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New Series of “Barnes And …” – The Producer’s Perspective

Posted on 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. This program offers a simple format with engaging, one-on-one conversation with notable guests from across the world. “Barnes Ands …” has featured people of varied backgrounds, occupations and cultures sharing their views, stories and experiences. I think you will find this month’s series intriguing as we showcase four distinguished Arkansans: Charlotte Schnexnayder, Roy Reed, Dr. Ruth Hawkins and Dr. Fitz Hill.

Charlotte Schnexnayder, along with her husband Bill, owned and operated the Dumas Clarion Newspaper for 52 years. She shares stories about her life from her memoir, “Salty Old Editor: An Adventure in Ink.” This program aired Sept. 6 and Sept. 12.

Roy Reed became a reporter for the New York Times in 1965 and covered the Civil Rights Movement. He talks about his experiences in his most recent book, “Beware of Limbo Dancers: A Correspondent’s Adventures With the New York Times.” This program airs tonight, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Ruth A. Hawkins established the Arkansas Heritage Sites program, which includesthe Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott, Ark. She tells the story of Pauline Pfeiffer and her marriage to Ernest Hemingway in her new book, “Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow: The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Marriage.” This program airs Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Fitz Hill, former college football coach and current college president of Arkansas Baptist College, discusses his new release, “CRACKBACK! How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches.” He has spent the past 24 years studying race-related issues for African American football coaches employed at predominately white colleges and universities. This program airs Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.



“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.