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“Arkansans Ask: Education”

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how are the state's educators and school districts being supported? Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key and other expert guests will share and discuss in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask" Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

Binge New Series “Jamestown” — Only on AETN Passport

Englishmen began colonizing the Americas in 1607. 12 years later, the women of Jamestown crossed the Atlantic to greet the Virginia wilderness … and their soon-to-be husbands. In AETN Passport’s exclusive new series “Jamestown” — from the makers of “Downton Abbey” — join the lives of Alice, Verity and Jocelyn as they’re thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. The full, eight-episode series is available for streaming (and binging) now!

Free “Little Women” Screenings

From sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage, the March family is returning to navigate what it means to be a young woman in a special “Masterpiece” presentation of the beloved classic! Read on to learn how you can see a special preview of the three-part miniseries with AETN in Fort Smith or Little Rock.

Meet Jet Propulsion from “Ready Jet Go!” in April

Excelsior! We have great news for “Ready Jet Go!” fans — everyone’s favorite Bortron 6 native, Jet Propulsion, is visiting Arkansas this April. Join us for special AETN PBS KIDS events Saturday, April 7, at the Museum of Discovery for Springfest or stop into Dickey-Stephens Field Tuesday, April 10, to meet and take selfie with Jet Propulsion in person!

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

Enjoying the peaceful tranquility at Bard Springs National Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest; checking out some classic cars at the Four States Auto Museum in Texarkana; visiting the barbershop where Elvis got his GI haircut; and having a Moon Pie at a restored 1930s country store south of Heber Springs – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Micro:Bit in the Library — New ArkansasIDEAS Course

If you’re an educator who enjoys coding — or learning about new devices — you won’t want to miss one of ArkansasIDEAS’ latest courses! ”Micro:Bit in the Library” is packed full of engaging lessons and activities to use in the classroom, as well easy-to-follow Blockly coding tutorials. Take a quick tour of the course and learn how library media specialists can apply to receive free materials after the jump!

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.

Behind the Scenes - An Interview with "Mankiller" Director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Wilma Mankiller, in just a few years, moved from living in a car with her children to being elected the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “Mankiller” tells her story: the legacy of a woman who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and give a voice to the voiceless. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, director and producer of the documentary, shares how she helped bring the film to life and why Wilma Mankiller’s approaches to both people and politics are incredibly relevant today.

"Reel South: Season 3" on AETN World

From a comedian-turned-mayoral candidate to a world famous Texas dancehall, "Reel South" continues to showcase documentaries rooted in the tradition of Southern storytelling on AETN WORLD (AETN-4) in its third season starting in March on Sunday nights at 8.

“Student Selects” Entries Due March 30

Student filmmakers across Arkansas, there’s a special opportunity for you have your work broadcasted on AETN and, for seniors, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship! Submit your AETN “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” entries electronically or have them postmarked by Friday, March 30, for a chance to win prizes, see your work screened and more.

Celebrate Spring Break 2018

AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Super Why!” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 19, and Super Why and Wonder Red Tuesday, March 20. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us!

Bring Clifford to Your Classroom

Calling all Arkansas educators with students in kindergarten through third grades! We have a special chance for you to bring Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit your classroom. Inspire your little authors and illustrators to enter the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest - on top of the fun and educational value of creating their entries and winning individual prizes - we'll be drawing one lucky educator whose class enters to receive an AETN PBS KIDS Classroom Prize Pack and have Clifford the Big Red Dog visit their school!

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

Your carriage ride to the castle awaits; the sheer rock walls at Jamestown Crag beckon your climb; more than meets the eye at the ASU museum; and the oldest continuous town in Arkansas just may surprise you! It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.!

AETN Pie Madness Bracket - Sweet 16

Let’s get ready to rumble! The sweetest battle of all time is about to take place: some of Arkansas’s best pie establishments competing for glory, honor and meringue. Our Pie Madness Sweet 16 Bracket — celebrating the premiere of AETN original film “Make Room For Pie: A Delicious Slice of The Natural State” — will give you a chance to crown your favorite. Check it out now and be sure to vote all along the way to help declare the winner on Thursday, March 22!

“Make Room For Pie”

Get ready to take a delicious slice out of life with the premiere of AETN Foundation original production “Make Room for Pie”! Airing Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., this rollicking, sweet and all around delicious adventure joins local author Kat Robinson on a pilgrimage across The Natural State to sample the best pies an eclectic batch of Arkansas cafes and bakeries has to offer. Keep reading to see if your favorites made the list and learn what you have to look forward to!

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