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What We're Watching This Month - January 2014

Posted on 09 Jan 2014

Everyone at AETN is excited to start of 2014 with a bang! From the season premieres of "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" to new BBC crime dramas, and from fresh episodes of your AETN favorites to revealing documentaries about the lives of J.D. Salinger and Stephen Hawking, there's a lot of television worth watching on AETN this January!

Here are a few of our favorite highlights:

“Exploring Arkansas”

This month, join host Chuck Dovish for an adventure “test-driving” a 21st century gyroplane in the Ozarks. Then, take in the view at Artist Point, north of Mountainburg, hike to Artist Point Falls, and explore the Blue Spring Heritage Center, near Eureka Springs, and its Ozark Bluff Shelter. Monday, Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. Repeats Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.

“Arkansans Ask: Governor Mike Beebe”

Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions, which may be submitted by phone, 800-662-2386; email, paffairs@aetn.org; or on Twitter, with the hashtag #ARAsk. Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.

“Downton Abbey: Season 4” Premieres Jan. 5

Six months after the great tragedy, “Downton Abbey: Season 4” returns as the Crawley family struggles to relieve their emotional and financial woes. Meanwhile, another departure below the stairs leaves no tears in its wake … rather opportunities for new faces – and drama, alliances and sparks – begin below. Sundays, beginning Jan. 5, 9 p.m.

“Sherlock” returns Jan. 19

How did your favorite private consulting detective survive the Reichenbach Fall? Find out in three new episodes inspired by classic cases – “The Empty Hearse,” “The Sign of the Three” and “His Last Vow” – being Jan. 19. Sundays, 10 p.m.

“American Masters: Salinger”

The series releases its 200th episode with a film that delves behind the great American novelist’s meticulously built wall. “Salinger” features interviews with more than 150 of J.D. Salinger’s friends, colleagues and inner circle who have never spoken on the record before. The film also features previously unreleased footage, photographs and other materials, as well as appearances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Northon, John Guare, Gore Vidal, and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank, where they discuss the author’s influence on their work, lives and broader culture at large. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

“Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp”

Follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don in four exciting new stories as they travel to different ecosystems and learn about erosion, tree lines, rainforests and canyons in an all-new, one-hour special. Monday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Told for the first time in Stephen Hawking's own words and with unique access to his home and public life, watch the intimate and revealing personal journey through this remarkable man's world. From home life under the care of his nursing team to high profile speaking engagements, "Hawking" carefully tells his life journey from boyhood underachiever to PhD genius, and from a healthy member of the Oxford rowing team to bleak diagnoses and several close brushes with death. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 9 p.m.


Find our full scheduling information at: www.aetn.org/schedule 


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!