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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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Posted on 06 Nov 2014
Throughout the year, but especially during this season, AETN is proud to have the opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in our county’s armed forces. Join us for special programs, including “Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House,” “World War II Desert War: Tobruk,” “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” and “National Veterans Creative Arts Festival,” Friday through Tuesday.

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Posted on 05 Nov 2014
Throughout the summer, we’ve told you how you could attend our great, local concert series in person … now we have even better news. You can watch the entire series — with outstanding Arkansas artists like Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amasa Hines, The Amy Garland Band & Friends, and Giovanni Antipolo — as part of AETN Arts Fridays from the comfort of home!

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Posted on 04 Nov 2014
Star running back. NFL Captain. Collegiate and professional national championship winner. Real estate magnate. Arkansan Jim Lindsey’s life story is little if not legendary, but it began, not unlike many of our own, in the Arkansas Delta. Learn how Lindsey made the most of his talents and resources to become a Southern success story in the thirty-minute film narrated by Lindsey’s former teammate and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2014
A couple of rides from the past and one from the 21st century are in store with visits to Fort Smith, Fayetteville's Drake Field and Wooly Hollow State Park during the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted on 31 Oct 2014
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Costumes, delicious treats, wonderfully spooky programming on AETN and … the day the winner is declared in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins! With all of the spooktacular entries and your dedicated voting, which pumpkin and AETN Department will take home the bragging rights?

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Posted on 30 Oct 2014
It’s almost Halloween, and that means that it’s time for everyone – including your favorite, local public television station – to break out their fake cobwebs and try and carve a pumpkin that won’t look quite as mangled as the one from last year. In keeping with the season, your favorite, local marketing intern (that would be me) has put together a "don't miss" list of AETN's on-air and on-line Halloween programming.

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Posted on 29 Oct 2014
Have you been cooking with John and Phyllis this month? Find the delicious recipes they’ve been whipping up (and taste-testing) in Phyllis’ kitchen in our October “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipe round up.

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014
Arkansas’s young filmmakers will be showing off their spooky sides in the first ever edition of “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies — A Student Selects Halloween” on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Start with the a milder first batch of films in our prime time showcase of family-friendly entries, then let horror fans stay up for the hour-long feature of terror-inducing submissions at 10 p.m.

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Posted on 24 Oct 2014
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and work with young, emerging filmmakers from right here in Arkansas as a part of my ongoing internship through Hendrix College at AETN. The entire weekend was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to any and all who might find themselves interested in the world of film or who just have a taste for the documentary style.

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Posted on 23 Oct 2014
The AETN Battle of the Pumpkins ends Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. AETN Departments are still vying for your vote for their creative AETN and PBS-themed pumpkins. Help them win honor, glory and bragging rights by choosing your favorite at aetn.org/contest.

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Posted on 23 Oct 2014
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween with all sorts of fun PBS KIDS fall and holiday specials during the week of Oct. 27! See the special schedule — featuring “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest,” new Halloween-themed episodes of “Curious George” and “Dinosaur Train,” and much more — after the jump.

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Posted on 23 Oct 2014
Young filmmakers in Northwest Arkansas and from across the state are encouraged to join the “AETN Student Selects: Opportunities for Young Filmmakers” workshop at the Spring Creek Festival Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium on Friday, Oct. 24, in Springdale’s Jones Center for Families.

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