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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.


“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.” 


“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.” 


Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.


Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!


PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!