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“Barnes and … A Conversation With Frank Abagnale”

You might not immediately recognize Frank Abagnale’s name but, chances are, you’re familiar with his story. A former con artist turned fraud expert consultant for the FBI, Abagnale’s criminal activities were depicted in “Catch Me If You Can.” Now the ambassador for the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Abagnale sits down with Steve Barnes to talk about his life, career, consumer fraud and how to outsmart con artists on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

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Tommy Emmanuel – One man. One guitar. One unforgettable experience.

Australian guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel will soon be gracing the Reynolds Performance Hall stage in Conway for a special stop on his “Classics and Christmas Tour.” If you haven’t seen him play before, it’s hard to imagine how unique and talented he is. From one guitarist and music lover to another, let me tell you why this is a show you won’t want to miss.

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

Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!

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Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challenge

I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved.

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What We’re Watching - Special Program Highlights

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, there’s a great round of programming coming to a screen near you! From “Anne of Green Gables” to a extraordinary look at the rise of the Fab Four in “The Beatles - Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” there’s an outstanding slate of programming to look forward to, all the way through December.

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Mister Rogers' Sweater Drive

Won't you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for the 2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

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In association with the broadcast of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," AETN is proud to recognize Arkansas Vietnam Veterans by supporting local organizations and hosting a variety of community outreach events.

A Deeper Look

A Deeper Look at Poverty in Arkansas is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," which aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society and solutions to bring people out of poverty.

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Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for a civic organization or club program?  For your organization's next meeting, consider booking an AETN Speaker.  For more than fifteen years, more than 250 groups around Arkansas that meet during weekdays have used this free-of-charge service.  While speakers are regularly available for noon club meetings, some breakfast or evening programs may be provided to a group if the event site is within a 30-60 minute drive from Conway or if AETN has an available person in that area of the state.  An AETN speaker will be glad to talk to your group at no cost on a variety of relevant and interesting subjects, including:

  • AETN: Helping Kids through TV
  • AETN: Helping Education in Arkansas
  • AETN: Telling Arkansas' Heritage and Culture
  • AETN Productions Update
  • How AETN Works
  • What's New at AETN

To arrange an AETN Speaker for an upcoming club meeting, please contact the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department at marketing@aetn.org.

When making your request, please provide the following information:

  1. Name of Organization or Club
  2. Location of City
  3. Contact Name & Phone Number (or email address)
  4. Date and time of meeting  (several options are requested)
  5. Desired Subject for the AETN Speaker
  6. Desired Length of Speaking Time
  7. Number of people usually attending (average)
  8. Where the meeting is held
  9. Directions to the meeting facility
  10. Any other special needs or requests

Request a Tour

If you are interested in discovering the world of public, educational broadcasting in Arkansas, come take a free tour of AETN in Conway!

Who May tour: Groups of ten (10) individuals or more who are at least in 4th grade (or age 10) or older are welcome.  Tours for individuals are generally not provided. Groups larger than 20 may need to be divided into smaller groups for easier touring.  One (1) parent, teacher, guardian or group leader must be present for every six to seven children.

What is Seen: Learn about this state-owned public, educational television station.  Visit the studios and production control rooms where local programs about Arkansas are created.  View Master Control where all AETN-PBS programs are broadcast throughout the state of Arkansas. See the equipment used to create television.  More technical-oriented tours can be arranged for a high school or college broadcasting class.

Length and focus of tours of AETN, which generally last about between 30 and 60 minutes, depend upon the age level of the group.

Tour Times: Tours are conducted Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours are given by prior appointment only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, drop-in requests for tours. Please allow at least two (2) weeks in advance to schedule a tour appointment.

Tours not available on the following observed state holiday:  Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Day, Presidents-Daisy Bates Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and during the Christmas holidays (Christmas Eve Day through New Year's Day).

Where to Go for Tours: Scheduled tour groups will meet at the reception desk at the Visitors Entrance in the north building located at Donaghey Avenue and Powell Street south of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. See our AETN Map for directions to AETN.  Visitor parking is available free-of-charge in a lot across the street from the front entrance of AETN or in the parking lot one block south of AETN.

Additional Information: Tours of AETN are free! Cameras and video cameras are also welcome as are lots of questions. Please make any special needs or interests known when scheduling a tour.  AETN reserves the right to cancel a tour within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflict.

To Schedule a Tour: To arrange a building tour of AETN, contact:

David Elmore
Phone: (501) 682 - 4198
Email: delmore@aetn.org