“Agri Arkansas” - May 2016posted 26 May 2016
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 23 May 2016
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 STEM Girls Campposted 23 May 2016
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more.
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz posted 20 May 2016
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 20 May 2016
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 16 May 2016
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 09 May 2016
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 09 May 2016
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 04 May 2016
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 04 May 2016
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 03 May 2016
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 02 May 2016
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 02 May 2016
“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 28 Apr 2016
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 28 Apr 2016
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 25 Apr 2016
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 23 Apr 2016
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 22 Apr 2016
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 22 Apr 2016
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 20 Apr 2016
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 20 Apr 2016
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 19 Apr 2016
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 18 Apr 2016
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 15 Apr 2016
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 13 Apr 2016
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 13 Apr 2016
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 11 Apr 2016
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 07 Apr 2016
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 05 Apr 2016
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 05 Apr 2016
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 01 Apr 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Don't Miss - "Jackie Robinson" Preview Screeningsposted 30 Mar 2016
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 28 Mar 2016
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 23 Mar 2016
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 15 Mar 2016
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 15 Mar 2016
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 15 Mar 2016
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 10 Mar 2016
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 09 Mar 2016
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 08 Mar 2016
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 07 Mar 2016
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 04 Mar 2016
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 04 Mar 2016
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 03 Mar 2016
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 01 Mar 2016
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.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Meetingposted 26 Feb 2016
The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission will meet Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the network headquarters. This is an open meeting, and the public is invited to attend.
AETN Director’s Blog – Allen Weatherly posted 26 Feb 2016
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 26 Feb 2016
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 25 Feb 2016
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 21 Feb 2016
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 19 Feb 2016
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 09 Feb 2016
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 01 Feb 2016
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 29 Jan 2016
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 29 Jan 2016
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 29 Jan 2016
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 29 Jan 2016
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.
“Tah-dee!” Get Ready for a “Nature Cat” Special and New Episodesposted 17 Jan 2016
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 Jan 2016
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 12 Jan 2016
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 11 Jan 2016
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 07 Jan 2016
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 04 Jan 2016
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 31 Dec 2015
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 31 Dec 2015
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 17 Dec 2015
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 17 Dec 2015
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 17 Dec 2015
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 17 Dec 2015
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 17 Dec 2015
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 09 Dec 2015
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 02 Dec 2015
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!
December “Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveawayposted 02 Dec 2015
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.
3 Easy Ways to Support AETN Foundation on Giving Tuesdayposted 30 Nov 2015
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 30 Nov 2015
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.
“The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price”posted 16 Nov 2015
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 12 Nov 2015
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!
See Amazing! — Free “Sesame Street” and Autism Appposted 12 Nov 2015
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.
2015 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Driveposted 03 Nov 2015
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!
Guest Blogger Kim Davis - 3 Reasons "Ghost, Blood and Zombies 2015" is Ghoul Enough for Youposted 30 Oct 2015
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!
Guest Blogger Kim Davis — Finally, a Reason Why I’d Go Back to High Schoolposted 27 Oct 2015
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.
“108˚: Critical Response” Honored Nationallyposted 15 Oct 2015
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 15 Oct 2015
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!)
Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Programposted 09 Oct 2015
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 02 Oct 2015
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 02 Oct 2015
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 02 Oct 2015
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 02 Oct 2015
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 17 Sep 2015
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 16 Sep 2015
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 16 Sep 2015
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 Sep 2015
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 Sep 2015
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 11 Sep 2015
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 09 Sep 2015
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 09 Sep 2015
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 04 Sep 2015
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 04 Sep 2015
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 04 Sep 2015
2015 “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Fall Seriesposted 03 Sep 2015
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 02 Sep 2015
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 01 Sep 2015
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 email@example.com or tweeting #ARAsk.
Explore Monterey Bay in Real-Time With “Big Blue Live”posted 31 Aug 2015
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.
Tori's Travels - 5 Musical Sites to See in Arkansasposted 31 Aug 2015
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.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Screenings Aug. 29-30posted 25 Aug 2015
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 25 Aug 2015
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.
Tori's Travels - Beatles in Walnut Ridgeposted 24 Aug 2015
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.
AETN Box Office — “Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Celebration”posted 17 Aug 2015
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!
Tori’s Travels - Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67posted 17 Aug 2015
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."
6 Ways to Smooth the Back-to-School Transitionposted 14 Aug 2015
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 Aug 2015
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 11 Aug 2015
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 10 Aug 2015
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 10 Aug 2015
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 10 Aug 2015
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 08 Aug 2015
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 03 Aug 2015
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 30 Jul 2015
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 30 Jul 2015
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 29 Jul 2015
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 28 Jul 2015
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 28 Jul 2015
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 23 Jul 2015
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 21 Jul 2015
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 20 Jul 2015
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 16 Jul 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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 02 Jul 2015
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.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — June 2015posted 02 Jul 2015
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 22 Jun 2015
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 17 Jun 2015
“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 16 Jun 2015
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 15 Jun 2015
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 12 Jun 2015
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 10 Jun 2015
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.
AETN Guest Blogger - Tori Lambert, AETN Marketing Internposted 10 Jun 2015
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.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet June 24posted 09 Jun 2015
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.
Help Kids Self-Regulate With “Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do” Appposted 03 Jun 2015
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!
Learn Spanish With “Oh, Noah!” This Summerposted 28 May 2015
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.
Chuck’s Blog – June “Exploring Arkansas”posted 19 May 2015
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.!
Sojas Wagle Places Third in National Geographic Beeposted 18 May 2015
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.
FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop in Pine Bluffposted 17 May 2015
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.
Student Selects — 2015 THEA Scholarship Winners Announcedposted 11 May 2015
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.
Educator News - New LMS for ArkansasIDEASposted 06 May 2015
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 05 May 2015
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.
Student Selects LRFFYouth! 2015 Screening Scheduleposted 05 May 2015
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.
2015 Arkansas Quiz Bowl Championsposted 29 Apr 2015
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 NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Todd Rundgren and Music Educationposted 28 Apr 2015
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.
Student Selects Films Entered in LRFF “Made in Arkansas” Competitionposted 24 Apr 2015
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 23 Apr 2015
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.
30th Annual Quiz Bowl State Finalsposted 17 Apr 2015
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.
Win Tickets to Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” Partyposted 15 Apr 2015
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 08 Apr 2015
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 08 Apr 2015
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.
Jump-start AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Creativityposted 12 Mar 2015
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.
AETN + Museum of Discovery = Spring Break Fun!posted 10 Mar 2015
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 03 Mar 2015
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!
WATCH NOW - A Community Conversation With Paula Kergerposted 19 Feb 2015
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.
Free Setting Parents Up to Win workshop - Postponedposted 17 Feb 2015
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.
2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 02 Feb 2015
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!
Community Conversation With PBS President Paula Kerger Feb. 11posted 01 Feb 2015
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!
Inspiring students with digital media? Be recognized!posted 26 Jan 2015
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!
10 Reasons Not to Miss Our “EARTH A New Wild” Screening Event With Dr. M. Sanjayanposted 17 Jan 2015
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!
Dr. M. Sanjayan speaks at Little Rock “EARTH A New Wild” screening Jan. 21posted 13 Jan 2015
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.
Free Cyber Safety Class, Monday, Jan. 12posted 01 Jan 2015
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.
AETN Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Interning at AETN and Life Beyond Academiaposted 19 Dec 2014
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 19 Dec 2014
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.
Student Selects - Arkansas Historic Places Film Prizeposted 05 Dec 2014
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.
Thomas the Tank Engine Soars in Thanksgiving Day Paradeposted 25 Nov 2014
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.
AETN Employee Awards Luncheon 2014posted 19 Nov 2014
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 Nov 2014
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!
New Educator Resources Complement AETN Original Documentariesposted 06 Nov 2014
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 06 Nov 2014
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 06 Nov 2014
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!
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - And the Winner Is …posted 31 Oct 2014
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?
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies - A Student Selects Halloween” posted 24 Oct 2014
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 24 Oct 2014
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 23 Oct 2014
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.
Student Selects - Spring Creek Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposiumposted 23 Oct 2014
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 17 Oct 2014
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!
AETN Student Selects - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 15 Oct 2014
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.
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” - Finalized Participantsposted 11 Oct 2014
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 11 Oct 2014
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 10 Oct 2014
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!
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - You Pick the Winnerposted 07 Oct 2014
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!
AETN KIDS Club — Spooktacular Reads for Halloweenposted 01 Oct 2014
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.
Free Giovanni Antipolo Concert Oct. 2posted 24 Sep 2014
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.”
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” Schedule - Watch. Learn. Participate.posted 19 Sep 2014
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 18 Sep 2014
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 18 Sep 2014
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 Sep 2014
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 Sep 2014
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 Sep 2014
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 12 Sep 2014
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.
"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" Begins Sept. 14posted 04 Sep 2014
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.
Free Copies of “108˚: Critical Response” Available to Public Librariesposted 02 Sep 2014
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.”
“Agri Arkansas” - Poultry, DeSalvo Family & Local Produceposted 29 Aug 2014
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!
Resources for Depressionposted 12 Aug 2014
Sure, everyone feels sad or down sometimes. But, if you or someone you love is sad most of the time — or alternates between being really up and manic and feeling very down and depressed — and it’s creating problems at school or work, relationships are suffering, or substances or behaviors are being used to control the problems, it might be depression. The good news? It’s a real medical illness, and it’s treatable.
AETN KIDS Club August Book Listposted 08 Aug 2014
Explore the world around you and brand new worlds with books from this AETN KIDS Club nature-themed book list! Plus, learn how you can get a book list every month — as well as activities, tips and news about upcoming PBS KIDS programs — in the AETN KIDS Newsletter.
Guest Blogger Abbey Christophel - Interning With AETNposted 05 Aug 2014
As a Hendrix College student, I feel qualified to say: a liberal arts degree can be discouraging. The downside of its freedom, diversity and scope is that it’s easy to feel unfocused — “preparing you for anything” becomes a shade of “preparing you for nothing specific.” The Odyssey Program at Hendrix mitigates that by encouraging students to undertake projects, trips and internships in addition to their academics and, this summer, I made my journey with AETN.
Congratulations, Mabel Wise, national PBS KIDS Writers Contest finalist!posted 05 Aug 2014
We’re thrilled to announce that Mabel Wise, AETN KIDS Writers Contest third grade winner, has been chosen as a national finalist in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Mabel, who attends Eastside Elementary School in Rogers, Arkansas, competed against other state winners from across the country. Her story, “Cloudy and the Busy Street,” was judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.
New “Champion Trees” & “Bayou Bartholomew” PD Courses Liveposted 29 Jul 2014
AETN documentaries have inspired two of ArkansasIDEAS newest professional development courses! From the state’s arboreal giants to the world’s longest bayou, educators can explore Arkansas’s natural wonders in courses found in the IDEAS’ Social Studies Library under the Arkansas Studies section.
Big News for PBS KIDS Fall 2014posted 29 Jul 2014
From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN KIDS this fall. Keep reading to get the scoop on what you have to look forward to — including a new “Dinosaur Train” special, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2,” and Fred Rogers Co. new show “Odd Squad” (from the creator of “Adventure Time”).
Guest Blogger Rhonda Fincher on "108˚: Critical Response"posted 15 Jul 2014
When my son Kendrick died from heat stroke in 1995, there was very little information on heat illness prevention and few people were discussing how to prevent it. Over the years, I have found some great folks who are promoting heat illness prevention within their scope of influence. Some of them are featured on the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS original documentary "108˚: Critical Response that will be released on July 21. These are our stories.
John Wesley Huddleston - The Man Behind “Diamond John”posted 11 Jul 2014
Travis Mosler’s independent film “Diamond John” — currently ranked in the top three of the PBS Online Film Festival — has inspired us to laugh … and learn! Want to get to know the Arkansas man whose life inspired this period comedy? Keep reading to get the scoop on John Wesley Huddleston, the real “Diamond John,” and on how Mosler created the short film to encourage state pride.
Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response' posted 05 Jul 2014
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer and that makes serious injury, and even death, from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable. Get the facts and learn about our upcoming original documentary “108˚: Critical Response” — premiering July 21 at 7 p.m. — after the jump.
“Cyberchase” Community Event in downtown Little Rock - July 19posted 03 Jul 2014
Along with our partners at the Museum of Discovery and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, AETN is excited to host the Cyberchase Community Event in Little Rock’s Rivermarket District on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how you can meet Digit from “Cyberchase” and much more after the jump.
“Dreamland Ballroom” Reenactmentposted 01 Jul 2014
Recently, we had unique opportunity in preparation for our upcoming original documentary “Dreamland Ballroom.” With help of amazing film, stage and wardrobe crews, we traveled back in time to recreate the ballroom in its heyday. See photos, video and more after the jump!
In Review: “Freedom Summer” Screening and Online Resourcesposted 27 Jun 2014
On Saturday, June 21, we had a wonderful time with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, our panelists and guests at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration. In addition to all of the fun at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center street festival, we were privileged to show a special preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” and air the full-length version on June 24. In case you missed it, catch up with us — and learn how you can access the film and online resources — after the jump.
AETN Youth Academy - Production Campposted 27 Jun 2014
We had a great time with our new friends from the AETN Youth Academy Production Camp last week! From learning the basics of the filmmaking process, to learning how to run equipment to shooting interviews, it was huge fun to get to know these budding filmmakers and watch them work together to create their outstanding short films.
Free AETN Summer Learning Packetsposted 22 Jun 2014
Calling all Arkansas daycare groups, summer camps and more! We want to help you as you keep our state’s kiddos brains busy over the break by sharing free summer learning materials. Read on to learn what we’re making available and how to request your packets.
Start exploring with Camp PBS Parentsposted 14 Jun 2014
Stop the summer slide and banish the "I'm bored" from your kids' vocabulary with cool crafts and hands-on-learning activities to educate and entertain your kids all summer long with Camp PBS Parents!
“Freedom Summer” Screening at Little Rock Juneteenth Celebrationposted 07 Jun 2014
Join us, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity for a free preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m. We share the details about the film and discussion panel after the jump!
Learn all summer long with AETN and PBS KIDS!posted 05 Jun 2014
School may be out for summer, but learning never ends! We’re here to help bridge the summer learning gap with free PBS KIDS resources - on air and online. On top of our new summer daytime kids’ schedule that kicked off on June 2, we’re getting ready to share all sorts of fun digital and community resources available.
AETN Youth Academy - Around the World Campposted 30 May 2014
Do you know kids ages 7-11 who would like to make a trip around the world? They can do it in a week with the AETN Youth Academy Around the World Camp! Scheduled July 21-25, this summer learning experience will give campers the opportunity to travel the world by exploring various cultures through a blend of technology learning, hands-on activities, special guests, fun and educational activities and much more.
Check out the new ArkansasIDEAS look!posted 29 May 2014
We and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to introduce a new look for the ArkansasIDEAS website, the state’s quality online resource for ADE-approved professional development and educational resources for K-12 educators. Read on to learn more about the new design and how it makes ArkansasIDEAS’ resources even easier to review and navigate.
Student Selects LRFF Youth! Workshop Recapposted 23 May 2014
This year, and every year we’ve been lucky enough to host, AETN had the incredible opportunity to meet the state’s up and coming filmmakers at the Little Rock Film Festival for workshops that up their skill levels and keep us fresh! Find a recap of the 2014 event after the jump.
AETN KIDS Club - Explore the Outdoors Booklistposted 13 May 2014
Explore the outdoors on your own and in great books with this AETN KIDS Club feature! We’ll meet Kim Guthrie Jones — an author and former Arkansas resident, teacher and park ranger - and learn about her book “The Case of the Missing Mountain” as well as other great outdoors reading picks.
Super Vision App Connects Super Parents & Kids Onlineposted 13 May 2014
It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Super Vision! PBS KIDS has launched a new, free app that gives parents the “super power” to engage and monitor our kids online like never before. See how this first-of-its-kind tool allows convenient access to see what kids are watching, playing and learning on pbskids.org anytime, anywhere.
2014 Student Selects Scholarship Winnersposted 13 May 2014
After reviewing many wonderful entries, AETN and the Thea Foundation have chosen the 2014 Student Selects film scholarship winners! The winning students will screen their films at the Little Rock Film Festival Thursday, May 15, and each student will receive $2,500 in tuition toward the college of their choice. Read on to learn who the winners are and find details about how you can see their films.
New PBS KIDS “Double Your Fun” Summer Lineupposted 07 May 2014
Starting Monday, June 2, AETN and PBS are introducing a new summer kids’ line-up! Why the change? During the summer, national data shows that we have more kids ages 4-8 watching with us, and we all want to make sure we’re! Keep reading with us to see what you can expect.
2014 Quiz Bowl Championsposted 02 May 2014
On Saturday, April 26, we were privileged to host the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association state championship. This year’s participants were great fun — they made us laugh, they made us gasp … and they may or may not have made us feel like we should hit the books! Find out who won and see pictures of the teams after the jump.
Put on your Mister Rogers Sweater for Public Mediaposted 30 Apr 2014
We believe that Fred Rogers has always embodied the very best of public television, but did you know that he also saved it? In addition to being a snappy dresser, an adult who truly respected children and a reassuring voice in an often tumultuous world, Mister Rogers testified before the U.S. Senate on May 1, 1969, to protect and restore funding to public media. Join us after the jump to learn more about the historical event and how you can celebrate Fred Rogers’ lifelong dedication to public media in our “Sweater Selfies” social media event!
Arkansas Tornado Emergency - Helping Kids Cope With the Disasterposted 29 Apr 2014
Along with the rest of the state and viewers across the region, we’ve been devastated to see friends and family members suffer in the wake of Sunday’s tornadic disaster. In the aftermath of this severe weather event, how do we help our children process what they’re seeing or experiencing? We share important resources from Sesame Street, PBS Parents and the Fred Rogers Company after the jump.
AETN PBS Writers Contest 2014 Winnersposted 25 Apr 2014
In the past several weeks we’ve had great fun reading and sorting wonderful and hilarious stories from more than 200 K-3 students across Arkansas. Now, after scoring, debating … and even a few tie-breakers, we’re ready to announce the 2014 winners! Find them — and links to their award-winning stories — after the jump.
Greetings, earthlings! “Plum Landing” is coming to PBS KIDSposted 23 Apr 2014
A new adventure is beginning at pbskids.org/plumlanding with the launch of a brand new, web-original that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities and live-action videos — all featuring a curious alien named Plum — to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature and get them excited about their roles as caretakers of the planet.
Looking back - "Learn the Address" Campaign in reviewposted 22 Apr 2014
Since November 2013, we’ve been discussing the “Learn the Address” campaign and the premiere of Ken Burn’s latest film, “The Address,” with you and viewers around the state. So, what’s come of the last six months of work and sharing? Great results, in our opinion! Join us after the jump for specifics.
Digital Learning Day With AETN and the ADE - Rescheduled for May 21posted 19 Feb 2014
Technology is incredibly important in today's education and job markets and, to draw attention to its critical role, we are proud to join the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and educators across the state in celebrating Digital Learning Day! Originally schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Arkansas Digital Learning Event has been reschedule for Wednesday, May 21, due to inclement weather. Learn more about the Arkansas event and the supporting materials available after the jump.
February "Exploring Arkansas" - An Ozark Winterposted 31 Jan 2014
From a snowy river overlook, to an icy waterfall, to a “snow float” – the beauty of an Ozark winter will be featured during the latest “Exploring Arkansas” episode Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about our visits to the Mulberry River, Glory Hole Falls, Crooked Creek and the Grant County Museum after the jump.
2014 Digital Innovators Program Application Deadline is Feb. 14posted 23 Jan 2014
Do you know an educator who's a digital superstar? Encourage him or her to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long program - which recognizes educators who creatively integrate digital media and technology in the classroom - will foster and reward a community of 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators. Learn more about the guidelines, benefits and prizes after the jump!
What We're Watching This Month - January 2014posted 09 Jan 2014
Everyone at AETN is excited to start of 2014 with a bang! From the season premieres of "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" to new BBC crime dramas, and from fresh episodes of your AETN favorites to revealing documentaries about the lives of J.D. Salinger and Stephen Hawking, there's a lot of television worth watching on AETN this January! Read on to hit some of the highlights yourself.
January "Exploring Arkansas" - Highflying Adventureposted 06 Jan 2014
From zooming around in a George Jetson-type auto gyro…hiking to Artist Point Falls…to visiting a bluff shelter where ancient Ozark Bluff Dwellers once called home – all this and more is in store during a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Kids Club December Booklistposted 17 Dec 2013
Many exciting things happen in December - from Christmas parties and the start of "real" winter to possible snow days and the ending of a wonderful year! However, even more is possible when we step into the realm of books - the only present that can be a vacation, adventure and time machine … and fits into a stocking. See a few of the AETN Kids Club's top picks after the jump.
Seasonal Favorites Featured in AETN Holiday Specialsposted 17 Dec 2013
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we're excited to celebrate with you and your family over the holidays! Set the mood, prep the food and more with a wide range of special holiday programming for the entire family. You can see what's in store - from Curious George and Cat in the Hat to Trans Siberian Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - after the jump.
Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandelaposted 10 Dec 2013
In the past several days since Nelson Mandela's passing, we've watched individuals from South Africa and around the globe take to the streets, the web and social media to express their grief and memorialize his iconic life. Learn how AETN and PBS are celebrating his extraordinary accomplishments and vision after the jump.
"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" Contestposted 03 Dec 2013
Has your family enjoyed watching "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas"? You'll have a chance to catch it again Friday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 24 … but we have even better news! Read on to see how your family can enter to win a DVD copy to watch anytime after the jump.
Chuck's Blog - Plantation Homes of Arkansasposted 02 Dec 2013
They came to Arkansas from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to the rich river soil of the Delta. “Planters” arrived to grow the king of all crops – cotton. The stately homes these planters built with a unique architectural style, steeped in Southern history, exemplified the plantation era. Experience the plantation homes of Arkansas that have not … gone with the wind ... Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception & Downton Abbey Season 4 Preview Screening, Dec. 19 posted 02 Dec 2013
Christmas comes early with this announcement for all of our "Downton Abbey" fans! On Thursday, Dec. 19, AETN is pleased to host a Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception, inspired by Downton Abbey, followed by a screening of the first hour of "Downton Abbey: Season 4." Celebrate the elegance of the era and your favorite period costume drama with us at Wildwood Park for the Arts, but hurry and reserve your space soon - space is limited! We'll tell you how, and dish details, after the jump.
AETN ArkansasIDEAS STEM site now live!posted 02 Dec 2013
As part of our continued commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education and our educators and administrators across the state, we've created a specialized website to support Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Learn more about the new site and how it can help Arkansas students and teachers after the jump.
Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate with discounted tickets through Nov. 28.posted 25 Nov 2013
Wonderful news! “Downton Abbey: Season 5” has been confirmed and, in celebration, we’re offering a $10 discount on tickets to our Roaring ‘20s cocktail reception and “Downton Abbey: Season 4” preview screening at Wildwood Park for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 19. Costumes, dancing, delicious treats … and drama – what could be better? Read on to learn more.
AETN hosts free screening of "Men & Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield," Tuesday, Nov. 26posted 19 Nov 2013 Come join AETN and the Hatfield family for a free screening of "Men & Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield" in Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, rooms 111-113, on the University of Central Arkansas Campus, on Tuesday. Nov. 26. Following the screening and reception, Gene Hatfield, AETN Executive Producer Carole Adornetto and Producer John Renfroe will be on hand for a panel discussion. Find the details after the jump!
Local school district wins ArkansasIDEAS STEM curriculum packageposted 15 Nov 2013
As part of the AETN ArkansasIDEAS new STEM website launch, we were proud to give back to some of our hardworking educators by awarding a STEM curriculum package to an Arkansas school district during Arkansas Association of Education Administrators (AAEA). Read on to find out who the lucky winner was and what the curriculum package includes!
Chuck's Blog - Snorkeling, Wildcaving & Kayakingposted 04 Nov 2013
Snorkeling, wild caving and floating down the river! Three fantastic ways to enjoy and explore Arkansas are coming up Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”
Free Community Cinema Screening of "The State of Arizona," Nov. 5posted 29 Oct 2013
In partnership with KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Public Library, we're proud to host a free screening of "The State of Arizona" as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in library room 126. Investigate the explosive emotions and complex realities underlying Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with immigration in the year after the state's passage of SB1070, its controversial "papers please" law. Following the documentary, panelists Senator Joyce Elliott and Sara Mullally, co-founder of El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center, will lead a Community Conversation.
AETN Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Volunteersposted 29 Oct 2013
On Thursday, Oct. 24, we were honored to recognize the dedicated volunteers who make everything we do possible, by getting to turn the tables and serve them! Join us in celebrating our Jane Krutz Volunteer Service award winner, Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Group of the Year, AETN Foundation Hall of Fame inductee and Vendor of the Year and more after the jump!
Enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween with AETN!posted 29 Oct 2013
Halloween is almost upon us - and we're glad to help you celebrate! From alien invasions and phantoms to a curious monkey's outrageous Halloween adventures, AETN is airing fun Halloween programming for all ages this week. Learn more about "War of the Worlds: American Experience," "Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall" and "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" after the jump.
Last-Minute PBS Halloween Costumesposted 27 Oct 2013
It's quitting time on October 31 - and you suddenly have a Halloween event to attend and … no costume. Don't worry we have a few ideas that you might be able to pull directly from your closet! From PBS icons to new Masterpiece favorites (for our sartorialists out there) join us after the jump for some great last-minute ideas!
"Peg + Cat" premieres with math fun for preschoolers, starting Oct. 7posted 03 Oct 2013
Get ready for hilarious, relatable adventures with plucky Peg and lovable Cat, best friends who work together to solve everyday problems using math and problem solving skills, starting Monday, Oct. 7. This educational and entertaining (even for grown-ups) program, produced by The Fred Rogers Company, will air at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more about the fun to come after the jump!
AETN ArkansasIDEAS hosts free "Echoes and Reflections" Workshopposted 26 Sep 2013
On Thursday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., AETN and ArkansasIDEAS will hold a new, free professional development program designed to promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching today's students about the Holocaust. Find details and sign up information for "Echoes and Reflections: Effective Strategies to Teach about the Holocaust" after the jump.
Community Cinema Central Arkansas - "The Graduates/Los Graduados"; Oct. 1 posted 19 Sep 2013
In partnership with UALR Public Radio/KUAR 89.1 and William F. Laman Library, we're proud to announce the premiere of Community Cinema Central Arkansas's new season! Join us for a free screening of "The Graduates/Los Graduados" Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Laveta Wills-Hale, network coordinator for the Arkansas Out of School Network; Cindy DeRosa, ESOL Teacher for Conway Schools; and a supporter of the Arkansas DREAM Act will lead a Community Conversation after the screening.
Whatcha got cookin'? Share it with "Cooking on the Wild Side"!posted 18 Sep 2013
If you're like us, you've enjoyed Phyllis Speers' cooking and John Philpot's antics for ages - on both "Arkansas Outdoors" and "Cooking On the Wild Side." Now, you have a chance to add to the fun! Show us your stuff by submitting your favorite (original) recipe for fish, venison, a side dish or a dessert. We'll be choosing our favorites for our newest Outdoor and Game Cookbook! Learn how after the jump.
AETN 2013 Fall Programming Sneak Peekposted 11 Sep 2013
Hi, I'm Darbi Blencowe, and I'm the viewer services coordinator for the AETN Programming Department. And my first thought when I was asked to clue you into the fall programming wasn't, "How am I going to write this?" but "How am I going to narrow down which programs to talk about?" We have a LOT of good stuff coming up! Learn what programs I'm looking forward to after the jump.
Healthy Eating Campaign Event - Whole Foods Little Rock, Sept. 27posted 10 Sep 2013
Let's face it. Getting kids to eat what they should can be … tough. But, we're big believers that (on top of the great skills you're already putting into action) a little extra creativity and fun can make a big difference. That's why, in partnership with Whole Foods, we'll be holding a Healthy Eating Campaign event at Whole Foods Little Rock on the afternoon of Sept. 27! Check out the details after the jump.
AETN Family Day 2013 is coming!posted 10 Sep 2013
Won't you be our neighbor? AETN is excited to announce that our free biannual community event, AETN Family Day Conway, will be held at our network headquarters in Conway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Read on to learn what great fun we'll be having - from community service drives and character visits to Bob Ross look-alike contests and refreshments - after the jump!
Want To Really Dig Into “The Great Gatsby”?posted 09 Sep 2013
Hello there! I’m Mike Ivens, an Education Specialist guest blogging for ArkansasIDEAS. We have just released a new course entitled “Teaching The Great Gatsby: A Common Core Close Reading Seminar” that covers how to use close reading skills to delve into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Sean McCann, Professor of English for the Wesleyan University and fellow of the National Humanities Center hosts this presentation with introduction and commentary by Richard R Schramm, Vice President for Education Programs. One warning: be sure you have read the novel yourself before taking the course - there are spoilers!
"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" Neighbor Day is Sept. 2posted 30 Aug 2013
What's another grrr-iffic occasion to celebrate on Monday, Sept. 2? It's not just Labor Day, it's also Daniel Tiger's Neighbor Day. With a special, brand new episode at 10 a.m., Daniel starts of a series of good deeds that show even one kind action can spark many others! Learn more about fun activities, free downloads and more after the jump.
Celebrate Labor Day with a new "Exploring Arkansas" posted 30 Aug 2013
Flowers, butterflies, vineyards and zipping along on one of the top zip lines in North America is what we have for you during the brand new Labor Day episode of "Exploring Arkansas," Monday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearingposted 22 Aug 2013
Hello, friends. I’m glad to share a bit with you about my recent appearance before a United State Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Little Rock. The hearing – which focused on issues facing telecommunication and media companies in Arkansas and how statewide broadband availability can improve Arkansans’ welfare by expanding access to education, telemedicine, education and business development services – was chaired by committee member Senator Mark Pryor. I was asked to discuss AETN's service to the state, especially rural connectivity and education. Join me after the jump to learn more and see what it can mean for you.
Don McLean, Musical Time Travel & Ticket Giveawayposted 21 Aug 2013
Can you remember the first time you heard Don McLean's "American Pie"? AETN Community Engagement Specialist Katie Culpepper shares her first recollection of the song, ponders musical time travel and shares how you can win tickets to see the American Troubadour in concert on Sept. 7 after the jump!
Back-to-School Bus Safety for Drivers posted 09 Aug 2013
The days are getting shorter, the smell of fresh crayons permeates trips to the store and, somehow, it's time to start thinking about school! But that doesn't just apply to kiddos and parents. Did you know that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing? As school buses fill the roads, it's incredibly important that all motorists help keep children safe. Read on to learn more about the Arkansas Department of Education's "Flashing Red. Kids Ahead." campaign and how both drivers can take steps to improve school bus safety.
Retro "Cooking on the Wild Side" Airs Aug. 6 posted 06 Aug 2013
Hey, y'all. I'm John Philpot, and I'm glad to be guest blogging for AETN. As you know, "Cooking On The Wild Side" is a compilation of cooking segments extracted from "Arkansas Outdoors," a program with a 20-year-run on AETN. Before the end of our first year in 1990, we had Phyllis Speer on board as cook and co-host, and the rest was history! Read on to learn a little more about how we got started and travel back in time with a few "retro Phyllis" pics to get ready for our Aug. 6 throwback episode.
Summer Fun With New "Exploring Arkansas"posted 01 Aug 2013
Coming up Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., another brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas will take you for a dip in an Ozark swimming hole, back in time along the Mississippi River to an old plantation site, fishing along the Little Buffalo River in Jasper and taking in several of the Wildflower Routes throughout The Natural State.
New ArkansasIDEAS Webinars start July 24!posted 17 Jul 2013
Arkansas educators, are you planning to start off the school year with TESS or Common Core State Standards training to start off the school year? Do you need help registering for Arkansas IDEAS? Maybe you just need help navigating through the portal. Whether you're newly licensed or a seasoned veteran searching for new classroom technology resources, our new series of ArkansasIDEAS webinars have valuable info for you! Join us after the jump for details.
Top 10 Resources to Battle Summer Learning Lossposted 12 Jul 2013
It's nearly officially summer in Arkansas, and, while we're all ready for a well-deserved break, we also want to be sure to help kids maintain the skills they've built up this year. Without educational activities during summer months, research has shown that students experience significant learning loss … which can add up to a month or more of grade level equivalency in math and reading. To help parents and students battle summer learning loss, we're proud to provide you with a HUGE range of local and national public media resources. Find our Top 10 after the jump!
New TESS Website for Arkansas Educators Now Liveposted 05 Jul 2013
As part of our commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and to our educators and administrators across the state, we're happy to announce that our Education Division has created a specialized website that complements the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS)! And what does that mean for you? Read on after the jump to find out ...
Need to switch your AETN RSS feeds? Check out Google Reader alternatives.posted 02 Jul 2013
Wondering what to do now that your Google Reader feed service has ended? No worries! There are many ways you can update your RSS (Rich Site Summary, aka Really Simple Syndication) subscriptions to AETN and all of your favorite sites, including Feedly, Netvibes, Newsblur, Curata and The Old Reader.
Isaac Alexander performs free concert July 30posted 01 Jul 2013
In the mood for great music? Join us at AETN headquarters in Conway next Tuesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a free concert by Little Rock musician Isaac Alexander! Read on to learn how you can be sure to get a prime seat for this great event to this taping for “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” concert.
July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making posted 28 Jun 2013
Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful De Gray Lake near Arkadelphia, going back in time at Historic Washington and taking in the gorgeous views along Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park. Get the details about our July 1 episode after the jump!
Free Concert by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers on July 1posted 27 Jun 2013
Start Independence Week off the right way with groovy, upbeat, hip-hop jazz and a free concert by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers! Along with surprise guests, the group is set to give another standout performance on Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in AETN Studios. Come grab your seats when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. We know they'll be going fast!
Behind the Scenes of "Champion Trees" With Kyle Waldrupposted 14 Jun 2013
What happens when you're filming one of the biggest trees in Arkansas? In this case, you get to play with some of the biggest toys. Join me, Kyle Waldrup, after the jump to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes look at upcoming AETN original production "Champion Trees."
"Design Squad Nation" site for your budding do-it-yourselferposted 06 Jun 2013
"Design Squad Nation" launches a new Engineering website for your budding do-it-yourselfer! Tweens, families…anyone can be an engineer here. This interactive community challenges kids to express their adventurous, do-it-yourself spirit by providing a forum to share their ideas with like-minded creative kids. Make a balloon engine, learn how roller coasters work, share your own ideas and more!
June Community Cinema: "Love Free Or Die"posted 04 Jun 2013
Does God's love have limits? This month's Community Cinema season finale, "Love Free or Die," explores the question from the viewpoint of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. Join us in North Little Rock's William F. Laman Library Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. or in the Fayetteville Public Library Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. to watch the film and discuss afterwards.
Q & A Friday: Your Questions - Answered!posted 01 Jun 2013
So what are we talking about this week? You asked us about documentary ideas, John Philpot & Phyllis Speer's plans and why you might be hearing program voice over descriptions on our broadcasts. Read on after the jump for our responses!
Q & A Fridays: You Ask, We Answer! posted 01 Jun 2013
How do AETN Foundation Membership Drives work? Can you order a DVD of an AETN or PBS program? And exactly how do you find out when a program will air? Starting next Friday, June 14, we'll be introducing a new weekly blog feature that provides to these questions and more - and all you have to do is tell us what you want to know!
Free Booyah! Dad Concert at AETN Wednesday, May 29posted 22 May 2013
Feeling the need to get down? Come celebrate the 10th anniversary season of "AETN Presents" with a free, live performance by Little Rock band Booyah! Dad Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. And what do you have to do to reserve your place? It's simple! Just arrive ready to cheer the band on at AETN studios in Conway by 6:30 p.m.
AETN Memorial Day Specialsposted 22 May 2013
Join us in honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces with a series of special programs exploring their heroism incredible sacrifices - today and throughout our nation's history. Find the full schedule after the jump!
AETN Youth Academy Day Camps Open for Registrationposted 18 Apr 2013
Do you know an 11-14 student who loves films, writing and design? Maybe a 7-10 year-old who would love hands-on experience in researching, recording and reporting findings in an online newspaper? This summer, they can join the AETN Youth Academy for Production Camp June 17-21 or Reading and Writing Camp July 22-26. Students from both camps will join AETN staffers and volunteers to tour the studios and spend a week learning about the behind-the-scences workings of the production and reporting worlds.
Spring is here! Make the most of season with "Exploring Arkansas."posted 12 Apr 2013
The sun's shining, the flowers are blooming and these balmy temperature make it easy to enjoy Arkansas's great outdoors! Shake off the winter blues and get ready to discover the wonders around you with the "Exploring Arkansas" website. From Chuck Dovish's top 10 favorite places to a search feature that lets you find sights and activities near you, we have everything you need to plan your own adventure!
April Community Cinema "The Island President" posted 12 Apr 2013
Depending on who you're speaking to, climate change can be a touchy subject. But, no matter the political temperature surrounding the topic in the United States, it would be difficult to find any individual more deeply touched by global warming than a Maldivian. Learn more about the island nation's plight and their former president Mohammed Nasheed's efforts to counter it in this month's free Community Cinema screenings in North Little Rock and Fayetteville.
Cat in the Hat to visit Fort Smith, Saturday, April 13posted 12 Apr 2013
In partnership with Mercy Clinic Pediatrics, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Fort Smith Public Library Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Mineral Explorers - Bolivia" Behind the Scenes with Thomas Naginposted 09 Apr 2013
Don't miss the television debut of "Mineral Explorers - Bolivia," Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. This adventure travel program takes viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines around the world. In the Bolivian episode, host Thomas Nagin leads viewers to the Anahi Mine on a quest for amethyst and ametrine. Join us after the jump as he shares a story from the journey.
"Mineral Explorers - Bolivia" Debuts April 11posted 04 Apr 2013
AETN is proud to present Mineral Explorers - Bolivia as part of our Arkansas Independent Film Month this April. Produced by Hot Springs resident and longtime mineral dealer Thomas Nagin, Mineral Explorers is an adventure travel series that takes viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines around the world. In the Bolivian episode, airing April 11 at 6:30 p.m., Thomas leads viewers to the Anahi Mine on a quest for amethyst and ametrine. Read his story of how the idea for Mineral Explorers was born after the jump!
Exploring Arkansas - April 2013posted 01 Apr 2013
During a brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas on Monday, April 1, we'll first take you out to a lesser-known waterfall and cascades along the side of Mt. Nebo, near Dardanelle. Then, we'll head out to historic Hardy, the smallest town in Arkansas to have a Main Street program. Finally, we'll close out with a hike with author Blair Dietering to the homestead of Eva "Granny" Barnes Henderson, of National Geographic renown, near the Buffalo National River.
What do you do after "Downton"? Watch "Mr. Selfridge"! posted 19 Mar 2013
If you're a "Masterpiece Theater" fan like myself, you may be in a bit of a slump right now. We did, after all, just end the season of "Downton Abbey" on that note - even if it was a season that earned high points for drama. Worse, we have to wait an entire year for "Sherlock" to return. (It is at least, thank the benevolent BBC gods, returning!) Not to fear, though. "Mr. Selfridge" (along with a the new season of "Call the Midwife") will be here starting March 31.
Launch Kids Into Space Exploration With "Design Squad"posted 19 Mar 2013
Ever since Neil Armstrong took "one giant leap for mankind," people across the world have dreamed of exploring space for themselves and, lately, we've heard a lot of talk about folks planning their trips to Mars. Space travel isn't just a dream any more! But it IS up to the next generation of engineers to make these solar treks a reality. Help give your future astroengineer a boost with "Design Squad" and NASA's "Mission: Solar System"!
Exploration Wednesday: Wilderness, Meteors & Elementsposted 17 Mar 2013
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, get ready to explore the River of No Return, meteor strikes and the elements that make everything else possible! "Nature: River of No Return" begins at 7 p.m., "NOVA: Meteor Strike" at 8 and "NOVA: Hunting the Elements" at 9 p.m.
Cat in the Hat to visit Rogers, Saturday, March 23posted 15 Mar 2013
In partnership with Mercy Northwest Arkansas, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Rogers Public Library Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
AETN Spring Break Family Fun Days at the Museum of Discoveryposted 14 Mar 2013
Do you have a little one who loves Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat or Clifford the Big Red Dog? Then we have exciting news! This Spring Break, make plans to dress up as your favorite PBS KIDS character and join us and some very special guests for activities and adventures at the Museum of Discovery! Museum visitors will have the chance to meet and take photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thursday, March 21, and with Clifford the Big Red Dog Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Join AETN in Fayetteville on Sunday, March 17, for a free advance Community Cinema screening of its latest documentary, "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines," which traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman from the 1940s to present day. We'll also go behind the scenes and meet real-life superheroines for an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
AETN March Membership Drive Highlightsposted 05 Mar 2013
Everyone at AETN is excited to thank our viewers for their support and to raise the funds needed to continue providing quality programming for Arkansas this season! To learn more about the exciting special broadcasts well make available during this pledge cycle, continue reading after the jump.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! New Cat in the Hat Episodes, Gamesposted 01 Mar 2013
Two new episodes and an online game debut in commemoration of Dr. Seuss birthday week. Its his 109th birthday on March 2, and PBS KIDS has new content on-air, online and on mobile. Viewers can join everyones favorite cat in two new episodes of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" Also, check out the Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt online game and video content online and on mobile.
AETN Foundation Auction: Joe Bonamassa Gibson Guitarposted 27 Feb 2013
What would you give to own your own Gibson Les Paul? Would it be even better if were autographed by blues artist Joe Bonamossa? If so, we have spectacular news! On Tuesday, March 5, from 9-10 p.m., AETN Foundation will be airing "Joe Bonamossa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House" AND holding a special, on-air auction to benefit the AETN Foundation.
Lend A Helping Hand: Volunteer With AETNposted 27 Feb 2013
We all live pretty busy lives, right? But there are those time where, let's say, you could say take a nap, mow the lawn, give the dog a bath or fold laundry. But none of that sounds like a whole lotta fun. And, the truth is, you can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by taking a little of that spare time to volunteer!
We are pleased to announce that Champion Trees, an AETN original documentary about the champion trees of Arkansas is deep in production.
"Downton Abbey" Season Finale Party Planningposted 15 Feb 2013
Can we just say it's been a big year on "Downton Abbey"? As seasoned "Masterpiece Theater" lovers as we are, we thought we were prepared for dramatics and plot twists. We'd seen schemers. We know lovers, love triangles, and even cranky matriacrchs. But this, this season has caught us off-guard - and mostly in a good way, we'll admit. Julian Fellowes is a master. And we believe this season deserves a celebration, so we've put together a watch party planning guide!
Dive Into A Brand-New Adventure With "Dinosaur Train"posted 15 Feb 2013
Everyone's favorite Pteranodon family is taking an undersea adventure Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on AETN! Join Buddy and the rest of the gang for a one-hour special featuring four new stores about sea creatures that lived during the "Age of Dinosaurs." All aboooord the "Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure" for new lessons about natural science, natural history, paleontology and more!
Celebrate Black History Month With AETNposted 13 Feb 2013
This month and as part of our year-round commitment to diverse programming were proud to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to our nation! In special AETN programming and on PBSs new black culture website, well be exploring the role African-Americans have played in music, the military and civil rights. Join us for an in-depth looks at key figures and events that have shaped American history throughout February.
The new "Electric Company" and "Wild Kratts" math and science apps for 4-8 year-olds rock! The new, free Electric Company app for the iPad allows kids to complete wacky challenges and more as part of the 1st and 2nd grade math and literacy curricula. The Wild Kratts iPhone and iPod touch science-focused app enables kids to explore special creature powers as they learn.
Doing good isnt always easy. (Say, when your item rings-up for too little at the check-out … or when your darling wants to share the last of your chocolates). But, every once in a while, doing good is simple! Read on to learn how you can use GoodShop.com to find the great gifts you already want to share this Valentines Day and how, by buying them, you can give back to AETN for no extra cost.
AETN Exploration Wednesday - Cold Warriors & Earth From Spaceposted 13 Feb 2013
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, travel from ancient times to space with "Nature" and "NOVA." We'll learn how descendants of the ancient buffalo and wolves continue an epic life-and-death drama in the frozen North in "Cold Warriors" at 7 p.m. Next, watch as data from earth-observing satellites is transformed into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustains life on earth, on a new special, "NOVA: Earth From Space," at 8 p.m.
Surprise Your Valentine With a PBS Food Dishposted 07 Feb 2013
What could be more romantic than a delicious, intimate dinner for two? In our minds, it could a delicious, intimate dinner for two minus the usual Valentines Day lines, crowds and pricey menu items. But how can you pull a miracle like that off without getting in over your head? Easy let PBS Food be your guide!
Help a child read to learn. Find out how Feb. 7 on AETNposted 07 Feb 2013
Help a child read to learn. Wow. What a big deal! Find out how to help and tune in to Raising Arkansass Readers: The Campaign for Grade-level Reading this week. The campaign was launched to get every third-grader reading at grade level by 2020. If you are an individual, school, business or community member, boy, do we have a plan for you!
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Attenborough, Chariots & the Pacific Depthsposted 06 Feb 2013
Travel through time and history with us this AETN Exploration Wednesday as we continue the amazing life stories of Sir David Attenborough on Nature, explore the Egyptian war machines on NOVA, and learn what secret the great depths of the Pacific Ocean hold. The adventure begins Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Exploring Arkansas - New Februrary Episodeposted 03 Feb 2013
If youd like to get a jump on the upcoming float season…check out our brand new Exploring Arkansas episode on Monday, February 4. In the first segment well take you down War Eagle Creek north of Huntsville near Withrow Springs State Park. Also, join us to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, the Petit Jean River WMA and newly discovered waterfalls near Ozark, Ark.
Can you read this? Some third-graders cant. Uh-oh.posted 31 Jan 2013
Can you read this? If so, thank the teachers and caregivers who taught you. Unfortunately, the 70% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-level Reading believes that not only do schools need to pay attention to this striking fact and take action, but parents and communities need to, too.
Teacher? Parent? Check out AETNs Education Guideposted 31 Jan 2013
Teachers and parents, check out AETNs Education Guide your quick look at our educational resources, including training, resources, professional development, guides, online digital media for the classroom, apps and more! AETNs educational programs and services for teachers and parents leverage the thousands of free resources for all Arkansas children in the classroom, at home and on the go.
Winter Fitness: Warming Up Togetherposted 31 Jan 2013
Snow days aside, when winter weather strikes its easy to want to grab a blanket and cozy up in front of the TV. (I, for instance, want nothing more at this moment than to be snuggled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of chili.) But after you get yourself and the fam bundled up, outside and playing, we doubt anyone will regret braving the chill. Need more reasons to move everyone from the loveseat to the great outdoors? Read on for information from PBS Parents!
All-New Exploration Wednesdayposted 30 Jan 2013
From the remarkable reminisces of famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough and the reopening of the Lindbergh Babys case to Papua New Guineas astounding, adaptive fauna, this AETN Exploration Wednesday promises an evening of exciting television. Join us on Jan. 30, beginning at 7 p.m., to drink in history and match wits with both mankind and elemental forces.
Share Local Civil War History on The Abolitionists Boardposted 18 Jan 2013
The three-part series, American Experience: The Abolitionists, has illustrated how abolitionists allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that transformed the nation. With in-depth depictions of key members' journeys, the mini-series brought a tumultuous period of American History to life. And whats more? American Experience is inviting Arkansans to share images, documents and videos related to abolitionism on their interactive, online map!
Champion Trees Exhibit & Preview of Doc Coming to AETN posted 18 Jan 2013
Hello, all! Im Carole Adornetto and, as AETNs Executive Producer, I have a great job in an awesome state. I get to meet amazing people and work with extraordinary, dedicated, hard-working producer who like nothing better than finding a good story to tell. When a dear friend introduced me to Hot Springs artist Linda W. Palmer two years ago, who then showed me the special trees she was illustrating, it was a no-brainer. This was a story that had to be told!
Travel from eucalyptus forests to an archaeological dig in the Rockies and the feet of Alaskas most active volcanoes this AETN Exploration Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. Nature investigates the lives of koalas, NOVA opens a portal to the Ice Age, and Life on Fire investigates the origins of salmon that continue a pioneering journey … to the heart of an active volcano!
Community Cinema: "Soul Food Junkies" Screens in Fayettevilleposted 11 Jan 2013
Community Cinema returns for the new year in Fayetteville Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. with a free screening of "Soul Food Junkies." In the documentary, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurts exploration was inspired by his fathers lifelong love affair with high-fat, calorie-rich, traditional soul food and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that dishes like ribs, grits and fried chicken are culturally based, deep-rooted, complex … and often deadly.
AETN Create Weekend Marathon: Martha Stewart posted 11 Jan 2013
School is in session and Professor Martha Stewart is your teacher. Learn the basics of cooking from the original Domestic Diva with episodes of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." Lessons in frying, steaming and much more are on the syllabus. To ensure your "A," don't miss an episode. The marathon begins Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 a.m., and again on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m.
AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Kevin Kerby + Battery, features central Arkansas folk-rock icon Kevin Kerby and a top-notch backing cast, including Geoff Curran, along with Marcus Lowe and Joshua Bentley of Il Libretina. With bright, honest songwriting and solid musical talent, Kerby + Batterys wit and humor keep audiences on their toes with an expert balance of colorful insights and poeticism.
The Golden Guys and Gals of Conway - A Year-round Giftposted 10 Jan 2013
Hello, I'm Kristy Garrett, AETN Foundation Volunteer Program Coordinator. I'd like to take a minute to introduce you to a really special group, The Golden Guys and Gals. This special group of Conway residents comes to AETN Headquarters twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and does all of the mailings for the AETN Foundation. For their continued, dedicated gifts of time and service, we can't thank them enough.
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, visit Cuba natures accidental Eden, decode what happened when the first modern humans encountered Neanderthals and find out how volcanologists predict eruptions. Nature kicks the evening off at 7 p.m.
Exploring Arkansas: Northbound & Down Loaded Up & Truckinposted 04 Jan 2013
Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. "Exploring Arkansas" is going to do what definitely can be done: take you down the Ozark Moonshine Run, which forms a 110 mile loop south of Harrison, utilizing six state highways. Now, while running into some white lightning is highly unlikely, you will experience what many travelers refer to as the most picturesque route in northwest Arkansas, since part of the drive takes you along a couple of the less traveled roads in that part of the state.
"Downton Abbey: Season 3" Event Photosposted 04 Jan 2013
On Dec. 19, the AETN Foundation had a (figurative) ball at the Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey: Season 3" Screening Event. Mary and Matthew drama erupted, Shirley MacLaine made her grand entrance, the quipped and schemed - all truly wonderful. But even better? Our fabulous viewers and friends who attended!
AETN Arts Friday With Still on the Hill & Paul Simonposted 04 Jan 2013
This AETN Arts Friday, enjoy the best of folk singers with "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill" at 6:30 p.m. and "Great Performances - Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies" at 9 p.m.
AETN Holiday Specialsposted 20 Dec 2012
Are you feeling the AETN holiday spirit? Celebrate with your nearest and dearest this year, and be sure to tune in to all sorts of fabulous holiday specials. From kids' Christmas movies to fabulous music specials, we have seasonal treats for everyone!
Come See the AETN Character Tree through Jan. 1posted 20 Dec 2012
Have you and your favorite AETN Kids fans been by to take your picture with the AETN Character Tree, yet? If not, there's still time to come visit all of your characters - from the "Sesame Street" crew to Barney, Clifford the Big Red Dog and more!
Tips For Talking To Kids About Emergencies And Scary Newsposted 19 Dec 2012
Since last Friday, parents, teachers and communities everywhere are mourning the lives lost from a little school in Connecticut. Grief and broken hearts, not just for the families with empty seats at the dinner table now, but also as we personalize the tragedy … "What if it was my child?" or " ... my school?" You can find help on how to talk to your kids and what to say here.
Are there kids in your community who want to save the world? If they put that desire into a business plan, they could win big! The hunt is on for Americas most worthy, young social entrepreneurs. Fledgling visionaries can compete for $3,000 and mentoring from a top business expert in the new Biz Kid$ contest, Build Your Social Biz.
AETN and PBS KIDS kicks off Writers contest for K-3 - enter today!posted 17 Dec 2012
AETN and PBS KIDS GO! have kicked off the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Enter today for the Arkansas contest AND the national contest! Find creative writing resources and tools and read last year's Arkansas winners to boost your chances. Entries due April 5.
Friends, let's admit it: male or female, drama fan or not, entering the world of "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" changes you. For better or worse (personally, I'd say better), abbey residents upstairs and down draw us into a state of perpetual expectation. Will the Turkish scandal be revealed? What conspiracies do those scheming smoke breaks hold? When will our favorite cousins and (more importantly) beloved Bates and Anna finally catch a break?
Exploration Wednesday: Leopards, Stonehenge and Terracotta Warriorsposted 12 Dec 2012
This Exploration Wednesday, tune in for a night of mystery! "Nature" kicks off with "Revealing the Leopard" at 7 p.m. "NOVA" explores "The Secrets of Stonehenge," at 8 p.m. Then, "Secrets of the Dead: China's Terracotta Warriors," wraps up the evening at 9 p.m.
"Downton Abbey" Cast & Crew Live Chat, Dec. 12posted 09 Dec 2012
December is the month for Downton Abbey news and, boy-oh-boy, is this news something! On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., AETN and PBS are sharing the chance to livestream a YouTube Q&A Panel with the cast and producers of your favorite British drama!
"Downton Abbey" Costume Party Prepposted 06 Dec 2012
It's coming quickly, and we'd be lying if we said we weren't excited. While costumes aren't required at the AETN Foundation's Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey Season 3" screening, we can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want one! But there's a difference between wanting and having, yes? So to help out, we're sharing our secrets - for rentals and DIY.
Curious George Boosts Knowledge in Math and Scienceposted 05 Dec 2012
The results are official, and the findings couldnt be better Curious George helps teach math and science concepts to preschoolers! A study by the Concord Evaluation Group found that, "watching 'Curious George' episodes resulted in a knowledge boost for the children in the Television Group." Read more to get the full study results and tune in to AETN weekdays at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to watch.
AETN Pick-A-Britcomposted 05 Dec 2012
Do you fall asleep at night laughing at the "Last of the Summer Wine" gang's shenanigans? Saturdays snickering at "MI-5" antics? Or Sunday evenings chortling at the faux pas of a hemophobic physician? Then you just might be Britcom lover! Tune in Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 8 p.m., for our special "Pick-A-Brit" marathon and you could help us chose AETN's newest Britcom for 2013.
You've always heard that it's better to give than to receive, and this weekend on AETN Create, we're here to prove it! With the holiday season quickly approaching, tune in for tips from Create TV's gift specialists, Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 11 a.m.
Infantile Spasms Awareness Week (ISAW)- Dec. 3-9, 2012posted 03 Dec 2012
This blog is not about the first time my child smiled at me. Not about the night he rolled off the couch, and we took him to the ER (all they did was laugh at us). Not about the first time he walked to me. Not about the first time he peed on my husband (hilarious by the way). Talked. Laughed. Cried. Fell. This blog is not about the first year of parenthood. Good night! Who has that much time! No, Im Lauren. Im an education specialist at AETN. And this blog post is about my life and my trip to the world of Infantile Spasms/Infantile Seizures.
Chuck's Preview Blog - New "Exploring Arkansas" Dec. 3posted 03 Dec 2012
This month, we've got a fun new episode for you! First we'll check out Bentonville's Museum of Native American History and view their amazing collection and unique gifts. Then we'll do a little "monster" hunting in Newport and trek off to the self-proclaimed "Coolest Town in Arkansas." It's all happening Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Keep reading to get the details!
Downton Abbey Cocktail Party and Screening Event!posted 03 Dec 2012
To all our fellow Downton Abbey fans out there, its coming up fast … and were not talking about Christmas. We have something even better! Join us for costumes, cocktails and a special 1-hour sneak peek of Season 3 at the AETN Foundation Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and Downton Abbey: Season 3 screening event in North Little Rocks Argenta Community Theater, Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.
Celtic Thunder Voyage Concert - Guest Bloggerposted 01 Dec 2012
A couple of weeks ago AETN held a Celtic Thunder Love Letter Contest giving away concert tickets to the winners. I, of course, sent in a letter and encouraged my mother to do the same. How grateful she was that I had when she received an e-mail a week later saying that she was a winner. Shortly after I learned my mother had won I checked my e-mail and was doubly surprised to find that I had a congratulatory e-mail in my inbox as well!
Create Weekend Marathon - "Sweet Ending"posted 01 Dec 2012
Everyone knows the best part of any meal is dessert! Join AETN Create to indulge in the yummy goodness of cakes, brownies and cookies. Those with a sweet tooth will certainly enjoy this "Sweet Ending" marathon.
AETN Winter Pledge Highlightsposted 01 Dec 2012
Everyone at AETN is excited to thank our viewers for their support and to raise the funds needed to continue providing quality programming for Arkansas this season! To learn more about the exciting special broadcasts well make available during this pledge cycle, continue reading after the jump!
The Celtic Thunder Connection - Guest Blogposted 01 Dec 2012
If youve read any blogs at all lately, youve probably noticed one of the new buzzwords: connection. You probably also know that AETN is ahead of the curve on this ideaand so is Celtic Thunder.
While Ive never been a primary caregiver, I remember watching my family care for my great grandparents as a little girl and although our brush with the disease was fortunately brief seeing Daddy take care of Mama when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. We can all appreciate, even if we cant truly understand, the strain and stress being a caregiver entails. And the truth is, everyone dealing with such heavy burdens could really benefit from a good, long laugh.
Special AETN Arts Friday: Rick Steves and Mark Russellposted 30 Nov 2012
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for a special new episode of "AETN Presents: On the Same Page With Rick Steves" at 6:30 p.m., "Mark Russell's America" at 8:30 p.m. and "Grand Canyon Serenade," at 10 p.m.
Thankful for Our Sustainers - A Post from AETN's Executive Directorposted 22 Nov 2012
During this season of family, friends and thankfulness, I'd like to take a moment to thank our supporters for making everything we do possible. Your continued support of the AETN Foundation allows us to deliver the best in educational programming and services to people across Arkansas.
"Downton Abbey Revisited" Special & Season 3 Member Gift!posted 22 Nov 2012
All right, everyone. We've kept this fabulous secret to ourselves for as long as we possibly could. Tune in Sunday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. for, first of all, a spectacular "Downton Abbey" special featuring interviews with many of the series' most popular actors, as well as Julian Fellowes and the creative team. And what could be better than that? What would you say if we told you that you could get the entire "Downton Abbey: Season 3" DVD or BluRay set - before the episodes are ever aired in the U.S.?
AETN Is Thankful For Downton Abbey!posted 22 Nov 2012
Are you missing your favorite Sunday night British drama? Or maybe youd like to get caught up on what youve missed? The Thanksgiving, weve got you covered! Meet the kissing cousins, get insider knowledge about the Turkish Incident, and practice saying weekend with your most imperious Maggie face the Downton Abbey: Season 1 marathon airs Thanksgiving night!
Create Weekend Marathon "Tourist for a Day"posted 22 Nov 2012
Need a vacation after the Thanksgiving holiday? Take a break with your favorite travel hosts from Create! We'll trek across the nation and the globe to visit exciting tourist favorites starting Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m.
This Thanksgiving, Im thankful that Mama is hosting! However,
I know my turn is coming in the not-so distant future. So, for your reference and
mine, heres a handy collection of PBS Food Thanksgiving tips and recipes. If
you have last minute questions like, How exactly does this deep frying
business work?" or "Where is that blasted cranberry sauce recipe?! dont
panic. The answers are here!
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Turkey, Storms and What Makes Food Tastyposted 20 Nov 2012
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, well explore the life of tomorrows most popular bird, find out about how Hurricane Sandy formed and what hurricanes indicate about climate change. Then, on NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?, well learn what makes the food we like taste good and whether scientists can recreate their tastes while helping us keep from padding our middles!
Cat in the Hat Christmas special airs Nov. 21posted 19 Nov 2012
On November 21, PBS KIDS will premiere the first-ever Cat in the Hat Christmas special, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! Set to be a new holiday family tradition, this adventure follows the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas. Kids and parents will explore natural science through new content on-air, online and beyond.
Watch these PBS KIDS holiday specials starting Nov. 19!posted 19 Nov 2012
Starting Monday, Nov. 19, through December, catch the best holidays specials around - from "Martha Speaks" to "Arthur" and from everyone's favorite curious monkey to that clever Cat - you can get your fill of holiday goodness through PBS KIDS and AETN. PBS KIDS has been named the No. 1 educational media brand and is helping to close the achievement gap for young children. Trust your kids to the best this holiday season.
Design Squad goodies for AETN Kids Club members - join today!posted 19 Nov 2012
This month's contest gets you all kinds of Design Squad and AETN goodies for the easy, easy price of doing nothing! If you are a member of the AETN Kids club, a random drawing will take place in a very Design Squad-ey way to choose some lucky winners of cool stuff. What could stuff be from Design Squad? Join the free AETN Kids Club today if you haven't already and see! Already a member? Cross your fingers ...
Ken Burns The Dust Bowl Airs Nov. 18-19 at 7 p.m.posted 16 Nov 2012
If youve enjoyed Ken Burns The Civil War, The National Parks, The Tenth Inning, or Prohibition, be sure to tune in to AETN on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18-19. The Dust Bowl: The Great Plow Up premieres Sunday at 7 p.m., preceded by NOVA: Inside the Megastorm at 6 p.m. and followed by A Conversation With Ken Burns at 11 p.m. The Dust Bowl: Reaping the Whirlwind airs Monday at 7 p.m.
Let's Talk Turkey on Create This Weekend! posted 15 Nov 2012
Somehow, Thanksgiving is already less than a week away! Get ready for the year's biggest meal and turkey time with Create starting Saturday, Nov. 17., at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.
Encouraging Reading and Math Skills in the Kitchenposted 14 Nov 2012
If Sesame Street, Wishbone, Arthur and Word Girl have taught me anything, its that learning should be fun. But how do activities that some kids think of as work make the transition?
All-New Exploration Wednesdayposted 11 Nov 2012
Tune in for new episodes of Nature, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Well start with an Original DUCKumentary, starring a wood duck family and their amazing bond, at 7 p.m. NOVA follows at 8 with Ultimate Mars Challenge, exploring Curiositys mission. Finally, at 9, David Pogue discovers what transformative technologies are being invented in labs across the world.
Why Poverty?: What We Can Learn from Park Avenueposted 10 Nov 2012
In the next documentary of the Independent Lens series, Alex Gibney, director of the Oscar nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, looks at the equality gap in America by examining New York Citys Park Avenue from the billionaires on the Manhattan side, to the impoverished citizens on the Bronx side. Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream premieres this Monday, November 12, at 9 p.m.
AETN Veterans Day Marathonposted 09 Nov 2012
Were grateful for every day for our armed forces veterans dedication to preserving the rights and freedoms we, and all Americans, enjoy. On Veterans Day 2012, were proud to pay special tribute to their sacrifices by honoring our heroes with a special programming block, including the National Salute to Veterans, Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
Create Easy as Pie Weekend Marathonposted 09 Nov 2012
Its that time of year! And were not talking about leaves or turkeys, either. If your favorite part of Thanksgiving (beyond family, friends and gratitude, of course) is the pie, this Easy As Pie Create marathon is for you! Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m. Get the details after the jump!
Portfolio Day 2012 Finding the Right School For Youposted 09 Nov 2012
So, you know you want to pursue art in college. Its a big decision, and youve already hurdled one major challenge! But after you know what you want to do, how do you decide where to go? If youre an Arkansas high school student, AETN Portfolio Day is here to help on Saturday, Nov. 10.
AETN Digital Subchannels Restored Ahead of Scheduleposted 08 Nov 2012
Were very excited to announce that AETN Create (AETN-2), AETN Plus/World (AETN-3) and the Arkansas Information Reading Service for the Blind (AIRS, AETN-4) audio channel returned to their normal broadcasts today, Nov. 8. Everyone is very proud of the AETN staff and crews who worked quickly and efficiently to complete all of their work well ahead of their projected schedule!
Celtic Thunder Is Coming - Reserve (or Win) Seats Today!posted 05 Nov 2012
Theres nothing like a man who can sing but its especially wonderful when the man who can sing also happens to be Irish. (Or in Georges case, Scottish.) Has Celtic Thunders music won your heart? Theyre coming to Little Rock Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. Write a letter to your favorite member for a chance to win their latest CD and tickets to the show!
It's another great season of "AETN Presents" this November! If you love local music - particularly Don't Stop Please, Runaway Planet, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour or Grand Serenade - make sure you check out the schedule! Also, learn more about our special interview with Rick Steves, of "Rick Steves' Europe" for "AETN Presents: On the Same Page."
Sunday Voter's Marathonposted 02 Nov 2012
Did you miss any of the AETN Election 2012 Congressional Debates or Ballot Initiatives programs? Don't worry! We're here with a refresher course for you before election day on Sunday, Nov. 4, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Exploration Wednesday Odd Couples, Easter Island & More!posted 01 Nov 2012
Can a dog and a cheetah really be friends? How did the giants of Easter Island come to their final resting place? And when your dog looks guilty, does he really feel that way? An all-new AETN Exploration Wednesday searches for answers to these burning questions and more, starting Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
All New AETN Exploration Wednesday! posted 30 Oct 2012
Tune in for another AETN Exploration Wednesday chock full of great new episodes with Nature: Raccoon Nation at 7 p.m., NOVA: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu at 8 p.m. and NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat This? at 9 p.m.
Tricks (and Treats) for a Healthier Halloweenposted 26 Oct 2012
There's so much to love about Halloween! (The costumes, the pumpkin patch and the brisk afternoon hayrides - we could go on forever.) But how do you walk the fine line between a sugar-induced coma, seasonal fun and being the cranky neighbor who hands out carrot sticks? We have a few ideas …
Teachers! Get free media for the classroom and win prizes!posted 25 Oct 2012
Teachers: Need new material? AETN PBS LearningMedia is your go-to destination for free educational digital resources! 'Like' our Facebook page today for a chance to win prizes for your classroom! Check out the 20,000 free, innovative classroom-ready digital resources available and get instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted interactives, videos, images and audio clips.
Community Cinema "Solar Mamas" Oct. 30 (NLR)posted 23 Oct 2012
Join us for a free screening of Community Cinema's "Solar Mamas" in North Little Rock's Laman Library tomorrow at 6 p.m. Watch as
Rafea, a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four, leaves her village for
the first time to attend a solar engineering program. But shortly after entering, Rafea encounters a problem.
PBS KIDS programming tops September ratings with 6 showsposted 23 Oct 2012
PBS KIDS receives stellar ratings for the month of September. PBS KIDS preschool programs took the top 6 spots for kids ages 2-5, according to Nielsen NPower national program ratings. CURIOUS GEORGE was #1 for the ninth consecutive month. THOMAS & FRIENDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, SUPER WHY!, DANIEL TIGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and DINOSAUR TRAIN rounded out the top 6 honors.
Create Autumn Harvest Weekend Marathon Oct. 27 and 28posted 23 Oct 2012
The weathers getting cooler, and AETN Create is getting into the seasonal spirit! Look ahead to harvest time with delicious recipes from your favorite cooks Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, starting at 11 a.m.
What Does PBS Mean To You? Tell Us!posted 19 Oct 2012
Right now, PBS is in the process of finding real viewers to feature in their new Be more on-air spots. Have AETN and PBS helped you explore new ideas or new worlds? Inspired life choices? Or helped enrich your or your childrens lives? Tell them (and the world) about it!
High School Art Students - Portfolio Day 2012 Is Here!posted 19 Oct 2012
University art programs are as varied as the students who attend the school, so it's important to find the right program for you. If you're a high school student interested in pursuing a degree in art, be sure to attend AETN's Portfolio Day 2012 on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at network headquarters at 350 S. Donaghey Ave. in Conway.
DesignSquadNation rocks for making stuff work!posted 19 Oct 2012
Like to make stuff, figure out how it works?…maybe Mom or Dad is an engineer and you need to be smarter than they are? DesignSquadNation has you covered. Help Nate solve his cat feeding dilemma and other real world problems - the current question at my house involves maximizing your biking speed. Still cringing over hands vs. no hands …
Sunday brings more Midwives, Docs and Eaton Placeposted 19 Oct 2012
Tune in Sunday, starting at 7 p.m., with the continuation of "Call the Midwife", Doc Martin with "Aromatherapy" at 8 and "Upstairs Downstairs - Series 2: A Perfect Specimen" at 9. In one of the more dramatic and moving episodes of Midwife, a search and a death bring pain to the young nurses. Doc remains his ornery self and Eaton Place's women stand strong.
Wine Tasting Weekend on AETN-2 Createposted 19 Oct 2012
Put that refined palate of yours to use this weekend with a tour of vineyards this on Create! Join your favorite personalities as they travel the world to visit the finest vineyards and find perfect pairings.
Sunday don't miss!: Call the Midwife, the Doc and Up/Downposted 19 Oct 2012
What do Call the Midwife, Doc Martin and Upstairs Downstairs all have in common? Well, yes, lovely accents…a view across the pond…those things are all well and good old chap. Or Mum. But honestly, its just GOOD television. I mean really good. Well produced, brilliantly acted, wonderful drama that keeps us coming back every week for more: public television on a Sunday night.
Friday Specials: Explore American Racial Narrativeposted 16 Oct 2012
This Friday, in addition to our usual arts programming at 6:30 p.m., join AETN for terrific seasonal specials. Well dive into the realm of race in American politics at 9 p.m. with Race 2012 and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with VOCES: Lemon at 10 p.m.
How Do Women Respond to Candidates Verbal, Non-verbal Cues?posted 15 Oct 2012
If you grew up in a house with a mother like mine, you quickly learned that tone and body language meant everything to women. (And you also knew it made all the difference in whether the lady of the house would be taking you back out of the world she so graciously brought you into.) But how are those lessons relevant to this years presidential candidates? See a summary of PBS NewsHours report after the jump.
Ken Burns: Why Romney's War on Public TV Is a Loss for USAposted 15 Oct 2012
While the costs of operating the Public Broadcasting System have been much discussed following the first 2012 Presidential Debate, Ken Burns provides perspective on PBS's value as an educational tool, an excellent return on investment and a shared space for Americans of all income levels and all political inclinations. Read Burns's article, as printed in USA TODAY, after the jump.
Each election season, AETN and PBS are dedicated to bringing
you trusted, fair political coverage for local and national races and this
year we promise to do the same.
Nine new "Wild Kratts" episodes air week of Oct. 15posted 14 Oct 2012
Tune in for a creature-packed month this October with "Wild Kratts"! Beginning Mon., Oct. 15, the brothers prowl with lions and cruise the Nile with hippos across nine brand new episodes! And don't miss Weird Kratts Week Oct. 22-26, when we meet a bunch of kooky and spooky animals from across the globe. The Halloween episode is scary and spidery as we explore the secrets of spider silk.
New season of "Arthur" Monday, Oct. 15!posted 14 Oct 2012
The 16th season of "Arthur" stars Monday, Oct. 15 with five new episodes! Meet a new friend (with the gift of gab) a little brother who will drive you crazy too. We are big fans of Arthur at my house. Actually, I should say…my son is the Arthur fan, my daughter prefers D.W. As is typical I suppose when you have a kid of each chromosome…AND don't forget the fun Halloween things to do on the website!
Sesame Street on why Big Bird Needs His Homeposted 12 Oct 2012
In the last week, youve probably heard a lot of buzz about Big Bird and the threats public television faces. But have you learned why his home on AETN and PBS is so important to Big Birds success? Sesame Workshop posted this blog entry with heart-felt reasons and cold, hard facts to explain why our favorite yellow-feathered friend needs his current home.
Did you know that AETN, the Fayetteville Public Library and KUAF 91.3FM have partnered to bring Community Cinema to northwest Arkansas? If you missed us last month, be sure to come out for our screening and community discussion of As Goes Janesville this Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
All New AETN Exploration Wednesdayposted 10 Oct 2012
Tonight, starting at 7 p.m., kick off a night of all new programming on AETNs Exploration Wednesday! Well begin with Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest at 7 p.m., and follow up with NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 p.m. and NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human? at 9 p.m. Its going to be an amazing night!
Who Is Your Choice?posted 09 Oct 2012
What do you know about this years presidential candidates? Tonight at 8, Frontline: The Choice 2012 invites you to take a closer look at who Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney really are. Take a peek into each candidates life behind the spin, the ads and the rhetoric in a journey exploring the places, people and decisive moments that created them.
PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford announce call for entries for 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards. The awards recognize innovative PreK-12 educators using digital media to enhance learning in the classroom. Know a teacher like this? Nominate your outstanding teacher or apply today through December 12, 2012. Top 30 receive prizes, top 10…pack your bags!
Its a New Cooking Weekend on CREATEposted 05 Oct 2012
Whip up something special this weekend with AETNs CREATE channel this Saturday! With new episodes of "Simply Ming" and "Lidia's Italy in America," as well as the premiere of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School," its bound to be delicious!
Season 2 premiere of "Upstairs Downstairs" Sunday, Oct. 7posted 05 Oct 2012
Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of "Upstairs Downstairs" Sunday, Oct. 7. Babies, wars, and secrets, oh my. I'm so glad to be back at 165 Eaton Place…oh, your pretty, shiny goblets and people have been missed. Even that funky little monkey gets into trouble. This first episode is loaded with surprises as our friends up and down prepare for war. Tune in Sundays through Nov. 11.
PBS statement responds to Oct. 3 Presidential debateposted 04 Oct 2012
PBS, once again, became a political target as seen in the Presidential debate last night…the federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nations debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating. Lets set the record straight…
Let's just go ahead and say it. It's a tough year for the hog nation. It can simultaneously be hard to look at the screen … and to look away. But we all still love the Razorbacks, the good years and bad. What's a better salve for our wounds than to join AETN for a look at the golden years? We're excited to air "22 Straight!" an in-depth look at Arkansas's championship teams from 1963-64 on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
PBS Newshours First Presidential Debate Airs Oct. 3posted 02 Oct 2012
Do you have an opinion about the candidates for the 2012 presidential election, or are you still making up your mind? Whatever your current decision, tune in to the Oct. 3 debate to get the real scoop on the candidates positions on domestic policy straight from the source. Jim Lehrer will moderate the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.
Be sure to catch the Butterfield Stagecoach Route on tonight's episode of Exploring Arkansasposted 01 Oct 2012
You can re-trace the longest stagecoach route in the history of the
world by driving a portion of it through northwest Arkansas by way of
the Butterfield Heritage Trail. Another gem of a hiking trail that's hardly
been publicized until now, is the one that loops around Lake Alma in the
town of Alma. A unique mountain biking experience along Crowley's
Ridge can be enjoyed at Village Creek State Park north of Forrest City.
Hiking and blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishing are offered at the
Conservation Education Center along Crooked Creek near Yellville.
AETN Arts Friday Classics, Young Talent Take the Stage posted 28 Sep 2012
This AETN Arts Friday, start off with classic sounds on AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Jack Williams at 6:30 p.m., then see the best young talent has to offer with Student Selects 2012: Part 2 at 9 p.m. and The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold at 10 p.m.
Our "Clean Lines, Open Space" Wins Three Emmysposted 27 Sep 2012
"Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View
of Mid-Century Modern Architecture," an AETN production, received three Emmys this weekend in the 2012 annual awards
competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences (NATAS)!
"Call the Midwife" premieres Sun. at 7 - watch out Downton!posted 26 Sep 2012
"Call the Midwife" premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 - watch out Downton Abbey, this one's a winner too! Check out this moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950's East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns.
PBS KIDS Eat Healthy D.W. app discounted to $.99!posted 25 Sep 2012
This app is so great I want to eat it up. The PBS KIDS D.W. ("Arthur") Unicorn Adventure app that encourages kids to eat healthy while they play is discounted to $.99 through Sept. 30! Another game for kids you say? This app is the favorite of my 6-year-old and for good reason (it's also my fave). Fun, colorful, and the 'energy zapper' junk food cracks this Mama UP. One well-spent dollar.
Train enthusiasts, AETN has you covered this Sunday!posted 22 Sep 2012
This Sunday, AETN invites you to sit back and enjoy a look at some of
the nations most beautiful and iconic train routes around
America. We also want to reintroduce you to a star you may
Tonights AETN Arts Friday line-up promises a series of performances by the best of the best with AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Shannon Boshears at 6:30 p.m., Students Selects 2012: A Young Filmmakers Showcase at 9 p.m. and From Dust to Dreams at 10 p.m.
"Outdoor Hotline" tackles deer season Tuesday, Sept. 25posted 21 Sep 2012
"Outdoor Hotline" hosted by Steve "Wild Man" Wilson from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission addresses the latest information on the upcoming hunting season, hunting and deer stand safety, and the deer forecast. Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
Doc Martin's big fear revealed Sun., Sept. 23 at 9posted 21 Sep 2012
The star of "Doc Martin" (uh, Doc Martin) has his big fear of blood revealed this Sunday. Yes, odd isn't it, to have a doctor afraid of blood? To the twisted joy of Portwenn residents, they ramp up the jokes and gossip spreads like wildfire (or jam on biscuits). It's also tourist season and goodness knows Doc loves quirky strangers! Get ready for "Haemophobia" airing Sunday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.
While weve truly enjoyed all of Septembers exciting special programming, were very happy to announce the return of AETN Exploration Wednesdays! Tonight, tune in for Nature: Outback Pelicans at 6:30 and NOVA: Making Stuff Stronger at 8, followed by Making Stuff Smaller at 9.
An Operaphobe Reviews Wagners Siegfriedposted 13 Sep 2012
Tonight, the drama gets serious in the third opera of Wagners Ring Cycle. Siegmund and Sieglinde are lost to us, but baby boy is all grown-up and primed to earn his place as the only man brave enough to capture Brunnhildes heart and the challenging vocal score.
New Series of Barnes And The Producers Perspectiveposted 13 Sep 2012
Television is filled with all types of programming, from reality shows to highly produced, eye-popping, over the top productions. PBS and AETN strive to make sure that content is king. That is why in the midst of it all, a show like Barnes And … has found its niche on AETN.
Wagners Ring Cycle An Operaphobe Reviews Die Walkureposted 12 Sep 2012
Let me begin by saying, if you know Wagner at all, youre familiar with Die Wakure. I mean, if the opera was good enough to show before the suite was finished in spite of the composers express orders (were talking to you King Ludwig II of Bavaria), you know its a jewel. But ... I still have one little problem with it.
AETN, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Whole Foods Market in Little Rock are celebrating Fantastic Organic this Friday, September 14, 3-5 p.m. Try some yummy samples, hang out with a cool red dog, and head off on a scavenger hunt to learn how to spot healthy foods and why you should chow down. Grab the kiddies after school and start the weekend early with games, goodies, prizes, samples and more for the entire family!
So yesterday, I realized I might be more prepared for opera
than I realized and promised to (informally) review the upcoming operas each
day. If you're ready to dive in, consider this your spoiler notice, and be prepared for
This week, Great Performances at the Met presents Robert Lepages acclaimed new production of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen, or The Ring Cycle. Its an operatic classic, but what if you think opera isnt for you? Love the plot of Tolkiens fantastic hobbit journeys? What about wascally wabbits? The Ring Cycle isnt outside your realm. In fact, you probably already know the music!
Kenneth Branagh returns to his remarkable Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop inWallander III, with three gripping new cases based on the character created by bestselling novelist and father of the Nordic noir craze, Henning Mankell. Tune in Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. for the first of three new episodes.
AETN Hosts Young Arkansas Artists Exhibit Sept. 3-21posted 05 Sep 2012
Discover the works of a budding Picasso or Van Gogh at AETN this month! From Sept. 3-21, were hosting the 51st annual Young Arkansas Artists traveling exhibition, organized by the Arkansas Arts Center with the cooperation of the Arkansas Department of Education. Thirty-six astounding pieces created by Arkansas students will be on display and youre invited to come see them for yourself!
Spend your Labor Day weekend with AETN! posted 31 Aug 2012
Labor Day weekend is almost upon us! To celebrate, AETN brings you a weekend of special programming that you wont see anywhere else. From the return of your favorite regular weekend programming to Sunday marathons and exciting specials, get ready for a real treat!
AETN Arts Friday Damn Bullets and Vienna Philharmonicposted 31 Aug 2012
With Labor Day coming on fast, this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Round it out royally with a night of extravagantly energetic music first with Arkansass own electrically infused roots-rock band Damn Bullets at 6:30 p.m. Then, close the evening with an astounding concert by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austrias Impreial Schonbrunn Palace at 9 p.m.
A new generation of preschool neighbors will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when Daniel Tigers Neighborhood premieres Monday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. with a special one-hour block of two back-to-back episodes.
Kids Eat Smart with Whole Foods® - youre in charge!posted 24 Aug 2012
Want more ideas about what to pack in those school lunches? Tired of pulling your hair out trying to get more greens in your kindergartener? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
We Walk the Line! Johnny Cash Tribute Special airs Aug. 20posted 20 Aug 2012
Tune in at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, to hear top recording artists pay tribute to The Man in Black in Celebrating the Music of Johnny Cash: We Walk the Line! This PBS Special, held in honor of Cash and what would have been his 80th birthday, is like none other. Grammy winner Don Was served as musical director for the monumental concert taping that features artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and more!
"Doc Martin" premieres on AETN Sunday, Aug. 19posted 19 Aug 2012
Schedule an appointment with "Doc Martin" Sunday, Aug. 19. The AETN premiere of the acclaimed British series will tease your brain … and make you laugh out loud! As London surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), transitions to his new position of general practitioner in a sleepy Cornish village, his tactless manner causes mayhem across the city. Back-to-back episodes debut at 8 p.m.
Manifest Destiny invites you to look the history of American expansionism and foreign policy through the eyes of respected historians and diplomats, Sunday, August 12, at 1:15 p.m. As you look at the nations actions from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to current military actions, this powerful series will inspire you to ask what role the United States should play in the interconnected world of the 21st century.
Three Faiths, One God Explores Shared Beliefsposted 10 Aug 2012
Thoughtfully examine the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims on Sunday, August 12, at 7 p.m. in Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam. The impressive documentary captures a broad range of voices and illustrates how many members of the three communities are working to understand and respect each other.
PBS Kids and Whole Foods® Partner for Organic Educationposted 07 Aug 2012
Lets be honest, have you ever wondered what all the fuss over organic was about? Why is it important to buy those fruits and veggies instead of your regular grocery store fare? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
New Exploring Arkansas Episode Monday, Aug. 6posted 06 Aug 2012
Ever wish you could go with Chuck Dovish on one of his exploring outings? Read his blog post to hear about a viewer family who did and learn about whats coming up on the brand new EA episode tonight at 6:30 p.m.!
AETN Exploration Wednesdays Polar Bears and a Quantum Leapposted 25 Jul 2012
Starting at 7 p.m., take a wild journey this AETN Exploration Wednesday from the upper reaches of Alaskas northern shores to the tiny world of quantum physics. Nature continues its Bears of the Last Frontier series with Artic Wanderers at 7 p.m. and NOVA Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap takes us to a whole new world of quantum mechanics at 8 p.m.
Kens Burns' "The War" to be rebroadcast on AETN beginning July 31posted 20 Jul 2012
Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary series "The War," winner of three Primetime Emmys, will be rebroadcast on the Arkansas Educational Television Network beginning Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. "Their Journey: A Veterans' Tribute Tour" follows Aug.5 episode.
AETN Exploration Wednesdays: Black Bears and Times Illusionposted 18 Jul 2012
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, journey back to Alaska for the second installment of Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier at 7 p.m. Then, join NOVA at 8 p.m. to discover whether time really exists. The answer may surprise you!
Mister Rogers and Me documentary airs July 15, 8 p.m.posted 12 Jul 2012
Benjamin Wagner first met "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. Wagner spreads his message of neighborly-ness with "Mister Rogers and Me" Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m.
AETN Exploration Wednesdays Bears and Fabric of the Cosmosposted 11 Jul 2012
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, dive into two incredibly different, new worlds! The evening of spectacular specials begins tonight, July 11, at 7 p.m. with Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier and takes you to explore the nature of space in NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos at 8 p.m.
Last Sunday (July 8), we received the wrong episode of the multi-part special "Queen and Country" from PBS. To make sure that all of our viewers have the opportunity to watch the full series, we plan to air "Queen and Country: Royal Visit" July 15 at 6 p.m. in place of this Sunday's episode of "Globe Trekker."
History Detectivesposted 09 Jul 2012
Americas top gumshoes are back for a 10th season. Be sure to watch! "History Detectives" Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 17.
Market Warriorsposted 09 Jul 2012
Treasure hunters embark on an antiques adventure in ""Market Warriors"", a new series from the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. In "Market Warriors", expert shoppers scour flea markets across the country for vintage valuables, selling their finds at auction with an eye towards maximizing profit.
7/5/12: PBS notified us earlier today that Create will return to its regularly scheduled programming at 3 p.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. Central.
7/2/12: Due to severe thunderstorms that passed through the New York/D.C. area over the weekend, PBS's fiber wires are down. Because of these national technical issues, an emergency loop feed is being used instead of regular programming on AETN Create.
If your usual fireworks mania is being dampened by Arkansass hot, dry weather, we have good news! This Fourth of July, you can enjoy the nations biggest Independence Day celebration at home (in the air conditioning). A Capitol Fourth fireworks show and star-studded concert provides a gala salute to our countrys 236th birthday Wednesday, July 4, at 7 p.m.
Plan your next trip at the new Exploring Arkansas websiteposted 02 Jul 2012
For a guide to the outdoors in Arkansas, AETN has a brand new "Exploring Arkansas" website where you can plan your next trip by searching by season, region, or activity at home or on the go using your mobile device. Check out Chuck's 10 favorite places, view a photo gallery and more. To get you excited about your outing, you can also watch any of the past 250 and current episodes.
Win a family outing with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovishposted 02 Jul 2012
Ever wondered…hmmm…..what it would be like to hang out with Chuck during one of his grand adventures around the Natural State? Heres your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansass plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks. Sign up online before April 30!
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Superfish and Spaces Edgeposted 20 Jun 2012
On AETN Exploration Wednesday, journey from the oceans depths to outer space with Nature and NOVA. At 7 p.m., follow marine biologist Rick Rosenthal on Superfish to capture the biggest, fastest most dangerous gamefish billfish on film. Then, travel the Milky Way to trace the history of telescopes from the Galileos time to today on NOVA: Hunting the Edge of Space at 8 p.m.
AETN will premiere Minority Matters, a new series that provides a dedicated forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansans from a minority perspective, Sunday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. Minority Matters seeks to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness of minority issues for all Arkansans and to explore the states current successes, challenges and opportunities.
Watch The National Geographic Bee on June 16 at 5 p.m.posted 15 Jun 2012
Do you know which Bavarian City located on the Danube River was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663-1806? Watch AETN this Saturday, June 16, at 5 p.m. for the answer to this question and other head-scratchers as you cheer for Arkansan Christian Boekhout in the 2012 National Geographic Bee.
Its hard to grow up in the greater Hot Springs area without knowing who Sid McMath was. Fortunately, its even harder to live in the Spa City or Arkansas, for that matter without being affected by Mr. McMaths life. Watch "Men and Women of Distinction," Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the impact his life may have had on yours.
PBS Summer Learning Initiative bridges summer reading gap posted 11 Jun 2012
This summer, AETN and PBS are launching a summer learning initiative to help kids continue building key literacy skills throughout their summer vacations. To help bridge the gap, AETN is presenting PBS KIDS programming, along with a host of other fun and education content presented across a variety of platforms, to encourage literacy and independent reading.
"Southern Utopia, from ASU, airs Wed., June 13 at 6:30 p.m.posted 11 Jun 2012
"Southern Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Commonwealth College", produced by Arkansas State University, features the defunct labor school Commonwealth College. The College was Arkansass attempt at radical labor education established in 1923. Find out more about this schools fascinating history here and watch this 30-minute documentary about it this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Rogers jams some great lessons for all agesposted 08 Jun 2012
Check out this Mister Rogers remix by Symphony of Sciences John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios of the familiar from our childhood and the hip of today. Cardigans never looked so cool. Tune in to the digital funkalicious shout out to our favorite t.v. neighbor.
Dont miss the Downtown Abbey Season II Marathon this Sunday starting at noon and ending at 11 p.m. Thats right…you heard me…11 straight hours of Marys conundrums, Thomass shenanigans, and flowy but full of angst music that sticks to your gooey center. Grab your tea and biscuits and settle in Sunday afternoon for a massive dose of Masterpiece goodness with all seven episodes of Season II.
Do you think your family history means that you cant avoid health problems? Dr. Joseph Maroon wants to change your mind. This Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed neurosurgeon and expert in personal fitness will appear live in AETN studios to discuss how the healthy lifestyle program featured in Secrets of Longevity can put life into our years.
Clean Lines, Open Spaces Screens at LRFF, 8 p.m. Tonightposted 01 Jun 2012
Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture a documentary focusing on the construction produced in the boom following the United States recovery from World War II will screen at the Little Rock Film Festival Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. at Studio Main in Little Rock. A second screening will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in the Riverdale 10 Cinemas, screen #7.
AETN and LRFF Present the 2012 Student Selects Youth! Eventposted 31 May 2012
Watch stunning student films or participate in student workshops June 2-3 at the 2012 Student Selects Youth! Event. Held at the Riverdale 10 Cinema, the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase will feature pieces submitted by student filmmakers across the state. Screening will begin at Sunday, June 3, at 1:20 p.m. and close with presentations of THEA Foundation/AETN Scholarships to winners at 3:30 p.m.
AETN named Ambassador in Governors Work-Life Balance Awardsposted 31 May 2012
AETN has been recognized by the Governors Work-Life Balance Awards as a Work-Life Ambassador and a Mature Worker Ambassador. The awards are presented by the Governors Work-Life Initiative, whose mission is to recognize Arkansas employers for establishing and providing resources that support employees in balancing the needs of both work and family.
"The Johnny Cash Music Festival" filmed at ASU in Jonesboro comes to AETN this August. The PBS affiliate in Memphis, WKNO, is pledging the show this Thursday, May 24. This broadcast will be recorded and distributed to PBS stations for the August pledge drive. We are currently working on our August program schedule so stay tuned for a definite air date then!
PBS and AETN launch Next Avenue, a new website for 50+ crowdposted 15 May 2012
America is becoming home to the largest older population in our nations history. AETN is part of a major new PBS system website called Next Avenue thats designed to reach America's booming 50+ population as they plan for a new life stage. AETN is one of 73 Next Avenue affiliates bringing this important service to Arkansas. When users log on they will see local information within the site.
12 Arkansas students winners in PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contestposted 14 May 2012
AETN received more than 100 entries from students all across Arkansas in this years PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Stories such as The Horse that has Talent to The Dingo and the Sparrow were two of 12 stories named 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the K-3 contest. The 1st place winners were submitted to PBS to be entered into the national contest winners will be announced in July.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for K-3: Deadline April 27posted 14 May 2012
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest was launched last year in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Submit your stories to AETN now until Friday, April 27. Arkansas winners will be finalized by May and sent to PBS KIDS GO! to be entered in the national contest. National winners will be announced this summer.
Be Sure to Watch! "Sherlock Season 2"posted 04 May 2012
The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer.
Be Sure to Watch! "National Memorial Day Concert"posted 04 May 2012
On Memorial Day weekend, PBS will unite the nation with an evening that
has become an American tradition. The "National Memorial Day Concert"
honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their
families at home and all those who have given their lives for our
Masterpiece on Sundays: Award-Winning and Full of Class!posted 02 May 2012
Masterpiece, which has given us the likes of award-winning "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" (Sherlock 2 coming this week!), continues to be one of PBS's most watched and beloved series. Here's the cool bit - if you missed "Birdsong" or "Sherlock", catch it online.
Cat in the Hat visits the Ft. Smith Convention Center May 5 posted 30 Apr 2012
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Ft. Smith, Saturday, May 5. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Ft. Smith Convention Center, 800 Rogers Avenue, Exhibit Hall C from 9 a.m. to noon. Take photos, listen to stories, face painting and more! Bring your camera. Admission is Free.
AETN hosts annual Quiz Bowl state finals Saturday, April 28posted 24 Apr 2012
High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governors Academic Competition at AETN Saturday, April 28, in Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2012: and will be broadcast on Saturday in two sections 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. The finals will involve seven conferences for a total of 14 teams.
Be Sure to Watch! Global Voices: Peace Vs. Justiceposted 16 Apr 2012
The recent, unprecedented viral spread of the video KONY 2012 has raised global awareness of the more than 20 years of terror inflicted on Uganda and other African countries by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony. "Peace Versus Justice" provides background to the conflict and addresses the complicated issues confronting those attempting to end it.
AETN Celebrates Earth Dayposted 16 Apr 2012
AETN celebrates Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012, with an exciting slate of programming. Viewers will have the
opportunity to explore the wonders of nature with programs like "Powering the Planet", "Energy Quest USA", "Earth: The Operator's Manual", and "Revenge of the Electric Car".
Register for AETN Camp Mannersposted 13 Apr 2012
AETN Camp Manners provides a safe, fun, and engaging week-long day camp for participants ages 11-15 July 23-27, 2012
Exploration Wednesdays with Nature, Nova , America Revealedposted 07 Apr 2012
PBS is your destination for exploration! Tune in to Exploration Wednesdays on AETN starting April 11 with Nature at 7 p.m., NOVA at 8 p.m. and America Revealed at 9 p.m. A new four-part series coming to Wednesdays is America Revealed that explores the hidden patterns and rhythms that make America work. Hosted by Yul Kwon, learn about NASCAR green initiatives, how fresh seafood is sourced and more.
Cat in the Hat visits the Rogers library April 14, 9 a.m.-Noonposted 05 Apr 2012
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Rogers, Saturday, April 14. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Rogers library, 711 S. Dixieland Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy photographs with the Cat, screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, story time, face painting and more.
Be Sure to Watch! "America Revealed"posted 02 Apr 2012
"America Revealed" takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before.
Wild Kratts Backyard Aventures Week premieres April 2-6posted 30 Mar 2012
Kangaroos, Dracos (flying lizards) and other critters join brothers Chris and Martin Kratt every weekday on Wild Kratts to teach our little ones about science in such a fun, cool way. This mama has learned a few things too. Makes me want to travel. Makes my kids excited about science. Win, win. Check out Backyard Adventures Week April 2-6 at 4 p .m.
Live Taping of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour March 31posted 30 Mar 2012
Join us for a live taping of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour March 31 as heard on NPR. For its annual recording of Woodsongs, the world-renowned radio program of Lexington, Kentucky is coming to Conway, Arkansas to showcase musical performances by The Cleverlys, Blue Rain Bluegrass Band, Bonnie Montgomery, Nathan A., and more from Arkansas grassroots musicians.
Jane Krutz in Memoriam 1925-2012posted 26 Mar 2012
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.
PBS Titanic 100th Anniversary Programmingposted 23 Mar 2012
PBS will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the
Titanic, the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, with
three new programs scheduled for April 2012. Each program provides a
unique perspective on the April 14, 1912, disaster from historical
drama to science to personal stories of the effect of the tragedy on the
descendants of those who perished and those who survived.
Wheres my show you ask? New schedule brings new programsposted 22 Mar 2012
Where's my show? This week, you may have noticed some changes to our AETN lineup. Some of your favorite shows have switched time slots, most notably Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, BBC World News, and Globe Trekker. We've also added some new and exciting programs to our daily schedule. First of all, you may be wondering "Why make changes?" The simple reason is... really not so simple.
Buddy the T-Rex from PBS Kids Dinosaur Train visited the Museum of Discovery Donald W. Reynolds Science Center in Little Rock Monday evening and Tuesday for spring break delighting kids with high fives (as best as those little orange T-Rex arms were able), tail bumps, and big toothy smiles. More than 1,700 Museum visitors hung out at the newly renovated Museum Tuesday for spring break.
Please and thank you. Easy peasy. Promise.posted 19 Mar 2012
I am sure that you get asked for your time, your money, a gift of some sort to one worthy cause or another. If you have been watching our pledge programming this month, you have been asked by us. I have been asked by us. I like the word sustain. Sustain…make something last longer, keep going. The environment…farming…public television. You know, the good stuff. Become a Sustainer today.
Travel guru Rick Steves visits AETN Sat., Mar. 17posted 15 Mar 2012
Travel expert Rick Steves will visit the AETN Studios for a live broadcast Saturday, March 17, at 9:00 a.m. He will outline tips for his style of European travel, as well as offer general travel advice. The broadcast will feature discussion and footage from some of Steves travels around Europe, including Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips, Norway's West, Galicia and the Camino de Santiago.
Attention young filmmakers K-12, enter your film by April 6posted 12 Mar 2012
For its 6th year running, AETNs Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase gives creative, imaginative and film-loving students in grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their cinematic talents through student-made fiction and non-fiction narratives, documentaries, music videos, and other creative works. Enter to be eligible for scholarships, to be aired on AETN. DEADLINE: April 6.
Cat in the Hat visits Hot Springs March 24 9-11:30 a.m.posted 09 Mar 2012
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Hot Springs Saturday, March 24. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs from 9-11:30 a.m. Admission to the Museum is free during those hours. The Cat will also visit Rogers on April 14 and Ft. Smith on May 5.
Visit Buddy the dinosaur at Museum of Discovery Tuesday, March 20posted 06 Mar 2012
AETN has partnered with the Museum of Discovery to bring Buddy the T. Rex from PBS KIDS hit series Dinosaur Train to the museum during spring break. Meet Buddy Tuesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buddy will arrive at the museum courtesy of the Arkansas Trolley Company and will make appearances throughout the day for photos. Dinosaur Train episodes will also be shown.
Celtic Thunder at AETN Tue., March 6; Voyage premiers at 7posted 03 Mar 2012
Keith Harkin and Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will visit the AETN studios Tuesday, March 6, for the broadcast premiere of Celtic Thunder: Voyage beginning at 7 p.m. At 10 p.m., Harkin will perform a special acoustic show at AETN. Tickets for this event are $60 each and include the opportunity to meet Harkin after his performance. Only 100 tickets are available.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read these with your kids today!posted 02 Mar 2012
Get ready for awesome adventures and reading fun as you celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday March 2 and explore science with the Cat in the Hat-a-Thon! Watch the 2-hour marathon, grab some Seussical books, cook up a green breakfast, and learn how to keep our planet healthy with the Lorax! Tune in Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m. on AETN and on AETN Plus at 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
The Phantom of the Opera airs Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m.posted 29 Feb 2012
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a fully-staged, lavish 25th anniversary mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webbers long-running Broadway and West End extravaganza, comes to Great Performances on AETN Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
Cat in the Hat-a-Thon Friday at 7 and 1 celebrates Dr. Seussposted 29 Feb 2012
Tune in to AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2 at 7 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Associations Read Across America initiative, an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Celtic Woman airs March 3, tickets for April 5 availableposted 29 Feb 2012
Celtic Woman: The Believe Tour, filmed during two performances at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will air on AETN Saturday, March 3, at 5 p.m.; Monday, March 5, at 10 p.m.; Wednesday, March 7, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets to The Believe Tour (Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock) are available through the AETN Foundation.
PBS Launches Inaugural Online Film Festivalposted 28 Feb 2012
PBS has launched its first Online Film Festival and showcase of 20 short films from independent filmmakers. The Festival, featuring award-winning films with a wide array of styles, perspectives and subject matter, will run from February 27 through March 30 and can be accessed via the PBS website and the PBS YouTube channel.
In Performance at the White House: Red, White, and Bluesposted 24 Feb 2012
President and Mrs. Obama host this all-star celebration of the blues -- the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta, up Highway 61 to the West Side of Chicago, with deep roots in Africa and slavery and influences on modern American music from soul to rock and roll. Leading popular artists' performances trace that migratory root and pay homage to the great figures of the genre and the songs they made famous -- from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters.
The Clinton Years: An Arkansas Perspective airs Tuesdayposted 19 Feb 2012
Clinton, by American Experience, explores the story of a president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians. Clinton airs in two parts Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of part two on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m., AETN will air the locally produced follow-up The Clinton Years: An Arkansas Perspective.
Martha Speaks kicks off its fourth season on Monday, February 20 with an action-packed two-part episode guest starring real-life Hollywood coupleJon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends with Kids) - and their real-life dog, Cora. Tune in Monday at 6:30 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. Part I features a a case of mistaken identity and Part II has Martha meeting circus dogs who look just like Cora.
Be Sure to Watch! "Slavery By Another Name"posted 13 Feb 2012
"Slavery By Another Name" explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South.
Be Sure to Watch! "Clinton: American Experience"posted 07 Feb 2012
the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful
series of presidential biographies, "American Experience" explores the
fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken
childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians
in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted
characters to ever stride across the public stage.
DVR 'Downton Abbey?' Read this.posted 03 Feb 2012
Many of our viewers who DVR'd last Sunday's episode of "Downton Abbey" discovered the wrong program recorded. Be sure to check if your recording matches. If not, you can schedule a recording of the future airings.
AETN Black History Month 2012posted 01 Feb 2012
PBS broadcasts programming created by and about African Americans year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of this year's Black History Month, PBS will showcase an expansive lineup of programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African Americans. From the abolition of slavery to the rise of the black power movement, these programs take a profound look into a variety of historical events and individuals.
Cat in the Hat events in Arkansas, March 2 marathonposted 31 Jan 2012
Tune into AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2. AETN will host screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and a visit from the Cat costume character in Little Rock, El Dorado and Jonesboro Feb. 20-24. The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Associations Read Across America initiative to celebrate reading.
Arts Fridays: Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, the Queen, Buble posted 27 Jan 2012
Tony Bennett fan? Love those fab big band sounds? Maybe a little Gaga or the Queen or Luckenbach guitar from our favorite braided Texan floats your boat? How PBS got them all wrapped into an hour and a half is beyond me. Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Michael Buble arent hard to look at or hear either. Theres something for everyone this Friday night on AETN Arts Fridays at 9 p.m.
Historic Bridges of Arkansas airs Th., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.posted 25 Jan 2012
One of our most popular shows, Historic Bridges of Arkansas airs Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. This film was made to help preserve the history associated with bridges in Arkansas for future generations. The special features scenic footage of various bridges, as well as interviews. Made in partnership with the Arkansas Highway Department.
AETN examines Arkansas's dropout rates, resources as part of American Graduate Initiativeposted 25 Jan 2012
Approximately 20 percent of Arkansas ninth graders do not obtain a high school diploma, with an even higher dropout rate for black and Latino students, according to the Arkansas Department of Education and more than 1 million students drop out every year across the nation. Now the question is "How will you help save our children and collective future?"
AETN Arts Fridays at the Met with Anna Bolena 9 p.m.posted 20 Jan 2012
Tune in to AETN Arts Fridays as Anna Bolena opens the season at the Met at 9 p.m. Cant miss the mad queen fun! Anna Netrebko opens the season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of operas greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar.
PBS announces Winter/Spring 2012 lineupposted 17 Jan 2012
New programs are coming soon to a television near you: including "Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock, Season 2" "American Masters: Johnny Carson," "American Experience: Clinton" and many more.
Bill Moyers is Backposted 13 Jan 2012
Bill Moyers returns on-air and online in January 2012 with MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time.
AETN Arts Fridays - Let Me Down Easy airs at 9 p.m.posted 12 Jan 2012
Having been credited with creating a new form of theater, to create Let Me Down Easy Smith interviewed an eclectic group of people (300 on three continents) and performs several in an evening that is funny, moving and engaging. The title resonates on several levels reverberating with meanings of lost love, the faith that sustains people in times of difficulty, and ultimately, the end of life.
AETN Public Media Center in Museum of Discovery opens Jan. 14posted 09 Jan 2012
The AETN Public Media Center in the Museum of Discovery opens Jan. 14. A shared mission of education, a focus on science, and a passion for providing a real public service to Arkansas and visitors to our state led the outstanding newly remodeled and restructured Museum of Discovery to invite AETN to provide a resource room for visitors.
This five-part series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not. By Connie Field.
AETN ArtsFridays brings you "AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Kevin Kerby+Battery" and Great Performances with Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin Friday at 6:30 and 9. As the Creative Chair for Jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Herbie Hancock joins Music Director Gustavo Dudamel Walt Disney Concert Hall to celebrate classical Gershwin with jazz overtones not to be missed.
Arkansas's U.S. Senators, John Boozman (R) and Mark Pryor (D), will be featured on an all-new "Arkansas Week: Special Edition" airing Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. "Arkansas Week," hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes for more than 25 years, features a dedicated and distinguished group of Arkansas journalists and political scientists discussing the latest issues in the news.
Exploring Arkansas now in HD premieres January 2posted 30 Dec 2011
Exploring Arkansas in HD premieres Jan. 2 and includes trips to some truly unexpected places you cant always find in Arkansas. And believe me, you wont want to miss Chuck in a pirates shirt. What struck me is how appropriate it looks on him. A previous life as a pirate explorer me thinks? Im not too sure Im that far off with that one mateys. And now shot in HD, even more beautiful.
How does one come to possess a $1 million to $1.5 million antique? Tune in to "Antiques Roadshow" Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. to find out. The episode, which was originally taped July 23 in Tulsa, features the highest-value appraisal in the series' sixteen years of production.
After its Emmy win, Downton Abbey now has the attention of the Golden Globes as well, being nominated in the best miniseries or TV movie category. Well-deserved, this outstanding period piece from PBS is back this Sunday, Dec. 18th with Season 1, Part 2. Catch up online or in the first minute of the opener Sunday with a fairly lengthy recap.
Arts Fridays brings you student films, The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco ballet posted 15 Dec 2011
Arts Fridays December 16 brings you Arkansas student films as part of our Student Selects project at 6:30 p.m. followed by PBS Arts from San Francisco Great Performances: The Little Mermaid From the San Francisco Ballet at 9 p.m. Fridays featured films are produced as part of Project VoiceScape, that helps youth have the opportunity to learn valuable filmmaking skills and about themselves.
Special Exploring Arkansas episodes air Sun., Dec. 18 starting at 12:30 p.m. If you have always wanted to pick Chucks outdoor savvy brain, heres your chance! Starting at 12:30, you can watch Chucks Top 10 Favorite Places, then at 1:30 Exploring Arkansass National Parks followed at 2:30 by Exploring Arkansass National Wildlife Refuges. Get ready to lace up those hiking shoes!
Delight in the New York City Ballet's presentation of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" as part of "Live From Lincoln Center" airing Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The program will be hosted by Arkansas native and School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton.
Downton Abbey Season 1 is back Sun., Dec. 11, so eyeball it to get ready for Season 2 premiering Jan. 8! Maybe you have forgotten the earl, Violet or the Crawleys? Catch up on whos who from the upper class fam to the Staff. Oh, how I have missed John Bates, the valet -and where exactly did Lady Mary leave it with Matthew in the love department? Quick, I need the Downton Abbey refresher 101 before I settle in for Season 2 on January 8.
Settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and your warmest slippers for a Friday night of holiday-themed music beginning at 6:30 p.m. with "AETN Presents: A Holiday Music Gala" followed by "Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert" at 8:30.
VOTE for your favorite AETN program from 2011 now through December 31. From our long-time standards like Exploring Arkansas to specials such as Extreme Weather and our music show AETN Presents: On the Front Row, tell us what you liked best!
Join Sid the Science kid every day this week at 12:30 p.m. for Technology & Engineering Week. Sid and his friends meet all kinds of scientists in a new week of episodes celebrating technology and engineering. Explore computers, investigate flight, and learn how to engineer a solution during Technology & Engineering Week premiering Dec. 5-9. Know an engineer? Pass it on.
This December, AETN Plus/World offers a compelling assortment of documentaries which explore a phenomenon as old as humanity itself: religion. From Christianity, Judaism and Islam, many of the world's most prominent religions are explored in a variety of programs.
Tune in this Friday at 6:30 to see AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking that includes her opera about Bill Clinton in his Arkansas youth for AETN Arts Fridays. Stay tuned starting at 9 for "PBS Arts from New York Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli in Central Park.
What is it about watching a man in the Alaskan wilderness build a cabin with his bare hands that we find so enthralling? Is it the simplicity, solitude or ingenuity? Regardless, be sure to tune in to "Alone in the Wilderness" part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
"HIV/AIDS in Arkansas" will examine AIDS 30 years later, AIDS and people over 50, risk factors, myths, transmission, treatment, prevention, and programs and services. Tune in Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
What does the future hold for Social Security, Medicare and Arkansas's aging population? According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare but will the funds be there for you when you need them? Tune in to "Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?" Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
If someone in your family is a Curious George fan, then you won't want to miss the "Curious George" Holiday Spectacular, including the premiere of "Curious George: The Movie," airing on Thanksgiving Day.
Get your weekend started the right way with tonight's AETN Arts Friday showcasing women performers on "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Smittle Band featuring Stephanie Smittle" and PBS Arts from Cleveland "Women Who Rock."
Gaining unprecedented access to the notoriously private film legend, Emmy Award-winner Robert Weide delves into Woody Allens life and creative process, from his childhood and early career through to his most recent film Midnight in Paris, in this new, two-part documentary.
AETN Arts Fridays continues with local rock n rollers Kevin Kerby + Battery and American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man." Dont miss Kevin Kerby…witty...humble…fun…honest songwriting. Bill T. Jones is a story within a story…an African-American choreographer leading his dance troupe through Lincolns story… behind the scenes, beautifully told.
East China Normal University art is coming to Arkansas, in a never-before-seen exhibit that will be open at AETN's Atrium and you can get the first look and meet some of the artists at an opening reception on Monday, Nov. 14, from 4-6 p.m.
Vote for what music you want to see and hear for our Nov. 10 music show. AETN airs an eclectic mix of national and local music shows each Thursday night at 9 and now YOU have the chance to vote for what you want to watch for this Thursday. Choose from local artists like the Cate Brothers and Trout Fishing. Visit www.aetn.org/programs to cast your vote!
A great match on Friday with some banjo, folkgrass and toe tapping music with Still on the Hill and Give me the Banjo its truly finger pickin' good. Hailing from the Ozarks, Still on the Hill features unique folkgrass 6:30 this Friday followed at 9 p.m. by PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me The Banjo.
Youll want to take a look at this private eye on Masterpiece: Case Histories Sunday at 9 p.m. I have seen the first two hours of this three-part series and its just brilliant. As most things are on Masterpiece. But this new P.I. Brodie has it all strong man, sensitive father, struggling human…three great mysteries rolled into one brilliant, mesmerizing story that concludes masterfully.
"One Last Thing" takes an unflinching look at Jobss difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, "One Last Thing" looks into why he was so great.
'Deaf Jam' screening highlights culture of American Sign Languageposted 25 Oct 2011
Most of us think of poetry as either written or spoken, but what about American Sign Language poetry? Last night's Community Cinema screening of "Deaf Jam" highlighted American Sign Language poetry and offered insight into the importance of the deaf community's culture.
October programs on AETN Plus/WORLD feature activist women - including 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbwoee and Tawakkul Karman. You can catch "Woman War and Peace" Part 1 online now and Part 2 this Friday on AETN Plus. "Iron ladies of Liberia" kicks off next week and focuses on Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.
Acclaimed physicist and host Brian Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world wed hardly recognize a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.
AETN rocks out with Pearl Jam and Cameron Crowe this Friday at 9 with "American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty." Watch the full film by Cameron Crowe about this masterful group of musicians. Join us earlier at 6:30 p.m. for "AETN Presents: On the Same Page" with children's author Darcy Pattison as she discusses her latest book, "Prairie Storms". Visit www.aetn.org/artsfridays for more information.
AETN online calendar of events, specials now availableposted 19 Oct 2011
An AETN online calendar of events, concerts, special programs and more is now available at aetn.org/engage/calendar. Check out what free screenings are going on in your community, what concerts are coming to town through the AETN Foundation, special programming like the PBS Fall Arts Festival and special events like Family Day.
The Smittle Band brought jazzy blues to AETN last nightposted 18 Oct 2011
Last night, the bluesy, jazzy musicians called The Smittle Band played to a full house at AETN's studios in Conway to tape an episode of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" that will air Friday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Philip Martin from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette labels the group a "smooth, swinging Dan Hicks for NPR listeners."
AETN Arts Fridays debuts this week grab a chair for your 6:30 and 9 p.m. arts fix starting with "AETN Presents: On the Same Page with C.D. Wright" and then "The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore." Wright was born in the Ozarks and speaks about her latest book, "One With Others: (A Little Book of her Days)." "H.M.S. Pinafore" is a ton o fun - bright costumes and plenty of silliness.
Lawrence Welk Saturday night dance party, all ages allowed, especially kids seven and under who enjoy the random 7 p.m. dance party on a Saturday night in the living room. Im not sure if it was the music or the big hair and swanky red dresses that caught my 5-year-olds eye, but that girl was up and dancing to big band and swing music two weeks ago like nobodys business.
Versatile British actor Hugh Laurie, an American favorite for his role in the hit TV series House, showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed in New Orleans.
June brings new series of "Barnes and...posted 02 Oct 2011
<p>"Barnes and...," hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes and
in its 20th year, is a cutting-edge current affairs program featuring
one-on-one conversations with a wide variety of prominent individuals
from many areas of interest and backgrounds.</p>
"Prohibition" is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
AETN will debut AETN Arts Fridays on Friday nights beginning Oct. 14 to bring world class arts and culture programming to your living room with local Arkansas authors and bands via locally produced arts and culture series AETN Presents at 6:30 p.m. and the unprecedented PBS Arts Fall Festival at 9 p.m. PBS is Americas largest stage and AETN has it for you every Friday!
If you've lived in Arkansas very long, you may have heard the saying "If you don't like the weather, just hang around; it will change." And for the most part, that saying is pretty accurate. Forecasts only go so far in Arkansas, no matter what weatherman you prefer. But this past year, Arkansas's had more than its fair share of extreme weather. From deadly flooding and tornadoes, drought, extreme heat indexes to even negative temperatures, Arkansas's weather has run the gamut.
KTEJ-19/Jonesboro will be off the air September 7 though the week of September 12 . A tower crew is replacing conductors in the transmission line as part of the final stage of the KTEJ maximization project. In the meantime, you can watch many of our programs online by visiting http://watch.aetn.org. We apologize for the inconvenience!
This one-hour live show will consist of highly motivated individuals
from various organizations that represent the iBelieve Community
Coalition, including Centers for Youth and Families, Let Our Violence
End (L.O.V.E.), Boys and Girls Club, and the OK Program among others who
are developing creative ways for involving volunteers, mentors, and
tutors in our community.
Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist, best known for his complex fingerpicking style, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. He is one of 4 CGPs (Certified Guitar Player) handed the award by Chet Atkins. He was considered a child prodigy, playing guitar since age 4. Watch him Aug. 13 and catch him live at UCA Oct. 6.
A special treat for Celtic Thunder fans: Keith Harkins solo performance airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. Last November, Keith surprised us with a solo performance in our studio and that is what you will see tonight on "AETN Presents: On The Front Row". It's a great show. I have to admit that I like Keith even better in this type of performance than his performances as a member of Celtic Thunder.
The Cat in the Hat vs. Alaskan Grizzly in Fight Club you make the call. We dont give our kids enough credit. Kids get it. They can understand, learn and love BOTH PBS Kids shows AND Nature. I got a double dose of bears this week. Im not a particular lover of the bear (polar, grizzly, animated or otherwise) but anything having to do with animals or nature at my house is a hit.
The black mamba is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes, known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Rearing up with its head four feet above the ground, it strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins and is ten times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human.
This documentary profiles former First Lady Betty Ford, her time in the White House, her advocacy for equal rights and the substance addiction that led to the founding of the Betty Ford Center in California. The program draws from an interview with Mrs. Ford, then 84, conducted in 2002 by historian Michael Beschloss.
Building on a year of audience growth on-air and on digital and mobile platforms, PBS announces a new slate of fall programming, including a celebration of the arts, Ken Burns's and Lynn Novick's latest film, PROHIBITION, and a new four-part miniseries, "The Fabric of the Cosmos," that reunites physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene with NOVA.
Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christies detective
with a gentle smile and probing mind in the all-new episode The Pale
Horse. Miss Marples old friend is found murdered, and when she
receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss
Marple seeks justice.
Americas biggest and brightest birthday party, "A Capitol Fourth", features unrivaled musical performances by some of the countrys best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
If you havent been to a Community Cinema yet this season, you have one last chance. Well be screening Two Spirits on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. If you cant make it to that screening, well have another on the following Monday, June 27, at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock, also at 6 p.m.
Bill Murray Hosts Great Performances: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 Tuesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. on AETNPerformers Include Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and More
Do Your Part? We all have different "favorite" programs on AETN. But thats not the reason I do my part. My main reason is Karley, Jackson and Lucas, my niece and nephews. They're 7, 5 and almost 2. I've watched Karley and Jackson grow up with PBS Kids programming because their aunt worked on Sesame Street. I hope that you'll consider why AETN is important to you and Do Your Part!
AETN helped celebrate PBS KIDS
favorite "Dinosaur Train" National Train Day, increase membership in
AETN's Kids Go! Club and give Arkansas's children a chance to experience riding
the rails firsthand by conducted a month-long online contest and awarded 50
three-to eight-year-old children and their guardians on a three-hour historic
train ride through Arkansass beautiful Boston Mountains.
Discover the true story of Americas Great Experiment. Go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with Ken Burns and Lynn Novicks PROHIBITION.
PBSKids helps with literacy
and encourages reading raise a reader this summer with special programming,
social media projects and summer reading challenges all with your favorite
PBSKids characters. Check out free
activities, email reminders, free downloadable activities, book suggestions and
more at www.pbsparents.org/read and
www.pbskids.org/read . PBS is Americas largest classroom read
with us this summer!
Over the last year, Masterpiece on Sundays has had a banner season, which saw viewership increase 54 percent compared to last season. Partly due to "Downton Abbey" (we'll see more in 2012) and the new "Upstairs, Downstairs" Masterpiece thrives with the old....today. Tune in next month with Masterpiece Mystery to see what the chatter is about.
As a kid growing up in a traditional Christian church, there was nothing unordinary about singing hymns every Sunday morning and more often than not, up to three times a week. We were singin fools. I knew the songs by heart and it became part of my culture and lifestyle.
What is love? Is it toleration of things you dont understand? Is it an attachment to someone or a display of affection? Maybe its all of these things or none at all. Ive lived my life believing that I understood love that I knew how to love. Today in Anniston, AL. I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about it.
For more than two decades, PBS has been proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country with the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT. The evening, that has become an American tradition, offers viewers a time to remember, to heal and bring our country together.
Walking off the bus to a roaring round of applause at Mary Washington University (UMW) today, I almost instantly understood the importance of community. As we approached the welcoming crowd we were greeted with smiles, kind words of encouragement and a genuine sense of joy that we were continuing the legacy of the Freedom Riders.
The day before the original Freedom Riders departed Washington D.C. for the first ride in 1961, they came together in what was half-jokingly referred to as the last supper. They settled on Chinese food unfamiliar cuisine to a then 19-year-old John Lewis. I say half-jokingly because, though they hoped for the best, they knew that the consequences of their impending ride could potentially lead to death. Their lives were on the line and they had spent months preparing for this nonviolent movement to eradicate segregation in the South.
Isn't it amazing how a few determined people can help change
the course of history? It's not often public broadcasting gets a mention
on network television, but when the subject is something as influential
as the original 1961 Freedom Rides, all bets are off.
Arkansass participation in the Civil War will be commemorated
during this years Arkansas Heritage Month. The outbreak of the Civil
War led to a divide within Arkansas as Ozark farmers initially preferred
allegiance to the Union, while Delta planters favored secession. This
year marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict that
divided our nation.
A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up
education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern
landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey and Penelope Wilton
star. Laura Linney hosts.Ambitious teacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell
Martin) returns to her Yorkshire origins to apply for the job of
headmistress at the local girl's school. Landowner Robert Carne (David
Morrissey) mistrusts all she stands for. Penelope Wilton also stars.
Students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governors Academic Competition at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Saturday, April 30, in Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2011. Quiz Bowl 2011 will be broadcast on Saturday in two sections 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The finals will involve seven conferences for a total of 14 teams.
Thirty lucky Dinosaur Train fans, along with one guardian per child, will get to embark on a three-hour, 70-mile roundtrip train journey hosted by AETN and the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad on May 21. The contest is open to kids ages 3-8. The entry deadline is May 6. To learn more and to enter, visit aetn.org/kids.
As soon as AETN learned that an Arkansas resident had a seat reserved on the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, we were excited to find out why she decided to apply and what she hoped to learn from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions and these are her responses. We look forward to following her journey and sharing it with you!
Spanish language and music learning come to PBS Kids GO! through two
new animated children's web series, "Chuck Vanderchuck's 'Something
Something' Explosion" and "Noah Comprende", demonstrating PBS's
continued commitment to offer engaging and educational media for
children across all platforms.
Samantha Williams, a political science major at the University of Arkansas, is one of 40 students who will participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride May 6-16. Like the original Freedom Ride in 1961, the 2011 Student Freedom Ride 10-day journey will begin in Washington, D.C. and end in Jackson, Miss.
"Black in Latin America", a new four-part series on the
influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest
documentary film from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
presenter and writer of the acclaimed PBS series "African American
Lives" (2006), "Oprahs Roots" (2007), "African American Lives 2"
(2008), "Looking for Lincoln" (2009), and "Faces of America" (2010).
Thank you to all the parents for coming to this year's Family
Day at the Jones Center in Springdale. This was one of the best Family
yet! We hope you had a great time. See full article for some pictures of this
PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of tonight's presidential address beginning at 6:30 p.m. President Obama will speak on the subject of Libya policy from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.
Its 1936 and, sweeping away the cobwebs from the most famous address in MASTERPIECE history, a new couple moves into 165 Eaton Place. Thus resumes the romantic, moving, and epic story of Upstairs Downstairs, more than three decades after its last episode on PBS. Lavishly produced, beautifully acted, and eagerly awaited by millions of fans, Upstairs Downstairs is one of the jewels in the crown of MASTERPIECEs 40th season. It airs in three one-hour episodes on MASTERPIECE Classic, Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24, 2011 at 9 p.m.
On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Americas Civil War, PBS will re-broadcast Ken Burnss entire landmark 1990 series. The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns airs Sunday, April 3 through Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
U.N.I.T.Y. documentary tells tough, real-life stories about inmates in an Arkansas maximum security unit and the support group helping them to accept their current situations, reflect on the decisions that got them there, and work to better their lives and the lives of others. The film shares personal stories that are shocking, sorrowful, angry and hopeful. U.N.I.T.Y. airs April 28 at 7 p.m.
AETN, the Arkansas Department of Education and ASCD, the internationally renowned producer of books, video, audio and onsite professional development for educators and leadership, have partnered to enhance professional development opportunities for Arkansas educators through the IDEAS professional development website.
Get your kids involved in home improvement projects and enjoy that good family time AND get stuff done. Watch this weekend's "Ask This Old House" taped in Little Rock together and then get going around your own house!
Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. In NATURE "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey, "Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of Indias best protected tiger reserves.
Based on the bestselling novel by William Boyd, Any Human Heart is a rollercoaster ride through one man's life. A trio of great actors portray the different life stages of hero Logan Mountstuart, a writer, lover, art dealer and spy living by his wits in the tumultuous 20th century.
Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different.
As the white tail season is rapidly approaching its conclusion, this rookie hunter has come to a conscience understanding that hunting is far more than the trophies we mount on our walls, the meat we store in the freezer, and the stories we embellish around the campfireits an all out addiction! I confess I am actively seeking a Deer Hunters Anonymous group to join.
Technology and media consumption is changing at a rapid pace. We at AETN and PBS recognize the importance of keeping up with these trends, and we understand that more and more people are getting their content from mobile devices. So, in order to meet these trends head on, we have developed mobile applications that allow our viewers to receive our great content on the go.
I've noticed a ritual that's developed whenever I have a new show on AETN. The night of the premiere broadcast I come to AETN about a half hour early and hang out in Master Control. I talk with whoever is on duty but we both know I'm there to make sure the show starts without any glitches. This isn't something I should worry about because we have some great people in the engineering department and any issues have been worked out well in advance. But I still do it. For whatever superstitious reason I feel I need to be in the building. Once the show has started I excuse myself from Master Control and go up to my office where I watch the rest of the show on a monitor at my desk. When it's over, I go home, waving good-bye to the Master Control operators on my way out.
Television's demand for "action" pictures is insatiable and foolish. Too many editors and producers abhor what is called "a talking head." Tom Shales, the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic of the Washington Post, once observed that "the most interesting thing you can put on television is a talking head." Depending, of course, on what the "head" has to say.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will broadcast Gov.
Mike Beebes State of the State address on AETN-1Tuesday, Jan. 11, at
approximately 10:30 a.m., following the swearing in of new
representatives. During the course of the 2011 legislative session, AETN will also broadcast the Arkansas House of Representatives
session live on AETN-2 beginning Monday, Jan. 10. The session will begin
at approximately 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. on Friday
for the next four to six weeks.
Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived" by critic Pauline Kael, Jeff Bridges has been plying his craft most of his life. With a first role as an infant in his mother Dorothy's arms and a childhood television debut in his father Lloyd's television series Sea Hunt, he burst onto the silver screen in The Last Picture Show in 1971 and was immediately recognized with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
New Year, new programs!posted 03 Jan 2011
It's a new year and with the new year comes some great new programming from AETN and PBS!
A stately country house, a noble family, and a succession crisis caused by the sinking of the Titanic are the backdrop for 'Downton Abbey', an Edwardian spellbinder by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). Following the lives of aristocrats and servants in the years before World War I, Downton Abbey chronicles the hunts, garden parties and sexual intrigues on the estate. The series that took the UK by storm, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and a house full of revered actors in a production that brings a glittering bygone era to life.
If you're a regular AETN and PBS viewer, then you probably recognize that unmistakable music from "Star Gazer." Here's your chance to hear that music again and learn a lot about the total lunar eclipse happening tonight around 1:41 a.m.
Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction The first episode of Pioneers of Television Season Two explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of "The Twilight Zone") used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force ... or, perhaps, a giant radish.
This groundbreaking series focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material.
Yesterday was World AIDS Day - a day to highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS is clearly a complex worldwide health problem that affects individuals, families and communities at large. Each year, AETN airs 'HIV/AIDS in Arkansas' to dispel the myths and uncover the facts about HIV/AIDS transmission including statewide updates from local experts. The program details how the disease can be spread, prevention, testing, and current treatments.
Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes hes ahead of him. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and see what its like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.
I have a sneaking suspicion that around the Thanksgiving table I am going to have to cleverly voice the things I am thankful for this year. Fine, I say....I have been obsessing over this for nearly a week now. The clever part I'm not so sure I can pull off BUT I do earn my every other Friday paycheck knowing 'words' so I figure I can string some together to make a semi-coherent sentence on a Thursday afternoon...starting with my standby blessings of having legs to run, a heart to love, arms to hug my kiddos.
Spend your Thanksgiving with AETN! We have arranged a festive lineup of concerts to brighten your holiday. Programs include Faith Hill singing her favorite songs from her holiday album, Joy to the World, Michael McDonald performs his yuletide favorites, and Chicago's celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass ensemble for "A Renaissance Christmas" celebrates the soaring sounds of the holiday season.
'American Experience' and AETN is bringing you the 50-year-old story of this ride this May 16 in a heart-wrenching but hopeful tale of survival, fighting for the right thing, in a time crying out for help. And during the 10 days before the film premieres - May 6-16 - 40 college students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join some of the original Freedom Riders and retrace that 1961 historical route...learn their stories...learn about their struggles...and bring light to an event in history not to be forgotten.
This fall, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize salutes Tina Fey. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 90-minute special features a star-studded cast of Feys friends and colleagues.
Miller Williams - famed poet, award-winner, author, professor - his life as poetry. AETN invites you to a free advance screening of Men & Women of Distinction: Miller Williams. Join the Fayetteville native for a reception and poetry reading, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Fayetteville.
In October 2010, John Lennon would have been 70-years old. In December 2010, he will have been dead for 30 years. Yet, his art still haunts us. AMERICAN MASTERS tells John Lennon's story as it has never been told before -- and as it will never be told again.
Were excited to announce an update to the AETN iPhone app. It now has some new features and better functionality. Weve added Flickr to the app, better integration with YouTube, more sharing options, push notifications for fast updates on important information, and an overall improved experience for users. Weve also updated the graphics to take advantage of the iPhone 4s Retina display, which means the graphics will now look more crisp and clear.
"Telling Amy's Story", a moving, true reflection on Amy's life and death was brought to Arkansas last night care of AETN, along with a one hour, live, call-in crisis hotline. Staffed by domestic violence advocates, law enforcement, detectives, victims and others, Studio A was transformed into a place for victims - and friends and families of victims - across our state to come for help. And from the looks on the faces of those answering the phones, and the stories we heard on the other end of the line, all of those involved in last night's event should feel proud that we did public service media the way it's meant to be done.
Ever dream of running away with the circus? Go beyond the big top with the traveling Big Apple Circus, where the stories are true and the magic is real. Listen and watch as producers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre relive the journey with crew members, acrobats, clowns and other amazing characters under the tent.
PBS NewsHour will be providing live election coverage online. Be sure to watch here or log onto to the NewsHour website at 9pm for an hour of exclusive online only coverage. At 10pm, NewsHour will extend their coverage to broadcast. The PBS NewsHour Special Report: Election Night 2010 will provide current returns and analysis as polls are closing on the West Coast.
Trapped under nearly a half-mile of solid rock in a collapsed mine in Chiles remote Atacama desert, 33 miners fight for survival, battling 95 degree heat, near-total darkness and most dangerous of all the risk of losing all hope of rescue. NOVA chronicles the miners 69-day ordeal and the heroic work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring the trapped miners safely to the surface.
Stereotypes are tricky things. Just talking about stereotypes has the ability to make people uncomfortable, so how do you host a screening of a film about stereotypes and hold a panel discussion afterward? By being frank.
Today at the River Market in Little Rock, "Ask This Old House" hosts Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva treated more than 100 fans to a taping of a new 'workshop' segment of the show. Tricks of the trade, home improvement questions from the audience and a workshop on fixing window screens led to two hours of learning and fun on a rainy Tuesday morning.
Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits. When an unidentified woman, dressed all in pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock must use the science of deduction to catch the killer.
Students from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts perform Cant Stop the Beat from Hairspray during A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House in the East Room of the White House.
Telling Amy's Story airs Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., immediately followed by a live domestic violence crisis hotline at 8 p.m. Telling Amy's Story chronicles the tragic death of Amy Homan McGee, a domestic violence victim, mother of two and former Verizon employee who was shot and killed by her husband.
Frontline: The Spill Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a serial environmental criminal that left behind a long trail of problems deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators.
AETN along with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Systems (CAVHS) and other groups and sponsors are all set to participate in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/ Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) welcome home event.
Being an intern at AETN has been a surprisingly pleasant experience so far. Not to say that I expected the job to be a nightmare, but I'm a Broadcast Journalism major working in the PR/Marketing department.
Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the brutal slaying of an elderly couple at an isolated farmhouse. The fallout from the case leads the detective to doubt everything, including his abilities as a police officer. Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander, Series II: Faceless Killers airs Sundays, Oct. 3, 10, & 17 at 9:00 p.m.
I spent my Friday afternoon visiting with some great people in Northeast Arkansas. My initial reason for visiting the region was to attend a conference in Jonesboro, but along the way I made it a point to stop to talk with some locals about the upcoming elections. We, at AETN, are collecting citizens thoughts on what problems are affecting Arkansans across the state for the upcoming elections. As part of this project, we are videotaping their responses and posting them on our Debates Website. Were hoping to encourage a conversation to help better inform voters in the upcoming election.
God In America How has religious belief shaped American history? What role have religious ideas and spiritual experience played in shaping the social, political, and cultural life of what has become the worlds most religiously diverse nation?
The Student Selects 2010 Showcase is now available for viewing online.Each year the number of submissions and the quality of production increases. This year's broadcast contains some of the most entertaining shorts yet!
Bonnie Montgomery rocked the house last last week during a taping of AETN Presents: On the Front Row to be aired this November. I'm not sure that AETN fans have ever had the eclectic show we were treated to last Thursday.
President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert on June 2 in honor of musician Sir Paul McCartneys receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event in the White House East Room will include performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Lang Lang and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.
We all have such busy lives--work, family, chores--that finding time to volunteer seems impossible. However, did you know that in 2009, 63.4 million Americans contributed 8.1 billion (yes, BILLION) hours of service?
A Capitol Fourth will air live in HD from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home and to our service members around the world on the American Forces Network. Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the 30th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH will capture the stunning pyrotechnics from every vantage point with 18 TV cameras stationed around the city including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to Americas 234th birthday, the show will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery
If you haven't had the chance to check out PBS new show Need to Know then you're missing out on a really well-produced program. Here are some video segments they have produced covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Announcing the complete Exploring Arkansas collection now available online! We have been working hard to answer your request to watch your favorite episodes of Exploring Arkansas anytime and anywhere. As of today the entire archive of Chuck Dovish's adventures are online and free for you to watch. This collection will continue to grow as Chuck shows us new and exciting areas of our beautiful state each month.
We've all heard "man's best friend." In fact, we've heard "man's best friend" so much that we almost forget the meaning.But when was the last time you really thought about the significance of what "man's best friend" really means?
A couple weeks ago, AETN aired a documentary, "Through a Dog's Eyes," about the training and placement of service dogs.
I spilled a couple of tears no more than five minutes into the 60-minute film. Ill admit Im an easy crier, but not for just any reason. Although vastly different from my own familys experience, the parallels that were there throughout the story were both surprising and comforting. The grieving that comes after diagnosis. (Even though didnt each of us who got that diagnosis for our child already know? And I mean know. Long before the rubber stamp.) The lingering guilt and fear that wakes you up in the middle of the night. What did I do wrong? What am I not doing right? What am I not doing enough of
We have launched AETN Mobile, our new mobile website. We've been working on it for a few months now - mainly planning out the featured content and finding time to pull it all together. Were really excited about allowing viewers to access AETN content on the go. Viewers can now read our Engage Blog, check our daily schedule, watch AETN videos, get important notices and a whole lot more.
Most people are willing to participate in something bigger than they are. The construction of Arkansass First People brought out curiosity and a willingness to listen to different perspectives. It also enlightened people to the fact that though Arkansas does not have contemporary American Indian nations within its borders, Native people are still involved with the Natural State.
Interactive mediums - such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, ext - are becoming more and more popular each day. Each week millions of people login to these new social mediums to send out billions of updates. There is a ton of information out there and its difficult for organizations - non-profit and for-profit, alike - to know how to effectively engage their audiences. Right now, organizations are frantically running around trying to keep up with the whirling winds of change that are happening all around them. AETN is no exception.
Blahblah….Earth Day….This morning a co-worker said to me "This is the only place I have ever worked where we celebrate Earth Day." I laughed as I showed him my shirt (my attempt to represent the vegetarian peeps of the world today) 'Eat More Greens' with Bambi smiling a sweet little don't eat me grin. Dang, that deer has some long lashes.
There's kind of a running joke here at AETN about how no one wants my job doing viewer services. When someone says, "You couldn't pay me a million dollars to do your job!" I usually just laugh...mostly out of self-pity because I'm doing the job for waaaaay less than a million dollars, and sometimes wonder why. So why is my job better than yours? I'll tell you why.
I was watching Austin City Limits the other night and Wilco was on, preforming songs from their 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky. It was a great performance. I have had friends that swore by their music for years, but I had never felt any kind of draw to them - that is until late last year when I purchased their most recent album Wilco, Self-titled. Its a decent album. There are some really good songs on it - but still - I didnt understand what the big deal was about this band? The performance I watched of them on ACL changed all that.
The Holocaust...Anne Frank...The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorates this emotional and enormous event in our history April 11-18 with the official recognized Days of Remembrance this month. Remembering the Holocaust in an official way serves a few purposes in my busy and not so always focused mind...stop. think. remember. And...then look look forward taking what we learned from this massive event in time....keep our eyes on human rights. ALL THE TIME.
Last weekend I drove up to Fayetteville to meet Miller Williams, our next featured subject, and Ernie Dumas, the host, to shoot some outdoor footage for the episode. While we had shot the sit-down interview back in November, we still needed the walk-and-talk, where Ernie and Miller would literally walk and talk around the U of A campus. Most likely youve seen the walk-and-talk in other shows but havent noticed it. For me, its my favorite part of the production of these shows. Its like the cherry on top of a sundae; that little something extra that makes the show more interesting.
AETN Family Day was a huge success for everyone involved - AETN, the Jones Center for Families, and - of course - the kids! We had a huge turnout of over 3000 kids and parents. It was a whole lot of fun. There were scheduled activities throughout the day for kids to take part in - reading with Clifford, sing-along with Buddy the Dinosaur, and a whole lot more. Kids had a blast.
Last Friday, March 5, Silent Storytellers was screened at the Clinton School for Public Service. It was the first public screening of Silent Storytellers, a documentary that explores the history and preservation of Arkansass cemeteries.
So...it's Spring Break, what on earth do you do with your kiddos? Last year as I was pondering this all important question (and it IS important as parents know...we all want an enjoyable time and to keep our little ones occupied...and it's also a necessity to plan well with a full time job) I knew for sure that I needed to stay close to home and do something inexpensive. Well, not only did I find something that was great amounts of fun for all of us, but it was FREE and just a short (and super fun) road trip away! I loaded up the critters, some Goldfish crackers and water for the ride, and off we went to Springdale for AETN's Family Day event.
We just launched a new look and feel to the AETN Website. Its not a total redesign. We focused on updating what we already have in place. We adopted the new PBS branding strategy, made pages a little easier to find, and gave visitors a more welcoming homepage.
Past Clarksville off Interstate 40 in Arkansas lies the foothills of the Ozarks. In that part of the state live people with a rich heritage. One of these people is a woman by the name of Abby Burnett. (VIDEO)
I spent a snowy afternoon the other day with the director of the upcoming documentary, "Silent Storytellers". We spoke about how he came on board with the project and how being a part of it has affected him personally. (VIDEO)
I spent some time with the Exploring Arkansas production crew the other day as they went on a shoot at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is about 8 miles south of Dardanelle, Arkansas right on the Arkansas River Valley. Beautiful area.
I just came from the Silent Storytellers documentary screening and it was amazing. The videography and music was beautiful, the stories were compelling, and the storytellers were fascinating. The documentary follows individuals across the state as they bring awareness to preserving deteriorating cemeteries.
Were going to be airing the Hope for Haiti Now telethon tonight at 7 p.m. to help bring awareness to the needs of the people of Haiti. Its going to be hosted by George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper. All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation.
First of all a great big "thank you" for all of you who made it to our Meet Me In The Park at Hot Springs Saturday -- Park estimate was 3500 in attendance for that event !! Unbelievable ! So now, the big day the Big Show is almost upon us -- the premiere of the Ken Burns film -- "The National Parks - America's Best Idea" -- this Sunday, the 27th at 7pm. You DO NOT want to miss it !!
Join AETN in Arkansas's parks this summer, and rediscover your Natural State! It's time for your very own Arkansas adventure. Oh, and yeah, I'll really be there, along with other great members of the AETN team.
If you're an AETN fan looking for the latest AETN news, I'm your gal! And, if you're going to be reading my posts, I thought it might be nice to get to know me first. So, here's a little insight into my life, my work at AETN, and what you can expect to be reading in my blog.