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  • Arkansas and the American Dream

    We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.

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  • Volunteers Like You

    You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.

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  • Parents, PJs and Pies

    Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.

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  • “Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos

    Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.

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  • Save the Date for AETN Family Day

    Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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  • “PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Seeking Solutions for Small Farmers

    In an effort to alleviate some of the economic hardship in rural Arkansas, Heifer International has developed a method designed to help small farmers get started, grow, and thrive. Learn more about Heifer USA in this “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.

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  • Win VIP Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith

    Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four VIP tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four VIP seats and the chance to meet Daniel Tiger after the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by noon on Thursday, Aug. 18.

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  • Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Aug. 2016

    Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 3, we’ll attend an open air painting festival in Eureka Springs, take part in all the fishing fun at Bear Creek Lake in the St. Francis National Forest, dine in a jetliner restaurant and learn about the forgotten tragedy of the sinking of the Sultana near Marion.

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  • “Arkansans Ask” - Arkansas Department of Human Services

    Get to know the direction and challenges facing the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), and learn how they serve the state in a special new “Arkansans Ask” on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Expert guests, including DHS Director Cindy Gillespie, will join program host Lance Turner of Arkansas Business to discuss and answer viewer questions. Submit your questions and comments at 1-800-662-2386, paffairs@aetn.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

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  • AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!

    Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.

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  • Arkansas STEM Girls Camp

    AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.

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  • FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25

    Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.

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  • 5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Day

    With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS.

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  • Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps

    This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump.

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  • Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest

    Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20!

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