in 1990.

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