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Countdown to Summer with “Outdoor Hotline” April 27

Get ready for the upcoming seasons with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission! Experts are joining host Tony Brooks live in studio on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. to talk about fishing and improving fisheries habitats, work to restore northern bobwhite quail populations in the state, and changes on the horizon this fall for green tree reservoirs on wildlife management areas. Share your questions for the chance to hear them answered on air at 800-662-2386 or outdoors@aetn.org.

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Visit AETN at Bridge to the Future Festival 2017

On Saturday, April 29, starting at 10 a.m., meet us at the Clinton Center in Little Rock for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival! Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents. Stop by the AETN booth to learn about the PBS KIDS summer reading campaign and find fun giveaways, including activity books, reading charts and more!

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Dinner Time, Dear

Stop! Put down the fast food! There is something so much better, and it can be found on the “Farm to Table Family” channel from PBS Digital Studios. A channel with just a mom and her kids exploring recipes made with healthy ingredients for homemade treats that will make you want to call her up for the recipe. Read on for the recipe for the most amazing looking fried rice you’ve ever seen!

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Music to Your Ears: Win Jesse Cook Concert Tickets

Would you like to treat yourself and a guest to an unbelievable evening of extraordinary guitar music with tickets to see virtuoso Jesse Cook at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway on Sunday, May 7, 2017? Enter our Facebook contest by noon on Thursday, May 4, for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to attend this AETN Foundation exclusive event!

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“American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Pulaski Tech Screenings

Incomparable author and activist Maya Angelou lived an exuberant and broad life. Explore her incredible journey with unprecedented access to her remarkable saga from her childhood in the Depression-era South — including several years in Stamps, Arkansas — and her early performing career to her work with Malcolm X and many writing successes in special screenings at Pulaski Technical College Thursday, April 20.

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Masterminds Meet for “Quiz Bowl 2017”

Bright minds from across the state will be joining us in AETN Studios Saturday, April 22, for the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition. Join us to watch the finals as 14 teams face off to test their skills and play for state conference titles and scholarships! “Quiz Bowl 2017” will air in two parts with round one beginning at 9 a.m. and round two starting at 1:30 p.m.

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Grabbing a Byte

Tired of reading the typical food blog? “Everything but the News” is a technology blog that reviews the top restaurants in the Bay Area, shows you how to make the best toast ever and has found the Uber for groceries. Curious for more? Read on!

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“Dream Land” Giveaway - “Temple of Dreams” and “End of the Line”

Continue your exploration of Little Rock’s West 9th Street and its extraordinary history by entering our “Dream Land” Giveaway on Facebook April 13-17. Winners will receive signed copies of Berna J. Love’s “Temple of Dreams: Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom” and “End of the Line: A History of Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” which were used to research AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” Find contest rules and details after the jump.

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“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Breaking the Cycle of Teen Parenthood

Teen pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor to poverty in Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the country. To stop the cycle, the Conway Cradle Care organization provides support to help young parents in Faulkner County and, recently, rural Perry County. Continue reading to learn how Conway Cradle Care not only inspires young parents to graduate high school but to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society and to raise their children to do the same.

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“Cook With Brooks” — Lamb Chops and Summer Vegetable Medley

Our last episode “Feeding the Soul,” took us to the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival, and Chef Brooks had the chance to show what he could do during a demonstration at the Cooking Stage. That, along with the chance to judge the Chef Cook-off, was all the inspiration we needed to inspire a trip to the Fayetteville Farmers Market and get supplies for this dish quick but impressive dish!

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Producing “Dream Land” – The Experience of Filmmaking

Filmmaking is a journey that involves many people with varied talents. It often involves many unseen twists and turns. It has been an honor, for sure, to be asked to research and in some way present a part of this history. But, what is there to say that sums that up and describes the experience of it?

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: 😊🙌💻☕

If the emoji isn’t just for millenials anymore, then who is it for? Find out in the video from the channel PBS OffBook “Are Emoticons the Future of Language?” where you’ll learn about the history and future of emojis. 

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Producing “Dream Land” – Telling the Story of Little Rock’s West 9th Street

The saying goes, everything – everyone, really – has a story. When I was growing up in my beloved Stephens, Arkansas, there were stories all around.  Those stories have helped to collectively make me who I am.  As a producer, I count it as a blessing to be able to explore others’ stories, and with that comes a huge responsibility. So it is with “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” I pray that this film is but the beginning of sharing the many West 9th Street stories that remain to be told.

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AETN PBS KIDS Day at Dickey-Stephens Park

Take a field trip with AETN KIDS and Jet Propulsion on Tuesday, April 11, at Dickey-Stephens Park! Starting at 11 a.m., this special event will feature a special “Ready Jet Go!” screening, the chance to meet and take photos with Jet Propulsion, and a game between the Arkansas Travelers and the San Antonio Missions.

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Guest Blogger Marie Kressin: “Dream Land” — Making the Voices Heard

Until the drive into Little Rock for the first screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” I had not given a thought to how the film would be received by the audience, the interviewees. Then, I realized how important it was to do them justice. “Dream Land” was a chance for their voices to be heard. Why had I – a 22-year-old who was born and raised in the South – never heard personal accounts of racial prejudice?

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