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Channel Your Inner Julia - AETN Passport Exclusive

Celebrate what would have been legendary chef Julia Child’s 106th birthday with an AETN Passport exclusive! Culinary whizzes of all ages and abilities can share the one and only Julia’s celebration of French food and learn to cook some of the treasured and classic dishes from her original public television series “The French Chef.”

What We’re Watching — August 2018

With travels across Arkansas and the globe, brand new concerts, documentary marathons, new series, the return of old favorites and the ultimate Betty White special, August is an action-packed viewing month on AETN! Keep reading to find out what we’re looking forward to — from “Outback” and “Wonders of Mexico” to “Maigret” and “Brandi Carlile in Concert” — in our August programming update.

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

From exploring one of the latest Nature Conservancy preserves and enjoying Pogue Springs to touring Historic Cane Hill and devouring a “Big Pig” at the Susie Q Malt Shop drive-in at Rogers – it’s all in the new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.!

It’s your birthday, Harry! - “The Great American Read”

July 31 marks the 38th birthday of “The Boy Who Lived” and our friends at Charleston Public Library can’t wait to celebrate! Gather your friends — wizards and muggles alike — and join them for a free, public Harry Potter Birthday Party Tuesday, July 31, at 2 p.m.

AETN Passport Summer Concerts

What’s the latest exclusive member benefit on AETN Passport? Fill your summer with on-demand concerts with a special collection of performances — from classics to relive to leading contemporary artists’ specials. Check out the sets from artists including Queen, Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Brad Paisley, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many more!

2018 Summer Learning With AETN

Summer time is fun time, and that includes taking a break with a good book! From Gravette to Yellville and beyond, AETN has been busy sharing great resources to inspire children of all ages to pick up a book and go on an adventure. Keep reading to learn more and find ways to have fun with literacy at home!

"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature — PopUp in the Rock: Stifft Station

As suburbs continue to grow and developing infrastructure caters to commuters, some groups and investors are attempting to revitalize Little Rock neighborhoods by encouraging urban living. Keep reading to learn more in this special Arkansas “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.

Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas: July 2018”

Exploring a crevasse wonderland, rafting on the Mulberry, strumming on a few cowboy guitars; floating on a Nature Conservancy preserve and taking a look back on the Lake Conway monster mystery – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on July 4! 

What We’re Watching - July 2018

There’s a great Summer of Adventure waiting for you on AETN in July with patriotic specials, nationwide travel, new Sunday Night Drama, PBS KIDS specials and new episodes, performances from the Met and much, much more! Keep reading to find out what we’re looking forward to — from “Good Flirts” and “No Passport Required” to Everest adventures with “Hillary” and a new season of “The Tunnel” — in our latest programming update.

Sports Safety Marathon

It's that part of the summer when practices become gut-wrenchingly hot ... just in time for two-a-days. How can our kids enjoy the sports and activities they love while protecting themselves? Addressing everything from overheating to contact, a special marathon Sunday, July 22, features "108˚: Critical Response," "Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury" and "Concussion: Answers in the Blood" starting at 1:30 p.m.

“Reel South: Season 4” – Call for Entries

Continuing the rich, cherished tradition of Southern storytelling,  “Reel South” reveals our proud but complicated heritage through authentic documentary films. Do you know an independent filmmaker who has created an artfully made documentary focusing on the people, issues and culture of the American South? Encourage them to submit their entry to “Reel South” by July 18 for a chance to be broadcast nationally and more.

ArkansasIDEAS - “The Science of Reading”

How do our brains best tackle learning to read? A new, 18-hour learning path from ArkansasIDEAS — created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) — is launching to help the state’s educators explore just that! Created in response to the Right to Read Act, “The Science of Reading” connects principles from neuroscience about how the brain learns to read with instructional classroom practices. Keep reading to learn more about the series of courses and find out how these practices can help strengthen reading education.

Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas

AETN is proud to be part of a network of more than 30 organizations from around the state - representing parents, educators, early childhood education, state agencies and foundations - in partnership with the Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Together, we're working collectively to move the needle on third grade reading. Read the campaign's latest report "Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas: Impact, Influence and Leverage" to see the progress the state has made and learn about plans for the future.

Free Screening of “Back Road Barns”

On Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m., travel through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip with a free screening of AETN original documentary “Back Road Barns” at Morrilton’s Rialto Theater. After exploring the classic barns that have long been a part of Arkansas’s culture, reflecting on what it means to be a farmer and what a family farm is all about in the documentary, “Back Road Barns” producer Kevin Clark will join the Rialto Community Arts Center for a Q&A session.

Father’s Day Inspiration – “The Great American Read”

Looking for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift? With “The Great American Read” as inspiration, we’ve narrowed down the search for you and chose some terrific books for you to give to the special men in your life!

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