A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

AETN Exploration Wednesdays – Bears and Fabric of the Cosmos

Posted on 11 Jul 2012

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier 

This AETN Exploration Wednesday, dive into two incredibly different, new worlds! The evening of spectacular specials begins tonight, July 11, at 7 p.m. with “Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier” and takes you to explore the nature of space in “NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos” at 8 p.m. 

At 7 p.m., “Nature” invites you to join ecologist Chris Morgan and filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo for the first episode of an incredible Alaskan adventure in “Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears.” The three-part series introduces you to all three of North America’s bear species – from three hundred pound black bears to polar bears and brown bears that weigh well over half a ton! To encounter these impressive creatures, you’ll journey across the Alaskan wilderness (roughly the size of California, Texas and Montana combined) to explore the area’s five major ecosystems. From the continent’s highest mountain to vast glaciers and immense forests, you’ll see exactly how well adapted each area’s bears have adjusted to their overwhelming surroundings. Begin by allowing the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world to come to you as Chris and Joe set up camp in the heart of the wilderness to observe exciting and touching encounters between Alaska’s brown bears.

After leaving Alaska, you’ll accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene on a mind-bending reality check as you traverse the frontiers of physics and learn how scientists are piecing together the newest and most complete picture of space, time and the universe. While to many of us space is “nothing,” an empty void, space is anything but what it seems. The fabric of space stretches, twists warps and ripples, thanks largely to a newly discovered ingredient that makes up 70 percent of the universe. Learn more about dark energy – and the endless mysteries its existence creates – in “NOVA – Fabric of the Cosmos: What Is Space?” at 8 p.m.


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.