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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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AETN Fourth of July Specials

Celebrate freedom and our nation’s 241st birthday this Independence Day with all-star casts, historical explorations, phenomenal music and a one-of-a-kind fireworks display with patriotic programs July 2-4 on AETN!

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Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming”

To round out the first season of “Cook With Brooks,” we’re taking a trip to Alma, Arkansas, to learn all about a local farmer’s love for his line of work! Read on to get a sneak peek at Arnold Family Farm to learn all about their chicken, strawberry and cattle farming operations coming up on Saturday, July 1, at 5 p.m.

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Congratulations, Emperor Science Award Winner Sarah Shirley!

Join ArkansasIDEAS and AETN in congratulating rising Little Rock Central High School junior Sarah Shirley, of Roland! Sarah, who is one of 100 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer’s Emperor Science Award recipients, will receive a unique mentoring opportunity with an esteemed scientist on a cancer research project, a Google Chrome computer and a $1,500 stipend. Learn more about Sarah’s entry and the Emperor Science Award program after the jump.

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Student Filmmakers Remember Cotham’s Mercantile

Documentary filmmaking is a wonderful way to tell unique stories about the people, places and the worlds we navigate. It’s a unique form of preservation — and that point was made especially poignant by Lakeside High School television broadcast class’s recent AETN Student Selects submission “Cotham’s Mercantile.” With first-hand accounts from the staff and regular customers, their film tells the fascinating tale of Cotham’s history and what made it a staple of Central Arkansans’ appetites. It is also likely some of the last footage shot in the Scott, Arkansas, landmark before it was lost in a fire on May 30. They share more about their experience and reactions to the store’s loss after the jump.

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Saturday Crime Time Lineup Changes

As two of our programs from Down Under wrap up their runs, look for new faces the return of some favorites as “Midsomer Murders” and “Death in Paradise” rotate into our Saturday Crime Time lineup! Learn more about the deliciously sinister viewing you have to look forward to after the jump.

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Hub of Food

I have been able, in my almost 30 years of culinary, to do some fun and exciting things. I was able to travel the Southeast opening stores for Vincent's Market. In the 1996 Olympic Soccer in Birmingham, Alabama, I fed everyone in the VIP tents next to the stadium… over 5,000 people. I got to feed 1,500 people at the Talladega Superspeedway. I owned my own restaurant, Soul, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I even got to cook with the Arkansas First Lady, Susan Hutchison, on "Cooking Today." Now, as a part of the many things going on, I get to be a part of the beginnings of Brightwater: Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville, Arkansas. Currently, I teach there when I can. It gives me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned, which is a blessing.

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