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Getting to Know Stanley Nelson

How do you find your calling? Sometimes, it takes you by surprise. On Monday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m., filmmaker Stanley Nelson joins Steve Barnes for a special edition of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” to share how he entered what’s proven to be an extraordinary documentary film career almost by chance and how his work has evolved. Ahead of the episode, read on to learn a bit about the director of PBS’ “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” 

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“America Reframed” on AETN World

On Tuesday nights in February, stay in with AETN and tune in to an exciting series of documentaries — including “For Ahkeem,” “Agents of Change,” “Baddddd Sonia Sanchez” and “Gentlemen of Vision” — on AETN World (AETN-4). Airing on Tuesdays at 7 starting Feb. 13, the series explores the complexities of juvenile justice, campus protest culture, the Black Arts Movement, the education system and more.

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2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We’re accepting entries now through Friday, April 6, for the 2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Everyone who enters the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack.

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3 Ways to Help Our Littlest Learners Succeed

There’s one three-year period in every kiddo’s academic life that’s more important than any other, and it’s probably happening a little sooner than you’d guess. Believe it or not, school readiness begins in the womb! From prenatal stages to three years old, our kiddos develop 85 percent of their core brain structure. This early stretch goes the furthest in helping our littles become school-ready and, in partnership with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we’re excited to share the three things your babies and toddlers need to succeed.

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“Pinkalicious & Peterrific” Educator Resources

Watch, play, explore and share with your students: “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” are now a part of the PBS KIDS family! Integrating the arts into children’s everyday experiences has been shown to have a positive effect on academic outcomes and social-emotional skills. To support these goals and accompany the Feb. 19 launch of the series, PBS LearningMedia is proud to offer classroom-ready materials including videos, lesson plans, take-home activities and more!

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: February 2018”

Taking a flight back in time aboard a B-17 “Flying Fortress”; being mesmerized at Red Bluff Overlook along the Buffalo National River; taking a stroll through Historic Calico Rock and experiencing early America at the White County Pioneer Village in Searcy – it’s all coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.!

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Guest Blogger Jacob Levy: “Make a Thing” – Snapchat Goes Analog

Do you like watching “The Art Assignment” on PBS Digital Studios? For this blog I try out one of the projects for myself, inspired by John Herschend and Will Rogan. I’ve documented the process through writing as well as a vlog (video blog) and share my thoughts on how art can help us think about the relationships between people and between people and technology.

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Pinktastic Musicalicious Giveaway

What excitement, what fun! It’s a pinktastic adventure, a treasure to be won! We had so many participants in our first Facebook giveaway of “Pinkalicious and Peterrific” treats that we wanted to bring you more! We’re giving away three family four-packs of tickets to the live “Pinkalicious the Musical” performance Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall, as well as some fun Pinkalicious books. Enter by Thursday, Feb. 8, for a chance to win.

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Free Screening “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race”

How did Tom Bradley — the first black mayor elected in a major U.S. city with a white majority — unite a divided community through a unique multi-racial coalition? And how did that help usher in police reform and transform American politics? Explore in a special, free screening of “Bridging the Divide” held in partnership with the Greater Little Rock Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Kendall Center on the campus of Philander Smith College.

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Keeping Resolutions - AETN New Member Challenge

We're nearing the end of January, and it's a time of year when many of us see our Jan. 1 resolutions tank ... or soar! Some resolutions, admittedly, are easier than others to keep. But, whether you've resolved to learn more this year, help others, or enjoy more of your PBS favorites, the AETN New Member Challenge can make it easier to keep going throughout 2018!

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Pinkalicious Celebratastic Giveaway

Grab your paintbrush and put on your dancing shoes, it’s time to have fun! We’re welcoming the new PBS KIDS series “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” to AETN on Monday, Feb. 19.  Get excited about the new show and enter our Facebook contest by Jan. 31 for a chance to win a pinkerrific treasure trove of stickers, storybooks and more! 

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Give Your Regards to Broadway With AETN Passport

Reserve the best seats in your house for 10 outstanding shows from The Great White Way! AETN Passport members have special access to a PBS Broadway Playlist with favorites such as “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited,” “Hamilton’s America,” “She Loves Me” and more throughout January.

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"Arkansans Ask: Human Trafficking"

Across the United States, human trafficking is a growing problem and, in the past nine years, 180 cases have been reported in Arkansas. How can we recognize the signs of human trafficking and help victims? Expert guests from Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH), Trucker News Organization, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Child Study Center, University of Arkansas School of Law, Morgan Nick Foundation and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office share in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask" Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

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“Victoria: Season 2” Premiere - 5 Things to Watch For

From the return of series favorites and the addition of surprising new faces to post-Honeymoon challenges, the premiere of “Victoria: Season 2” on “Masterpiece PBS” is packed with delightful twists. Take a quick peek at what you have to look forward to, then tell us what you hope to see next!

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Free Screenings of “Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro”

Envisioning the book that James Baldwin never finished, Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter in a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. Join AETN and our partners at Fayetteville Public Library, the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for free screenings and discussions this January. “I Am Not Your Negro” premieres on “Independent Lens” Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m.

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