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Episode 47: Fraggle Rock

March 16th, 2019

In a first, the forty-seventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast finds friend of the podcast Greg Clark joining Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard to discuss the Jim Henson television show, Fraggle Rock.

In this episode, the trio discuss the transnational and transcultural nature of the series that sought to create something universally human with nonhuman creatures. In doing so, the series provided allegories on multiculturalism -- for how to get along with one another in diverse world where everyone depends on everyone else. In this way, the series served as a form of edutainment, similar to Sesame Street, but more focused on literacies beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. The show's lessons on empathic literacy, in particularly, are much needed in our modern world.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog seemsobvioustome.wordpress.com. And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website www.playingwithresearch.com.