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PBS announces Winter/Spring 2012 lineup

Posted on 17 Jan 2012

We have some great new programming coming up in the next couple of months. We'll keep you updated as we learn more, but here's just a quick synopsis of what you can expect in the coming months.

"American Experience: Clinton" - Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m.
Premiering President's Day, this biography presents a president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

 "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr." - Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. (tentatively)
This 10-part series delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family and identity in today's America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among others.

"Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II" - Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m.
Yet another career triumph, "Duets 2" teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars, including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, performing more classics from the Great American Songbook, including "Body and Soul," "The Lady is a Tramp," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Speak Low," and "Stranger in Paradise."

"Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock Season 2" - Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m.
This modern version, set in 21st-century London, stars Benedict Cumberbatch ("War Horse") as the go-to consulting detective and Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit") as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson.  

 "American Masters: Johnny Carson" - Monday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
This two-hour special offers an in-depth portrait of the undisputed king of late-night television. Original interviews with friends, colleagues, his wives and the many performers who appeared, or began, on "The Tonight Show" offer additional context: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Doc Severinsen. 


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.


5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Day
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS.


Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump.


Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20!