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"GobbledyBook" – How to Make a Conversation Jar

This week’s episode of “GobbledyBook” featured the book “Let The Children March.” The story revolves around thousands of African American children who volunteer to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. From that story, we learned how children can use their voices to change the world. Encourage your family to use their voices with this fun conversation jar.

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Summer Literacy - Encouraging Reading, Supporting Educators

Whenever you put a book in the hands of a child, you’ll soon get to watch them discover new worlds. That’s just part of why AETN has partnered with various agencies to move the needle on childhood literacy. Read on about how AETN is working with the Arkansas Department of Education to create an even bigger impact by awarding books to teachers!

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"GobbledyBook" - How to Make a Dragon Blower

We can’t wait to show you what book we’ll be reading this Thursday at 10:30 a.m., during the live premiere of “GobbledyBook” on AETN’s Facebook page! In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a heads-up on a cool craft you’ll need to play along at home. Follow the directions below to make your own fun, fiery dragon blower!

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What We're Watching - July 2019

In July, everything's heating up, and AETN's programming is no exception! Join us in July for brand new content from AETN, the country's longest-running July 4 national broadcast tradition and a lineup of space programming that's out of this world. Check out some of this month's programming highlights below.

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Summer of Space

Blast off into the Summer of Space! Watch AETN all month long as we bring you a lineup of special space programming that's out of this world!

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The Great American Read

"The Great American Read" is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. Premiering May 22 at 7 p.m. episodes will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite books.

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In association with the broadcast of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," AETN is proud to recognize Arkansas Vietnam Veterans by supporting local organizations and hosting a variety of community outreach events.

A Deeper Look

A Deeper Look at Poverty in Arkansas is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," which aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society and solutions to bring people out of poverty.

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Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for a civic organization or club program?  For your organization's next meeting, consider booking an AETN Speaker.  For more than fifteen years, more than 250 groups around Arkansas that meet during weekdays have used this free-of-charge service.  While speakers are regularly available for noon club meetings, some breakfast or evening programs may be provided to a group if the event site is within a 30-60 minute drive from Conway or if AETN has an available person in that area of the state.  An AETN speaker will be glad to talk to your group at no cost on a variety of relevant and interesting subjects, including:

  • AETN: Helping Kids through TV
  • AETN: Helping Education in Arkansas
  • AETN: Telling Arkansas' Heritage and Culture
  • AETN Productions Update
  • How AETN Works
  • What's New at AETN

To arrange an AETN Speaker for an upcoming club meeting, please contact the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department at marketing@aetn.org.

When making your request, please provide the following information:

  1. Name of Organization or Club
  2. Location of City
  3. Contact Name & Phone Number (or email address)
  4. Date and time of meeting  (several options are requested)
  5. Desired Subject for the AETN Speaker
  6. Desired Length of Speaking Time
  7. Number of people usually attending (average)
  8. Where the meeting is held
  9. Directions to the meeting facility
  10. Any other special needs or requests

Request a Tour

If you are interested in discovering the world of public, educational broadcasting in Arkansas, come take a free tour of AETN in Conway!

Who May tour: Groups of ten (10) individuals or more who are at least in 4th grade (or age 10) or older are welcome.  Tours for individuals are generally not provided. Groups larger than 20 may need to be divided into smaller groups for easier touring.  One (1) parent, teacher, guardian or group leader must be present for every six to seven children.

What is Seen: Learn about this state-owned public, educational television station.  Visit the studios and production control rooms where local programs about Arkansas are created.  View Master Control where all AETN-PBS programs are broadcast throughout the state of Arkansas. See the equipment used to create television.  More technical-oriented tours can be arranged for a high school or college broadcasting class.

Length and focus of tours of AETN, which generally last about between 30 and 60 minutes, depend upon the age level of the group.

Tour Times: Tours are conducted Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours are given by prior appointment only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, drop-in requests for tours. Please allow at least two (2) weeks in advance to schedule a tour appointment.

Tours not available on the following observed state holiday:  Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Day, Presidents-Daisy Bates Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and during the Christmas holidays (Christmas Eve Day through New Year's Day).

Where to Go for Tours: Scheduled tour groups will meet at the reception desk at the Visitors Entrance in the north building located at Donaghey Avenue and Powell Street south of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. See our AETN Map for directions to AETN.  Visitor parking is available free-of-charge in a lot across the street from the front entrance of AETN or in the parking lot one block south of AETN.

Additional Information: Tours of AETN are free! Cameras and video cameras are also welcome as are lots of questions. Please make any special needs or interests known when scheduling a tour.  AETN reserves the right to cancel a tour within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflict.

To Schedule a Tour: To arrange a building tour of AETN, contact:

David Elmore
Phone: (501) 682 - 4198
Email: delmore@aetn.org