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Posted on 27 May 2015
The future of solar energy technology could be right here in Arkansas. Learn how a new Arkansas company, Picasolar, founded by Drs. Douglas Hutchings and Seth Shumate, is becoming a revolutionary success in this "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.

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Posted on 22 May 2015
This month, join “Agri Arkansas” as we dive into the waters of Arkansas aquaculture, learn about the Arkansas Wine Trail and visit a family in Stuttgart who uses the farming lifestyle in a unique way. Don’t miss the special broadcast on Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m.

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Posted on 21 May 2015
We are forever indebted to our the members of our nation’s armed forces and are sincerely grateful to them and their families. Join us in recognizing their the service and sacrifice throughout Memorial Day Weekend with in-depth documentaries, special episodes of PBS favorites and special musical tributes, including the “National Memorial Day Concert 2015.”

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Posted on 18 May 2015
How is one North Little Rock Police Department officer working to help create a positive perception of police? AETN “PBS NewsHour Weekend” video journalist shares what she saw when she friendly Officer Tommy Norman, who has become a surprising social media celebrity, for a day.

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Posted on 18 May 2015
Congratulations to Springdale’s Sojas Wagle, who placed third in the 2015 National Geographic Bee! Sojas is an eighth grader at Southwest Junior High and represented Arkansas in last week’s national competition, which broadcasted on AETN Sunday, May 17.

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Posted on 17 May 2015
Pine Bluff area parents, you’re not alone! We know that parenting is hard work, and we’ll be there to help on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School. Join us for free resources, tips and fun activities! Kids are welcome, too, and will have the chance to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog.

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Posted on 14 May 2015
Enjoy cooking with John and Phyllis? Keep the fun and flavor going! Find the recipes for Apple Pie Cake, Smoked Dove Kabobs, Venison Parmesan and Blackened Trout from their May “Cooking on the Wild Side” episode after the jump.

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Posted on 11 May 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Select Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice. 

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Posted on 06 May 2015
On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 7, tune in for new episodes featuring the children of late civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo; “Camp Nine” author Vivienne Schiffer; author of “The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resitance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation” Dr. John Kyle Day; and Jessica Fellowes, author of “Downton Abbey” companion books and niece of Julian Fellowes.

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Posted on 06 May 2015
Arkansas educators, have you heard the news? You told us that you wanted a fresh, easier-to-navigate Learning Management System (LMS), and we listened! A new ArkansasIDEAS LMS will launch June 1, 2015. All current ArkansasIDEAS coursework must be completed by May 31, 2015, when the original LMS closes.

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Posted on 05 May 2015
Do you know an aspiring filmmaker in middle or high school? Be sure to let them know about the hands-on 2015 Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on May 12-13. But hurry! Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

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Posted on 05 May 2015
Conway area parents and guardians, join AETN Community Education for "Unplugged Night" Thursday, May 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. We’ll have food, fun, special activities, information to help you set parental controls on your mobile devices, and ideas for how your family can “unplug” and connect to one another.

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Posted on 05 May 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects winners! Join us to recognize their outstanding work at the Little Rock Film Festival screening of their films as part of our LRFFYouth! workshops and Student Selects screening and scholarship presentation on Tuesday, May 12, in the Ron Robinson Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Posted on 04 May 2015
What mental health issues start in the first five years of a child’s life, how common are they, and what sort of steps should we take to prevent issues or begin treating them early on? Join us, host Pamela Smith, NAMI Arkansas and an expert panel from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to explore on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted on 30 Apr 2015
Coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for May 4, we’ll hike to one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, shoot some arrows with a primitive bow maker and get a taste of heaven on the palate with a family whose maple syrup gathering spans six generations.

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Posted on 29 Apr 2015
On Saturday, April 25, we were delighted to host the 2015 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) state championship. This year’s competition — which was a phenomenal showcase for Arkansas high school students’ intellect and scholarship — was particularly special since it marked the tournament and AETN tradition’s 30th anniversary. See photos of the 2015 State Champion teams and runners-up.

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Posted on 28 Apr 2015
Ready for a weekend of family-oriented fun? Join AETN and our PBS KIDS friends at Toadsuck Daze’s annual, free-admission festival in downtown Conway! We’ll be at the McDonald’s/ Crain Kia Main Stage at Simon Park with Curious George, Buddy the Dinosaur of “Dinosaur Train” and Clifford the Big Red Dog on May 2 and 3.

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Posted on 28 Apr 2015
Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren came to Little Rock recently to spread a message about the importance of music education. Rundgren is best known for some of his early hits like “Bang the Drum All Day.” While he is still performing and writing new songs, he is also focusing on helping the next generation of music makers. His organization Spirit of Harmony Foundation held the Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education at the Statehouse Convention Center on April 18 with the help of the Clinton School of Public Service.

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Posted on 27 Apr 2015
Arkansas native, dedicated AETN Foundation supporter and former Arkansas Travelers general manager Bill Valentine passed away April 26, 2015, at the age of 82. Mr. Valentine, always a force of nature and delight to work with, did outstanding work to help thousands of Arkansans view the best in educational programming as an AETN Foundation Board member and on-air personality. He will long be remembered and greatly missed.

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Posted on 24 Apr 2015
“It’s what’s for dinner.” So says the advertising campaign for the beef industry. In the April episode of “Agri Arkansas,” we’ll take a closer look at the beef cattle industry in Arkansas, then visit the Ratchford buffalo farming operation in Marshall.

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