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“The Vietnam War” Preview Screenings

Recognize Arkansas veterans and preview the epic narrative of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War” at free screenings across the state in August and September. In addition to a sneak preview of the immersive, 360-degree series, each of the eight events will feature an opportunity for discussion after the screening.

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“Arkansans Ask: Opioid Addiction”

Addiction and deaths related to opioids – drugs prescribed to treat moderate and severe pain – continue to rise in Arkansas. Explore the facts behind the state’s situation and learn about treatment options and available resources in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.

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Can You Speak Code?

Through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, AETN and PBS KIDS have been given the opportunity to help boost coding education for Arkansas children by providing coding kits to STEM centers around the state. Learn how these kits, which are both high-tech and approachable, are being used to help 5-8 year olds (and even AETN graphic designers) learn coding concepts with fun and exciting approaches! 

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AETN Original Productions Nominated for 10 Emmys

AETN is proud to tell the stories of Arkansas through original, local productions and, this year, four of those original films have received a total 10 Emmy nominations in the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Learn more about the nominations and AETN original productions after the jump.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2017”

Hiking through the breathtaking Marinoni Scenic Area, hanging out with the precision riding team known as the “Old Fort Days Dandies,” fiddling around at the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and visiting the Birdhouse Capital of America – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

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Annette Herrington Elected AETN Commission Chair

AETN is proud to announce that Annette Herrington has been elected as AETN Commission chair by her fellow AETN Commission members for fiscal year 2018. Herrington, who is a certified public accountant and was appointed to the AETN Commission as District 2 representative in March 2012, looks forward meeting the needs of Arkansas through educational offerings and local programming during her tenure as chair.

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Guest Blogger Jacob Levy — Viewing Artists in New Ways

What more can we learn about the person behind all those flower paintings? The Art Assignment’s series Art Cooking gives insights into to the life Georgia O’Keeffe. I contemplate how this video changed how I think about O’Keeffe and how this way of looking at artists can change the way we view art.

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Share Summertime Adventures With “Flat Kratts”

Going on a summer adventure? PBS KIDS can share it with us and their favorite “Wild Kratts” characters! Whether you’re traveling somewhere new, sightseeing in the neighborhood or exploring the outdoors, we want to see how you’re learning and having fun this summer! Find out how you can get a free “Flat Kratts” printable and join us for new summer series that take you on adventures to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures after the jump.

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“Bell Ringer” Earns Two Telly Awards

We’re proud to announce that “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury” — an AETN-original film exploring concussions — has been honored with two Telly Awards in the 38th annual, international competition. The documentary was awarded a Silver Telly — the competition’s highest honor — for “General Documentary: Individual” and a Bronze Telly for “General Education.”

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New Season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With”

Enjoy discussions with political experts, editors and authors in new episodes of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Monday evenings at 6:30 starting July 3. Featured guests include political expert Alan Abramowitz, author Elizabeth Hill and editor Michael D. Polston, author Michael Hibblen, and author Betsy Singleton Snyder.

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Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – A Digital Spin on Art Education

Do you enjoy art? Are you a student or an educator? The Art Assignment includes many educational series such as “Art Cooking,” “Art Trip” and “Five Favorite Works of Art.” But, the namesake for the channel is The Art Assignment, a series in which a plethora of artists – whose work can be found in galleries across the U.S. – make a video to teach particular technique or idea that they use in their own work to the audience through prompt.

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“Arkansas Ask: Consumer Fraud”

For 15 years, identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints, and many Americans feel like they have lost control of their data. Find out how you can protect your personal information and learn about consumer fraud and different types of scams in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

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Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – Here’s an Idea: What’s Your Idea?

Do you like to explore different ways of thinking and find new things to consider? Then you’ll want to check out the PBS Idea Channel, a part of the PBS Digital Studios suite of educational, short-form programs made for YouTube. Hosted by composer, programmer and performer Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel takes a philosophical dive into everything from Pokémon fan theories to cocktail glasses. But, an added element makes it unique: comment response episodes. Learn more about the Idea Channel and audience participation in Internet media after the jump.

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“Cook With Brooks” Strawberry Pie

In “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming,” the last episode of our first season, we made a trip out to see Randy Arnold at Arnold Family Farm in Alma. On top of exploring their chicken and cattle farming operations, Chef Brooks had a chance to pick out some unbelievably sweet strawberries from their fields. He shares one of his all-time favorite recipes he’s created for homemade strawberry pie after the jump.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: July 2017”

Reliving the Doolittle Raid with a Marine B-25 “ghost” plane, hiking to Rattlesnake Falls in the Ozark National Forest, visiting the historic town of Leslie, attending the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia and mountain biking along the Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail along the shores of Norfork Lake near Mountain Home – it’s all on the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.

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