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AETN premieres new five-part series of 'Barnes and... A Conversation With' May 1

A new series of "Barnes and…A Conversation With" will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.

"Barnes and…A Conversation With," AETN's public affairs series with host Steve Barnes, will feature five interviews and air in five parts:

  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Eric Scholsser," airing Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Schlosser - investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author of "Fast Food Nation" - speaks about his most recent book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety." He also examines the actual events of the missile explosion that occurred in Damascus, Ark., in 1980. This episode was taped at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Neil deGrasse Tyson," airing Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, science communicator and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He discusses the importance of science to all and why science education is vital. This episode was taped in the AETN studios.
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Neera Tanden," airing Thursday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. Tanden is president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank offering policy proposals, talking points, news and columns. She speaks about the current political climate and its consequences. This episode was taped at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With John Lewis," airing Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. Congressman John Lewis - one of the key leaders of the civil rights movement - explores his most recent book "March: Book One," which is co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Little Rock native Nate Powell. Lewis also discusses his life as an activist and his participation in lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March, which became known as "Bloody Sunday." This episode was taped at The Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Dr. Carl Moneyhon and Dr. Tom DeBlack," airing Thursday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m.; repeats Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the premiere of Ken Burns' "The Address" on AETN, Barnes speaks with Dr. Carl Moneyhon, professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Dr. Tom DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech University. The group investigates President Lincoln's speech and its significance to and impact on Arkansas and the United States, then and now. This episode was taped in the AETN studios.

"Barnes and…A Conversation With," hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes and in production for more than 20 years, is an in-depth current affairs program featuring conversations with a wide variety of prominent individuals from diverse interests and backgrounds. The series is underwritten, in part, by a grant from the Moving Image Trust Fund.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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