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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 27 Feb 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 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 4, 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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Posted on 01 Feb 2015
Want to share your love for friends and dear ones AND PBS this Valentine’s Day? Check out our round-up of PBS program-themed Valentine printable and DIY creations! From PBS KIDS (including “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George,” “Daniel Tiger” and “Sesame Street”) to “Masterpiece Theater” (with perennial favorites like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock”), you have a great selection to choose from!

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Posted on 01 Feb 2015
Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will be visiting AETN for a community conversation and reception on Wednesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. Join us to hear her remarks about the Women and Girls Lead initiative and pose your questions in a community discussion!

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Posted on 28 Jan 2015
Reliving the lifestyle and adventure of the American frontier, going on a photography outing along the Mulberry River in autumn and restoring wagons of the Old West – it’s all coming up during a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m.!

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Posted on 28 Jan 2015
Artwork is missing from the Museum of Modern Cookies … and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect! Can Elmo, Abby and Chris clear Cookie’s name in time? Find out at our special family sneak preview of the classic chew-dunnit — along with fun crafts and snacks — on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. in AETN studios.

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Posted on 26 Jan 2015
Arkansas educators, we know that you’re using digital technology and tools to drive student achievement in your classrooms … and now is the time to be recognized for it! The third annual PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy K-12 educators is accepting entries through Feb. 11. Winners will receive free PD opportunities - and could even win a tablet and an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia!

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Posted on 25 Jan 2015
We’re in production of a new documentary featuring Arkansas’s historic courthouses, thanks to funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and The Moving Image Trust. Join producer Casey Sanders and Jack Carroll as they travel to White County and Saline County for cold but beautiful shoots!

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Posted on 24 Jan 2015
We love looking for new programming opportunities and, to test our skills in a new environment, we had an outstanding opportunity to do a run-through taping of Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain at Oxford American’s Local Live night at South on Main in Little Rock. See how it went, and learn how you can join un for the next shoot on Thursday, Jan. 29!

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Posted on 22 Jan 2015
Who’s the hardest worker in Arkansas agriculture? Many would say it’s the honey bee, our state insect! In a brand new episode of our monthly series, explore apiculture in the Natural State, learn about the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder and find out everything you need to know about backyard beekeeping.

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Posted on 17 Jan 2015
We’ve told you about our exciting, free event on Jan. 21 — a preview screening of upcoming PBS documentary series “EARTH A New Wild” and panel discussion with its host and prominent conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. But, in case you don’t know already, why should you reserve your seat sooner rather than later? We have 10 great reasons!

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