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Exploration Wednesday – Odd Couples, Easter Island & More!

Posted on 07 Nov 2012

"Nature: Animal Odd Couples" 

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.

First up on “Nature” at 7 p.m., “Animal Odd Couples” explores how animals bond with other species. Infant animals that face certain death without nurturing develop strong and unusual relationships with their respective saviors. A tiger cub with no mother in sight, is bottle fed by a chip. A giant tortoise snuggles a baby hippo. And an abandoned meerkat pup is brought up by a clever crow. Are these aberrations of nature or instincts gone awry? “Nature” explores whether this type of bonding  only forms when animals are removed from their natural environments or whether they’re evidence of a broad array of emotions among animals. “Animal Odd Couples” looks at the remarkable relationships firsthand and, through caregivers, biologists and animal behaviorists, investigates what they suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Then, explore how a remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. At 8 p.m., “NOVA: The Mystery of Easter Island,” searches for the answers to dozens of enigmas. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues that weigh up to 86 tons? How did they transform a presumed paradies into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin to the island and themselves? “NOVA” explores recent controversioal claims that challenge decades of previous thinking about the islanders, who have been accused of everything from ecocide to cannibalism. With the help pof an accurate, 15-ton replica statue, the team sets out to test high-risk and seemingly unlikely theories.

Finally, at 9 p.m., get the answers you’ve always wanted about what animals are thinking. David Pogue and the team at "NOVA scienceNOW" investigates how animals see the world and us. Pogue meets – and competes – with a menagerie of clever critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them” to expand our understandings of how animals really think.

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Fourth of July Recipe Round Up
Whether you love “Cooking on the Wild Side” with Phyllis and John, are a regular viewer with Martha Stewart or have discovered the wide blogging world of PBS Food, we’ve found a recipe for you! Check out our round up of a few our favorite recipes for barbecue, sides and desserts that will be perfect cookouts and summer fun.

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Fourth of July Weekend Specials
Celebrate our nation’s birth with songs, history and, of course, fireworks! Holiday weekend programming will feature an all-star line up of current favorites and throwbacks to the classics. Tune in for special episodes and programs, including “A Capitol Fourth,” July 2-4.

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Veterans Impact – “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas”
Taylor LoBue knows first-hand the struggles veterans face when they return from war and battle post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, as chairman of Veterans Impact – Central Arkansas Veterans Mental Health Council, he’s working to let other veterans and their families know about the programs and resources available to them. Read on to learn more about Taylor’s story, Veterans Impact and how you, too, can help improve the lives of veterans.

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“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.” 

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“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.” 

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