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AETN Passport Holiday Playlist

AETN Passport has a special gift for members! Celebrate the season with a new holiday PBS playlist including holiday-themed episodes of PBS favorites, including “Downton Abbey,” “The Great British Baking Show,” “NOVA” and more, through Dec. 31.

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“Arkansas Week: Special Edition” Episodes Feature Senators

Arkansas U.S. Senators John Boozman, R-Ark., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will make guest appearances on “Arkansas Week” on Fridays Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, respectively, at 7:30 each night. Join them and host Steve Barnes to hear Arkansas’s senators discuss current issues and legislation in the U.S. Congress and expectations for 2018.

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Celebrate the Season on AETN

From beautiful music and outstanding cooking to PBS series favorites and New Year’s celebrations, tune in to AETN over the holidays to make celebrate in 2017 and welcome the arrival of 2018! Holiday specials throughout the month and special programming slates on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well a New Year’s Day spectacular promise to make December (and early January) days merry and bright.

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Tis the Season to be a PBS KID!

From a special Hanukkah Problem with “Peg + Cat” to a trip back in time with “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas” to fun with Thomas & Friends, Cat in the Hat, Wild Kratts and more, we have special treats for all of the wonderful PBS KIDS watching this season! Tune in for special holiday-themed episodes throughout December on AETN and AETN PBS KIDS.

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“Decide to Strive — Not Hide” #CSforAR PSA Contest Winner

AETN was proud to partner with Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, AT&T, the Arkansas Department of Education and Acxiom to launch the #CSforAR student public service announcement pitch contest this year. Last Friday, Dec. 8, we were thrilled to see the winning video from Pinnacle View Middle School’s Michelle Gong and Emma Brown premieres at the Girls of Promise Coding Summit. Now, you have a chance to see the PSA for yourself — here and in movie theaters across the state!

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“Barnes and … A Conversation With Frank Abagnale”

You might not immediately recognize Frank Abagnale’s name but, chances are, you’re familiar with his story. A former con artist turned fraud expert consultant for the FBI, Abagnale’s criminal activities were depicted in “Catch Me If You Can.” Now the ambassador for the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Abagnale sits down with Steve Barnes to talk about his life, career, consumer fraud and how to outsmart con artists on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

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Tommy Emmanuel – One man. One guitar. One unforgettable experience.

Australian guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel will soon be gracing the Reynolds Performance Hall stage in Conway for a special stop on his “Classics and Christmas Tour.” If you haven’t seen him play before, it’s hard to imagine how unique and talented he is. From one guitarist and music lover to another, let me tell you why this is a show you won’t want to miss.

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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: December 2017”

Experiencing the open bazaar and market of the Beebe Flea Market; visiting with the man who was on the last C-130 to fly out of Viet Nam, which happens to be on display at the Little Rock Air Force Base; spending time where the buffalo roam; and taking a flying leap (well, not exactly) at Lovers Leap Trail atop Rich Mountain: it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Dec. 6!

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Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challenge

I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved.

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What We’re Watching - Special Program Highlights

Starting on Thanksgiving Day, there’s a great round of programming coming to a screen near you! From “Anne of Green Gables” to a extraordinary look at the rise of the Fab Four in “The Beatles - Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years,” there’s an outstanding slate of programming to look forward to, all the way through December.

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“Agri Arkansas” November 2017

This month on “Agri Arkansas,” get to know the Arkansas Forestry Commission, make a visit to Green Bay Packaging Pinecrest Lumber Division and learn the secret to producing great figs with Little Rock Urban Farming. A new episode premieres Thursday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

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“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” has been proven to be accurate by the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS). Learn more about how the largest children’s shelter in the state is caring for children who have encountered abuse and neglect by providing a stable environment, and even working with community organizations such as Hanna Ranch to provide enriching, therapeutic activities.

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Guest Blogger Dr. Donna Beegle — See Poverty: Be the Difference

In the 1700s, poverty was essentially made illegal or thought to be a character flaw. Today, many people living in the crisis of poverty continue to be punished for poverty conditions. Many efforts to eradicate poverty fail or — at best — assist people in “coping” with current poverty conditions. What can we do to ensure our neighbors are moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty? 

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Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Signing Off for the Final Time

I can’t believe it, but my time at AETN is over. During my two and a half months here, I learned so many things. It was a cool experience to work inside a studio. It’s a unique feeling to see your work on a program, knowing you played a large part in helping create it. I can only hope the next intern gets as much out of the experience as I did.

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“Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will answer questions about Arkansas’s economy, education, health care and other issues on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. For the chance to hear your questions answered live on “Arkansan Ask,” share them with us at paffairs@aetn.org, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

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