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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.


“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.


AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.


Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.


Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.


FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.