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“Arkansans Ask: Education”

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how are the state's educators and school districts being supported? Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key and other expert guests will share and discuss in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask" Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

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Binge New Series “Jamestown” — Only on AETN Passport

Englishmen began colonizing the Americas in 1607. 12 years later, the women of Jamestown crossed the Atlantic to greet the Virginia wilderness … and their soon-to-be husbands. In AETN Passport’s exclusive new series “Jamestown” — from the makers of “Downton Abbey” — join the lives of Alice, Verity and Jocelyn as they’re thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. The full, eight-episode series is available for streaming (and binging) now!

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Free “Little Women” Screenings

From sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage, the March family is returning to navigate what it means to be a young woman in a special “Masterpiece” presentation of the beloved classic! Read on to learn how you can see a special preview of the three-part miniseries with AETN in Fort Smith or Little Rock.

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Meet Jet Propulsion from “Ready Jet Go!” in April

Excelsior! We have great news for “Ready Jet Go!” fans — everyone’s favorite Bortron 6 native, Jet Propulsion, is visiting Arkansas this April. Join us for special AETN PBS KIDS events Saturday, April 7, at the Museum of Discovery for Springfest or stop into Dickey-Stephens Field Tuesday, April 10, to meet and take selfie with Jet Propulsion in person!

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: April 2018”

Enjoying the peaceful tranquility at Bard Springs National Recreation Area in the Ouachita National Forest; checking out some classic cars at the Four States Auto Museum in Texarkana; visiting the barbershop where Elvis got his GI haircut; and having a Moon Pie at a restored 1930s country store south of Heber Springs – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.

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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