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Reading “The Wall” With MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

In an effort to help young students understand the impact of war and related issues, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts a children's reading program called The Reading Brigade. Learn more about their recent session centered on "The Wall" by Eve Bunting.

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The Demystified Zone: A Global Game of Dominoes

As the uneasy alliance of the Soviet Union and United States dissolved, the Cold War erupted and gave birth to many proxy wars, including the Vietnam War. What stoked each side of the rivalry? Explore the basic differences in economic and political ideology that prompted U.S. involvement in Vietnam and introduced a round of dominoes with extraordinary, worldwide consequences.

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The Demystified Zone: Adieu, la France

Contrary to the popular, unfortunate American image of the French as surrender-prone, their nation has a long and impressive history of military success. The same was true in Vietnam until 1949 when sudden changes gave the Viet Minh an advantage. Read on to learn what changed and how a place called Dien Bien Phu affected the course of the Indochina War.

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Every Picture Tells a Story ... So what's the story on the guy in the ditch?

Wartime photos give us an idea of what those serving undergo, but there are often layers - even hidden dangers - that are difficult to comprehend unless you've lived the experience. Join Bruce Wesson, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography film team known as the MACV Army A Team, to explore the stories behind the images he captured on a perimeter sweep mission at Fire Support Base Charlie in the Hiep Duc Valley region in December of 1967.

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AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum 2017

Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.

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The Demystified Zone: A Will of Light

The revolutionary who would eventually style himself "Hồ Chí Minh" - roughly meaning "the Enlightened Man with a Will of Light" – traveled a long road from son of a controversy prone magistrate to Prime Minister and President of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. Keep reading to examine his early life, from the Versailles Peace Conference to his work with the United States’ OSS during WWII and beyond.

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“Arkansans Ask: Veterans History Project”

Learn how Arkansans can take action to preserve the histories of our state's veterans and about the various aspects of the “AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans” initiative in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Viewers may submit questions and comments during the live broadcast at 800-662-2386, paffairs@aetn.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

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The Demystified Zone: Declarations of Dependence

Vietnam’s long and complex history led to the creation of an extremely nationalistic state: it defined itself most by resistance to outside influences. Explore how Vietnam formed its identity, and how neighboring China and French colonialists' colorful interpretations of treaties set the world stage for what would eventually become the Vietnam War.

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“Student Selects” Highlights Arkansas’s Budding Filmmakers

Starting Sept. 8, reserve your Friday nights at 6:30 to see highlights from Arkansas’s emerging filmmakers in “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” With selections including comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries, historical films and more, these short films will touch your heart and spark your imagination.

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Guest Blogger Jacob Levy: The Social Power of Documentary

Interning at the Arkansas PBS station AETN gave me the opportunity to learn about the art and economics of documentary media. Over the course of the summer, I increasingly thought about the value of documentary to educate local as well as national audiences on a range of pressing issues. I wanted to get an academic perspective on documentary to share with the AETN audience, so I interviewed one of my film professors at Hendrix College. Read what I learned from Hendrix College’s Dr. Joshua Glick after the jump.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas – Sept. 2017”

Exploring a cave full of salamanders; visiting the Scott Plantation Settlement; going fishing for gar; and getting up close with snakes, bugs and everything else at an ecology camp – it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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Computer Science Is For Girls

Audacious. Diverse. Provocative. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words that I - a video producer for AETN's education division - relate with creativity. Are these words that you would use to describe Computer Science? Read on to see why I believe you should and to learn about how students in grades 6-12 can enter the Computer Science for Arkansas PSA Campaign competition.

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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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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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