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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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“Agri Arkansas” November 2017

This month on “Agri Arkansas,” get to know the Arkansas Forestry Commission, make a visit to Green Bay Packaging Pinecrest Lumber Division and learn the secret to producing great figs with Little Rock Urban Farming. A new episode premieres Thursday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

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“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” has been proven to be accurate by the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS). Learn more about how the largest children’s shelter in the state is caring for children who have encountered abuse and neglect by providing a stable environment, and even working with community organizations such as Hanna Ranch to provide enriching, therapeutic activities.

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Guest Blogger Dr. Donna Beegle — See Poverty: Be the Difference

In the 1700s, poverty was essentially made illegal or thought to be a character flaw. Today, many people living in the crisis of poverty continue to be punished for poverty conditions. Many efforts to eradicate poverty fail or — at best — assist people in “coping” with current poverty conditions. What can we do to ensure our neighbors are moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty? 

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Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Signing Off for the Final Time

I can’t believe it, but my time at AETN is over. During my two and a half months here, I learned so many things. It was a cool experience to work inside a studio. It’s a unique feeling to see your work on a program, knowing you played a large part in helping create it. I can only hope the next intern gets as much out of the experience as I did.

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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