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Posted on 01 May 2012

"Barnes and… A Conversation With," AETN’s public affairs series with host Steve Barnes, will feature four new interviews and air in four parts:

  • "Barnes and…A Conversation With Abigail Disney", airing Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. Disney – a filmmaker, philanthropist, scholar and grandniece to Walt Disney – discusses the film she produced, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," which premiered on PBS in October 2011. The film tells the story of how a group of women in Liberia banded together in the midst of a civil war to demand peace for their country. This episode was taped in AETN's Little Rock studio at the Arkansas Department of Education.
  • "Barnes and... A Conversation With Kenneth C. Barnes", airing Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Kenneth C. Barnes, chair and professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, discusses his book "Journey of Hope: The Back-to-Africa Movement in Arkansas in the Late 1800s." He explains why a number of African-Americans from rural Arkansas, particularly Conway County and the Arkansas Delta, emigrated to Liberia from 1879 to 1899. He also shares accounts of his 1998 visit to Monrovia, Liberia, where he interviews descendants of the emigrants. This episode was taped in the AETN studios in Conway.
  • "Barnes and... A Conversation With Melissa Harris-Perry", airing Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. Harris- Perry is host of "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC, an author, columnist, and professor of political science and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South at Tulane University. She discusses stereotypes of women relating to her most recent book, "SISTER CITIZEN: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America," as well as President Obama and Black America, post racialism and election 2012. This episode was taped in the Kendall Center at Philander Smith College in Little Rock during their "Bless the Mic" lecture series.
  • "Barnes and…A Conversation With Ernie Dumas featuring Letty Jones Duvall", airing Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. Dumas, a columnist for the Arkansas Times, discusses his most recent book, "Dearest Letty: The World War II Love Letters of Sgt. Leland Duvall." Dumas, a longtime friend and colleague of Leland Duvall now deceased, discovered a collection of love letters written by Duvall to his sweetheart, Letty Jones. The letters were organized and edited by Dumas. Included in the program are excerpts from a recent interview with Letty Jones Duvall that can be viewed in its entirety online at www.aetn.org. This episode was taped at the AETN studios in Conway.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.


Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.


Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.


FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.