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Save the Date for Spring Break!

AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Curious George” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 21, and Curious George Tuesday, March 22. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us!

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2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest

Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1.

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It’s Never Too Late … To Win Tommy Emmanuel Tickets!

Chet Atkins-Certified Guitar Player and stylistic virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel — joined by special guests The Wisherkeepers — is coming to Conway on Friday, Feb. 19, as part of his “It’s Never Too Late” tour, and you can win tickets! For your chance to win, read on and enter our Facebook contest. Ten winners will be selected Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Enter the Create Cooking Challenge!

Have you ever watched the great cooking programs on AETN-2’s Create TV and thought, “I could do that!”? Now you have your chance! The Create Cooking Challenge invites our viewers to submit a video of two minutes or less to demonstrate their culinary expertise. Anyone — from home cooks to professional chefs — who is over 18 can enter for the chance to win the grand prize: funding to produce a 10-episode series for CreateTV.com.

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Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Started

It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump.

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Chuck’s Blog: Exploring Arkansas Feb. 2016

A dream castle, the re-opening of a 1905 general store, a moonshiners cave by the falls and enjoying a huge hubcap burger – it’s all coming up in the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

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“Agri Arkansas” Jan. 2016

This month on “Agri Arkansas,” join us as we close our examination of the state’s physiographic regions with a visit to the Ouachita Mountain Region. We’ll also explore the bottling process and job-creating role of Mountain Valley Spring Water and take a trip to Clark’s Pecan Orchard in Mayflower on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.

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“Antiques Roadshow: Little Rock” Air Dates Announced

It’s official, Roadshow fans! Air dates are now confirmed for the three Little Rock-based episodes of “Antiques Roadshow.” Tune in Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2016, to see the treasures that were discovered when more than 4,900 guests attended the appraisal event at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center in July 2015.

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“Tah-dee!” Get Ready for a “Nature Cat” Special and New Episodes

When the weather is cold, it’s is to be a little more reluctant to explore our surroundings, but an all-new “Nature Cat” special is sure to spark kids’ curiosity for the outdoors! Learn about what you can expect in the hour-long special, new episodes and free, new online games available through PBS KIDS after the jump.

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Meet the Cast of “Mercy Street”

Based on real events, new PBS “Masterpiece Theater” period medical drama “Mercy Street” gives life to the extraordinary moral conflict and medical advances of the Civil War, beginning Sunday, Jan .17, at 9 p.m. See a preview and meet the stars — including Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Norbert Leo Butz, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Tara Summers — after the jump.

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“Arkansans Ask: Highways”

Learn about the state’s current highway construction projects and initiatives and hear what the the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department manages in a new “Arkansans Ask.” Director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett will join Steve Barnes and answer viewer questions on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.

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Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools

ArkansasIDEAS is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to hold “Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools — Literacy for All: Understanding Dyslexia.” The conference — which will feature nationally renowned speakers’ strategies for successfully working with students with dyslexia, followed by a Congressional Dyslexia Forum — is designed to provide training and support for Arkansas educators and bridge the gap in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act funding. This free conference will be held March 7-8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

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“Downton Abbey” Fitness Challenge

Looking for a way to stick with your New Year’s Resolutions while watching all of the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” your heart desires? We have a solution! Capitalize on your favorite characters’ signature style to get an outstanding workout every time you watch. (With five lunges for every Dowager zinger, your legs will be the envy of everyone by March!)

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In Memoriam: Remembering Dale Bumpers

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is proud to remember and honor former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, who passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. A native of Charleston, Arkansas, Bumpers crafted a political career that lasted more than three decades. Join us in remembering his legacy with special broadcasts of “Men and Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers” January 6-8 at 6:30 each night.

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Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Jan. 2016

From 4-wheeling atop Mt. Magazine, to attending the South’s largest craft fair, to touring a historic Victorian mansion, to taking a drive along the “Take Your Breath Away” scenic route — it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

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Sen. Tom Cotton to be Interviewed in “Arkansas Week: Special Edition”

In a new episode of “Arkansas Week: Special Edition,” Steve Barnes interviews Arkansas’s U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R) about current issues facing the U.S. Congress. The special broadcast premieres Friday, Jan. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Saturday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m.

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“Agri Arkansas” Dec. 2015

On Sunday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m., continue the season’s exploration of Arkansas’s physiographic regions as we visit the Ozark Plateaus, learn how poultry producers are working to lessen the chances of an avian influenza outbreak and explore Meadowcreek, a sustainable agriculture community in Fox.

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“From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”

Travel back to a time long (but not long, long) ago in a land not so far a way in “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”! To celebrate the return of the “Star Wars” to the big screen, we’ve found the “Star Wars” YouTube archive of the documentary, narrated by Mark Hamill, which originally aired on PBS in 1983.

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“Downton Abbey” Fayetteville Screening Photos

We had a wonderful time visiting our Fayetteville Public Library and Northwest Arkansas at the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” preview screening on Dec. 13. Did you join us or want a peek at the fun? Find photos and links to download your pictures after the jump.

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2015 Holiday Specials

Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the seasonal spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.

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