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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 


“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.” 


Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.


Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!


PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!