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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.



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.


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.


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.


“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.” 


“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.”