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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.


Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
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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.


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Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20!