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All New AETN Exploration Wednesday!

Posted on 30 Oct 2012

"Nature: Raccoon Nation" 

Tune in for another AETN Exploration Wednesday chock full of great new episodes with "Nature: Racoon Nation" at 7 p.m., “NOVA: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu” at 8 p.m. and “NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?” at 9 p.m.

Ever wondered if those fuzzy bandits trashing your garbage cans are smarter than you are? They might not have been when you first encountered each, but “Nature” questions whether our efforts to outwit raccoons are actually helping them! Explore to see if people are unwittingly contributing to the raccoon nation’s evolutionary success by creating complex obstacles in fast-paced environments.  Scientists follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate a major city to find out.

Mysteriously abandoned on its mountaintop perch more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the western hemisphere’s most famous archeological ruin. But why was this iconic symbol of Incan power and engineering prowess abandoned? It’s a question that has plagued us since Hiram Bingham discovered the “Lost City of the Incas” in 1911. “NOVA” joins a new generation of archeologists as they search for answers, probing areas of the architectural wonder that haven’t been disturbed since the Incan people built the sacred site.

Why are some treats – like chocolate chip cookies – delectable while others – like cookies made from mealworms – disgusting? We might think we know, but “NOVA scienceNOW” invites us to taste a much more complicated truth in “Can I Eat That?”. Join David Pogue and venture into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie and Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected and examined to uncover what helps us enjoy our food more. Is there a secret that could let us find the secret to enjoying our favorites without packing on the pounds?

Get the answers to all of these questions and more when you tune in!


“Nature: Raccoon Nation,” 7 p.m.
“NOVA: Ghosts of Machu Picchu,” 8 p.m.
“NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?” 9 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” on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m.


“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” Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m.


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!