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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.


“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Aug. 2016
Whether you’re getting ready for a Labor Day Weekend cookout or looking for the perfect thing for dinner, don’t miss some of Phyllis Speers’ classic dishes! Find John-tested, audience-approved recipes for Donna’s Inside-Out Cake, Sam’s Larrupin BBQ Ribs, Phyl’s BBQ Rub, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Smoked Corn Pudding and Three Bean Salad after the Jump.


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer 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.