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10 Things You Need to Know About Arkansas’s HBCUs

Upcoming “Independent Lens” documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” explores the role that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played in American history. Arkansas is home to four of the nation’s 101 HBCUs — Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, Shorter College and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Each of these educational entities are unique yet equally important to the rich history of our state. Ahead of the Feb. 19 broadcast of “Tell Them We Are Rising,” check out our full post for 10 facts about The Natural State’s HBCUs that every Arkansan should know.

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Getting to Know Stanley Nelson

How do you find your calling? Sometimes, it takes you by surprise. On Monday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m., filmmaker Stanley Nelson joins Steve Barnes for a special edition of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” to share how he entered what’s proven to be an extraordinary documentary film career almost by chance and how his work has evolved. Ahead of the episode, read on to learn a bit about the director of PBS’ “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” 

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“America Reframed” on AETN World

On Tuesday nights in February, stay in with AETN and tune in to an exciting series of documentaries — including “For Ahkeem,” “Agents of Change,” “Baddddd Sonia Sanchez” and “Gentlemen of Vision” — on AETN World (AETN-4). Airing on Tuesdays at 7 starting Feb. 13, the series explores the complexities of juvenile justice, campus protest culture, the Black Arts Movement, the education system and more.

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2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We’re accepting entries now through Friday, April 6, for the 2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Everyone who enters the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack.

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3 Ways to Help Our Littlest Learners Succeed

There’s one three-year period in every kiddo’s academic life that’s more important than any other, and it’s probably happening a little sooner than you’d guess. Believe it or not, school readiness begins in the womb! From prenatal stages to three years old, our kiddos develop 85 percent of their core brain structure. This early stretch goes the furthest in helping our littles become school-ready and, in partnership with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we’re excited to share the three things your babies and toddlers need to succeed.

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Arkansas Week February 23, 2018

Panelist: Dr. Cheryl May - Director, Arkansas Center for School Safety, Criminal Justice Institute; Officer Phil Blaylock - School Resource Officer, Morrilton Police Dept.; David Hopkins - Superintendent, Clarksville School Distric.

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Ozark Campground Swimmin' Hole, Beekeeping, Ozark Hellbender Salamander, Silver Bridge Swimmin' Hole

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Barnes and… A Conversation With Stanley Nelson

Steve visits with Stanley Nelson, an award-winning filmmaker, about his career and how documentary film has evolved. Mr. Nelson has many years of experience as a producer, director, and writer of documentary films and videos. Some of those films include several PBS productions. Steve caught up with Mr. Nelson at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival where his most recent film, "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities", was featured.

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Arkansas Week February 16, 2018

(Arkansas Works) Counting votes, bending elbows, a budget in the balance. (Rx Dollars) Can that budget be kept and keep pharmacies in the fold? (200 Billion) Another proposed budget in a another capitol. Can Arkansas highways expect any capitol improvements? (AR-3) And an Arkansas congressman deep in the budget weeds, keeping his own counsel.

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Arkansas Week February 9, 2018

Steve Barnes discusses the fiscal session with panelists Rep. Mathew Pitsch of Fort Smith, Rep. David Whitaker of Fayetteville, Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette, and Sen. Will Bond of Little Rock.

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