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Posted on 27 Mar 2015
When cancer is diagnosed, it doesn’t affect just one person. It impacts entire families. Feisty, five-year-old Keagan Provost from Conway and his aunt Chanin Slisz share their stories about his fight against cancer — a difficult journey including five brain tumors, four craniotomies, 12 emergency brain surgeries and 145 radiation treatments. “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” premieres on AETN Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m.

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Posted on 25 Mar 2015
The Launch Pad, a new maker space in North Little Rock, is a public laboratory, where students, engineers, entrepreneurs and the general public can use tools like laser cutters and 3D printers to bring their ideas to life. Learn more about how the organization is making these and other expensive tools accessible to the people of Arkansas in a special "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.

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Posted on 18 Mar 2015
The soybean, often called “The Miracle Bean” because of its many uses, takes center stage in the March episode of “Agri Arkansas.” Learn about the crop’s broad impact on The Natural State and how Arkansas has become the first state to grow edamame commercially on Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m.

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Posted on 13 Mar 2015
During the chaotic final days of American involvement in the Vietnam War, what was to become of the South Vietnamese allies, co-workers and friends of U.S. nationals and diplomats as the Americans were evacuated? Learn how a handful of individuals risked their careers and possible court-martial by running unsanctioned operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible in Oscar-nominated “Last Days in Vietnam.” Free preview screenings will be held Fayetteville, Little Rock and Jacksonville.

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Posted on 12 Mar 2015
Do you and your kiddos love that crazy Cat in the Hat? Join us and our friends from Mercy Northwest Arkansas to meet the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” early this April in Rogers and Fort Smith.

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Posted on 12 Mar 2015
We’re getting closer and closer to the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest deadline on April 10! Help kids with writers block (or who would love a new way to create great stories) jump-start their creativity with the PBS KIDS online story creator. Get a step-by-step look at the fun, interactive platform for writing and illustrating after the jump.

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Posted on 11 Mar 2015
In recognition of national Women’s History Month, join us Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History for a free screening of Independent Lens film “Lioness.” The documentary profiles five women who saw action in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle during 2003 and 2004 and — though sent to provide supplies and logistical support and untrained for combat duty — were unexpectedly involved with fighting in the streets of Ramadi as members of Team Lioness.

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Posted on 10 Mar 2015
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat will be visiting for photos and shenanigans on Monday, March 23, and Peg + Cat will be taking photos and solving problems Tuesday, March 24.

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Posted on 03 Mar 2015
We’re counting down to the Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase deadline on Friday, March 27. K-12 students are invited to submit their work for consideration for screening at the Little Rock Film Festival and broadcast on AETN. And don’t forget, high school students may compete for Arkansas Historic Places cash prizes and high school seniors can be considered for Thea Foundation scholarships!

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Posted on 02 Mar 2015
Upcoming documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” tells the comprehensive story of cancer — from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Get a free sneak preview and discuss its implications with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences experts on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m.

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Posted on 27 Feb 2015
Relive a platinum night in music history — where Michael Jackson premiered his signature moonwalk and Smokey Robinson reunited with the Miracles — for the first time in more than 30 years! “Motown 25” — which hasn’t aired since its initial broadcast on NBC because of complex rights issues — will feature two hours of performances from a who’s who from the Motown record label, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Four Tops and more.

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Posted on 19 Feb 2015
We were thrilled to have PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger join us in AETN Studios on Feb. 11 for a Community Conversation focused on the Women and Girls Lead Initiative — a global initiative to celebrate, educate and activate women, girls and their allies. Through its discussion of Women and Girls Lead, as well as women’s roles in business and public media, the conversation provided an opportunity to focus on how far we’ve come … and the challenges women and girls around the world still face. See the full video after the jump.

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Posted on 18 Feb 2015
AETN is proud to announce a new screening partnership with the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History! The museum will host free, monthly screenings of public television films related to our nation’s military, beginning with a showing of “The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom.” Originally scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the series has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather, to begin Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted on 17 Feb 2015
University of Arkansas professor Dr. Tom Paradise and the “NOVA” team answered millennia-old questions about how a magnificent city was carved in one of the driest places on earth in “Petra: Lost City of Stone.” Now, he answers a few of ours!

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Posted on 17 Feb 2015
AETN Community Education's free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for a rescheduled date to to learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child! Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will still be featured.

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Posted on 16 Feb 2015
When “NOVA” producers asked Dr. Tom Paradise, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville professor and star of upcoming “Petra: Lost City of Stone,” what the coolest and most innovative way to explore Petra’s history would be if money were no object, he suggested recreating a tomb facade … with little idea that they might take him up on it. Check out his blog post to see what happened when they did!

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Posted on 06 Feb 2015
You’ve seen tiny houses before, but have you ever heard of a micro cabin? Local nonprofit The Russ Buss is building them for the homeless in Russellville. Learn more about how community members are providing the transitional housing in our "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.

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Posted on 04 Feb 2015
There are so many reasons — from the adorable to the flat-out amazing — not to miss any of the “EARTH A New Wild” series on AETN in February, it’s impossible to list them all. But, to give you an idea of the incredible stories and outstanding perspective you’ll experience, check out a favorite feature from each episode after the jump.

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Posted on 03 Feb 2015
In honor of Black History Month and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide diverse programming and resources year-round, we’re proud to release a programming lineup that will enrich viewers’ understanding of black history and culture. Throughout February, look for special editions of favorite PBS programs, like “Antiques Roadshow” and “American Masters,” and locally focused, independent films, including “The Road to Little Rock” and “Hoxie: The First Stand.”

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Posted on 02 Feb 2015
Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Twelve state-level winners — three from each grade — will receive AETN prize packs, and each first-place winner will advance to the national contest. On top of that, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can either tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school!

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