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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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“Cook With Brooks” Fennel and Arugula Salad With Chicken

On our latest episode “Edible and Incredible,” we visited Jay Fulbright at Arkansas Natural Produce, and Chef Brooks had the chance to pick out some high quality, fresh produce from one of the state’s largest greenhouse operations. This simple recipe packs a deeply flavorful punch that you can make in less than 30 minutes.

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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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Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Edible and Incredible”

For over 20 years, Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce has been producing high quality, fresh produce in Hot Springs County, Arkansas. All the crops – gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers – are grown using organic practices. Take a behind-the-scenes look at our visit and recipes you can look forward to after the jump!

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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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Explore West 9th Street’s Past and Present at Juneteenth Celebration

Join us for a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 2017 Juneteenth celebration. The day-long public event will commemorate African American freedom and emphasizes education and achieve with activities, food and entertainment for the entire community from noon to 6 p.m.

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“Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure”

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called “the silent killer.” Despite being a common ailment, many do not realize how serious it is … or that they even have the condition. Find resources, expert tips and valuable information on how to get and keep your blood pressure under control in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. 

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Meet Jet Propulsion at Tinkerfest

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, and get ready to meet and take photos with the star of PBS KIDS’ “Ready Jet Go” at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs! Budding scientists will get to learn all about making STEAM discoveries and using them in creative ways from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2017”

Frolicking throughout Camden’s millions of daffodils, getting a haircut in the oldest barbershop in the nation, attending the Arkansas Outdoor School and having lunch at the iconic Pickens Store and Restaurant: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 7.

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“Red, White and You” - AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

Each year, hundreds of individuals volunteer to support public media in Arkansas, and this May we were thrilled to have the chance to recognize those who give so much to us at the AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquet! Read on to learn more about individual award winners — Brenda Dykes, Wade Dykes, Reba Luck, Beth More, Beth Workman, Joyce Hartsfield and Jack Privitt; group and vendor honorees — Beth Moore’s Crowns for the Community and PepsiCo; and the generous donors whose support made the evening possible.

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AETN KIDS Fun With Feathered Friends Camp

Soar into summer for an amazing avian adventure camp with AETN PBS KIDS, Audubon Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission! On Friday, June 9, from 9-11:30 a.m., kids ages 6-8 (who have completed first, second or third grade) can join us for a free, STEM-focused day camp at AETN Headquarters in Conway. Read on to learn more and see how to reserve a spot — space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Free “Dream Land” Screening and Panel Discussion June 3

Join us for a spectacular Saturday in Pine Bluff on June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. In addition to a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” the day will feature a panel discussion with Pine Bluff musician Milt Jackson and producer Tanisha Joe Conway, as well as open exhibitions “Color in Space: The Art of Justin Bryant” and “RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African-American Women.” 

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Memorial Day Weekend Specials

Join us to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform this Memorial Day Weekend. On Sunday, May 28, we’re proud to share a special programming with features including AETN original film “In Their Words: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour,” PBS’ “National Memorial Day Concert,” an a early look at an upcoming Ken Burns epic in “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War” and more.

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Plan a Family Movie Night In With AETN PBS KIDS

Reserve the best seats in the house, grab the popcorn and gather the whole family for weekly AETN PBS KIDS Family Night specials! Every Friday on AETN PBS KIDS (AETN-3) starting at 6 p.m., your family can look forward to movie specials or themed programming with PBS KIDS favorites including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Sesame Street” and more.

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