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New “Champion Trees” & “Bayou Bartholomew” PD Courses Live
Posted on 29 Jul 2014
AETN documentaries have inspired two of ArkansasIDEAS newest professional development courses! From the state’s arboreal giants to the world’s longest bayou, educators can explore Arkansas’s natural wonders in courses found in the IDEAS’ Social Studies Library under the Arkansas Studies section. Read More

Big News for PBS KIDS Fall 2014
Posted on 29 Jul 2014
From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN KIDS this fall. Keep reading to get the scoop on what you have to look forward to — including a new “Dinosaur Train” special, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2,” and Fred Rogers Co. new show “Odd Squad” (from the creator of “Adventure Time”). Read More

PBS Online Film Festival Ends July 31 - Vote Now!
Posted on 29 Jul 2014
We’ve nearly reached the end of the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival, and Arkansas independent film “Diamond John” is in the top three! Help the period comedy and Little Rock filmmaker Travis Mosler bring the bragging rights home by voting to push it to the top. Read More

Shop Amazon, Earn Donations for AETN!
Posted on 29 Jul 2014
You’re already supporting AETN in all sorts of ways (starting with reading this blog!), but what if you could support your local PBS station financially without doing anything beyond your normal online shopping? With AmazonSmile - you can! Simply follow our link to sign up for the AmazonSmile program, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the AETN Foundation. Read More

UCA professor stars in August’s “Time Team America”
Posted on 24 Jul 2014
We always enjoy airing outstanding PBS programming, but it’s especially exciting when our friends and neighbors are featured! This August, join us to see Dr. Duncan McKinnon, visiting assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, on “Time Team America.” Read More

“Agri Arkansas” premieres Sunday, July 27
Posted on 22 Jul 2014
Agriculture is Arkansas’s number one industry — celebrate and explore its achievements and challenges with our new program “Agri Arkansas.” Far from your granddad’s farm report, we’ll take a closer look at the diverse industry and develop conversations surrounding complex issues by featuring experts, innovators and challenges beginning this Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m. Read More

Guest Blogger Rhonda Fincher on "108˚: Critical Response"
Posted on 15 Jul 2014
When my son Kendrick died from heat stroke in 1995, there was very little information on heat illness prevention and few people were discussing how to prevent it. Over the years, I have found some great folks who are promoting heat illness prevention within their scope of influence. Some of them are featured on the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS original documentary "108˚: Critical Response that will be released on July 21. These are our stories. Read More

John Wesley Huddleston - The Man Behind “Diamond John”
Posted on 11 Jul 2014
Travis Mosler’s independent film “Diamond John” — currently ranked in the top three of the PBS Online Film Festival — has inspired us to laugh … and learn! Want to get to know the Arkansas man whose life inspired this period comedy? Keep reading to get the scoop on John Wesley Huddleston, the real “Diamond John,” and on how Mosler created the short film to encourage state pride. Read More

Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response'
Posted on 05 Jul 2014
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer and that makes serious injury, and even death, from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable. Get the facts and learn about our upcoming original documentary “108˚: Critical Response” — premiering July 21 at 7 p.m. — after the jump. Read More

“Cyberchase” Community Event in downtown Little Rock - July 19
Posted on 03 Jul 2014
Along with our partners at the Museum of Discovery and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, AETN is excited to host the Cyberchase Community Event in Little Rock’s Rivermarket District on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how you can meet Digit from “Cyberchase” and much more after the jump. Read More

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