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Posted on 18 Dec 2014
Are you (or an educator you know) using digital media and technology to lead innovation in your school? Then don’t miss applying for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program by Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015! Winning applicants will win a FREE year of PD — including virtual trainings, access to exclusive resources and events, and membership into a robust professional learning community — and the top 30 educators will take an all-expense-paid, three-day trip to Philadelphia for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the prestigious ISTE conference.

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Posted on 18 Dec 2014
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the 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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Posted on 11 Dec 2014
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Overstock.com Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump.

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Posted on 10 Dec 2014
Whether you’re making cookies for Santa, putting together tasty gifts for family and friends, or getting ready to host your own holiday cookie exchange, we’re willing to bet we have the kind of recipes you’re looking for! From no-bake, to fudge, to impressive confections, PBS Food has it all, and we’ve rounded them up for easy browsing.

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Posted on 05 Dec 2014
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council and AETN’s own Student Selects program are partnering up to offer young filmmakers in the state even more opportunities to have their work seen by the general public and this time there are even cash prizes! The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is asking student filmmakers across the state to try their hand at making historical documentaries about some of the fascinating landmarks that can be found across Arkansas.

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Posted on 05 Dec 2014
We have a special gift for our “Downton Abbey” fans this holiday season! Join us for free screenings of the first hour of the epic fifth season and explore the latest saga in the intimately interlaced stories you’ve come to know and love. The deliciously entertaining formula (which has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history) will be coming to Fayetteville Saturday, Dec. 7, and Little Rock Thursday, Dec. 18.

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Posted on 04 Dec 2014
How is HIV/AIDS currently impacting Arkansas, and how can people maintain a quality life while living with HIV? A panel of experts — including Portia Knowlton, executive director of Arkansas AIDS Foundation; Cornelius Mabin, chief operating officer of The Living Affected Corporation; and Dr. Naveen Patil, medical director of the HIV/STD & Hepatitis Programs of the Arkansas Department of Health — will discuss in our annual program Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted on 27 Nov 2014
There’s a wealth of outstanding, special programming coming your way on AETN this December! From early starts on New Year’s Resolutions (health and financial solutions, anyone?) to great musical specials, we have an all-star line-up with some very special in-studio guests, including Brenda Watson, “TODAY” show nutritionist Joy Bauer, J.J. Virgin, Haylie Pomroy and Tom Hegna.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014
As your local PBS station, we’re always incredibly proud to bring you TV worth watching, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to see the numbers backing us up! With recent Nielsen data showing that PBS ranks No. 5 among all broadcast and cable networks, we can’t wait to see what happens in the next year as we bring you a wealth of wonderful new episodes and specials. See what you have to look forward to in 2015 after the jump.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Whether you cook with John and Phyllis every week or need a little inspiration to walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our November “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipes! We have ingredients and steps for main dishes, sides, desserts and more after the jump.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Cinders and ashes! Your favorite little, blue locomotive will be transformed into a big, beautiful balloon for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch for him Thanksgiving morning, and be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of his balloon.

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Posted on 25 Nov 2014
Kick off the holiday season with AETN and Whole Foods Little Rock in a special, free event celebrating the arrival of PBS KIDS sustainable toy line on Friday, Dec. 5! AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog will join the Whole Foods Kids Club for story time, a science activity with the Museum of Discovery and more from 10-11 a.m. and will be available for photos until 1 p.m.

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Posted on 19 Nov 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our dear friend and dedicated volunteer, Ted Bailey. Ted was truly a member of the AETN family. While we work through the profound loss of our friend and “co-worker,” we also want to celebrate his life, achievements and the many things that made him so beloved and special.

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Posted on 19 Nov 2014
As we near each year’s end, AETN takes a moment to recognize the individuals and departments whose dedicated work makes everything we do possible! Join us in congratulating AETN Employee of the Year David Bennett, AETN Rookie of the Year Cindy Gambill, AETN Lifetime Service Award recipient Michelle Worden and several other outstanding individuals, production teams, and departments, and take a peek at our annual celebration.

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Posted on 14 Nov 2014
In October, we were proud to have the talented broadcast journalism students from our PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the Little Rock School District’s Dunbar Magnet Middle School join us for the 2014 U.S. Senate Debate. What does their NewsHour Student Reporting Lab do, and what did they learn at the “Elections 2014: AETN Debates”? Join us after the jump to find out!

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Posted on 14 Nov 2014
Do you have a question for the governor? Join us and Mike Beebe for his final appearance as governor on “Arkansans Ask” Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Gov. Beebe will answer questions from viewers around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues.

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Posted on 12 Nov 2014
As a long standing member of AETN’s Marketing and Outreach team, I’m continually thrilled at the opportunities this job gives me to wear so many different hats. I’m Dan Koops. I’m 53 years old and have been at this job for over 26 years … and locating and securing archival photography and stories for our upcoming “Dreamland Ballroom” project (and finding pure GOLD) is adding to the never ending chances for this “old dog” to learn new tricks.

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Posted on 06 Nov 2014
As part of our ongoing efforts to support Arkansas educators, we are proud to announce new resources tied to two AETN original documentaries, “Champion Trees” and “Bayou Bartholomew: World’s Longest Bayou.” Learn more about the "Growing Champion Classrooms" ArkansasIDEAS course and the "Bayou Bartholomew Educators Guide" after the jump.

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Posted on 06 Nov 2014
Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He said that we were special - and he meant it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred McFeely Rogers lived out a lesson of how to be a caring neighbor. Carry on that legacy by donating to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this November.

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Posted on 06 Nov 2014
Clear your calendar and set your recorder! Whether you’re wondering what all the fuss is about or you just want to get reacquainted with your favorite characters, here is your chance to watch the entire encore broadcast of "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey." See the schedule for Seasons One through Four here, and note the special time on Thanksgiving night!

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