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“Barnes and … A Conversation With Frank Abagnale”

You might not immediately recognize Frank Abagnale’s name but, chances are, you’re familiar with his story. A former con artist turned fraud expert consultant for the FBI, Abagnale’s criminal activities were depicted in “Catch Me If You Can.” Now the ambassador for the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Abagnale sits down with Steve Barnes to talk about his life, career, consumer fraud and how to outsmart con artists on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

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Tommy Emmanuel – One man. One guitar. One unforgettable experience.

Australian guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel will soon be gracing the Reynolds Performance Hall stage in Conway for a special stop on his “Classics and Christmas Tour.” If you haven’t seen him play before, it’s hard to imagine how unique and talented he is. From one guitarist and music lover to another, let me tell you why this is a show you won’t want to miss.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: December 2017”

Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!

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Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challenge

I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved.

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What We’re Watching - Special Program Highlights

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, there’s a great round of programming coming to a screen near you! From “Anne of Green Gables” to a extraordinary look at the rise of the Fab Four in “The Beatles - Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” there’s an outstanding slate of programming to look forward to, all the way through December.

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“Agri Arkansas” November 2017

This month on “Agri Arkansas,” get to know the Arkansas Forestry Commission, make a visit to Green Bay Packaging Pinecrest Lumber Division and learn the secret to producing great figs with Little Rock Urban Farming. A new episode premieres Thursday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

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“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” has been proven to be accurate by the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS). Learn more about how the largest children’s shelter in the state is caring for children who have encountered abuse and neglect by providing a stable environment, and even working with community organizations such as Hanna Ranch to provide enriching, therapeutic activities.

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Guest Blogger Dr. Donna Beegle — See Poverty: Be the Difference

In the 1700s, poverty was essentially made illegal or thought to be a character flaw. Today, many people living in the crisis of poverty continue to be punished for poverty conditions. Many efforts to eradicate poverty fail or — at best — assist people in “coping” with current poverty conditions. What can we do to ensure our neighbors are moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty? 

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Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Signing Off for the Final Time

I can’t believe it, but my time at AETN is over. During my two and a half months here, I learned so many things. It was a cool experience to work inside a studio. It’s a unique feeling to see your work on a program, knowing you played a large part in helping create it. I can only hope the next intern gets as much out of the experience as I did.

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“Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will answer questions about Arkansas’s economy, education, health care and other issues on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. For the chance to hear your questions answered live on “Arkansan Ask,” share them with us at paffairs@aetn.org, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

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Capture Fall Color for a Chance to Win

Fall is in the air, and The Natural State’s true colors are starting to show! “Exploring Arkansas” fans who share their favorite fall photo have could win a great jacket from the show for their next autumn outing. Submit your photo in the “Exploring Arkansas” Facebook contest by noon on Nov. 30 for a chance to win!

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2017

For the past four years, Arkansans have helped libraries across the state to collect thousands of sweaters in the memory of Fred Rogers’ neighborly spirit. Find out how you can help continue this outstanding legacy and care for those in need in your community by participating in the 2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

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Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Out in the Field

It’s been a special week – I got to go on my first video shoot for the station. Learn what I’m working on for an upcoming episode of “Agri Arkansas” and what this experience means for me as a future filmmaker after the jump.

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Get Ready for Trades, College and Careers at Transition Expo

For many students, the time after high school is a mystery. How do you make decisions about what you’ll do after life changes and school routines dissolve? On November 14, 2017, AETN is proud to take part in the Transition Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center, which encourages students and adults to plan for life – not just college. Learn more about this outstanding event that brings together high school students, adult learners, employers and training providers to equip participants with educational resources that help them to accomplish their career goals. 

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Veterans Day Weekend Marathon

Veterans Day presents a special opportunity to recognize the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country. To mark the occasion, AETN will be celebrating and honoring our veterans with a dedicated weekend programming block. Join us for special broadcasts – from local, AETN-original productions to national documentary programs — Sunday, Nov. 12, starting at 12:30 p.m.

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