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“Cook With Brooks” — Kale and Bacon Frittata

As we saw in our recent episode “Hail to Kale,” this superfood is so versatile! It’s also easy to grow in the Ozarks compared to a lot of leafy vegetables and, since it can be grown throughout the year, you’ll want to hang on to this Kale and Bacon Frittata recipe. It’s one that the whole family will enjoy!

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Beyond “Dream Land” - A Walk Down Historic West 9th Street

Upcoming AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” gives voice to the stories of the individuals and patrons who built the capital city’s historic African-American business district. Join Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a special walking tour to explore 9th Street as it exists today and learn about the historic African American businesses and points of interest it was home to Saturday, April 1, beginning at 1 p.m.

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: The Doc Is In

Come explore the worlds of science, feminism and glass ceiling breaking in the newest post from Between the Bytes. Whether you are a college student trying to diagnose yourself without going to the doctor or just looking for a good laugh, “Frankenstein M.D.” from PBS Digital Studios has something for you!

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“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Preview Screening

For decades, Little Rock’s West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have waited to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Explore them in a special sneak preview of the AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” held in partnership with Arkansas Sounds Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in CALS Ron Robinson Theater. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Learn how to reserve your seats after the jump.

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Chef Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Hail to Kale”

We’re back after a short break for some brand-new “Cook With Brooks” episodes, starting this week when we tip our hats to give a “Hail to Kale”! Come with us on trips to dig into what it takes to grow this leafy superfood and see a couple of ways to transform it into something truly delicious. First, we’ll stop and get the skinny on a local juicing operation. Then, we’ll head into the kitchen to whip up a simple from-scratch recipe your family will love. The adventure starts Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m.!

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“Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Parks and Tourism”

Arkansas is host to 52 state parks, many attractions and events, which provide opportunities for Arkansans and benefits to our state. Learn more about the growing industry of tourism and its importance Arkansas’s economy in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.

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Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Exclusive Interviews

Come explore the world of literature and interviewing with “Blank on Blank” as Between the Bytes’ Mary Kate discusses influential writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury, along with other legends like Meryl Streep and Ronald Reagan. Read on for total fan-girling of the nerdiest proportions!

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“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street”

For decades, the Dreamland Ballroom and Little Rock’s West 9th Street have waited patiently to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Join us to explore the history of this former African-American cultural epicenter, from its origins in the 1800s to present day, told through the perspectives of local residents and historians. “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” premieres on AETN Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

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Student Selects 2017 — It's Back! (With More Prizes Than Ever)

Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again: “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries through March 31. Read on to learn how kindergarten through 12th grade students can submit films for the chance to be broadcast on AETN, streamed on aetn.org, win scholarship and prize competitions, and attend screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF).

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2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Share your stories with us by Friday, April 7, for a chance to win an AETN prize pack. Our first place winners in each grade can even win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad!

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Between the Bytes: Have Art, Will Travel

Want to travel the world but are as broke as a college student? (Or you know, are an actual college student … PBS Digital Studios’ “The Art Assignment” is here to help! Read on for tales of fabulous places, great artists and intriguing art. There might not be any sword fights or distressed princesses, but you might find a reference to grilled octopus, and who doesn’t love grilled octopus?

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Live in Concert - Jesse Cook

What do you call someone who not only plays flamenco, jazz, gypsy, rumba, pop and classical guitar extraordinarily, but also works prolifically as a composer and producer? Virtuoso may be the closest definition we can find, but you don’t have to take us at our word. Thanks to AETN Foundation, you can see Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook live at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway in May 2017.

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Between the Bytes: Protesting Is so Retro

Hey, you guys, this is Mary Kate and Between the Bytes back with your weekly post! Clearly, as a blogger and journalist, I believe writing to voice opinions and affect change is virtually always good. But if you, like me, zoned out for some of the important stuff during government and politics in high school, you may need a Civics refresher. That’s why we’re digging into the First Amendment rights that make free speech and protesting possible with PBS Digital Studios series “Crash Course.”

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FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet March 7

The AETN Commission will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 9:15 a.m. at the Arkansas State Capitol in room 122. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.

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Get Ready for a Grr-ific Spring Break!

Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Daniel Tiger will be visiting for photos and maybe even an “Ugga Mugga” or two on Monday, March 20, and Curious George and Man With the Yellow Hat will be taking photos and starting shenanigans Tuesday, March 21.

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