Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Signing Off for the Final Timeposted 17 Nov 2017
I can’t believe it, but my time at AETN is over. During my two and a half months here, I learned so many things. It was a cool experience to work inside a studio. It’s a unique feeling to see your work on a program, knowing you played a large part in helping create it. I can only hope the next intern gets as much out of the experience as I did.
“Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson”posted 16 Nov 2017
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will answer questions about Arkansas’s economy, education, health care and other issues on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. For the chance to hear your questions answered live on “Arkansan Ask,” share them with us at email@example.com, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challengeposted 16 Nov 2017
I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved.
Capture Fall Color for a Chance to Winposted 11 Nov 2017
Fall is in the air, and The Natural State’s true colors are starting to show! “Exploring Arkansas” fans who share their favorite fall photo have could win a great jacket from the show for their next autumn outing. Submit your photo in the “Exploring Arkansas” Facebook contest by noon on Nov. 30 for a chance to win!
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2017posted 10 Nov 2017
For the past four years, Arkansans have helped libraries across the state to collect thousands of sweaters in the memory of Fred Rogers’ neighborly spirit. Find out how you can help continue this outstanding legacy and care for those in need in your community by participating in the 2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.
Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Out in the Fieldposted 10 Nov 2017
It’s been a special week – I got to go on my first video shoot for the station. Learn what I’m working on for an upcoming episode of “Agri Arkansas” and what this experience means for me as a future filmmaker after the jump.
Get Ready for Trades, College and Careers at Transition Expoposted 10 Nov 2017
For many students, the time after high school is a mystery. How do you make decisions about what you’ll do after life changes and school routines dissolve? On November 14, 2017, AETN is proud to take part in the Transition Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center, which encourages students and adults to plan for life – not just college. Learn more about this outstanding event that brings together high school students, adult learners, employers and training providers to equip participants with educational resources that help them to accomplish their career goals.
Veterans Day Weekend Marathonposted 09 Nov 2017
Veterans Day presents a special opportunity to recognize the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country. To mark the occasion, AETN will be celebrating and honoring our veterans with a dedicated weekend programming block. Join us for special broadcasts – from local, AETN-original productions to national documentary programs — Sunday, Nov. 12, starting at 12:30 p.m.
"Cooking on the Wild Side - November 2017"posted 08 Nov 2017
Get ready to gobble up some delicious wild turkey with recipes from the latest episode of “Cooking on the Wild Side”! For the month of November, find everything you need to whip up Wild Turkey Jambalaya, Trash Can Turkey, Wild Turkey Hash and Deep Fried Wild Turkey, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – New Projects, New Skillsposted 27 Oct 2017
As my internship moves along, I’m continuing to learn new things at AETN. From new stories to building narratives, life in the AETN Production Department is never slow. Take a look behind the cameras to learn more about what I’ve been working on lately, before it comes to a screen near you soon!
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3”posted 27 Oct 2017
Arkansas’s young filmmakers show off their spooky sides in “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3: A Student Selects Halloween Special.” Don’t miss four of the most frightening and hair-raising student films for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 p.m. each night.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: November 2017”posted 27 Oct 2017
Taking a stroll down automobile memory lane at the Museum of Automobiles, watching a former world champion chainsaw carver at work, taking a hike along the Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville and having a Coke float at the soda fountain in the oldest drugstore in the state in Pocahontas: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Agri Arkansas” October 2017posted 25 Oct 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” take a closer look at the Arkansas State Plant Board, visit Brothers Honey Co. of Faulkner County and learn how to grow garlic with Little Rock Urban Farming in a new episode Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Explore Changes to Fall Hunting Regulations on “Outdoor Hotline”posted 23 Oct 2017
Changes are coming to Arkansas’s hunting regulations this fall, and you can get the most recent updates and tips from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on “Outdoor Hotline.” AGFC will also share information about chronic wasting disease and water management of green tree reservoirs. Tune in and share your questions on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. You can submit your questions by phone at 800-662-2386 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Your Ducks in a Row?posted 11 Oct 2017
October 16-22 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and it’s estimated that more than 120 million Americans don’t have proper plans in place to protect themselves or their families in the face of an unexpected life or health event. Learn how you can make decisions now that help fulfill your wishes with AETN Foundation’s Karen Cooper and how you can request a free estate planning booklet today.
Join AETN at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 09 Oct 2017
This year, we’re proud to have both AETN-original and PBS productions selected for screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and to partner with the nation’s oldest documentary film festival for the Emerging Filmmakers Program! Read on to learn how you can see special screenings of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street;” “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” pieces; upcoming PBS Feature “Tell Them We Are Rising” from Stanley Nelson; upcoming POV feature “Bill Nye: Science Guy;” and more Oct. 9-14.
AETN Production: Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sandersposted 09 Oct 2017
I’m Hunter Sanders, a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, and, if you’re reading this, you must have an interest in the behind the scenes work that goes on at AETN. My hope is that, through this blog series, I can show you what the life of an AETN Production intern looks like, while also giving you a glimpse of how everything is produced before you see it on your screen.
Bridging the Generational Gap: From Veterans to Youthposted 06 Oct 2017
How do you connect with people from other generations? I’m Sara Gardner, a senior at Fayetteville High School, and I truly believe that we must promote and nurture patriotic engagement in our country. From firsthand experience, I believe that addressing the interaction between generations is up to young people, and that we can do so by choosing to connect with veterans through volunteering.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: October 2017”posted 02 Oct 2017
Taking a dip in the cool waters of the Buffalo National River, making like a bear and getting honey from a beehive, learning about the Ozark Hellbender Salamander and taking another dip at the Silver Bridge Swimming Hole on the Mulberry River: it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The Hovercraft Goes to Warposted 28 Sep 2017
The helicopter is one of the most enduring images of the Vietnam War and, in the Mekong Delta, the U.S. Navy hoped that the hovercraft would provide an equivalent for riverine operations. Explore their test deployment and the consequences for both the armed forces and Vietnamese civilians through the lens of combat photographer Bruce Wesson, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography film team known as the MACV Army A Team.
“Agri Arkansas: September 2017”posted 27 Sep 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” join us to learn more about the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, rotational cattle grazing at Farris Burroughs Farms, and Little Rock Urban Farming’s unique approach to trellising tomatoes. The latest episode premieres Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
The Demystified Zone: The Diem Disasterposted 27 Sep 2017
What shifted Ngo Dinh Diem – who was offered the support of puppet Emperor Bao Dai, the U.S. government and, at one point, even Ho Chi Minh – from respected Vietnamese political figure to messily deposed ruler? Explore his rise to power from World War II to its unfortunate end – and what his loss meant for the Vietnam War.
Reading “The Wall” With MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military Historyposted 22 Sep 2017
In an effort to help young students understand the impact of war and related issues, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts a children's reading program called The Reading Brigade. Learn more about their recent session centered on "The Wall" by Eve Bunting.
The Demystified Zone: A Global Game of Dominoesposted 22 Sep 2017
As the uneasy alliance of the Soviet Union and United States dissolved, the Cold War erupted and gave birth to many proxy wars, including the Vietnam War. What stoked each side of the rivalry? Explore the basic differences in economic and political ideology that prompted U.S. involvement in Vietnam and introduced a round of dominoes with extraordinary, worldwide consequences.
The Demystified Zone: Adieu, la Franceposted 20 Sep 2017
Contrary to the popular, unfortunate American image of the French as surrender-prone, their nation has a long and impressive history of military success. The same was true in Vietnam until 1949 when sudden changes gave the Viet Minh an advantage. Read on to learn what changed and how a place called Dien Bien Phu affected the course of the Indochina War.
Every Picture Tells a Story ... So what's the story on the guy in the ditch?posted 21 Sep 2017
Wartime photos give us an idea of what those serving undergo, but there are often layers - even hidden dangers - that are difficult to comprehend unless you've lived the experience. Join Bruce Wesson, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography film team known as the MACV Army A Team, to explore the stories behind the images he captured on a perimeter sweep mission at Fire Support Base Charlie in the Hiep Duc Valley region in December of 1967.
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum 2017posted 15 Sep 2017
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
The Demystified Zone: A Will of Lightposted 16 Sep 2017
The revolutionary who would eventually style himself "Hồ Chí Minh" - roughly meaning "the Enlightened Man with a Will of Light" – traveled a long road from son of a controversy prone magistrate to Prime Minister and President of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. Keep reading to examine his early life, from the Versailles Peace Conference to his work with the United States’ OSS during WWII and beyond.
“Arkansans Ask: Veterans History Project”posted 12 Sep 2017
Learn how Arkansans can take action to preserve the histories of our state's veterans and about the various aspects of the “AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans” initiative in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Viewers may submit questions and comments during the live broadcast at 800-662-2386, email@example.com or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
The Demystified Zone: Declarations of Dependenceposted 11 Sep 2017
Vietnam’s long and complex history led to the creation of an extremely nationalistic state: it defined itself most by resistance to outside influences. Explore how Vietnam formed its identity, and how neighboring China and French colonialists' colorful interpretations of treaties set the world stage for what would eventually become the Vietnam War.
“Student Selects” Highlights Arkansas’s Budding Filmmakersposted 08 Sep 2017
Starting Sept. 8, reserve your Friday nights at 6:30 to see highlights from Arkansas’s emerging filmmakers in “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” With selections including comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries, historical films and more, these short films will touch your heart and spark your imagination.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy: The Social Power of Documentaryposted 05 Sep 2017
Interning at the Arkansas PBS station AETN gave me the opportunity to learn about the art and economics of documentary media. Over the course of the summer, I increasingly thought about the value of documentary to educate local as well as national audiences on a range of pressing issues. I wanted to get an academic perspective on documentary to share with the AETN audience, so I interviewed one of my film professors at Hendrix College. Read what I learned from Hendrix College’s Dr. Joshua Glick after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas – Sept. 2017”posted 01 Sep 2017
Exploring a cave full of salamanders; visiting the Scott Plantation Settlement; going fishing for gar; and getting up close with snakes, bugs and everything else at an ecology camp – it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Computer Science Is For Girlsposted 28 Aug 2017
Audacious. Diverse. Provocative. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words that I - a video producer for AETN's education division - relate with creativity. Are these words that you would use to describe Computer Science? Read on to see why I believe you should and to learn about how students in grades 6-12 can enter the Computer Science for Arkansas PSA Campaign competition.
“The Vietnam War” Preview Screeningsposted 28 Aug 2017
Recognize Arkansas veterans and preview the epic narrative of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "The Vietnam War" at free screenings across the state in August and September. In addition to a sneak preview of the immersive, 360-degree series, each of the eight events will feature an opportunity for discussion after the screening.
Through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, AETN and PBS KIDS have been given the opportunity to help boost coding education for Arkansas children by providing coding kits to STEM centers around the state. Learn how these kits, which are both high-tech and approachable, are being used to help 5-8 year olds (and even AETN graphic designers) learn coding concepts with fun and exciting approaches!
AETN Original Productions Nominated for 10 Emmysposted 28 Aug 2017
AETN is proud to tell the stories of Arkansas through original, local productions and, this year, four of those original films have received a total 10 Emmy nominations in the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Learn more about the nominations and AETN original productions after the jump.
Get Ready for Fall with “Outdoor Hotline”posted 23 Aug 2017
Learn about changes coming to Arkansas's hunting and fishing regulations this fall, hear about the state’s quail initiative, learn about upcoming AGFC education programs, and share your questions for Arkansas Game & Fish Commission experts Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
Arkansas Independent Films - “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story” posted 21 Aug 2017
How does hands-on learning make a difference? Find out as you follow students and teachers from three Northwest Arkansas schools — Alma High School, Alpena High School and Haas Hall Academy Fayetteville — as they develop their science fair projects and compete regionally for a chance to enter an international competition in “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story” Aug. 21.
The first total solar eclipse to traverse the mainland in more than a generation is coming Monday, Aug. 21! Get ready to watch (safely!) and explore the eclipse through cutting edge science with PBS KIDS and “NOVA.” We share how to build your own Pinhole Eclipse Projector, fun games and great learning resources after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Opioid Addiction”posted 15 Aug 2017
Addiction and deaths related to opioids – drugs prescribed to treat moderate and severe pain – continue to rise in Arkansas. Explore the facts behind the state’s situation and learn about treatment options and available resources in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2017”posted 28 Jul 2017
Hiking through the breathtaking Marinoni Scenic Area, hanging out with the precision riding team known as the “Old Fort Days Dandies,” fiddling around at the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and visiting the Birdhouse Capital of America – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Annette Herrington Elected AETN Commission Chairposted 26 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce that Annette Herrington has been elected as AETN Commission chair by her fellow AETN Commission members for fiscal year 2018. Herrington, who is a certified public accountant and was appointed to the AETN Commission as District 2 representative in March 2012, looks forward meeting the needs of Arkansas through educational offerings and local programming during her tenure as chair.
What more can we learn about the person behind all those flower paintings? The Art Assignment’s series Art Cooking gives insights into to the life Georgia O’Keeffe. I contemplate how this video changed how I think about O’Keeffe and how this way of looking at artists can change the way we view art.
Share Summertime Adventures With “Flat Kratts”posted 21 Jul 2017
Going on a summer adventure? PBS KIDS can share it with us and their favorite “Wild Kratts” characters! Whether you’re traveling somewhere new, sightseeing in the neighborhood or exploring the outdoors, we want to see how you’re learning and having fun this summer! Find out how you can get a free “Flat Kratts” printable and join us for new summer series that take you on adventures to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures after the jump.
“Bell Ringer” Earns Two Telly Awardsposted 21 Jul 2017
We’re proud to announce that “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury” — an AETN-original film exploring concussions — has been honored with two Telly Awards in the 38th annual, international competition. The documentary was awarded a Silver Telly — the competition’s highest honor — for “General Documentary: Individual” and a Bronze Telly for “General Education.”
New Season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With”posted 16 Jul 2017
Enjoy discussions with political experts, editors and authors in new episodes of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Monday evenings at 6:30 starting July 3. Featured guests include political expert Alan Abramowitz, author Elizabeth Hill and editor Michael D. Polston, author Michael Hibblen, and author Betsy Singleton Snyder.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – A Digital Spin on Art Educationposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you enjoy art? Are you a student or an educator? The Art Assignment includes many educational series such as “Art Cooking,” “Art Trip” and “Five Favorite Works of Art.” But, the namesake for the channel is The Art Assignment, a series in which a plethora of artists – whose work can be found in galleries across the U.S. – make a video to teach particular technique or idea that they use in their own work to the audience through prompt.
“Arkansas Ask: Consumer Fraud”posted 14 Jul 2017
For 15 years, identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints, and many Americans feel like they have lost control of their data. Find out how you can protect your personal information and learn about consumer fraud and different types of scams in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – Here’s an Idea: What’s Your Idea?posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you like to explore different ways of thinking and find new things to consider? Then you’ll want to check out the PBS Idea Channel, a part of the PBS Digital Studios suite of educational, short-form programs made for YouTube. Hosted by composer, programmer and performer Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel takes a philosophical dive into everything from Pokémon fan theories to cocktail glasses. But, an added element makes it unique: comment response episodes. Learn more about the Idea Channel and audience participation in Internet media after the jump.
“Cook With Brooks” Strawberry Pieposted 14 Jul 2017
In “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming,” the last episode of our first season, we made a trip out to see Randy Arnold at Arnold Family Farm in Alma. On top of exploring their chicken and cattle farming operations, Chef Brooks had a chance to pick out some unbelievably sweet strawberries from their fields. He shares one of his all-time favorite recipes he’s created for homemade strawberry pie after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: July 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Reliving the Doolittle Raid with a Marine B-25 “ghost” plane, hiking to Rattlesnake Falls in the Ozark National Forest, visiting the historic town of Leslie, attending the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia and mountain biking along the Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail along the shores of Norfork Lake near Mountain Home – it’s all on the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Fourth of July Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate freedom and our nation’s 241st birthday this Independence Day with all-star casts, historical explorations, phenomenal music and a one-of-a-kind fireworks display with patriotic programs July 2-4 on AETN!
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming”posted 14 Jul 2017
To round out the first season of “Cook With Brooks,” we’re taking a trip to Alma, Arkansas, to learn all about a local farmer’s love for his line of work! Read on to get a sneak peek at Arnold Family Farm to learn all about their chicken, strawberry and cattle farming operations coming up on Saturday, July 1, at 5 p.m.
Congratulations, Emperor Science Award Winner Sarah Shirley!posted 14 Jul 2017
Join ArkansasIDEAS and AETN in congratulating rising Little Rock Central High School junior Sarah Shirley, of Roland! Sarah, who is one of 100 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer’s Emperor Science Award recipients, will receive a unique mentoring opportunity with an esteemed scientist on a cancer research project, a Google Chrome computer and a $1,500 stipend. Learn more about Sarah’s entry and the Emperor Science Award program after the jump.
Student Filmmakers Remember Cotham’s Mercantileposted 14 Jul 2017
Documentary filmmaking is a wonderful way to tell unique stories about the people, places and the worlds we navigate. It’s a unique form of preservation — and that point was made especially poignant by Lakeside High School television broadcast class’s recent AETN Student Selects submission “Cotham’s Mercantile.” With first-hand accounts from the staff and regular customers, their film tells the fascinating tale of Cotham’s history and what made it a staple of Central Arkansans’ appetites. It is also likely some of the last footage shot in the Scott, Arkansas, landmark before it was lost in a fire on May 30. They share more about their experience and reactions to the store’s loss after the jump.
Saturday Crime Time Lineup Changesposted 14 Jul 2017
As two of our programs from Down Under wrap up their runs, look for new faces the return of some favorites as “Midsomer Murders” and “Death in Paradise” rotate into our Saturday Crime Time lineup! Learn more about the deliciously sinister viewing you have to look forward to after the jump.
Hub of Foodposted 14 Jul 2017
I have been able, in my almost 30 years of culinary, to do some fun and exciting things. I was able to travel the Southeast opening stores for Vincent's Market. In the 1996 Olympic Soccer in Birmingham, Alabama, I fed everyone in the VIP tents next to the stadium… over 5,000 people. I got to feed 1,500 people at the Talladega Superspeedway. I owned my own restaurant, Soul, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I even got to cook with the Arkansas First Lady, Susan Hutchison, on "Cooking Today." Now, as a part of the many things going on, I get to be a part of the beginnings of Brightwater: Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville, Arkansas. Currently, I teach there when I can. It gives me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned, which is a blessing.
“Cook With Brooks” Fennel and Arugula Salad With Chickenposted 14 Jul 2017
On our latest episode “Edible and Incredible,” we visited Jay Fulbright at Arkansas Natural Produce, and Chef Brooks had the chance to pick out some high quality, fresh produce from one of the state’s largest greenhouse operations. This simple recipe packs a deeply flavorful punch that you can make in less than 30 minutes.
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Edible and Incredible” posted 14 Jul 2017
For over 20 years, Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce has been producing high quality, fresh produce in Hot Springs County, Arkansas. All the crops – gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers – are grown using organic practices. Take a behind-the-scenes look at our visit and recipes you can look forward to after the jump!
Explore West 9th Street’s Past and Present at Juneteenth Celebrationposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 2017 Juneteenth celebration. The day-long public event will commemorate African American freedom and emphasizes education and achieve with activities, food and entertainment for the entire community from noon to 6 p.m.
“Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure”posted 14 Jul 2017
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called “the silent killer.” Despite being a common ailment, many do not realize how serious it is … or that they even have the condition. Find resources, expert tips and valuable information on how to get and keep your blood pressure under control in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m.
Meet Jet Propulsion at Tinkerfestposted 14 Jul 2017
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, and get ready to meet and take photos with the star of PBS KIDS’ “Ready Jet Go” at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs! Budding scientists will get to learn all about making STEAM discoveries and using them in creative ways from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Frolicking throughout Camden’s millions of daffodils, getting a haircut in the oldest barbershop in the nation, attending the Arkansas Outdoor School and having lunch at the iconic Pickens Store and Restaurant: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 7.
“Red, White and You” - AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquetposted 14 Jul 2017
Each year, hundreds of individuals volunteer to support public media in Arkansas, and this May we were thrilled to have the chance to recognize those who give so much to us at the AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquet! Read on to learn more about individual award winners — Brenda Dykes, Wade Dykes, Reba Luck, Beth More, Beth Workman, Joyce Hartsfield and Jack Privitt; group and vendor honorees — Beth Moore’s Crowns for the Community and PepsiCo; and the generous donors whose support made the evening possible.
AETN KIDS Fun With Feathered Friends Campposted 14 Jul 2017
Soar into summer for an amazing avian adventure camp with AETN PBS KIDS, Audubon Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission! On Friday, June 9, from 9-11:30 a.m., kids ages 6-8 (who have completed first, second or third grade) can join us for a free, STEM-focused day camp at AETN Headquarters in Conway. Read on to learn more and see how to reserve a spot — space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Free “Dream Land” Screening and Panel Discussion June 3posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for a spectacular Saturday in Pine Bluff on June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. In addition to a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” the day will feature a panel discussion with Pine Bluff musician Milt Jackson and producer Tanisha Joe Conway, as well as open exhibitions “Color in Space: The Art of Justin Bryant” and “RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African-American Women.”
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform this Memorial Day Weekend. On Sunday, May 28, we’re proud to share a special programming with features including AETN original film “In Their Words: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour,” PBS’ “National Memorial Day Concert,” an a early look at an upcoming Ken Burns epic in “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War” and more.
Bridge to the Future Festival 2017 posted 14 Jul 2017
On Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m., meet us at the Clinton Center in Little Rock for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival! Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents.
Plan a Family Movie Night In With AETN PBS KIDSposted 14 Jul 2017
Reserve the best seats in the house, grab the popcorn and gather the whole family for weekly AETN PBS KIDS Family Night specials! Every Friday on AETN PBS KIDS (AETN-3) starting at 6 p.m., your family can look forward to movie specials or themed programming with PBS KIDS favorites including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Sesame Street” and more.
Star City’s Farrah McEntire chosen as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to congratulate Farrah McEntire, an EAST Initiative facilitator at Star City High School, on being named at 2017 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Ms. McEntire is one of 52 educators from across the country recognized with this honor, and she will represent Arkansas at the 2017 PBS Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.
Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month With LOUPEposted 14 Jul 2017
Every Monday in May, join us at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month with LOUPE, AETN’s statewide arts initiative. Eclectic episodes featured this season highlight the work of several Arkansas filmmakers and include profiles of the Governor’s Arts Award recipients for 2016 and 2017, an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” artist portraits and an AETN archival piece about pinhole photographer Thomas Harding.
Preview the Future of Arkansas Cinema at A Young Filmmakers Showcase May 11posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to join the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize to host A Young Filmmakers Showcase Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for this free, public event to see curated digital shorts from AETN’s “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” and help us celebrate the 2017 Thea Foundation Scholarship and Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize winners.
“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” Screening May 11posted 14 Jul 2017
Join our partners at AARP Arkansas for a special screening of “American Masters — James Beard: America’s First Foodie” at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. The free event will start with a reception featuring light fare from the Dean of American Cookery’s own cookbooks followed by a screening and an exciting panel discussion featuring local chefs! Learn how to reserve your place after the jump.
An Open Letter to the Future Interns of AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Hey y’all, it’s Mary Kate the Marketing and Outreach intern! As the semester comes to a close and my final days at AETN are nearing, I thought I would do one more blog post reviewing my time at AETN. Read on for important tips, from the perils of maxi skirts and office chairs to how you can tailor an internship experience to match your career goals.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Ozark Water Projectsposted 14 Jul 2017
The benefits of giving are well-known. It can increase happiness, and some studies say it might help people live longer. But how can people who seem to be on the receiving end give something back? Ozark Water Projects is an initiative that gives Arkansas kids — many of them underprivileged themselves — a chance to help people who lack access to clean water. Learn how they are making a difference after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters”posted 14 Jul 2017
Disasters can strike anywhere at any time, and during the day roughly 70 million U.S. children are separated from their families. What are steps we can take to improve child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and help any household become better prepared for emergencies? Experts will share and answer your questions in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
“Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017” Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time hosting the talented teams who competed in “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 22! Every state finalist team earned their opportunity to compete in the championship by winning difficult region and conference brackets, and they showcased their dedication and scholarship in the year’s final matches. Read on to see photos of the 2017 teams and runners-up.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: How Important Is Sleep, Really?posted 14 Jul 2017
Tired of being tired? Want to find out how to fake sleep? Vanessa Hill of “Braincraft” from PBS Digital Studios explores sleep, and the neurological and psychological reasoning behind personality traits, friend-zoning someone, age and more. Read on for the secrets to sleep and other neurological quirks.
“Step It Up!” - “Cyberchase” Grant Supports Physical Activity in Pine Bluff Schoolsposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day. Learn more about our upcoming five-week initiative and how your school can download materials to participate in a similar program after the jump!
Countdown to Summer with “Outdoor Hotline” April 27posted 14 Jul 2017
Get ready for the upcoming seasons with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission! Experts are joining host Tony Brooks live in studio on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. to talk about fishing and improving fisheries habitats, work to restore northern bobwhite quail populations in the state, and changes on the horizon this fall for green tree reservoirs on wildlife management areas. Share your questions for the chance to hear them answered on air at 800-662-2386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Dinner Time, Dearposted 14 Jul 2017
Stop! Put down the fast food! There is something so much better, and it can be found on the “Farm to Table Family” channel from PBS Digital Studios. A channel with just a mom and her kids exploring recipes made with healthy ingredients for homemade treats that will make you want to call her up for the recipe. Read on for the recipe for the most amazing looking fried rice you’ve ever seen!
Music to Your Ears: Win Jesse Cook Concert Ticketsposted 14 Jul 2017
Would you like to treat yourself and a guest to an unbelievable evening of extraordinary guitar music with tickets to see virtuoso Jesse Cook at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway on Sunday, May 7, 2017? Enter our Facebook contest by noon on Thursday, May 4, for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to attend this AETN Foundation exclusive event!
“American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Pulaski Tech Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Incomparable author and activist Maya Angelou lived an exuberant and broad life. Explore her incredible journey with unprecedented access to her remarkable saga from her childhood in the Depression-era South — including several years in Stamps, Arkansas — and her early performing career to her work with Malcolm X and many writing successes in special screenings at Pulaski Technical College Thursday, April 20.
Masterminds Meet for “Quiz Bowl 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Bright minds from across the state will be joining us in AETN Studios Saturday, April 22, for the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition. Join us to watch the finals as 14 teams face off to test their skills and play for state conference titles and scholarships! “Quiz Bowl 2017” will air in two parts with round one beginning at 9 a.m. and round two starting at 1:30 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Grabbing a Byteposted 14 Jul 2017
Tired of reading the typical food blog? “Everything but the News” is a technology blog that reviews the top restaurants in the Bay Area, shows you how to make the best toast ever and has found the Uber for groceries. Curious for more? Read on!
“Dream Land” Giveaway - “Temple of Dreams” and “End of the Line” posted 14 Jul 2017
Continue your exploration of Little Rock’s West 9th Street and its extraordinary history by entering our “Dream Land” Giveaway on Facebook April 13-17. Winners will receive signed copies of Berna J. Love’s “Temple of Dreams: Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom” and “End of the Line: A History of Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” which were used to research AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” Find contest rules and details after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Breaking the Cycle of Teen Parenthoodposted 14 Jul 2017
Teen pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor to poverty in Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the country. To stop the cycle, the Conway Cradle Care organization provides support to help young parents in Faulkner County and, recently, rural Perry County. Continue reading to learn how Conway Cradle Care not only inspires young parents to graduate high school but to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society and to raise their children to do the same.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Breaking the Cycle of Teen Parenthoodposted 14 Jul 2017
Teen pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor to poverty in Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the country. To stop the cycle, the Conway Cradle Care organization provides support to help young parents in Faulkner County and, recently, rural Perry County. Continue reading to learn how Conway Cradle Care not only inspires young parents to graduate high school but to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society and to raise their children to do the same.
“Cook With Brooks” — Lamb Chops and Summer Vegetable Medleyposted 14 Jul 2017
Our last episode “Feeding the Soul,” took us to the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival, and Chef Brooks had the chance to show what he could do during a demonstration at the Cooking Stage. That, along with the chance to judge the Chef Cook-off, was all the inspiration we needed to inspire a trip to the Fayetteville Farmers Market and get supplies for this dish quick but impressive dish!
Producing “Dream Land” – The Experience of Filmmaking posted 14 Jul 2017
Filmmaking is a journey that involves many people with varied talents. It often involves many unseen twists and turns. It has been an honor, for sure, to be asked to research and in some way present a part of this history. But, what is there to say that sums that up and describes the experience of it?
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: 😊🙌💻☕posted 14 Jul 2017
If the emoji isn’t just for millenials anymore, then who is it for? Find out in the video from the channel PBS OffBook “Are Emoticons the Future of Language?” where you’ll learn about the history and future of emojis.
Producing “Dream Land” – Telling the Story of Little Rock’s West 9th Streetposted 14 Jul 2017
The saying goes, everything – everyone, really – has a story. When I was growing up in my beloved Stephens, Arkansas, there were stories all around. Those stories have helped to collectively make me who I am. As a producer, I count it as a blessing to be able to explore others’ stories, and with that comes a huge responsibility. So it is with “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” I pray that this film is but the beginning of sharing the many West 9th Street stories that remain to be told.
AETN PBS KIDS Day at Dickey-Stephens Parkposted 14 Jul 2017
Take a field trip with AETN KIDS and Jet Propulsion on Tuesday, April 11, at Dickey-Stephens Park! Starting at 11 a.m., this special event will feature a special “Ready Jet Go!” screening, the chance to meet and take photos with Jet Propulsion, and a game between the Arkansas Travelers and the San Antonio Missions.
Guest Blogger Marie Kressin: “Dream Land” — Making the Voices Heardposted 14 Jul 2017
Until the drive into Little Rock for the first screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” I had not given a thought to how the film would be received by the audience, the interviewees. Then, I realized how important it was to do them justice. “Dream Land” was a chance for their voices to be heard. Why had I – a 22-year-old who was born and raised in the South – never heard personal accounts of racial prejudice?
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street”posted 14 Jul 2017
For decades, the Dreamland Ballroom and Little Rock’s West 9th Street have waited patiently to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Join us to explore the history of this former African-American cultural epicenter, from its origins in the 1800s to present day, told through the perspectives of local residents and historians. “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” premieres on AETN Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
Postponed: Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas STEM Girls and NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. has been postponed due to weather concerns. Details regarding its rescheduling will be posted as soon as they become available. We look forward to this event where STEM Girls can showcase their brainpower by programming LED light shows, creating light projection boxes with laser cutters and engravers, and printing the 3-D objects they design. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited.
Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas STEM Girls is joining the NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville to host a special workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read on to learn how your STEM Girl can showcase her brainpower by programming an LED light show, creating a light projection box with laser cutters and engravers, and printing a 3-D object she designs. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited - find the sign-up details after the jump.
Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas STEM Girls is joining the NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville to host a special workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read on to learn how your STEM Girl can showcase her brainpower by programming an LED light show, creating a light projection box with laser cutters and engravers, and printing a 3-D object she designs. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited - find the sign-up details after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Observing bald eagles, hiking to a Native American bluff shelter with a historic spring, visiting the oldest log structure in the state and chowing down on some famous hot tamales – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 5!
Producing “Dream Land” – Getting the Story Rightposted 14 Jul 2017
There are so many things to be excited and nervous about when you produce a film. Have we done the story justice? Have we done these people justice? On the day of our first screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” the people who had given of themselves and their time to enlighten us about West 9th Street would be gathered in one room for one purpose: to screen this film and let us know if we had gotten it right.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Ben Franklin Wasn’t President?posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you ever thought that Ben Franklin was a president? “60 Second Presidents” is here to help! Covering all of the presidents from George Washington to Barak Obama, “60 Second Presidents” will test your knowledge of history and give you some great trivia answers. Read on for more information about the history of past presidents and our great nation.
In Northwest Arkansas, public school teachers are getting financial assistance through board games. Learn how Game It Forward – an annual tabletop gaming convention – is working with Project Teacher Northwest Arkansas to help support educators in low-income schools in this “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Pigs Are Big”posted 14 Jul 2017
Pork is indisputably big in Southern cuisine, and Arkansas boasts some excellent pigs that make you realize why! On this week’s episode of “Cook with Brooks,” we are visiting two Arkansas pork farms: Hanna Family Ranch in Bentonville and Bansley's Berkshire Ridge Farm in Harrison. Come with us to get to know the farmers and learn about the Black Heritage Hog and Berkshire breeds on Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m.
“Cook With Brooks” — Kale and Bacon Frittata posted 14 Jul 2017
As we saw in our recent episode “Hail to Kale,” this superfood is so versatile! It’s also easy to grow in the Ozarks compared to a lot of leafy vegetables and, since it can be grown throughout the year, you’ll want to hang on to this Kale and Bacon Frittata recipe. It’s one that the whole family will enjoy!
Beyond “Dream Land” - A Walk Down Historic West 9th Street posted 14 Jul 2017
Upcoming AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” gives voice to the stories of the individuals and patrons who built the capital city’s historic African-American business district. Join Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a special walking tour to explore 9th Street as it exists today and learn about the historic African American businesses and points of interest it was home to Saturday, April 1, beginning at 1 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: The Doc Is Inposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the worlds of science, feminism and glass ceiling breaking in the newest post from Between the Bytes. Whether you are a college student trying to diagnose yourself without going to the doctor or just looking for a good laugh, “Frankenstein M.D.” from PBS Digital Studios has something for you!
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Preview Screening posted 14 Jul 2017
For decades, Little Rock’s West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have waited to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Explore them in a special sneak preview of the AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” held in partnership with Arkansas Sounds Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in CALS Ron Robinson Theater. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Learn how to reserve your seats after the jump.
Chef Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Hail to Kale”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re back after a short break for some brand-new “Cook With Brooks” episodes, starting this week when we tip our hats to give a “Hail to Kale”! Come with us on trips to dig into what it takes to grow this leafy superfood and see a couple of ways to transform it into something truly delicious. First, we’ll stop and get the skinny on a local juicing operation. Then, we’ll head into the kitchen to whip up a simple from-scratch recipe your family will love. The adventure starts Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m.!
“Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Parks and Tourism”posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas is host to 52 state parks, many attractions and events, which provide opportunities for Arkansans and benefits to our state. Learn more about the growing industry of tourism and its importance Arkansas’s economy in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Exclusive Interviewsposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the world of literature and interviewing with “Blank on Blank” as Between the Bytes’ Mary Kate discusses influential writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury, along with other legends like Meryl Streep and Ronald Reagan. Read on for total fan-girling of the nerdiest proportions!
Student Selects 2017 — It's Back! (With More Prizes Than Ever)posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again: “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries through March 31. Read on to learn how kindergarten through 12th grade students can submit films for the chance to be broadcast on AETN, streamed on aetn.org, win scholarship and prize competitions, and attend screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF).
2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Share your stories with us by Friday, April 7, for a chance to win an AETN prize pack. Our first place winners in each grade can even win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad!
Between the Bytes: Have Art, Will Travelposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to travel the world but are as broke as a college student? (Or you know, are an actual college student … PBS Digital Studios’ “The Art Assignment” is here to help! Read on for tales of fabulous places, great artists and intriguing art. There might not be any sword fights or distressed princesses, but you might find a reference to grilled octopus, and who doesn’t love grilled octopus?
Live in Concert - Jesse Cookposted 14 Jul 2017
What do you call someone who not only plays flamenco, jazz, gypsy, rumba, pop and classical guitar extraordinarily, but also works prolifically as a composer and producer? Virtuoso may be the closest definition we can find, but you don’t have to take us at our word. Thanks to AETN Foundation, you can see Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook live at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway in May 2017.
Between the Bytes: Protesting Is so Retroposted 14 Jul 2017
Hey, you guys, this is Mary Kate and Between the Bytes back with your weekly post! Clearly, as a blogger and journalist, I believe writing to voice opinions and affect change is virtually always good. But if you, like me, zoned out for some of the important stuff during government and politics in high school, you may need a Civics refresher. That’s why we’re digging into the First Amendment rights that make free speech and protesting possible with PBS Digital Studios series “Crash Course.”
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet March 7posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 9:15 a.m. at the Arkansas State Capitol in room 122. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
Get Ready for a Grr-ific Spring Break! posted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Daniel Tiger will be visiting for photos and maybe even an “Ugga Mugga” or two on Monday, March 20, and Curious George and Man With the Yellow Hat will be taking photos and starting shenanigans Tuesday, March 21.
“Cook With Brooks” — Triple Pepper Halloumi and Chicken Slidersposted 14 Jul 2017
We found out that the secret to artisan cheese is all in the process — from Nigerian dwarf goat to table — in “Going a Different Whey” on Saturday when we visited the McCormick family at White River Creamery in Elkins. With the episode’s recipe for Triple Pepper Halloumi Sliders, you can make a meal you feel good about without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Find out how after the jump!
“Exploring Arkansas” – March 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’re seeing how restoring murals is revitalizing a town’s history and art; reliving Ozark history by experiencing the lifestyle in early pioneer historic buildings; finding out about the “white” in White Cliffs Natural Area and trying not to “shoot my eye out” at the Daisy Airgun Museum. Watch with us in the premiere on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kateposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the world of PBS Digital Studios with me, AETN Marketing and Outreach intern Mary Kate, to get to know the variety of channels and videos offered in the PBS online universe. Every Thursday, in my new blog “Between the Bytes With Mary Kate,” we will journey through the worlds of YouTube channels like “Art Assignment,” “Crash Course” and “Blank on Blank.”
“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” — Conway Screeningposted 14 Jul 2017
Journey through the exuberant life of incomparable author and activist Maya Angelou in a special, free screening of “American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the University of Central Arkansas’s Doyne Health Science Center Auditorium. Refreshments and a panel discussion with expert guests will follow the film.
See “Black America Since MLK” at Fayetteville Public Libraryposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and the Fayetteville Public Library for a free screening of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” followed by a special panel discussion with guests from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Public Schools, the NWA Branch NAACP, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and University of Arkansas Alumni Association. The screening will offer a fresh examination of key events and turning points in American race relations and black history over the past 50 years. Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Going a Different Whey”posted 14 Jul 2017
There’s more that goes into making great cheese than meets the eye, as you’ll see in this week’s episode when we head out to Elkins, Arkansas, to meet the McCormick family at White River Creamery. From the training to the science behind the product, it’s a great learning adventure that leads up to an outstanding recipe for Simple Chicken Sliders. Cheese, baby goats and some great people: what more could you ask for in a show?
Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Day at the Capitolposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you want to help build a bright future for Arkansas kids? Support the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Join our partners as they explain why educational policy priorities — including boosting pre-K programs, increasing funding for school-community partnerships and ensuring that teachers have the tools they need — matter. Learn how you can participate and register after the jump.
“Cook With Brooks” — Quick Coq au Vinposted 14 Jul 2017
As we found out in “Art and Soul (Food)” this weekend, Chef William Lyle of Eleven at Crystal Bridges pairs food not just with wine but with art. With this Quick Coq au Vin, he created a nice, healthy winter dish that you can make in one pan for the whole family. Find the recipe after the jump!
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Art and Soul (Food)”posted 14 Jul 2017
When we started working on this show almost a year ago, one of our first stops was a visit to Crystal Bridges and its Eleven restaurant in Bentonville. From the grounds to the art to the High South Cuisine coming out of its kitchen, this museum is like nothing else in the world! Come explore it — and get Chef William Lyle’s phenomenal recipe for Coq au Vin — in this week’s episode.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet Feb. 24posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
“Arkansans Ask: Medical Marijuana”posted 14 Jul 2017
In November 2016, Arkansans passed Issue 6, which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. But what does that mean for the average person? Share your questions about what medical marijuana’s legality means for you, the development of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and what the amendment calls for moving forward with a panel of experts in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
Create Cooking Challenge 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way that you could join Create TV’s family of public media food experts, we have your chance! Prove your culinary interest and cooking mettle in the Create Cooking Challenge 2017 for a chance to win cash, production equipment and the chance to complete your own 10-episode web series for CreateTV.com. Learn more after the jump!
"Cook With Brooks" — “From Scratch” Pumpkin Pie Fillingposted 14 Jul 2017
We got to travel back to our childhood with “Country Pumpkins” in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, this Saturday! On our visit to McGarrah Farms and Pumpkin Patch, we enjoyed hayrides, history and learned all about the difference between carving and cooking pumpkins. See how we put that knowledge to great use into our “From Scratch” Pumpkin Pie Filling recipe after the jump!
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature - Ecoworksposted 14 Jul 2017
Recycling can do more than help the environment. The daily crunch of crushing cardboard and buzz of paper shredders are the sounds of a therapeutic normalcy for the employees of Ecoworks, a recycling and packaging business run by the Jonesboro Human Development Center. Learn how Ecoworks is serving the community and providing purpose after the jump.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Country Pumpkins”posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s funny how in every episode of the show so far, I have found a part of myself. It’s so much like my childhood growing up in rural Alabama! This week’s episode keeps bringing me back full circle — reminding of my first job working on my uncle’s farm — as we visit McGarrah Farms in Pea Ridge. After lots of fun and a lesson on the different types of pumpkins, I’ll show you how to whip up a great pumpkin pie filling from scratch.
"Cook With Brooks" Brined Pork Chops, Pickled Apples, Braised Kale and Pork Belly, and Butternut Squash Puree with Fromage Blancposted 14 Jul 2017
In “Farm to Oven” in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this Saturday, we had a great time digging into Northwest Arkansas’s farm-to-table by visiting Wood Stone Craft Pizza co-owners Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop and Clayton Suttle. Then, we gathered up ingredients from seven local farms and followed Chef Gawthrop into the kitchen to learn how to make an outstanding meal: Brined Pork Chops With Pickled Apples, Braised Kale and Pork Belly, and Butternut Squash Puree with Fromage Blanc. Find the recipes to make your own after the jump!
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Farm to Oven”posted 14 Jul 2017
You are in for a treat on this week’s episode of “Cook With Brooks”! I’m gonna explore the farm-to-table movement in Northwest Arkansas by taking you to one of my favorite spots, Wood Stone Craft Pizza in Fayetteville. There, we’re going to talk with the owner, chef, my friend and all-around good egg Jerrmy Gawthrop. Then, we’re joining him in the kitchen to cook up Brined Pork Chops With Braised Kale and Pork Belly, Butternut Squash Puree and Pickled Apples.
"Cook With Brooks" Honey Mustard Chicken and Applesposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a great time exploring history and flavors in “Roots Run Deep” in Lowell, Arkansas, this Saturday! After touring the Vanzant Fruit Farms and making a visit to the market on Highway 264, we took some of the apples, honey and other great flavors we discovered to make this Honey Mustard Chicken and Apples dish. Find the recipe after the jump!
“Exploring Arkansas” – Feb. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
From a cast iron cook off and driving along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to hiking the Black Fork Mountain Trail and learning about the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of Eastern Arkansas, it’s all in the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Men & Women of Distinction: Korto Momolu”posted 14 Jul 2017
Forced from her African home in Liberia by a violent coup as a young girl, Korto Momolu held firm to her dreams and rose to the top of high fashion. Explore her story — from bursting on the scene with “Project Runway” to becoming a fixture at New York fashion week — on Monday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
“El Latino” Returnsposted 14 Jul 2017
Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., “El Latino” returns to AETN’s monthly line up. Join us for the Spanish-language program as guests Eddie Garcia, editor of the newspaper El Amigo, and Jack Sisson, president of Three Anchor Group, address the impact of elections on the Latin community in Arkansas.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Roots Run Deep”posted 14 Jul 2017
This week, I get to visit one of the most recognized names in The Natural State’s fruit business: Vanzant Fruit Farms in Lowell, Arkansas. We’ll have lots of laughs with Steve Vanzant, explore their Black Apple Orchard and get to know more about the Vanzant family’s farming history. Then, we’re heading into the kitchen to test my Honey Mustard Chicken With Apples recipe. Learn more after the jump!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Cooking Matters at Arkansas Hunger Relief Allianceposted 14 Jul 2017
While healthy food can have a high financial cost, unhealthy food can cost a person’s physical wellbeing. Cooking Matters at Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance – a six-week nutrition and culinary skills course – is helping at-risk people with lower incomes and smaller food budgets learn how to make better choices.
"Cook With Brooks" Cider Pork Tacosposted 14 Jul 2017
Man, were we inspired by the “Brewing Change” in Springdale, Arkansas, this Saturday! We took the cider flavors we explored at Black Apple Crossing and a little influence from just across the street at Taquería Don Güero to make a brand new favorite. Find our recipe for Cider Pork Tacos after the jump.
"Arkansans Ask: Diabetes"posted 14 Jul 2017
Almost a fourth of people affected by diabetes in the United States aren’t even aware that they’re suffering from the chronic disease. Share your questions about diabetes’ types, symptoms, risks and management with a panel of experts in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Brewing Change”posted 14 Jul 2017
There’s something pretty amazing brewing in Springdale, Arkansas! Coming up on this week’s episode of “Cook With Brooks,” I’m making a visit to the first and only cidery in The Natural State: Black Apple Crossing in historic downtown Springdale. Learn how the cidery, building on the history of chicken and apples in the area, is helping to revitalize the city after the jump.
The Armageddon That Wasn’t - “American Experience: Command and Control”posted 14 Jul 2017
Near Damascus, Arkansas, on September 18, 1980, a single socket triggered nine hours of terror - and what could have been an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima. Investigate the feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster in a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story in the documentary thriller “American Experience: Command and Control” Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
"Cook With Brooks" Pepper Pork Chops Au Poivreposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a great time learning how folks in Fayetteville were "Growing Community Through Soil" with Tri Cycle Farms in our first episode on Saturday! We also cooked up our own delicious dish inspired by their work and outstanding food on display at the Ozark Beer Dinner. Find our recipe for Pepper Pork Chops au Poivre after the jump.
“Barnes and … A Conversation With” — New Seasonposted 14 Jul 2017
Delve into the achievements — and limits — of the Great Society, the current state of democracy and the history of anti-Catholicism on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 9. Guests include author and historian Dr. Randall Woods; veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ray Moseley; and professor and author Dr. Kenneth Barnes.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Growing Community Through Soil”posted 14 Jul 2017
For our first episode of “Cook With Brooks” on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m., I’m looking forward to getting to share one of my passions with you: working locally to put an end to food insecurity! To get started, we’re visiting Don Bennett and volunteers at Tri Cycle Farms. Then, come with us to one of my favorite Fayetteville spots, Greenhouse Grille, as chefs from across the region pull together to support a great cause at the Ozark Beer Dinner.
"Cooking on the Wild Side" - Jan. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Get ready to brave cold weather with stews and sides that will stick to your ribs! Phyllis' recipes for Cupboard Stew, Harvest Stew With Pepper Biscuits, Campfire Stew, and Duck and Mushroom Soup highlight wild game and put Dutch ovens to good use.
“Exploring Arkansas” – Jan. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Experiencing folklife in the Ozarks from long ago, enjoying a backyard railroad like none other, taking a drive along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, and teaming up with a mule team wagon train – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Jan. 4!
PBS Digital Innovators 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Calling all classroom changemakers! Are you a PBS Digital Innovator? Learn how you can enter to win a special professional development opportunity — which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio for the 2017 ISTE conference —by sharing your unique approach for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. Entries must be submitted to PBS LearningMedia by Feb. 13, 2017.
“Cook With Brooks”posted 14 Jul 2017
Discover the stories of chefs, food, families and farms all over The Natural State in AETN’s newest original series, “Cook With Brooks”! Chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista takes us through Arkansas’s culinary world to tell the whole story of food in the state — where it’s from, how to make it and who shares it — on Saturdays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 7.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Dec. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re looking for some easy and delicious brunch ideas over the holidays — or just a tasty way to start the day — you won’t want to miss December’s all-breakfast feature! Find Phyllis’ recipes for Mexican Breakfast Eggs, Potato and Egg Tacos, Breakfast Burritos, Joe’s Breakfast Surprise and Camp Howdy Salsa after the jump.
AETN Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with holiday programming throughout the season on AETN! From PBS KIDS features to music, dramas and more, there are holiday specials coming up for you and your entire family.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.: Holiday Blues”posted 14 Jul 2017
The holiday season is a joyous time, but can also bring about stress, anxiety and sadness, commonly referred to as the holiday blues. Learn how to recognize the signs, manage the effects and determine the difference between “the blues” and clinical depression in a special edition of “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.”
Give the Gift of Music - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’re looking for a special gift for the music lover in your life, don’t forget to stop by the AETN Foundation Box Office! With tickets available to see Jesse Cook and Celtic Woman, you can share an unforgettable experience and support quality, local public television.
Arkansas Week of Codeposted 14 Jul 2017
Help us, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Arkansas Department of Education celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, with three fun, FREE events at the Tech Shop in the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock!
“Exploring Arkansas” December 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Alligators, a recreated 19th century village, a Native American bluff shelter with petroglyphs that happens to be on a golf course, and a five-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere? It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Wishes Still Come True - Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew Ticket Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
If you were disappointed that you weren’t a ticket winner in our first giveaway, take heart! We have a second opportunity to enter a Facebook contest for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Eamonn McCrystal (“The Music of Northern Ireland”) and Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman live in Fayetteville on Dec. 28. Read on to learn how to participate, and be sure to enter our Facebook contest by noon on Monday, Dec. 5.
Thanksgiving Specials: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna”posted 14 Jul 2017
Gather your kindred spirits for a special night of programming! This Thanksgiving promises to be one of the happiest on record with back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna.” The premiere of the new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale, starring Ella Ballentine and Martin Sheen, begins at 7 p.m.
Dive Into Fun With “Splash and Bubbles” and “Wild Kratts”posted 14 Jul 2017
New discoveries are headed to PBS KIDS for ocean explorers with “Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea” and our brand new, underwater adventure “Splash and Bubbles”! Tune in for the special world-premiere events on Wednesday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m.
Christmas Comes Early - Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew Ticket Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Usher in the holiday season with the gift of music! You can enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Eamonn McCrystal (“The Music of Northern Ireland”) and Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman live in Fayetteville this December. Read on to learn how to participate, and be sure to enter our Facebook contest by noon on Monday, Nov. 28.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for our neighbors in need.
Remembering Allen Weatherlyposted 14 Jul 2017
We are heartbroken to share that our longtime leader Allen Weatherly passed away early this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the age of 64. He leaves behind a loving family, a dedicated staff and a legacy of more than 36 years in public media. We celebrate his life and mourn his passing.
“Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations” airs Nov. 17posted 14 Jul 2017
With the upcoming flu season and the recent mumps outbreak, people are discussing which vaccinations are needed and searching for answers to questions regarding effectiveness, access and boosters. Share your questions for experts on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in “Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations.”
Lessons from Elwood City: What "Arthur" Taught Meposted 14 Jul 2017
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City as a first-generation “Arthur” lover.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Emergency Conference Call Nov. 1posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet via emergency conference call Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend. Those interested in teleconference information should contact April Gunn at AETN, 800-662-2386.
“Black America Since MLK” Screening Nov. 5posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us and our partners at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a free, advance screening of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. The documentary series, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., will air Nov. 15 and 22 at 7 each night.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” November 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up Nov. 2 in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, we’ll take you from one historic swinging bridge near Mountain View to another one in Beaver, check out some unusual fairy tale sculpture/architecture near Eureka Springs, visit the oldest church in Arkansas near Searcy, and look back to the day folks in Paragould thought they were experiencing the end of the world.
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3” premieres Oct. 31posted 14 Jul 2017
Young Arkansas filmmakers are showing off their spooky sides in “Ghost Blood and Zombies: A Student Selects Halloween Special”! See the most frightening and hair-raising films submitted to Student Selects 2016 on Monday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m.
PBS KIDS Halloween Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
October 28 is filled with costumes, pumpkins and some spooky legends with your favorite characters, including a brand new "Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" Halloween special!
Friday Night Block Busters - PBS Arts Fall Festival 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Block off your calendars and let your friends know that staying in is the new going out, because your Friday nights will be booked for the foreseeable future! With an outstanding lineup through December, the PBS Arts Fall Festival is bringing everything from “Hamilton’s America” and Imelda Staunton in “Gypsy” to “Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody” and “Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Theater” on AETN Arts Fridays at 8 p.m.
What Comes Next? - “Hamilton’s America”posted 14 Jul 2017
We know that is delving into the history of the man and the musical and — while we’re all looking forward into a special that’s much more than a “making of a musical” — we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to seeing performances by the original cast. Find out which songs to watch for and more after the jump.
Title of blog.posted 14 Jul 2017
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City that have made a difference in my life _ years later.
Helping Children Cope with an Incarcerated Parentposted 14 Jul 2017
The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Learn more about the wealth of resources “Sesame Street” has to help parents, caregivers and childcare providers know what to say, how to say it and ways to comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments.
“Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind” airs Oct. 20posted 14 Jul 2017
More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent — what happens to them, and what resources are available to their new caregivers? Tune in for a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. as our expert panel discusses the stigma and challenges children and caregivers experience, detail support groups and programs available to families, and answer viewer questions.
Win Ethan Bortnick Concert Ticketsposted 14 Jul 2017
Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick is coming to Fort Smith Oct. 23 and Maumelle Oct. 25, and AETN Foundation has a special opportunity for you to win tickets to see him in concert! Learn how you can enter our Facebook contest Oct. 18-20 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see him play live at either venue.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Conference Call Oct. 31posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet via conference call Monday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend. Those interested in teleconference information should contact April Gunn at AETN, 800-662-2386.
“Hamilton’s America” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Don’t throw away your shot to go behind the scenes of Broadway megahit “Hamilton”! This October, join us and our partners at Pulaski Technical College, Hendrix College and the Fayetteville Public Library for special preview screenings of “Hamilton’s America,” then see the broadcast premiere as it kicks off the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Oct. 21.
Preparing to Protect Our Children — Stream AECA Keynote by Dr. Lori Peekposted 14 Jul 2017
Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? At the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) Conference, Dr. Lori Peek will deliver the keynote address “Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters.” Learn how you see the live-stream of this crucial presentation Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m.
“Election 2016: AETN Debates”posted 14 Jul 2017
Before casting your ballot this fall, get to know the candidates and their stances on important issues through “Election 2016: AETN Debates.” Candidates in five races have agreed to participate in the special series, which will tape and air on AETN Oct. 10-12. Learn how you can attend the free tapings or watch on air after the jump.
The American Dream - In Arkansas and the U.S.posted 14 Jul 2017
Is the American dream still achievable or is it outside the reach of average U.S. citizens? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with a special night of programming on Friday, Oct. 7, with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” at 8:30 p.m. followed by “Dream On” with John Fuglesang at 9.
Guest Blogger Cambria Bailey: Tocqueville and Why Love Doesn't Make You Blindposted 14 Jul 2017
Born in a time of kings and aristocracy, Alexis de Tocqueville believed the future of the world belonged to democracy. He is best remembered for his 1835 works “Democracy in America,” popularizing the concept of the American Dream. Keep reading after the jump and tune in for “Dream On” on AETN Friday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m., after the premiere of “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” at 8:30.
Explore the Outdoors at 2016 Conway Ecofestposted 14 Jul 2017
Stop by the AETN booth at 2016 Conway Ecofest for fun giveaways, activities and to learn more about PBS KIDS’ “Nature Cat” and new show “Splash and Bubbles.” We look forward to seeing you at Laurel Park in Conway Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.!
“American Experience: Command and Control” Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Investigate the high-stakes story of the Damascus, Arkansas, nuclear accident in 1980 with special screenings of upcoming “American Experience” documentary “Command and Control” in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Bee Branch, Arkansas, Oct. 7-9. The cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal.
“Outdoor Hotline” Talks Fall Hunting Regulations Oct. 6posted 14 Jul 2017
Changes are coming to Arkansas’s hunting regulations this fall, and you can get the most recent updates and tips from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on “Outdoor Hotline.” Tune in and share your questions on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. You can submit your questions by phone at 800-662-2386 or email at email@example.com.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
“Agri Arkansas” - Sept. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” come with us as we take a look at technology in agriculture. We’ll also pay a visit to an old ball field in Heber Springs that’s been repurposed as a community garden and stop by PaPaw’s Market outside of Vilonia. Watch with us Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.
September Premieresposted 14 Jul 2017
This fall, turn up the drama with the return of favorite programs and the premieres of tantalizing new series and specials! Whether you eagerly anticipate learning Ross Poldark’s fate or are looking forward to learning how voters are exerting influence in the 2016 election, we have a collection of gems to look forward to in your September calendar.
AETN Family Day 2016 - PBS KIDS Character Visitsposted 14 Jul 2017
At every AETN Family Day event, you know that your whole crowd can look forward to fun, games and great activities - as well as a few exciting visits from PBS KIDS friends. This year, as part of “Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN,” we’re excited to announce that some very special guests will be joining us — including Walkaround Elmo and Walkaround Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street”!
Spotlight Education Weekposted 14 Jul 2017
Learn more about America’s students, explore new models of learning and examine the challenges facing America’s education system in a special week of primetime broadcasts, Sept. 11-17. PBS "Spotlight Education" is opening a year-round discussion about how to make high-quality educational resources available to all of our children.
“Arkansans Ask: Adult Education”posted 14 Jul 2017
We all understand the importance of lifelong learning, but what adult education opportunities are available to Arkansans? Explore the programs and services offered through the Arkansas Adult Education Division and ask expert panelists your questions in “Arkansans Ask: Adult Education” Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
Guest Blogger Bailey Pickens: What Does It Mean to Be a Storyteller? posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN's 2016 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" ushered in a new wave of young and talented filmmakers, who ask us to look at stimulating story lines and consider many important questions and issues, such as the act of storytelling itself. Read on to find out more about some of this year's films and how this year's group of student filmmakers prove that no matter how old you are, you always have a story to tell.
Who was Mary Dodge?posted 14 Jul 2017
David O. Dodd is a well-known name throughout Little Rock and the South. He is nicknamed the “Boy Hero of the South” for his brave refusal to supply names and information in the face of certain death. However, this article is not about him. It’s about Mary Dodge. Hungry for more information on David O. Dodd and the teen spies of Little Rock? Keep reading after the jump and tune in for the premiere of “The Hanging of David O. Dodd” on AETN Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m.
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museumposted 14 Jul 2017
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
10 Reasons to Celebrate 10 Years of ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
ArkansasIDEAS is celebrating a decade of providing high quality, free online professional development to all Arkansas educators. See 10 reasons to celebrate this landmark and what we look forward to after the jump.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet Sept. 13posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the network headquarters. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From crappie fishing to taking a cool dip in an Ozark swimming hole to chomping down on one of the South’s prized coconut cream pies — it’s all coming up (and then some!) in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
From Screen to Stage - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed performances from Ethan Bortnick, Straight No Chaser, Eamonn McCrystal and Chloe Agnew, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jesse Cook with us on air, don’t miss your chance to see them live (and support public television in the process)! Learn more about AETN Foundation Box Office opportunities to see some of your favorite performers live — including three AETN exclusive concerts — after the jump.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Aug. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re getting ready for a Labor Day Weekend cookout or looking for the perfect thing for dinner, don’t miss some of Phyllis Speers’ classic dishes! Find John-tested, audience-approved recipes for Donna’s Inside-Out Cake, Sam’s Larrupin BBQ Ribs, Phyl’s BBQ Rub, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Smoked Corn Pudding and Three Bean Salad after the Jump.
Arkansas and the American Dreamposted 14 Jul 2017
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 Youposted 14 Jul 2017
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 Piesposted 14 Jul 2017
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 Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
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 Dayposted 14 Jul 2017
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.
Win VIP Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smithposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four VIP tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four VIP seats and the chance to meet Daniel Tiger after the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by noon on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Aug. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 3, we’ll attend an open air painting festival in Eureka Springs, take part in all the fishing fun at Bear Creek Lake in the St. Francis National Forest, dine in a jetliner restaurant and learn about the forgotten tragedy of the sinking of the Sultana near Marion.
“Arkansans Ask” - Arkansas Department of Human Servicesposted 14 Jul 2017
Get to know the direction and challenges facing the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), and learn how they serve the state in a special new “Arkansans Ask” on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Expert guests, including DHS Director Cindy Gillespie, will join program host Lance Turner of Arkansas Business to discuss and answer viewer questions. Submit your questions and comments at 1-800-662-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!posted 14 Jul 2017
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 Campposted 14 Jul 2017
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.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25posted 14 Jul 2017
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.
5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Dayposted 14 Jul 2017
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS.
Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Campsposted 14 Jul 2017
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
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!
Coming Soon - PBS Fall 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Crisp weather isn’t the only thing to look forward to this fall! With new dramas, arts, performances, history, election coverage and more, PBS Fall 2016 spans from the American Revolution to the upcoming Presidential election! Learn what you have to look forward to, from “Great Performances: Hamilton’s America” and “Poldark: Season 2” to “9/11 Inside the Pentagon” and Ken Burns’ “Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War” after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Our Houseposted 14 Jul 2017
Our House is a residential facility in Little Rock that provides services to homeless and near-homeless individuals and families. From its incorporation in 1987, it has grown into a multi-building campus that touches the lives of about 1,800 people each year. Read on to learn how the organization is furthering its mission to “provide hope for the working homeless” through the expansion of its services with a new Career Center.
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrowposted 14 Jul 2017
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!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” July 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Arkansas Folk Festival … to visiting an Ozark paradise complete with cabins and waterfalls…to visiting a town which was once called “Arkansas’s Dream Town”— it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Recipe Round Upposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you love “Cooking on the Wild Side” with Phyllis and John, are a regular viewer with Martha Stewart or have discovered the wide blogging world of PBS Food, we’ve found a recipe for you! Check out our round up of a few our favorite recipes for barbecue, sides and desserts that will be perfect cookouts and summer fun.
Fourth of July Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate our nation’s birth with songs, history and, of course, fireworks! Holiday weekend programming will feature an all-star line up of current favorites and throwbacks to the classics. Tune in for special episodes and programs, including “A Capitol Fourth,” July 2-4.
Veterans Impact – “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” posted 14 Jul 2017
Taylor LoBue knows first-hand the struggles veterans face when they return from war and battle post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, as chairman of Veterans Impact – Central Arkansas Veterans Mental Health Council, he’s working to let other veterans and their families know about the programs and resources available to them. Read on to learn more about Taylor’s story, Veterans Impact and how you, too, can help improve the lives of veterans.
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
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 27posted 14 Jul 2017
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 Dramaposted 14 Jul 2017
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 Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
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!
Lily Radtke is the Arkansas winner of the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us in congratulating 11-year-old Lily Radtke, Arkansas’s 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner! Lily showcased her culinary skills with a dish called “Asian in Arkansas,” which features spring rolls, edamame salad and watermelon skewers. Read on to learn about her inspiration and find her recipe.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Meetingposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission will meet Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the network headquarters, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.
One Ticket, Twice the Impact! - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
Music lovers, we have four golden opportunities for you to do two things you love in one fell swoop: hear great, live music and support local public television! Learn how you can get tickets to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ethan Bortnick, Mannheim Steamroller and Jesse Cook while supporting Arkansas’s only PBS station after the jump.
Win Tickets to Brit Floyd's "Space and Time Continuum World Tour"posted 14 Jul 2017
Afraid that you missed your opportunity to see the Brit Floyd "Space and Time Continuum World Tour" at Verizon Arena on Sunday, June 12? We have your second chance! Courtesy of the AETN Foundation, Arkansas residents can win one of two pairs of tickets our Facebook contest. Just be sure to enter by noon on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
“Cooking on the Wild Side — Season 5: Episode 4”posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you taken a walk on the culinary wild side with Phyllis Speer and John Philpot? Look no farther for their latest recipes! Tickle your tastebuds with recipes for Fresh Fruit Salsa, Goobered Hash Browns, Venison Sausage, Venison Sausage Gravy, Eggs Ozarkia and Roasted Chicken Salad after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” June 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From hiking to a remote waterfall in the Ozark National Forest and tiptoeing through the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens to making a phone call from one of the last remaining working phone booths and enjoying a bologna sandwich at the Hollis Country Store – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
“Agri Arkansas” - May 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Take a look at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville and a true “farm-to-table” dinner in Scott this month on “Agri Arkansas.” See the new episode Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23posted 14 Jul 2017
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.
“Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” airs May 23posted 14 Jul 2017
What is chronic wasting disease (CWD), how does it affect the state’s deer and elk populations, and what precautions do hunters need to take? Join us and experts from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to discuss on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Campus Kitchensposted 14 Jul 2017
As much as 30 million tons of food is wasted in the U.S. each year, according to recent estimates from the USDA Economic Research Service. Learn how the Campus Kitchens project in Russellville at Arkansas Tech University is working to fight waste and hunger with a special “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.
New Season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Begins May 9posted 14 Jul 2017
Dig into the details with host Steve Barnes in a new, four-part season airing on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning May 9! Featured guests include “Antiques Roadshow” Executive Producer Marsha Bemko, civil rights luminary Andrew Young, “Mercy Street” star Josh Radnor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.
My RBI Story: Willie Torrenceposted 14 Jul 2017
Willie Torrence has been an umpire for Little Rock RBI – in addition to his work as a collegiate and high school umpire – for more than a decade. In his RBI story, he tells us why he will always support Little Rock RBI because of how it impacts players’ lives.
Mother’s Day With Anne and Marillaposted 14 Jul 2017
Mothers come to us in all shapes and sizes. Some are there from the very beginning, and others come to us later in life to show us the exact sort of love that we’ve always needed. This Mother’s Day, celebrate that special bond with an “Anne of Green Gables” marathon and a few of our favorite Anne and Marilla moments.
Meet Jet Propulsion at the Bentonville Film Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed exploring space, science, technology and astronomy with “Ready, Jet, Go!” on PBS KIDS, don’t miss a special chance to meet Jet Propulsion, Astronomer Amy Mainzer and the show’s executive producer, Dete Meserve, Saturday, May 7! We’ll join our partners from the Bentonville Film Festival at the Bentonville Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m.
Guest Blogger Nick Harrington: My AETN Internship Experienceposted 14 Jul 2017
I have to admit that I didn’t really know what to expect when I first applied for an internship here at AETN. In the past, I had worked internships that were mostly busy work. AETN was different. I was actually helping to contribute. Overall my experience at AETN was a great one and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great starting point in looking for a career.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
“To the Bat Cave, Robin!” That was a classic line in the old “Batman” TV series, and we visit Batesville to go there - in a sense - and then make stops at Gravity Hill, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum and Mount Magazine in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas”! Come with us on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.
My RBI Story — Kyshaun Jonesposted 14 Jul 2017
Kyshaun, a Little Rock Central High student, is a catcher and third baseman who's been playing with Little Rock RBI since he was 12 and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas since age 5. Learn how his RBI Coach Tony Dunnick has influenced him, why Kyshaun loves baseball and Jackie Robinson, and what he's planning to do in college ... and beyond!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp at AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know a 5-8 year old who would like to learn about creative coding? Don’t miss a chance to register for our free Scratch Jr. camp June 21-24! This special camp is designed to introduce kids to creative computer coding through activities that allow them to create their own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app.
Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016 Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
We were thrilled to host the 2016 “Arkansas Quiz Bowl: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 23! All state finalist teams had worked their way to the championship through difficult regional and conference brackets, and their preparation was exceptionally showcased in the years’ final matches. See photos of the 2016 State Champion teams and runners-up after the jump.
Explore the Future of Arkansas Filmmaking with A Young Filmmakers Showcaseposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize for a special evening of curated digital shorts in the Ron Robinson on Wednesday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. The 2016 Young Filmmakers Showcase will highlight the creativity of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students and features the announcement of Thea Foundation scholarship winners.
2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump.
My RBI Story — Jay Rogersposted 14 Jul 2017
Part of a multigenerational sporting goods family, Jay Rogers is a lifelong Little Rock resident and baseball lover. He’s also an RBI supporter, Lamar Porter Field Trustee and Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas Board member. Learn why Jay’s been a part of Little Rock RBI for more than 13 years, and why this important program is like no other available to local students.
Our RBI Story - Kristen and Cliff Leeposted 14 Jul 2017
Kristen and Cliff Lee, current Major League Baseball free agent and former pitcher for the Phillies, became supporters of Lamar Porter Field and Little Rock’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) in a way that seemed fated. Learn how they discovered the program and why it’s close to their hearts after the jump.
Arkansas Quiz Bowl State Finalsposted 14 Jul 2017
High schools students will continue a state tradition as they return to showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition on Saturday, April 23! Learn which high school teams will join us “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016” and when they’ll be playing after the jump.
Breaking Barriers Sports Equipment Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Support Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arkansas by donating gently used or new baseball equipment Sunday, April 24, at Lamar Porter Field. Equipment for all age groups is accepted. The drive, a part of Jackie Robinson Day at Lamar Porter Field, will be held from 1-4 p.m.
Movies at MacArthur - “War Letters”posted 14 Jul 2017
In every American war, from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of warfare by writing letters home. Explore the history of American wars from their viewpoint in a special Movies at MacArthur screening of “American Experience: War Letters” Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Getting to Know RBIposted 14 Jul 2017
What is the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, and how is does it help young people — and an entire community — in Little Rock? Keep reading for an overview of the program, and learn how it goes beyond baseball fundamentals with its “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” initiative to teach Jackie Robinson’s character values in a fun, supportive environment.
Jackie Robinson Day at Lamar Porter Fieldposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s legacy and Little Rock’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Opening Day Sunday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. at Lamar Porter Field! The public is invited to see the newly renovated Lamar Porter Sports complex and participate in fun, family friendly activities at the open house. Young men ages 13-18 are invited to join the summer leagues and participate in the season’s first practice.
Mary Beth Hatch named PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and ArkansasIDEAS in congratulating Harrison Junior High EAST facilitator Mary Beth Hatch, who was one of 52 educators nationwide selected as a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator! As a Lead Digital Innovator, Ms. Hatch will receive an all-expense paid trip to participate in the 2016 LearningMedia Digital Summit and ISTE Conference in Denver, Colorado. Six other Arkansas teachers — including Marisa Arnold, Christina Cereghini, Amy Counts, Michelle Moore, Dennis Pevey and Vearlene Williamson — were also recognized as local 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jackie Robinsonposted 14 Jul 2017
We know Jackie Robinson's baseball career, but what do you know about the life of the man behind No. 42? From humble beginnings to military service to the stories you haven't heard about baseball, come with us to explore Jack Roosevelt Robinson's extraordinary life in Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson."
Share Your Arkansas Barn Stories and Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you still farm, grew up in rural Arkansas or simply enjoy seeing barns stand guard over The Natural State’s fields and herds, we want to hear from you! AETN is producing a new film about barns in Arkansas, and we’re looking for stories and photos to feature in the production. Learn how you can share your stories and photos with us after the jump!
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog – Lasting Memoriesposted 14 Jul 2017
Some players have told me plainly that they don’t talk about their concussion symptoms unless they have a problem functioning. Many will ignore the smaller symptoms until the problem becomes so severe that they have no choice but to sit out. Unfortunately, Zack Towers had the same mentality of playing through pain – even when the pain came from arguably his most important organ – and he never recovered. Until everyone involved believes that our players’ long-term health is more valuable than their short-term play, I believe athletes will continue hiding their symptoms.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” April 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Wednesday evening, April 6, marks the start of a brand new night for “Exploring Arkansas” with a special new episode that stops into Osage Clayworks, the National Park Aquarium, Arkansas Living Treasure Lorrie Popow’s studio and the Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area. Join us to kick off AETN’s Think Wednesday programming (and stay after with great episodes of “Nature” and “NOVA”) at 6:30 p.m.
“Arkansans Ask: Concussions”posted 14 Jul 2017
Following the broadcast of “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury,” join us for a special presentation of “Arkansans Ask” to find answers to your questions about concussions. We’ll be talking with expert panelists from the Southern Impact Research Center, the Arkansas Activities Association and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Cabot Public Schools, as well as a former college athlete, Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m. Submit your questions at email@example.com, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Don't Miss - "Jackie Robinson" Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
If you only know Jackie Robinson the legend, chances are good that you don't know the man behind No. 42. This April, examine the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson - who lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball's color line - in special AETN preview screenings of Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson."
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog — What Is a Concussion?posted 14 Jul 2017
A topic like concussions is a hard one to understand; it’s multifaceted because the brain is an extremely complex organ. I like to think of the brain as the body’s equivalent of the deep ocean – there’s just so much left to explore, and research on the brain is so new. Needless to say, when I began work on “Bell Ringer,” I was confronted with my fair share of confusion. I spent a good amount of time calling experts and getting answers to my questions. Now, two years later, many of the people I come across have the same questions I once had. While I’m no authority on the subject, I would like to share some of the answers – some basic, some more involved – that I received while researching concussions.
Museum of Discovery Spring Break Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
Did you join us for Spring Break with Buddy the Dinosaur and Curious George at the Museum of Discovery March 21-22? You can download your free, hi-resolution photos from the events through our Flickr account now!
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog - Concussions, Soccer & Michelle Akersposted 14 Jul 2017
Two years ago when someone mentioned the word “concussion” to me, I immediately thought about football. But after years of research on the topic, the way I think about them has changed. Concussions happen in a variety of sports and rates are particularly high in soccer — specifically girls’ soccer. We saw evidence of this repeatedly at various Arkansas games and learned more with women’s soccer legend and 2000 FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers.
2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1.
“Peg + Cat Saves the World” Special, New Episodesposted 14 Jul 2017
When a mysterious, gigantic blob is soaring towards earth, Peg and Cat are called upon to solve a problem of national importance! Learn more about their adventure in two new episodes starting Tuesday, March 29, at 9:30 a.m., and many exciting new episodes coming during the week of April 4.
In Memoriam — Ben Fryposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is deeply saddened to share news of the death of Ben Fry, general manager of our public media partner UALR Public Radio. Ben — who was a dedicated program partner, advocate for public media and longtime AETN supporter — passed away at age 54 on Thursday, March 10, 2016. He will be greatly missed and long remembered as a valued colleague and friend.
8 Reasons AETN is a Smart Investmentposted 14 Jul 2017
As Arkansas’s only statewide television and public service network, AETN enjoys a special charge: to educate, enrich and inspire Arkansans of all ages. How are we accomplishing that mission — on air and beyond — for just $3 per Arkansan annually? Read on to learn how we’re creating lifelong learning opportunities and why funding AETN is an efficient, responsible use of taxpayer dollars.
"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" Entries Due March 25posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know young Arkansas filmmakers who would like to see their work broadcast or who would like to win a college scholarship? Be sure to remind them that AETN "Student Selects" entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Friday, March 25.
“Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury”posted 14 Jul 2017
You’ve heard it described before: after an impact, athletes say that they’ve “gotten a ding” or “had their bell rung.” But these aren’t minor happenings to be walked off. Doctors call them concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, and these serious injuries occur most frequently among children and high school students. Learn more about what to watch for and how concussions can be treated and prevented in the April 7 premiere of AETN original documentary “Bell Ringer.”
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” March 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From striper fishing ... to being catapulted in the air at a bike park ... to exploring a cave for a lost civilization … to chowing down on some ribs at a popular family-owned barbecue restaurant – it’s all coming up Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. on “Exploring Arkansas!”
Save the Date for Spring Break!posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Curious George” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 21, and Curious George Tuesday, March 22. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us!
Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. — Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know an 8-12 year-old with culinary flair? Encourage him or her to enter a scrumptious recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for a chance to be featured in a cookbook and represent Arkansas at the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer! Entries must be submitted by Monday, April 4.
Game On: Family Engagement — Feel the March Madness!posted 14 Jul 2017
Rally your team and gear up for delicious eats, great music, and fun, family activities that will have your crew hoping for overtime on Saturday, March 12! AETN is partnering with the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative to present an exciting afternoon featuring 3-on-3 hoop play with Dads vs. Sidney Moncrief & Friends, Double Dutch jump roping, Tailgating for a Reason, the AETN Reading Garden and more.
AETN Director’s Blog – Allen Weatherly posted 14 Jul 2017
I have personally worked in public service media since 1980 and, while I am a huge fan of general audience programming on AETN, I have remained committed and loyal primarily because of what our system does for our children. Join me to learn more – including why PBS KIDS is the most educational media brand for children.
Guest Blogger Nick Harrington – NEA Read Across Americaposted 14 Jul 2017
NEA’s Read Across America, now in its 19th year, focuses on motivating children and teens to pick up a book and read. As a college student and avid reader, I know reading every day, even just a little bit, makes a difference. Read on to learn how my parents helped me become a lifelong reader and how you can help the kids in your life get started with NEA’s Read Across America program.
Countdown to Downton - 10 Memorable Momentsposted 14 Jul 2017
As we countdown to the “Downton Abbey” season finale, we’re unashamedly living in the past a bit. See 10 of our most memorable moments from the series after the jump, and tell us what we’re hoping for in the final episode on Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m.!
Florence B. Price & William Grant Still: An Arkansas Sounds Tributeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed “The Caged Bird: The Life & Music of Florence B. Price” on AETN or would simply enjoy learning more about Arkansas natives and extraordinary composers Florence B. Prince and William Grant Still, don’t miss a special Arkansas Sounds event! Following the film’s screening, the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and soloists will perform Price’s and Still’s compositions on Friday, Feb. 26.
“Sesame Street” for Military Families — Transitionsposted 14 Jul 2017
When parents transition and move, so do kids, and it’s all a new adventure! But, while all adventure stories have a hero, they also have ups and downs. “Sesame Street” provides helpful resources for caring adults to help their little heroes find the strength to “go with the flow” in this special program and accompanying tool kits.
“Arkansans Ask: Paying for College”posted 14 Jul 2017
Have rising education costs have left you wondering how you or your child can afford college? Join us and share your questions in February’s special “Arkansans Ask,” where we talk with the experts to learn about the various resources and options for Arkansans to get funding. We’ll discuss financial aid, scholarships, loans and more on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.
It’s Never Too Late … To Win Tommy Emmanuel Tickets!posted 14 Jul 2017
Chet Atkins-Certified Guitar Player and stylistic virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel — joined by special guests The Wisherkeepers — is coming to Conway on Friday, Feb. 19, as part of his “It’s Never Too Late” tour, and you can win tickets! For your chance to win, read on and enter our Facebook contest. Ten winners will be selected Thursday, Feb. 11.
Enter the Create Cooking Challenge!posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you ever watched the great cooking programs on AETN-2’s Create TV and thought, “I could do that!”? Now you have your chance! The Create Cooking Challenge invites our viewers to submit a video of two minutes or less to demonstrate their culinary expertise. Anyone — from home cooks to professional chefs — who is over 18 can enter for the chance to win the grand prize: funding to produce a 10-episode series for CreateTV.com.
Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Startedposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog: Exploring Arkansas Feb. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
A dream castle, the re-opening of a 1905 general store, a moonshiners cave by the falls and enjoying a huge hubcap burger – it’s all coming up in the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Agri Arkansas” Jan. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” join us as we close our examination of the state’s physiographic regions with a visit to the Ouachita Mountain Region. We’ll also explore the bottling process and job-creating role of Mountain Valley Spring Water and take a trip to Clark’s Pecan Orchard in Mayflower on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.
“Antiques Roadshow: Little Rock” Air Dates Announcedposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s official, Roadshow fans! Air dates are now confirmed for the three Little Rock-based episodes of “Antiques Roadshow.” Tune in Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2016, to see the treasures that were discovered when more than 4,900 guests attended the appraisal event at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center in July 2015.
“Tah-dee!” Get Ready for a “Nature Cat” Special and New Episodesposted 14 Jul 2017
When the weather is cold, it’s is to be a little more reluctant to explore our surroundings, but an all-new “Nature Cat” special is sure to spark kids’ curiosity for the outdoors! Learn about what you can expect in the hour-long special, new episodes and free, new online games available through PBS KIDS after the jump.
Meet the Cast of “Mercy Street”posted 14 Jul 2017
Based on real events, new PBS “Masterpiece Theater” period medical drama “Mercy Street” gives life to the extraordinary moral conflict and medical advances of the Civil War, beginning Sunday, Jan .17, at 9 p.m. See a preview and meet the stars — including Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Norbert Leo Butz, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Tara Summers — after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Highways”posted 14 Jul 2017
Learn about the state’s current highway construction projects and initiatives and hear what the the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department manages in a new “Arkansans Ask.” Director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett will join Steve Barnes and answer viewer questions on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schoolsposted 14 Jul 2017
ArkansasIDEAS is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to hold “Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools — Literacy for All: Understanding Dyslexia.” The conference — which will feature nationally renowned speakers’ strategies for successfully working with students with dyslexia, followed by a Congressional Dyslexia Forum — is designed to provide training and support for Arkansas educators and bridge the gap in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act funding. This free conference will be held March 7-8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
“Downton Abbey” Fitness Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a way to stick with your New Year’s Resolutions while watching all of the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” your heart desires? We have a solution! Capitalize on your favorite characters’ signature style to get an outstanding workout every time you watch. (With five lunges for every Dowager zinger, your legs will be the envy of everyone by March!)
In Memoriam: Remembering Dale Bumpersposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is proud to remember and honor former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, who passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. A native of Charleston, Arkansas, Bumpers crafted a political career that lasted more than three decades. Join us in remembering his legacy with special broadcasts of “Men and Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers” January 6-8 at 6:30 each night.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Jan. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From 4-wheeling atop Mt. Magazine, to attending the South’s largest craft fair, to touring a historic Victorian mansion, to taking a drive along the “Take Your Breath Away” scenic route — it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Sen. Tom Cotton to be Interviewed in “Arkansas Week: Special Edition”posted 14 Jul 2017
In a new episode of “Arkansas Week: Special Edition,” Steve Barnes interviews Arkansas’s U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R) about current issues facing the U.S. Congress. The special broadcast premieres Friday, Jan. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Saturday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m.
“Agri Arkansas” Dec. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
On Sunday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m., continue the season’s exploration of Arkansas’s physiographic regions as we visit the Ozark Plateaus, learn how poultry producers are working to lessen the chances of an avian influenza outbreak and explore Meadowcreek, a sustainable agriculture community in Fox.
“From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”posted 14 Jul 2017
Travel back to a time long (but not long, long) ago in a land not so far a way in “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”! To celebrate the return of the “Star Wars” to the big screen, we’ve found the “Star Wars” YouTube archive of the documentary, narrated by Mark Hamill, which originally aired on PBS in 1983.
“Downton Abbey” Fayetteville Screening Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time visiting our Fayetteville Public Library and Northwest Arkansas at the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” preview screening on Dec. 13. Did you join us or want a peek at the fun? Find photos and links to download your pictures after the jump.
2015 Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the seasonal spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - Dec. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From main dishes and classic sides to appetizers that’ll steal the spotlight at your holiday parties, our newest episode of “Cooking on the Wild Side” features all kinds of dishes that’ll make your mouth water! Find Phyllis’ John-approved recipes for Fried Turkey Strips and Gravy, Grilled Veggie Kabobs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Ice Cream and Black-eyed Pea Dip after the jump.
Countdown to Downton - Costume Inspirationposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re counting down to our sneak previews of “Downton Abbey — The Final Season: Hour One” at Fayetteville Public Library and Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum. Get ready to join us and send the series out in style (and take home a costume contest prize) with these DIY costume ideas!
Rock On! - See TSO and Support AETN Foundationposted 14 Jul 2017
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Little Rock for one night only on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. You can see their one-of-a-kind performance at Verizon Arena (in rows 15-17) and support the AETN Foundation when you donate and receive tickets at aetnfoundation.org!
“Downton Abbey: Season 6” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
The end may be near, but there’s no reason to be defeatist. AETN and our partners at the Fayetteville Public Library and Historic Arkansas Museum will be hosting free screenings of the first hour of the final season of “Downton Abbey” this December! Learn when and how you can attend after the jump.
December “Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! Learn how you can enter our Facebook contest to win a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack for a party of eight during the month of December.
Tommy Emmanuel - On Screen and Live With AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel brings together never-before-seen performances and highlights from public television specials special curated concert, “Music Gone Public: Tommy Emmanuel,” on Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m., then performs live in Conway Feb. 19!
3 Easy Ways to Support AETN Foundation on Giving Tuesdayposted 14 Jul 2017
This year, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the AETN Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. I’m Mona Dixon, COO of the AETN Foundation, and I’m blogging to share three easy ways you can support Arkansas public television on this special day. Your gifts to aetnfoundation.org help bring engaging, distinctive programs to the screens of thousands of your neighbors throughout the state and beyond!
Tally Ho! Adventure Reigns on PBS KIDS’ New “Nature Cat”posted 14 Jul 2017
Described by its creators as “Looney Tunes” with a nature curriculum, our newest PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat” is a fun way to inspire your kids to get outside and explore the world around them! Learn all about Fred the House Cat and how he becomes “backyard explorer extraordinaire” Nature Cat after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Brigadier General Herbert Lloydposted 14 Jul 2017
This Veteran’s Day, Brigadier General Herbert Lloyd’s service in the U.S. military was honored as a monument was unveiled in his home town of Hope, Arkansas. The monument now stands in front of the Hempstead County Court House as reminder of all the men and women who served. Learn more and view the full segment after the jump. Guest blogger Jessica Amos is a Hendrix College student and AETN Programming Intern.
Giving Thanks With “Anne of Green Gables”posted 14 Jul 2017
On Thanksgiving Day, starting at 8:30 a.m., we’re featuring back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel,” starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth and Jonathan Crombie. Join us for a trip down memory lane as we share why we’re thankful for with this classic series!
4 Reasons the New “Sherlock” Special Will Be One to Watchposted 14 Jul 2017
Classic settings, your favorite cast members, a fun twist and a chance to see “Sherlock” on the big screen — what more is there to love about the upcoming special, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”? Find out all of the exciting details — and where you can see it in theaters (with extras) after our Jan. 1 premiere — in this guest blog post from AETN Marketing and Outreach intern Nick Harrington.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Premieres Nov. 22posted 14 Jul 2017
With more than 2,700 miles of railroad track operated by 20 different railroads, rail transportation makes up an important part of Arkansas’s history, heritage and economy! Explore it and visit more than 25 locations across the Natural State with “Steel Rails in Arkansas,” an original AETN family film, premiering Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3:30 p.m.
“The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price”posted 14 Jul 2017
Florence B. Price — recognized as one of the two most prominent African American composers of the 20th century — was a favorite composer of legendary soprano Marian Anderson and the first African American woman to have her composition presented by a major symphony. Explore this Arkansas native’s extraordinary life and music in a special presentation of “The Caged Bird” on Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m.
Pedro E. Guerrero: Inspiring Architecture Lovers of All Agesposted 14 Jul 2017
During October, AETN was proud to go beyond the broadcast of “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” with events for architecture lovers of all ages. From a student workshop in North Little Rock to a special screening and panel discussion with Architecture & Design Network, it’s been a banner month made possible by a grant from WNET!
“Arkansans Ask: Veterans” Airs Nov. 19posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us as we explore veteran concerns and resources in a special new episode of “Arkansans Ask” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. A panel of experts will answer questions and address a variety of topics. Submit your question today at 800-662-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Fresh “Bob the Builder” Look Premieres Nov. 16posted 14 Jul 2017
Can we build it? Yes, we can! On Sunday, Nov. 16, “Bob the Builder” is adding to its strong STEM and social foundations to launch a brand new look! Packed with humor and fun, the updated series introduces new characters, locations and charming stories while maintaining Bob’s can-do attitude and warm and caring tone. Learn more about the fresh show (including a fun Easter egg for “Downton Abbey” fans) after the jump.
See Amazing! — Free “Sesame Street” and Autism Appposted 14 Jul 2017
Every kid is an original, and that’s what we and “Sesame Street” are here to celebrate! With the “Sesame Street” and Autism App, find free resources that are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma and provide support with everyday routines.
“Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! To celebrate the premiere of the show’s fresh look on Nov. 15, we’re giving away a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack. Read on to learn how you can enter our Facebook contest!
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - November Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to recreate your favorite “Cooking on the Wild Side” dishes? Get cooking with Phyllis-tested, John Philpot-approved recipes for Catfish Patties, Turkey Thigh Stew and Grilled Bear Steak.
November Brings New Season of “On the Front Row”posted 14 Jul 2017
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” is back for a spectacular 12th season! Don’t miss special presentations from the Oxford American Concert Series at South on Main in Little Rock on Friday nights at 6:30 throughout the month of November. Featured musicians include Peter Martin & Romero Lubambo, Marcella and Her Lovers, Katmandu, and Jeff Coleman and the Feeders.
2015 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, 20 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters for our neighbors in need. See a list of drop off locations after the jump!
“Sherlock” is Back - In Time and (Soon) on AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
A few months ago, rumors began floating around the Internet that before “Sherlock” would make its return to the main series, there would be something in between. Learn everything we know about its venture into Victorian times and when “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” will premiere on AETN after the jump.
Guest Blogger Kim Davis - 3 Reasons "Ghost, Blood and Zombies 2015" is Ghoul Enough for Youposted 14 Jul 2017
Think you’ve heard all the horror stories? Arkansas students are telling a range of horrifying tales that turn old threads into something chilling and entertaining. Filmed in Arkansas, created by Arkansans and featuring a distinct Southern tinge, “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 2” features creative, unique student films this Halloween. Read on to see my top three reasons it’s ghoul enough for you!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Nov. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Ever get stuck between a rock and a hard place? Well, in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Nov. 2, I found myself in exactly that kind of predicament during a mountain bike outing in Fayetteville.
“Sanatorium Hill”posted 14 Jul 2017
From 1910-1972, state law mandated that anyone who contracted tuberculosis (TB) be isolated and treated at the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. While the disease that affected these patients has largely been eradicated, their memories live on at “Sanatorium Hill.” Investigate its fascinating — and slightly eerie — history just in time for Halloween!
Guest Blogger Kim Davis — Finally, a Reason Why I’d Go Back to High Schoolposted 14 Jul 2017
As part of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmakers Program allows students to gain knowledge from prominent filmmakers (Lisa Leeman, Nadine Mundo, Jon Crawford, Russ Galusha, and a handful of hardworking SAU-Tech students) and put that new knowledge to practice. With cameras in hand, students were let loose to track down interview subjects and share the subjects’ stories. Students boarded the buses at the end of the day with connections, confidence, and a new grasp on storytelling — documentary style.
"Agri Arkansas" - West Gulf Coastal Plain & Timber Best Practicesposted 14 Jul 2017
Continue the "Agri Arkansas" examination of The Natural State’s physiographic regions as we visit the West Gulf Coastal Plain and learn about timberland management best practices Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Guests include Dr. Victor Ford of the University of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center and Sevier County rancher Bruce Jackson.
“Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” - Free Screeningposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and Architecture & Design Network for a free screening of “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Arkansas Arts Center lecture hall. A reception featuring an exhibit of student photography will begin at 5:30, and the screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, associate dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design; Brian Lang, chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center; and Tim Hursley, architectural photographer.
“108˚: Critical Response” Honored Nationallyposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS “108˚: Critical Response” teams! The AETN original production earned national honors - including a 2015 Educational & Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievement Award and first place in Instructional Media — Teacher Resource — from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
PBS Students App - Free Resources at the Tap of a Finger!posted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a safe, trusted online app for your kids with content that can help them with their homework … or help them learn something new? Be sure to check out the PBS Students app from PBS LearningMedia. (The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!)
“Arkansans Ask: Cancer”posted 14 Jul 2017
How does cancer impact our state? On Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask,” experts — including Dr. Lawrence Mendelsohn, Dr. Thomas Kieber-Emmons, and Alesa Garner, MSMT, ASCP, CN-BC — will discuss current research, the importance of screenings and the resources available to Arkansas patients and caregivers. Share your questions for the live, call-in show at 800-662-2386, email@example.com or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” Taping — The Sisters Sweetposted 14 Jul 2017
The Sisters Sweet is a trio of sirens that sing and play original, three-part harmony works by Candy Lee. Powerful, honest, tender and sensual, they’re not afraid to share their softer side … or really get down! Join us Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. to hear them on Oxford American Local Live night at South on Main in Little Rock.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tributeposted 14 Jul 2017
Self-made superstar, guitar virtuoso and Godmother of Rock and Roll — Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an Arkansas native and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century! Celebrate her life and music at a special, free screening of “American Masters: The Godmother of Rock and Roll” and an Arkansas Sounds tribute mini-concert of her songs Oct. 16.
Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Programposted 14 Jul 2017
The Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, is offering high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Winners will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook, a $1,500 stipend and the opportunity to continue their mentorship. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2015.
It’s Odd-tober on PBS KIDS!posted 14 Jul 2017
This October is “Odd-tober” on PBS KIDS, starting with an all-new one-hour “Odd Squad” special, followed by the return of Halloween-themed episodes from many of your family’s favorites. Learn more after the jump!
Conway EcoFest - Saturday, Oct. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN for environmental, educational fun at Conway EcoFest on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park! We’ll have fun activities to explore the outdoors and our upcoming PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat.”
“LOUPE: Arkansas Made Living Treasures”posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas boasts a rich heritage of time-honored craftsmanship! Explore it with Arkansas’s Living Treasures who excel in the visual arts fields of traditional craft. Makers of fiddles, baskets, chairs, knives, quilts, woodwork and more, their fascinating lives are as exquisite as their unique works.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Oct. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Take the old poodle skirt out of mothballs, get out the butch wax for that flat top haircut and shine up the chrome on the ‘57 Chevy, ‘cause we’re taking you to back to the drive-in during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
"Cooking on the Wild Side" - Sept. 2015 Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
What do Phyllis and John have cooking this month? Find their recipes for Elam Boys Fresh Homemade Salsa, Fish Tacos, Chipotle Tartar Sauce, Cabbage and Cilantro, Venison Mexican Skillet and Blackberry Trifle after the jump!
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet Sept. 29posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 29, at noon at Windgate Art & Design at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, 535 North Waldron Road. The public is invited, and a community reception will be held from 3-5 p.m.
Pedro E. Guerrero - The Architecture of a Lifeposted 14 Jul 2017
You recognize the names of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, but how well do you know the man whose iconic photography immortalized their work? Learn how he overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most sought after photographer of the Mad Men era and beyond in “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey,” Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bo-Keys” Tapingposted 14 Jul 2017
Pay homage to the Memphis soul tradition with a contemporary twist at a special “AETN Presents” taping of The Bo-Keys. Presented as part of the 2015 ACANSA Arts Festival in partnership with Oxford American Magazine at South on Main in Little Rock, The Bo-Keys will perform Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m.
10 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disneyposted 14 Jul 2017
Coming to AETN Sept. 14-15, “American Experience: Walt Disney” provides an unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers. Read on to learn 10 little-known facts about his life, and join us each night at 8 for more — including rarely seen footage from the Disney archive and interviews with those who worked on Disney’s early films and helped make his dream of Disneyland into a reality.
Kelly’s Top 5 “Student Selects” Picks for 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
There were tons of amazing films submitted to “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” last year from students all across Arkansas. Kelly, an AETN Production Intern, shares her top 5 picks for 2015. Be sure to check out all the episodes that will be airing this month on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Restoring “The Civil War” - New Life after 25 Yearsposted 14 Jul 2017
The story that Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” tells remains timeless but, after a quarter-of-a-century, the medium in which it was originally produced was sadly out of date. Join us after the jump to learn how the film was restored into ultra high definition and preserved for future iteration and generations to come. The 25th anniversary rebroadcast airs Sept. 7-12 at 8 each night.
"PBS NewsHour" Weekend Feature - Soldier On Service Dogsposted 14 Jul 2017
What happens when mundane tasks become daunting? Many veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have social anxiety and problems with hypervigilance that prevent them from going to public places. To fulfill a need not covered by government resources, a Northwest Arkansas organization is training service dogs to help them.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From Pivot Rock to Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and everything else in between – the brand new Labor Day edition of “Exploring Arkansas” promises to give you some great ideas to get out and explore The Natural State during this holiday period. Tune in Monday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Lynda.com Accessible Through ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators now have unlimited access to Lynda.com — and its library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills — through ArkansasIDEAS and the Arkansas Department of Education!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature - 100 Girls of Codeposted 14 Jul 2017
2015 “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Fall Seriesposted 14 Jul 2017
Our new, four-part series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” features fascinating interviews with PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Dr. Conevery Bolton Valencius, Dr. Donna Beegle, and Gen. Wesley Clark. Join us for in-depth discussions about public media, the history of the New Madrid earthquakes, poverty in America and the nation’s current state of affairs on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
“Student Selects 2015”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re showcasing the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers every Friday night in September as part of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2015.” Learn which outstanding student films will be featured after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: What Is Common Core?”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’ve all heard of Common Core State Standards, but how familiar are you with what they mean for Arkansas students and educators? Find out Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. on “Arkansans Ask: What Is Common Core?” This special episode will feature a discussion with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Cabot Public School District Superintendent Tony Thurman, Ph.D., moderated by Steve Barnes. Submit your questions by calling 800-662-2386, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting #ARAsk.
Explore Monterey Bay in Real-Time With “Big Blue Live”posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and PBS are committed to delivering high-quality nature and science programming, and you can see it like never before in “Big Blue Live” Aug. 31-Sept. 2! Each night at 7, we’ll join co-hosts Dr. M. Sanjayan and Liz Bonnin to interact in real-time with a variety of marine wildlife throughout California’s Monterey Bay.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Screenings Aug. 29-30posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas train enthusiasts, don’t miss our preview screenings of “Steel Rails in Arkansas” at the Jacksonville Train Show! Showings will be held at the Jacksonville Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — Aug. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From soup to sweets, John and Phyllis have your tastebuds covered in this month’s “Cooking on the Wild Side”! Find their recipes for Farmer’s Market Gazpacho, Creole Catfish and Ooey Gooey Bread after the jump.
AETN Box Office — “Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Celebration”posted 14 Jul 2017
The Irish musical ensemble Celtic Woman — made up of vocalists Máiréad Carlin, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden, and violinist Máiréad Nesbitt — has been enchanting audiences for a decade. Join them in Jonesboro to recognize the “Celtic Woman Anniversary Celebration” on Saturday, Oct. 24!
6 Ways to Smooth the Back-to-School Transitionposted 14 Jul 2017
We all know it’s nearly here - backpacks and lunch boxes have been dug out of storage and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils is filling the air! But, as virtually all of us can testify, after summer break, the back-to-school transition can be tough. We have six ideas for making it easier!
“Sherlock: Season 2” - It’s (Reichen)Bachposted 14 Jul 2017
Missing “Sherlock”? You don’t have to wait until the premiere of the special Victorian episode to see your favorite consulting detective on AETN. We’ll be rebroadcasting all three thrilling episodes of the second season on Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning Aug. 16.
Isabella Nguyen Named PBS KIDS Writers Contest Finalistposted 14 Jul 2017
Little Rock’s Isabella Nguyen has been named a finalist in the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Isabella’s original story, “Be Yourself,” earned first place among second grade entries in Arkansas’s local contest in May.
My Experience Attending “Antiques Roadshow – Little Rock”posted 14 Jul 2017
A longtime viewer of "Antiques Roadshow" won a random lottery after applying for tickets over the past six years! Was her Picasso painting real? Which popular appraiser did she recognize? Read about Karenne Gionet Saylor and her husband George’s experiences of attending “Antiques Roadshow” in Little Rock.
6 Ways to Use Spanish in the Classroom - “Oh, Noah!”posted 14 Jul 2017
Teachers and parents, are you looking for a way to help your kiddos ages 6-8 learn to speak Spanish? PBS KIDS’ “Oh, Noah!” helps kids learn language better by putting new terms into meaningful context. Check out six of the show’s great suggestions for everyday language learning after the jump!
ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open Houseposted 14 Jul 2017
In partnership with the Conway Regional Women’s Council and the ChildCare Aware Resource Center, AETN Early Childhood Education is working to prevent childhood obesity by providing access to important nutrition and physical fitness education. Learn more at a special event Thursday, Aug. 13.
“EUREKA! The Art of Being”posted 14 Jul 2017
Passion, wonder and creativity abound in the small, quirky community of Eureka Springs. Delve into its unique spirit by exploring the camaraderie and creativity of the art community in a new, hour-long independent film “EUREKA! The Art of Being.”
Swing Into August With Curious Georgeposted 14 Jul 2017
Curious George is back to his inquisitive ways in a new special, “Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle”! Don’t miss its premiere as part of a special, three-hour monkey marathon, which also features “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey.” Tune in for the adventure-filled spectacular on Monday, Aug. 17, starting at 7 a.m.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” August 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Aug. 3, we'll explore the outdoor world in a fascinating way with a new addition at Mid-America Science Museum, take a dip in the "Shine Eye" swimming hole, visit the 20th Century Doll Museum and stop by the Potts Inn!
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!posted 14 Jul 2017
Families with students in grades K-12 are encouraged to join AETN Community Education and Mosaic Church Conway for an evening of educational fun Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will feature a light dinner and an evening of exciting S.T.E.A.M. activities.
AETN Guest Blogger William Oldham - My Internship at AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
I had no idea what to expect being an intern, but I focused on trying to locate the perfect place. I landed at AETN. In my short time working here, I discovered that AETN is much more than a TV station. AETN helps build positive relationships with the people of Arkansas, and my whole experience has been invaluable.
Get Ready for Back-to-School With Clifford and Whole Foodsposted 14 Jul 2017
School supply lists are out and the smell of fresh crayons is in the air! It’s almost time to go back to school! Celebrate with AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Little Rock Whole Food Kids Club on Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m.
Tips to Stay Cool and Beat the Heatposted 14 Jul 2017
If you haven’t noticed by the high temperatures and overwhelming humidity, summer has made its grand entrance. With these drastically high temperatures, many around are seeking a cool place to unwind. Tips to say cool and beat the heat are after the jump!
Throwback Thursday - “Antiques Roadshow - Hot Springs”posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s been more than 10 years since “Antiques Roadshow” last visited The Natural State! What wonderful finds did they uncover then, and what great photos have we rediscovered? Find out after the jump!
Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imaginationposted 14 Jul 2017
We all know that PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand for kids, hands down. But did you know that they offer interactive content, such as PBS KIDS video player and more than 40 mobile apps that help support children’s learning? Find details after the jump!
What Not to Bring to “Antiques Roadshow”posted 14 Jul 2017
Joining us for the “Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock” appraisal event on Saturday, July 25, at the Statehouse Convention Center and not sure what to bring? Check out a few things you should know, as well as hints from the “Antiques Roadshow” crew, after the jump.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — July 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Summer ingredients are at their finest in this month’s “Cooking on the Wild Side” dishes! Find the recipes for Phyllis’ Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler, Crispy Fried Fish, Papaw Nut Bread and Duck Jambalaya - and plenty of fun - after the jump!
“Sherlock” Goes Victorian for Upcoming Specialposted 14 Jul 2017
Dedicated “Masterpiece Theater: Sherlock” fans, are you braving the long wait until Season Four? Series creators have released a temporary palliative for your boredom! Take a peek at the upcoming standalone special - featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and other favorite cast members - which pays tribute to the program’s inspiration with a trip back to the Victorian period.
Movies at MacArthur - “The Ghost Army”posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for the Movies at MacArthur screening of “The Ghost Army” on Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. This astonishing true story of American G.I.s explores how war, deception, art and glory came together in carefully crafted illusions during World War II. Admission is free, and popcorn and beverages will be provided.
July #SendMeToRoadshowAR Social Media Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
There are still six chances to win tickets to the July 25 “Antiques Roadshow” tour stop at Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center! Find the rules and learn how you can enter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” July 2015 posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Sphinx, big bass on little Lake Atkins, and life at Subiaco Abbey and Academy – it’s all coming up in a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Happy birthday, America! Our annual, star-studded special “A Capitol Fourth” will air with back-to-back episodes on Saturday, July 4, starting at 7 p.m., but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Join us to celebrate with incredible music, documentaries and more!
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — June 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Wish you had Phyllis’s recipes from our newest “Cooking on the Wild Side” episode? We’re happy to oblige! Find everything you need to learn to make All Purpose Marinade, Phyl’s Biscuits and Strawbanut Ice Cream after the jump.
Aspen Smith wins Arkansas 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Eleven-year-old Arkansan and aspiring chef Aspen Smith showcased her culinary skills and earned a trip to the Kids’ State Dinner in Washington D.C. with her entry in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge! Find her winning recipe for Arkansas Baked Almond Catfish and learn more about the challenge after the jump.
5 Reasons to Love the New “Poldark”posted 14 Jul 2017
“Poldark” rides again starting Sunday, June 21, and you can expect romance, betrayal and plenty of smoldering (not to mention incredible actors and great pacing). Find five reasons we’re looking forward to the adaptation of the classic “Masterpiece” series after the jump.
Free, Fun Summer Learning Resourcesposted 14 Jul 2017
School’s out for summer, but learning never stops! Join us and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free Summer Safari online resources and special programming all summer long.
PBS Summer Sizzles With New Dramas and Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
There’s no summer slump in PBS programming! Be on the lookout for sizzling dramas; outstanding specials - including insight into the atomic bomb’s impact on the 70th anniversary of its detonation; incredible indie films; and a refreshing lineup of science, nature and history programs.
AETN Youth Academy 2015 - Get Ready for an Inventive Summer!posted 14 Jul 2017
Starting to make summer plans for your family? Kids can learn how inventions can make make the world a better place in two AETN Youth Academy camps this summer! Sign up now to join us for free “Get Moving Challenge” camps in June and the “Speedy Shelter Challenge” camps in July.
“Super” Summer Reading at Lonoke & Prairie County Librariesposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and “Super Why!” are thrilled to partner with the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System to promote reading all summer long! “Super Why!” has come to Arkansas for a library tour June 8-11 to kick off the England, Carlisle, Des Arc and Ward Public Libraries’ “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Campaign.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet June 24posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Wednesday, June 24, at noon in the network headquarters. It is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
AETN Guest Blogger - Tori Lambert, AETN Marketing Internposted 14 Jul 2017
Serving as an intern within the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department allowed me to gain valuable work experience. I also enjoyed using skills I developed as a student at UCA to benefit and serve AETN. My favorite part of the internship, however, was networking with professionals in a career that I love.
Tori's Travels - 5 Musical Sites to See in Arkansasposted 14 Jul 2017
Tori the AETN Marketing Intern here! So far we have explored the musical history of Arkansas Hwy. 67 and Walnut Ridge. These are not the only places in the state with a musical past. Check out this list of the top 5 musical sites to see in Arkansas this summer.
Help Kids Self-Regulate With “Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do” Appposted 14 Jul 2017
Designed for preschoolers, “Breathe, Think, Do” helps teach skills including problem solving, self-control, planning and task persistence (aka sticking with something in spite of distractions). Read on to learn more about the free, bilingual “Sesame Street” app and how you can download it today!
Tori's Travels - Beatles in Walnut Ridgeposted 14 Jul 2017
I’m Tori! As an AETN Marketing Intern, I am fulfilling my love of traveling and exploring the musical heritage of Arkansas Highway 67. The town of Walnut Ridge along Arkansas Highway 67 pays tribute to a special group of musical visitors it had in 1964.
Tori’s Travels - Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67posted 14 Jul 2017
My name is Tori Lambert, and I'm using my love of traveling during my internship with AETN to learn about Arkansas Highway 67. In my blog series for the station, I'm going to share what I learn about the highway's musical history. The history of Arkansas Highway 67 will also be featured on an upcoming episode of "Exploring Arkansas."
Learn Spanish With “Oh, Noah!” This Summerposted 14 Jul 2017
This summer, introduce kids to Spanish in an entertaining way with PBS KIDS digital series “Oh, Noah!” With free videos, immersive language games and more, “Oh, Noah!” is a great tool to help kids ages 4-7 practice a second language and improve general language skills, listening skills, and mental development.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Picasolarposted 14 Jul 2017
The future of solar energy technology could be right here in Arkansas. Learn how a new Arkansas company, Picasolar, founded by Drs. Douglas Hutchings and Seth Shumate, is becoming a revolutionary success in this "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
Chuck’s Blog – June “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
The Natural State’s newest scenic byway, an impressive twin waterfall, one of the South’s most famous grist mills and a picturesque backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest – they’re all in store for the latest edition of “Exploring Arkansas” coming up Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Officer Tommy Normanposted 14 Jul 2017
How is one North Little Rock Police Department officer working to help create a positive perception of police? AETN “PBS NewsHour Weekend” video journalist shares what she saw when she friendly Officer Tommy Norman, who has become a surprising social media celebrity, for a day.
“Agri Arkansas” - May 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
This month, join “Agri Arkansas” as we dive into the waters of Arkansas aquaculture, learn about the Arkansas Wine Trail and visit a family in Stuttgart who uses the farming lifestyle in a unique way.
Sojas Wagle Places Third in National Geographic Beeposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to Springdale’s Sojas Wagle, who placed third in the 2015 National Geographic Bee! Sojas is an eighth grader at Southwest Junior High and represented Arkansas in last week’s national competition, which broadcasted on AETN Sunday, May 17.
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
We are forever indebted to our the members of our nation’s armed forces and are sincerely grateful to them and their families. Join us in recognizing their the service and sacrifice throughout Memorial Day Weekend with in-depth documentaries, special episodes of PBS favorites and special musical tributes, including the “National Memorial Day Concert 2015.”
FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop in Pine Bluffposted 14 Jul 2017
Pine Bluff area parents, you’re not alone! We know that parenting is hard work, and we’ll be there to help on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School. Join us for free resources, tips and fun activities! Kids are welcome, too, and will have the chance to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - New May Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Enjoy cooking with John and Phyllis? Keep the fun and flavor going! Find the recipes for Apple Pie Cake, Smoked Dove Kabobs, Venison Parmesan and Blackened Trout from their May “Cooking on the Wild Side” episode after the jump.
Student Selects — 2015 THEA Scholarship Winners Announcedposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Select Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice.
Springdale’s Sojas Wagle competes in National Geographic Bee posted 14 Jul 2017
What in the world do you know about our planet’s geography? On Sunday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m., see if you can match the knowledge of the nation’s best and brightest fourth through eighth graders as they compete in the National Geographic Bee. Sojas Wagle, who attends Springdale’s Southwest Junior High, will represent Arkansas in the competition.
“Barnes and … A Conversation With” - New Four-Part Seriesposted 14 Jul 2017
On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 7, tune in for new episodes featuring the children of late civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo; “Camp Nine” author Vivienne Schiffer; author of “The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resitance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation” Dr. John Kyle Day; and Jessica Fellowes, author of “Downton Abbey” companion books and niece of Julian Fellowes.
Educator News - New LMS for ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators, have you heard the news? You told us that you wanted a fresh, easier-to-navigate Learning Management System (LMS), and we listened! A new ArkansasIDEAS LMS will launch June 1, 2015. All current ArkansasIDEAS coursework must be completed by May 31, 2015, when the original LMS closes.
Student Selects - LRFFYouth! Workshopsposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know an aspiring filmmaker in middle or high school? Be sure to let them know about the hands-on 2015 Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on May 12-13. But hurry! Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Bob Courtway Middle School - Digital Day: Unplugged Nightposted 14 Jul 2017
Conway area parents and guardians, join AETN Community Education for "Unplugged Night" Thursday, May 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. We’ll have food, fun, special activities, information to help you set parental controls on your mobile devices, and ideas for how your family can “unplug” and connect to one another.
Student Selects LRFFYouth! 2015 Screening Scheduleposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects winners! Join us to recognize their outstanding work at the Little Rock Film Festival screening of their films as part of our LRFFYouth! workshops and Student Selects screening and scholarship presentation on Tuesday, May 12, in the Ron Robinson Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Early Childhood Mental Healthposted 14 Jul 2017
What mental health issues start in the first five years of a child’s life, how common are they, and what sort of steps should we take to prevent issues or begin treating them early on? Join us, host Pamela Smith, NAMI Arkansas and an expert panel from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to explore on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Early Childhood Mental Healthposted 14 Jul 2017
What mental health issues start in the first five years of a child’s life, how common are they, and what sort of steps should we take to prevent issues or begin treating them early on? Join us, host Pamela Smith, NAMI Arkansas and an expert panel from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to explore on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for May 4, we’ll hike to one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, shoot some arrows with a primitive bow maker and get a taste of heaven on the palate with a family whose maple syrup gathering spans six generations.
2015 Arkansas Quiz Bowl Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
On Saturday, April 25, we were delighted to host the 2015 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) state championship. This year’s competition — which was a phenomenal showcase for Arkansas high school students’ intellect and scholarship — was particularly special since it marked the tournament and AETN tradition’s 30th anniversary. See photos of the 2015 State Champion teams and runners-up.
PBS KIDS Characters Join AETN at Toadsuck Dazeposted 14 Jul 2017
Ready for a weekend of family-oriented fun? Join AETN and our PBS KIDS friends at Toadsuck Daze’s annual, free-admission festival in downtown Conway! We’ll be at the McDonald’s/ Crain Kia Main Stage at Simon Park with Curious George, Buddy the Dinosaur of “Dinosaur Train” and Clifford the Big Red Dog on May 2 and 3.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Todd Rundgren and Music Educationposted 14 Jul 2017
Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren came to Little Rock recently to spread a message about the importance of music education. Rundgren is best known for some of his early hits like “Bang the Drum All Day.” While he is still performing and writing new songs, he is also focusing on helping the next generation of music makers. His organization Spirit of Harmony Foundation held the Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education at the Statehouse Convention Center on April 18 with the help of the Clinton School of Public Service.
In Remembrance: Bill Valentineposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas native, dedicated AETN Foundation supporter and former Arkansas Travelers general manager Bill Valentine passed away April 26, 2015, at the age of 82. Mr. Valentine, always a force of nature and delight to work with, did outstanding work to help thousands of Arkansans view the best in educational programming as an AETN Foundation Board member and on-air personality. He will long be remembered and greatly missed.
What’s for Dinner? Find out in “Agri Arkansas” on April 26.posted 14 Jul 2017
“It’s what’s for dinner.” So says the advertising campaign for the beef industry. In the April episode of “Agri Arkansas,” we’ll take a closer look at the beef cattle industry in Arkansas, then visit the Ratchford buffalo farming operation in Marshall.
Student Selects Films Entered in LRFF “Made in Arkansas” Competitionposted 14 Jul 2017
For the first time in the nine-year history of both Student Selects and the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF), high school student filmmakers will be part of the “Made in Arkansas” Competition. Four student films — “Loser,” “The Pop N’ Lock,” “Pyro” and “Go to the Ball With Me, Jenny”- will compete alongside some of The Natural State’s best filmmakers May 11-17.
2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After lots of thinking — a little bit of nail-biting, lots of giggling and some very tough decisions — we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Three winners from each grade have been selected, and each first place-winning story will be sent on to PBS KIDS to represent Arkansas in the national Writers Contest.
“Dinosaur Train” Visits the Arkansas Literary Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
Love Buddy the Dinosaur and Dr. Scott on PBS KIDS’ “Dinosaur Train”? You can see them both at the Arkansas Literary Festival 2015! AETN is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of this year’s celebration and will join our friends and partners at the Museum of Discovery for a special events on Saturday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m.
30th Annual Quiz Bowl State Finalsposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition celebrates its 30th year with the broadcast of “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2015” state finals on Saturday, April 25. Find the conference schedule and learn how you can watch the intellectual showcase in person or on-air after the jump.
In Remembrance - “Men & Women of Distinction: John Paul Hammerschmidt”posted 14 Jul 2017
In celebration of John Paul Hammerschmidt’s extraordinary life, AETN is proud to feature his appearance on “Men & Women of Distinction” at aetn.org/programs/menandwomenofdistinction. Hammerschmidt passed away due to heart and respiratory failure at age 92 on April 2, 2015.
Win Tickets to Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” Partyposted 14 Jul 2017
Love reading and want to go to the Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” party on Friday, April 24? AETN is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the festival, and we have a pair of tickets to share! There are three days and three ways to enter to win - take a photo of yourself with your favorite book and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations are in order for Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School! AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are thrilled to announce that Ms. Parham, who teaches seventh grade science, was one of 100 educators nationwide selected as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. PBS Digital Innovators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.
FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop - April 14posted 14 Jul 2017
No, you're not alone - parenting is hard work! Join AETN Community Education for a free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. There, you can learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child. Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will also be featured.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Premieres at Arkansas Railroad Museum Railroadianaposted 14 Jul 2017
Explore railroading across The Natural State at the premiere of AETN original travelogue “Steel Rails in Arkansas.” The film will screen at the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Inc., annual Arkansas Railroad Museum Railroadiana Show and Sale in Pine Bluff on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free “Last Days in Vietnam” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
During the chaotic final days of American involvement in the Vietnam War, what was to become of the South Vietnamese allies, co-workers and friends of U.S. nationals and diplomats as the Americans were evacuated? Learn how a handful of individuals risked their careers and possible court-martial by running unsanctioned operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible in Oscar-nominated “Last Days in Vietnam.” Free preview screenings will be held Fayetteville, Little Rock and Jacksonville.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature - Seed Swapposted 14 Jul 2017
Seed saving and sharing has become popular over the last few years through grassroots efforts and with the help of programs like Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage (CAAH). CAAH is saving seeds in a seed bank at the Southern Center for Agroecology in order to maintain the state’s crop biodiversity. The loss of crop diversity comes from the increase in purchasing hybrid seeds from commercial sources rather than planting open pollinated seeds.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll visit and jam with Arkansas’s Fiddle Queen, take you to view bald eagles along the White River near Bull Shoals and introduce you to the original duck dynasty.
“Paint With Kevin- Season 2”posted 14 Jul 2017
A new, thirteen episode season of “Paint With Kevin,” inviting you to expand your oil painting skills, premieres Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. Tune in for instructions to create new landscapes, seascapes and more!
Celebrate Spring Break Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
It was tons of fun joining our friends at the Museum of Discovery to Celebrate Spring Break March 23 through 24 — and we were so glad to see so many of you there, too! More than 2,900 PBS KIDS fans came to visit Curious George on Monday and over 1,500 problem solvers hung out with Peg + Cat on Tuesday. See photos and follow the links to download your copies after the jump.
Karen’s Story: “My Miracle Baby” - “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”posted 14 Jul 2017
When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, the date is etched into your mind. Life, from then on, is measured in “before” or “after.” In Karen’s story, that is particularly true. On her birthday, April 13, 1987, she discovered what appeared to announce a coming joy. In fact, it revealed she had gestational trophoblastic disease. Exactly one year later, she found what seemed to be a burden but, miraculously, would become one of the greatest blessings of her life. “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” airs Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1, at 8 each night.
Keagan and Chanin’s Stories - “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”posted 14 Jul 2017
When cancer is diagnosed, it doesn’t affect just one person. It impacts entire families. Feisty, five-year-old Keagan Provost from Conway and his aunt Chanin Slisz share their stories about his fight against cancer — a difficult journey including five brain tumors, four craniotomies, 12 emergency brain surgeries and 145 radiation treatments. “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” premieres on AETN Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m.
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature – The Launch Padposted 14 Jul 2017
The Launch Pad, a new maker space in North Little Rock, is a public laboratory, where students, engineers, entrepreneurs and the general public can use tools like laser cutters and 3D printers to bring their ideas to life. Learn more about how the organization is making these and other expensive tools accessible to the people of Arkansas in a special "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
Movies at MacArthur - “Lioness”posted 14 Jul 2017
In recognition of national Women’s History Month, join us Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History for a free screening of Independent Lens film “Lioness.” The documentary profiles five women who saw action in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle during 2003 and 2004 and — though sent to provide supplies and logistical support and untrained for combat duty — were unexpectedly involved with fighting in the streets of Ramadi as members of Team Lioness.
Jump-start AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Creativityposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re getting closer and closer to the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest deadline on April 10! Help kids with writers block (or who would love a new way to create great stories) jump-start their creativity with the PBS KIDS online story creator. Get a step-by-step look at the fun, interactive platform for writing and illustrating after the jump.
Learn about “The Miracle Bean” in March’s "Agri Arkansas"posted 14 Jul 2017
The soybean, often called “The Miracle Bean” because of its many uses, takes center stage in the March episode of “Agri Arkansas.” Learn about the crop’s broad impact on The Natural State and how Arkansas has become the first state to grow edamame commercially on Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m.
AETN + Museum of Discovery = Spring Break Fun!posted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat will be visiting for photos and shenanigans on Monday, March 23, and Peg + Cat will be taking photos and solving problems Tuesday, March 24.
ENTER NOW - AETN Student Selects 2015 posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re counting down to the Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase deadline on Friday, March 27. K-12 students are invited to submit their work for consideration for screening at the Little Rock Film Festival and broadcast on AETN. And don’t forget, high school students may compete for Arkansas Historic Places cash prizes and high school seniors can be considered for Thea Foundation scholarships!
“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” Preview Screening and Discussion at UAMSposted 14 Jul 2017
Upcoming documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” tells the comprehensive story of cancer — from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Get a free sneak preview and discuss its implications with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences experts on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m.
“Motown 25” - First Rebroadcast Since 1983posted 14 Jul 2017
Relive a platinum night in music history — where Michael Jackson premiered his signature moonwalk and Smokey Robinson reunited with the Miracles — for the first time in more than 30 years! “Motown 25” — which hasn’t aired since its initial broadcast on NBC because of complex rights issues — will feature two hours of performances from a who’s who from the Motown record label, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Four Tops and more.
WATCH NOW - A Community Conversation With Paula Kergerposted 14 Jul 2017
We were thrilled to have PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger join us in AETN Studios on Feb. 11 for a Community Conversation focused on the Women and Girls Lead Initiative — a global initiative to celebrate, educate and activate women, girls and their allies. Through its discussion of Women and Girls Lead, as well as women’s roles in business and public media, the conversation provided an opportunity to focus on how far we’ve come … and the challenges women and girls around the world still face. See the full video after the jump.
Movies at MacArthur begins March 11posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce a new screening partnership with the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History! The museum will host free, monthly screenings of public television films related to our nation’s military, beginning with a showing of “The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom.” Originally scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the series has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather, to begin Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.
“Petra: Lost City of Stone” — Q&A with Dr. Tom Paradise posted 14 Jul 2017
University of Arkansas professor Dr. Tom Paradise and the “NOVA” team answered millennia-old questions about how a magnificent city was carved in one of the driest places on earth in “Petra: Lost City of Stone.” Now, he answers a few of ours!
Free Setting Parents Up to Win workshop - Postponedposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN Community Education's free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for a rescheduled date to to learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child! Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will still be featured.
Behind the Scenes - “NOVA — Building Wonders — Petra: Lost City of Stone”posted 14 Jul 2017
When “NOVA” producers asked Dr. Tom Paradise, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville professor and star of upcoming “Petra: Lost City of Stone,” what the coolest and most innovative way to explore Petra’s history would be if money were no object, he suggested recreating a tomb facade … with little idea that they might take him up on it. Check out his blog post to see what happened when they did!
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature - Micro Cabins in Arkansasposted 14 Jul 2017
You’ve seen tiny houses before, but have you ever heard of a micro cabin? Local nonprofit The Russ Buss is building them for the homeless in Russellville. Learn more about how community members are providing the transitional housing in our "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
5 Reasons Not to Miss “EARTH A New Wild” Episodes this Februaryposted 14 Jul 2017
There are so many reasons — from the adorable to the flat-out amazing — not to miss any of the “EARTH A New Wild” series on AETN in February, it’s impossible to list them all. But, to give you an idea of the incredible stories and outstanding perspective you’ll experience, check out a favorite feature from each episode after the jump.
Celebrate Black History Month With AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
In honor of Black History Month and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide diverse programming and resources year-round, we’re proud to release a programming lineup that will enrich viewers’ understanding of black history and culture. Throughout February, look for special editions of favorite PBS programs, like “Antiques Roadshow” and “American Masters,” and locally focused, independent films, including “The Road to Little Rock” and “Hoxie: The First Stand.”
2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Twelve state-level winners — three from each grade — will receive AETN prize packs, and each first-place winner will advance to the national contest. On top of that, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can either tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school!
Share the PBS Love This Valentine’s Day - Free Printablesposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to share your love for friends and dear ones AND PBS this Valentine’s Day? Check out our round-up of PBS program-themed Valentine printable and DIY creations! From PBS KIDS (including “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George,” “Daniel Tiger” and “Sesame Street”) to “Masterpiece Theater” (with perennial favorites like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock”), you have a great selection to choose from!
Community Conversation With PBS President Paula Kerger Feb. 11posted 14 Jul 2017
Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will be visiting AETN for a community conversation and reception on Wednesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. Join us to hear her remarks about the Women and Girls Lead initiative and pose your questions in a community discussion!
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” February 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Reliving the lifestyle and adventure of the American frontier, going on a photography outing along the Mulberry River in autumn and restoring wagons of the Old West – it’s all coming up during a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m.!
“Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief” Free Preview Screening Feb. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
Artwork is missing from the Museum of Modern Cookies … and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect! Can Elmo, Abby and Chris clear Cookie’s name in time? Find out at our special family sneak preview of the classic chew-dunnit — along with fun crafts and snacks — on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. in AETN studios.
Inspiring students with digital media? Be recognized!posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators, we know that you’re using digital technology and tools to drive student achievement in your classrooms … and now is the time to be recognized for it! The third annual PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy K-12 educators is accepting entries through Feb. 11. Winners will receive free PD opportunities - and could even win a tablet and an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia!
AETN Behind-the-Scenes: Courthouse Documentary Shootposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re in production of a new documentary featuring Arkansas’s historic courthouses, thanks to funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and The Moving Image Trust. Join producer Casey Sanders and Jack Carroll as they travel to White County and Saline County for cold but beautiful shoots!
AETN Behind-the-Scenes - Oxford American and South on Main Shootposted 14 Jul 2017
We love looking for new programming opportunities and, to test our skills in a new environment, we had an outstanding opportunity to do a run-through taping of Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain at Oxford American’s Local Live night at South on Main in Little Rock. See how it went, and learn how you can join un for the next shoot on Thursday, Jan. 29!
Celebrate the State Insect in January’s “Agri Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
Who’s the hardest worker in Arkansas agriculture? Many would say it’s the honey bee, our state insect! In a brand new episode of our monthly series, explore apiculture in the Natural State, learn about the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder and find out everything you need to know about backyard beekeeping.
10 Reasons Not to Miss Our “EARTH A New Wild” Screening Event With Dr. M. Sanjayanposted 14 Jul 2017
We’ve told you about our exciting, free event on Jan. 21 — a preview screening of upcoming PBS documentary series “EARTH A New Wild” and panel discussion with its host and prominent conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. But, in case you don’t know already, why should you reserve your seat sooner rather than later? We have 10 great reasons!
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Weekend Marathonposted 14 Jul 2017
Keep your new year’s resolutions going strong with inspiration from favorite health, wellness and financial planning programming Jan. 17-18! We’ll be featuring specials with Tom Hegna and Suze Orman, Joy Bauer and JJ Virgin and more.
Dr. M. Sanjayan speaks at Little Rock “EARTH A New Wild” screening Jan. 21posted 14 Jul 2017
Dr. M. Sanjayan — leading conservation scientist and host of “EARTH A New Wild” — is coming to Little Rock on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to participate in a free screening and panel discussion of the upcoming PBS documentary series. Join us, the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas and the Museum of Discovery for a special reception, screening and discussion at the Ron Robinson Auditorium, but be sure to reserve your ticket! Seating is limited.
“Antiques Roadshow” Stops in Little Rock on July 25posted 14 Jul 2017
Ever looked around your house at the odd little knick-knack you picked up at the flea market and wonder if it’s worth anything or seen a “Roadshow” appraiser value an item for an astounding amount and think, “I have something kinda like that in the garage …” Well, now’s your chance! “Antiques Roadshow” is coming to Little Rock as part of its six-city summer tour on Saturday, July 25.
“Downton Abbey: Season 5” Preview Screening Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time celebrating the return of “Downton Abbey” at our Season 5 preview screening events in Fayetteville and Little Rock! Join us after the jump to see our costume contest finalists, find links to download photos and more.
In Remembrance - A Special Broadcast of “Men & Women of Distinction: Miller Williams”posted 14 Jul 2017
In celebration of Miller Williams’ life, AETN is proud to air a special rebroadcast of his appearance on “Men & Women of Distinction” Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Williams, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, passed away on Jan. 1 in Fayetteville. This intimate interview provides a portrait of a unique talent who was memorable not only as a prominent poet, but as a father, husband, mentor, writer and teacher.
Chuck’s Blog – January 2015 “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
The first new “Exploring Arkansas” for 2015 includes fly-fishing with a world champion gold medalist, float-fishing for smallmouth bass and spending time with a log master craftsman – all coming up Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
10 Countdown to Downton Premiere Party Ideasposted 14 Jul 2017
A new season of “Downton Abbey” is nearly upon us! We’ve scoured the web for all of the best premiere party ideas for your soiree — from Mad Libs inspiration and Downton Clue to place setting etiquette and recipes (simple and elaborate). See what we’ve uncovered and share your ideas after the jump.
Free Cyber Safety Class, Monday, Jan. 12posted 14 Jul 2017
The online world offers us immeasurable information and great benefits … but along with those resources come risks. To help you and your family learn how to recognize and address safety issues in the digital world, AETN Adult Education is offering a free Cyber Safety class on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
New Year, New Schedule!posted 14 Jul 2017
New Year’s is always a great time for changes and improvement, and we’re kicking off 2015 with several modifications to our regular primetime schedule. Read through our list to see which new programs we’ll be airing and to see the new arrangements for several viewer favorites - including Masterpiece’s move to 8 p.m., beginning with the premiere of “Downton Abbey: Season 5” on Sunday, Jan. 4.
AETN Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Interning at AETN and Life Beyond Academiaposted 14 Jul 2017
I’m Jack Smith, a senior at Hendrix College, and I’ve spent most of the past few months doing my absolute best to prove to myself that going out into the world beyond academia won’t actually be as terrifying as I’ve tricked myself into believing. Thankfully, working here at AETN for the past few months has been really helpful for me in that regard.
PBS LearningMedia 2015 Digital Innovator Program - Apply Now! posted 14 Jul 2017
Are you (or an educator you know) using digital media and technology to lead innovation in your school? Then don’t miss applying for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program by Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015! Winning applicants will win a FREE year of PD — including virtual trainings, access to exclusive resources and events, and membership into a robust professional learning community — and the top 30 educators will take an all-expense-paid, three-day trip to Philadelphia for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the prestigious ISTE conference.
Celebrate the New Year in True Razorbacks Styleposted 14 Jul 2017
While our bowl game may be over, there’s no reason to put an end to the football fun! (Sorry we’re not sorry, Longhorns fans.) Continue your celebration and recognize the 50th anniversary of the Razorback’s national title win with back-to-back broadcasts of “The Jim Lindsey Story” and “22 Straight,” the story of the legendary mid-60s Razorback football program on Jan. 1, 2015.
December “Agri Arkansas” Explores Dairy in the Natural Stateposted 14 Jul 2017
Dairy farming in Arkansas was once big business, but in the past few decades, operations in the Natural State have evolved. Learn more about the current state of the dairy industry, the recently legalized sale of raw milk and Little Rock based cheesemaker Kent Walker in December’s episode of our monthly agricultural series on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m.
2014 Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.
Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Dutyposted 14 Jul 2017
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Overstock.com Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump.
Bake for the Holidays With PBS Foodposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re making cookies for Santa, putting together tasty gifts for family and friends, or getting ready to host your own holiday cookie exchange, we’re willing to bet we have the kind of recipes you’re looking for! From no-bake, to fudge, to impressive confections, PBS Food has it all, and we’ve rounded them up for easy browsing.
Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Dutyposted 14 Jul 2017
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Overstock.com Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump.
Student Selects - Arkansas Historic Places Film Prizeposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council and AETN’s own Student Selects program are partnering up to offer young filmmakers in the state even more opportunities to have their work seen by the general public and this time there are even cash prizes! The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is asking student filmmakers across the state to try their hand at making historical documentaries about some of the fascinating landmarks that can be found across Arkansas.
Free “Downton Abbey - Season 5 Hour 1” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
We have a special gift for our “Downton Abbey” fans this holiday season! Join us for free screenings of the first hour of the epic fifth season and explore the latest saga in the intimately interlaced stories you’ve come to know and love. The deliciously entertaining formula (which has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history) will be coming to Fayetteville Saturday, Dec. 7, and Little Rock Thursday, Dec. 18.
“HIV/AIDS in Arkansas” airs Dec. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
How is HIV/AIDS currently impacting Arkansas, and how can people maintain a quality life while living with HIV? A panel of experts — including Portia Knowlton, executive director of Arkansas AIDS Foundation; Cornelius Mabin, chief operating officer of The Living Affected Corporation; and Dr. Naveen Patil, medical director of the HIV/STD & Hepatitis Programs of the Arkansas Department of Health — will discuss in our annual program Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Featured December Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
There’s a wealth of outstanding, special programming coming your way on AETN this December! From early starts on New Year’s Resolutions (health and financial solutions, anyone?) to great musical specials, we have an all-star line-up with some very special in-studio guests, including Brenda Watson, “TODAY” show nutritionist Joy Bauer, J.J. Virgin, Haylie Pomroy and Tom Hegna.
Clifford Visits Whole Foods Little Rock Dec. 5posted 14 Jul 2017
Kick off the holiday season with AETN and Whole Foods Little Rock in a special, free event celebrating the arrival of PBS KIDS sustainable toy line on Friday, Dec. 5! AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog will join the Whole Foods Kids Club for story time, a science activity with the Museum of Discovery and more from 10-11 a.m. and will be available for photos until 1 p.m.
PBS Moves Up the Ranks and Announces A New Year of Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
As your local PBS station, we’re always incredibly proud to bring you TV worth watching, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to see the numbers backing us up! With recent Nielsen data showing that PBS ranks No. 5 among all broadcast and cable networks, we can’t wait to see what happens in the next year as we bring you a wealth of wonderful new episodes and specials. See what you have to look forward to in 2015 after the jump.
November 2014 Cooking on the Wild Side Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you cook with John and Phyllis every week or need a little inspiration to walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our November “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipes! We have ingredients and steps for main dishes, sides, desserts and more after the jump.
Thomas the Tank Engine Soars in Thanksgiving Day Paradeposted 14 Jul 2017
Cinders and ashes! Your favorite little, blue locomotive will be transformed into a big, beautiful balloon for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch for him Thanksgiving morning, and be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of his balloon.
Remembering Ted Baileyposted 14 Jul 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our dear friend and dedicated volunteer, Ted Bailey. Ted was truly a member of the AETN family. While we work through the profound loss of our friend and “co-worker,” we also want to celebrate his life, achievements and the many things that made him so beloved and special.
AETN Employee Awards Luncheon 2014posted 14 Jul 2017
As we near each year’s end, AETN takes a moment to recognize the individuals and departments whose dedicated work makes everything we do possible! Join us in congratulating AETN Employee of the Year David Bennett, AETN Rookie of the Year Cindy Gambill, AETN Lifetime Service Award recipient Michelle Worden and several other outstanding individuals, production teams, and departments, and take a peek at our annual celebration.
Dunbar Magnet Middle School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labposted 14 Jul 2017
In October, we were proud to have the talented broadcast journalism students from our PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the Little Rock School District’s Dunbar Magnet Middle School join us for the 2014 U.S. Senate Debate. What does their NewsHour Student Reporting Lab do, and what did they learn at the “Elections 2014: AETN Debates”? Join us after the jump to find out!
“Arkansas Ask: Governor Mike Beebe”posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you have a question for the governor? Join us and Mike Beebe for his final appearance as governor on “Arkansans Ask” Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Gov. Beebe will answer questions from viewers around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues.
“Dreamland Ballroom” - Dan Dons a New Hatposted 14 Jul 2017
As a long standing member of AETN’s Marketing and Outreach team, I’m continually thrilled at the opportunities this job gives me to wear so many different hats. I’m Dan Koops. I’m 53 years old and have been at this job for over 26 years … and locating and securing archival photography and stories for our upcoming “Dreamland Ballroom” project (and finding pure GOLD) is adding to the never ending chances for this “old dog” to learn new tricks.
New Educator Resources Complement AETN Original Documentariesposted 14 Jul 2017
As part of our ongoing efforts to support Arkansas educators, we are proud to announce new resources tied to two AETN original documentaries, “Champion Trees” and “Bayou Bartholomew: World’s Longest Bayou.” Learn more about the "Growing Champion Classrooms" ArkansasIDEAS course and the "Bayou Bartholomew Educators Guide" after the jump.
Arkansas Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He said that we were special - and he meant it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred McFeely Rogers lived out a lesson of how to be a caring neighbor. Carry on that legacy by donating to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this November.
Downton Abbey Seasons 1-4 to Rebroadcastposted 14 Jul 2017
Clear your calendar and set your recorder! Whether you’re wondering what all the fuss is about or you just want to get reacquainted with your favorite characters, here is your chance to watch the entire encore broadcast of "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey." See the schedule for Seasons One through Four here, and note the special time on Thanksgiving night!
Special Veterans Day Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
Throughout the year, but especially during this season, AETN is proud to have the opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in our county’s armed forces. Join us for special programs, including “Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House,” “World War II Desert War: Tobruk,” “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” and “National Veterans Creative Arts Festival,” Friday through Tuesday.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” 2014 Seasonposted 14 Jul 2017
Throughout the summer, we’ve told you how you could attend our great, local concert series in person … now we have even better news. You can watch the entire series — with outstanding Arkansas artists like Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amasa Hines, The Amy Garland Band & Friends, and Giovanni Antipolo — as part of AETN Arts Fridays from the comfort of home!
“The Jim Lindsey Story” Celebrates Success On and Off of the Fieldposted 14 Jul 2017
Star running back. NFL Captain. Collegiate and professional national championship winner. Real estate magnate. Arkansan Jim Lindsey’s life story is little if not legendary, but it began, not unlike many of our own, in the Arkansas Delta. Learn how Lindsey made the most of his talents and resources to become a Southern success story in the thirty-minute film narrated by Lindsey’s former teammate and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Chuck’s Blog – November “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
A couple of rides from the past and one from the 21st century are in store with visits to Fort Smith, Fayetteville's Drake Field and Wooly Hollow State Park during the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - And the Winner Is …posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Costumes, delicious treats, wonderfully spooky programming on AETN and … the day the winner is declared in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins! With all of the spooktacular entries and your dedicated voting, which pumpkin and AETN Department will take home the bragging rights?
Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Halloween Program Picksposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s almost Halloween, and that means that it’s time for everyone – including your favorite, local public television station – to break out their fake cobwebs and try and carve a pumpkin that won’t look quite as mangled as the one from last year. In keeping with the season, your favorite, local marketing intern (that would be me) has put together a "don't miss" list of AETN's on-air and on-line Halloween programming.
October “Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Have you been cooking with John and Phyllis this month? Find the delicious recipes they’ve been whipping up (and taste-testing) in Phyllis’ kitchen in our October “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipe round up.
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies - A Student Selects Halloween” posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas’s young filmmakers will be showing off their spooky sides in the first ever edition of “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies — A Student Selects Halloween” on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Start with the a milder first batch of films in our prime time showcase of family-friendly entries, then let horror fans stay up for the hour-long feature of terror-inducing submissions at 10 p.m.
Guest Blogger Jack Smith — An Inside Look at the Student Selects HSDFF Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and work with young, emerging filmmakers from right here in Arkansas as a part of my ongoing internship through Hendrix College at AETN. The entire weekend was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to any and all who might find themselves interested in the world of film or who just have a taste for the documentary style.
Cast Your Vote … in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins!posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Battle of the Pumpkins ends Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. AETN Departments are still vying for your vote for their creative AETN and PBS-themed pumpkins. Help them win honor, glory and bragging rights by choosing your favorite at aetn.org/contest.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins: PBS KIDS Halloween Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween with all sorts of fun PBS KIDS fall and holiday specials during the week of Oct. 27! See the special schedule — featuring “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest,” new Halloween-themed episodes of “Curious George” and “Dinosaur Train,” and much more — after the jump.
Student Selects - Spring Creek Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposiumposted 14 Jul 2017
Young filmmakers in Northwest Arkansas and from across the state are encouraged to join the “AETN Student Selects: Opportunities for Young Filmmakers” workshop at the Spring Creek Festival Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium on Friday, Oct. 24, in Springdale’s Jones Center for Families.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - DIY PBS KIDS Costume Ideasposted 14 Jul 2017
Are you and your ghouls and goblins dreaming up ideas for Halloween costumes? Take some inspiration from this round up of great PBS KIDS DIY Costume ideas - like Sid the Science KIDS, Daniel Tiger, Arthur Read, Thomas the Tank Engine, Word Girl, Buddy the Dinosaur and more!
“Dabbling in Design” Workshop Offered Nov. 1posted 14 Jul 2017
Learn about the basic elements of design in this two-hour workshop presented by the AETN Education Department. Using Microsoft Word, you’ll learn about basic layout and color blocking, as well as how to add photos and textures, apply color, and add accent shapes and text. The cost is $20, and the registration deadline is Oct. 24.
AETN Student Selects - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
In the next three days, we'll be attending the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and providing outstanding opportunities to both young filmmakers and festival attendees! We'll be hosting the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Program Oct. 16-17, and screening the "Student Selects 2014: A Young Filmmakers Symposium" documentary films Thursday, Oct. 16 at 3:50 p.m. in the Arlington Hotel.
AETN Antenna Repairs - Beginning Oct. 14posted 14 Jul 2017
Due to antenna repairs, viewers watching AETN on digital sub-channels KETS-2 (Little Rock area), KETG-9 (Arkadelphia area) and KETZ-12 (El Dorado area), may notice daytime program interruptions to our sub-channels AETN-2 Create, AETN-3 Plus and AETN-4 Radio Reading Service beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14. Our primary channel, AETN-1, will not be affected.
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” - Finalized Participantsposted 14 Jul 2017
Final information about all candidate and panelist information is now finalized for “Election 2014: AETN Debates.” Familiarize yourself with the schedule, candidates and issues relevant to Arkansas’s 2014 election cycle, and be sure to watch, learn and participate! Debate tapings are open to the public and will be livestreamed at aetn.org/elections. Debates will air each night Oct. 13-17 beginning at 7.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Finished Productsposted 14 Jul 2017
You saw the challenge, now check out the AETN departments’ answers! We’re seeing an entirely new side of everyone’s creativity here at the station with some truly outstanding pumpkins. From classic PBS to favorite new dramas to AETN originals (classic and brand-new for Halloween) read on to see all of the amazing entries and find the link to vote for your favorite.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Halloween Craftsposted 14 Jul 2017
While the pumpkin battle rages here, what specter-tacular crafts are you doing at home? We have some great Halloween craft ideas for kids big and small — from creating your own Monster Slime to treat holders and more!
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Adult PTSDposted 14 Jul 2017
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and what impact can it have on adults’ lives? As part of our ongoing efforts to examine all areas of mental health, AETN is exploring this important topic in a new episode of “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Submit your questions for our panel of experts at email@example.com or at 800-662-2386.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - You Pick the Winnerposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN’s departments are getting ready for Halloween with an exciting new contest, but to choose the winner, we’ll need your help! Keep reading for the rules, to see who’s competing and to learn how you can cast your vote!
Chuck's Blog - October "Exploring Arkansas"posted 14 Jul 2017
Aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, visiting the place where the “man in black” grew up, and wild and woolly rawhide adventure racing chuckwagons – it’s all on the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN KIDS Club - Halloween Recipe Round-Upposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for some eerie inspiration for your little ghouls and goblins or for your big Halloween bash? Find fun ideas, from Mummy Dogs to Monster Cupcakes, in this great round-up!
“Champion Trees” wins EMMY Mid-America Awardsposted 14 Jul 2017
Our congratulations to all who contributed to AETN original documentary “Champion Trees”! The film — which explores the stories of Arkansas’ arboreal giants and the communities and individuals who care for them — received two EMMY Awards at the Kansas City Mid-America EMMY Gala.
AETN KIDS Club — Spooktacular Reads for Halloweenposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s already October, and crunchy leaves, crisp breezes, pumpkins and Halloween are on their way! Find some library trip inspiration for kids of all ages — from babies and toddlers to upper elementary (and maybe even grown-ups) — in this book list from AETN Kids.
PBS Fall Arts Festival Offers Thrills, Chills & Beautiful Musicposted 14 Jul 2017
Continue an AETN Friday night tradition with the PBS Fall Arts Festival. This year, Kristin Chenoweth debuts as our host, and we have a fabulous season line-up for you — from ”Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street In Concert With the New York Philharmonic” and “The Nance” to “Hitmakers” and “Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years.”
Free Giovanni Antipolo Concert Oct. 2posted 14 Jul 2017
Little Rock native “Gio” Antipolo is bringing classical piano to “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” with a free concert in our studios on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meet us in the AETN lobby by 6:30 p.m. to reserve your free seat for extraordinary excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.”
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Love cooking with Phyllis and John on the show? Here are your recipes to test again and tinker with as you whip your own wild and wonderful creations. Find everything you need to know to make Arkansas Wild Cakes, Remoulade Sauce, Succotash Salad and Apple Pizza after the jump.
New “Agri Arkansas” premieres Sept. 28posted 14 Jul 2017
In this month’s episode, dig into the state’s agricultural economics, learn how the Cummins prison farm operates to reduce costs and help improve inmate morale, and get to know the Peach Pickin’ Paradise that is Clarksville. Host Tony Brooks will also join special guests Rich Hillman of Farm Bureau and Shea Wilson of the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a round table discussion.
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” Schedule - Watch. Learn. Participate.posted 14 Jul 2017
To help Arkansas voters familiarize themselves with the candidates and wide range of issues relevant to our state’s 2014 election cycle, we’re hosting and broadcast the “Election 2014: AETN Debates,” Oct. 13-17. Candidates in nine races have agreed to participate in this year’s broadcast event. Join us after the jump to learn when each debate is scheduled, which candidates have confirmed and who this year’s panelists will be.
“Student Selects 2014” premieres Sept. 25posted 14 Jul 2017
See and celebrate the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers in “Student Selects : A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2014” starting Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.! This annual event highlights K-12 students’ creativity and talent, as well as the work of our 2014 THEA Foundation scholarship winners in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.
AETN KIDS Club Booklist: Animals + Reading = Funposted 14 Jul 2017
How can you make reading even more fun for kids? If you already know that they love their furry, feathered or even scaly friends, we have some great ideas! Get to know Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. — who writes children’s books about his pets; learn how reading to pets can build reading confidence; and check out our booklist filled with stories about animal pals of all shapes and sizes.
"Sesame Street" Season 45 posted 14 Jul 2017
This fall, we and “Sesame Street” are introducing new episodes, a bonus half-hour program in the afternoon (available on-air and online), and celebrating the iconic series’ 45th year of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Another bonus? Lots of fun celebrity appearances and spoofs grown-ups will enjoy, too!
10 Things You May Not Know About The Rooseveltsposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re all fairly acquainted with basic facts about America’s most well-known political family, but, there are some things we all probably missed in history class, too! Keep reading for ten Roosevelts that facts surprised us, and be sure to share what you learn while watching Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Sept. 14-20, at 7 each night.
Celebrating Freedom in the Classroomposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators looking for help as they teach their students about and celebrate Patriot Day, Constitution Day and Freedom Week (in compliance with new state and national requirements) can find great resources with ArkansasIDEAS and PBS LearningMedia! Keep reading to learn about the new requirements and find links to free complementary videos, lesson plans and other materials.
Plum Landing Arrives at Conway EcoFestposted 14 Jul 2017
Plum to earth - she’s coming in for a landing! On Saturday, Sept. 13, we’re bringing all the fun of one of our latest online PBS KIDS programs, “Plum Landing” to EcoFest! Join us for an exciting day, filled with all sorts of fun activities, at Laurel Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sneak Preview of “Steel Rails in Arkansas” at Jacksonville Train Show posted 14 Jul 2017
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” is a travelogue of all things railroad in Arkansas and full of restored depots, train shows, miniature train layouts and more! Join us for a sneak preview of this AETN original production at the annual Jacksonville Train Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, in the Jacksonville Community Center.
"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" Begins Sept. 14posted 14 Jul 2017
They changed our nation’s history … and, in the process, what it means to be an American. In Ken Burns’ latest documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” — which premieres Sunday, Sept. 14. — the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are woven together as we explore one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.
Fall Series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Airs Throughout Sept.posted 14 Jul 2017
A four-part series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Featured guests include LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn, author of “Johnny Cash: The Life”; Congressman John Lewis, civil rights movement leader and co-author of “March: Book One”; and Dr. Sam Taggart, medical historian and author of “The Public’s Health.”
Sherlock Lives! … In Saturday Night Crime Time Blockposted 14 Jul 2017
Have your weekends seemed mundane without the presence of the world’s only consulting detective? There’s no longer any reason to be bored. Seasons 1-3 of “Sherlock” will air as part of our Saturday Crime Time Block in the 11 p.m. slot.
Free Copies of “108˚: Critical Response” Available to Public Librariesposted 14 Jul 2017
As the temperature rises and fall activities go into full swing, it's more important than ever to educate ourselves and our kids about the prevention, signs and dangers of exertional heat illness. To help, learn how your local public library can request a free copy of AETN and ArkansasIDEAS’ original documentary “108˚: Critical Response.”
New AETN KIDS Fall Scheduleposted 14 Jul 2017
We've already kicked off a new school year, and soon it will be time to start our new Fall 2014 AETN KIDS Schedule! To benefit our younger viewers, beginning Sept. 1, we’re adjusting our daytime AETN PBS KIDS schedule and introducing new shows. Keep reading to get the inside scoop.
Chuck’s Blog - September “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
From walking on water, to mountain biking, to mountain man trout fishing to taking a dip in not one but two refreshing swimmin’ holes – it’s a great way to travel the Natural State in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on AETN!
“Agri Arkansas” - Poultry, DeSalvo Family & Local Produceposted 14 Jul 2017
In our latest episode, take a closer look at the Arkansas poultry industry, meet Conway County’s own 2013 Farm Family of the Year and learn more about online tools that can help you find local produce with the Arkansas Agriculture Department. Keep reading for details, photos and more!
Free Amy Garland & Friends Concert Aug. 28posted 14 Jul 2017
School may have started, but our free AETN Presents summer concert series hasn’t ended. The Amy Garland Band and their talented musical friends — including Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde and RJ Looney — are joining us in the AETN studios Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. for a free concert, and so can you!
Jane Krutz in Memoriam 1925-2012posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network remembers and honors Jane Krutz, longtime volunteer and public broadcasting advocate, for a life well-lived and her many extraordinary contributions to the network and so many other causes.