Episode 24: The Tiny Water Bear and Sesame Street Controversies

Episode 24: The Tiny Water Bear and Sesame Street Controversies

The water bear, the moss piglet, the tardigrade has had many names in the past. And despite it’s small microscopic stature it’s one of the most resilient creatures on Earth. It has survived Earth’s mass extinctions, extreme temperatures and even, space. Justin tells us all about these tiny little ‘slow steppers’ and how they can survive virtually anything. A big part of it is their ability to curl up into a dehydrated ball and hibernate for up to 120 years! 

Unlike the microscopic tardigrade, Sesame Street is huge! One of the most popular childrens show of all time. But throughout its 49 year history, it hasn’t been without controversy. This week, Clarke explains how Sesame Street has struggled with a possibly racist Muppet, a terrorist Muppet and an HIV positive Muppet. She also breaks down the difference between the Jim Henson characters like Kermit and Miss Piggy and the classic Sesame Street characters like Elmo and Big Bird. W is for weird in this weeks episode of @thesoftbrains. Episode 24: The Tiny Water Bear and Sesame street Controversies

A 3D tardigrade/Water Bear/Moss Piglet.
Tardigrade eggs
Adorable tardigrade cartoons by K. Jaramillo.

Old school Cookie Monster with a pipe.
Roosevelt Franklin, who was later removed from Sesame Street, with his mother.
Osama Bin Laden and Bert, a placard that was all over a Bangladeshi rally.

Check out the website that displays Bert, of Bert and Ernie, as an evil-doer below.

Million Muppet March in DC which was sparked by Mitt Romney’s proposal to cut PBS funding and therefore, Sesame Street.
The newest addition to Sesame Street, Lily. The first Muppet to portray homelessness and food insecurity.