The Rainless Flood: The Calm After the Stormposted 25 Jun 2019
With the weekend behind us, both the Hargetts and the Johnsons are feeling safer. There’s a sense of relief — that feeling of knowing you avoided something life-changing. It would be joyful … if not for knowing that just next door it is a different and darker story.
“The Rainless Flood: Night”posted 20 Jun 2019
At night, the soundscape of the flooded Treasure Hills subdivision changes dramatically: shouts of sandbaggers are replaced by a cacophony of swamp noise and sump pumps. The hazards of watery navigation — even in once familiar areas — completely change, too. See how they changed my perspective on production and what families affected by the 2019 Arkansas River Flood are battling.
“The Rainless Flood: Breach” posted 18 Jun 2019
Water is insidious. It’s both tiny and huge: small enough to seep through microscopic cracks, but strong enough to topple a ton of sandbags. After the initial impact of the historic 2019 Arkansas River Flood, the weekend is blur — made even more surreal by the heat — but the fight is really just beginning in Treasure Hills Subdivision. Keep reading to hear more of the Hargett and Johnson families’ stories in the second installment of AETN producer Kevin Thomas Clark’s blog series.
The Rainless Floodposted 16 Jun 2019
The river has crested, and the floodwaters have started to recede, but the story has just begun for the families and communities who were impacted by the historic 2019 Arkansas River flood. See the experience of the Treasure Hills community — located between Conway and Greenbrier, Arkansas — through the eyes of AETN producer Kevin Thomas Clark in the first installment of our ongoing blog and digital video series.
2019 Telly Awards - 11 AETN Winsposted 15 Jun 2019
AETN is proud to announce that 11 of our productions have earned international recognition in the 40th annual Telly Awards. Find details about the pieces and the recognition they earned after the jump.
What We’re Watching – June 2019posted 14 Jun 2019
It’s summertime, and AETN is here to help you kick things off the right way! Join us in June for your favorite AETN original productions, music specials, exciting adventures and so much more.
“Suicide Prevention — Looking Deeper” • ArkansasIDEASposted 04 Jun 2019
ArkansasIDEAS’ upcoming course Suicide Prevention — Looking Deeper, available beginning June 17, shares personal stories and case studies that show the connections between past trauma, student behaviors and innate human needs. Learn more about the course — presented by Shawna Burns, LPC-S, LADAC-CS — and how it meets the requirements of Act 770 of 2011 after the jump.
Every Teacher Is a Reading Teacher - "The Science of Reading"posted 04 Jun 2019
Arkansas is changing literacy instruction in every classroom across the state, and ArkansasIDEAS is helping lead the charge with an 18-hour learning pathway to help train teachers in The Science of Reading. Internationally recognized literacy experts are working with AETN’s Education staff to better prepare our students for lifelong learning built on The Science of Reading! Keep reading to learn how and see what I've learned as the course producer.
2019 Summer Literacy Kick Off — Amy Sanders Libraryposted 30 May 2019
Blast off onto an adventure with AETN as we kick off the summer with the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood! Join us Monday, June 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for lots of fun and freebies. K-6 educators, be sure to read on to learn how you can join us for a chance to win a special classroom swag giveaway!
2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 May 2019
The AETN educator team read more than 200 stories from Arkansas’s young writers this year — resulting in many giggles, guffaws, gasps and “awws”! After much deliberation, we're excited to congratulate our 12 2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners. Learn more and read their stories after the jump.
"Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson"posted 13 May 2019
What questions do you have for Gov. Asa Hutchinson? Join us for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m.to see him live in AETN Studios. Gov. Hutchinson will discuss the passage of his four goals for this year's legislative session and answer viewer questions in the hour-long program.
"Quiz Bowl 2019" Championsposted 10 May 2019
AETN was thrilled to host the “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2019: Governor’s Academic Competition” on Saturday, April 27. See the results from the tournament of academic champions after the jump.
“Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase” 2019posted 10 May 2019
With entries from talented young filmmakers from across the state, choosing a select few for recognition, screening, Arkansas Historic Place Film Prizes and more is no simple task. After a great deal of viewing impressive films and much deliberation, we’re proud to recognize our winning students Monday, May 13, at the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase at CALS Ron Robinson Theater.
“Proud to Be Me!” - Daniel Tiger Event - REGISTRATION CLOSEDposted 01 May 2019 UPDATE: As of Tuesday, June 4, we have reached capacity for this event, and registration is now closed. Daniel Tiger is coming to our neighborhood! Join AETN at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for a grrreat event! Your PBS KIDS will have the chance to meet Daniel Tiger in person for photos and high fives, followed by screening of a “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” episode, story time, activities and more. Read on to learn how to reserve your spot at this FREE community event!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: May 2019”posted 30 Apr 2019
A pristine lake; snakes and more snakes; a historic lookout; waterfalls and off-roading – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, May 1! Tune in at 6:30 p.m. on AETN, or check out a digital-first look with segments on Facebook at facebook.com/ExploringArkansas.
Remembering Dr. William Downs posted 25 Apr 2019
Dr. William D. Downs Jr. — who passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 — will long be remembered by AETN and across Arkansas for his dedication to public service and quality journalism. An AETN Commission Board member from 1998-2014, Downs was elected to three consecutive terms as AETN Commission chair, in addition to serving in a variety of other roles during his 16 years of service. His inspiring presence and spirit of excellence will be greatly missed.
AETN KIDS Day at the Arkansas Travelers - Field Trip Extravaganzaposted 18 Apr 2019
AETN and ArkansasIDEAS partnered with the Arkansas Travelers for a field day extravaganza for students and teachers who visited Dickey-Stephens Park on April 17. Read on to learn about this great celebration of Arkansas students and educators!
“Quiz Bowl 2019”posted 18 Apr 2019
Get your brains and buzzers ready! Brilliant high school students from across the state will test their mental mettle in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition at AETN Saturday, April 27, 2019. The state finals matchup involving all seven conferences and a total of 14 teams will broadcast on AETN in two parts: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 6 – Reporting Incidents”posted 11 Apr 2019
School security encompasses all measures taken to combat threats to people and property in educational environments. Data breaches are consistently increasing, and student information becomes easily accessible by hackers. Learn how to recognize suspicious behaviors and keep student information from being exposed in the sixth module in the Data Security Awareness course, now available on ArkansasIDEAS.
William Jefferson Clinton Elementary School - Career Feature Visitposted 08 Apr 2019
AETN Marketing and Engagement Coordinator Jamie Walters recently had the opportunity to visit third grade students at William Jefferson Clinton Elementary in Sherwood for a career presentation. Find out more about what she shared - and what she learned! - after the jump.
“State of the Art” Advance Screeningsposted 03 Apr 2019
After an exhilarating journey of artistic discovery – covering more than 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations – 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. “State of the Art,” a one-hour documentary premiering nationally Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on PBS, captures the personal stories of seven of these diverse artists who are redefining the American aesthetic. Learn how you can see a preview screening of the film in El Dorado April 6, at 7:30 p.m., or Little Rock April 13, at 8 p.m. after the jump.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: April 2019"posted 01 Apr 2019
From waterfall exploration and going back to “old school” learning to touring an antebellum home in El Dorado and discovering the secret to Searcy’s success story – it’s all on the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas”!
“Student Selects” Entries Due April 1posted 27 Mar 2019
Up-and-coming filmmakers in grades K-12, there’s just a little longer to submit your entires for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase”! The student film competition — which highlights Arkansas students’ creativity and talent — offers the chance for possible broadcast on AETN, scholarships and prize competitions, and screenings at the Student Filmmakers Showcase and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
"History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses"posted 11 Mar 2019
Historic county courthouses stand as iconic symbols of Arkansas’s development as a state, elegant testaments to justice and important sentries to the history of the state. Explore these relics in AETN original documentary "History on the Line: Preserving County Courthouses" premiering Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. or join us for a free preview screening Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.
AETN Spring Break 2019 at Museum of Discoveryposted 11 Mar 2019
AETN and our friends from “Ready Jet Go!” and “Nature Cat” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery for some special Spring Break fun! Celebrate with your PBS Kids March 18-19 in downtown Little Rock!
"AETN Sports: High School Basketball Championships 2019"posted 06 Mar 2019
We're counting down the the tip-off of the 2019 1A-6A boys and girls high school basketball state finals! Watch our live coverage - held in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association - from the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena March 7-9.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: March 2019”posted 04 Mar 2019
Being chased by dinosaurs, trying to keep a balance on a popular wobbling rock, descending into Blowing Cave, learning the art of banjo building and observing the white pelicans on Lake Conway – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest 2019posted 01 Mar 2019
It’s that time of year again! AETN is now accepting entries for the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest through Friday, April 5. Learn more about this contest — designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning — and rules for kindergarten through third grade students after the jump.
AR-CAN – the Arkansas Citizens Access Networkposted 01 Mar 2019
AR-CAN – the Arkansas Citizens Access Network — a web-based network that will provide Arkansans with unprecedented access to state government, is now available at aetn.org/arcan. Read on to learn more about how this website, which is dedicated to livestreaming Arkansas state government events and meetings, is designed to improve government transparency and serve as an important educational tool, allowing students to see their government at work while learning about public affairs and civic responsibility.
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 5 – Public WiFi”posted 01 Mar 2019
Public WiFi can be a great tool when you’re catching up with work. But are public WiFi connections safe? Public networks are unsecured, meaning your devices are vulnerable to a malware attack. Learn how to take the proper precautions and use the right tools to keep your devices and student information safe in the fifth module in the ArkansasIDEAS course created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Security Awareness Campaign.
It’s a “Pinkalicious and Peterrific” Valentine Celebration!posted 06 Feb 2019
AETN and PBS KIDS are coming to the Museum of Discovery for a pinktastic Valentine’s celebration! Children ages 6 and under are invited to join in the fun starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 14. Put on your pink and grab your magic wand for pinktabulous excitement!
Free Screening — “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo”posted 05 Feb 2019
Explore another dimension of the Arkansas Arts Center’s “Photographing Frida” exhibit with a special screening of PBS’ “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo” as part of the ongoing “Feed Your Mind Friday” program Friday, Feb. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Chronicling the life of the great Mexican painter as never before, the documentary examines Kahlo’s life in relationship to the historical and cultural influences that inspired her work and defined the first half of the 20th century.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: February 2019"posted 05 Feb 2019
Dodging the namesake residents at Rattlesnake Ridge, hanging out at a historic bus depot in Blytheville, being serenaded by trumpeter swans in Heber Springs and swinging a hammer at America’s Blacksmith Shop in Mountain View – it’s all on tap during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 4 – Email Security”posted 01 Feb 2019
Due to the increasing use of email as an attack route, it is perilous that educators take firm action in protecting their email accounts against a potential breach of confidential information, much like student data. Arkansas educators can learn how to protect themselves and their pupils with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Security Awareness Campaign’s latest course focused on awareness, passwords, phishing, email, public WiFi, and how to recognize and report security incidents.
Celebrating Art Porter Sr. With Arkansas Soundsposted 22 Jan 2019
Held in partnership with “Arkansas Sounds” and Art Porter Music Education, join AETN to celebrate the life and work of Art Porter, Sr., Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Little Rock’s CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Featuring the 1996 film “Art Porter, Sr.: A Musical Treasure,” the event will also feature a panel discussion honoring the continued legacy and what would have been the 85th birthday of Arkansas pianist, composer, conductor and music teacher Art Porter, Sr.
Facebook Contest: Win “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0” Ticketsposted 14 Jan 2019
Looking for a “Wild” good time with the family this weekend? Enter our social media contest by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 — Activate Creature Power!” show at Robinson Center Music Hall Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m.
Watch the 2019 Arkansas Governor’s Inauguration Liveposted 11 Jan 2019
The Arkansas Educational Television Network will broadcast and live stream the 2019 Arkansas governor’s inauguration - featuring his oath of office and inaugural address in their entirety - Tuesday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m.
Highlighting High School Hype - “AETN Sports”posted 10 Jan 2019
In fall of 2018, high school students from all over Arkansas shared their dance, cheer, band and football hype videos with AETN to build excitement for “AETN Sports: High School Football Finals”! Explore the process involved in getting them from school to social and beyond with the AETN production division intern team: Ryan Bates, Chase Burnham and Nathaly Moreno.
Producer’s Blog – “Sudden Cardiac Arrest: When Seconds Count”posted 10 Jan 2019
When a condition is difficult to prevent and warning signs are sudden at best, how can educators prepare to care for their students? Explore with AETN education division producer Amy Waller as she shares her perspective on the creation of Sudden Cardiac Arrest: When Seconds Count, a new professional development course from ArkansasIDEAS releasing Jan. 14, 2019.
New Series - “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People”posted 04 Jan 2019
“Osiyo.” In Cherokee, it means “Hello” and, starting Jan. 6, a new documentary-style series “Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People” will be greeting Arkansans every Sunday at noon. Highlighting the people, places, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation, “Osiyo” shares the rich and complex story of the largest Native American tribe in the United States. Celebrating history, language, arts and more, the series features the stories of more than 100 modern tribe members, ranging from professional bull riders and Mixed Martial Arts fighters to Grammy-winning recording artists and civil rights activists.
"Step Into Miss Laura's" - Explore the Wild Side of Historic Fort Smithposted 02 Jan 2019
Defying flood, flame and tornado, Miss Laura's Social Club is an Old West landmark and the first bordello on the National Register of Historic Places. But the surviving facade of the turn-of-the-century landmark is just part of the story.Explore the story of the women who made it famous in this 30-minute independent film Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10:30 p.m. or Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 3 – Phishing”posted 02 Jan 2019
Phishing attacks can come in a variety of sizes and through a plethora of platforms. While stereotypically easy-to-spot, more recent forms are more polished ... even sophisticated. Learn how to take proper precautions to avoid a phishing attack – and protect your and your students' confidential information – in the latest "Data Security Awareness" course from ArkansasIDEAS and the Arkansas Department of Education.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: January 2019”posted 02 Jan 2019
Fiddling around in Mountain View; going back to the “Three R’s” in a restored, one-room school house; taking an autumn drive; mountain biking at Illinois Bayou Park and enjoying a nice, big juicy burger at A&A City Café in Parkin – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Jan. 2.
AETN Holiday Specials 2018posted 18 Dec 2018
Celebrate the holiday season on AETN with specials for the whole family! Whether you’re looking for recipes and cooking tips or outstanding musical performances, there’s a little something for everyone this December. (Also, don’t miss a special round of PBS KIDS specials — including marathons on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.)
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 2 – Passwords”posted 14 Dec 2018
Most people don’t realize there are many methods used to hack passwords and abundantly more ways we make sensitive information exposed due to simple and commonly used passwords. Educators can learn how to protect themselves and their students through ArkansasIDEAS course “Data Security Awareness: Module 2 — Passwords” beginning Dec. 1.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: December 2018"posted 13 Dec 2018
This month on "Exploring Arkansas," meet bluegrass prodigy Mary Parker, check out Village Creek State Park's kayaking and fishing opportunities, visit Walnut Ridge's Wings of Honor WWII Museum and investigate Y City's boulder "erratics." It's all coming up in a new episode Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Computer Science Education Week Kicks Off Dec. 3 posted 30 Nov 2018
AETN and PBS KIDS are inviting teachers and parents to discover resources that introduce little ones to coding, storytelling, and creative problem-solving! As we celebrate Computer Science Education Week Dec. 3-9, see how you can inspire today’s young learners to create their own interactive stories and games with the free PBS KIDS ScratchJr app.
Giving Tuesday Challenge - AETN Foundationposted 20 Nov 2018
The AETN Foundation has received an exciting #GivingTuesday challenge! If they are able to raise $20,000 between now and between now and Tuesday, Nov. 27, a generous donor will contribute an additional $10,000 to help us acquire the programming you love in 2019. Read on to learn how you can help by donating directly to AETN Foundation or through Facebook.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2018posted 20 Nov 2018
This November, help out your neighbor and donate a new or gently worn sweater at your local library! In recognition of Fred Roger’s efforts to encourage the good-neighbor spirit, the annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive is being held Nov. 1-30, 2018. Join AETN and more than 30 partner libraries across the state to collect and distribute the sweaters to local charities and the Arkansas Salvation Army.
"Compasión" — Veterans Coming Homeposted 20 Nov 2018
In our final 2018 Veterans Coming Home #WhatWorks piece, Capt. Cibelés Ramirez-Rodriguez - a pilot in the Arkansas National Guard - discusses how connections in her family and volunteering in her community have helped her adjust from time overseas to balance home life in the states.
New on PBS KIDS — “Let’s Go Luna!”posted 20 Nov 2018
Have you ever wanted to travel the world in search of adventure? Now you can with “Let’s Go Luna!” Premiering Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., this new, animated PBS KIDS® series encourages kids ages 4-7 to explore and appreciate cultures from all over the world, while they build global citizenship and social skills.
“Men & Women of Distinction: Ray Rodgers”posted 19 Nov 2018
Premiering on AETN Monday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m., the latest edition of “Men & Women of Distinction” tells the story of Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer Ray Rodgers. Rodgers, who graduated from amateur boxer to coach to holding top leadership posts in the sport, has dedicated more than 70 years of his life to boxing. His skills as a “cutman” are legendary, and he’s worked in the corners of some of professional boxing’s greatest champions.
Educating Youth on Veterans Day - Educator Resourcesposted 09 Nov 2018
With Veterans Day just around the corner, AETN believes in the importance of educating our youth about this holiday's importance. We have gathered materials from PBS education platforms to aid educators across Arkansas in teaching students about the history, significance, and relevance of Veterans' Day to age groups ranging from middle school to high school.
Veteran’s Day Events posted 09 Nov 2018
AETN is proud to partner with the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to host a veterans appreciation event on Veterans Day (observed) Monday, Nov. 12. From 10 a.m to 1:30 p.m., join us for refreshments, showcases of Arkansas veteran organizations and services and a special “Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works” screening event. Later that day, don’t miss the MacArthur Museum’s “Baseball and the American Flag,” starting at 7 p.m.
“Sowing Salvation” – Veterans Coming Homeposted 06 Nov 2018
How do you go from defending your country to everyday civilian life? In week two of the 2018 Veterans Coming Home #WhatWorks initiative, we’re exploring the transition from military service to civilian life with Iraq war veteran Terrell Spencer “Spence” and Across the Creek Farm.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas November 2018”posted 02 Nov 2018
It doesn’t happen too often but, lo and behold, we have five full segments coming up for you in our Nov. 7 “Exploring Arkansas” episode! Keep reading to learn more about our stops at Ritter Farms in Marked Tree, Garvan Woodland Gardens’ outstanding new treehouse, Lee Creek Reservoir Recreation Area, La Petite Roche Plaza and Shoal Bay Park.
ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Security Mentor Modules 1-6”posted 01 Nov 2018
Are you aware there is a market threatening student data? Are your practices putting your students at risk? A new course from ArkansasIDEAS – created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Security Awareness Campaign – is an opportunity for educators to be trained on a variety of security topics that focus on awareness, passwords, email, phishing, public WiFi, and how to recognize and report security incidents.
“Ain’t Dead Yet” — Veterans Coming Homeposted 30 Oct 2018
After a mortar exploded near him, Anthony Smith lost his arm, hip, and suffered many internal injuries. Since the explosion, Anthony has undergone over two dozen surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy and rehabilitation. “Ain’t Dead Yet” — created as part of the AETN Veterans Coming Home project — explores his path to healing and journey to make the 2020 U.S. Paralympic team.
“Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works” posted 26 Oct 2018
AETN is proud to be a partner in “Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works” – a digital content and engagement initiative focusing on successful examples of veterans "finding what works" to overcome personal challenges in transitioning from active duty to civilian life. Follow with us for the next month as we share the stories of Arkansas veterans on Facebook.
AETN at HSDFFposted 23 Oct 2018
Film lovers, don’t miss the chance to join us at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Oct. 19-27 at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa! HSDFF will screen seven shorts and a feature documentary from AETN, as well as hosting AETN's Emerging Filmmaker Program and a special pie tasting event.
“The Great American Read” Social Media Contestposted 22 Oct 2018
PBS’ “The Great American Read” is quickly coming to the finish line! Don’t miss the finale Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., and read on to learn how you can win copies of some of your favorite novels in a special AETN contest.
Preview “Native America” and AETN Digital Shorts Oct. 20posted 19 Oct 2018
Join AETN and the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville for a free, advance screening of “Native America” Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. and special features of AETN original digital shorts taped during the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium. “Native America,” a four-part history weaving history and science with living Indigenous traditions, premieres on AETN Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m.
Are you ready? AETN is your new home for high school sports championships!posted 15 Oct 2018
Are you ready? AETN is your new
home for high school sports championships! In
partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association, AETN will broadcast the
2018 2A-7A high school football state finals live from War Memorial Stadium
beginning Friday, Nov. 30. Games will be available to watch online
Boo to You From the PBS KIDS Crew!posted 10 Oct 2018
Witches have broomsticks and tall, pointy hats, ghosts and goblins are eerie with sneaky black cats! Halloween is a fun and exciting time for kids of all ages. From pumpkin carving and costume making to trick-or-treating and new episodes, be sure to check out our AETN PBS KIDS goodies for all kinds of Halloween treats!
Are Your Ducks in a Row?posted 09 Oct 2018
October 15-21 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Learn how you can make decisions now that help protect your family and fulfill your wishes and how you can request a free estate planning booklet today.
What’s New on “Poldark: Season 4”posted 04 Oct 2018
The fourth season of “Poldark” galloped back onto “Masterpiece PBS” Sunday, Sept. 30, and continues through Nov. 19. What’s changed and wait new adventures await Ross, Demelza and the characters who have been with us through thick and thin? Also, is there a way you can watch the full season now? (Hint: that’s a definite yes!) Keep reading to learn more.
Watch “The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3”posted 04 Oct 2018
Traveling back to the Greek isles, “Masterpiece PBS” has brought the third season of this rollicking family adventure to our screens, and we have the scoop on how you can binge the full season now with AETN Passport!
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas" October 2018posted 02 Oct 2018
There's great stuff coming up for "Exploring Arkansas" in October! For those of you who have a big hankering for more of our show, starting Oct. 1, we have new air times for extra adventure on weeknights at 10. Then, at 6:30 on Oct. 3, we’ll visit the newest state park facility in Wilson and take you back to the year 1400, discover some hidden gems, test some fabulous Italian cooking and more in this month's new episode!
Fall Schedule Changes Kick Off Oct. 1posted 27 Sep 2018
As we shift into autumn, it’s also time to settle into exciting new schedules. Beginning Oct. 1, don’t miss our expanded Friday night public affairs block highlighting “Arkansas Week,” extra “Exploring Arkansas” broadcasts airing every weeknight for outdoor enthusiasts across The Natural State, and a Thursday night addition with new-to-broadcast series “Jamestown.”
“The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science”posted 25 Sep 2018
Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science” — a new two-hour documentary executive-produced by Ken Burns and directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers — a timely look at how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years. It also demonstrates what history can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today. Watch with us Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m.
AETN and PBS KIDS Day at Mid-America Science Museumposted 15 Sep 2018
Join AETN at the Mid-America Science Museum for AETN & PBS KIDS Day Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.! We and Daniel Tiger will be in town for a grrr-rific family event, complete with a scavenger hunt and other activities and giveaways. He can’t wait to take photos with his Arkansas fans.
Remembering Susan Howarthposted 14 Sep 2018
Susan Howarth has long been a leader in public media and effected positive change at several systems, including AETN. She also impacted individuals: she was my mentor for almost 30 years. I’m proud to remember the influence Susan has had on me and to reflect on her pioneering spirit and advocacy for journalistic integrity in this memorial post.
What We’re Watching — September 2018posted 14 Sep 2018
From local history and beautiful sights across The Natural State to thrilling new series, reading challenges and delving into the science behind our bodies, it’s an exciting month to be watching AETN! From the premiere of “Daniel Tiger The Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor” to Ken Burns’ “The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope and Science” to the return of “Poldark,” read on to find out what you have to look forward to in September.
“The Great American Read” Is Back!posted 11 Sep 2018
Hey, book lovers throughout our beautiful state! PBS’s tour-de-force summer reading initiative “The Great American Read” begins its two-month final push tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 11, toward announcing what book will be crowned “America’s Favorite Novel.” All spring and summer long, AETN has partnered with Literary Festivals and events, community libraries and student summer writing camps to call attention to this fun community engagement event. Keep reading to see what you have to look forward to in its return!
Getting to Know the League of Women Voters of Arkansas - “Arkansas Week”posted 07 Sep 2018
In the latest edition of “Arkansas Week,” guests from the League of Women Voters of Arkansas are joining us in AETN studios to discuss the surge of female candidates, the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment and more. But what is the league and which views does it support? Read on to find out.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: September 2018”posted 04 Sep 2018
Touring the largest mound site in the state, eating a few bugs at DeGray Lake Resort State Park; throwing a line in at Storm Creek Lake, exploring Little Grand Canyon and attending summer camp at Camp Mitchell atop Petit Jean Mountain – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Sept. 5.
“Frankie Drake Mysteries” — AETN Passport Exclusive posted 27 Aug 2018
Set in 1920s Toronto, historical whodunit “Frankie Drake Mysteries” follows the fleet-footed adventures of Frankie Drake as she forms the city’s first female detective agency. Read on to learn how you can catch new episodes of the AETN Passport-exclusive program every Monday.
“Elections 2018: AETN Debates” Scheduleposted 26 Aug 2018
It’s time once again for AETN’s debate series to help Arkansas citizens make informed decisions at the polls in November. Candidates in eight races have agreed to participate in “Election 2018: AETN Debates,” which will tape and air Oct. 8-12. AETN will also produce “Election 2018: Ballot Initiatives” featuring the proposed initiatives that have reached the ballot in a 30-minute program produced in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Read on to learn how you can attend the debates live or when and how you can watch with us.
Channel Your Inner Julia - AETN Passport Exclusiveposted 21 Aug 2018
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.”
It’s A Back-to-School Celebration with the Arkansas Travelers!posted 21 Aug 2018
What’s a better way to celebrate going back to school than watching the Arkansas Travelers battle it out with the Tulsa Drillers at Dickey-Stephens Park? Try that plus cheering on our educators with special teacher discounts and chances to win classroom makeovers and more — as well as free books for students — Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.
What We’re Watching — August 2018posted 03 Aug 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”posted 30 Jul 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”posted 26 Jul 2018
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 Concertsposted 17 Jul 2018
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 AETNposted 12 Jul 2018
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 Stationposted 12 Jul 2018
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”posted 03 Jul 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 2018posted 03 Jul 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 Marathonposted 01 Jul 2018
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 Entriesposted 29 Jun 2018
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” posted 27 Jun 2018
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 Arkansasposted 22 May 2018
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”posted 20 Jun 2018
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”posted 15 Jun 2018
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!
Celebrate Juneteenth – Free Screenings at MTCCposted 14 Jun 2018
Celebrate freedom at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Museum (MTCC) Juneteenth festival with free screenings of “Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies” and AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 16. The annual celebration will also feature live performances, activities, living history presentations and more in downtown Little Rock, Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m.
Tinkerfest 2018posted 13 Jun 2018
Super Readers, unite! Save your Saturday and get ready to meet and take photos with Super Why! at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs on June 16. At Tinkerfest 2018, young scientists will having amazing opportunities to make STEAM discoveries using creative methods.
Preview “Native America” at 2018 Native American Cultural Symposiumposted 13 Jun 2018
Join us to celebrate the creative visions of contemporary Native America at the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium in Bentonville. On June 14, AETN will share a sneak peek of the new PBS series “Native America” prior to the free screening of upcoming “Independent Lens” film “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at 8 p.m. in the Skyspace at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2018”posted 04 Jun 2018
Exploring life-size sandstone castles, playing with the ultimate model train set, spending time with the “Fiddleman” in Bentonville and hiking to Big Creek Cave Falls – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 6.
Student Selects — 2018 Winners Announcedposted 24 May 2018
With entries from talented young filmmakers from across the state, choosing a select few for recognition, screening, Arkansas Historic Place Film Prizes and Thea Foundation Filmmaking Scholarships is no simple task. After a great deal of viewing impressive films and much deliberation, we’re proud to share a list of the 2018 winners, who were recognized earlier this month at the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase.
Congratulations, 2018 AETN PBS Writers Contest Winnersposted 23 May 2018
With more than 300 entries and evaluating the inventive tales for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re excited to congratulate our twelve 2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! Learn more and find links to read their stories after the jump.
Sharing “Little Women” in Arkansasposted 17 May 2018
Louisa May Alcott’s quote, “Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again,” really struck a chord with me and everyone who came to screenings of Masterpiece’s “Little Women” in Ft. Smith and Little Rock this past month. I’m Dan Koops, part of AETN’s Community Engagement team, and I’ve very much enjoyed being a part of bringing this classic story “back home again.” Read on to learn more about how we’ve been doing that over the past month!
Books in Bloom — “The Great American Read”posted 16 May 2018
As we count down to the premiere of “The Great American Read,” we’re excited to continue the celebration of reading in Arkansas at the Books in Bloom Literary Festival in Eureka Springs Sunday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m.! Join us at this exciting, free event to see a variety of authors (including Deborah Crombie, Marcus Sakey, Lisa See and more), presentations, booksellers and signings. Stop by to see us and grab your copy of the 100 book list at the Berryville Public Library booth.
Royal Wedding Watch posted 14 May 2018
Go behind the headlines of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and the U.S.’s own Meghan Markle before the happy event! In the evenings, starting May 14, join Meredith Viera and U.K. host Matt Baker to explore the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the nuptials. Then, tune in for live coverage of the wedding Saturday, May 19, from 3-7:30 a.m.
AETN Foundation New Member Challenge Updateposted 09 May 2018
You've come together to help, and look how close we are! Time is running short. We have to add 7,500 new members by June 30, 2018, to receive $100,000 from the Windgate Foundation for programs. If you want to help us meet the challenge, there's still time! Join, or give a gift membership, today!
“Arkansans Ask: Foster Care”posted 09 May 2018
May is National Foster Care Month, and there are more than 4,500 children in Arkansas’s foster care system. How does the system work and how can you become a foster parent, adopt or participate in a training program? Explore with expert guests from the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services for the Department of Human Services, The CALL, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Project Zero, the Arkansas Youth Advisory Board and Immerse Arkansas Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m.
Mother’s Day Reading List – “The Great American Read”posted 07 May 2018
For Mother’s Day, PBS Books and “The Great American Read” have put together a list of exceptional books by some incredible women they’ve had the pleasure to meet. If you have a special Mother in your life and she loves to read, check these titles out to find a special story you can share with her.
"Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2018" Championsposted 04 May 2018
We had a wonderful time hosting the talented teams who competed in “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2018” on April 28! Every state finalist team earned their opportunity to compete in the championship by winning difficult region and conference brackets, and they showcased their dedication and scholarship in the year’s final matches. Read on to see photos of the 2018 teams and runners-up.
“Little Women” Screening and “Be Like Jo” Workshopposted 03 May 2018
On Friday, May 5, starting at 2 p.m., join us at the Historic Arkansas Museum for a special, free preview of “Little Women” and a hands-on workshop you won’t want to miss! Read on for a sneak peak of what you can look forward to — from quill pens to printing presses — in the “Be Like Jo” session hosted in the Woodruff Print Shop. Then, find the link to RSVP to reserve your seats!
Getting Ready for “The Great American Read”posted 02 May 2018
Whether you’re a life-long book lover, you enjoy dabbling in reading every now and then or you’re ready to try something new, we’re excited to have you join us for “The Great American Read.” Find out why — and some fun extra ways to participate — after the jump.
Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas" May 2018posted 02 May 2018
From a light saber duel as a Jedi to enjoying a waterfall paradise as easy as 1,2,3 and being welcomed in Welcome, Arkansas, to sipping on a tasty treat at the iconic Mammoth Orange Café in Redfield – it’s a great kick-off to summer all coming up Wednesday, May 2, during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
Memorial Day Weekend Marathonposted 01 May 2018
From documentaries celebrating the heroism and sacrifices of our armed forces to the “National Memorial Day Concert,” join us for a special time of remembrance Sunday, May 27, in our Memorial Day weekend marathon.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Conference Call May 3posted 24 Apr 2018
The AETN Commission will meet via conference call Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend. Those interested in teleconference information should contact Amy Giovannetti at AETN, 800-662-2386.
"Quiz Bowl 2018" Airs April 28posted 23 Apr 2018
Brilliant teams from across The Natural State will converge on AETN Studios Saturday, April 28, for the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition! Join us to watch the state conference finals as 14 teams match wits in a test of skills for titles and scholarships with rounds beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Win Tickets to the 2018 "Author! Author!" Partyposted 23 Apr 2018
Love reading and want to go to the “Author! Author!” party on Friday, April 27, for a chance to meet the authors featured in the 2018 Arkansas Literary Festival? Read on to learn how to enter our Facebook contest celebrating the kickoff of "The Great American Read"!
Binge New Series “Jamestown” — Only on AETN Passportposted 11 Apr 2018
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!
Micro:Bit in the Library — New ArkansasIDEAS Course posted 11 Apr 2018
If you’re an educator who enjoys coding — or learning about new devices — you won’t want to miss one of ArkansasIDEAS’ latest courses! ”Micro:Bit in the Library” is packed full of engaging lessons and activities to use in the classroom, as well easy-to-follow Blockly coding tutorials. Take a quick tour of the course and learn how library media specialists can apply to receive free materials after the jump!
Free “Little Women” Screeningsposted 09 Apr 2018
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.
“Arkansans Ask: Education”posted 01 Apr 2018
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.
Meet Jet Propulsion from “Ready Jet Go!” in Aprilposted 31 Mar 2018
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!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: April 2018”posted 30 Mar 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.
2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 26 Mar 2018
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.
Behind the Scenes - An Interview with "Mankiller" Director Valerie Red-Horse Mohlposted 25 Mar 2018
Wilma Mankiller, in just a few years, moved from living in a car with her children to being elected the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “Mankiller” tells her story: the legacy of a woman who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and give a voice to the voiceless. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, director and producer of the documentary, shares how she helped bring the film to life and why Wilma Mankiller’s approaches to both people and politics are incredibly relevant today.
"Reel South: Season 3" on AETN Worldposted 13 Mar 2018
From a comedian-turned-mayoral candidate to a world famous Texas dancehall, "Reel South" continues to showcase documentaries rooted in the tradition of Southern storytelling on AETN WORLD (AETN-4) in its third season starting in March on Sunday nights at 8.
“Student Selects” Entries Due March 30posted 13 Mar 2018
Student filmmakers across Arkansas, there’s a special opportunity for you have your work broadcasted on AETN and, for seniors, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship! Submit your AETN “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” entries electronically or have them postmarked by Friday, March 30, for a chance to win prizes, see your work screened and more.
Celebrate Spring Break 2018posted 07 Mar 2018
AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Super Why!” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 19, and Super Why and Wonder Red Tuesday, March 20. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us!
Calling all Arkansas educators with students in kindergarten through third grades! We have a special chance for you to bring Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit your classroom. Inspire your little authors and illustrators to enter the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest - on top of the fun and educational value of creating their entries and winning individual prizes - we'll be drawing one lucky educator whose class enters to receive an AETN PBS KIDS Classroom Prize Pack and have Clifford the Big Red Dog visit their school!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: March 2018”posted 05 Mar 2018
Your carriage ride to the castle awaits; the sheer rock walls at Jamestown Crag beckon your climb; more than meets the eye at the ASU museum; and the oldest continuous town in Arkansas just may surprise you! It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
AETN Pie Madness Bracket - Sweet 16posted 01 Mar 2018
Let’s get ready to rumble! The sweetest battle of all time is about to take place: some of Arkansas’s best pie establishments competing for glory, honor and meringue. Our Pie Madness Sweet 16 Bracket — celebrating the premiere of AETN original film “Make Room For Pie: A Delicious Slice of The Natural State” — will give you a chance to crown your favorite. Check it out now and be sure to vote all along the way to help declare the winner on Thursday, March 22!
“Make Room For Pie”posted 28 Feb 2018
Get ready to take a delicious slice out of life with the premiere of AETN Foundation original production “Make Room for Pie”! Airing Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., this rollicking, sweet and all around delicious adventure joins local author Kat Robinson on a pilgrimage across The Natural State to sample the best pies an eclectic batch of Arkansas cafes and bakeries has to offer. Keep reading to see if your favorites made the list and learn what you have to look forward to!
In a fractured nation, what ideas do we share? posted 26 Feb 2018
What should American ideals be and how can we work across divides to realize them? "American Creed," a documentary about working together to realize American ideals, will be shown in The Gearhart Hall Auditorium on the University of Arkansas campus Thursday, March 1, from 5:15 - 8:15 p.m. In this film, Condoleeza Rice teams up with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy in cross-partisan dialogue that frames the stories of diverse activists -- including Arkansas's own Terrence Davenport -- who are striving to realize shared visions of America's promise.
10 Things You Need to Know About Arkansas’s HBCUsposted 19 Feb 2018
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.
Getting to Know Stanley Nelsonposted 16 Feb 2018
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.”
“America Reframed” on AETN Worldposted 13 Feb 2018
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.
3 Ways to Help Our Littlest Learners Succeedposted 05 Feb 2018
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.
“Pinkalicious & Peterrific” Educator Resourcesposted 02 Feb 2018
Watch, play, explore and share with your students: “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” are now a part of the PBS KIDS family! Integrating the arts into children’s everyday experiences has been shown to have a positive effect on academic outcomes and social-emotional skills. To support these goals and accompany the Feb. 19 launch of the series, PBS LearningMedia is proud to offer classroom-ready materials including videos, lesson plans, take-home activities and more!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: February 2018”posted 02 Feb 2018
Taking a flight back in time aboard a B-17 “Flying Fortress”; being mesmerized at Red Bluff Overlook along the Buffalo National River; taking a stroll through Historic Calico Rock and experiencing early America at the White County Pioneer Village in Searcy – it’s all coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.!
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy: “Make a Thing” – Snapchat Goes Analog posted 01 Feb 2018
Do you like watching “The Art Assignment” on PBS Digital Studios? For this blog I try out one of the projects for myself, inspired by John Herschend and Will Rogan. I’ve documented the process through writing as well as a vlog (video blog) and share my thoughts on how art can help us think about the relationships between people and between people and technology.
Pinktastic Musicalicious Giveawayposted 01 Feb 2018
What excitement, what fun! It’s a pinktastic adventure, a treasure to be won! We had so many participants in our first Facebook giveaway of “Pinkalicious and Peterrific” treats that we wanted to bring you more! We’re giving away three family four-packs of tickets to the live “Pinkalicious the Musical” performance Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall, as well as some fun Pinkalicious books. Enter by Thursday, Feb. 8, for a chance to win.
Free Screening “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race”posted 23 Jan 2018
How did Tom Bradley — the first black mayor elected in a major U.S. city with a white majority — unite a divided community through a unique multi-racial coalition? And how did that help usher in police reform and transform American politics? Explore in a special, free screening of “Bridging the Divide” held in partnership with the Greater Little Rock Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Kendall Center on the campus of Philander Smith College.
Keeping Resolutions - AETN New Member Challengeposted 23 Jan 2018
We're nearing the end of January, and it's a time of year when many of us see our Jan. 1 resolutions tank ... or soar! Some resolutions, admittedly, are easier than others to keep. But, whether you've resolved to learn more this year, help others, or enjoy more of your PBS favorites, the AETN New Member Challenge can make it easier to keep going throughout 2018!
Grab your paintbrush and put on your dancing shoes, it’s time to have fun! We’re welcoming the new PBS KIDS series “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” to AETN on Monday, Feb. 19. Get excited about the new show and enter our Facebook contest by Jan. 31 for a chance to win a pinkerrific treasure trove of stickers, storybooks and more!
Give Your Regards to Broadway With AETN Passportposted 23 Jan 2018
Reserve the best seats in your house for 10 outstanding shows from The Great White Way! AETN Passport members have special access to a PBS Broadway Playlist with favorites such as “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited,” “Hamilton’s America,” “She Loves Me” and more throughout January.
"Arkansans Ask: Human Trafficking"posted 18 Jan 2018
Across the United States, human trafficking is a growing problem and, in the past nine years, 180 cases have been reported in Arkansas. How can we recognize the signs of human trafficking and help victims? Expert guests from Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH), Trucker News Organization, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Child Study Center, University of Arkansas School of Law, Morgan Nick Foundation and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office share in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask" Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.
“Victoria: Season 2” Premiere - 5 Things to Watch Forposted 14 Jan 2018
From the return of series favorites and the addition of surprising new faces to post-Honeymoon challenges, the premiere of “Victoria: Season 2” on “Masterpiece PBS” is packed with delightful twists. Take a quick peek at what you have to look forward to, then tell us what you hope to see next!
Free Screenings of “Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro”posted 06 Jan 2018
Envisioning the book that James Baldwin never finished, Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter in a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. Join AETN and our partners at Fayetteville Public Library, the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for free screenings and discussions this January. “I Am Not Your Negro” premieres on “Independent Lens” Monday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m.
AETN PBS LearningMedia: Chinese Culture posted 05 Jan 2018
Did you resolve to learn something new in 2018? AETN PBS LearningMedia has you covered! While Western culture just celebrated our New Year, much of the Eastern world, including China, will celebrate theirs in February. Learn what resources are available to learn about Chinese art, lanterns and more (and even see some exciting Arkansas examples) through AETN PBS LearningMedia.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: January 2018”posted 02 Jan 2018
Fishing for world-class trout on the White River; digging for crystals at the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig; taking a back roads tour between Little Rock and Memphis; and enjoying fine Mexican cuisine at a place you wouldn’t expect – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m.!
"Agri Arkansas: December 2017"posted 28 Dec 2017
In December on “Agri Arkansas,” get to know the Arkansas Agriculture Department and The Southern Center for Agroecology, and take a look back at the show’s past four years in a new episode Thursday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Passport Holiday Playlistposted 15 Dec 2017
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.
“Arkansas Week: Special Edition” Episodes Feature Senatorsposted 15 Dec 2017
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.
Celebrate the Season on AETNposted 15 Dec 2017
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.
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.
“Decide to Strive — Not Hide” #CSforAR PSA Contest Winnerposted 15 Dec 2017
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!
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.
Tommy Emmanuel – One man. One guitar. One unforgettable experience.posted 05 Dec 2017
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.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: December 2017”posted 04 Dec 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!
Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challengeposted 28 Nov 2017
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.
What We’re Watching - Special Program Highlightsposted 21 Nov 2017
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.
“Agri Arkansas” November 2017posted 21 Nov 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.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelterposted 21 Nov 2017
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.
Guest Blogger Dr. Donna Beegle — See Poverty: Be the Differenceposted 21 Nov 2017
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?
Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Signing Off for the Final Timeposted 17 Nov 2017
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.
“Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson”posted 16 Nov 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Capture Fall Color for a Chance to Winposted 11 Nov 2017
Fall is in the air, and The Natural State’s true colors are starting to show! “Exploring Arkansas” fans who share their favorite fall photo have could win a great jacket from the show for their next autumn outing. Submit your photo in the “Exploring Arkansas” Facebook contest by noon on Nov. 30 for a chance to win!
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2017posted 10 Nov 2017
For the past four years, Arkansans have helped libraries across the state to collect thousands of sweaters in the memory of Fred Rogers’ neighborly spirit. Find out how you can help continue this outstanding legacy and care for those in need in your community by participating in the 2017 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.
Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – Out in the Fieldposted 10 Nov 2017
It’s been a special week – I got to go on my first video shoot for the station. Learn what I’m working on for an upcoming episode of “Agri Arkansas” and what this experience means for me as a future filmmaker after the jump.
Get Ready for Trades, College and Careers at Transition Expoposted 10 Nov 2017
For many students, the time after high school is a mystery. How do you make decisions about what you’ll do after life changes and school routines dissolve? On November 14, 2017, AETN is proud to take part in the Transition Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center, which encourages students and adults to plan for life – not just college. Learn more about this outstanding event that brings together high school students, adult learners, employers and training providers to equip participants with educational resources that help them to accomplish their career goals.
Veterans Day Weekend Marathonposted 09 Nov 2017
Veterans Day presents a special opportunity to recognize the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country. To mark the occasion, AETN will be celebrating and honoring our veterans with a dedicated weekend programming block. Join us for special broadcasts – from local, AETN-original productions to national documentary programs — Sunday, Nov. 12, starting at 12:30 p.m.
"Cooking on the Wild Side - November 2017"posted 08 Nov 2017
Get ready to gobble up some delicious wild turkey with recipes from the latest episode of “Cooking on the Wild Side”! For the month of November, find everything you need to whip up Wild Turkey Jambalaya, Trash Can Turkey, Wild Turkey Hash and Deep Fried Wild Turkey, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders – New Projects, New Skillsposted 27 Oct 2017
As my internship moves along, I’m continuing to learn new things at AETN. From new stories to building narratives, life in the AETN Production Department is never slow. Take a look behind the cameras to learn more about what I’ve been working on lately, before it comes to a screen near you soon!
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3”posted 27 Oct 2017
Arkansas’s young filmmakers show off their spooky sides in “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3: A Student Selects Halloween Special.” Don’t miss four of the most frightening and hair-raising student films for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 p.m. each night.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: November 2017”posted 27 Oct 2017
Taking a stroll down automobile memory lane at the Museum of Automobiles, watching a former world champion chainsaw carver at work, taking a hike along the Spadra Creek Nature Trail in Clarksville and having a Coke float at the soda fountain in the oldest drugstore in the state in Pocahontas: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Agri Arkansas” October 2017posted 25 Oct 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” take a closer look at the Arkansas State Plant Board, visit Brothers Honey Co. of Faulkner County and learn how to grow garlic with Little Rock Urban Farming in a new episode Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Explore Changes to Fall Hunting Regulations on “Outdoor Hotline”posted 23 Oct 2017
Changes are coming to Arkansas’s hunting regulations this fall, and you can get the most recent updates and tips from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on “Outdoor Hotline.” AGFC will also share information about chronic wasting disease and water management of green tree reservoirs. Tune in and share your questions on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. You can submit your questions by phone at 800-662-2386 or email at email@example.com.
Are Your Ducks in a Row?posted 11 Oct 2017
October 16-22 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and it’s estimated that more than 120 million Americans don’t have proper plans in place to protect themselves or their families in the face of an unexpected life or health event. Learn how you can make decisions now that help fulfill your wishes with AETN Foundation’s Karen Cooper and how you can request a free estate planning booklet today.
Join AETN at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 09 Oct 2017
This year, we’re proud to have both AETN-original and PBS productions selected for screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and to partner with the nation’s oldest documentary film festival for the Emerging Filmmakers Program! Read on to learn how you can see special screenings of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street;” “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” pieces; upcoming PBS Feature “Tell Them We Are Rising” from Stanley Nelson; upcoming POV feature “Bill Nye: Science Guy;” and more Oct. 9-14.
AETN Production: Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sandersposted 09 Oct 2017
I’m Hunter Sanders, a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, and, if you’re reading this, you must have an interest in the behind the scenes work that goes on at AETN. My hope is that, through this blog series, I can show you what the life of an AETN Production intern looks like, while also giving you a glimpse of how everything is produced before you see it on your screen.
Bridging the Generational Gap: From Veterans to Youthposted 06 Oct 2017
How do you connect with people from other generations? I’m Sara Gardner, a senior at Fayetteville High School, and I truly believe that we must promote and nurture patriotic engagement in our country. From firsthand experience, I believe that addressing the interaction between generations is up to young people, and that we can do so by choosing to connect with veterans through volunteering.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: October 2017”posted 02 Oct 2017
Taking a dip in the cool waters of the Buffalo National River, making like a bear and getting honey from a beehive, learning about the Ozark Hellbender Salamander and taking another dip at the Silver Bridge Swimming Hole on the Mulberry River: it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The Hovercraft Goes to Warposted 28 Sep 2017
The helicopter is one of the most enduring images of the Vietnam War and, in the Mekong Delta, the U.S. Navy hoped that the hovercraft would provide an equivalent for riverine operations. Explore their test deployment and the consequences for both the armed forces and Vietnamese civilians through the lens of combat photographer Bruce Wesson, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography film team known as the MACV Army A Team.
“Agri Arkansas: September 2017”posted 27 Sep 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” join us to learn more about the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, rotational cattle grazing at Farris Burroughs Farms, and Little Rock Urban Farming’s unique approach to trellising tomatoes. The latest episode premieres Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
The Demystified Zone: The Diem Disasterposted 31 May 2018
What shifted Ngo Dinh Diem – who was offered the support of puppet Emperor Bao Dai, the U.S. government and, at one point, even Ho Chi Minh – from respected Vietnamese political figure to messily deposed ruler? Explore his rise to power from World War II to its unfortunate end – and what his loss meant for the Vietnam War.
Reading “The Wall” With MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military Historyposted 22 Sep 2017
In an effort to help young students understand the impact of war and related issues, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History hosts a children's reading program called The Reading Brigade. Learn more about their recent session centered on "The Wall" by Eve Bunting.
The Demystified Zone: A Global Game of Dominoesposted 31 May 2018
As the uneasy alliance of the Soviet Union and United States dissolved, the Cold War erupted and gave birth to many proxy wars, including the Vietnam War. What stoked each side of the rivalry? Explore the basic differences in economic and political ideology that prompted U.S. involvement in Vietnam and introduced a round of dominoes with extraordinary, worldwide consequences.
The Demystified Zone: Adieu, la Franceposted 31 May 2018
Contrary to the popular, unfortunate American image of the French as surrender-prone, their nation has a long and impressive history of military success. The same was true in Vietnam until 1949 when sudden changes gave the Viet Minh an advantage. Read on to learn what changed and how a place called Dien Bien Phu affected the course of the Indochina War.
Every Picture Tells a Story ... So what's the story on the guy in the ditch?posted 21 Sep 2017
Wartime photos give us an idea of what those serving undergo, but there are often layers - even hidden dangers - that are difficult to comprehend unless you've lived the experience. Join Bruce Wesson, who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography film team known as the MACV Army A Team, to explore the stories behind the images he captured on a perimeter sweep mission at Fire Support Base Charlie in the Hiep Duc Valley region in December of 1967.
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum 2017posted 15 Sep 2017
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
The Demystified Zone: A Will of Lightposted 31 May 2018
The revolutionary who would eventually style himself "Hồ Chí Minh" - roughly meaning "the Enlightened Man with a Will of Light" – traveled a long road from son of a controversy prone magistrate to Prime Minister and President of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam. Keep reading to examine his early life, from the Versailles Peace Conference to his work with the United States’ OSS during WWII and beyond.
“Arkansans Ask: Veterans History Project”posted 12 Sep 2017
Learn how Arkansans can take action to preserve the histories of our state's veterans and about the various aspects of the “AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans” initiative in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Viewers may submit questions and comments during the live broadcast at 800-662-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
The Demystified Zone: Declarations of Dependenceposted 31 May 2018
Vietnam’s long and complex history led to the creation of an extremely nationalistic state: it defined itself most by resistance to outside influences. Explore how Vietnam formed its identity, and how neighboring China and French colonialists' colorful interpretations of treaties set the world stage for what would eventually become the Vietnam War.
“Student Selects” Highlights Arkansas’s Budding Filmmakersposted 08 Sep 2017
Starting Sept. 8, reserve your Friday nights at 6:30 to see highlights from Arkansas’s emerging filmmakers in “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” With selections including comedies, family dramas, personal documentaries, historical films and more, these short films will touch your heart and spark your imagination.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy: The Social Power of Documentaryposted 05 Sep 2017
Interning at the Arkansas PBS station AETN gave me the opportunity to learn about the art and economics of documentary media. Over the course of the summer, I increasingly thought about the value of documentary to educate local as well as national audiences on a range of pressing issues. I wanted to get an academic perspective on documentary to share with the AETN audience, so I interviewed one of my film professors at Hendrix College. Read what I learned from Hendrix College’s Dr. Joshua Glick after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas – Sept. 2017”posted 01 Sep 2017
Exploring a cave full of salamanders; visiting the Scott Plantation Settlement; going fishing for gar; and getting up close with snakes, bugs and everything else at an ecology camp – it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Computer Science Is For Girlsposted 28 Aug 2017
Audacious. Diverse. Provocative. Life-changing. These are just a few of the words that I - a video producer for AETN's education division - relate with creativity. Are these words that you would use to describe Computer Science? Read on to see why I believe you should and to learn about how students in grades 6-12 can enter the Computer Science for Arkansas PSA Campaign competition.
“The Vietnam War” Preview Screeningsposted 28 Aug 2017
Recognize Arkansas veterans and preview the epic narrative of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "The Vietnam War" at free screenings across the state in August and September. In addition to a sneak preview of the immersive, 360-degree series, each of the eight events will feature an opportunity for discussion after the screening.
Through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, AETN and PBS KIDS have been given the opportunity to help boost coding education for Arkansas children by providing coding kits to STEM centers around the state. Learn how these kits, which are both high-tech and approachable, are being used to help 5-8 year olds (and even AETN graphic designers) learn coding concepts with fun and exciting approaches!
AETN Original Productions Nominated for 10 Emmysposted 28 Aug 2017
AETN is proud to tell the stories of Arkansas through original, local productions and, this year, four of those original films have received a total 10 Emmy nominations in the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Learn more about the nominations and AETN original productions after the jump.
Get Ready for Fall with “Outdoor Hotline”posted 23 Aug 2017
Learn about changes coming to Arkansas's hunting and fishing regulations this fall, hear about the state’s quail initiative, learn about upcoming AGFC education programs, and share your questions for Arkansas Game & Fish Commission experts Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
Arkansas Independent Films - “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story” posted 21 Aug 2017
How does hands-on learning make a difference? Find out as you follow students and teachers from three Northwest Arkansas schools — Alma High School, Alpena High School and Haas Hall Academy Fayetteville — as they develop their science fair projects and compete regionally for a chance to enter an international competition in “Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story” Aug. 21.
The first total solar eclipse to traverse the mainland in more than a generation is coming Monday, Aug. 21! Get ready to watch (safely!) and explore the eclipse through cutting edge science with PBS KIDS and “NOVA.” We share how to build your own Pinhole Eclipse Projector, fun games and great learning resources after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Opioid Addiction”posted 15 Aug 2017
Addiction and deaths related to opioids – drugs prescribed to treat moderate and severe pain – continue to rise in Arkansas. Explore the facts behind the state’s situation and learn about treatment options and available resources in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: August 2017”posted 28 Jul 2017
Hiking through the breathtaking Marinoni Scenic Area, hanging out with the precision riding team known as the “Old Fort Days Dandies,” fiddling around at the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and visiting the Birdhouse Capital of America – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Annette Herrington Elected AETN Commission Chairposted 26 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce that Annette Herrington has been elected as AETN Commission chair by her fellow AETN Commission members for fiscal year 2018. Herrington, who is a certified public accountant and was appointed to the AETN Commission as District 2 representative in March 2012, looks forward meeting the needs of Arkansas through educational offerings and local programming during her tenure as chair.
What more can we learn about the person behind all those flower paintings? The Art Assignment’s series Art Cooking gives insights into to the life Georgia O’Keeffe. I contemplate how this video changed how I think about O’Keeffe and how this way of looking at artists can change the way we view art.
Share Summertime Adventures With “Flat Kratts”posted 21 Jul 2017
Going on a summer adventure? PBS KIDS can share it with us and their favorite “Wild Kratts” characters! Whether you’re traveling somewhere new, sightseeing in the neighborhood or exploring the outdoors, we want to see how you’re learning and having fun this summer! Find out how you can get a free “Flat Kratts” printable and join us for new summer series that take you on adventures to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures after the jump.
“Bell Ringer” Earns Two Telly Awardsposted 21 Jul 2017
We’re proud to announce that “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury” — an AETN-original film exploring concussions — has been honored with two Telly Awards in the 38th annual, international competition. The documentary was awarded a Silver Telly — the competition’s highest honor — for “General Documentary: Individual” and a Bronze Telly for “General Education.”
New Season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With”posted 16 Jul 2017
Enjoy discussions with political experts, editors and authors in new episodes of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Monday evenings at 6:30 starting July 3. Featured guests include political expert Alan Abramowitz, author Elizabeth Hill and editor Michael D. Polston, author Michael Hibblen, and author Betsy Singleton Snyder.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – A Digital Spin on Art Educationposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you enjoy art? Are you a student or an educator? The Art Assignment includes many educational series such as “Art Cooking,” “Art Trip” and “Five Favorite Works of Art.” But, the namesake for the channel is The Art Assignment, a series in which a plethora of artists – whose work can be found in galleries across the U.S. – make a video to teach a particular technique or idea that they use in their own work to the audience through prompt.
“Arkansas Ask: Consumer Fraud”posted 14 Jul 2017
For 15 years, identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints, and many Americans feel like they have lost control of their data. Find out how you can protect your personal information and learn about consumer fraud and different types of scams in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m.
Guest Blogger Jacob Levy – Here’s an Idea: What’s Your Idea?posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you like to explore different ways of thinking and find new things to consider? Then you’ll want to check out the PBS Idea Channel, a part of the PBS Digital Studios suite of educational, short-form programs made for YouTube. Hosted by composer, programmer and performer Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel takes a philosophical dive into everything from Pokémon fan theories to cocktail glasses. But, an added element makes it unique: comment response episodes. Learn more about the Idea Channel and audience participation in Internet media after the jump.
“Cook With Brooks” Strawberry Pieposted 14 Jul 2017
In “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming,” the last episode of our first season, we made a trip out to see Randy Arnold at Arnold Family Farm in Alma. On top of exploring their chicken and cattle farming operations, Chef Brooks had a chance to pick out some unbelievably sweet strawberries from their fields. He shares one of his all-time favorite recipes he’s created for homemade strawberry pie after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: July 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Reliving the Doolittle Raid with a Marine B-25 “ghost” plane, hiking to Rattlesnake Falls in the Ozark National Forest, visiting the historic town of Leslie, attending the World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia and mountain biking along the Pigeon Creek National Recreation Trail along the shores of Norfork Lake near Mountain Home – it’s all on the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Fourth of July Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate freedom and our nation’s 241st birthday this Independence Day with all-star casts, historical explorations, phenomenal music and a one-of-a-kind fireworks display with patriotic programs July 2-4 on AETN!
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: For the Love of Farming”posted 14 Jul 2017
To round out the first season of “Cook With Brooks,” we’re taking a trip to Alma, Arkansas, to learn all about a local farmer’s love for his line of work! Read on to get a sneak peek at Arnold Family Farm to learn all about their chicken, strawberry and cattle farming operations coming up on Saturday, July 1, at 5 p.m.
Congratulations, Emperor Science Award Winner Sarah Shirley!posted 14 Jul 2017
Join ArkansasIDEAS and AETN in congratulating rising Little Rock Central High School junior Sarah Shirley, of Roland! Sarah, who is one of 100 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer’s Emperor Science Award recipients, will receive a unique mentoring opportunity with an esteemed scientist on a cancer research project, a Google Chrome computer and a $1,500 stipend. Learn more about Sarah’s entry and the Emperor Science Award program after the jump.
Student Filmmakers Remember Cotham’s Mercantileposted 14 Jul 2017
Documentary filmmaking is a wonderful way to tell unique stories about the people, places and the worlds we navigate. It’s a unique form of preservation — and that point was made especially poignant by Lakeside High School television broadcast class’s recent AETN Student Selects submission “Cotham’s Mercantile.” With first-hand accounts from the staff and regular customers, their film tells the fascinating tale of Cotham’s history and what made it a staple of Central Arkansans’ appetites. It is also likely some of the last footage shot in the Scott, Arkansas, landmark before it was lost in a fire on May 30. They share more about their experience and reactions to the store’s loss after the jump.
Saturday Crime Time Lineup Changesposted 14 Jul 2017
As two of our programs from Down Under wrap up their runs, look for new faces the return of some favorites as “Midsomer Murders” and “Death in Paradise” rotate into our Saturday Crime Time lineup! Learn more about the deliciously sinister viewing you have to look forward to after the jump.
Hub of Foodposted 14 Jul 2017
I have been able, in my almost 30 years of culinary, to do some fun and exciting things. I was able to travel the Southeast opening stores for Vincent's Market. In the 1996 Olympic Soccer in Birmingham, Alabama, I fed everyone in the VIP tents next to the stadium… over 5,000 people. I got to feed 1,500 people at the Talladega Superspeedway. I owned my own restaurant, Soul, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I even got to cook with the Arkansas First Lady, Susan Hutchison, on "Cooking Today." Now, as a part of the many things going on, I get to be a part of the beginnings of Brightwater: Center for the Study of Food in Bentonville, Arkansas. Currently, I teach there when I can. It gives me the opportunity to pass on what I have learned, which is a blessing.
“Cook With Brooks” Fennel and Arugula Salad With Chickenposted 14 Jul 2017
On our latest episode “Edible and Incredible,” we visited Jay Fulbright at Arkansas Natural Produce, and Chef Brooks had the chance to pick out some high quality, fresh produce from one of the state’s largest greenhouse operations. This simple recipe packs a deeply flavorful punch that you can make in less than 30 minutes.
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Edible and Incredible” posted 14 Jul 2017
For over 20 years, Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce has been producing high quality, fresh produce in Hot Springs County, Arkansas. All the crops – gourmet spring mix, microgreens, edible flowers, fresh herbs and peppers – are grown using organic practices. Take a behind-the-scenes look at our visit and recipes you can look forward to after the jump!
Explore West 9th Street’s Past and Present at Juneteenth Celebrationposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 2017 Juneteenth celebration. The day-long public event will commemorate African American freedom and emphasizes education and achieve with activities, food and entertainment for the entire community from noon to 6 p.m.
“Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure”posted 14 Jul 2017
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called “the silent killer.” Despite being a common ailment, many do not realize how serious it is … or that they even have the condition. Find resources, expert tips and valuable information on how to get and keep your blood pressure under control in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m.
Meet Jet Propulsion at Tinkerfestposted 14 Jul 2017
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, and get ready to meet and take photos with the star of PBS KIDS’ “Ready Jet Go” at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs! Budding scientists will get to learn all about making STEAM discoveries and using them in creative ways from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Frolicking throughout Camden’s millions of daffodils, getting a haircut in the oldest barbershop in the nation, attending the Arkansas Outdoor School and having lunch at the iconic Pickens Store and Restaurant: it’s all coming up during a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 7.
“Red, White and You” - AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquetposted 14 Jul 2017
Each year, hundreds of individuals volunteer to support public media in Arkansas, and this May we were thrilled to have the chance to recognize those who give so much to us at the AETN Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Banquet! Read on to learn more about individual award winners — Brenda Dykes, Wade Dykes, Reba Luck, Beth More, Beth Workman, Joyce Hartsfield and Jack Privitt; group and vendor honorees — Beth Moore’s Crowns for the Community and PepsiCo; and the generous donors whose support made the evening possible.
AETN KIDS Fun With Feathered Friends Campposted 14 Jul 2017
Soar into summer for an amazing avian adventure camp with AETN PBS KIDS, Audubon Arkansas and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission! On Friday, June 9, from 9-11:30 a.m., kids ages 6-8 (who have completed first, second or third grade) can join us for a free, STEM-focused day camp at AETN Headquarters in Conway. Read on to learn more and see how to reserve a spot — space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Free “Dream Land” Screening and Panel Discussion June 3posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for a spectacular Saturday in Pine Bluff on June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. In addition to a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” the day will feature a panel discussion with Pine Bluff musician Milt Jackson and producer Tanisha Joe Conway, as well as open exhibitions “Color in Space: The Art of Justin Bryant” and “RESILIENCE: Works from the Permanent Collection by African-American Women.”
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform this Memorial Day Weekend. On Sunday, May 28, we’re proud to share a special programming with features including AETN original film “In Their Words: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour,” PBS’ “National Memorial Day Concert,” an a early look at an upcoming Ken Burns epic in “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War” and more.
Bridge to the Future Festival 2017 posted 14 Jul 2017
On Saturday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m., meet us at the Clinton Center in Little Rock for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival! Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents.
Plan a Family Movie Night In With AETN PBS KIDSposted 14 Jul 2017
Reserve the best seats in the house, grab the popcorn and gather the whole family for weekly AETN PBS KIDS Family Night specials! Every Friday on AETN PBS KIDS (AETN-3) starting at 6 p.m., your family can look forward to movie specials or themed programming with PBS KIDS favorites including “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Sesame Street” and more.
Star City’s Farrah McEntire chosen as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to congratulate Farrah McEntire, an EAST Initiative facilitator at Star City High School, on being named at 2017 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Ms. McEntire is one of 52 educators from across the country recognized with this honor, and she will represent Arkansas at the 2017 PBS Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.
Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month With LOUPEposted 14 Jul 2017
Every Monday in May, join us at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month with LOUPE, AETN’s statewide arts initiative. Eclectic episodes featured this season highlight the work of several Arkansas filmmakers and include profiles of the Governor’s Arts Award recipients for 2016 and 2017, an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” artist portraits and an AETN archival piece about pinhole photographer Thomas Harding.
Preview the Future of Arkansas Cinema at A Young Filmmakers Showcase May 11posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to join the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize to host A Young Filmmakers Showcase Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. in the Ron Robinson Theater! Join us for this free, public event to see curated digital shorts from AETN’s “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” and help us celebrate the 2017 Thea Foundation Scholarship and Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize winners.
“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” Screening May 11posted 14 Jul 2017
Join our partners at AARP Arkansas for a special screening of “American Masters — James Beard: America’s First Foodie” at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. The free event will start with a reception featuring light fare from the Dean of American Cookery’s own cookbooks followed by a screening and an exciting panel discussion featuring local chefs! Learn how to reserve your place after the jump.
An Open Letter to the Future Interns of AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Hey y’all, it’s Mary Kate the Marketing and Outreach intern! As the semester comes to a close and my final days at AETN are nearing, I thought I would do one more blog post reviewing my time at AETN. Read on for important tips, from the perils of maxi skirts and office chairs to how you can tailor an internship experience to match your career goals.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Ozark Water Projectsposted 14 Jul 2017
The benefits of giving are well-known. It can increase happiness, and some studies say it might help people live longer. But how can people who seem to be on the receiving end give something back? Ozark Water Projects is an initiative that gives Arkansas kids — many of them underprivileged themselves — a chance to help people who lack access to clean water. Learn how they are making a difference after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” May 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Experiencing Conway’s unique Cadron Settlement Park, digging for quartz crystals near the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World, exploring the long lost resort town of Monte Ne along the shores of Beaver Lake, and floating Grassy Lake at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area near Mayflower – it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, May 3!
2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters”posted 14 Jul 2017
Disasters can strike anywhere at any time, and during the day roughly 70 million U.S. children are separated from their families. What are steps we can take to improve child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and help any household become better prepared for emergencies? Experts will share and answer your questions in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
“Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017” Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time hosting the talented teams who competed in “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2017: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 22! Every state finalist team earned their opportunity to compete in the championship by winning difficult region and conference brackets, and they showcased their dedication and scholarship in the year’s final matches. Read on to see photos of the 2017 teams and runners-up.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: How Important Is Sleep, Really?posted 14 Jul 2017
Tired of being tired? Want to find out how to fake sleep? Vanessa Hill of “Braincraft” from PBS Digital Studios explores sleep, and the neurological and psychological reasoning behind personality traits, friend-zoning someone, age and more. Read on for the secrets to sleep and other neurological quirks.
“Step It Up!” - “Cyberchase” Grant Supports Physical Activity in Pine Bluff Schoolsposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day. Learn more about our upcoming five-week initiative and how your school can download materials to participate in a similar program after the jump!
Countdown to Summer with “Outdoor Hotline” April 27posted 14 Jul 2017
Get ready for the upcoming seasons with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission! Experts are joining host Tony Brooks live in studio on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. to talk about fishing and improving fisheries habitats, work to restore northern bobwhite quail populations in the state, and changes on the horizon this fall for green tree reservoirs on wildlife management areas. Share your questions for the chance to hear them answered on air at 800-662-2386 or email@example.com.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Dinner Time, Dearposted 14 Jul 2017
Stop! Put down the fast food! There is something so much better, and it can be found on the “Farm to Table Family” channel from PBS Digital Studios. A channel with just a mom and her kids exploring recipes made with healthy ingredients for homemade treats that will make you want to call her up for the recipe. Read on for the recipe for the most amazing looking fried rice you’ve ever seen!
Music to Your Ears: Win Jesse Cook Concert Ticketsposted 14 Jul 2017
Would you like to treat yourself and a guest to an unbelievable evening of extraordinary guitar music with tickets to see virtuoso Jesse Cook at Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway on Sunday, May 7, 2017? Enter our Facebook contest by noon on Thursday, May 4, for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to attend this AETN Foundation exclusive event!
“American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Pulaski Tech Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Incomparable author and activist Maya Angelou lived an exuberant and broad life. Explore her incredible journey with unprecedented access to her remarkable saga from her childhood in the Depression-era South — including several years in Stamps, Arkansas — and her early performing career to her work with Malcolm X and many writing successes in special screenings at Pulaski Technical College Thursday, April 20.
Masterminds Meet for “Quiz Bowl 2017”posted 14 Jul 2017
Bright minds from across the state will be joining us in AETN Studios Saturday, April 22, for the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition. Join us to watch the finals as 14 teams face off to test their skills and play for state conference titles and scholarships! “Quiz Bowl 2017” will air in two parts with round one beginning at 9 a.m. and round two starting at 1:30 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Grabbing a Byteposted 14 Jul 2017
Tired of reading the typical food blog? “Everything but the News” is a technology blog that reviews the top restaurants in the Bay Area, shows you how to make the best toast ever and has found the Uber for groceries. Curious for more? Read on!
“Dream Land” Giveaway - “Temple of Dreams” and “End of the Line” posted 14 Jul 2017
Continue your exploration of Little Rock’s West 9th Street and its extraordinary history by entering our “Dream Land” Giveaway on Facebook April 13-17. Winners will receive signed copies of Berna J. Love’s “Temple of Dreams: Taborian Hall and Dreamland Ballroom” and “End of the Line: A History of Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” which were used to research AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” Find contest rules and details after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Breaking the Cycle of Teen Parenthoodposted 14 Jul 2017
Teen pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor to poverty in Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the country. To stop the cycle, the Conway Cradle Care organization provides support to help young parents in Faulkner County and, recently, rural Perry County. Continue reading to learn how Conway Cradle Care not only inspires young parents to graduate high school but to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society and to raise their children to do the same.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Breaking the Cycle of Teen Parenthoodposted 14 Jul 2017
Teen pregnancy is a well-known contributing factor to poverty in Arkansas, which has the highest teen birth rate in the country. To stop the cycle, the Conway Cradle Care organization provides support to help young parents in Faulkner County and, recently, rural Perry County. Continue reading to learn how Conway Cradle Care not only inspires young parents to graduate high school but to be strong, healthy, contributing members of society and to raise their children to do the same.
“Cook With Brooks” — Lamb Chops and Summer Vegetable Medleyposted 14 Jul 2017
Our last episode “Feeding the Soul,” took us to the 2016 Fayetteville Roots Festival, and Chef Brooks had the chance to show what he could do during a demonstration at the Cooking Stage. That, along with the chance to judge the Chef Cook-off, was all the inspiration we needed to inspire a trip to the Fayetteville Farmers Market and get supplies for this dish quick but impressive dish!
Producing “Dream Land” – The Experience of Filmmaking posted 14 Jul 2017
Filmmaking is a journey that involves many people with varied talents. It often involves many unseen twists and turns. It has been an honor, for sure, to be asked to research and in some way present a part of this history. But, what is there to say that sums that up and describes the experience of it?
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: 😊🙌💻☕posted 14 Jul 2017
If the emoji isn’t just for millenials anymore, then who is it for? Find out in the video from the channel PBS OffBook “Are Emoticons the Future of Language?” where you’ll learn about the history and future of emojis.
Producing “Dream Land” – Telling the Story of Little Rock’s West 9th Streetposted 14 Jul 2017
The saying goes, everything – everyone, really – has a story. When I was growing up in my beloved Stephens, Arkansas, there were stories all around. Those stories have helped to collectively make me who I am. As a producer, I count it as a blessing to be able to explore others’ stories, and with that comes a huge responsibility. So it is with “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street.” I pray that this film is but the beginning of sharing the many West 9th Street stories that remain to be told.
AETN PBS KIDS Day at Dickey-Stephens Parkposted 14 Jul 2017
Take a field trip with AETN KIDS and Jet Propulsion on Tuesday, April 11, at Dickey-Stephens Park! Starting at 11 a.m., this special event will feature a special “Ready Jet Go!” screening, the chance to meet and take photos with Jet Propulsion, and a game between the Arkansas Travelers and the San Antonio Missions.
Guest Blogger Marie Kressin: “Dream Land” — Making the Voices Heardposted 14 Jul 2017
Until the drive into Little Rock for the first screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” I had not given a thought to how the film would be received by the audience, the interviewees. Then, I realized how important it was to do them justice. “Dream Land” was a chance for their voices to be heard. Why had I – a 22-year-old who was born and raised in the South – never heard personal accounts of racial prejudice?
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street”posted 14 Jul 2017
For decades, the Dreamland Ballroom and Little Rock’s West 9th Street have waited patiently to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Join us to explore the history of this former African-American cultural epicenter, from its origins in the 1800s to present day, told through the perspectives of local residents and historians. “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” premieres on AETN Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
Postponed: Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas STEM Girls and NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. has been postponed due to weather concerns. Details regarding its rescheduling will be posted as soon as they become available. We look forward to this event where STEM Girls can showcase their brainpower by programming LED light shows, creating light projection boxes with laser cutters and engravers, and printing the 3-D objects they design. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited.
Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas STEM Girls is joining the NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville to host a special workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read on to learn how your STEM Girl can showcase her brainpower by programming an LED light show, creating a light projection box with laser cutters and engravers, and printing a 3-D object she designs. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited - find the sign-up details after the jump.
Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas STEM Girls is joining the NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville to host a special workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read on to learn how your STEM Girl can showcase her brainpower by programming an LED light show, creating a light projection box with laser cutters and engravers, and printing a 3-D object she designs. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited - find the sign-up details after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Observing bald eagles, hiking to a Native American bluff shelter with a historic spring, visiting the oldest log structure in the state and chowing down on some famous hot tamales – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, April 5!
Producing “Dream Land” – Getting the Story Rightposted 14 Jul 2017
There are so many things to be excited and nervous about when you produce a film. Have we done the story justice? Have we done these people justice? On the day of our first screening of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street,” the people who had given of themselves and their time to enlighten us about West 9th Street would be gathered in one room for one purpose: to screen this film and let us know if we had gotten it right.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Ben Franklin Wasn’t President?posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you ever thought that Ben Franklin was a president? “60 Second Presidents” is here to help! Covering all of the presidents from George Washington to Barak Obama, “60 Second Presidents” will test your knowledge of history and give you some great trivia answers. Read on for more information about the history of past presidents and our great nation.
In Northwest Arkansas, public school teachers are getting financial assistance through board games. Learn how Game It Forward – an annual tabletop gaming convention – is working with Project Teacher Northwest Arkansas to help support educators in low-income schools in this “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.
Chef’s Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Pigs Are Big”posted 14 Jul 2017
Pork is indisputably big in Southern cuisine, and Arkansas boasts some excellent pigs that make you realize why! On this week’s episode of “Cook with Brooks,” we are visiting two Arkansas pork farms: Hanna Family Ranch in Bentonville and Bansley's Berkshire Ridge Farm in Harrison. Come with us to get to know the farmers and learn about the Black Heritage Hog and Berkshire breeds on Saturday, April 1, at 5 p.m.
“Cook With Brooks” — Kale and Bacon Frittata posted 14 Jul 2017
As we saw in our recent episode “Hail to Kale,” this superfood is so versatile! It’s also easy to grow in the Ozarks compared to a lot of leafy vegetables and, since it can be grown throughout the year, you’ll want to hang on to this Kale and Bacon Frittata recipe. It’s one that the whole family will enjoy!
Beyond “Dream Land” - A Walk Down Historic West 9th Street posted 14 Jul 2017
Upcoming AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” gives voice to the stories of the individuals and patrons who built the capital city’s historic African-American business district. Join Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a special walking tour to explore 9th Street as it exists today and learn about the historic African American businesses and points of interest it was home to Saturday, April 1, beginning at 1 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: The Doc Is Inposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the worlds of science, feminism and glass ceiling breaking in the newest post from Between the Bytes. Whether you are a college student trying to diagnose yourself without going to the doctor or just looking for a good laugh, “Frankenstein M.D.” from PBS Digital Studios has something for you!
“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Preview Screening posted 14 Jul 2017
For decades, Little Rock’s West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have waited to tell the stories of the entrepreneurs and patrons who brought them to life. Explore them in a special sneak preview of the AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” held in partnership with Arkansas Sounds Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in CALS Ron Robinson Theater. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Learn how to reserve your seats after the jump.
Chef Talk: “Cook With Brooks: Hail to Kale”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re back after a short break for some brand-new “Cook With Brooks” episodes, starting this week when we tip our hats to give a “Hail to Kale”! Come with us on trips to dig into what it takes to grow this leafy superfood and see a couple of ways to transform it into something truly delicious. First, we’ll stop and get the skinny on a local juicing operation. Then, we’ll head into the kitchen to whip up a simple from-scratch recipe your family will love. The adventure starts Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m.!
“Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Parks and Tourism”posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas is host to 52 state parks, many attractions and events, which provide opportunities for Arkansans and benefits to our state. Learn more about the growing industry of tourism and its importance Arkansas’s economy in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kate: Exclusive Interviewsposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the world of literature and interviewing with “Blank on Blank” as Between the Bytes’ Mary Kate discusses influential writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury, along with other legends like Meryl Streep and Ronald Reagan. Read on for total fan-girling of the nerdiest proportions!
Student Selects 2017 — It's Back! (With More Prizes Than Ever)posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again: “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries through March 31. Read on to learn how kindergarten through 12th grade students can submit films for the chance to be broadcast on AETN, streamed on aetn.org, win scholarship and prize competitions, and attend screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF).
2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Share your stories with us by Friday, April 7, for a chance to win an AETN prize pack. Our first place winners in each grade can even win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad!
Between the Bytes: Have Art, Will Travelposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to travel the world but are as broke as a college student? (Or you know, are an actual college student … PBS Digital Studios’ “The Art Assignment” is here to help! Read on for tales of fabulous places, great artists and intriguing art. There might not be any sword fights or distressed princesses, but you might find a reference to grilled octopus, and who doesn’t love grilled octopus?
Live in Concert - Jesse Cookposted 14 Jul 2017
What do you call someone who not only plays flamenco, jazz, gypsy, rumba, pop and classical guitar extraordinarily, but also works prolifically as a composer and producer? Virtuoso may be the closest definition we can find, but you don’t have to take us at our word. Thanks to AETN Foundation, you can see Juno Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook live at the Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway in May 2017.
Between the Bytes: Protesting Is so Retroposted 14 Jul 2017
Hey, you guys, this is Mary Kate and Between the Bytes back with your weekly post! Clearly, as a blogger and journalist, I believe writing to voice opinions and affect change is virtually always good. But if you, like me, zoned out for some of the important stuff during government and politics in high school, you may need a Civics refresher. That’s why we’re digging into the First Amendment rights that make free speech and protesting possible with PBS Digital Studios series “Crash Course.”
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet March 7posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet Tuesday, March 7, at 9:15 a.m. at the Arkansas State Capitol in room 122. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
Get Ready for a Grr-ific Spring Break! posted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Daniel Tiger will be visiting for photos and maybe even an “Ugga Mugga” or two on Monday, March 20, and Curious George and Man With the Yellow Hat will be taking photos and starting shenanigans Tuesday, March 21.
“Cook With Brooks” — Triple Pepper Halloumi and Chicken Slidersposted 14 Jul 2017
We found out that the secret to artisan cheese is all in the process — from Nigerian dwarf goat to table — in “Going a Different Whey” on Saturday when we visited the McCormick family at White River Creamery in Elkins. With the episode’s recipe for Triple Pepper Halloumi Sliders, you can make a meal you feel good about without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Find out how after the jump!
“Exploring Arkansas” – March 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’re seeing how restoring murals is revitalizing a town’s history and art; reliving Ozark history by experiencing the lifestyle in early pioneer historic buildings; finding out about the “white” in White Cliffs Natural Area and trying not to “shoot my eye out” at the Daisy Airgun Museum. Watch with us in the premiere on Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m.
Between the Bytes With Mary Kateposted 14 Jul 2017
Come explore the world of PBS Digital Studios with me, AETN Marketing and Outreach intern Mary Kate, to get to know the variety of channels and videos offered in the PBS online universe. Every Thursday, in my new blog “Between the Bytes With Mary Kate,” we will journey through the worlds of YouTube channels like “Art Assignment,” “Crash Course” and “Blank on Blank.”
“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” — Conway Screeningposted 14 Jul 2017
Journey through the exuberant life of incomparable author and activist Maya Angelou in a special, free screening of “American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the University of Central Arkansas’s Doyne Health Science Center Auditorium. Refreshments and a panel discussion with expert guests will follow the film.
See “Black America Since MLK” at Fayetteville Public Libraryposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and the Fayetteville Public Library for a free screening of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” followed by a special panel discussion with guests from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Public Schools, the NWA Branch NAACP, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and University of Arkansas Alumni Association. The screening will offer a fresh examination of key events and turning points in American race relations and black history over the past 50 years. Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Going a Different Whey”posted 14 Jul 2017
There’s more that goes into making great cheese than meets the eye, as you’ll see in this week’s episode when we head out to Elkins, Arkansas, to meet the McCormick family at White River Creamery. From the training to the science behind the product, it’s a great learning adventure that leads up to an outstanding recipe for Simple Chicken Sliders. Cheese, baby goats and some great people: what more could you ask for in a show?
Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Day at the Capitolposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you want to help build a bright future for Arkansas kids? Support the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Join our partners as they explain why educational policy priorities — including boosting pre-K programs, increasing funding for school-community partnerships and ensuring that teachers have the tools they need — matter. Learn how you can participate and register after the jump.
“Cook With Brooks” — Quick Coq au Vinposted 14 Jul 2017
As we found out in “Art and Soul (Food)” this weekend, Chef William Lyle of Eleven at Crystal Bridges pairs food not just with wine but with art. With this Quick Coq au Vin, he created a nice, healthy winter dish that you can make in one pan for the whole family. Find the recipe after the jump!
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Art and Soul (Food)”posted 14 Jul 2017
When we started working on this show almost a year ago, one of our first stops was a visit to Crystal Bridges and its Eleven restaurant in Bentonville. From the grounds to the art to the High South Cuisine coming out of its kitchen, this museum is like nothing else in the world! Come explore it — and get Chef William Lyle’s phenomenal recipe for Coq au Vin — in this week’s episode.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet Feb. 24posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet Friday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
“Arkansans Ask: Medical Marijuana”posted 14 Jul 2017
In November 2016, Arkansans passed Issue 6, which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. But what does that mean for the average person? Share your questions about what medical marijuana’s legality means for you, the development of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and what the amendment calls for moving forward with a panel of experts in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
Create Cooking Challenge 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a way that you could join Create TV’s family of public media food experts, we have your chance! Prove your culinary interest and cooking mettle in the Create Cooking Challenge 2017 for a chance to win cash, production equipment and the chance to complete your own 10-episode web series for CreateTV.com. Learn more after the jump!
"Cook With Brooks" — “From Scratch” Pumpkin Pie Fillingposted 14 Jul 2017
We got to travel back to our childhood with “Country Pumpkins” in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, this Saturday! On our visit to McGarrah Farms and Pumpkin Patch, we enjoyed hayrides, history and learned all about the difference between carving and cooking pumpkins. See how we put that knowledge to great use into our “From Scratch” Pumpkin Pie Filling recipe after the jump!
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature - Ecoworksposted 14 Jul 2017
Recycling can do more than help the environment. The daily crunch of crushing cardboard and buzz of paper shredders are the sounds of a therapeutic normalcy for the employees of Ecoworks, a recycling and packaging business run by the Jonesboro Human Development Center. Learn how Ecoworks is serving the community and providing purpose after the jump.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Country Pumpkins”posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s funny how in every episode of the show so far, I have found a part of myself. It’s so much like my childhood growing up in rural Alabama! This week’s episode keeps bringing me back full circle — reminding of my first job working on my uncle’s farm — as we visit McGarrah Farms in Pea Ridge. After lots of fun and a lesson on the different types of pumpkins, I’ll show you how to whip up a great pumpkin pie filling from scratch.
"Cook With Brooks" Brined Pork Chops, Pickled Apples, Braised Kale and Pork Belly, and Butternut Squash Puree with Fromage Blancposted 14 Jul 2017
In “Farm to Oven” in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this Saturday, we had a great time digging into Northwest Arkansas’s farm-to-table by visiting Wood Stone Craft Pizza co-owners Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop and Clayton Suttle. Then, we gathered up ingredients from seven local farms and followed Chef Gawthrop into the kitchen to learn how to make an outstanding meal: Brined Pork Chops With Pickled Apples, Braised Kale and Pork Belly, and Butternut Squash Puree with Fromage Blanc. Find the recipes to make your own after the jump!
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Farm to Oven”posted 14 Jul 2017
You are in for a treat on this week’s episode of “Cook With Brooks”! I’m gonna explore the farm-to-table movement in Northwest Arkansas by taking you to one of my favorite spots, Wood Stone Craft Pizza in Fayetteville. There, we’re going to talk with the owner, chef, my friend and all-around good egg Jerrmy Gawthrop. Then, we’re joining him in the kitchen to cook up Brined Pork Chops With Braised Kale and Pork Belly, Butternut Squash Puree and Pickled Apples.
"Cook With Brooks" Honey Mustard Chicken and Applesposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a great time exploring history and flavors in “Roots Run Deep” in Lowell, Arkansas, this Saturday! After touring the Vanzant Fruit Farms and making a visit to the market on Highway 264, we took some of the apples, honey and other great flavors we discovered to make this Honey Mustard Chicken and Apples dish. Find the recipe after the jump!
“Exploring Arkansas” – Feb. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
From a cast iron cook off and driving along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway to hiking the Black Fork Mountain Trail and learning about the pioneers who farmed the Grand Prairie of Eastern Arkansas, it’s all in the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” airing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Men & Women of Distinction: Korto Momolu”posted 14 Jul 2017
Forced from her African home in Liberia by a violent coup as a young girl, Korto Momolu held firm to her dreams and rose to the top of high fashion. Explore her story — from bursting on the scene with “Project Runway” to becoming a fixture at New York fashion week — on Monday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
“El Latino” Returnsposted 14 Jul 2017
Beginning Friday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., “El Latino” returns to AETN’s monthly line up. Join us for the Spanish-language program as guests Eddie Garcia, editor of the newspaper El Amigo, and Jack Sisson, president of Three Anchor Group, address the impact of elections on the Latin community in Arkansas.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Roots Run Deep”posted 14 Jul 2017
This week, I get to visit one of the most recognized names in The Natural State’s fruit business: Vanzant Fruit Farms in Lowell, Arkansas. We’ll have lots of laughs with Steve Vanzant, explore their Black Apple Orchard and get to know more about the Vanzant family’s farming history. Then, we’re heading into the kitchen to test my Honey Mustard Chicken With Apples recipe. Learn more after the jump!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature: Cooking Matters at Arkansas Hunger Relief Allianceposted 14 Jul 2017
While healthy food can have a high financial cost, unhealthy food can cost a person’s physical wellbeing. Cooking Matters at Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance – a six-week nutrition and culinary skills course – is helping at-risk people with lower incomes and smaller food budgets learn how to make better choices.
"Cook With Brooks" Cider Pork Tacosposted 14 Jul 2017
Man, were we inspired by the “Brewing Change” in Springdale, Arkansas, this Saturday! We took the cider flavors we explored at Black Apple Crossing and a little influence from just across the street at Taquería Don Güero to make a brand new favorite. Find our recipe for Cider Pork Tacos after the jump.
"Arkansans Ask: Diabetes"posted 14 Jul 2017
Almost a fourth of people affected by diabetes in the United States aren’t even aware that they’re suffering from the chronic disease. Share your questions about diabetes’ types, symptoms, risks and management with a panel of experts in a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Brewing Change”posted 14 Jul 2017
There’s something pretty amazing brewing in Springdale, Arkansas! Coming up on this week’s episode of “Cook With Brooks,” I’m making a visit to the first and only cidery in The Natural State: Black Apple Crossing in historic downtown Springdale. Learn how the cidery, building on the history of chicken and apples in the area, is helping to revitalize the city after the jump.
The Armageddon That Wasn’t - “American Experience: Command and Control”posted 14 Jul 2017
Near Damascus, Arkansas, on September 18, 1980, a single socket triggered nine hours of terror - and what could have been an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima. Investigate the feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster in a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story in the documentary thriller “American Experience: Command and Control” Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
"Cook With Brooks" Pepper Pork Chops Au Poivreposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a great time learning how folks in Fayetteville were "Growing Community Through Soil" with Tri Cycle Farms in our first episode on Saturday! We also cooked up our own delicious dish inspired by their work and outstanding food on display at the Ozark Beer Dinner. Find our recipe for Pepper Pork Chops au Poivre after the jump.
“Barnes and … A Conversation With” — New Seasonposted 14 Jul 2017
Delve into the achievements — and limits — of the Great Society, the current state of democracy and the history of anti-Catholicism on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 9. Guests include author and historian Dr. Randall Woods; veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ray Moseley; and professor and author Dr. Kenneth Barnes.
Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Growing Community Through Soil”posted 14 Jul 2017
For our first episode of “Cook With Brooks” on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m., I’m looking forward to getting to share one of my passions with you: working locally to put an end to food insecurity! To get started, we’re visiting Don Bennett and volunteers at Tri Cycle Farms. Then, come with us to one of my favorite Fayetteville spots, Greenhouse Grille, as chefs from across the region pull together to support a great cause at the Ozark Beer Dinner.
"Cooking on the Wild Side" - Jan. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Get ready to brave cold weather with stews and sides that will stick to your ribs! Phyllis' recipes for Cupboard Stew, Harvest Stew With Pepper Biscuits, Campfire Stew, and Duck and Mushroom Soup highlight wild game and put Dutch ovens to good use.
“Exploring Arkansas” – Jan. 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Experiencing folklife in the Ozarks from long ago, enjoying a backyard railroad like none other, taking a drive along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, and teaming up with a mule team wagon train – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Jan. 4!
PBS Digital Innovators 2017posted 14 Jul 2017
Calling all classroom changemakers! Are you a PBS Digital Innovator? Learn how you can enter to win a special professional development opportunity — which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio for the 2017 ISTE conference —by sharing your unique approach for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. Entries must be submitted to PBS LearningMedia by Feb. 13, 2017.
“Cook With Brooks”posted 14 Jul 2017
Discover the stories of chefs, food, families and farms all over The Natural State in AETN’s newest original series, “Cook With Brooks”! Chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista takes us through Arkansas’s culinary world to tell the whole story of food in the state — where it’s from, how to make it and who shares it — on Saturdays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 7.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Dec. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re looking for some easy and delicious brunch ideas over the holidays — or just a tasty way to start the day — you won’t want to miss December’s all-breakfast feature! Find Phyllis’ recipes for Mexican Breakfast Eggs, Potato and Egg Tacos, Breakfast Burritos, Joe’s Breakfast Surprise and Camp Howdy Salsa after the jump.
AETN Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with holiday programming throughout the season on AETN! From PBS KIDS features to music, dramas and more, there are holiday specials coming up for you and your entire family.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.: Holiday Blues”posted 14 Jul 2017
The holiday season is a joyous time, but can also bring about stress, anxiety and sadness, commonly referred to as the holiday blues. Learn how to recognize the signs, manage the effects and determine the difference between “the blues” and clinical depression in a special edition of “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.”
Give the Gift of Music - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’re looking for a special gift for the music lover in your life, don’t forget to stop by the AETN Foundation Box Office! With tickets available to see Jesse Cook and Celtic Woman, you can share an unforgettable experience and support quality, local public television.
Arkansas Week of Codeposted 14 Jul 2017
Help us, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Arkansas Department of Education celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, with three fun, FREE events at the Tech Shop in the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock!
“Exploring Arkansas” December 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Alligators, a recreated 19th century village, a Native American bluff shelter with petroglyphs that happens to be on a golf course, and a five-star restaurant in the middle of nowhere? It’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Wishes Still Come True - Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew Ticket Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
If you were disappointed that you weren’t a ticket winner in our first giveaway, take heart! We have a second opportunity to enter a Facebook contest for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Eamonn McCrystal (“The Music of Northern Ireland”) and Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman live in Fayetteville on Dec. 28. Read on to learn how to participate, and be sure to enter our Facebook contest by noon on Monday, Dec. 5.
Thanksgiving Specials: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna”posted 14 Jul 2017
Gather your kindred spirits for a special night of programming! This Thanksgiving promises to be one of the happiest on record with back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna.” The premiere of the new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale, starring Ella Ballentine and Martin Sheen, begins at 7 p.m.
Dive Into Fun With “Splash and Bubbles” and “Wild Kratts”posted 14 Jul 2017
New discoveries are headed to PBS KIDS for ocean explorers with “Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea” and our brand new, underwater adventure “Splash and Bubbles”! Tune in for the special world-premiere events on Wednesday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m.
Christmas Comes Early - Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew Ticket Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Usher in the holiday season with the gift of music! You can enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Eamonn McCrystal (“The Music of Northern Ireland”) and Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman live in Fayetteville this December. Read on to learn how to participate, and be sure to enter our Facebook contest by noon on Monday, Nov. 28.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for our neighbors in need.
Remembering Allen Weatherlyposted 14 Jul 2017
We are heartbroken to share that our longtime leader Allen Weatherly passed away early this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at the age of 64. He leaves behind a loving family, a dedicated staff and a legacy of more than 36 years in public media. We celebrate his life and mourn his passing.
“Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations” airs Nov. 17posted 14 Jul 2017
With the upcoming flu season and the recent mumps outbreak, people are discussing which vaccinations are needed and searching for answers to questions regarding effectiveness, access and boosters. Share your questions for experts on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in “Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations.”
Lessons from Elwood City: What "Arthur" Taught Meposted 14 Jul 2017
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City as a first-generation “Arthur” lover.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Emergency Conference Call Nov. 1posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet via emergency conference call Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend. Those interested in teleconference information should contact April Gunn at AETN, 800-662-2386.
“Black America Since MLK” Screening Nov. 5posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us and our partners at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a free, advance screening of “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. The documentary series, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., will air Nov. 15 and 22 at 7 each night.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” November 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up Nov. 2 in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode, we’ll take you from one historic swinging bridge near Mountain View to another one in Beaver, check out some unusual fairy tale sculpture/architecture near Eureka Springs, visit the oldest church in Arkansas near Searcy, and look back to the day folks in Paragould thought they were experiencing the end of the world.
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 3” premieres Oct. 31posted 14 Jul 2017
Young Arkansas filmmakers are showing off their spooky sides in “Ghost Blood and Zombies: A Student Selects Halloween Special”! See the most frightening and hair-raising films submitted to Student Selects 2016 on Monday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m.
PBS KIDS Halloween Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
October 28 is filled with costumes, pumpkins and some spooky legends with your favorite characters, including a brand new "Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" Halloween special!
Friday Night Block Busters - PBS Arts Fall Festival 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Block off your calendars and let your friends know that staying in is the new going out, because your Friday nights will be booked for the foreseeable future! With an outstanding lineup through December, the PBS Arts Fall Festival is bringing everything from “Hamilton’s America” and Imelda Staunton in “Gypsy” to “Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody” and “Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Theater” on AETN Arts Fridays at 8 p.m.
What Comes Next? - “Hamilton’s America”posted 14 Jul 2017
We know that is delving into the history of the man and the musical and — while we’re all looking forward into a special that’s much more than a “making of a musical” — we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to seeing performances by the original cast. Find out which songs to watch for and more after the jump.
Title of blog.posted 14 Jul 2017
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City that have made a difference in my life _ years later.
Helping Children Cope with an Incarcerated Parentposted 14 Jul 2017
The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Learn more about the wealth of resources “Sesame Street” has to help parents, caregivers and childcare providers know what to say, how to say it and ways to comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments.
“Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind” airs Oct. 20posted 14 Jul 2017
More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent — what happens to them, and what resources are available to their new caregivers? Tune in for a special “Arkansans Ask” Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. as our expert panel discusses the stigma and challenges children and caregivers experience, detail support groups and programs available to families, and answer viewer questions.
Win Ethan Bortnick Concert Ticketsposted 14 Jul 2017
Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick is coming to Fort Smith Oct. 23 and Maumelle Oct. 25, and AETN Foundation has a special opportunity for you to win tickets to see him in concert! Learn how you can enter our Facebook contest Oct. 18-20 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see him play live at either venue.
FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission Conference Call Oct. 31posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Commission will meet via conference call Monday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend. Those interested in teleconference information should contact April Gunn at AETN, 800-662-2386.
“Hamilton’s America” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Don’t throw away your shot to go behind the scenes of Broadway megahit “Hamilton”! This October, join us and our partners at Pulaski Technical College, Hendrix College and the Fayetteville Public Library for special preview screenings of “Hamilton’s America,” then see the broadcast premiere as it kicks off the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Oct. 21.
Preparing to Protect Our Children — Stream AECA Keynote by Dr. Lori Peekposted 14 Jul 2017
Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? At the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) Conference, Dr. Lori Peek will deliver the keynote address “Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters.” Learn how you see the live-stream of this crucial presentation Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m.
“Election 2016: AETN Debates”posted 14 Jul 2017
Before casting your ballot this fall, get to know the candidates and their stances on important issues through “Election 2016: AETN Debates.” Candidates in five races have agreed to participate in the special series, which will tape and air on AETN Oct. 10-12. Learn how you can attend the free tapings or watch on air after the jump.
The American Dream - In Arkansas and the U.S.posted 14 Jul 2017
Is the American dream still achievable or is it outside the reach of average U.S. citizens? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with a special night of programming on Friday, Oct. 7, with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” at 8:30 p.m. followed by “Dream On” with John Fuglesang at 9.
Guest Blogger Cambria Bailey: Tocqueville and Why Love Doesn't Make You Blindposted 14 Jul 2017
Born in a time of kings and aristocracy, Alexis de Tocqueville believed the future of the world belonged to democracy. He is best remembered for his 1835 works “Democracy in America,” popularizing the concept of the American Dream. Keep reading after the jump and tune in for “Dream On” on AETN Friday, Oct. 7, at 9 p.m., after the premiere of “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” at 8:30.
Explore the Outdoors at 2016 Conway Ecofestposted 14 Jul 2017
Stop by the AETN booth at 2016 Conway Ecofest for fun giveaways, activities and to learn more about PBS KIDS’ “Nature Cat” and new show “Splash and Bubbles.” We look forward to seeing you at Laurel Park in Conway Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.!
“American Experience: Command and Control” Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
Investigate the high-stakes story of the Damascus, Arkansas, nuclear accident in 1980 with special screenings of upcoming “American Experience” documentary “Command and Control” in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Bee Branch, Arkansas, Oct. 7-9. The cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal.
“Outdoor Hotline” Talks Fall Hunting Regulations Oct. 6posted 14 Jul 2017
Changes are coming to Arkansas’s hunting regulations this fall, and you can get the most recent updates and tips from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on “Outdoor Hotline.” Tune in and share your questions on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. You can submit your questions by phone at 800-662-2386 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
“Agri Arkansas” - Sept. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” come with us as we take a look at technology in agriculture. We’ll also pay a visit to an old ball field in Heber Springs that’s been repurposed as a community garden and stop by PaPaw’s Market outside of Vilonia. Watch with us Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.
September Premieresposted 14 Jul 2017
This fall, turn up the drama with the return of favorite programs and the premieres of tantalizing new series and specials! Whether you eagerly anticipate learning Ross Poldark’s fate or are looking forward to learning how voters are exerting influence in the 2016 election, we have a collection of gems to look forward to in your September calendar.
AETN Family Day 2016 - PBS KIDS Character Visitsposted 14 Jul 2017
At every AETN Family Day event, you know that your whole crowd can look forward to fun, games and great activities - as well as a few exciting visits from PBS KIDS friends. This year, as part of “Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN,” we’re excited to announce that some very special guests will be joining us — including Walkaround Elmo and Walkaround Cookie Monster of “Sesame Street”!
Spotlight Education Weekposted 14 Jul 2017
Learn more about America’s students, explore new models of learning and examine the challenges facing America’s education system in a special week of primetime broadcasts, Sept. 11-17. PBS "Spotlight Education" is opening a year-round discussion about how to make high-quality educational resources available to all of our children.
“Arkansans Ask: Adult Education”posted 14 Jul 2017
We all understand the importance of lifelong learning, but what adult education opportunities are available to Arkansans? Explore the programs and services offered through the Arkansas Adult Education Division and ask expert panelists your questions in “Arkansans Ask: Adult Education” Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
Guest Blogger Bailey Pickens: What Does It Mean to Be a Storyteller? posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN's 2016 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" ushered in a new wave of young and talented filmmakers, who ask us to look at stimulating story lines and consider many important questions and issues, such as the act of storytelling itself. Read on to find out more about some of this year's films and how this year's group of student filmmakers prove that no matter how old you are, you always have a story to tell.
Who was Mary Dodge?posted 14 Jul 2017
David O. Dodd is a well-known name throughout Little Rock and the South. He is nicknamed the “Boy Hero of the South” for his brave refusal to supply names and information in the face of certain death. However, this article is not about him. It’s about Mary Dodge. Hungry for more information on David O. Dodd and the teen spies of Little Rock? Keep reading after the jump and tune in for the premiere of “The Hanging of David O. Dodd” on AETN Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 p.m.
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museumposted 14 Jul 2017
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
10 Reasons to Celebrate 10 Years of ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
ArkansasIDEAS is celebrating a decade of providing high quality, free online professional development to all Arkansas educators. See 10 reasons to celebrate this landmark and what we look forward to after the jump.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet Sept. 13posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the network headquarters. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From crappie fishing to taking a cool dip in an Ozark swimming hole to chomping down on one of the South’s prized coconut cream pies — it’s all coming up (and then some!) in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
From Screen to Stage - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed performances from Ethan Bortnick, Straight No Chaser, Eamonn McCrystal and Chloe Agnew, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jesse Cook with us on air, don’t miss your chance to see them live (and support public television in the process)! Learn more about AETN Foundation Box Office opportunities to see some of your favorite performers live — including three AETN exclusive concerts — after the jump.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” — Aug. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re getting ready for a Labor Day Weekend cookout or looking for the perfect thing for dinner, don’t miss some of Phyllis Speers’ classic dishes! Find John-tested, audience-approved recipes for Donna’s Inside-Out Cake, Sam’s Larrupin BBQ Ribs, Phyl’s BBQ Rub, Homemade BBQ Sauce, Smoked Corn Pudding and Three Bean Salad after the Jump.
Arkansas and the American Dreamposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.
Volunteers Like Youposted 14 Jul 2017
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.
Parents, PJs and Piesposted 14 Jul 2017
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.
“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.
Save the Date for AETN Family Dayposted 14 Jul 2017
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Win VIP Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smithposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four VIP tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four VIP seats and the chance to meet Daniel Tiger after the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by noon on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Aug. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, Aug. 3, we’ll attend an open air painting festival in Eureka Springs, take part in all the fishing fun at Bear Creek Lake in the St. Francis National Forest, dine in a jetliner restaurant and learn about the forgotten tragedy of the sinking of the Sultana near Marion.
“Arkansans Ask” - Arkansas Department of Human Servicesposted 14 Jul 2017
Get to know the direction and challenges facing the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), and learn how they serve the state in a special new “Arkansans Ask” on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Expert guests, including DHS Director Cindy Gillespie, will join program host Lance Turner of Arkansas Business to discuss and answer viewer questions. Submit your questions and comments at 1-800-662-2386, email@example.com or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!posted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.
Arkansas STEM Girls Campposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25posted 14 Jul 2017
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.
5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Dayposted 14 Jul 2017
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS.
Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Campsposted 14 Jul 2017
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20!
Coming Soon - PBS Fall 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Crisp weather isn’t the only thing to look forward to this fall! With new dramas, arts, performances, history, election coverage and more, PBS Fall 2016 spans from the American Revolution to the upcoming Presidential election! Learn what you have to look forward to, from “Great Performances: Hamilton’s America” and “Poldark: Season 2” to “9/11 Inside the Pentagon” and Ken Burns’ “Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War” after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Our Houseposted 14 Jul 2017
Our House is a residential facility in Little Rock that provides services to homeless and near-homeless individuals and families. From its incorporation in 1987, it has grown into a multi-building campus that touches the lives of about 1,800 people each year. Read on to learn how the organization is furthering its mission to “provide hope for the working homeless” through the expansion of its services with a new Career Center.
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrowposted 14 Jul 2017
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” July 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Arkansas Folk Festival … to visiting an Ozark paradise complete with cabins and waterfalls…to visiting a town which was once called “Arkansas’s Dream Town”— it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Recipe Round Upposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you love “Cooking on the Wild Side” with Phyllis and John, are a regular viewer with Martha Stewart or have discovered the wide blogging world of PBS Food, we’ve found a recipe for you! Check out our round up of a few our favorite recipes for barbecue, sides and desserts that will be perfect cookouts and summer fun.
Fourth of July Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate our nation’s birth with songs, history and, of course, fireworks! Holiday weekend programming will feature an all-star line up of current favorites and throwbacks to the classics. Tune in for special episodes and programs, including “A Capitol Fourth,” July 2-4.
Veterans Impact – “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” posted 14 Jul 2017
Taylor LoBue knows first-hand the struggles veterans face when they return from war and battle post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, as chairman of Veterans Impact – Central Arkansas Veterans Mental Health Council, he’s working to let other veterans and their families know about the programs and resources available to them. Read on to learn more about Taylor’s story, Veterans Impact and how you, too, can help improve the lives of veterans.
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.”
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.”
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Dramaposted 14 Jul 2017
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
Lily Radtke is the Arkansas winner of the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us in congratulating 11-year-old Lily Radtke, Arkansas’s 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner! Lily showcased her culinary skills with a dish called “Asian in Arkansas,” which features spring rolls, edamame salad and watermelon skewers. Read on to learn about her inspiration and find her recipe.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Meetingposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission will meet Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. in the conference room of the network headquarters, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend.
One Ticket, Twice the Impact! - AETN Foundation Box Officeposted 14 Jul 2017
Music lovers, we have four golden opportunities for you to do two things you love in one fell swoop: hear great, live music and support local public television! Learn how you can get tickets to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ethan Bortnick, Mannheim Steamroller and Jesse Cook while supporting Arkansas’s only PBS station after the jump.
Win Tickets to Brit Floyd's "Space and Time Continuum World Tour"posted 14 Jul 2017
Afraid that you missed your opportunity to see the Brit Floyd "Space and Time Continuum World Tour" at Verizon Arena on Sunday, June 12? We have your second chance! Courtesy of the AETN Foundation, Arkansas residents can win one of two pairs of tickets our Facebook contest. Just be sure to enter by noon on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
“Cooking on the Wild Side — Season 5: Episode 4”posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you taken a walk on the culinary wild side with Phyllis Speer and John Philpot? Look no farther for their latest recipes! Tickle your tastebuds with recipes for Fresh Fruit Salsa, Goobered Hash Browns, Venison Sausage, Venison Sausage Gravy, Eggs Ozarkia and Roasted Chicken Salad after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” June 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From hiking to a remote waterfall in the Ozark National Forest and tiptoeing through the tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens to making a phone call from one of the last remaining working phone booths and enjoying a bologna sandwich at the Hollis Country Store – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas.”
“Agri Arkansas” - May 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Take a look at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville and a true “farm-to-table” dinner in Scott this month on “Agri Arkansas.” See the new episode Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23posted 14 Jul 2017
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.
“Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” airs May 23posted 14 Jul 2017
What is chronic wasting disease (CWD), how does it affect the state’s deer and elk populations, and what precautions do hunters need to take? Join us and experts from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to discuss on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Campus Kitchensposted 14 Jul 2017
As much as 30 million tons of food is wasted in the U.S. each year, according to recent estimates from the USDA Economic Research Service. Learn how the Campus Kitchens project in Russellville at Arkansas Tech University is working to fight waste and hunger with a special “PBS NewsHour Weekend” feature.
New Season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Begins May 9posted 14 Jul 2017
Dig into the details with host Steve Barnes in a new, four-part season airing on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning May 9! Featured guests include “Antiques Roadshow” Executive Producer Marsha Bemko, civil rights luminary Andrew Young, “Mercy Street” star Josh Radnor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.
My RBI Story: Willie Torrenceposted 14 Jul 2017
Willie Torrence has been an umpire for Little Rock RBI – in addition to his work as a collegiate and high school umpire – for more than a decade. In his RBI story, he tells us why he will always support Little Rock RBI because of how it impacts players’ lives.
Mother’s Day With Anne and Marillaposted 14 Jul 2017
Mothers come to us in all shapes and sizes. Some are there from the very beginning, and others come to us later in life to show us the exact sort of love that we’ve always needed. This Mother’s Day, celebrate that special bond with an “Anne of Green Gables” marathon and a few of our favorite Anne and Marilla moments.
Meet Jet Propulsion at the Bentonville Film Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed exploring space, science, technology and astronomy with “Ready, Jet, Go!” on PBS KIDS, don’t miss a special chance to meet Jet Propulsion, Astronomer Amy Mainzer and the show’s executive producer, Dete Meserve, Saturday, May 7! We’ll join our partners from the Bentonville Film Festival at the Bentonville Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m.
Guest Blogger Nick Harrington: My AETN Internship Experienceposted 14 Jul 2017
I have to admit that I didn’t really know what to expect when I first applied for an internship here at AETN. In the past, I had worked internships that were mostly busy work. AETN was different. I was actually helping to contribute. Overall my experience at AETN was a great one and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great starting point in looking for a career.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
“To the Bat Cave, Robin!” That was a classic line in the old “Batman” TV series, and we visit Batesville to go there - in a sense - and then make stops at Gravity Hill, the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum and Mount Magazine in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas”! Come with us on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.
My RBI Story — Kyshaun Jonesposted 14 Jul 2017
Kyshaun, a Little Rock Central High student, is a catcher and third baseman who's been playing with Little Rock RBI since he was 12 and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas since age 5. Learn how his RBI Coach Tony Dunnick has influenced him, why Kyshaun loves baseball and Jackie Robinson, and what he's planning to do in college ... and beyond!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp at AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know a 5-8 year old who would like to learn about creative coding? Don’t miss a chance to register for our free Scratch Jr. camp June 21-24! This special camp is designed to introduce kids to creative computer coding through activities that allow them to create their own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app.
Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016 Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
We were thrilled to host the 2016 “Arkansas Quiz Bowl: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 23! All state finalist teams had worked their way to the championship through difficult regional and conference brackets, and their preparation was exceptionally showcased in the years’ final matches. See photos of the 2016 State Champion teams and runners-up after the jump.
Explore the Future of Arkansas Filmmaking with A Young Filmmakers Showcaseposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize for a special evening of curated digital shorts in the Ron Robinson on Wednesday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. The 2016 Young Filmmakers Showcase will highlight the creativity of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students and features the announcement of Thea Foundation scholarship winners.
2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump.
My RBI Story — Jay Rogersposted 14 Jul 2017
Part of a multigenerational sporting goods family, Jay Rogers is a lifelong Little Rock resident and baseball lover. He’s also an RBI supporter, Lamar Porter Field Trustee and Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas Board member. Learn why Jay’s been a part of Little Rock RBI for more than 13 years, and why this important program is like no other available to local students.
Our RBI Story - Kristen and Cliff Leeposted 14 Jul 2017
Kristen and Cliff Lee, current Major League Baseball free agent and former pitcher for the Phillies, became supporters of Lamar Porter Field and Little Rock’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) in a way that seemed fated. Learn how they discovered the program and why it’s close to their hearts after the jump.
Arkansas Quiz Bowl State Finalsposted 14 Jul 2017
High schools students will continue a state tradition as they return to showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition on Saturday, April 23! Learn which high school teams will join us “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016” and when they’ll be playing after the jump.
Breaking Barriers Sports Equipment Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Support Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arkansas by donating gently used or new baseball equipment Sunday, April 24, at Lamar Porter Field. Equipment for all age groups is accepted. The drive, a part of Jackie Robinson Day at Lamar Porter Field, will be held from 1-4 p.m.
Movies at MacArthur - “War Letters”posted 14 Jul 2017
In every American war, from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of warfare by writing letters home. Explore the history of American wars from their viewpoint in a special Movies at MacArthur screening of “American Experience: War Letters” Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Getting to Know RBIposted 14 Jul 2017
What is the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, and how is does it help young people — and an entire community — in Little Rock? Keep reading for an overview of the program, and learn how it goes beyond baseball fundamentals with its “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” initiative to teach Jackie Robinson’s character values in a fun, supportive environment.
Jackie Robinson Day at Lamar Porter Fieldposted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s legacy and Little Rock’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Opening Day Sunday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. at Lamar Porter Field! The public is invited to see the newly renovated Lamar Porter Sports complex and participate in fun, family friendly activities at the open house. Young men ages 13-18 are invited to join the summer leagues and participate in the season’s first practice.
Mary Beth Hatch named PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and ArkansasIDEAS in congratulating Harrison Junior High EAST facilitator Mary Beth Hatch, who was one of 52 educators nationwide selected as a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator! As a Lead Digital Innovator, Ms. Hatch will receive an all-expense paid trip to participate in the 2016 LearningMedia Digital Summit and ISTE Conference in Denver, Colorado. Six other Arkansas teachers — including Marisa Arnold, Christina Cereghini, Amy Counts, Michelle Moore, Dennis Pevey and Vearlene Williamson — were also recognized as local 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jackie Robinsonposted 14 Jul 2017
We know Jackie Robinson's baseball career, but what do you know about the life of the man behind No. 42? From humble beginnings to military service to the stories you haven't heard about baseball, come with us to explore Jack Roosevelt Robinson's extraordinary life in Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson."
Share Your Arkansas Barn Stories and Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you still farm, grew up in rural Arkansas or simply enjoy seeing barns stand guard over The Natural State’s fields and herds, we want to hear from you! AETN is producing a new film about barns in Arkansas, and we’re looking for stories and photos to feature in the production. Learn how you can share your stories and photos with us after the jump!
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog – Lasting Memoriesposted 14 Jul 2017
Some players have told me plainly that they don’t talk about their concussion symptoms unless they have a problem functioning. Many will ignore the smaller symptoms until the problem becomes so severe that they have no choice but to sit out. Unfortunately, Zack Towers had the same mentality of playing through pain – even when the pain came from arguably his most important organ – and he never recovered. Until everyone involved believes that our players’ long-term health is more valuable than their short-term play, I believe athletes will continue hiding their symptoms.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” April 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
Wednesday evening, April 6, marks the start of a brand new night for “Exploring Arkansas” with a special new episode that stops into Osage Clayworks, the National Park Aquarium, Arkansas Living Treasure Lorrie Popow’s studio and the Palarm Creek Waterfowl Rest Area. Join us to kick off AETN’s Think Wednesday programming (and stay after with great episodes of “Nature” and “NOVA”) at 6:30 p.m.
“Arkansans Ask: Concussions”posted 14 Jul 2017
Following the broadcast of “Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury,” join us for a special presentation of “Arkansans Ask” to find answers to your questions about concussions. We’ll be talking with expert panelists from the Southern Impact Research Center, the Arkansas Activities Association and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Cabot Public Schools, as well as a former college athlete, Thursday, April 7, at 8 p.m. Submit your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-662-2386 or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Don't Miss - "Jackie Robinson" Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
If you only know Jackie Robinson the legend, chances are good that you don't know the man behind No. 42. This April, examine the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson - who lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball's color line - in special AETN preview screenings of Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson."
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog — What Is a Concussion?posted 14 Jul 2017
A topic like concussions is a hard one to understand; it’s multifaceted because the brain is an extremely complex organ. I like to think of the brain as the body’s equivalent of the deep ocean – there’s just so much left to explore, and research on the brain is so new. Needless to say, when I began work on “Bell Ringer,” I was confronted with my fair share of confusion. I spent a good amount of time calling experts and getting answers to my questions. Now, two years later, many of the people I come across have the same questions I once had. While I’m no authority on the subject, I would like to share some of the answers – some basic, some more involved – that I received while researching concussions.
Museum of Discovery Spring Break Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
Did you join us for Spring Break with Buddy the Dinosaur and Curious George at the Museum of Discovery March 21-22? You can download your free, hi-resolution photos from the events through our Flickr account now!
“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog - Concussions, Soccer & Michelle Akersposted 14 Jul 2017
Two years ago when someone mentioned the word “concussion” to me, I immediately thought about football. But after years of research on the topic, the way I think about them has changed. Concussions happen in a variety of sports and rates are particularly high in soccer — specifically girls’ soccer. We saw evidence of this repeatedly at various Arkansas games and learned more with women’s soccer legend and 2000 FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers.
2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1.
“Peg + Cat Saves the World” Special, New Episodesposted 14 Jul 2017
When a mysterious, gigantic blob is soaring towards earth, Peg and Cat are called upon to solve a problem of national importance! Learn more about their adventure in two new episodes starting Tuesday, March 29, at 9:30 a.m., and many exciting new episodes coming during the week of April 4.
In Memoriam — Ben Fryposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is deeply saddened to share news of the death of Ben Fry, general manager of our public media partner UALR Public Radio. Ben — who was a dedicated program partner, advocate for public media and longtime AETN supporter — passed away at age 54 on Thursday, March 10, 2016. He will be greatly missed and long remembered as a valued colleague and friend.
8 Reasons AETN is a Smart Investmentposted 14 Jul 2017
As Arkansas’s only statewide television and public service network, AETN enjoys a special charge: to educate, enrich and inspire Arkansans of all ages. How are we accomplishing that mission — on air and beyond — for just $3 per Arkansan annually? Read on to learn how we’re creating lifelong learning opportunities and why funding AETN is an efficient, responsible use of taxpayer dollars.
"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" Entries Due March 25posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know young Arkansas filmmakers who would like to see their work broadcast or who would like to win a college scholarship? Be sure to remind them that AETN "Student Selects" entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Friday, March 25.
“Bell Ringer: The Invisible Brain Injury”posted 14 Jul 2017
You’ve heard it described before: after an impact, athletes say that they’ve “gotten a ding” or “had their bell rung.” But these aren’t minor happenings to be walked off. Doctors call them concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, and these serious injuries occur most frequently among children and high school students. Learn more about what to watch for and how concussions can be treated and prevented in the April 7 premiere of AETN original documentary “Bell Ringer.”
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” March 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From striper fishing ... to being catapulted in the air at a bike park ... to exploring a cave for a lost civilization … to chowing down on some ribs at a popular family-owned barbecue restaurant – it’s all coming up Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. on “Exploring Arkansas!”
Save the Date for Spring Break!posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and our friends from “Dinosaur Train” and “Curious George” will be visiting the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for some special Spring Break fun! You can meet Buddy the Dinosaur Monday, March 21, and Curious George Tuesday, March 22. Mark your calendars to celebrate with us!
Win a Trip to Washington, D.C. — Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know an 8-12 year-old with culinary flair? Encourage him or her to enter a scrumptious recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for a chance to be featured in a cookbook and represent Arkansas at the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer! Entries must be submitted by Monday, April 4.
Game On: Family Engagement — Feel the March Madness!posted 14 Jul 2017
Rally your team and gear up for delicious eats, great music, and fun, family activities that will have your crew hoping for overtime on Saturday, March 12! AETN is partnering with the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative to present an exciting afternoon featuring 3-on-3 hoop play with Dads vs. Sidney Moncrief & Friends, Double Dutch jump roping, Tailgating for a Reason, the AETN Reading Garden and more.
AETN Director’s Blog – Allen Weatherly posted 14 Jul 2017
I have personally worked in public service media since 1980 and, while I am a huge fan of general audience programming on AETN, I have remained committed and loyal primarily because of what our system does for our children. Join me to learn more – including why PBS KIDS is the most educational media brand for children.
Guest Blogger Nick Harrington – NEA Read Across Americaposted 14 Jul 2017
NEA’s Read Across America, now in its 19th year, focuses on motivating children and teens to pick up a book and read. As a college student and avid reader, I know reading every day, even just a little bit, makes a difference. Read on to learn how my parents helped me become a lifelong reader and how you can help the kids in your life get started with NEA’s Read Across America program.
Countdown to Downton - 10 Memorable Momentsposted 14 Jul 2017
As we countdown to the “Downton Abbey” season finale, we’re unashamedly living in the past a bit. See 10 of our most memorable moments from the series after the jump, and tell us what we’re hoping for in the final episode on Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m.!
Florence B. Price & William Grant Still: An Arkansas Sounds Tributeposted 14 Jul 2017
If you’ve enjoyed “The Caged Bird: The Life & Music of Florence B. Price” on AETN or would simply enjoy learning more about Arkansas natives and extraordinary composers Florence B. Prince and William Grant Still, don’t miss a special Arkansas Sounds event! Following the film’s screening, the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and soloists will perform Price’s and Still’s compositions on Friday, Feb. 26.
“Sesame Street” for Military Families — Transitionsposted 14 Jul 2017
When parents transition and move, so do kids, and it’s all a new adventure! But, while all adventure stories have a hero, they also have ups and downs. “Sesame Street” provides helpful resources for caring adults to help their little heroes find the strength to “go with the flow” in this special program and accompanying tool kits.
“Arkansans Ask: Paying for College”posted 14 Jul 2017
Have rising education costs have left you wondering how you or your child can afford college? Join us and share your questions in February’s special “Arkansans Ask,” where we talk with the experts to learn about the various resources and options for Arkansans to get funding. We’ll discuss financial aid, scholarships, loans and more on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.
It’s Never Too Late … To Win Tommy Emmanuel Tickets!posted 14 Jul 2017
Chet Atkins-Certified Guitar Player and stylistic virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel — joined by special guests The Wisherkeepers — is coming to Conway on Friday, Feb. 19, as part of his “It’s Never Too Late” tour, and you can win tickets! For your chance to win, read on and enter our Facebook contest. Ten winners will be selected Thursday, Feb. 11.
Enter the Create Cooking Challenge!posted 14 Jul 2017
Have you ever watched the great cooking programs on AETN-2’s Create TV and thought, “I could do that!”? Now you have your chance! The Create Cooking Challenge invites our viewers to submit a video of two minutes or less to demonstrate their culinary expertise. Anyone — from home cooks to professional chefs — who is over 18 can enter for the chance to win the grand prize: funding to produce a 10-episode series for CreateTV.com.
Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Startedposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog: Exploring Arkansas Feb. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
A dream castle, the re-opening of a 1905 general store, a moonshiners cave by the falls and enjoying a huge hubcap burger – it’s all coming up in the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
“Agri Arkansas” Jan. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” join us as we close our examination of the state’s physiographic regions with a visit to the Ouachita Mountain Region. We’ll also explore the bottling process and job-creating role of Mountain Valley Spring Water and take a trip to Clark’s Pecan Orchard in Mayflower on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.
“Antiques Roadshow: Little Rock” Air Dates Announcedposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s official, Roadshow fans! Air dates are now confirmed for the three Little Rock-based episodes of “Antiques Roadshow.” Tune in Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2016, to see the treasures that were discovered when more than 4,900 guests attended the appraisal event at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center in July 2015.
“Tah-dee!” Get Ready for a “Nature Cat” Special and New Episodesposted 14 Jul 2017
When the weather is cold, it’s is to be a little more reluctant to explore our surroundings, but an all-new “Nature Cat” special is sure to spark kids’ curiosity for the outdoors! Learn about what you can expect in the hour-long special, new episodes and free, new online games available through PBS KIDS after the jump.
Meet the Cast of “Mercy Street”posted 14 Jul 2017
Based on real events, new PBS “Masterpiece Theater” period medical drama “Mercy Street” gives life to the extraordinary moral conflict and medical advances of the Civil War, beginning Sunday, Jan .17, at 9 p.m. See a preview and meet the stars — including Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Norbert Leo Butz, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Tara Summers — after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: Highways”posted 14 Jul 2017
Learn about the state’s current highway construction projects and initiatives and hear what the the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department manages in a new “Arkansans Ask.” Director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Scott Bennett will join Steve Barnes and answer viewer questions on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schoolsposted 14 Jul 2017
ArkansasIDEAS is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to hold “Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools — Literacy for All: Understanding Dyslexia.” The conference — which will feature nationally renowned speakers’ strategies for successfully working with students with dyslexia, followed by a Congressional Dyslexia Forum — is designed to provide training and support for Arkansas educators and bridge the gap in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act funding. This free conference will be held March 7-8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
“Downton Abbey” Fitness Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a way to stick with your New Year’s Resolutions while watching all of the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” your heart desires? We have a solution! Capitalize on your favorite characters’ signature style to get an outstanding workout every time you watch. (With five lunges for every Dowager zinger, your legs will be the envy of everyone by March!)
In Memoriam: Remembering Dale Bumpersposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is proud to remember and honor former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers, who passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. A native of Charleston, Arkansas, Bumpers crafted a political career that lasted more than three decades. Join us in remembering his legacy with special broadcasts of “Men and Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers” January 6-8 at 6:30 each night.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” Jan. 2016posted 14 Jul 2017
From 4-wheeling atop Mt. Magazine, to attending the South’s largest craft fair, to touring a historic Victorian mansion, to taking a drive along the “Take Your Breath Away” scenic route — it’s all coming up during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
Sen. Tom Cotton to be Interviewed in “Arkansas Week: Special Edition”posted 14 Jul 2017
In a new episode of “Arkansas Week: Special Edition,” Steve Barnes interviews Arkansas’s U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R) about current issues facing the U.S. Congress. The special broadcast premieres Friday, Jan. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Saturday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m.
“Agri Arkansas” Dec. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
On Sunday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m., continue the season’s exploration of Arkansas’s physiographic regions as we visit the Ozark Plateaus, learn how poultry producers are working to lessen the chances of an avian influenza outbreak and explore Meadowcreek, a sustainable agriculture community in Fox.
“From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”posted 14 Jul 2017
Travel back to a time long (but not long, long) ago in a land not so far a way in “From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga”! To celebrate the return of the “Star Wars” to the big screen, we’ve found the “Star Wars” YouTube archive of the documentary, narrated by Mark Hamill, which originally aired on PBS in 1983.
“Downton Abbey” Fayetteville Screening Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time visiting our Fayetteville Public Library and Northwest Arkansas at the “Downton Abbey: Season 6” preview screening on Dec. 13. Did you join us or want a peek at the fun? Find photos and links to download your pictures after the jump.
2015 Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the seasonal spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - Dec. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From main dishes and classic sides to appetizers that’ll steal the spotlight at your holiday parties, our newest episode of “Cooking on the Wild Side” features all kinds of dishes that’ll make your mouth water! Find Phyllis’ John-approved recipes for Fried Turkey Strips and Gravy, Grilled Veggie Kabobs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Ice Cream and Black-eyed Pea Dip after the jump.
Countdown to Downton - Costume Inspirationposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re counting down to our sneak previews of “Downton Abbey — The Final Season: Hour One” at Fayetteville Public Library and Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum. Get ready to join us and send the series out in style (and take home a costume contest prize) with these DIY costume ideas!
Rock On! - See TSO and Support AETN Foundationposted 14 Jul 2017
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Little Rock for one night only on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. You can see their one-of-a-kind performance at Verizon Arena (in rows 15-17) and support the AETN Foundation when you donate and receive tickets at aetnfoundation.org!
“Downton Abbey: Season 6” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
The end may be near, but there’s no reason to be defeatist. AETN and our partners at the Fayetteville Public Library and Historic Arkansas Museum will be hosting free screenings of the first hour of the final season of “Downton Abbey” this December! Learn when and how you can attend after the jump.
December “Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! Learn how you can enter our Facebook contest to win a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack for a party of eight during the month of December.
Tommy Emmanuel - On Screen and Live With AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel brings together never-before-seen performances and highlights from public television specials special curated concert, “Music Gone Public: Tommy Emmanuel,” on Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m., then performs live in Conway Feb. 19!
3 Easy Ways to Support AETN Foundation on Giving Tuesdayposted 14 Jul 2017
This year, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the AETN Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. I’m Mona Dixon, COO of the AETN Foundation, and I’m blogging to share three easy ways you can support Arkansas public television on this special day. Your gifts to aetnfoundation.org help bring engaging, distinctive programs to the screens of thousands of your neighbors throughout the state and beyond!
Tally Ho! Adventure Reigns on PBS KIDS’ New “Nature Cat”posted 14 Jul 2017
Described by its creators as “Looney Tunes” with a nature curriculum, our newest PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat” is a fun way to inspire your kids to get outside and explore the world around them! Learn all about Fred the House Cat and how he becomes “backyard explorer extraordinaire” Nature Cat after the jump.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Brigadier General Herbert Lloydposted 14 Jul 2017
This Veteran’s Day, Brigadier General Herbert Lloyd’s service in the U.S. military was honored as a monument was unveiled in his home town of Hope, Arkansas. The monument now stands in front of the Hempstead County Court House as reminder of all the men and women who served. Learn more and view the full segment after the jump. Guest blogger Jessica Amos is a Hendrix College student and AETN Programming Intern.
Giving Thanks With “Anne of Green Gables”posted 14 Jul 2017
On Thanksgiving Day, starting at 8:30 a.m., we’re featuring back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel,” starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth and Jonathan Crombie. Join us for a trip down memory lane as we share why we’re thankful for with this classic series!
4 Reasons the New “Sherlock” Special Will Be One to Watchposted 14 Jul 2017
Classic settings, your favorite cast members, a fun twist and a chance to see “Sherlock” on the big screen — what more is there to love about the upcoming special, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”? Find out all of the exciting details — and where you can see it in theaters (with extras) after our Jan. 1 premiere — in this guest blog post from AETN Marketing and Outreach intern Nick Harrington.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Premieres Nov. 22posted 14 Jul 2017
With more than 2,700 miles of railroad track operated by 20 different railroads, rail transportation makes up an important part of Arkansas’s history, heritage and economy! Explore it and visit more than 25 locations across the Natural State with “Steel Rails in Arkansas,” an original AETN family film, premiering Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3:30 p.m.
“The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price”posted 14 Jul 2017
Florence B. Price — recognized as one of the two most prominent African American composers of the 20th century — was a favorite composer of legendary soprano Marian Anderson and the first African American woman to have her composition presented by a major symphony. Explore this Arkansas native’s extraordinary life and music in a special presentation of “The Caged Bird” on Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m.
Pedro E. Guerrero: Inspiring Architecture Lovers of All Agesposted 14 Jul 2017
During October, AETN was proud to go beyond the broadcast of “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” with events for architecture lovers of all ages. From a student workshop in North Little Rock to a special screening and panel discussion with Architecture & Design Network, it’s been a banner month made possible by a grant from WNET!
“Arkansans Ask: Veterans” Airs Nov. 19posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us as we explore veteran concerns and resources in a special new episode of “Arkansans Ask” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. A panel of experts will answer questions and address a variety of topics. Submit your question today at 800-662-2386, email@example.com or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
Fresh “Bob the Builder” Look Premieres Nov. 16posted 14 Jul 2017
Can we build it? Yes, we can! On Sunday, Nov. 16, “Bob the Builder” is adding to its strong STEM and social foundations to launch a brand new look! Packed with humor and fun, the updated series introduces new characters, locations and charming stories while maintaining Bob’s can-do attitude and warm and caring tone. Learn more about the fresh show (including a fun Easter egg for “Downton Abbey” fans) after the jump.
See Amazing! — Free “Sesame Street” and Autism Appposted 14 Jul 2017
Every kid is an original, and that’s what we and “Sesame Street” are here to celebrate! With the “Sesame Street” and Autism App, find free resources that are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma and provide support with everyday routines.
“Bob the Builder” Birthday Bash Prize Pack Giveawayposted 14 Jul 2017
Does your birthday boy or girl love “Bob the Builder” and construction? We have just the party materials you need! To celebrate the premiere of the show’s fresh look on Nov. 15, we’re giving away a special Birthday Bash Prize Pack. Read on to learn how you can enter our Facebook contest!
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - November Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to recreate your favorite “Cooking on the Wild Side” dishes? Get cooking with Phyllis-tested, John Philpot-approved recipes for Catfish Patties, Turkey Thigh Stew and Grilled Bear Steak.
November Brings New Season of “On the Front Row”posted 14 Jul 2017
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” is back for a spectacular 12th season! Don’t miss special presentations from the Oxford American Concert Series at South on Main in Little Rock on Friday nights at 6:30 throughout the month of November. Featured musicians include Peter Martin & Romero Lubambo, Marcella and Her Lovers, Katmandu, and Jeff Coleman and the Feeders.
2015 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, 20 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters for our neighbors in need. See a list of drop off locations after the jump!
“Sherlock” is Back - In Time and (Soon) on AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
A few months ago, rumors began floating around the Internet that before “Sherlock” would make its return to the main series, there would be something in between. Learn everything we know about its venture into Victorian times and when “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” will premiere on AETN after the jump.
Guest Blogger Kim Davis - 3 Reasons "Ghost, Blood and Zombies 2015" is Ghoul Enough for Youposted 14 Jul 2017
Think you’ve heard all the horror stories? Arkansas students are telling a range of horrifying tales that turn old threads into something chilling and entertaining. Filmed in Arkansas, created by Arkansans and featuring a distinct Southern tinge, “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies 2” features creative, unique student films this Halloween. Read on to see my top three reasons it’s ghoul enough for you!
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Nov. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Ever get stuck between a rock and a hard place? Well, in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Nov. 2, I found myself in exactly that kind of predicament during a mountain bike outing in Fayetteville.
“Sanatorium Hill”posted 14 Jul 2017
From 1910-1972, state law mandated that anyone who contracted tuberculosis (TB) be isolated and treated at the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. While the disease that affected these patients has largely been eradicated, their memories live on at “Sanatorium Hill.” Investigate its fascinating — and slightly eerie — history just in time for Halloween!
Guest Blogger Kim Davis — Finally, a Reason Why I’d Go Back to High Schoolposted 14 Jul 2017
As part of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmakers Program allows students to gain knowledge from prominent filmmakers (Lisa Leeman, Nadine Mundo, Jon Crawford, Russ Galusha, and a handful of hardworking SAU-Tech students) and put that new knowledge to practice. With cameras in hand, students were let loose to track down interview subjects and share the subjects’ stories. Students boarded the buses at the end of the day with connections, confidence, and a new grasp on storytelling — documentary style.
"Agri Arkansas" - West Gulf Coastal Plain & Timber Best Practicesposted 14 Jul 2017
Continue the "Agri Arkansas" examination of The Natural State’s physiographic regions as we visit the West Gulf Coastal Plain and learn about timberland management best practices Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Guests include Dr. Victor Ford of the University of Arkansas Southwest Research and Extension Center and Sevier County rancher Bruce Jackson.
“Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” - Free Screeningposted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN and Architecture & Design Network for a free screening of “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Arkansas Arts Center lecture hall. A reception featuring an exhibit of student photography will begin at 5:30, and the screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree, associate dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design; Brian Lang, chief curator of the Arkansas Arts Center; and Tim Hursley, architectural photographer.
“108˚: Critical Response” Honored Nationallyposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS “108˚: Critical Response” teams! The AETN original production earned national honors - including a 2015 Educational & Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievement Award and first place in Instructional Media — Teacher Resource — from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
PBS Students App - Free Resources at the Tap of a Finger!posted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for a safe, trusted online app for your kids with content that can help them with their homework … or help them learn something new? Be sure to check out the PBS Students app from PBS LearningMedia. (The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!)
“Arkansans Ask: Cancer”posted 14 Jul 2017
How does cancer impact our state? On Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in a new episode of “Arkansans Ask,” experts — including Dr. Lawrence Mendelsohn, Dr. Thomas Kieber-Emmons, and Alesa Garner, MSMT, ASCP, CN-BC — will discuss current research, the importance of screenings and the resources available to Arkansas patients and caregivers. Share your questions for the live, call-in show at 800-662-2386, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter with #ARAsk.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” Taping — The Sisters Sweetposted 14 Jul 2017
The Sisters Sweet is a trio of sirens that sing and play original, three-part harmony works by Candy Lee. Powerful, honest, tender and sensual, they’re not afraid to share their softer side … or really get down! Join us Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. to hear them on Oxford American Local Live night at South on Main in Little Rock.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tributeposted 14 Jul 2017
Self-made superstar, guitar virtuoso and Godmother of Rock and Roll — Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an Arkansas native and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century! Celebrate her life and music at a special, free screening of “American Masters: The Godmother of Rock and Roll” and an Arkansas Sounds tribute mini-concert of her songs Oct. 16.
Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Programposted 14 Jul 2017
The Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, is offering high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Winners will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook, a $1,500 stipend and the opportunity to continue their mentorship. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2015.
It’s Odd-tober on PBS KIDS!posted 14 Jul 2017
This October is “Odd-tober” on PBS KIDS, starting with an all-new one-hour “Odd Squad” special, followed by the return of Halloween-themed episodes from many of your family’s favorites. Learn more after the jump!
Conway EcoFest - Saturday, Oct. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
Join AETN for environmental, educational fun at Conway EcoFest on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laurel Park! We’ll have fun activities to explore the outdoors and our upcoming PBS KIDS program “Nature Cat.”
“LOUPE: Arkansas Made Living Treasures”posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas boasts a rich heritage of time-honored craftsmanship! Explore it with Arkansas’s Living Treasures who excel in the visual arts fields of traditional craft. Makers of fiddles, baskets, chairs, knives, quilts, woodwork and more, their fascinating lives are as exquisite as their unique works.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Oct. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Take the old poodle skirt out of mothballs, get out the butch wax for that flat top haircut and shine up the chrome on the ‘57 Chevy, ‘cause we’re taking you to back to the drive-in during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
"Cooking on the Wild Side" - Sept. 2015 Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
What do Phyllis and John have cooking this month? Find their recipes for Elam Boys Fresh Homemade Salsa, Fish Tacos, Chipotle Tartar Sauce, Cabbage and Cilantro, Venison Mexican Skillet and Blackberry Trifle after the jump!
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet Sept. 29posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Tuesday, Sept. 29, at noon at Windgate Art & Design at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, 535 North Waldron Road. The public is invited, and a community reception will be held from 3-5 p.m.
Pedro E. Guerrero - The Architecture of a Lifeposted 14 Jul 2017
You recognize the names of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, but how well do you know the man whose iconic photography immortalized their work? Learn how he overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most sought after photographer of the Mad Men era and beyond in “American Masters — Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey,” Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bo-Keys” Tapingposted 14 Jul 2017
Pay homage to the Memphis soul tradition with a contemporary twist at a special “AETN Presents” taping of The Bo-Keys. Presented as part of the 2015 ACANSA Arts Festival in partnership with Oxford American Magazine at South on Main in Little Rock, The Bo-Keys will perform Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m.
10 Things You May Not Know About Walt Disneyposted 14 Jul 2017
Coming to AETN Sept. 14-15, “American Experience: Walt Disney” provides an unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers. Read on to learn 10 little-known facts about his life, and join us each night at 8 for more — including rarely seen footage from the Disney archive and interviews with those who worked on Disney’s early films and helped make his dream of Disneyland into a reality.
Kelly’s Top 5 “Student Selects” Picks for 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
There were tons of amazing films submitted to “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” last year from students all across Arkansas. Kelly, an AETN Production Intern, shares her top 5 picks for 2015. Be sure to check out all the episodes that will be airing this month on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Restoring “The Civil War” - New Life after 25 Yearsposted 14 Jul 2017
The story that Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” tells remains timeless but, after a quarter-of-a-century, the medium in which it was originally produced was sadly out of date. Join us after the jump to learn how the film was restored into ultra high definition and preserved for future iteration and generations to come. The 25th anniversary rebroadcast airs Sept. 7-12 at 8 each night.
"PBS NewsHour" Weekend Feature - Soldier On Service Dogsposted 14 Jul 2017
What happens when mundane tasks become daunting? Many veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have social anxiety and problems with hypervigilance that prevent them from going to public places. To fulfill a need not covered by government resources, a Northwest Arkansas organization is training service dogs to help them.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” Sept. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From Pivot Rock to Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and everything else in between – the brand new Labor Day edition of “Exploring Arkansas” promises to give you some great ideas to get out and explore The Natural State during this holiday period. Tune in Monday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Lynda.com Accessible Through ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators now have unlimited access to Lynda.com — and its library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills — through ArkansasIDEAS and the Arkansas Department of Education!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature - 100 Girls of Codeposted 14 Jul 2017
2015 “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Fall Seriesposted 14 Jul 2017
Our new, four-part series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” features fascinating interviews with PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Dr. Conevery Bolton Valencius, Dr. Donna Beegle, and Gen. Wesley Clark. Join us for in-depth discussions about public media, the history of the New Madrid earthquakes, poverty in America and the nation’s current state of affairs on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
“Student Selects 2015”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re showcasing the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers every Friday night in September as part of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2015.” Learn which outstanding student films will be featured after the jump.
“Arkansans Ask: What Is Common Core?”posted 14 Jul 2017
We’ve all heard of Common Core State Standards, but how familiar are you with what they mean for Arkansas students and educators? Find out Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. on “Arkansans Ask: What Is Common Core?” This special episode will feature a discussion with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Cabot Public School District Superintendent Tony Thurman, Ph.D., moderated by Steve Barnes. Submit your questions by calling 800-662-2386, emailing email@example.com or tweeting #ARAsk.
Explore Monterey Bay in Real-Time With “Big Blue Live”posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and PBS are committed to delivering high-quality nature and science programming, and you can see it like never before in “Big Blue Live” Aug. 31-Sept. 2! Each night at 7, we’ll join co-hosts Dr. M. Sanjayan and Liz Bonnin to interact in real-time with a variety of marine wildlife throughout California’s Monterey Bay.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Screenings Aug. 29-30posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas train enthusiasts, don’t miss our preview screenings of “Steel Rails in Arkansas” at the Jacksonville Train Show! Showings will be held at the Jacksonville Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — Aug. 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
From soup to sweets, John and Phyllis have your tastebuds covered in this month’s “Cooking on the Wild Side”! Find their recipes for Farmer’s Market Gazpacho, Creole Catfish and Ooey Gooey Bread after the jump.
AETN Box Office — “Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary Celebration”posted 14 Jul 2017
The Irish musical ensemble Celtic Woman — made up of vocalists Máiréad Carlin, Lynn Hilary, Lisa Lambe and Susan McFadden, and violinist Máiréad Nesbitt — has been enchanting audiences for a decade. Join them in Jonesboro to recognize the “Celtic Woman Anniversary Celebration” on Saturday, Oct. 24!
6 Ways to Smooth the Back-to-School Transitionposted 14 Jul 2017
We all know it’s nearly here - backpacks and lunch boxes have been dug out of storage and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils is filling the air! But, as virtually all of us can testify, after summer break, the back-to-school transition can be tough. We have six ideas for making it easier!
“Sherlock: Season 2” - It’s (Reichen)Bachposted 14 Jul 2017
Missing “Sherlock”? You don’t have to wait until the premiere of the special Victorian episode to see your favorite consulting detective on AETN. We’ll be rebroadcasting all three thrilling episodes of the second season on Sundays at 8 p.m., beginning Aug. 16.
Isabella Nguyen Named PBS KIDS Writers Contest Finalistposted 14 Jul 2017
Little Rock’s Isabella Nguyen has been named a finalist in the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Isabella’s original story, “Be Yourself,” earned first place among second grade entries in Arkansas’s local contest in May.
My Experience Attending “Antiques Roadshow – Little Rock”posted 14 Jul 2017
A longtime viewer of "Antiques Roadshow" won a random lottery after applying for tickets over the past six years! Was her Picasso painting real? Which popular appraiser did she recognize? Read about Karenne Gionet Saylor and her husband George’s experiences of attending “Antiques Roadshow” in Little Rock.
6 Ways to Use Spanish in the Classroom - “Oh, Noah!”posted 14 Jul 2017
Teachers and parents, are you looking for a way to help your kiddos ages 6-8 learn to speak Spanish? PBS KIDS’ “Oh, Noah!” helps kids learn language better by putting new terms into meaningful context. Check out six of the show’s great suggestions for everyday language learning after the jump!
ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open Houseposted 14 Jul 2017
In partnership with the Conway Regional Women’s Council and the ChildCare Aware Resource Center, AETN Early Childhood Education is working to prevent childhood obesity by providing access to important nutrition and physical fitness education. Learn more at a special event Thursday, Aug. 13.
“EUREKA! The Art of Being”posted 14 Jul 2017
Passion, wonder and creativity abound in the small, quirky community of Eureka Springs. Delve into its unique spirit by exploring the camaraderie and creativity of the art community in a new, hour-long independent film “EUREKA! The Art of Being.”
Swing Into August With Curious Georgeposted 14 Jul 2017
Curious George is back to his inquisitive ways in a new special, “Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle”! Don’t miss its premiere as part of a special, three-hour monkey marathon, which also features “Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey.” Tune in for the adventure-filled spectacular on Monday, Aug. 17, starting at 7 a.m.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” August 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, Aug. 3, we'll explore the outdoor world in a fascinating way with a new addition at Mid-America Science Museum, take a dip in the "Shine Eye" swimming hole, visit the 20th Century Doll Museum and stop by the Potts Inn!
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!posted 14 Jul 2017
Families with students in grades K-12 are encouraged to join AETN Community Education and Mosaic Church Conway for an evening of educational fun Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will feature a light dinner and an evening of exciting S.T.E.A.M. activities.
AETN Guest Blogger William Oldham - My Internship at AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
I had no idea what to expect being an intern, but I focused on trying to locate the perfect place. I landed at AETN. In my short time working here, I discovered that AETN is much more than a TV station. AETN helps build positive relationships with the people of Arkansas, and my whole experience has been invaluable.
Get Ready for Back-to-School With Clifford and Whole Foodsposted 14 Jul 2017
School supply lists are out and the smell of fresh crayons is in the air! It’s almost time to go back to school! Celebrate with AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Little Rock Whole Food Kids Club on Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m.
Tips to Stay Cool and Beat the Heatposted 14 Jul 2017
If you haven’t noticed by the high temperatures and overwhelming humidity, summer has made its grand entrance. With these drastically high temperatures, many around are seeking a cool place to unwind. Tips to say cool and beat the heat are after the jump!
Throwback Thursday - “Antiques Roadshow - Hot Springs”posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s been more than 10 years since “Antiques Roadshow” last visited The Natural State! What wonderful finds did they uncover then, and what great photos have we rediscovered? Find out after the jump!
Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imaginationposted 14 Jul 2017
We all know that PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand for kids, hands down. But did you know that they offer interactive content, such as PBS KIDS video player and more than 40 mobile apps that help support children’s learning? Find details after the jump!
What Not to Bring to “Antiques Roadshow”posted 14 Jul 2017
Joining us for the “Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock” appraisal event on Saturday, July 25, at the Statehouse Convention Center and not sure what to bring? Check out a few things you should know, as well as hints from the “Antiques Roadshow” crew, after the jump.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — July 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Summer ingredients are at their finest in this month’s “Cooking on the Wild Side” dishes! Find the recipes for Phyllis’ Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler, Crispy Fried Fish, Papaw Nut Bread and Duck Jambalaya - and plenty of fun - after the jump!
“Sherlock” Goes Victorian for Upcoming Specialposted 14 Jul 2017
Dedicated “Masterpiece Theater: Sherlock” fans, are you braving the long wait until Season Four? Series creators have released a temporary palliative for your boredom! Take a peek at the upcoming standalone special - featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and other favorite cast members - which pays tribute to the program’s inspiration with a trip back to the Victorian period.
Movies at MacArthur - “The Ghost Army”posted 14 Jul 2017
Join us for the Movies at MacArthur screening of “The Ghost Army” on Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. This astonishing true story of American G.I.s explores how war, deception, art and glory came together in carefully crafted illusions during World War II. Admission is free, and popcorn and beverages will be provided.
July #SendMeToRoadshowAR Social Media Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
There are still six chances to win tickets to the July 25 “Antiques Roadshow” tour stop at Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center! Find the rules and learn how you can enter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” July 2015 posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Sphinx, big bass on little Lake Atkins, and life at Subiaco Abbey and Academy – it’s all coming up in a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Happy birthday, America! Our annual, star-studded special “A Capitol Fourth” will air with back-to-back episodes on Saturday, July 4, starting at 7 p.m., but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Join us to celebrate with incredible music, documentaries and more!
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipes — June 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Wish you had Phyllis’s recipes from our newest “Cooking on the Wild Side” episode? We’re happy to oblige! Find everything you need to learn to make All Purpose Marinade, Phyl’s Biscuits and Strawbanut Ice Cream after the jump.
Aspen Smith wins Arkansas 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challengeposted 14 Jul 2017
Eleven-year-old Arkansan and aspiring chef Aspen Smith showcased her culinary skills and earned a trip to the Kids’ State Dinner in Washington D.C. with her entry in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge! Find her winning recipe for Arkansas Baked Almond Catfish and learn more about the challenge after the jump.
5 Reasons to Love the New “Poldark”posted 14 Jul 2017
“Poldark” rides again starting Sunday, June 21, and you can expect romance, betrayal and plenty of smoldering (not to mention incredible actors and great pacing). Find five reasons we’re looking forward to the adaptation of the classic “Masterpiece” series after the jump.
Free, Fun Summer Learning Resourcesposted 14 Jul 2017
School’s out for summer, but learning never stops! Join us and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free Summer Safari online resources and special programming all summer long.
PBS Summer Sizzles With New Dramas and Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
There’s no summer slump in PBS programming! Be on the lookout for sizzling dramas; outstanding specials - including insight into the atomic bomb’s impact on the 70th anniversary of its detonation; incredible indie films; and a refreshing lineup of science, nature and history programs.
AETN Youth Academy 2015 - Get Ready for an Inventive Summer!posted 14 Jul 2017
Starting to make summer plans for your family? Kids can learn how inventions can make make the world a better place in two AETN Youth Academy camps this summer! Sign up now to join us for free “Get Moving Challenge” camps in June and the “Speedy Shelter Challenge” camps in July.
“Super” Summer Reading at Lonoke & Prairie County Librariesposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN and “Super Why!” are thrilled to partner with the Lonoke/Prairie County Regional Library System to promote reading all summer long! “Super Why!” has come to Arkansas for a library tour June 8-11 to kick off the England, Carlisle, Des Arc and Ward Public Libraries’ “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Campaign.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission to Meet June 24posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet Wednesday, June 24, at noon in the network headquarters. It is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited to attend.
AETN Guest Blogger - Tori Lambert, AETN Marketing Internposted 14 Jul 2017
Serving as an intern within the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department allowed me to gain valuable work experience. I also enjoyed using skills I developed as a student at UCA to benefit and serve AETN. My favorite part of the internship, however, was networking with professionals in a career that I love.
Tori's Travels - 5 Musical Sites to See in Arkansasposted 14 Jul 2017
Tori the AETN Marketing Intern here! So far we have explored the musical history of Arkansas Hwy. 67 and Walnut Ridge. These are not the only places in the state with a musical past. Check out this list of the top 5 musical sites to see in Arkansas this summer.
Help Kids Self-Regulate With “Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do” Appposted 14 Jul 2017
Designed for preschoolers, “Breathe, Think, Do” helps teach skills including problem solving, self-control, planning and task persistence (aka sticking with something in spite of distractions). Read on to learn more about the free, bilingual “Sesame Street” app and how you can download it today!
Tori's Travels - Beatles in Walnut Ridgeposted 14 Jul 2017
I’m Tori! As an AETN Marketing Intern, I am fulfilling my love of traveling and exploring the musical heritage of Arkansas Highway 67. The town of Walnut Ridge along Arkansas Highway 67 pays tribute to a special group of musical visitors it had in 1964.
Tori’s Travels - Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67posted 14 Jul 2017
My name is Tori Lambert, and I'm using my love of traveling during my internship with AETN to learn about Arkansas Highway 67. In my blog series for the station, I'm going to share what I learn about the highway's musical history. The history of Arkansas Highway 67 will also be featured on an upcoming episode of "Exploring Arkansas."
Learn Spanish With “Oh, Noah!” This Summerposted 14 Jul 2017
This summer, introduce kids to Spanish in an entertaining way with PBS KIDS digital series “Oh, Noah!” With free videos, immersive language games and more, “Oh, Noah!” is a great tool to help kids ages 4-7 practice a second language and improve general language skills, listening skills, and mental development.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature – Picasolarposted 14 Jul 2017
The future of solar energy technology could be right here in Arkansas. Learn how a new Arkansas company, Picasolar, founded by Drs. Douglas Hutchings and Seth Shumate, is becoming a revolutionary success in this "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
Chuck’s Blog – June “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
The Natural State’s newest scenic byway, an impressive twin waterfall, one of the South’s most famous grist mills and a picturesque backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest – they’re all in store for the latest edition of “Exploring Arkansas” coming up Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.!
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Officer Tommy Normanposted 14 Jul 2017
How is one North Little Rock Police Department officer working to help create a positive perception of police? AETN “PBS NewsHour Weekend” video journalist shares what she saw when she friendly Officer Tommy Norman, who has become a surprising social media celebrity, for a day.
“Agri Arkansas” - May 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
This month, join “Agri Arkansas” as we dive into the waters of Arkansas aquaculture, learn about the Arkansas Wine Trail and visit a family in Stuttgart who uses the farming lifestyle in a unique way.
Sojas Wagle Places Third in National Geographic Beeposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to Springdale’s Sojas Wagle, who placed third in the 2015 National Geographic Bee! Sojas is an eighth grader at Southwest Junior High and represented Arkansas in last week’s national competition, which broadcasted on AETN Sunday, May 17.
Memorial Day Weekend Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
We are forever indebted to our the members of our nation’s armed forces and are sincerely grateful to them and their families. Join us in recognizing their the service and sacrifice throughout Memorial Day Weekend with in-depth documentaries, special episodes of PBS favorites and special musical tributes, including the “National Memorial Day Concert 2015.”
FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop in Pine Bluffposted 14 Jul 2017
Pine Bluff area parents, you’re not alone! We know that parenting is hard work, and we’ll be there to help on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School. Join us for free resources, tips and fun activities! Kids are welcome, too, and will have the chance to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog.
“Cooking on the Wild Side” - New May Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Enjoy cooking with John and Phyllis? Keep the fun and flavor going! Find the recipes for Apple Pie Cake, Smoked Dove Kabobs, Venison Parmesan and Blackened Trout from their May “Cooking on the Wild Side” episode after the jump.
Student Selects — 2015 THEA Scholarship Winners Announcedposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Select Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice.
Springdale’s Sojas Wagle competes in National Geographic Bee posted 14 Jul 2017
What in the world do you know about our planet’s geography? On Sunday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m., see if you can match the knowledge of the nation’s best and brightest fourth through eighth graders as they compete in the National Geographic Bee. Sojas Wagle, who attends Springdale’s Southwest Junior High, will represent Arkansas in the competition.
“Barnes and … A Conversation With” - New Four-Part Seriesposted 14 Jul 2017
On Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 7, tune in for new episodes featuring the children of late civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo; “Camp Nine” author Vivienne Schiffer; author of “The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resitance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation” Dr. John Kyle Day; and Jessica Fellowes, author of “Downton Abbey” companion books and niece of Julian Fellowes.
Educator News - New LMS for ArkansasIDEASposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators, have you heard the news? You told us that you wanted a fresh, easier-to-navigate Learning Management System (LMS), and we listened! A new ArkansasIDEAS LMS will launch June 1, 2015. All current ArkansasIDEAS coursework must be completed by May 31, 2015, when the original LMS closes.
Student Selects - LRFFYouth! Workshopsposted 14 Jul 2017
Do you know an aspiring filmmaker in middle or high school? Be sure to let them know about the hands-on 2015 Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on May 12-13. But hurry! Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Bob Courtway Middle School - Digital Day: Unplugged Nightposted 14 Jul 2017
Conway area parents and guardians, join AETN Community Education for "Unplugged Night" Thursday, May 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. We’ll have food, fun, special activities, information to help you set parental controls on your mobile devices, and ideas for how your family can “unplug” and connect to one another.
Student Selects LRFFYouth! 2015 Screening Scheduleposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects winners! Join us to recognize their outstanding work at the Little Rock Film Festival screening of their films as part of our LRFFYouth! workshops and Student Selects screening and scholarship presentation on Tuesday, May 12, in the Ron Robinson Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Early Childhood Mental Healthposted 14 Jul 2017
What mental health issues start in the first five years of a child’s life, how common are they, and what sort of steps should we take to prevent issues or begin treating them early on? Join us, host Pamela Smith, NAMI Arkansas and an expert panel from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to explore on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Early Childhood Mental Healthposted 14 Jul 2017
What mental health issues start in the first five years of a child’s life, how common are they, and what sort of steps should we take to prevent issues or begin treating them early on? Join us, host Pamela Smith, NAMI Arkansas and an expert panel from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to explore on Wednesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas” May 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for May 4, we’ll hike to one of the largest natural stone bridges in the state, shoot some arrows with a primitive bow maker and get a taste of heaven on the palate with a family whose maple syrup gathering spans six generations.
2015 Arkansas Quiz Bowl Championsposted 14 Jul 2017
On Saturday, April 25, we were delighted to host the 2015 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) state championship. This year’s competition — which was a phenomenal showcase for Arkansas high school students’ intellect and scholarship — was particularly special since it marked the tournament and AETN tradition’s 30th anniversary. See photos of the 2015 State Champion teams and runners-up.
PBS KIDS Characters Join AETN at Toadsuck Dazeposted 14 Jul 2017
Ready for a weekend of family-oriented fun? Join AETN and our PBS KIDS friends at Toadsuck Daze’s annual, free-admission festival in downtown Conway! We’ll be at the McDonald’s/ Crain Kia Main Stage at Simon Park with Curious George, Buddy the Dinosaur of “Dinosaur Train” and Clifford the Big Red Dog on May 2 and 3.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Todd Rundgren and Music Educationposted 14 Jul 2017
Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren came to Little Rock recently to spread a message about the importance of music education. Rundgren is best known for some of his early hits like “Bang the Drum All Day.” While he is still performing and writing new songs, he is also focusing on helping the next generation of music makers. His organization Spirit of Harmony Foundation held the Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education at the Statehouse Convention Center on April 18 with the help of the Clinton School of Public Service.
In Remembrance: Bill Valentineposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas native, dedicated AETN Foundation supporter and former Arkansas Travelers general manager Bill Valentine passed away April 26, 2015, at the age of 82. Mr. Valentine, always a force of nature and delight to work with, did outstanding work to help thousands of Arkansans view the best in educational programming as an AETN Foundation Board member and on-air personality. He will long be remembered and greatly missed.
What’s for Dinner? Find out in “Agri Arkansas” on April 26.posted 14 Jul 2017
“It’s what’s for dinner.” So says the advertising campaign for the beef industry. In the April episode of “Agri Arkansas,” we’ll take a closer look at the beef cattle industry in Arkansas, then visit the Ratchford buffalo farming operation in Marshall.
Student Selects Films Entered in LRFF “Made in Arkansas” Competitionposted 14 Jul 2017
For the first time in the nine-year history of both Student Selects and the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF), high school student filmmakers will be part of the “Made in Arkansas” Competition. Four student films — “Loser,” “The Pop N’ Lock,” “Pyro” and “Go to the Ball With Me, Jenny”- will compete alongside some of The Natural State’s best filmmakers May 11-17.
2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winnersposted 14 Jul 2017
After lots of thinking — a little bit of nail-biting, lots of giggling and some very tough decisions — we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Three winners from each grade have been selected, and each first place-winning story will be sent on to PBS KIDS to represent Arkansas in the national Writers Contest.
“Dinosaur Train” Visits the Arkansas Literary Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
Love Buddy the Dinosaur and Dr. Scott on PBS KIDS’ “Dinosaur Train”? You can see them both at the Arkansas Literary Festival 2015! AETN is proud to be a Bronze sponsor of this year’s celebration and will join our friends and partners at the Museum of Discovery for a special events on Saturday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m.
30th Annual Quiz Bowl State Finalsposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition celebrates its 30th year with the broadcast of “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2015” state finals on Saturday, April 25. Find the conference schedule and learn how you can watch the intellectual showcase in person or on-air after the jump.
In Remembrance - “Men & Women of Distinction: John Paul Hammerschmidt”posted 14 Jul 2017
In celebration of John Paul Hammerschmidt’s extraordinary life, AETN is proud to feature his appearance on “Men & Women of Distinction” at aetn.org/programs/menandwomenofdistinction. Hammerschmidt passed away due to heart and respiratory failure at age 92 on April 2, 2015.
Win Tickets to Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” Partyposted 14 Jul 2017
Love reading and want to go to the Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” party on Friday, April 24? AETN is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the festival, and we have a pair of tickets to share! There are three days and three ways to enter to win - take a photo of yourself with your favorite book and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovatorposted 14 Jul 2017
Congratulations are in order for Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School! AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are thrilled to announce that Ms. Parham, who teaches seventh grade science, was one of 100 educators nationwide selected as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. PBS Digital Innovators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.
FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop - April 14posted 14 Jul 2017
No, you're not alone - parenting is hard work! Join AETN Community Education for a free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. There, you can learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child. Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will also be featured.
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” Premieres at Arkansas Railroad Museum Railroadianaposted 14 Jul 2017
Explore railroading across The Natural State at the premiere of AETN original travelogue “Steel Rails in Arkansas.” The film will screen at the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Inc., annual Arkansas Railroad Museum Railroadiana Show and Sale in Pine Bluff on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free “Last Days in Vietnam” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
During the chaotic final days of American involvement in the Vietnam War, what was to become of the South Vietnamese allies, co-workers and friends of U.S. nationals and diplomats as the Americans were evacuated? Learn how a handful of individuals risked their careers and possible court-martial by running unsanctioned operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible in Oscar-nominated “Last Days in Vietnam.” Free preview screenings will be held Fayetteville, Little Rock and Jacksonville.
“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature - Seed Swapposted 14 Jul 2017
Seed saving and sharing has become popular over the last few years through grassroots efforts and with the help of programs like Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage (CAAH). CAAH is saving seeds in a seed bank at the Southern Center for Agroecology in order to maintain the state’s crop biodiversity. The loss of crop diversity comes from the increase in purchasing hybrid seeds from commercial sources rather than planting open pollinated seeds.
Chuck’s Blog — “Exploring Arkansas” April 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Coming up in a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll visit and jam with Arkansas’s Fiddle Queen, take you to view bald eagles along the White River near Bull Shoals and introduce you to the original duck dynasty.
“Paint With Kevin- Season 2”posted 14 Jul 2017
A new, thirteen episode season of “Paint With Kevin,” inviting you to expand your oil painting skills, premieres Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. Tune in for instructions to create new landscapes, seascapes and more!
Celebrate Spring Break Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
It was tons of fun joining our friends at the Museum of Discovery to Celebrate Spring Break March 23 through 24 — and we were so glad to see so many of you there, too! More than 2,900 PBS KIDS fans came to visit Curious George on Monday and over 1,500 problem solvers hung out with Peg + Cat on Tuesday. See photos and follow the links to download your copies after the jump.
Karen’s Story: “My Miracle Baby” - “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”posted 14 Jul 2017
When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, the date is etched into your mind. Life, from then on, is measured in “before” or “after.” In Karen’s story, that is particularly true. On her birthday, April 13, 1987, she discovered what appeared to announce a coming joy. In fact, it revealed she had gestational trophoblastic disease. Exactly one year later, she found what seemed to be a burden but, miraculously, would become one of the greatest blessings of her life. “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” airs Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1, at 8 each night.
Keagan and Chanin’s Stories - “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”posted 14 Jul 2017
When cancer is diagnosed, it doesn’t affect just one person. It impacts entire families. Feisty, five-year-old Keagan Provost from Conway and his aunt Chanin Slisz share their stories about his fight against cancer — a difficult journey including five brain tumors, four craniotomies, 12 emergency brain surgeries and 145 radiation treatments. “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” premieres on AETN Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m.
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature – The Launch Padposted 14 Jul 2017
The Launch Pad, a new maker space in North Little Rock, is a public laboratory, where students, engineers, entrepreneurs and the general public can use tools like laser cutters and 3D printers to bring their ideas to life. Learn more about how the organization is making these and other expensive tools accessible to the people of Arkansas in a special "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
Movies at MacArthur - “Lioness”posted 14 Jul 2017
In recognition of national Women’s History Month, join us Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History for a free screening of Independent Lens film “Lioness.” The documentary profiles five women who saw action in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle during 2003 and 2004 and — though sent to provide supplies and logistical support and untrained for combat duty — were unexpectedly involved with fighting in the streets of Ramadi as members of Team Lioness.
Jump-start AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Creativityposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re getting closer and closer to the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest deadline on April 10! Help kids with writers block (or who would love a new way to create great stories) jump-start their creativity with the PBS KIDS online story creator. Get a step-by-step look at the fun, interactive platform for writing and illustrating after the jump.
Learn about “The Miracle Bean” in March’s "Agri Arkansas"posted 14 Jul 2017
The soybean, often called “The Miracle Bean” because of its many uses, takes center stage in the March episode of “Agri Arkansas.” Learn about the crop’s broad impact on The Natural State and how Arkansas has become the first state to grow edamame commercially on Sunday, March 29, at 1 p.m.
AETN + Museum of Discovery = Spring Break Fun!posted 14 Jul 2017
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat will be visiting for photos and shenanigans on Monday, March 23, and Peg + Cat will be taking photos and solving problems Tuesday, March 24.
ENTER NOW - AETN Student Selects 2015 posted 14 Jul 2017
We’re counting down to the Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase deadline on Friday, March 27. K-12 students are invited to submit their work for consideration for screening at the Little Rock Film Festival and broadcast on AETN. And don’t forget, high school students may compete for Arkansas Historic Places cash prizes and high school seniors can be considered for Thea Foundation scholarships!
“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” Preview Screening and Discussion at UAMSposted 14 Jul 2017
Upcoming documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” tells the comprehensive story of cancer — from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Get a free sneak preview and discuss its implications with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences experts on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m.
“Motown 25” - First Rebroadcast Since 1983posted 14 Jul 2017
Relive a platinum night in music history — where Michael Jackson premiered his signature moonwalk and Smokey Robinson reunited with the Miracles — for the first time in more than 30 years! “Motown 25” — which hasn’t aired since its initial broadcast on NBC because of complex rights issues — will feature two hours of performances from a who’s who from the Motown record label, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Four Tops and more.
WATCH NOW - A Community Conversation With Paula Kergerposted 14 Jul 2017
We were thrilled to have PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger join us in AETN Studios on Feb. 11 for a Community Conversation focused on the Women and Girls Lead Initiative — a global initiative to celebrate, educate and activate women, girls and their allies. Through its discussion of Women and Girls Lead, as well as women’s roles in business and public media, the conversation provided an opportunity to focus on how far we’ve come … and the challenges women and girls around the world still face. See the full video after the jump.
Movies at MacArthur begins March 11posted 14 Jul 2017
AETN is proud to announce a new screening partnership with the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History! The museum will host free, monthly screenings of public television films related to our nation’s military, beginning with a showing of “The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom.” Originally scheduled to begin Feb. 25, the series has been rescheduled, due to inclement weather, to begin Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.
“Petra: Lost City of Stone” — Q&A with Dr. Tom Paradise posted 14 Jul 2017
University of Arkansas professor Dr. Tom Paradise and the “NOVA” team answered millennia-old questions about how a magnificent city was carved in one of the driest places on earth in “Petra: Lost City of Stone.” Now, he answers a few of ours!
Free Setting Parents Up to Win workshop - Postponedposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN Community Education's free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for a rescheduled date to to learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child! Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will still be featured.
Behind the Scenes - “NOVA — Building Wonders — Petra: Lost City of Stone”posted 14 Jul 2017
When “NOVA” producers asked Dr. Tom Paradise, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville professor and star of upcoming “Petra: Lost City of Stone,” what the coolest and most innovative way to explore Petra’s history would be if money were no object, he suggested recreating a tomb facade … with little idea that they might take him up on it. Check out his blog post to see what happened when they did!
"PBS NewsHour Weekend" Feature - Micro Cabins in Arkansasposted 14 Jul 2017
You’ve seen tiny houses before, but have you ever heard of a micro cabin? Local nonprofit The Russ Buss is building them for the homeless in Russellville. Learn more about how community members are providing the transitional housing in our "PBS NewsHour Weekend" feature.
5 Reasons Not to Miss “EARTH A New Wild” Episodes this Februaryposted 14 Jul 2017
There are so many reasons — from the adorable to the flat-out amazing — not to miss any of the “EARTH A New Wild” series on AETN in February, it’s impossible to list them all. But, to give you an idea of the incredible stories and outstanding perspective you’ll experience, check out a favorite feature from each episode after the jump.
Celebrate Black History Month With AETNposted 14 Jul 2017
In honor of Black History Month and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide diverse programming and resources year-round, we’re proud to release a programming lineup that will enrich viewers’ understanding of black history and culture. Throughout February, look for special editions of favorite PBS programs, like “Antiques Roadshow” and “American Masters,” and locally focused, independent films, including “The Road to Little Rock” and “Hoxie: The First Stand.”
2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contestposted 14 Jul 2017
Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Twelve state-level winners — three from each grade — will receive AETN prize packs, and each first-place winner will advance to the national contest. On top of that, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can either tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school!
Share the PBS Love This Valentine’s Day - Free Printablesposted 14 Jul 2017
Want to share your love for friends and dear ones AND PBS this Valentine’s Day? Check out our round-up of PBS program-themed Valentine printable and DIY creations! From PBS KIDS (including “Dinosaur Train,” “Curious George,” “Daniel Tiger” and “Sesame Street”) to “Masterpiece Theater” (with perennial favorites like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock”), you have a great selection to choose from!
Community Conversation With PBS President Paula Kerger Feb. 11posted 14 Jul 2017
Paula A. Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will be visiting AETN for a community conversation and reception on Wednesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. Join us to hear her remarks about the Women and Girls Lead initiative and pose your questions in a community discussion!
Chuck’s Blog - “Exploring Arkansas” February 2015posted 14 Jul 2017
Reliving the lifestyle and adventure of the American frontier, going on a photography outing along the Mulberry River in autumn and restoring wagons of the Old West – it’s all coming up during a brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m.!
“Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief” Free Preview Screening Feb. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
Artwork is missing from the Museum of Modern Cookies … and Cookie Monster is the prime suspect! Can Elmo, Abby and Chris clear Cookie’s name in time? Find out at our special family sneak preview of the classic chew-dunnit — along with fun crafts and snacks — on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. in AETN studios.
Inspiring students with digital media? Be recognized!posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators, we know that you’re using digital technology and tools to drive student achievement in your classrooms … and now is the time to be recognized for it! The third annual PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy K-12 educators is accepting entries through Feb. 11. Winners will receive free PD opportunities - and could even win a tablet and an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia!
AETN Behind-the-Scenes: Courthouse Documentary Shootposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re in production of a new documentary featuring Arkansas’s historic courthouses, thanks to funding from the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and The Moving Image Trust. Join producer Casey Sanders and Jack Carroll as they travel to White County and Saline County for cold but beautiful shoots!
AETN Behind-the-Scenes - Oxford American and South on Main Shootposted 14 Jul 2017
We love looking for new programming opportunities and, to test our skills in a new environment, we had an outstanding opportunity to do a run-through taping of Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain at Oxford American’s Local Live night at South on Main in Little Rock. See how it went, and learn how you can join un for the next shoot on Thursday, Jan. 29!
Celebrate the State Insect in January’s “Agri Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
Who’s the hardest worker in Arkansas agriculture? Many would say it’s the honey bee, our state insect! In a brand new episode of our monthly series, explore apiculture in the Natural State, learn about the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder and find out everything you need to know about backyard beekeeping.
10 Reasons Not to Miss Our “EARTH A New Wild” Screening Event With Dr. M. Sanjayanposted 14 Jul 2017
We’ve told you about our exciting, free event on Jan. 21 — a preview screening of upcoming PBS documentary series “EARTH A New Wild” and panel discussion with its host and prominent conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. But, in case you don’t know already, why should you reserve your seat sooner rather than later? We have 10 great reasons!
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Weekend Marathonposted 14 Jul 2017
Keep your new year’s resolutions going strong with inspiration from favorite health, wellness and financial planning programming Jan. 17-18! We’ll be featuring specials with Tom Hegna and Suze Orman, Joy Bauer and JJ Virgin and more.
Dr. M. Sanjayan speaks at Little Rock “EARTH A New Wild” screening Jan. 21posted 14 Jul 2017
Dr. M. Sanjayan — leading conservation scientist and host of “EARTH A New Wild” — is coming to Little Rock on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to participate in a free screening and panel discussion of the upcoming PBS documentary series. Join us, the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas and the Museum of Discovery for a special reception, screening and discussion at the Ron Robinson Auditorium, but be sure to reserve your ticket! Seating is limited.
“Antiques Roadshow” Stops in Little Rock on July 25posted 14 Jul 2017
Ever looked around your house at the odd little knick-knack you picked up at the flea market and wonder if it’s worth anything or seen a “Roadshow” appraiser value an item for an astounding amount and think, “I have something kinda like that in the garage …” Well, now’s your chance! “Antiques Roadshow” is coming to Little Rock as part of its six-city summer tour on Saturday, July 25.
“Downton Abbey: Season 5” Preview Screening Photosposted 14 Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time celebrating the return of “Downton Abbey” at our Season 5 preview screening events in Fayetteville and Little Rock! Join us after the jump to see our costume contest finalists, find links to download photos and more.
In Remembrance - A Special Broadcast of “Men & Women of Distinction: Miller Williams”posted 14 Jul 2017
In celebration of Miller Williams’ life, AETN is proud to air a special rebroadcast of his appearance on “Men & Women of Distinction” Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Williams, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, passed away on Jan. 1 in Fayetteville. This intimate interview provides a portrait of a unique talent who was memorable not only as a prominent poet, but as a father, husband, mentor, writer and teacher.
Chuck’s Blog – January 2015 “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
The first new “Exploring Arkansas” for 2015 includes fly-fishing with a world champion gold medalist, float-fishing for smallmouth bass and spending time with a log master craftsman – all coming up Monday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m.
10 Countdown to Downton Premiere Party Ideasposted 14 Jul 2017
A new season of “Downton Abbey” is nearly upon us! We’ve scoured the web for all of the best premiere party ideas for your soiree — from Mad Libs inspiration and Downton Clue to place setting etiquette and recipes (simple and elaborate). See what we’ve uncovered and share your ideas after the jump.
Free Cyber Safety Class, Monday, Jan. 12posted 14 Jul 2017
The online world offers us immeasurable information and great benefits … but along with those resources come risks. To help you and your family learn how to recognize and address safety issues in the digital world, AETN Adult Education is offering a free Cyber Safety class on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
New Year, New Schedule!posted 14 Jul 2017
New Year’s is always a great time for changes and improvement, and we’re kicking off 2015 with several modifications to our regular primetime schedule. Read through our list to see which new programs we’ll be airing and to see the new arrangements for several viewer favorites - including Masterpiece’s move to 8 p.m., beginning with the premiere of “Downton Abbey: Season 5” on Sunday, Jan. 4.
AETN Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Interning at AETN and Life Beyond Academiaposted 14 Jul 2017
I’m Jack Smith, a senior at Hendrix College, and I’ve spent most of the past few months doing my absolute best to prove to myself that going out into the world beyond academia won’t actually be as terrifying as I’ve tricked myself into believing. Thankfully, working here at AETN for the past few months has been really helpful for me in that regard.
PBS LearningMedia 2015 Digital Innovator Program - Apply Now! posted 14 Jul 2017
Are you (or an educator you know) using digital media and technology to lead innovation in your school? Then don’t miss applying for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program by Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015! Winning applicants will win a FREE year of PD — including virtual trainings, access to exclusive resources and events, and membership into a robust professional learning community — and the top 30 educators will take an all-expense-paid, three-day trip to Philadelphia for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the prestigious ISTE conference.
Celebrate the New Year in True Razorbacks Styleposted 14 Jul 2017
While our bowl game may be over, there’s no reason to put an end to the football fun! (Sorry we’re not sorry, Longhorns fans.) Continue your celebration and recognize the 50th anniversary of the Razorback’s national title win with back-to-back broadcasts of “The Jim Lindsey Story” and “22 Straight,” the story of the legendary mid-60s Razorback football program on Jan. 1, 2015.
December “Agri Arkansas” Explores Dairy in the Natural Stateposted 14 Jul 2017
Dairy farming in Arkansas was once big business, but in the past few decades, operations in the Natural State have evolved. Learn more about the current state of the dairy industry, the recently legalized sale of raw milk and Little Rock based cheesemaker Kent Walker in December’s episode of our monthly agricultural series on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m.
2014 Holiday Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Tis the season to be jolly! Get in the spirit with holiday specials for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s throughout the month of December. From fun PBS KIDS pieces, to cooking specials, to great music and more, it’s a grand way to celebrate a wonderful time of the year.
Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Dutyposted 14 Jul 2017
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Overstock.com Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump.
Bake for the Holidays With PBS Foodposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you’re making cookies for Santa, putting together tasty gifts for family and friends, or getting ready to host your own holiday cookie exchange, we’re willing to bet we have the kind of recipes you’re looking for! From no-bake, to fudge, to impressive confections, PBS Food has it all, and we’ve rounded them up for easy browsing.
Let Your Holiday Shopping Do Double-Dutyposted 14 Jul 2017
Getting ready to do your holiday shopping? Give two gifts in one with special shopping options this season! On top of finding a great present for a loved one, you can earn donations for AETN when you purchase gifts through the PBS KIDS Shop, Overstock.com Kids Zone and Amazon Smile. Find the links and learn how after the jump.
Student Selects - Arkansas Historic Places Film Prizeposted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council and AETN’s own Student Selects program are partnering up to offer young filmmakers in the state even more opportunities to have their work seen by the general public and this time there are even cash prizes! The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is asking student filmmakers across the state to try their hand at making historical documentaries about some of the fascinating landmarks that can be found across Arkansas.
Free “Downton Abbey - Season 5 Hour 1” Preview Screeningsposted 14 Jul 2017
We have a special gift for our “Downton Abbey” fans this holiday season! Join us for free screenings of the first hour of the epic fifth season and explore the latest saga in the intimately interlaced stories you’ve come to know and love. The deliciously entertaining formula (which has made “Downton Abbey” the highest-rated drama in PBS history) will be coming to Fayetteville Saturday, Dec. 7, and Little Rock Thursday, Dec. 18.
“HIV/AIDS in Arkansas” airs Dec. 10posted 14 Jul 2017
How is HIV/AIDS currently impacting Arkansas, and how can people maintain a quality life while living with HIV? A panel of experts — including Portia Knowlton, executive director of Arkansas AIDS Foundation; Cornelius Mabin, chief operating officer of The Living Affected Corporation; and Dr. Naveen Patil, medical director of the HIV/STD & Hepatitis Programs of the Arkansas Department of Health — will discuss in our annual program Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Featured December Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
There’s a wealth of outstanding, special programming coming your way on AETN this December! From early starts on New Year’s Resolutions (health and financial solutions, anyone?) to great musical specials, we have an all-star line-up with some very special in-studio guests, including Brenda Watson, “TODAY” show nutritionist Joy Bauer, J.J. Virgin, Haylie Pomroy and Tom Hegna.
Clifford Visits Whole Foods Little Rock Dec. 5posted 14 Jul 2017
Kick off the holiday season with AETN and Whole Foods Little Rock in a special, free event celebrating the arrival of PBS KIDS sustainable toy line on Friday, Dec. 5! AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog will join the Whole Foods Kids Club for story time, a science activity with the Museum of Discovery and more from 10-11 a.m. and will be available for photos until 1 p.m.
PBS Moves Up the Ranks and Announces A New Year of Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
As your local PBS station, we’re always incredibly proud to bring you TV worth watching, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to see the numbers backing us up! With recent Nielsen data showing that PBS ranks No. 5 among all broadcast and cable networks, we can’t wait to see what happens in the next year as we bring you a wealth of wonderful new episodes and specials. See what you have to look forward to in 2015 after the jump.
November 2014 Cooking on the Wild Side Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Whether you cook with John and Phyllis every week or need a little inspiration to walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our November “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipes! We have ingredients and steps for main dishes, sides, desserts and more after the jump.
Thomas the Tank Engine Soars in Thanksgiving Day Paradeposted 14 Jul 2017
Cinders and ashes! Your favorite little, blue locomotive will be transformed into a big, beautiful balloon for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch for him Thanksgiving morning, and be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of his balloon.
Remembering Ted Baileyposted 14 Jul 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our dear friend and dedicated volunteer, Ted Bailey. Ted was truly a member of the AETN family. While we work through the profound loss of our friend and “co-worker,” we also want to celebrate his life, achievements and the many things that made him so beloved and special.
AETN Employee Awards Luncheon 2014posted 14 Jul 2017
As we near each year’s end, AETN takes a moment to recognize the individuals and departments whose dedicated work makes everything we do possible! Join us in congratulating AETN Employee of the Year David Bennett, AETN Rookie of the Year Cindy Gambill, AETN Lifetime Service Award recipient Michelle Worden and several other outstanding individuals, production teams, and departments, and take a peek at our annual celebration.
Dunbar Magnet Middle School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labposted 14 Jul 2017
In October, we were proud to have the talented broadcast journalism students from our PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the Little Rock School District’s Dunbar Magnet Middle School join us for the 2014 U.S. Senate Debate. What does their NewsHour Student Reporting Lab do, and what did they learn at the “Elections 2014: AETN Debates”? Join us after the jump to find out!
“Arkansas Ask: Governor Mike Beebe”posted 14 Jul 2017
Do you have a question for the governor? Join us and Mike Beebe for his final appearance as governor on “Arkansans Ask” Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Gov. Beebe will answer questions from viewers around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues.
“Dreamland Ballroom” - Dan Dons a New Hatposted 14 Jul 2017
As a long standing member of AETN’s Marketing and Outreach team, I’m continually thrilled at the opportunities this job gives me to wear so many different hats. I’m Dan Koops. I’m 53 years old and have been at this job for over 26 years … and locating and securing archival photography and stories for our upcoming “Dreamland Ballroom” project (and finding pure GOLD) is adding to the never ending chances for this “old dog” to learn new tricks.
New Educator Resources Complement AETN Original Documentariesposted 14 Jul 2017
As part of our ongoing efforts to support Arkansas educators, we are proud to announce new resources tied to two AETN original documentaries, “Champion Trees” and “Bayou Bartholomew: World’s Longest Bayou.” Learn more about the "Growing Champion Classrooms" ArkansasIDEAS course and the "Bayou Bartholomew Educators Guide" after the jump.
Arkansas Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Driveposted 14 Jul 2017
Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He said that we were special - and he meant it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred McFeely Rogers lived out a lesson of how to be a caring neighbor. Carry on that legacy by donating to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this November.
Downton Abbey Seasons 1-4 to Rebroadcastposted 14 Jul 2017
Clear your calendar and set your recorder! Whether you’re wondering what all the fuss is about or you just want to get reacquainted with your favorite characters, here is your chance to watch the entire encore broadcast of "Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey." See the schedule for Seasons One through Four here, and note the special time on Thanksgiving night!
Special Veterans Day Programmingposted 14 Jul 2017
Throughout the year, but especially during this season, AETN is proud to have the opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in our county’s armed forces. Join us for special programs, including “Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House,” “World War II Desert War: Tobruk,” “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” and “National Veterans Creative Arts Festival,” Friday through Tuesday.
“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” 2014 Seasonposted 14 Jul 2017
Throughout the summer, we’ve told you how you could attend our great, local concert series in person … now we have even better news. You can watch the entire series — with outstanding Arkansas artists like Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amasa Hines, The Amy Garland Band & Friends, and Giovanni Antipolo — as part of AETN Arts Fridays from the comfort of home!
“The Jim Lindsey Story” Celebrates Success On and Off of the Fieldposted 14 Jul 2017
Star running back. NFL Captain. Collegiate and professional national championship winner. Real estate magnate. Arkansan Jim Lindsey’s life story is little if not legendary, but it began, not unlike many of our own, in the Arkansas Delta. Learn how Lindsey made the most of his talents and resources to become a Southern success story in the thirty-minute film narrated by Lindsey’s former teammate and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - And the Winner Is …posted 14 Jul 2017
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Costumes, delicious treats, wonderfully spooky programming on AETN and … the day the winner is declared in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins! With all of the spooktacular entries and your dedicated voting, which pumpkin and AETN Department will take home the bragging rights?
Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Halloween Program Picksposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s almost Halloween, and that means that it’s time for everyone – including your favorite, local public television station – to break out their fake cobwebs and try and carve a pumpkin that won’t look quite as mangled as the one from last year. In keeping with the season, your favorite, local marketing intern (that would be me) has put together a "don't miss" list of AETN's on-air and on-line Halloween programming.
October “Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Have you been cooking with John and Phyllis this month? Find the delicious recipes they’ve been whipping up (and taste-testing) in Phyllis’ kitchen in our October “Cooking on the Wild Side” recipe round up.
“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies - A Student Selects Halloween” posted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas’s young filmmakers will be showing off their spooky sides in the first ever edition of “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies — A Student Selects Halloween” on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Start with the a milder first batch of films in our prime time showcase of family-friendly entries, then let horror fans stay up for the hour-long feature of terror-inducing submissions at 10 p.m.
Guest Blogger Jack Smith — An Inside Look at the Student Selects HSDFF Workshopposted 14 Jul 2017
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and work with young, emerging filmmakers from right here in Arkansas as a part of my ongoing internship through Hendrix College at AETN. The entire weekend was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to any and all who might find themselves interested in the world of film or who just have a taste for the documentary style.
Cast Your Vote … in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins!posted 14 Jul 2017
The AETN Battle of the Pumpkins ends Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. AETN Departments are still vying for your vote for their creative AETN and PBS-themed pumpkins. Help them win honor, glory and bragging rights by choosing your favorite at aetn.org/contest.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins: PBS KIDS Halloween Specialsposted 14 Jul 2017
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween with all sorts of fun PBS KIDS fall and holiday specials during the week of Oct. 27! See the special schedule — featuring “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest,” new Halloween-themed episodes of “Curious George” and “Dinosaur Train,” and much more — after the jump.
Student Selects - Spring Creek Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposiumposted 14 Jul 2017
Young filmmakers in Northwest Arkansas and from across the state are encouraged to join the “AETN Student Selects: Opportunities for Young Filmmakers” workshop at the Spring Creek Festival Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium on Friday, Oct. 24, in Springdale’s Jones Center for Families.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - DIY PBS KIDS Costume Ideasposted 14 Jul 2017
Are you and your ghouls and goblins dreaming up ideas for Halloween costumes? Take some inspiration from this round up of great PBS KIDS DIY Costume ideas - like Sid the Science KIDS, Daniel Tiger, Arthur Read, Thomas the Tank Engine, Word Girl, Buddy the Dinosaur and more!
“Dabbling in Design” Workshop Offered Nov. 1posted 14 Jul 2017
Learn about the basic elements of design in this two-hour workshop presented by the AETN Education Department. Using Microsoft Word, you’ll learn about basic layout and color blocking, as well as how to add photos and textures, apply color, and add accent shapes and text. The cost is $20, and the registration deadline is Oct. 24.
AETN Student Selects - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 14 Jul 2017
In the next three days, we'll be attending the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and providing outstanding opportunities to both young filmmakers and festival attendees! We'll be hosting the 2014 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Emerging Filmmakers Program Oct. 16-17, and screening the "Student Selects 2014: A Young Filmmakers Symposium" documentary films Thursday, Oct. 16 at 3:50 p.m. in the Arlington Hotel.
AETN Antenna Repairs - Beginning Oct. 14posted 14 Jul 2017
Due to antenna repairs, viewers watching AETN on digital sub-channels KETS-2 (Little Rock area), KETG-9 (Arkadelphia area) and KETZ-12 (El Dorado area), may notice daytime program interruptions to our sub-channels AETN-2 Create, AETN-3 Plus and AETN-4 Radio Reading Service beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14. Our primary channel, AETN-1, will not be affected.
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” - Finalized Participantsposted 14 Jul 2017
Final information about all candidate and panelist information is now finalized for “Election 2014: AETN Debates.” Familiarize yourself with the schedule, candidates and issues relevant to Arkansas’s 2014 election cycle, and be sure to watch, learn and participate! Debate tapings are open to the public and will be livestreamed at aetn.org/elections. Debates will air each night Oct. 13-17 beginning at 7.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Finished Productsposted 14 Jul 2017
You saw the challenge, now check out the AETN departments’ answers! We’re seeing an entirely new side of everyone’s creativity here at the station with some truly outstanding pumpkins. From classic PBS to favorite new dramas to AETN originals (classic and brand-new for Halloween) read on to see all of the amazing entries and find the link to vote for your favorite.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Halloween Craftsposted 14 Jul 2017
While the pumpkin battle rages here, what specter-tacular crafts are you doing at home? We have some great Halloween craft ideas for kids big and small — from creating your own Monster Slime to treat holders and more!
“Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” - Adult PTSDposted 14 Jul 2017
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and what impact can it have on adults’ lives? As part of our ongoing efforts to examine all areas of mental health, AETN is exploring this important topic in a new episode of “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. Submit your questions for our panel of experts at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-662-2386.
AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - You Pick the Winnerposted 14 Jul 2017
AETN’s departments are getting ready for Halloween with an exciting new contest, but to choose the winner, we’ll need your help! Keep reading for the rules, to see who’s competing and to learn how you can cast your vote!
Chuck's Blog - October "Exploring Arkansas"posted 14 Jul 2017
Aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation, visiting the place where the “man in black” grew up, and wild and woolly rawhide adventure racing chuckwagons – it’s all on the next brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Monday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN KIDS Club - Halloween Recipe Round-Upposted 14 Jul 2017
Looking for some eerie inspiration for your little ghouls and goblins or for your big Halloween bash? Find fun ideas, from Mummy Dogs to Monster Cupcakes, in this great round-up!
“Champion Trees” wins EMMY Mid-America Awardsposted 14 Jul 2017
Our congratulations to all who contributed to AETN original documentary “Champion Trees”! The film — which explores the stories of Arkansas’ arboreal giants and the communities and individuals who care for them — received two EMMY Awards at the Kansas City Mid-America EMMY Gala.
AETN KIDS Club — Spooktacular Reads for Halloweenposted 14 Jul 2017
It’s already October, and crunchy leaves, crisp breezes, pumpkins and Halloween are on their way! Find some library trip inspiration for kids of all ages — from babies and toddlers to upper elementary (and maybe even grown-ups) — in this book list from AETN Kids.
PBS Fall Arts Festival Offers Thrills, Chills & Beautiful Musicposted 14 Jul 2017
Continue an AETN Friday night tradition with the PBS Fall Arts Festival. This year, Kristin Chenoweth debuts as our host, and we have a fabulous season line-up for you — from ”Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street In Concert With the New York Philharmonic” and “The Nance” to “Hitmakers” and “Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years.”
Free Giovanni Antipolo Concert Oct. 2posted 14 Jul 2017
Little Rock native “Gio” Antipolo is bringing classical piano to “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” with a free concert in our studios on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meet us in the AETN lobby by 6:30 p.m. to reserve your free seat for extraordinary excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.”
“Cooking on the Wild Side” Recipesposted 14 Jul 2017
Love cooking with Phyllis and John on the show? Here are your recipes to test again and tinker with as you whip your own wild and wonderful creations. Find everything you need to know to make Arkansas Wild Cakes, Remoulade Sauce, Succotash Salad and Apple Pizza after the jump.
New “Agri Arkansas” premieres Sept. 28posted 14 Jul 2017
In this month’s episode, dig into the state’s agricultural economics, learn how the Cummins prison farm operates to reduce costs and help improve inmate morale, and get to know the Peach Pickin’ Paradise that is Clarksville. Host Tony Brooks will also join special guests Rich Hillman of Farm Bureau and Shea Wilson of the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a round table discussion.
“Election 2014: AETN Debates” Schedule - Watch. Learn. Participate.posted 14 Jul 2017
To help Arkansas voters familiarize themselves with the candidates and wide range of issues relevant to our state’s 2014 election cycle, we’re hosting and broadcast the “Election 2014: AETN Debates,” Oct. 13-17. Candidates in nine races have agreed to participate in this year’s broadcast event. Join us after the jump to learn when each debate is scheduled, which candidates have confirmed and who this year’s panelists will be.
“Student Selects 2014” premieres Sept. 25posted 14 Jul 2017
See and celebrate the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers in “Student Selects : A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2014” starting Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.! This annual event highlights K-12 students’ creativity and talent, as well as the work of our 2014 THEA Foundation scholarship winners in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.
AETN KIDS Club Booklist: Animals + Reading = Funposted 14 Jul 2017
How can you make reading even more fun for kids? If you already know that they love their furry, feathered or even scaly friends, we have some great ideas! Get to know Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. — who writes children’s books about his pets; learn how reading to pets can build reading confidence; and check out our booklist filled with stories about animal pals of all shapes and sizes.
"Sesame Street" Season 45 posted 14 Jul 2017
This fall, we and “Sesame Street” are introducing new episodes, a bonus half-hour program in the afternoon (available on-air and online), and celebrating the iconic series’ 45th year of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Another bonus? Lots of fun celebrity appearances and spoofs grown-ups will enjoy, too!
10 Things You May Not Know About The Rooseveltsposted 14 Jul 2017
We’re all fairly acquainted with basic facts about America’s most well-known political family, but, there are some things we all probably missed in history class, too! Keep reading for ten Roosevelts that facts surprised us, and be sure to share what you learn while watching Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Sept. 14-20, at 7 each night.
Celebrating Freedom in the Classroomposted 14 Jul 2017
Arkansas educators looking for help as they teach their students about and celebrate Patriot Day, Constitution Day and Freedom Week (in compliance with new state and national requirements) can find great resources with ArkansasIDEAS and PBS LearningMedia! Keep reading to learn about the new requirements and find links to free complementary videos, lesson plans and other materials.
Plum Landing Arrives at Conway EcoFestposted 14 Jul 2017
Plum to earth - she’s coming in for a landing! On Saturday, Sept. 13, we’re bringing all the fun of one of our latest online PBS KIDS programs, “Plum Landing” to EcoFest! Join us for an exciting day, filled with all sorts of fun activities, at Laurel Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sneak Preview of “Steel Rails in Arkansas” at Jacksonville Train Show posted 14 Jul 2017
“Steel Rails in Arkansas” is a travelogue of all things railroad in Arkansas and full of restored depots, train shows, miniature train layouts and more! Join us for a sneak preview of this AETN original production at the annual Jacksonville Train Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, in the Jacksonville Community Center.
"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" Begins Sept. 14posted 14 Jul 2017
They changed our nation’s history … and, in the process, what it means to be an American. In Ken Burns’ latest documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” — which premieres Sunday, Sept. 14. — the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are woven together as we explore one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.
Fall Series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” Airs Throughout Sept.posted 14 Jul 2017
A four-part series of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Featured guests include LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn, author of “Johnny Cash: The Life”; Congressman John Lewis, civil rights movement leader and co-author of “March: Book One”; and Dr. Sam Taggart, medical historian and author of “The Public’s Health.”
Sherlock Lives! … In Saturday Night Crime Time Blockposted 14 Jul 2017
Have your weekends seemed mundane without the presence of the world’s only consulting detective? There’s no longer any reason to be bored. Seasons 1-3 of “Sherlock” will air as part of our Saturday Crime Time Block in the 11 p.m. slot.
Free Copies of “108˚: Critical Response” Available to Public Librariesposted 14 Jul 2017
As the temperature rises and fall activities go into full swing, it's more important than ever to educate ourselves and our kids about the prevention, signs and dangers of exertional heat illness. To help, learn how your local public library can request a free copy of AETN and ArkansasIDEAS’ original documentary “108˚: Critical Response.”
New AETN KIDS Fall Scheduleposted 14 Jul 2017
We've already kicked off a new school year, and soon it will be time to start our new Fall 2014 AETN KIDS Schedule! To benefit our younger viewers, beginning Sept. 1, we’re adjusting our daytime AETN PBS KIDS schedule and introducing new shows. Keep reading to get the inside scoop.
Chuck’s Blog - September “Exploring Arkansas”posted 14 Jul 2017
From walking on water, to mountain biking, to mountain man trout fishing to taking a dip in not one but two refreshing swimmin’ holes – it’s a great way to travel the Natural State in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on AETN!
“Agri Arkansas” - Poultry, DeSalvo Family & Local Produceposted 14 Jul 2017
In our latest episode, take a closer look at the Arkansas poultry industry, meet Conway County’s own 2013 Farm Family of the Year and learn more about online tools that can help you find local produce with the Arkansas Agriculture Department. Keep reading for details, photos and more!
Free Amy Garland & Friends Concert Aug. 28posted 14 Jul 2017
School may have started, but our free AETN Presents summer concert series hasn’t ended. The Amy Garland Band and their talented musical friends — including Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde and RJ Looney — are joining us in the AETN studios Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. for a free concert, and so can you!
AETN Films Among Most-Watched in PBS Online Film Festivalposted 11 Dec 2018
As you’ve no doubt seen over the summer, two outstanding short pieces by independent Arkansas film makers represented AETN in the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival. With the results of last week’s conclusion, we received some wonderful news both “Diamond John” and “Westland” were among the top 10 most-watched films!
AETN Original Productions Earn Mid-America EMMY Nominationsposted 11 Dec 2018
We are happy to announce that AETN original documentary “Champion Trees” and AETN original program and online arts initiative “LOUPE” have received four total 2014 Mid-America EMMY Nominations. Congratulations to our production department and crews, as well as the many organizations and individuals, who made the creation of these pieces possible!
Resources for Depressionposted 11 Dec 2018
Sure, everyone feels sad or down sometimes. But, if you or someone you love is sad most of the time — or alternates between being really up and manic and feeling very down and depressed — and it’s creating problems at school or work, relationships are suffering, or substances or behaviors are being used to control the problems, it might be depression. The good news? It’s a real medical illness, and it’s treatable.
Shop Amazon, Earn Donations for AETN!posted 11 Dec 2018
You’re already supporting AETN in all sorts of ways (starting with reading this blog!), but what if you could support your local PBS station financially without doing anything beyond your normal online shopping? With AmazonSmile - you can! Simply follow our link to sign up for the AmazonSmile program, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the AETN Foundation.
AETN KIDS Club August Book Listposted 11 Dec 2018
Explore the world around you and brand new worlds with books from this AETN KIDS Club nature-themed book list! Plus, learn how you can get a book list every month — as well as activities, tips and news about upcoming PBS KIDS programs — in the AETN KIDS Newsletter.
AETN Original Documentaries Win Aurora Awardsposted 11 Dec 2018
Join us in congratulating the AETN production department team on its Platinum and Gold wins in the Spring 2014 Aurora Awards competition! “Champion Trees” earned Platinum Best of Show in the Documentary-Cultural category for its videography, interviews and overall excellence, and “Bayou Bartholomew” earned a Gold Award in the Nature/Environment category for its editing and footage.
Guest Blogger Abbey Christophel - Interning With AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
As a Hendrix College student, I feel qualified to say: a liberal arts degree can be discouraging. The downside of its freedom, diversity and scope is that it’s easy to feel unfocused — “preparing you for anything” becomes a shade of “preparing you for nothing specific.” The Odyssey Program at Hendrix mitigates that by encouraging students to undertake projects, trips and internships in addition to their academics and, this summer, I made my journey with AETN.
Congratulations, Mabel Wise, national PBS KIDS Writers Contest finalist!posted 11 Dec 2018
We’re thrilled to announce that Mabel Wise, AETN KIDS Writers Contest third grade winner, has been chosen as a national finalist in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Mabel, who attends Eastside Elementary School in Rogers, Arkansas, competed against other state winners from across the country. Her story, “Cloudy and the Busy Street,” was judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.
Chuck’s Blog — August “Exploring Arkansas” is a Watery Adventure!posted 11 Dec 2018
Our brand new “Exploring Arkansas” episode for August 4 includes a dream come true for an 88-year-young woman who has wanted to float the Buffalo National River. There’s also kayaking and tubing adventure at a whitewater recreation park near Siloam Springs and a dive into the ol’ swimming hole at the Longpool Recreation Area near Dover.
New “Champion Trees” & “Bayou Bartholomew” PD Courses Liveposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN documentaries have inspired two of ArkansasIDEAS newest professional development courses! From the state’s arboreal giants to the world’s longest bayou, educators can explore Arkansas’s natural wonders in courses found in the IDEAS’ Social Studies Library under the Arkansas Studies section.
Big News for PBS KIDS Fall 2014posted 11 Dec 2018
From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN KIDS this fall. Keep reading to get the scoop on what you have to look forward to — including a new “Dinosaur Train” special, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2,” and Fred Rogers Co. new show “Odd Squad” (from the creator of “Adventure Time”).
PBS Online Film Festival Ends July 31 - Vote Now!posted 11 Dec 2018
We’ve nearly reached the end of the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival, and Arkansas independent film “Diamond John” is in the top three! Help the period comedy and Little Rock filmmaker Travis Mosler bring the bragging rights home by voting to push it to the top.
UCA professor stars in August’s “Time Team America” posted 11 Dec 2018
We always enjoy airing outstanding PBS programming, but it’s especially exciting when our friends and neighbors are featured! This August, join us to see Dr. Duncan McKinnon, visiting assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, on “Time Team America.”
“Agri Arkansas” premieres Sunday, July 27posted 11 Dec 2018
Agriculture is Arkansas’s number one industry — celebrate and explore its achievements and challenges with our new program “Agri Arkansas.” Far from your granddad’s farm report, we’ll take a closer look at the diverse industry and develop conversations surrounding complex issues by featuring experts, innovators and challenges beginning this Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m.
Guest Blogger Rhonda Fincher on "108˚: Critical Response"posted 11 Dec 2018
When my son Kendrick died from heat stroke in 1995, there was very little information on heat illness prevention and few people were discussing how to prevent it. Over the years, I have found some great folks who are promoting heat illness prevention within their scope of influence. Some of them are featured on the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS original documentary "108˚: Critical Response that will be released on July 21. These are our stories.
John Wesley Huddleston - The Man Behind “Diamond John”posted 11 Dec 2018
Travis Mosler’s independent film “Diamond John” — currently ranked in the top three of the PBS Online Film Festival — has inspired us to laugh … and learn! Want to get to know the Arkansas man whose life inspired this period comedy? Keep reading to get the scoop on John Wesley Huddleston, the real “Diamond John,” and on how Mosler created the short film to encourage state pride.
Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response' posted 11 Dec 2018
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer and that makes serious injury, and even death, from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable. Get the facts and learn about our upcoming original documentary “108˚: Critical Response” — premiering July 21 at 7 p.m. — after the jump.
“Cyberchase” Community Event in downtown Little Rock - July 19posted 11 Dec 2018
Along with our partners at the Museum of Discovery and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, AETN is excited to host the Cyberchase Community Event in Little Rock’s Rivermarket District on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how you can meet Digit from “Cyberchase” and much more after the jump.
Chuck’s Blog - July “Exploring Arkansas”posted 11 Dec 2018
Can’t visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona? Well, then, visit the Grand Canyon in Arkansas! That’s right – during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas” on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., you can experience what is known as “Arkansas’ Grand Canyon,” south of Jasper, a float trip down the Mulberry River, a mountain biking frenzy along the Earthquake Ridge Trail and the St. Joe Railroad Depot's history.
Celebrate the 4th of July with AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
From one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays to musical celebrations, we have a great selection of fabulous ways to celebrate the national spirit this Independence Day weekend! Kick the party off with our annual broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth” on Friday, and stay tuned for more celebratory programming throughout the long weekend.
Push Arkansas Indie Films to the Top - Vote Now, Vote Often!posted 11 Dec 2018
We’ve been dedicated to keeping you posted on Arkansas films in the PBS Online Film Festival and, now, we have an added reason to do so. Little Rock native Travis Mosler’s film “Diamond John” is in the nation’s top three, and your daily vote could help push him to the top!
“Dreamland Ballroom” Reenactmentposted 11 Dec 2018
Recently, we had unique opportunity in preparation for our upcoming original documentary “Dreamland Ballroom.” With help of amazing film, stage and wardrobe crews, we traveled back in time to recreate the ballroom in its heyday. See photos, video and more after the jump!
Free Amasa Hines Concert July 17posted 11 Dec 2018
What could make a great summer evening even better? Try a concert from Amasa Hines! The seven-piece Little Rock band will be live in AETN studios Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. Named one of the “12 Arkansas Bands You Should be Listening to Now” by Paste Magazine and one of the top “10 Southern Bands to Listen to Now” by Southern Living magazine, theirs is a show you won't to miss! Find out how to get your free seat -->
In Review: “Freedom Summer” Screening and Online Resourcesposted 11 Dec 2018
On Saturday, June 21, we had a wonderful time with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, our panelists and guests at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration. In addition to all of the fun at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center street festival, we were privileged to show a special preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” and air the full-length version on June 24. In case you missed it, catch up with us — and learn how you can access the film and online resources — after the jump.
AETN Youth Academy - Production Campposted 11 Dec 2018
We had a great time with our new friends from the AETN Youth Academy Production Camp last week! From learning the basics of the filmmaking process, to learning how to run equipment to shooting interviews, it was huge fun to get to know these budding filmmakers and watch them work together to create their outstanding short films.
Free AETN Summer Learning Packetsposted 11 Dec 2018
Calling all Arkansas daycare groups, summer camps and more! We want to help you as you keep our state’s kiddos brains busy over the break by sharing free summer learning materials. Read on to learn what we’re making available and how to request your packets.
“Diamond John” Filmmaker Profile - Travis Moslerposted 11 Dec 2018
Now that the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival is live, it’s time to get to know one of the Arkansas filmmakers! Meet (and learn how you can vote for) Travis Mosler, a UCA alum and Little Rock resident, who created his short period comedy “Diamond John” to honor the Natural State’s history and shed light on the discovery of one of the largest naturally occurring diamond sites in the world.
AETN KIDS Club Father's Day Book Listposted 11 Dec 2018
Father's Day is an important time to honor our dads and let them know how much we love them! Fathers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the books that help us learn and talk about them. Find a few of the AETN KIDS Club's favorite suggestions after the jump.
Start exploring with Camp PBS Parentsposted 11 Dec 2018
Stop the summer slide and banish the "I'm bored" from your kids' vocabulary with cool crafts and hands-on-learning activities to educate and entertain your kids all summer long with Camp PBS Parents!
"Westland" Filmmaker Profile - Diana Michelle Haussamposted 11 Dec 2018
Do you know who you'll be voting for in the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival? Be sure to take this opportunity get acquainted with one of the Arkansas filmmakers in the competition before voting opens on Monday, June 16! Diana Michelle Haussam directed "Westland," which was featured in the AETN original compilation "LOUPE," and is an Arkansas native and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville alum who rediscovered reclusive artist Tim West in Winslow, Arkansas.
Masterpiece 2014 Summer Scheduleposted 11 Dec 2018
David Tennant, Endeavour, Poirot and a brand new medical drama? There’s blockbuster after blockbuster lined up for your Sunday night entertainment on AETN! And all of the fun kicks off on June 15 with “The Escape Artist.”
“Freedom Summer” Screening at Little Rock Juneteenth Celebrationposted 11 Dec 2018
Join us, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity for a free preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m. We share the details about the film and discussion panel after the jump!
Celebrate Dr. Downs’ service to AETN June 11posted 11 Dec 2018
After 16 years of dedicated service to AETN, Dr. William “Bill” D. Downs Jr. is retiring from the AETN Commission. Join us to honor Dr. Downs for his work for AETN and our state on Wednesday, June 11, from 4-6 p.m. in the Hampton Board Room of the Evans Student Center at Ouachita Baptist University.
Learn all summer long with AETN and PBS KIDS!posted 11 Dec 2018
School may be out for summer, but learning never ends! We’re here to help bridge the summer learning gap with free PBS KIDS resources - on air and online. On top of our new summer daytime kids’ schedule that kicked off on June 2, we’re getting ready to share all sorts of fun digital and community resources available.
“Westland” featured in “Tim West: In Memoriam” exhibit at M2 Galleryposted 11 Dec 2018
“Westland” - which is featured in the AETN LOUPE collection and will show in the PBS Online Film Festival beginning Monday, June 16 - is now being highlighted as part of the M2 Gallery exhibit “Tim West: In Memoriam.” The exhibit, which features reclusive Arkansas native Tim West's artwork, Diana Michelle Hausam's photography of West and the short documentary film, will be on display through Monday, June 30.
AETN Youth Academy - Around the World Campposted 11 Dec 2018
Do you know kids ages 7-11 who would like to make a trip around the world? They can do it in a week with the AETN Youth Academy Around the World Camp! Scheduled July 21-25, this summer learning experience will give campers the opportunity to travel the world by exploring various cultures through a blend of technology learning, hands-on activities, special guests, fun and educational activities and much more.
Check out the new ArkansasIDEAS look!posted 11 Dec 2018
We and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to introduce a new look for the ArkansasIDEAS website, the state’s quality online resource for ADE-approved professional development and educational resources for K-12 educators. Read on to learn more about the new design and how it makes ArkansasIDEAS’ resources even easier to review and navigate.
PBS Online Film Festival voting opens Monday; two Arkansas films featuredposted 11 Dec 2018
Voting opens Monday, June 16, in the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival -- and we’re excited that two Arkansas independent films are being featured! This annual event highlights more than 25 short, independent films that are unique, thought provoking and represent the best of public media.
“Coming Back With Wes Moore” tells returning soldiers’ storiesposted 11 Dec 2018
In anticipation of Memorial Day, join us on Tuesday nights at 7, May 13-27, for a new series produced by best-selling author Wes Moore. The three-part program details Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war — particularly, why are some veterans able to reintegrate easily while others can’t.
Student Selects LRFF Youth! Workshop Recapposted 11 Dec 2018
This year, and every year we’ve been lucky enough to host, AETN had the incredible opportunity to meet the state’s up and coming filmmakers at the Little Rock Film Festival for workshops that up their skill levels and keep us fresh! Find a recap of the 2014 event after the jump.
2014 National Memorial Day Concertposted 11 Dec 2018
Join us to honor the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country Sunday, May 25, at 7 p.m., with the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert broadcast. This program pays tribute to our armed forces members’ numerous sacrifices, as well as those of military families and loved ones. Read on to learn more about the all-star performers, as well as the special D-Day tribute and more.
June “Exploring Arkansas” - Hiking, Boatbuilding, Expeditions & Battlefieldsposted 11 Dec 2018
From hiking a picturesque trail overlooking the Little Red River in Heber Springs, to visiting with a wooden boat builder in Bentonville, to spending time with students at DeSoto Bluff overlooking the Ouachita River in Arkadelphia, to learning about a Civil War skirmish at Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park in Jacksonville – you won’t want to miss the next brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” airing Monday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.
“War in the ‘60s” premieres May 15posted 11 Dec 2018
Delve into the “guts and glory” stories and go beyond them to discover the political and economic effects of the Civil War on Arkansans hearts and homes in prolific documentarian Jack Hill’s final film. Photographed in locations across the state, “War in the ‘60s” is the first full-length piece about Civil War Arkansas produced in the past 20 years.
AETN KIDS Club - Explore the Outdoors Booklistposted 11 Dec 2018
Explore the outdoors on your own and in great books with this AETN KIDS Club feature! We’ll meet Kim Guthrie Jones — an author and former Arkansas resident, teacher and park ranger - and learn about her book “The Case of the Missing Mountain” as well as other great outdoors reading picks.
AETN Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshopsposted 11 Dec 2018
There’s still just a bit of time to register to participate in the 2014 AETN Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on Wednesday May 14, 2014. Keep reading to see what’s available and how to sign up!
Super Vision App Connects Super Parents & Kids Onlineposted 11 Dec 2018
It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Super Vision! PBS KIDS has launched a new, free app that gives parents the “super power” to engage and monitor our kids online like never before. See how this first-of-its-kind tool allows convenient access to see what kids are watching, playing and learning on pbskids.org anytime, anywhere.
2014 Student Selects Scholarship Winnersposted 11 Dec 2018
After reviewing many wonderful entries, AETN and the Thea Foundation have chosen the 2014 Student Selects film scholarship winners! The winning students will screen their films at the Little Rock Film Festival Thursday, May 15, and each student will receive $2,500 in tuition toward the college of their choice. Read on to learn who the winners are and find details about how you can see their films.
Join AETN and ArkansasIDEAS to #ThankATeacher posted 11 Dec 2018
It’s national Teacher Appreciation Week, and we hope you’ll take a little time out of your day to thank the hardworking educators who have made an impact in your and your familly’s lives! We work with educators across the state and are constantly impressed by their devotion to their students and their dedication to educational excellence. See what a few of ArkansasIDEAS employees had to say and learn how you can participate!
New PBS KIDS “Double Your Fun” Summer Lineupposted 11 Dec 2018
Starting Monday, June 2, AETN and PBS are introducing a new summer kids’ line-up! Why the change? During the summer, national data shows that we have more kids ages 4-8 watching with us, and we all want to make sure we’re! Keep reading with us to see what you can expect.
New season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With” begins in Mayposted 11 Dec 2018
Ever wished you could discuss the Civil Rights Movement with John Lewis? Or, maybe you’d like to talk about the importance of science education with Neil deGrasse Tyson? Perhaps you’d rather explore the current, national political climate with a think tank president named one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Politics.” In our latest season of “Barnes and … A Conversation With,” airing on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., starting May 1, you can join host Steve Barnes for interviews that do all of this — and more!
Share your Dreamland Ballroom storyposted 11 Dec 2018
The Dreamland Ballroom, the third floor of the historic Taborian Hall on West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock, is the topic of an upcoming AETN documentary. Currently in development, producers are seeking stories and photos from the ballroom in its prime, from approximately 1930-1960.
Chuck’s Blog — May “Exploring Arkansas”posted 11 Dec 2018
Join us for a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" on Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. as we take you to Mulberry Valley Falls, the daffodils at Wye Mountain, fly-fishing for trout on the Little Red River and to something called the Natural Bridge of Arkansas.
May Community Cinema - "The New Black"posted 11 Dec 2018
Join us, UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Library for a free screening of “The New Black” as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. “The New Black” follows the African-American community as it grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent same-sex marriage movement. A Community Conversation with Cornelius Mabin, Jr., Community Co-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Prevention Group, will follow the screening.
2014 Quiz Bowl Championsposted 11 Dec 2018
On Saturday, April 26, we were privileged to host the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association state championship. This year’s participants were great fun — they made us laugh, they made us gasp … and they may or may not have made us feel like we should hit the books! Find out who won and see pictures of the teams after the jump.
Put on your Mister Rogers Sweater for Public Mediaposted 11 Dec 2018
We believe that Fred Rogers has always embodied the very best of public television, but did you know that he also saved it? In addition to being a snappy dresser, an adult who truly respected children and a reassuring voice in an often tumultuous world, Mister Rogers testified before the U.S. Senate on May 1, 1969, to protect and restore funding to public media. Join us after the jump to learn more about the historical event and how you can celebrate Fred Rogers’ lifelong dedication to public media in our “Sweater Selfies” social media event!
Arkansas Tornado Emergency - Helping Kids Cope With the Disasterposted 11 Dec 2018
Along with the rest of the state and viewers across the region, we’ve been devastated to see friends and family members suffer in the wake of Sunday’s tornadic disaster. In the aftermath of this severe weather event, how do we help our children process what they’re seeing or experiencing? We share important resources from Sesame Street, PBS Parents and the Fred Rogers Company after the jump.
AETN PBS Writers Contest 2014 Winnersposted 11 Dec 2018
In the past several weeks we’ve had great fun reading and sorting wonderful and hilarious stories from more than 200 K-3 students across Arkansas. Now, after scoring, debating … and even a few tie-breakers, we’re ready to announce the 2014 winners! Find them — and links to their award-winning stories — after the jump.
AETN Viewer Story — Shelia Boyland and “Silent Storytellers”posted 11 Dec 2018
We enjoy the privilege of making and facilitating the broadcast of TV worth watching, and, every so often, we get to experience the joy of hearing about the connections our programming makes possible for viewers. Join us after the jump to hear Shelia Boyland’s story of how a broadcast of the AETN original documentary “Silent Storytellers” helped her discover the previously undocumented gravesite of her great-great uncle, Marcellus Walker.
Greetings, earthlings! “Plum Landing” is coming to PBS KIDSposted 11 Dec 2018
A new adventure is beginning at pbskids.org/plumlanding with the launch of a brand new, web-original that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities and live-action videos — all featuring a curious alien named Plum — to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature and get them excited about their roles as caretakers of the planet.
Looking back - "Learn the Address" Campaign in reviewposted 11 Dec 2018
Since November 2013, we’ve been discussing the “Learn the Address” campaign and the premiere of Ken Burn’s latest film, “The Address,” with you and viewers around the state. So, what’s come of the last six months of work and sharing? Great results, in our opinion! Join us after the jump for specifics.
Celebrate Earth Week with AETN and PBSposted 11 Dec 2018
Earth Day — falling on Tuesday, April 22, this year — is a great time to talk about a wide range of important and fun topics with the kids in your life! From conservation and ecology to getting out and exploring nature themselves, we have great suggestions for games, experiments, crafts and more after the jump.
Greenbrier, Ark., educator Sarah Jerry named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovatorposted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone at AETN is thrilled to announce that Sarah Jerry, GT specialist at Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School, is one of the 100 educators nationwide named as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! This program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators across the U.S. who serve as leaders in educational technology and incorporate digital media in classrooms. We were pleased to surprise Mrs. Jerry with the news of her recognition and the year-long professional development opportunities she will receive.
Earth Day - why not make it Earth Month? Explore the Outdoors with AETN KIDS!posted 11 Dec 2018
It’s suddenly April … and it’s just beginning to feel like spring outside! Take advantage of the new, friendlier weather and AETN and PBS KIDS’ materials for turning our focus outdoors. You can learn how to help inspire kids to get moving outside and to protect our natural “playground” after the jump.
‘The Cyberchase Movie’ premieres April 22posted 11 Dec 2018
Conservation, technology and math skills, oh my! “The Cyberchase Movie” — the first ever film for the PBS KIDS series - is premiering on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. Learn more about the film and our annual Explore the Outdoors campaign after the jump.
‘The Cyberchase Movie’ premieres April 22posted 11 Dec 2018
Conservation, technology and math skills, oh my! “The Cyberchase Movie” — the first ever film for the PBS KIDS series - is premiering on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. Learn more about the film and our annual Explore the Outdoors campaign after the jump.
The Cat in the Hat is coming to Fort Smith April 19posted 11 Dec 2018
Friends in Fort Smith and northwest Arkansas, your favorite chapeau-ed feline is making a visit! In partnership with Mercy Northwest Arkansas and Mercy Kids, we’re bringing the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” to Fort Smith Public Library Saturday, April 19. Details about the free event and the fun we’ll have can be found after the jump.
FREE Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass Concert April 17posted 11 Dec 2018
Adam Faucett - hailed as “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer” by the Arkansas times - is joining The Tall Grass for a concert in AETN studios on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Follow the link below for the full details on the concert … and how you can attend for free!
Celebrate Arkansas artists with “LOUPE: Part 2” premiereposted 11 Dec 2018
If you’ve enjoyed learning more about Arkansas artists and arts events with “LOUPE,” we have excellent news! “LOUPE: Part 2” will feature three more outstanding local artists in its premiere Friday, April 11, at 9 p.m. Learn more about what’s to come in the featured short films — “LeeNora Parlor,” “Jerry Phillips” and “Carousel” — after the jump.
April brings music to your ears - from The Dave Clark Five to Nine Inch Nailsposted 11 Dec 2018
Whatever your musical tastes, we’re sure to have an outstanding performance for you to enjoy on AETN this month! From a blast to the past with The Dave Clark Five to a thundering new “Austin City Limits” concert from Nine Inch Nails, there are all sorts of great options to see - and hear.
Ken Burns' "The Address" lesson plans liveposted 11 Dec 2018
Educators, homeschoolers and parents take note! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the April 15 premiere of Ken Burns' latest documentary, "The Address," PBS and Burns have launched a national initiative to "Learn the Address." To take the project even further, we're excited to provide great classroom resources, materials, lessons plans and activities that will make learning about this import piece of American history even more interesting and engaging!
Our volunteers make all the difference!posted 11 Dec 2018
In recognition of national Volunteer Week, we’d love for you to take a moment and join us in thanking the many men and women who give of their time and of themselves to make everything AETN does possible. Read on to learn more about some of our regulars and how their help makes our quality programming possible.
Ken Burns’ “The Address” Premieres April 15posted 11 Dec 2018
Need something to make tax day a little more bearable? How about the premiere of Ken Burns’ latest documentary? In “The Address,” hear the stories of boys attending a Vermont school where children with learning difference memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address in public, and unlock the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address in the process!
AETN programs earn 2014 Telly Awardsposted 11 Dec 2018
We’re proud to congratulate our Production Department, our guests and the many AETN staffers who helped create “On the Front Row With Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers” and “How Can I Afford Retirement?” on their 2014 Bronze Telly Award wins. The Telly Awards receives more than 13,000 entries each year from TV stations, production companies, cable companies and more, from across the world. It’s a remarkable achievement to be selected for this recognition!
Chuck’s Blog - April Exploring Arkansasposted 11 Dec 2018
During a brand new Exploring Arkansas episode coming up on Monday April 7, join us as we go on a falconry outing, visit Marble Falls and Standing Rock, and then close it all out by taking you down on the levee – as in the Mississippi River levee. Watch it on Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., and keep reading for a sneak preview!
New series “Paint With Kevin” premieres April 5posted 11 Dec 2018
Be sure to tune in for our newest crafting series, “Paint With Kevin” on Saturdays at 10 a.m., beginning April 5. In each 30-minute episode, eighteen-year-old painting phenom Kevin Hill invites painters of all skill levels to complete a new oil painting. Read on to learn more about the host and the painting methods you can expect to learn!
Want to meet Cat in the Hat? We know a lot about that!posted 11 Dec 2018
And, even better, we have excellent news! Cat in the Hat will join us and our friends from Mercy Northwest Arkansas to host an event in the Rogers Public Library Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn more about this fun, free event after the jump.
AETN KIDS Club Spring Reading Listposted 11 Dec 2018
Shake off the cold, and get ready for an adventure! Try out our reading suggestions - including a great book from Batesville, Ark., author and illustrator Mark Alan Rorie - to travel around Arkansas and the world from wherever you happen to be.
AETN programs win Gold and Platinum Aurora Awardsposted 11 Dec 2018
Our congratulations to the AETN staff, crew, cast and guests of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers" and "Minority Matters" on their recent recognition from the international 2013 Aurora Awards Competition! "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers" received a Platinum Best of Show Aurora Award in the entertainment category, and "Minority Matters" earned a Gold Award in the public affairs talk show category.
You may know Muhammad Ali the boxer, but are you familiar his toughest bout? Join us on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in William F. Laman Public Library for a free Community Cinema screening of "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" will show how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th center risked fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. A Community Conversation, led by Dr. Michael Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, and Ojima Robinson, Little Rock Native and practicing Muslim, will follow the film. Find details about the film and screening after the jump.
Celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' Birthday with AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
The first week of March is one great big literary celebration for Seussians and readers of all shapes and sizes! We're kicking off a week of reading across the nation by sharing our loves of reading and the work of Theodore Seuss Giesel with new "Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" episodes, games and more.
Learn more: AETN original documentary "Champion Trees"posted 11 Dec 2018
Learn about the stately arboreal giants that have escaped the ravages of nature and man in a brand new AETN original documentary, "Champion Trees." With lives spanning hundreds of years, Arkansas champion trees - which represent the largest of their species in the state - have watched history unfold around them. Read on to learn more about these magnificent natural wonders and find out whether any can be found near you after the jump.
Get Involved in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Readingposted 11 Dec 2018
Over the past year, everyone at AETN has been thrilled to participate in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading mission to help all Arkansas third graders read on grade level by 2020, and we've especially enjoyed the opportunity its provided to carry out five kick-off events in grantee communities. But nothing could speak to the importance of the work we're doing in partnership with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, through a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, than seeing how it impacts Arkansas students!
2014 AETN Student Selects accepting entries through April 4posted 11 Dec 2018
The 2014 Student Selects competition is officially underway here at AETN, which means we’re now accepting films from students all across Arkansas. This is an excellent opportunity for any budding young filmmakers out there to get recognition - including broadcast, film festival screenings and scholarships - for his or her work, and this year we’re trying something out that will make it easier to for you to submit your entries.
Learn the Address - Bringing History to Lifeposted 11 Dec 2018
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to record themselves reading or reciting the speech. Expand the collection with your rendition, and inspire others through the power of history at aetn.org/learntheaddress.
Digital Learning Day With AETN and the ADE - Rescheduled for May 21posted 11 Dec 2018
Technology is incredibly important in today's education and job markets and, to draw attention to its critical role, we are proud to join the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and educators across the state in celebrating Digital Learning Day! Originally schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Arkansas Digital Learning Event has been reschedule for Wednesday, May 21, due to inclement weather. Learn more about the Arkansas event and the supporting materials available after the jump.
February "Exploring Arkansas" - An Ozark Winterposted 11 Dec 2018
From a snowy river overlook, to an icy waterfall, to a “snow float” – the beauty of an Ozark winter will be featured during the latest “Exploring Arkansas” episode Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about our visits to the Mulberry River, Glory Hole Falls, Crooked Creek and the Grant County Museum after the jump.
2014 Digital Innovators Program Application Deadline is Feb. 14posted 11 Dec 2018
Do you know an educator who's a digital superstar? Encourage him or her to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long program - which recognizes educators who creatively integrate digital media and technology in the classroom - will foster and reward a community of 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators. Learn more about the guidelines, benefits and prizes after the jump!
What We're Watching This Month - January 2014posted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone at AETN is excited to start of 2014 with a bang! From the season premieres of "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" to new BBC crime dramas, and from fresh episodes of your AETN favorites to revealing documentaries about the lives of J.D. Salinger and Stephen Hawking, there's a lot of television worth watching on AETN this January! Read on to hit some of the highlights yourself.
Educators Invited to Attend Jan. 22 ArkansasIDEAS Tapingposted 11 Dec 2018
Arkansas Educators are invited to learn more about the requirements of the Child Maltreatment Act with Sherry Williamson of the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence. The taping of the session will be held in AETN Studios Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 9-11 a.m. Learn more about the session and how to register after the jump.
January "Exploring Arkansas" - Highflying Adventureposted 11 Dec 2018
From zooming around in a George Jetson-type auto gyro…hiking to Artist Point Falls…to visiting a bluff shelter where ancient Ozark Bluff Dwellers once called home – all this and more is in store during a brand new episode of "Exploring Arkansas" Monday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Kids Club December Booklistposted 11 Dec 2018
Many exciting things happen in December - from Christmas parties and the start of "real" winter to possible snow days and the ending of a wonderful year! However, even more is possible when we step into the realm of books - the only present that can be a vacation, adventure and time machine … and fits into a stocking. See a few of the AETN Kids Club's top picks after the jump.
Seasonal Favorites Featured in AETN Holiday Specialsposted 11 Dec 2018
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we're excited to celebrate with you and your family over the holidays! Set the mood, prep the food and more with a wide range of special holiday programming for the entire family. You can see what's in store - from Curious George and Cat in the Hat to Trans Siberian Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - after the jump.
Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandelaposted 11 Dec 2018
In the past several days since Nelson Mandela's passing, we've watched individuals from South Africa and around the globe take to the streets, the web and social media to express their grief and memorialize his iconic life. Learn how AETN and PBS are celebrating his extraordinary accomplishments and vision after the jump.
"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" Contestposted 11 Dec 2018
Has your family enjoyed watching "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas"? You'll have a chance to catch it again Friday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 24 … but we have even better news! Read on to see how your family can enter to win a DVD copy to watch anytime after the jump.
Chuck's Blog - Plantation Homes of Arkansasposted 11 Dec 2018
They came to Arkansas from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to the rich river soil of the Delta. “Planters” arrived to grow the king of all crops – cotton. The stately homes these planters built with a unique architectural style, steeped in Southern history, exemplified the plantation era. Experience the plantation homes of Arkansas that have not … gone with the wind ... Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception & Downton Abbey Season 4 Preview Screening, Dec. 19 posted 11 Dec 2018
Christmas comes early with this announcement for all of our "Downton Abbey" fans! On Thursday, Dec. 19, AETN is pleased to host a Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception, inspired by Downton Abbey, followed by a screening of the first hour of "Downton Abbey: Season 4." Celebrate the elegance of the era and your favorite period costume drama with us at Wildwood Park for the Arts, but hurry and reserve your space soon - space is limited! We'll tell you how, and dish details, after the jump.
AETN ArkansasIDEAS STEM site now live!posted 11 Dec 2018
As part of our continued commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education and our educators and administrators across the state, we've created a specialized website to support Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Learn more about the new site and how it can help Arkansas students and teachers after the jump.
Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate with discounted tickets through Nov. 28.posted 11 Dec 2018
Wonderful news! “Downton Abbey: Season 5” has been confirmed and, in celebration, we’re offering a $10 discount on tickets to our Roaring ‘20s cocktail reception and “Downton Abbey: Season 4” preview screening at Wildwood Park for the Arts on Thursday, Dec. 19. Costumes, dancing, delicious treats … and drama – what could be better? Read on to learn more.
AETN hosts free screening of "Men & Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield," Tuesday, Nov. 26posted 11 Dec 2018 Come join AETN and the Hatfield family for a free screening of "Men & Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield" in Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, rooms 111-113, on the University of Central Arkansas Campus, on Tuesday. Nov. 26. Following the screening and reception, Gene Hatfield, AETN Executive Producer Carole Adornetto and Producer John Renfroe will be on hand for a panel discussion. Find the details after the jump!
What we're watching this week …posted 11 Dec 2018
As you can probably guess, we believe everything we're airing this week is pretty worthwhile but, even though it may not be polite to choose favorites, for those looking to put their DVR list in order or just looking ahead for the week, join us after the jump for a selection of a few of our top picks for Nov. 17-23!
Local school district wins ArkansasIDEAS STEM curriculum packageposted 11 Dec 2018
As part of the AETN ArkansasIDEAS new STEM website launch, we were proud to give back to some of our hardworking educators by awarding a STEM curriculum package to an Arkansas school district during Arkansas Association of Education Administrators (AAEA). Read on to find out who the lucky winner was and what the curriculum package includes!
Chuck's Blog - Snorkeling, Wildcaving & Kayakingposted 11 Dec 2018
Snorkeling, wild caving and floating down the river! Three fantastic ways to enjoy and explore Arkansas are coming up Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. during a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”
Free Community Cinema Screening of "The State of Arizona," Nov. 5posted 11 Dec 2018
In partnership with KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Public Library, we're proud to host a free screening of "The State of Arizona" as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in library room 126. Investigate the explosive emotions and complex realities underlying Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with immigration in the year after the state's passage of SB1070, its controversial "papers please" law. Following the documentary, panelists Senator Joyce Elliott and Sara Mullally, co-founder of El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center, will lead a Community Conversation.
AETN Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Volunteersposted 11 Dec 2018
On Thursday, Oct. 24, we were honored to recognize the dedicated volunteers who make everything we do possible, by getting to turn the tables and serve them! Join us in celebrating our Jane Krutz Volunteer Service award winner, Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Group of the Year, AETN Foundation Hall of Fame inductee and Vendor of the Year and more after the jump!
Enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween with AETN!posted 11 Dec 2018
Halloween is almost upon us - and we're glad to help you celebrate! From alien invasions and phantoms to a curious monkey's outrageous Halloween adventures, AETN is airing fun Halloween programming for all ages this week. Learn more about "War of the Worlds: American Experience," "Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall" and "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" after the jump.
Last-Minute PBS Halloween Costumesposted 11 Dec 2018
It's quitting time on October 31 - and you suddenly have a Halloween event to attend and … no costume. Don't worry we have a few ideas that you might be able to pull directly from your closet! From PBS icons to new Masterpiece favorites (for our sartorialists out there) join us after the jump for some great last-minute ideas!
John Willis Performs Free Concert at AETN Oct. 22posted 11 Dec 2018
What do you get when you combine equal parts chamber pop, folk and jazz? If new release “King of the Cocktail Party EP” can serve as evidence, we take the answer to be singer-songwriter John Willis. A music lover of eclectic tastes, ranging from Motown, gospel and 60s-70s songwriters to classical, jazz and world music, Willis creates a lush pop mix with piano and vocal harmonies that’s drawn comparisons to Harry Nilsson, Rufus Wainwright and Feist. Come experience the show for your self at the free “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” concert on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Free Student Workshop, “Student Selects” Screening at HSDFFposted 11 Dec 2018
If you needed one more reason to make sure you attend the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, we have it! On Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. the documentary portion of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” will be screening in the Arlington Hotel. Even more exciting? We’re hosting a free workshop, open to all K-12 students, to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form on Oct. 18 and 19. Find details after the jump.
"LOUPE: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas" to Screen at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festivalposted 11 Dec 2018
We’re thrilled to tell you about our upcoming screening of “LOUPE: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas” at the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. “LOUPE” features a series of short independent films produced as part of AETN’s art initiative, made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. These films, which highlight some of the most exciting artists and arts events from around the state, will be screened at the festival Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Arlington Hotel.
"Peg + Cat" premieres with math fun for preschoolers, starting Oct. 7posted 11 Dec 2018
Get ready for hilarious, relatable adventures with plucky Peg and lovable Cat, best friends who work together to solve everyday problems using math and problem solving skills, starting Monday, Oct. 7. This educational and entertaining (even for grown-ups) program, produced by The Fred Rogers Company, will air at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more about the fun to come after the jump!
AETN ArkansasIDEAS hosts free "Echoes and Reflections" Workshopposted 11 Dec 2018
On Thursday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., AETN and ArkansasIDEAS will hold a new, free professional development program designed to promote an interdisciplinary approach to teaching today's students about the Holocaust. Find details and sign up information for "Echoes and Reflections: Effective Strategies to Teach about the Holocaust" after the jump.
Community Cinema Central Arkansas - "The Graduates/Los Graduados"; Oct. 1 posted 11 Dec 2018
In partnership with UALR Public Radio/KUAR 89.1 and William F. Laman Library, we're proud to announce the premiere of Community Cinema Central Arkansas's new season! Join us for a free screening of "The Graduates/Los Graduados" Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Laveta Wills-Hale, network coordinator for the Arkansas Out of School Network; Cindy DeRosa, ESOL Teacher for Conway Schools; and a supporter of the Arkansas DREAM Act will lead a Community Conversation after the screening.
Whatcha got cookin'? Share it with "Cooking on the Wild Side"!posted 11 Dec 2018
If you're like us, you've enjoyed Phyllis Speers' cooking and John Philpot's antics for ages - on both "Arkansas Outdoors" and "Cooking On the Wild Side." Now, you have a chance to add to the fun! Show us your stuff by submitting your favorite (original) recipe for fish, venison, a side dish or a dessert. We'll be choosing our favorites for our newest Outdoor and Game Cookbook! Learn how after the jump.
AETN 2013 Fall Programming Sneak Peekposted 11 Dec 2018
Hi, I'm Darbi Blencowe, and I'm the viewer services coordinator for the AETN Programming Department. And my first thought when I was asked to clue you into the fall programming wasn't, "How am I going to write this?" but "How am I going to narrow down which programs to talk about?" We have a LOT of good stuff coming up! Learn what programs I'm looking forward to after the jump.
Healthy Eating Campaign Event - Whole Foods Little Rock, Sept. 27posted 11 Dec 2018
Let's face it. Getting kids to eat what they should can be … tough. But, we're big believers that (on top of the great skills you're already putting into action) a little extra creativity and fun can make a big difference. That's why, in partnership with Whole Foods, we'll be holding a Healthy Eating Campaign event at Whole Foods Little Rock on the afternoon of Sept. 27! Check out the details after the jump.
AETN Family Day 2013 is coming!posted 11 Dec 2018
Won't you be our neighbor? AETN is excited to announce that our free biannual community event, AETN Family Day Conway, will be held at our network headquarters in Conway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Read on to learn what great fun we'll be having - from community service drives and character visits to Bob Ross look-alike contests and refreshments - after the jump!
Want To Really Dig Into “The Great Gatsby”?posted 11 Dec 2018
Hello there! I’m Mike Ivens, an Education Specialist guest blogging for ArkansasIDEAS. We have just released a new course entitled “Teaching The Great Gatsby: A Common Core Close Reading Seminar” that covers how to use close reading skills to delve into F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Sean McCann, Professor of English for the Wesleyan University and fellow of the National Humanities Center hosts this presentation with introduction and commentary by Richard R Schramm, Vice President for Education Programs. One warning: be sure you have read the novel yourself before taking the course - there are spoilers!
"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" Neighbor Day is Sept. 2posted 11 Dec 2018
What's another grrr-iffic occasion to celebrate on Monday, Sept. 2? It's not just Labor Day, it's also Daniel Tiger's Neighbor Day. With a special, brand new episode at 10 a.m., Daniel starts of a series of good deeds that show even one kind action can spark many others! Learn more about fun activities, free downloads and more after the jump.
Celebrate Labor Day with a new "Exploring Arkansas" posted 11 Dec 2018
Flowers, butterflies, vineyards and zipping along on one of the top zip lines in North America is what we have for you during the brand new Labor Day episode of "Exploring Arkansas," Monday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearingposted 11 Dec 2018
Hello, friends. I’m glad to share a bit with you about my recent appearance before a United State Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Little Rock. The hearing – which focused on issues facing telecommunication and media companies in Arkansas and how statewide broadband availability can improve Arkansans’ welfare by expanding access to education, telemedicine, education and business development services – was chaired by committee member Senator Mark Pryor. I was asked to discuss AETN's service to the state, especially rural connectivity and education. Join me after the jump to learn more and see what it can mean for you.
Don McLean, Musical Time Travel & Ticket Giveawayposted 11 Dec 2018
Can you remember the first time you heard Don McLean's "American Pie"? AETN Community Engagement Specialist Katie Culpepper shares her first recollection of the song, ponders musical time travel and shares how you can win tickets to see the American Troubadour in concert on Sept. 7 after the jump!
Free Concert News - See National Park Radio Aug. 29posted 11 Dec 2018
Get your modern folk music fix with a free concert by National Park Radio! The band, born and based in the Ozark Mountains, will be playing an all-acoustic set for "AETN Presents" in AETN Studios Thursday, Aug. 29
Back-to-School Bus Safety for Drivers posted 11 Dec 2018
The days are getting shorter, the smell of fresh crayons permeates trips to the store and, somehow, it's time to start thinking about school! But that doesn't just apply to kiddos and parents. Did you know that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing? As school buses fill the roads, it's incredibly important that all motorists help keep children safe. Read on to learn more about the Arkansas Department of Education's "Flashing Red. Kids Ahead." campaign and how both drivers can take steps to improve school bus safety.
Retro "Cooking on the Wild Side" Airs Aug. 6 posted 11 Dec 2018
Hey, y'all. I'm John Philpot, and I'm glad to be guest blogging for AETN. As you know, "Cooking On The Wild Side" is a compilation of cooking segments extracted from "Arkansas Outdoors," a program with a 20-year-run on AETN. Before the end of our first year in 1990, we had Phyllis Speer on board as cook and co-host, and the rest was history! Read on to learn a little more about how we got started and travel back in time with a few "retro Phyllis" pics to get ready for our Aug. 6 throwback episode.
Summer Fun With New "Exploring Arkansas"posted 11 Dec 2018
Coming up Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m., another brand new episode of Exploring Arkansas will take you for a dip in an Ozark swimming hole, back in time along the Mississippi River to an old plantation site, fishing along the Little Buffalo River in Jasper and taking in several of the Wildflower Routes throughout The Natural State.
New ArkansasIDEAS Webinars start July 24!posted 11 Dec 2018
Arkansas educators, are you planning to start off the school year with TESS or Common Core State Standards training to start off the school year? Do you need help registering for Arkansas IDEAS? Maybe you just need help navigating through the portal. Whether you're newly licensed or a seasoned veteran searching for new classroom technology resources, our new series of ArkansasIDEAS webinars have valuable info for you! Join us after the jump for details.
Top 10 Resources to Battle Summer Learning Lossposted 11 Dec 2018
It's nearly officially summer in Arkansas, and, while we're all ready for a well-deserved break, we also want to be sure to help kids maintain the skills they've built up this year. Without educational activities during summer months, research has shown that students experience significant learning loss … which can add up to a month or more of grade level equivalency in math and reading. To help parents and students battle summer learning loss, we're proud to provide you with a HUGE range of local and national public media resources. Find our Top 10 after the jump!
New TESS Website for Arkansas Educators Now Liveposted 11 Dec 2018
As part of our commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and to our educators and administrators across the state, we're happy to announce that our Education Division has created a specialized website that complements the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS)! And what does that mean for you? Read on after the jump to find out ...
Need to switch your AETN RSS feeds? Check out Google Reader alternatives.posted 11 Dec 2018
Wondering what to do now that your Google Reader feed service has ended? No worries! There are many ways you can update your RSS (Rich Site Summary, aka Really Simple Syndication) subscriptions to AETN and all of your favorite sites, including Feedly, Netvibes, Newsblur, Curata and The Old Reader.
July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making posted 11 Dec 2018
Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful De Gray Lake near Arkadelphia, going back in time at Historic Washington and taking in the gorgeous views along Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park. Get the details about our July 1 episode after the jump!
Free Concert by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers on July 1posted 11 Dec 2018
Start Independence Week off the right way with groovy, upbeat, hip-hop jazz and a free concert by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers! Along with surprise guests, the group is set to give another standout performance on Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in AETN Studios. Come grab your seats when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. We know they'll be going fast!
Q & A Friday: Your Questions - Answered!posted 11 Dec 2018
So what are we talking about this week? You asked us about documentary ideas, John Philpot & Phyllis Speer's plans and why you might be hearing program voice over descriptions on our broadcasts. Read on after the jump for our responses!
Behind the Scenes of "Champion Trees" With Kyle Waldrupposted 11 Dec 2018
What happens when you're filming one of the biggest trees in Arkansas? In this case, you get to play with some of the biggest toys. Join me, Kyle Waldrup, after the jump to learn more and take a behind-the-scenes look at upcoming AETN original production "Champion Trees."
June Community Cinema: "Love Free Or Die"posted 11 Dec 2018
Does God's love have limits? This month's Community Cinema season finale, "Love Free or Die," explores the question from the viewpoint of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. Join us in North Little Rock's William F. Laman Library Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. or in the Fayetteville Public Library Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. to watch the film and discuss afterwards.
Q & A Fridays: You Ask, We Answer! posted 11 Dec 2018
How do AETN Foundation Membership Drives work? Can you order a DVD of an AETN or PBS program? And exactly how do you find out when a program will air? Starting next Friday, June 14, we'll be introducing a new weekly blog feature that provides to these questions and more - and all you have to do is tell us what you want to know!
Free Booyah! Dad Concert at AETN Wednesday, May 29posted 11 Dec 2018
Feeling the need to get down? Come celebrate the 10th anniversary season of "AETN Presents" with a free, live performance by Little Rock band Booyah! Dad Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. And what do you have to do to reserve your place? It's simple! Just arrive ready to cheer the band on at AETN studios in Conway by 6:30 p.m.
AETN Memorial Day Specialsposted 11 Dec 2018
Join us in honoring the men and women of the United States armed forces with a series of special programs exploring their heroism incredible sacrifices - today and throughout our nation's history. Find the full schedule after the jump!
2013 AETN PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest Winnersposted 11 Dec 2018
Big imaginations create big stories, and this year's AETN PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest participants proved that more than ever! After receiving tons of great entries from across the state, we're happy to announce that our judges have made the tough decisions and chose 12 stories named first, second or third place in the K-3 contest. Our first place winners will be submitted to PBS for entry in the national contest shortly - national winners will be announced in July.
AETN Youth Academy Day Camps Open for Registrationposted 11 Dec 2018
Do you know an 11-14 student who loves films, writing and design? Maybe a 7-10 year-old who would love hands-on experience in researching, recording and reporting findings in an online newspaper? This summer, they can join the AETN Youth Academy for Production Camp June 17-21 or Reading and Writing Camp July 22-26. Students from both camps will join AETN staffers and volunteers to tour the studios and spend a week learning about the behind-the-scences workings of the production and reporting worlds.
"Mineral Explorers - Bolivia" Behind the Scenes with Thomas Naginposted 11 Dec 2018
Don't miss the television debut of "Mineral Explorers - Bolivia," Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. This adventure travel program takes viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines around the world. In the Bolivian episode, host Thomas Nagin leads viewers to the Anahi Mine on a quest for amethyst and ametrine. Join us after the jump as he shares a story from the journey.
Cat in the Hat to visit Fort Smith, Saturday, April 13posted 11 Dec 2018
In partnership with Mercy Clinic Pediatrics, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Fort Smith Public Library Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Mineral Explorers - Bolivia" Debuts April 11posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN is proud to present Mineral Explorers - Bolivia as part of our Arkansas Independent Film Month this April. Produced by Hot Springs resident and longtime mineral dealer Thomas Nagin, Mineral Explorers is an adventure travel series that takes viewers to some of the richest and most remote mines around the world. In the Bolivian episode, airing April 11 at 6:30 p.m., Thomas leads viewers to the Anahi Mine on a quest for amethyst and ametrine. Read his story of how the idea for Mineral Explorers was born after the jump!
April Community Cinema "The Island President" posted 11 Dec 2018
Depending on who you're speaking to, climate change can be a touchy subject. But, no matter the political temperature surrounding the topic in the United States, it would be difficult to find any individual more deeply touched by global warming than a Maldivian. Learn more about the island nation's plight and their former president Mohammed Nasheed's efforts to counter it in this month's free Community Cinema screenings in North Little Rock and Fayetteville.
Exploration Wednesday: Wilderness, Meteors & Elementsposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, get ready to explore the River of No Return, meteor strikes and the elements that make everything else possible! "Nature: River of No Return" begins at 7 p.m., "NOVA: Meteor Strike" at 8 and "NOVA: Hunting the Elements" at 9 p.m.
What do you do after "Downton"? Watch "Mr. Selfridge"! posted 11 Dec 2018
If you're a "Masterpiece Theater" fan like myself, you may be in a bit of a slump right now. We did, after all, just end the season of "Downton Abbey" on that note - even if it was a season that earned high points for drama. Worse, we have to wait an entire year for "Sherlock" to return. (It is at least, thank the benevolent BBC gods, returning!) Not to fear, though. "Mr. Selfridge" (along with a the new season of "Call the Midwife") will be here starting March 31.
Cat in the Hat to visit Rogers, Saturday, March 23posted 11 Dec 2018
In partnership with Mercy Northwest Arkansas, we're proud to announce that the star of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will appear at a free event in the Rogers Public Library Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Spring is here! Make the most of season with "Exploring Arkansas."posted 11 Dec 2018
The sun's shining, the flowers are blooming and these balmy temperature make it easy to enjoy Arkansas's great outdoors! Shake off the winter blues and get ready to discover the wonders around you with the "Exploring Arkansas" website. From Chuck Dovish's top 10 favorite places to a search feature that lets you find sights and activities near you, we have everything you need to plan your own adventure!
Launch Kids Into Space Exploration With "Design Squad"posted 11 Dec 2018
Ever since Neil Armstrong took "one giant leap for mankind," people across the world have dreamed of exploring space for themselves and, lately, we've heard a lot of talk about folks planning their trips to Mars. Space travel isn't just a dream any more! But it IS up to the next generation of engineers to make these solar treks a reality. Help give your future astroengineer a boost with "Design Squad" and NASA's "Mission: Solar System"!
AETN March Membership Drive Highlightsposted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone at AETN is excited to thank our viewers for their support and to raise the funds needed to continue providing quality programming for Arkansas this season! To learn more about the exciting special broadcasts well make available during this pledge cycle, continue reading after the jump.
Join AETN in Fayetteville on Sunday, March 17, for a free advance Community Cinema screening of its latest documentary, "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines," which traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman from the 1940s to present day. We'll also go behind the scenes and meet real-life superheroines for an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! New Cat in the Hat Episodes, Gamesposted 11 Dec 2018
Two new episodes and an online game debut in commemoration of Dr. Seuss birthday week. Its his 109th birthday on March 2, and PBS KIDS has new content on-air, online and on mobile. Viewers can join everyones favorite cat in two new episodes of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" Also, check out the Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt online game and video content online and on mobile.
AETN Spring Break Family Fun Days at the Museum of Discoveryposted 11 Dec 2018
Do you have a little one who loves Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat or Clifford the Big Red Dog? Then we have exciting news! This Spring Break, make plans to dress up as your favorite PBS KIDS character and join us and some very special guests for activities and adventures at the Museum of Discovery! Museum visitors will have the chance to meet and take photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thursday, March 21, and with Clifford the Big Red Dog Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
AETN Foundation Auction: Joe Bonamassa Gibson Guitarposted 11 Dec 2018
What would you give to own your own Gibson Les Paul? Would it be even better if were autographed by blues artist Joe Bonamossa? If so, we have spectacular news! On Tuesday, March 5, from 9-10 p.m., AETN Foundation will be airing "Joe Bonamossa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House" AND holding a special, on-air auction to benefit the AETN Foundation.
Lend A Helping Hand: Volunteer With AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
We all live pretty busy lives, right? But there are those time where, let's say, you could say take a nap, mow the lawn, give the dog a bath or fold laundry. But none of that sounds like a whole lotta fun. And, the truth is, you can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by taking a little of that spare time to volunteer!
We are pleased to announce that Champion Trees, an AETN original documentary about the champion trees of Arkansas is deep in production.
"Downton Abbey" Season Finale Party Planningposted 11 Dec 2018
Can we just say it's been a big year on "Downton Abbey"? As seasoned "Masterpiece Theater" lovers as we are, we thought we were prepared for dramatics and plot twists. We'd seen schemers. We know lovers, love triangles, and even cranky matriacrchs. But this, this season has caught us off-guard - and mostly in a good way, we'll admit. Julian Fellowes is a master. And we believe this season deserves a celebration, so we've put together a watch party planning guide!
Dive Into A Brand-New Adventure With "Dinosaur Train"posted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone's favorite Pteranodon family is taking an undersea adventure Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on AETN! Join Buddy and the rest of the gang for a one-hour special featuring four new stores about sea creatures that lived during the "Age of Dinosaurs." All aboooord the "Dinosaur Train: Submarine Adventure" for new lessons about natural science, natural history, paleontology and more!
AETN Arts Fridays with The Boondogs and Kander & Ebbposted 11 Dec 2018
From low-watt avant-pop to high energy renditions of Broadway hits, it's a great night for music lovers this AETN Arts Friday! Tune in for "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Boondogs" at 6:30 p.m. and "Live From Lincoln Center: Ring Them Bells! A Kander & Ebb Celebration" at 9 p.m.
AETN Exploration Wednesday - Cold Warriors & Earth From Spaceposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, travel from ancient times to space with "Nature" and "NOVA." We'll learn how descendants of the ancient buffalo and wolves continue an epic life-and-death drama in the frozen North in "Cold Warriors" at 7 p.m. Next, watch as data from earth-observing satellites is transformed into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustains life on earth, on a new special, "NOVA: Earth From Space," at 8 p.m.
Doing good isnt always easy. (Say, when your item rings-up for too little at the check-out … or when your darling wants to share the last of your chocolates). But, every once in a while, doing good is simple! Read on to learn how you can use GoodShop.com to find the great gifts you already want to share this Valentines Day and how, by buying them, you can give back to AETN for no extra cost.
The new "Electric Company" and "Wild Kratts" math and science apps for 4-8 year-olds rock! The new, free Electric Company app for the iPad allows kids to complete wacky challenges and more as part of the 1st and 2nd grade math and literacy curricula. The Wild Kratts iPhone and iPod touch science-focused app enables kids to explore special creature powers as they learn.
Celebrate Black History Month With AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
This month and as part of our year-round commitment to diverse programming were proud to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to our nation! In special AETN programming and on PBSs new black culture website, well be exploring the role African-Americans have played in music, the military and civil rights. Join us for an in-depth looks at key figures and events that have shaped American history throughout February.
Surprise Your Valentine With a PBS Food Dishposted 11 Dec 2018
What could be more romantic than a delicious, intimate dinner for two? In our minds, it could a delicious, intimate dinner for two minus the usual Valentines Day lines, crowds and pricey menu items. But how can you pull a miracle like that off without getting in over your head? Easy let PBS Food be your guide!
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Attenborough, Chariots & the Pacific Depthsposted 11 Dec 2018
Travel through time and history with us this AETN Exploration Wednesday as we continue the amazing life stories of Sir David Attenborough on Nature, explore the Egyptian war machines on NOVA, and learn what secret the great depths of the Pacific Ocean hold. The adventure begins Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Help a child read to learn. Find out how Feb. 7 on AETNposted 11 Dec 2018
Help a child read to learn. Wow. What a big deal! Find out how to help and tune in to Raising Arkansass Readers: The Campaign for Grade-level Reading this week. The campaign was launched to get every third-grader reading at grade level by 2020. If you are an individual, school, business or community member, boy, do we have a plan for you!
Exploring Arkansas - New Februrary Episodeposted 11 Dec 2018
If youd like to get a jump on the upcoming float season…check out our brand new Exploring Arkansas episode on Monday, February 4. In the first segment well take you down War Eagle Creek north of Huntsville near Withrow Springs State Park. Also, join us to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, the Petit Jean River WMA and newly discovered waterfalls near Ozark, Ark.
AETN Arts Friday: Don't Stop Please & Shakespeare Uncoveredposted 11 Dec 2018
Enjoy the best Arkansas and the stage have to offer this AETN Arts Friday with Dont Stop Please and Shakespeare Uncovered. Starting at 6:30 p.m., AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Dont Stop Please introduces a rousing concert from the local music darlings. Then, join David Jacobi for Richard II at 9 p.m. and Jeremy Irons for Henry IV & Henry V at 10 p.m. with Shakespeare Uncovered.
All-New Exploration Wednesdayposted 11 Dec 2018
From the remarkable reminisces of famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough and the reopening of the Lindbergh Babys case to Papua New Guineas astounding, adaptive fauna, this AETN Exploration Wednesday promises an evening of exciting television. Join us on Jan. 30, beginning at 7 p.m., to drink in history and match wits with both mankind and elemental forces.
Can you read this? Some third-graders cant. Uh-oh.posted 11 Dec 2018
Can you read this? If so, thank the teachers and caregivers who taught you. Unfortunately, the 70% of students who fail to read proficiently by the end of third grade falter in the later grades and often drop out before earning a high school diploma. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-level Reading believes that not only do schools need to pay attention to this striking fact and take action, but parents and communities need to, too.
Teacher? Parent? Check out AETNs Education Guideposted 11 Dec 2018
Teachers and parents, check out AETNs Education Guide your quick look at our educational resources, including training, resources, professional development, guides, online digital media for the classroom, apps and more! AETNs educational programs and services for teachers and parents leverage the thousands of free resources for all Arkansas children in the classroom, at home and on the go.
Winter Fitness: Warming Up Togetherposted 11 Dec 2018
Snow days aside, when winter weather strikes its easy to want to grab a blanket and cozy up in front of the TV. (I, for instance, want nothing more at this moment than to be snuggled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of chili.) But after you get yourself and the fam bundled up, outside and playing, we doubt anyone will regret braving the chill. Need more reasons to move everyone from the loveseat to the great outdoors? Read on for information from PBS Parents!
Travel from eucalyptus forests to an archaeological dig in the Rockies and the feet of Alaskas most active volcanoes this AETN Exploration Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. Nature investigates the lives of koalas, NOVA opens a portal to the Ice Age, and Life on Fire investigates the origins of salmon that continue a pioneering journey … to the heart of an active volcano!
Community Cinema: "Soul Food Junkies" Screens in Fayettevilleposted 11 Dec 2018
Community Cinema returns for the new year in Fayetteville Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. with a free screening of "Soul Food Junkies." In the documentary, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurts exploration was inspired by his fathers lifelong love affair with high-fat, calorie-rich, traditional soul food and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that dishes like ribs, grits and fried chicken are culturally based, deep-rooted, complex … and often deadly.
AETN Create Weekend Marathon: Martha Stewart posted 11 Dec 2018
School is in session and Professor Martha Stewart is your teacher. Learn the basics of cooking from the original Domestic Diva with episodes of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." Lessons in frying, steaming and much more are on the syllabus. To ensure your "A," don't miss an episode. The marathon begins Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 a.m., and again on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m.
AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Kevin Kerby + Battery, features central Arkansas folk-rock icon Kevin Kerby and a top-notch backing cast, including Geoff Curran, along with Marcus Lowe and Joshua Bentley of Il Libretina. With bright, honest songwriting and solid musical talent, Kerby + Batterys wit and humor keep audiences on their toes with an expert balance of colorful insights and poeticism.
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, visit Cuba natures accidental Eden, decode what happened when the first modern humans encountered Neanderthals and find out how volcanologists predict eruptions. Nature kicks the evening off at 7 p.m.
Share Local Civil War History on The Abolitionists Boardposted 11 Dec 2018
The three-part series, American Experience: The Abolitionists, has illustrated how abolitionists allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that transformed the nation. With in-depth depictions of key members' journeys, the mini-series brought a tumultuous period of American History to life. And whats more? American Experience is inviting Arkansans to share images, documents and videos related to abolitionism on their interactive, online map!
AETN Arts Friday With Still on the Hill & Paul Simonposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, enjoy the best of folk singers with "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill" at 6:30 p.m. and "Great Performances - Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies" at 9 p.m.
Champion Trees Exhibit & Preview of Doc Coming to AETN posted 11 Dec 2018
Hello, all! Im Carole Adornetto and, as AETNs Executive Producer, I have a great job in an awesome state. I get to meet amazing people and work with extraordinary, dedicated, hard-working producer who like nothing better than finding a good story to tell. When a dear friend introduced me to Hot Springs artist Linda W. Palmer two years ago, who then showed me the special trees she was illustrating, it was a no-brainer. This was a story that had to be told!
Exploring Arkansas: Northbound & Down Loaded Up & Truckinposted 11 Dec 2018
Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m. "Exploring Arkansas" is going to do what definitely can be done: take you down the Ozark Moonshine Run, which forms a 110 mile loop south of Harrison, utilizing six state highways. Now, while running into some white lightning is highly unlikely, you will experience what many travelers refer to as the most picturesque route in northwest Arkansas, since part of the drive takes you along a couple of the less traveled roads in that part of the state.
"Downton Abbey: Season 3" Event Photosposted 11 Dec 2018
On Dec. 19, the AETN Foundation had a (figurative) ball at the Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey: Season 3" Screening Event. Mary and Matthew drama erupted, Shirley MacLaine made her grand entrance, the quipped and schemed - all truly wonderful. But even better? Our fabulous viewers and friends who attended!
KETG-9 and KETZ-12 Back On Airposted 11 Dec 2018
We're glad to announce that our technical issues at the Tulip, Ark., site have been resolved and that channels 9 and 12 are back on-air. Thank you for your patience! (AETN's KETG Channel 9 and KETZ Channel 12 went off-air on Thursday evening, Dec. 27, due to technical issues at our microwave site in Tulip, Ark.)
The Golden Guys and Gals of Conway - A Year-round Giftposted 11 Dec 2018
Hello, I'm Kristy Garrett, AETN Foundation Volunteer Program Coordinator. I'd like to take a minute to introduce you to a really special group, The Golden Guys and Gals. This special group of Conway residents comes to AETN Headquarters twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, and does all of the mailings for the AETN Foundation. For their continued, dedicated gifts of time and service, we can't thank them enough.
AETN Holiday Specialsposted 11 Dec 2018
Are you feeling the AETN holiday spirit? Celebrate with your nearest and dearest this year, and be sure to tune in to all sorts of fabulous holiday specials. From kids' Christmas movies to fabulous music specials, we have seasonal treats for everyone!
Come See the AETN Character Tree through Jan. 1posted 11 Dec 2018
Have you and your favorite AETN Kids fans been by to take your picture with the AETN Character Tree, yet? If not, there's still time to come visit all of your characters - from the "Sesame Street" crew to Barney, Clifford the Big Red Dog and more!
Tips For Talking To Kids About Emergencies And Scary Newsposted 11 Dec 2018
Since last Friday, parents, teachers and communities everywhere are mourning the lives lost from a little school in Connecticut. Grief and broken hearts, not just for the families with empty seats at the dinner table now, but also as we personalize the tragedy … "What if it was my child?" or " ... my school?" You can find help on how to talk to your kids and what to say here.
Are there kids in your community who want to save the world? If they put that desire into a business plan, they could win big! The hunt is on for Americas most worthy, young social entrepreneurs. Fledgling visionaries can compete for $3,000 and mentoring from a top business expert in the new Biz Kid$ contest, Build Your Social Biz.
AETN Arts Friday: Runaway Planet and the Beatlesposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for Arkansas's own Runaway Planet at 6:30 p.m., then join the Beatles for "Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited," at 9 p.m. Wherever your musical tastes range, it's an that's not to be missed!
Exploration Wednesday: Leopards, Stonehenge and Terracotta Warriorsposted 11 Dec 2018
This Exploration Wednesday, tune in for a night of mystery! "Nature" kicks off with "Revealing the Leopard" at 7 p.m. "NOVA" explores "The Secrets of Stonehenge," at 8 p.m. Then, "Secrets of the Dead: China's Terracotta Warriors," wraps up the evening at 9 p.m.
Friends, let's admit it: male or female, drama fan or not, entering the world of "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" changes you. For better or worse (personally, I'd say better), abbey residents upstairs and down draw us into a state of perpetual expectation. Will the Turkish scandal be revealed? What conspiracies do those scheming smoke breaks hold? When will our favorite cousins and (more importantly) beloved Bates and Anna finally catch a break?
"Downton Abbey" Cast & Crew Live Chat, Dec. 12posted 11 Dec 2018
December is the month for Downton Abbey news and, boy-oh-boy, is this news something! On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., AETN and PBS are sharing the chance to livestream a YouTube Q&A Panel with the cast and producers of your favorite British drama!
AETN and PBS KIDS kicks off Writers contest for K-3 - enter today!posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN and PBS KIDS GO! have kicked off the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Enter today for the Arkansas contest AND the national contest! Find creative writing resources and tools and read last year's Arkansas winners to boost your chances. Entries due April 5.
AETN Pick-A-Britcomposted 11 Dec 2018
Do you fall asleep at night laughing at the "Last of the Summer Wine" gang's shenanigans? Saturdays snickering at "MI-5" antics? Or Sunday evenings chortling at the faux pas of a hemophobic physician? Then you just might be Britcom lover! Tune in Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 8 p.m., for our special "Pick-A-Brit" marathon and you could help us chose AETN's newest Britcom for 2013.
You've always heard that it's better to give than to receive, and this weekend on AETN Create, we're here to prove it! With the holiday season quickly approaching, tune in for tips from Create TV's gift specialists, Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 11 a.m.
"Downton Abbey" Costume Party Prepposted 11 Dec 2018
It's coming quickly, and we'd be lying if we said we weren't excited. While costumes aren't required at the AETN Foundation's Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and "Downton Abbey Season 3" screening, we can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want one! But there's a difference between wanting and having, yes? So to help out, we're sharing our secrets - for rentals and DIY.
Curious George Boosts Knowledge in Math and Scienceposted 11 Dec 2018
The results are official, and the findings couldnt be better Curious George helps teach math and science concepts to preschoolers! A study by the Concord Evaluation Group found that, "watching 'Curious George' episodes resulted in a knowledge boost for the children in the Television Group." Read more to get the full study results and tune in to AETN weekdays at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to watch.
Infantile Spasms Awareness Week (ISAW)- Dec. 3-9, 2012posted 11 Dec 2018
This blog is not about the first time my child smiled at me. Not about the night he rolled off the couch, and we took him to the ER (all they did was laugh at us). Not about the first time he walked to me. Not about the first time he peed on my husband (hilarious by the way). Talked. Laughed. Cried. Fell. This blog is not about the first year of parenthood. Good night! Who has that much time! No, Im Lauren. Im an education specialist at AETN. And this blog post is about my life and my trip to the world of Infantile Spasms/Infantile Seizures.
Chuck's Preview Blog - New "Exploring Arkansas" Dec. 3posted 11 Dec 2018
This month, we've got a fun new episode for you! First we'll check out Bentonville's Museum of Native American History and view their amazing collection and unique gifts. Then we'll do a little "monster" hunting in Newport and trek off to the self-proclaimed "Coolest Town in Arkansas." It's all happening Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Keep reading to get the details!
Celtic Thunder Voyage Concert - Guest Bloggerposted 11 Dec 2018
A couple of weeks ago AETN held a Celtic Thunder Love Letter Contest giving away concert tickets to the winners. I, of course, sent in a letter and encouraged my mother to do the same. How grateful she was that I had when she received an e-mail a week later saying that she was a winner. Shortly after I learned my mother had won I checked my e-mail and was doubly surprised to find that I had a congratulatory e-mail in my inbox as well!
Create Weekend Marathon - "Sweet Ending"posted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone knows the best part of any meal is dessert! Join AETN Create to indulge in the yummy goodness of cakes, brownies and cookies. Those with a sweet tooth will certainly enjoy this "Sweet Ending" marathon.
Special AETN Arts Friday: Rick Steves and Mark Russellposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for a special new episode of "AETN Presents: On the Same Page With Rick Steves" at 6:30 p.m., "Mark Russell's America" at 8:30 p.m. and "Grand Canyon Serenade," at 10 p.m.
Downton Abbey Cocktail Party and Screening Event!posted 11 Dec 2018
To all our fellow Downton Abbey fans out there, its coming up fast … and were not talking about Christmas. We have something even better! Join us for costumes, cocktails and a special 1-hour sneak peek of Season 3 at the AETN Foundation Jazz Age Cocktail Reception and Downton Abbey: Season 3 screening event in North Little Rocks Argenta Community Theater, Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.
AETN Winter Pledge Highlightsposted 11 Dec 2018
Everyone at AETN is excited to thank our viewers for their support and to raise the funds needed to continue providing quality programming for Arkansas this season! To learn more about the exciting special broadcasts well make available during this pledge cycle, continue reading after the jump!
While Ive never been a primary caregiver, I remember watching my family care for my great grandparents as a little girl and although our brush with the disease was fortunately brief seeing Daddy take care of Mama when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. We can all appreciate, even if we cant truly understand, the strain and stress being a caregiver entails. And the truth is, everyone dealing with such heavy burdens could really benefit from a good, long laugh.
The Celtic Thunder Connection - Guest Blogposted 11 Dec 2018
If youve read any blogs at all lately, youve probably noticed one of the new buzzwords: connection. You probably also know that AETN is ahead of the curve on this ideaand so is Celtic Thunder.
Thankful for Our Sustainers - A Post from AETN's Executive Directorposted 11 Dec 2018
During this season of family, friends and thankfulness, I'd like to take a moment to thank our supporters for making everything we do possible. Your continued support of the AETN Foundation allows us to deliver the best in educational programming and services to people across Arkansas.
"Downton Abbey Revisited" Special & Season 3 Member Gift!posted 11 Dec 2018
All right, everyone. We've kept this fabulous secret to ourselves for as long as we possibly could. Tune in Sunday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. for, first of all, a spectacular "Downton Abbey" special featuring interviews with many of the series' most popular actors, as well as Julian Fellowes and the creative team. And what could be better than that? What would you say if we told you that you could get the entire "Downton Abbey: Season 3" DVD or BluRay set - before the episodes are ever aired in the U.S.?
Create Weekend Marathon "Tourist for a Day"posted 11 Dec 2018
Need a vacation after the Thanksgiving holiday? Take a break with your favorite travel hosts from Create! We'll trek across the nation and the globe to visit exciting tourist favorites starting Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m.
AETN Arts Friday Grand Serenade and The Mind of a Chefposted 11 Dec 2018
After youve shopped til you dropped (or carefully avoided the hubbub of the crowds in the deer woods or your nice, comfy bed) come relax with AETN Arts Fridays! Starting at 6:30 p.m., well join popular, reclusive indie rockers Grand Serenade on AETN Presents. Then, if you havent gotten your fill of food for the week, tune in for four new episodes of The Mind of a Chef, starting at 9 p.m.
AETN Is Thankful For Downton Abbey!posted 11 Dec 2018
Are you missing your favorite Sunday night British drama? Or maybe youd like to get caught up on what youve missed? The Thanksgiving, weve got you covered! Meet the kissing cousins, get insider knowledge about the Turkish Incident, and practice saying weekend with your most imperious Maggie face the Downton Abbey: Season 1 marathon airs Thanksgiving night!
This Thanksgiving, Im thankful that Mama is hosting! However,
I know my turn is coming in the not-so distant future. So, for your reference and
mine, heres a handy collection of PBS Food Thanksgiving tips and recipes. If
you have last minute questions like, How exactly does this deep frying
business work?" or "Where is that blasted cranberry sauce recipe?! dont
panic. The answers are here!
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Turkey, Storms and What Makes Food Tastyposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, well explore the life of tomorrows most popular bird, find out about how Hurricane Sandy formed and what hurricanes indicate about climate change. Then, on NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?, well learn what makes the food we like taste good and whether scientists can recreate their tastes while helping us keep from padding our middles!
Cat in the Hat Christmas special airs Nov. 21posted 11 Dec 2018
On November 21, PBS KIDS will premiere the first-ever Cat in the Hat Christmas special, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! Set to be a new holiday family tradition, this adventure follows the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey to help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas. Kids and parents will explore natural science through new content on-air, online and beyond.
Watch these PBS KIDS holiday specials starting Nov. 19!posted 11 Dec 2018
Starting Monday, Nov. 19, through December, catch the best holidays specials around - from "Martha Speaks" to "Arthur" and from everyone's favorite curious monkey to that clever Cat - you can get your fill of holiday goodness through PBS KIDS and AETN. PBS KIDS has been named the No. 1 educational media brand and is helping to close the achievement gap for young children. Trust your kids to the best this holiday season.
Ken Burns The Dust Bowl Airs Nov. 18-19 at 7 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
If youve enjoyed Ken Burns The Civil War, The National Parks, The Tenth Inning, or Prohibition, be sure to tune in to AETN on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18-19. The Dust Bowl: The Great Plow Up premieres Sunday at 7 p.m., preceded by NOVA: Inside the Megastorm at 6 p.m. and followed by A Conversation With Ken Burns at 11 p.m. The Dust Bowl: Reaping the Whirlwind airs Monday at 7 p.m.
Let's Talk Turkey on Create This Weekend! posted 11 Dec 2018
Somehow, Thanksgiving is already less than a week away! Get ready for the year's biggest meal and turkey time with Create starting Saturday, Nov. 17., at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m.
AETN Art Friday: WoodSongs, Craft In America, Mind of a Chefposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in for a genre-jumping AETN Arts Friday, starting Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. New episodes include AETN Presents: On the Front Row With WoodSongs Old-Time Music Hour, Craft In America: Crossroads, and The Mind of a Chefs Rotten and Rene.
Encouraging Reading and Math Skills in the Kitchenposted 11 Dec 2018
If Sesame Street, Wishbone, Arthur and Word Girl have taught me anything, its that learning should be fun. But how do activities that some kids think of as work make the transition?
All-New Exploration Wednesdayposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in for new episodes of Nature, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Well start with an Original DUCKumentary, starring a wood duck family and their amazing bond, at 7 p.m. NOVA follows at 8 with Ultimate Mars Challenge, exploring Curiositys mission. Finally, at 9, David Pogue discovers what transformative technologies are being invented in labs across the world.
Design Squad goodies for AETN Kids Club members - join today!posted 11 Dec 2018
This month's contest gets you all kinds of Design Squad and AETN goodies for the easy, easy price of doing nothing! If you are a member of the AETN Kids club, a random drawing will take place in a very Design Squad-ey way to choose some lucky winners of cool stuff. What could stuff be from Design Squad? Join the free AETN Kids Club today if you haven't already and see! Already a member? Cross your fingers ...
Biz Kid$ contest looking for young visionaries - win $3,000!posted 11 Dec 2018
Are there kids in your community who want to save the world? If they put that desire into a business plan, they could win big! The hunt is on for America's most worthy, young social entrepreneurs. Fledgling visionaries can compete for $3,000 and mentoring from a top business expert in the new Biz Kid$ contest, Build Your Social Biz.
Why Poverty?: What We Can Learn from Park Avenueposted 11 Dec 2018
In the next documentary of the Independent Lens series, Alex Gibney, director of the Oscar nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, looks at the equality gap in America by examining New York Citys Park Avenue from the billionaires on the Manhattan side, to the impoverished citizens on the Bronx side. Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream premieres this Monday, November 12, at 9 p.m.
AETN Veterans Day Marathonposted 11 Dec 2018
Were grateful for every day for our armed forces veterans dedication to preserving the rights and freedoms we, and all Americans, enjoy. On Veterans Day 2012, were proud to pay special tribute to their sacrifices by honoring our heroes with a special programming block, including the National Salute to Veterans, Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
Create Easy as Pie Weekend Marathonposted 11 Dec 2018
Its that time of year! And were not talking about leaves or turkeys, either. If your favorite part of Thanksgiving (beyond family, friends and gratitude, of course) is the pie, this Easy As Pie Create marathon is for you! Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 11 a.m. Get the details after the jump!
Portfolio Day 2012 Finding the Right School For Youposted 11 Dec 2018
So, you know you want to pursue art in college. Its a big decision, and youve already hurdled one major challenge! But after you know what you want to do, how do you decide where to go? If youre an Arkansas high school student, AETN Portfolio Day is here to help on Saturday, Nov. 10.
AETN Digital Subchannels Restored Ahead of Scheduleposted 11 Dec 2018
Were very excited to announce that AETN Create (AETN-2), AETN Plus/World (AETN-3) and the Arkansas Information Reading Service for the Blind (AIRS, AETN-4) audio channel returned to their normal broadcasts today, Nov. 8. Everyone is very proud of the AETN staff and crews who worked quickly and efficiently to complete all of their work well ahead of their projected schedule!
Exploration Wednesday Odd Couples, Easter Island & More!posted 11 Dec 2018
Can a dog and a cheetah really be friends? How did the giants of Easter Island come to their final resting place? And when your dog looks guilty, does he really feel that way? An all-new AETN Exploration Wednesday searches for answers to these burning questions and more, starting Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
AETN Digital Subchannels - Maintenance Updateposted 11 Dec 2018
Maintenance for the AETN broadcasting equipment is moving along, right on schedule! While our digital subchannels are not back on the air yet, we're on track to return to normal broadcasts by next week. And while we're waiting for maintenance crews to finish, we're taking the opportunity to update equipment to avoid similar broadcast interruptions in the future. See a few shots of our progress - and learn more - after the jump!
Celtic Thunder Is Coming - Reserve (or Win) Seats Today!posted 11 Dec 2018
Theres nothing like a man who can sing but its especially wonderful when the man who can sing also happens to be Irish. (Or in Georges case, Scottish.) Has Celtic Thunders music won your heart? Theyre coming to Little Rock Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. Write a letter to your favorite member for a chance to win their latest CD and tickets to the show!
"The Mind of a Chef" Comes to AETN!posted 11 Dec 2018
Join narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of Korean-American chef David Chang (from pork bus to golf clubs). The exciting new program will air as part of AETN Arts Friday Programming beginning Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m.
Sunday Voter's Marathonposted 11 Dec 2018
Did you miss any of the AETN Election 2012 Congressional Debates or Ballot Initiatives programs? Don't worry! We're here with a refresher course for you before election day on Sunday, Nov. 4, starting at 1:30 p.m.
It's another great season of "AETN Presents" this November! If you love local music - particularly Don't Stop Please, Runaway Planet, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour or Grand Serenade - make sure you check out the schedule! Also, learn more about our special interview with Rick Steves, of "Rick Steves' Europe" for "AETN Presents: On the Same Page."
AETN Digital Subchannels Temporarily Off Air in Nov.posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Create, AETN Plus/World and the Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind (AIRS) will be off the air for a short time beginning the week of Nov. 5. Because of required maintenance at our current host site, we have to relocate the equipment we use to send our programming signals. We're working quickly to make sure the interruption is minimal and expect to finish within 1-2 weeks.
Community Cinema "Solar Mamas" Oct. 30 (NLR)posted 11 Dec 2018
Join us for a free screening of Community Cinema's "Solar Mamas" in North Little Rock's Laman Library tomorrow at 6 p.m. Watch as
Rafea, a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four, leaves her village for
the first time to attend a solar engineering program. But shortly after entering, Rafea encounters a problem.
All New AETN Exploration Wednesday! posted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in for another AETN Exploration Wednesday chock full of great new episodes with Nature: Raccoon Nation at 7 p.m., NOVA: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu at 8 p.m. and NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat This? at 9 p.m.
Tricks (and Treats) for a Healthier Halloweenposted 11 Dec 2018
There's so much to love about Halloween! (The costumes, the pumpkin patch and the brisk afternoon hayrides - we could go on forever.) But how do you walk the fine line between a sugar-induced coma, seasonal fun and being the cranky neighbor who hands out carrot sticks? We have a few ideas …
Teachers! Get free media for the classroom and win prizes!posted 11 Dec 2018
Teachers: Need new material? AETN PBS LearningMedia is your go-to destination for free educational digital resources! 'Like' our Facebook page today for a chance to win prizes for your classroom! Check out the 20,000 free, innovative classroom-ready digital resources available and get instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted interactives, videos, images and audio clips.
PBS KIDS programming tops September ratings with 6 showsposted 11 Dec 2018
PBS KIDS receives stellar ratings for the month of September. PBS KIDS preschool programs took the top 6 spots for kids ages 2-5, according to Nielsen NPower national program ratings. CURIOUS GEORGE was #1 for the ninth consecutive month. THOMAS & FRIENDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!, SUPER WHY!, DANIEL TIGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and DINOSAUR TRAIN rounded out the top 6 honors.
Create Autumn Harvest Weekend Marathon Oct. 27 and 28posted 11 Dec 2018
The weathers getting cooler, and AETN Create is getting into the seasonal spirit! Look ahead to harvest time with delicious recipes from your favorite cooks Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, starting at 11 a.m.
What Does PBS Mean To You? Tell Us!posted 11 Dec 2018
Right now, PBS is in the process of finding real viewers to feature in their new Be more on-air spots. Have AETN and PBS helped you explore new ideas or new worlds? Inspired life choices? Or helped enrich your or your childrens lives? Tell them (and the world) about it!
DesignSquadNation rocks for making stuff work!posted 11 Dec 2018
Like to make stuff, figure out how it works?…maybe Mom or Dad is an engineer and you need to be smarter than they are? DesignSquadNation has you covered. Help Nate solve his cat feeding dilemma and other real world problems - the current question at my house involves maximizing your biking speed. Still cringing over hands vs. no hands …
Sunday brings more Midwives, Docs and Eaton Placeposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in Sunday, starting at 7 p.m., with the continuation of "Call the Midwife", Doc Martin with "Aromatherapy" at 8 and "Upstairs Downstairs - Series 2: A Perfect Specimen" at 9. In one of the more dramatic and moving episodes of Midwife, a search and a death bring pain to the young nurses. Doc remains his ornery self and Eaton Place's women stand strong.
Wine Tasting Weekend on AETN-2 Createposted 11 Dec 2018
Put that refined palate of yours to use this weekend with a tour of vineyards this on Create! Join your favorite personalities as they travel the world to visit the finest vineyards and find perfect pairings.
Sunday don't miss!: Call the Midwife, the Doc and Up/Downposted 11 Dec 2018
What do Call the Midwife, Doc Martin and Upstairs Downstairs all have in common? Well, yes, lovely accents…a view across the pond…those things are all well and good old chap. Or Mum. But honestly, its just GOOD television. I mean really good. Well produced, brilliantly acted, wonderful drama that keeps us coming back every week for more: public television on a Sunday night.
Friday Specials: Explore American Racial Narrativeposted 11 Dec 2018
This Friday, in addition to our usual arts programming at 6:30 p.m., join AETN for terrific seasonal specials. Well dive into the realm of race in American politics at 9 p.m. with Race 2012 and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with VOCES: Lemon at 10 p.m.
How Do Women Respond to Candidates Verbal, Non-verbal Cues?posted 11 Dec 2018
If you grew up in a house with a mother like mine, you quickly learned that tone and body language meant everything to women. (And you also knew it made all the difference in whether the lady of the house would be taking you back out of the world she so graciously brought you into.) But how are those lessons relevant to this years presidential candidates? See a summary of PBS NewsHours report after the jump.
Ken Burns: Why Romney's War on Public TV Is a Loss for USAposted 11 Dec 2018
While the costs of operating the Public Broadcasting System have been much discussed following the first 2012 Presidential Debate, Ken Burns provides perspective on PBS's value as an educational tool, an excellent return on investment and a shared space for Americans of all income levels and all political inclinations. Read Burns's article, as printed in USA TODAY, after the jump.
Each election season, AETN and PBS are dedicated to bringing
you trusted, fair political coverage for local and national races and this
year we promise to do the same.
Sesame Street on why Big Bird Needs His Homeposted 11 Dec 2018
In the last week, youve probably heard a lot of buzz about Big Bird and the threats public television faces. But have you learned why his home on AETN and PBS is so important to Big Birds success? Sesame Workshop posted this blog entry with heart-felt reasons and cold, hard facts to explain why our favorite yellow-feathered friend needs his current home.
Did you know that AETN, the Fayetteville Public Library and KUAF 91.3FM have partnered to bring Community Cinema to northwest Arkansas? If you missed us last month, be sure to come out for our screening and community discussion of As Goes Janesville this Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
AETN Arts Fridays Dares to Be Differentposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, celebrate artists with definite reputations for being different! The evening kicks off with AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Toadsuck Symphony at 6:30 p.m. and follows with Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 9 p.m.
Nine new "Wild Kratts" episodes air week of Oct. 15posted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in for a creature-packed month this October with "Wild Kratts"! Beginning Mon., Oct. 15, the brothers prowl with lions and cruise the Nile with hippos across nine brand new episodes! And don't miss Weird Kratts Week Oct. 22-26, when we meet a bunch of kooky and spooky animals from across the globe. The Halloween episode is scary and spidery as we explore the secrets of spider silk.
New season of "Arthur" Monday, Oct. 15!posted 11 Dec 2018
The 16th season of "Arthur" stars Monday, Oct. 15 with five new episodes! Meet a new friend (with the gift of gab) a little brother who will drive you crazy too. We are big fans of Arthur at my house. Actually, I should say…my son is the Arthur fan, my daughter prefers D.W. As is typical I suppose when you have a kid of each chromosome…AND don't forget the fun Halloween things to do on the website!
All New AETN Exploration Wednesdayposted 11 Dec 2018
Tonight, starting at 7 p.m., kick off a night of all new programming on AETNs Exploration Wednesday! Well begin with Nature: Siberian Tiger Quest at 7 p.m., and follow up with NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 p.m. and NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human? at 9 p.m. Its going to be an amazing night!
Who Is Your Choice?posted 11 Dec 2018
What do you know about this years presidential candidates? Tonight at 8, Frontline: The Choice 2012 invites you to take a closer look at who Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney really are. Take a peek into each candidates life behind the spin, the ads and the rhetoric in a journey exploring the places, people and decisive moments that created them.
PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford announce call for entries for 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards. The awards recognize innovative PreK-12 educators using digital media to enhance learning in the classroom. Know a teacher like this? Nominate your outstanding teacher or apply today through December 12, 2012. Top 30 receive prizes, top 10…pack your bags!
Season 2 premiere of "Upstairs Downstairs" Sunday, Oct. 7posted 11 Dec 2018
Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of "Upstairs Downstairs" Sunday, Oct. 7. Babies, wars, and secrets, oh my. I'm so glad to be back at 165 Eaton Place…oh, your pretty, shiny goblets and people have been missed. Even that funky little monkey gets into trouble. This first episode is loaded with surprises as our friends up and down prepare for war. Tune in Sundays through Nov. 11.
PBS statement responds to Oct. 3 Presidential debateposted 11 Dec 2018
PBS, once again, became a political target as seen in the Presidential debate last night…the federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nations debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating. Lets set the record straight…
Its a New Cooking Weekend on CREATEposted 11 Dec 2018
Whip up something special this weekend with AETNs CREATE channel this Saturday! With new episodes of "Simply Ming" and "Lidia's Italy in America," as well as the premiere of "Martha Stewart's Cooking School," its bound to be delicious!
Let's just go ahead and say it. It's a tough year for the hog nation. It can simultaneously be hard to look at the screen … and to look away. But we all still love the Razorbacks, the good years and bad. What's a better salve for our wounds than to join AETN for a look at the golden years? We're excited to air "22 Straight!" an in-depth look at Arkansas's championship teams from 1963-64 on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.
PBS Newshours First Presidential Debate Airs Oct. 3posted 11 Dec 2018
Do you have an opinion about the candidates for the 2012 presidential election, or are you still making up your mind? Whatever your current decision, tune in to the Oct. 3 debate to get the real scoop on the candidates positions on domestic policy straight from the source. Jim Lehrer will moderate the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.
Be sure to catch the Butterfield Stagecoach Route on tonight's episode of Exploring Arkansasposted 11 Dec 2018
You can re-trace the longest stagecoach route in the history of the
world by driving a portion of it through northwest Arkansas by way of
the Butterfield Heritage Trail. Another gem of a hiking trail that's hardly
been publicized until now, is the one that loops around Lake Alma in the
town of Alma. A unique mountain biking experience along Crowley's
Ridge can be enjoyed at Village Creek State Park north of Forrest City.
Hiking and blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishing are offered at the
Conservation Education Center along Crooked Creek near Yellville.
AETN Arts Friday Classics, Young Talent Take the Stage posted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, start off with classic sounds on AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Jack Williams at 6:30 p.m., then see the best young talent has to offer with Student Selects 2012: Part 2 at 9 p.m. and The Cliburn: 50 Years of Gold at 10 p.m.
Our "Clean Lines, Open Space" Wins Three Emmysposted 11 Dec 2018
"Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View
of Mid-Century Modern Architecture," an AETN production, received three Emmys this weekend in the 2012 annual awards
competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences (NATAS)!
"Call the Midwife" premieres Sun. at 7 - watch out Downton!posted 11 Dec 2018
"Call the Midwife" premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 - watch out Downton Abbey, this one's a winner too! Check out this moving and intimate insight into the colorful world of midwifery and family life in 1950's East London. We are introduced to the community through the eyes of young nurse Jenny Lee as she arrives at Nonnatus House to live and work as a midwife alongside an Order of Nuns.
"Design Squad Nation" site for your budding do-it-yourselferposted 11 Dec 2018
"Design Squad Nation" launches a new Engineering website for your budding do-it-yourselfer! Tweens, families…anyone can be an engineer here. This interactive community challenges kids to express their adventurous, do-it-yourself spirit by providing a forum to share their ideas with like-minded creative kids. Make a balloon engine, learn how roller coasters work, share your own ideas and more!
PBS KIDS Eat Healthy D.W. app discounted to $.99!posted 11 Dec 2018
This app is so great I want to eat it up. The PBS KIDS D.W. ("Arthur") Unicorn Adventure app that encourages kids to eat healthy while they play is discounted to $.99 through Sept. 30! Another game for kids you say? This app is the favorite of my 6-year-old and for good reason (it's also my fave). Fun, colorful, and the 'energy zapper' junk food cracks this Mama UP. One well-spent dollar.
Train enthusiasts, AETN has you covered this Sunday!posted 11 Dec 2018
This Sunday, AETN invites you to sit back and enjoy a look at some of
the nations most beautiful and iconic train routes around
America. We also want to reintroduce you to a star you may
Tonights AETN Arts Friday line-up promises a series of performances by the best of the best with AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Shannon Boshears at 6:30 p.m., Students Selects 2012: A Young Filmmakers Showcase at 9 p.m. and From Dust to Dreams at 10 p.m.
Ark. K-12 showcased films to air Friday, Sept. 21, 28 at 9 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2012" airing Fridays, Sept. 21 and 28, at 9. "Student Selects" is an annual event that highlights the state's K-12 students. 15 films will air as part of AETN Arts Fridays, your night for the arts on AETN. Film entries for "Student Selects" 2013 are being accepted.
"Outdoor Hotline" tackles deer season Tuesday, Sept. 25posted 11 Dec 2018
"Outdoor Hotline" hosted by Steve "Wild Man" Wilson from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission addresses the latest information on the upcoming hunting season, hunting and deer stand safety, and the deer forecast. Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
Doc Martin's big fear revealed Sun., Sept. 23 at 9posted 11 Dec 2018
The star of "Doc Martin" (uh, Doc Martin) has his big fear of blood revealed this Sunday. Yes, odd isn't it, to have a doctor afraid of blood? To the twisted joy of Portwenn residents, they ramp up the jokes and gossip spreads like wildfire (or jam on biscuits). It's also tourist season and goodness knows Doc loves quirky strangers! Get ready for "Haemophobia" airing Sunday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.
While weve truly enjoyed all of Septembers exciting special programming, were very happy to announce the return of AETN Exploration Wednesdays! Tonight, tune in for Nature: Outback Pelicans at 6:30 and NOVA: Making Stuff Stronger at 8, followed by Making Stuff Smaller at 9.
AETN Arts Friday Hannah Blaylock & Gotterdammerungposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for power-packed musical specials! At 6:30 p.m., well feature a special performance by Hannah Blaylock and Lost & Found. Then, at 9 p.m., well close Great Performances at the Met Wagners Ring Cycle with a spectacular rendition of its final opera, Gotterdammerung, or The Twilight of the Gods.
An Operaphobe Reviews Wagners Siegfriedposted 11 Dec 2018
Tonight, the drama gets serious in the third opera of Wagners Ring Cycle. Siegmund and Sieglinde are lost to us, but baby boy is all grown-up and primed to earn his place as the only man brave enough to capture Brunnhildes heart and the challenging vocal score.
New Series of Barnes And The Producers Perspectiveposted 11 Dec 2018
Television is filled with all types of programming, from reality shows to highly produced, eye-popping, over the top productions. PBS and AETN strive to make sure that content is king. That is why in the midst of it all, a show like Barnes And … has found its niche on AETN.
Wagners Ring Cycle An Operaphobe Reviews Die Walkureposted 11 Dec 2018
Let me begin by saying, if you know Wagner at all, youre familiar with Die Wakure. I mean, if the opera was good enough to show before the suite was finished in spite of the composers express orders (were talking to you King Ludwig II of Bavaria), you know its a jewel. But ... I still have one little problem with it.
AETN, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Whole Foods Market in Little Rock are celebrating Fantastic Organic this Friday, September 14, 3-5 p.m. Try some yummy samples, hang out with a cool red dog, and head off on a scavenger hunt to learn how to spot healthy foods and why you should chow down. Grab the kiddies after school and start the weekend early with games, goodies, prizes, samples and more for the entire family!
So yesterday, I realized I might be more prepared for opera
than I realized and promised to (informally) review the upcoming operas each
day. If you're ready to dive in, consider this your spoiler notice, and be prepared for
This week, Great Performances at the Met presents Robert Lepages acclaimed new production of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen, or The Ring Cycle. Its an operatic classic, but what if you think opera isnt for you? Love the plot of Tolkiens fantastic hobbit journeys? What about wascally wabbits? The Ring Cycle isnt outside your realm. In fact, you probably already know the music!
Its another night of outstanding music with The Sara Thomas Band and Paul McCartneys Live Kisses this AETN Arts Friday! AETN Presents On the Front Row With The Sara Thomas Band kicks everything off with a vibrant performance at AETN studios at 6:30 p.m., and McCartney entertains with songs from his new album Kisses on the Bottom at 9 p.m.
Kenneth Branagh returns to his remarkable Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as the soul-searching Swedish cop inWallander III, with three gripping new cases based on the character created by bestselling novelist and father of the Nordic noir craze, Henning Mankell. Tune in Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. for the first of three new episodes.
AETN Hosts Young Arkansas Artists Exhibit Sept. 3-21posted 11 Dec 2018
Discover the works of a budding Picasso or Van Gogh at AETN this month! From Sept. 3-21, were hosting the 51st annual Young Arkansas Artists traveling exhibition, organized by the Arkansas Arts Center with the cooperation of the Arkansas Department of Education. Thirty-six astounding pieces created by Arkansas students will be on display and youre invited to come see them for yourself!
Spend your Labor Day weekend with AETN! posted 11 Dec 2018
Labor Day weekend is almost upon us! To celebrate, AETN brings you a weekend of special programming that you wont see anywhere else. From the return of your favorite regular weekend programming to Sunday marathons and exciting specials, get ready for a real treat!
AETN Arts Friday Damn Bullets and Vienna Philharmonicposted 11 Dec 2018
With Labor Day coming on fast, this weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Round it out royally with a night of extravagantly energetic music first with Arkansass own electrically infused roots-rock band Damn Bullets at 6:30 p.m. Then, close the evening with an astounding concert by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austrias Impreial Schonbrunn Palace at 9 p.m.
A new generation of preschool neighbors will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when Daniel Tigers Neighborhood premieres Monday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. with a special one-hour block of two back-to-back episodes.
AETN Arts Friday - Keith Harkin and Oscar Hammersteinposted 11 Dec 2018
Declare this AETN Arts Friday your date night with specials featuring Celtic Thunder singer Keith Harkin and legendary lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. If nothing else, the music is sure to make you swoon!
Kids Eat Smart with Whole Foods® - youre in charge!posted 11 Dec 2018
Want more ideas about what to pack in those school lunches? Tired of pulling your hair out trying to get more greens in your kindergartener? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
We Walk the Line! Johnny Cash Tribute Special airs Aug. 20posted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, to hear top recording artists pay tribute to The Man in Black in Celebrating the Music of Johnny Cash: We Walk the Line! This PBS Special, held in honor of Cash and what would have been his 80th birthday, is like none other. Grammy winner Don Was served as musical director for the monumental concert taping that features artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and more!
"Doc Martin" premieres on AETN Sunday, Aug. 19posted 11 Dec 2018
Schedule an appointment with "Doc Martin" Sunday, Aug. 19. The AETN premiere of the acclaimed British series will tease your brain … and make you laugh out loud! As London surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), transitions to his new position of general practitioner in a sleepy Cornish village, his tactless manner causes mayhem across the city. Back-to-back episodes debut at 8 p.m.
AETN Arts Fridays - Smittle Band and Jackie Evanchoposted 11 Dec 2018
Tonight on AETN Arts Fridays, tune in to be serenaded by lovely ladies with big voices! AETN Presents on the Front Row With Smittle Band features Stephanie Smiths smooth vocals at 6:30 p.m. and Great Performances Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies showcases the stand out vocals of the 12-year-old crossover music prodigy at 9 p.m.
Manifest Destiny invites you to look the history of American expansionism and foreign policy through the eyes of respected historians and diplomats, Sunday, August 12, at 1:15 p.m. As you look at the nations actions from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to current military actions, this powerful series will inspire you to ask what role the United States should play in the interconnected world of the 21st century.
Three Faiths, One God Explores Shared Beliefsposted 11 Dec 2018
Thoughtfully examine the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims on Sunday, August 12, at 7 p.m. in Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam. The impressive documentary captures a broad range of voices and illustrates how many members of the three communities are working to understand and respect each other.
AETN Arts Fridays With Kevin Kerby and Tanglewood at 75posted 11 Dec 2018
With outstanding performances by Kevin Kerby + Battery at 6:30 p.m. and Great Performances: Tanglewood at 75 at 9 p.m., this AETN Arts Friday is a fabulous musical celebration. So reserve the comfiest seat in the house and let the festivities begin!
PBS Kids and Whole Foods® Partner for Organic Educationposted 11 Dec 2018
Lets be honest, have you ever wondered what all the fuss over organic was about? Why is it important to buy those fruits and veggies instead of your regular grocery store fare? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
New Exploring Arkansas Episode Monday, Aug. 6posted 11 Dec 2018
Ever wish you could go with Chuck Dovish on one of his exploring outings? Read his blog post to hear about a viewer family who did and learn about whats coming up on the brand new EA episode tonight at 6:30 p.m.!
Its an evening celebrating artistic innovation this AETN Arts Friday! From the inventive folkgrass style of Ozark band Still on the Hill at 6:30 p.m. to the life story of the quirky, quarrelsome and avante guard art collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes, tonights programming promises to give your brain and senses a good stretch before you kick off your weekend.
AETN Arts Fridays: Go Fast! and PBS Arts Havana, Havana!posted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, were ready for the weekend! Gear up for a high-energy evening with spirited Southern Rock on AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Go Fast! at 7 p.m. Afterwards, travel even farther south with PBS Arts Havana, Havana! The music-documentary vibrates with soul and energy of pulsing cubano rhythms as a group of musical stars return to their home country after years abroad.
AETN Exploration Wednesdays Polar Bears and a Quantum Leapposted 11 Dec 2018
Starting at 7 p.m., take a wild journey this AETN Exploration Wednesday from the upper reaches of Alaskas northern shores to the tiny world of quantum physics. Nature continues its Bears of the Last Frontier series with Artic Wanderers at 7 p.m. and NOVA Fabric of the Cosmos: Quantum Leap takes us to a whole new world of quantum mechanics at 8 p.m.
AETN Arts Friday Bob Wills Texas Playboys & Joyce DiDonatoposted 11 Dec 2018
Its another star-powered AETN Arts Friday this week with performances from iconic country swing band Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and world-famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. The fun kicks off with a encore episode of AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by PBS Arts Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra Presents Joyce DiDonato at 9 p.m.
Kens Burns' "The War" to be rebroadcast on AETN beginning July 31posted 11 Dec 2018
Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary series "The War," winner of three Primetime Emmys, will be rebroadcast on the Arkansas Educational Television Network beginning Tuesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. "Their Journey: A Veterans' Tribute Tour" follows Aug.5 episode.
AETN Exploration Wednesdays: Black Bears and Times Illusionposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, journey back to Alaska for the second installment of Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier at 7 p.m. Then, join NOVA at 8 p.m. to discover whether time really exists. The answer may surprise you!
AETN Arts Fridays: Pam Tillis and Comedian John Leguizamoposted 11 Dec 2018
This star-studded AETN Arts Fridays is anything but unlucky! Grammy Award-winning country music artist Pam Tillis performs on AETN Presents: On the Front Row at 6:30 p.m. Then, one of the industrys most versatile actors, comedian and playwright John Leguizamo, takes you behind the scenes of his one man show in PBS Arts John Leguizamos Tales From a Ghetto Klown at 9 p.m.
Mister Rogers and Me documentary airs July 15, 8 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Benjamin Wagner first met "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" creator and star, Fred Rogers, at Rogers summer home on Nantucket, Massachusetts. His mother rented the cottage next door, so Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. Wagner spreads his message of neighborly-ness with "Mister Rogers and Me" Sunday, July 15 at 8 p.m.
AETN Exploration Wednesdays Bears and Fabric of the Cosmosposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Exploration Wednesday, dive into two incredibly different, new worlds! The evening of spectacular specials begins tonight, July 11, at 7 p.m. with Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier and takes you to explore the nature of space in NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos at 8 p.m.
Last Sunday (July 8), we received the wrong episode of the multi-part special "Queen and Country" from PBS. To make sure that all of our viewers have the opportunity to watch the full series, we plan to air "Queen and Country: Royal Visit" July 15 at 6 p.m. in place of this Sunday's episode of "Globe Trekker."
History Detectivesposted 11 Dec 2018
Americas top gumshoes are back for a 10th season. Be sure to watch! "History Detectives" Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 17.
Market Warriorsposted 11 Dec 2018
Treasure hunters embark on an antiques adventure in ""Market Warriors"", a new series from the producers of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. In "Market Warriors", expert shoppers scour flea markets across the country for vintage valuables, selling their finds at auction with an eye towards maximizing profit.
AETN Arts Fridays Boondogs and Islamic Artposted 11 Dec 2018
Travel from Arkansas to the Middle and Far East this AETN Arts Friday, July 6, for an evening of spectacular entertainment. At 6:30 p.m., AETN Presents: On the Front Row with The Boondogs, showcases songs from the acclaimed indie pop bands well-received A Thousand Ships. Then, PBS Arts Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, whisks you across the globe to explore the incredible artistic legacy of the Muslim world at 9 p.m.
7/5/12: PBS notified us earlier today that Create will return to its regularly scheduled programming at 3 p.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. Central.
7/2/12: Due to severe thunderstorms that passed through the New York/D.C. area over the weekend, PBS's fiber wires are down. Because of these national technical issues, an emergency loop feed is being used instead of regular programming on AETN Create.
If your usual fireworks mania is being dampened by Arkansass hot, dry weather, we have good news! This Fourth of July, you can enjoy the nations biggest Independence Day celebration at home (in the air conditioning). A Capitol Fourth fireworks show and star-studded concert provides a gala salute to our countrys 236th birthday Wednesday, July 4, at 7 p.m.
Plan your next trip at the new Exploring Arkansas websiteposted 11 Dec 2018
For a guide to the outdoors in Arkansas, AETN has a brand new "Exploring Arkansas" website where you can plan your next trip by searching by season, region, or activity at home or on the go using your mobile device. Check out Chuck's 10 favorite places, view a photo gallery and more. To get you excited about your outing, you can also watch any of the past 250 and current episodes.
AETN Arts Fridays With Smittle Band and Mariachi Highposted 11 Dec 2018
Join us this AETN Arts Friday as we kick off PBSs Summer Arts Festival! AETN Presents On the Front Row With Smittle Band begins at 6:30 p.m. and PBS Arts Mariachi High, the first special in a seven-part weekly series that take viewers across the country and around the world.
AETN Arts Fridays with Rodney Block and Judy Garland posted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday treat yourself to a night of show-stopping performances. Pay tribute to star power with specials showcasing the overpowering talent of Arkansas trumpet sensation Rodney Block on AETN Presents at 6:30 p.m. and Americas sweetheart, Judy Garland, in American Masters: By Myself at 9 p.m.
AETN Exploration Wednesday: Superfish and Spaces Edgeposted 11 Dec 2018
On AETN Exploration Wednesday, journey from the oceans depths to outer space with Nature and NOVA. At 7 p.m., follow marine biologist Rick Rosenthal on Superfish to capture the biggest, fastest most dangerous gamefish billfish on film. Then, travel the Milky Way to trace the history of telescopes from the Galileos time to today on NOVA: Hunting the Edge of Space at 8 p.m.
AETN will premiere Minority Matters, a new series that provides a dedicated forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansans from a minority perspective, Sunday, June 24, at 4:30 p.m. Minority Matters seeks to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness of minority issues for all Arkansans and to explore the states current successes, challenges and opportunities.
Watch The National Geographic Bee on June 16 at 5 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Do you know which Bavarian City located on the Danube River was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663-1806? Watch AETN this Saturday, June 16, at 5 p.m. for the answer to this question and other head-scratchers as you cheer for Arkansan Christian Boekhout in the 2012 National Geographic Bee.
Its hard to grow up in the greater Hot Springs area without knowing who Sid McMath was. Fortunately, its even harder to live in the Spa City or Arkansas, for that matter without being affected by Mr. McMaths life. Watch "Men and Women of Distinction," Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. to learn about the impact his life may have had on yours.
PBS Summer Learning Initiative bridges summer reading gap posted 11 Dec 2018
This summer, AETN and PBS are launching a summer learning initiative to help kids continue building key literacy skills throughout their summer vacations. To help bridge the gap, AETN is presenting PBS KIDS programming, along with a host of other fun and education content presented across a variety of platforms, to encourage literacy and independent reading.
"Southern Utopia, from ASU, airs Wed., June 13 at 6:30 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
"Southern Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Commonwealth College", produced by Arkansas State University, features the defunct labor school Commonwealth College. The College was Arkansass attempt at radical labor education established in 1923. Find out more about this schools fascinating history here and watch this 30-minute documentary about it this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Rogers jams some great lessons for all agesposted 11 Dec 2018
Check out this Mister Rogers remix by Symphony of Sciences John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios of the familiar from our childhood and the hip of today. Cardigans never looked so cool. Tune in to the digital funkalicious shout out to our favorite t.v. neighbor.
Dont miss the Downtown Abbey Season II Marathon this Sunday starting at noon and ending at 11 p.m. Thats right…you heard me…11 straight hours of Marys conundrums, Thomass shenanigans, and flowy but full of angst music that sticks to your gooey center. Grab your tea and biscuits and settle in Sunday afternoon for a massive dose of Masterpiece goodness with all seven episodes of Season II.
AETN Arts Friday Kevin Kerby and Oscar Hammerstein II posted 11 Dec 2018
Give your weekend a musical start this AETN Arts Friday with specials featuring the work of original songwriters. At 6:30 p.m., On the Front Row: Kevin Kerby + Battery entertains with energetic rock n roll performances of the bands original songs, written by lead singer Kevin Kerby. At 9 p.m., Out of My Dreams explores the life and legendary career of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
Do you think your family history means that you cant avoid health problems? Dr. Joseph Maroon wants to change your mind. This Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed neurosurgeon and expert in personal fitness will appear live in AETN studios to discuss how the healthy lifestyle program featured in Secrets of Longevity can put life into our years.
Do you think your family history means that you cant avoid health problems? Dr. Joseph Maroon wants to change your mind. This Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed neurosurgeon and expert in personal fitness will appear live in AETN studios to discuss how the healthy lifestyle program featured in Secrets of Longevity can put life into our years.
Do you think your family history means that you cant avoid health problems? Dr. Joseph Maroon wants to change your mind. This Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed neurosurgeon and expert in personal fitness will appear live in AETN studios to discuss how the healthy lifestyle program featured in Secrets of Longevity can put life into our years.
Clean Lines, Open Spaces Screens at LRFF, 8 p.m. Tonightposted 11 Dec 2018
Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture a documentary focusing on the construction produced in the boom following the United States recovery from World War II will screen at the Little Rock Film Festival Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m. at Studio Main in Little Rock. A second screening will be held Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in the Riverdale 10 Cinemas, screen #7.
AETN and LRFF Present the 2012 Student Selects Youth! Eventposted 11 Dec 2018
Watch stunning student films or participate in student workshops June 2-3 at the 2012 Student Selects Youth! Event. Held at the Riverdale 10 Cinema, the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase will feature pieces submitted by student filmmakers across the state. Screening will begin at Sunday, June 3, at 1:20 p.m. and close with presentations of THEA Foundation/AETN Scholarships to winners at 3:30 p.m.
Arts Fridays With Still on the Hill and Tony Bennettposted 11 Dec 2018
This AETN Arts Friday, tune in for great shows that put a fun twist on old favorites. First, at 6:30 p.m., AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill, highlights the Ozarkers inventive folkgrass style. At 9 p.m., classic and contemporary come together for Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II. The dazzling program features Bennetts duos with popular recording artists, including Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Michael Buble and the late Amy Winehouse.
AETN named Ambassador in Governors Work-Life Balance Awardsposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has been recognized by the Governors Work-Life Balance Awards as a Work-Life Ambassador and a Mature Worker Ambassador. The awards are presented by the Governors Work-Life Initiative, whose mission is to recognize Arkansas employers for establishing and providing resources that support employees in balancing the needs of both work and family.
"The Johnny Cash Music Festival" filmed at ASU in Jonesboro comes to AETN this August. The PBS affiliate in Memphis, WKNO, is pledging the show this Thursday, May 24. This broadcast will be recorded and distributed to PBS stations for the August pledge drive. We are currently working on our August program schedule so stay tuned for a definite air date then!
Exploring Arkansas Family Outing Winnersposted 11 Dec 2018
Can't wait to meet the winners of our first "Exploring Arkansas" Family Outing who are Lana and Ed McClain of Sherwood. They and their two granddaughters will be joining our film crew on Saturday, June 23, for an adventure outing at Fort Rock Family Camp, which is located just south of Brashears in the Ozark National Forest.
Arts Fridays Bluegrass Music and a World Premier Operaposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in to AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. for "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With 3 Penny Acre" and 9 p.m. for "Great Performances at the Met: The Enchanted Island." With unique bluegrass music from the four-member Ozark band to the Metropolitan Operas world premier of "The Enchanted Island," youre sure to enjoy an evening of fabulous music.
PBS and AETN launch Next Avenue, a new website for 50+ crowdposted 11 Dec 2018
America is becoming home to the largest older population in our nations history. AETN is part of a major new PBS system website called Next Avenue thats designed to reach America's booming 50+ population as they plan for a new life stage. AETN is one of 73 Next Avenue affiliates bringing this important service to Arkansas. When users log on they will see local information within the site.
12 Arkansas students winners in PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contestposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN received more than 100 entries from students all across Arkansas in this years PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Stories such as The Horse that has Talent to The Dingo and the Sparrow were two of 12 stories named 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the K-3 contest. The 1st place winners were submitted to PBS to be entered into the national contest winners will be announced in July.
Be Sure to Watch! "Art 21: Balance"posted 11 Dec 2018
The artists in this episode, Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah
Sze, create ordered and precise works that explore the gap between art
and existence, challenge the distinction between seeing and knowing and
demonstrate that the pursuit of harmony can be a radical proposition.
Be Sure to Watch! "Sherlock Season 2"posted 11 Dec 2018
The struggle goes on in 21st-century London as the updated team of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson battle the worst that modern criminality has to offer.
Be Sure to Watch! "National Memorial Day Concert"posted 11 Dec 2018
On Memorial Day weekend, PBS will unite the nation with an evening that
has become an American tradition. The "National Memorial Day Concert"
honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their
families at home and all those who have given their lives for our
Masterpiece on Sundays: Award-Winning and Full of Class!posted 11 Dec 2018
Masterpiece, which has given us the likes of award-winning "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" (Sherlock 2 coming this week!), continues to be one of PBS's most watched and beloved series. Here's the cool bit - if you missed "Birdsong" or "Sherlock", catch it online.
Cat in the Hat visits the Ft. Smith Convention Center May 5 posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Ft. Smith, Saturday, May 5. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Ft. Smith Convention Center, 800 Rogers Avenue, Exhibit Hall C from 9 a.m. to noon. Take photos, listen to stories, face painting and more! Bring your camera. Admission is Free.
Art in the Twenty-First Century: Historyposted 11 Dec 2018
Fuel your love of art and inspire the artist in you by tuning into AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, April 27 at 9:00 p.m. for the third episode of Art21s sixth season of Art in the Twenty First Century.
AETN hosts annual Quiz Bowl state finals Saturday, April 28posted 11 Dec 2018
High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governors Academic Competition at AETN Saturday, April 28, in Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2012: and will be broadcast on Saturday in two sections 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. The finals will involve seven conferences for a total of 14 teams.
Arts Fridays with Billy Collins, Art21, and Ha Ha Tonka posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays comes to you this week with AETN Presents: On the Same Page with Billy Collins as part of Poetry Month, Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21) with Boundaries and Sun Studio Sessions Ha Ha Tonka a big of literature, art and culture and music to end your Friday night. Tune in at 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to start off your weekend a little more well-rounded.
PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for K-3: Deadline April 27posted 11 Dec 2018
The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest was launched last year in an effort to continue to encourage young children in Grades K-3 across the country to illustrate and write their own stories. Submit your stories to AETN now until Friday, April 27. Arkansas winners will be finalized by May and sent to PBS KIDS GO! to be entered in the national contest. National winners will be announced this summer.
Be Sure to Watch! Global Voices: Peace Vs. Justiceposted 11 Dec 2018
The recent, unprecedented viral spread of the video KONY 2012 has raised global awareness of the more than 20 years of terror inflicted on Uganda and other African countries by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony. "Peace Versus Justice" provides background to the conflict and addresses the complicated issues confronting those attempting to end it.
AETN Celebrates Earth Dayposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN celebrates Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012, with an exciting slate of programming. Viewers will have the
opportunity to explore the wonders of nature with programs like "Powering the Planet", "Energy Quest USA", "Earth: The Operator's Manual", and "Revenge of the Electric Car".
Register for AETN Camp Mannersposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Camp Manners provides a safe, fun, and engaging week-long day camp for participants ages 11-15 July 23-27, 2012
Art21: "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Six Premiereposted 11 Dec 2018
Celebrating its 10th anniversary as the leading contemporary art archive of 100 internationally recognized artists, Art21 premieres the sixth season of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" on Friday, April 13 on AETN at 6:30 p.m.
Cat in the Hat visits the Rogers library April 14, 9 a.m.-Noonposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Rogers, Saturday, April 14. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Rogers library, 711 S. Dixieland Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy photographs with the Cat, screenings of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, story time, face painting and more.
Arts Fridays - poetry, Renee Fleming, and Nicole Atkinsposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune into AETN Arts Fridays this Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for AETN Presents: On the Same Page with Jo McDougall, at 9:00 p.m. for Live from Lincoln Center Renee Fleming, and at 10:30 p.m. for Sun Studio Sessions Nicole Atkins. Kick your weekend off with the first of our month-long talks with poets to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Exploration Wednesdays with Nature, Nova , America Revealedposted 11 Dec 2018
PBS is your destination for exploration! Tune in to Exploration Wednesdays on AETN starting April 11 with Nature at 7 p.m., NOVA at 8 p.m. and America Revealed at 9 p.m. A new four-part series coming to Wednesdays is America Revealed that explores the hidden patterns and rhythms that make America work. Hosted by Yul Kwon, learn about NASCAR green initiatives, how fresh seafood is sourced and more.
AETN Presents Celebrates National Poetry Monthposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Presents: On the Same Page celebrates National Poetry Month. Join the nation and AETN in honoring poetry and poets by tuning into AETNs On the Same Page, featuring poets of national recognition every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. during the month of April. Arkansas artists, Pulitzer winners, U.S. Poet Laureates…the best of the word world coming to you with AETN Arts Fridays.
Be Sure to Watch! "America Revealed"posted 11 Dec 2018
"America Revealed" takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before.
Wild Kratts Backyard Aventures Week premieres April 2-6posted 11 Dec 2018
Kangaroos, Dracos (flying lizards) and other critters join brothers Chris and Martin Kratt every weekday on Wild Kratts to teach our little ones about science in such a fun, cool way. This mama has learned a few things too. Makes me want to travel. Makes my kids excited about science. Win, win. Check out Backyard Adventures Week April 2-6 at 4 p .m.
Live Taping of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour March 31posted 11 Dec 2018
Join us for a live taping of Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour March 31 as heard on NPR. For its annual recording of Woodsongs, the world-renowned radio program of Lexington, Kentucky is coming to Conway, Arkansas to showcase musical performances by The Cleverlys, Blue Rain Bluegrass Band, Bonnie Montgomery, Nathan A., and more from Arkansas grassroots musicians.
Jane Krutz in Memoriam 1925-2012posted 14 Jul 2017
The Arkansas Educational Television Network remembers and honors Jane Krutz, longtime volunteer and public broadcasting advocate, for a life well-lived and her many extraordinary contributions to the network and so many other causes.
PBS Titanic 100th Anniversary Programmingposted 11 Dec 2018
PBS will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the
Titanic, the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, with
three new programs scheduled for April 2012. Each program provides a
unique perspective on the April 14, 1912, disaster from historical
drama to science to personal stories of the effect of the tragedy on the
descendants of those who perished and those who survived.
Wheres my show you ask? New schedule brings new programsposted 11 Dec 2018
Where's my show? This week, you may have noticed some changes to our AETN lineup. Some of your favorite shows have switched time slots, most notably Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, BBC World News, and Globe Trekker. We've also added some new and exciting programs to our daily schedule. First of all, you may be wondering "Why make changes?" The simple reason is... really not so simple.
Arts Fridays brings you Bonnie Montgomery and Women Who Rockposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays brings you AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking at 6:30 p.m. and PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock at 9 p.m. Its a night of rockin women from Bonnies hillbilly funk and opera after, to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga. Cyndi Lauper hosts. Aside from amazing lady lyrics, I need a glimpse of the current color in Cyndis hair!
Buddy the T-Rex from PBS Kids Dinosaur Train visited the Museum of Discovery Donald W. Reynolds Science Center in Little Rock Monday evening and Tuesday for spring break delighting kids with high fives (as best as those little orange T-Rex arms were able), tail bumps, and big toothy smiles. More than 1,700 Museum visitors hung out at the newly renovated Museum Tuesday for spring break.
Please and thank you. Easy peasy. Promise.posted 11 Dec 2018
I am sure that you get asked for your time, your money, a gift of some sort to one worthy cause or another. If you have been watching our pledge programming this month, you have been asked by us. I have been asked by us. I like the word sustain. Sustain…make something last longer, keep going. The environment…farming…public television. You know, the good stuff. Become a Sustainer today.
Arts Fridays-Celebrating Arkansas IV and Peter, Paul & Maryposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays March 16 starts at 6:30 p.m. with Celebrating Arkansas IV and Peter, Paul & Mary - 25th Anniversary Concert at 8:30 p.m. Celebrating Arkansas IV features the bargains on 64…130 miles of yard sales, flea markets, and antiques along the road from Fort Smith to Conway. Then, Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the trio in Greenwich Village.
Travel guru Rick Steves visits AETN Sat., Mar. 17posted 11 Dec 2018
Travel expert Rick Steves will visit the AETN Studios for a live broadcast Saturday, March 17, at 9:00 a.m. He will outline tips for his style of European travel, as well as offer general travel advice. The broadcast will feature discussion and footage from some of Steves travels around Europe, including Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips, Norway's West, Galicia and the Camino de Santiago.
Win a family outing with Exploring Arkansas host Chuck Dovishposted 11 Dec 2018
Ever wondered…hmmm…..what it would be like to hang out with Chuck during one of his grand adventures around the Natural State? Heres your chance to sign up for a chance to take your family to meet him in person and enjoy an outing to one of Arkansass plethora of beautiful vistas, trails, historic places, or parks. Sign up online before April 30!
Attention young filmmakers K-12, enter your film by April 6posted 11 Dec 2018
For its 6th year running, AETNs Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase gives creative, imaginative and film-loving students in grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their cinematic talents through student-made fiction and non-fiction narratives, documentaries, music videos, and other creative works. Enter to be eligible for scholarships, to be aired on AETN. DEADLINE: April 6.
AETN Arts Fridays with some Arkansas, Italian and Celticposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays brings you three different sounds from all over this great planet….starting in Arkansas March 9 at 6:30 p.m., catch the brilliant Ted Ludwig Trio from Arkansas, Il Volo Takes Flight, rounding off with Celtic Thunder Voyage. You cant say you never take me anywhere with AETN and PBS at the helm well take you from the Natural State to Italy to the Celtic beyond all in one night.
Cat in the Hat visits Hot Springs March 24 9-11:30 a.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has partnered with Mercy Clinic Children's Services to bring the star of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That to Hot Springs Saturday, March 24. Families are invited to meet Cat at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs from 9-11:30 a.m. Admission to the Museum is free during those hours. The Cat will also visit Rogers on April 14 and Ft. Smith on May 5.
Visit Buddy the dinosaur at Museum of Discovery Tuesday, March 20posted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has partnered with the Museum of Discovery to bring Buddy the T. Rex from PBS KIDS hit series Dinosaur Train to the museum during spring break. Meet Buddy Tuesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buddy will arrive at the museum courtesy of the Arkansas Trolley Company and will make appearances throughout the day for photos. Dinosaur Train episodes will also be shown.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Read these with your kids today!posted 11 Dec 2018
Get ready for awesome adventures and reading fun as you celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday March 2 and explore science with the Cat in the Hat-a-Thon! Watch the 2-hour marathon, grab some Seussical books, cook up a green breakfast, and learn how to keep our planet healthy with the Lorax! Tune in Friday, March 2 at 1 p.m. on AETN and on AETN Plus at 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
Celtic Thunder at AETN Tue., March 6; Voyage premiers at 7posted 11 Dec 2018
Keith Harkin and Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will visit the AETN studios Tuesday, March 6, for the broadcast premiere of Celtic Thunder: Voyage beginning at 7 p.m. At 10 p.m., Harkin will perform a special acoustic show at AETN. Tickets for this event are $60 each and include the opportunity to meet Harkin after his performance. Only 100 tickets are available.
Arts Fridays with 3 Penny Acre, Cab Calloway, and Broadwayposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays starting at 6:30 p.m. brings us three top notch and completely different sets of sounds and performance each exquisite and sure to please anyone who has ever had a song in their heart. 3 Penny Acre from Fayetteville treats us to folk, Cab Calloway amazes with modern dance in a not so modern age and In Performance at the White House entertains with A Broadway Celebration.
The Phantom of the Opera airs Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, a fully-staged, lavish 25th anniversary mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webbers long-running Broadway and West End extravaganza, comes to Great Performances on AETN Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
Cat in the Hat-a-Thon Friday at 7 and 1 celebrates Dr. Seussposted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in to AETN for the Cat in the Hat-A-Thon, a two-hour event premiering on PBS KIDS March 2 at 7 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The Cat in the Hat-A-Thon celebrates the National Education Associations Read Across America initiative, an annual motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Celtic Woman airs March 3, tickets for April 5 availableposted 11 Dec 2018
Celtic Woman: The Believe Tour, filmed during two performances at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will air on AETN Saturday, March 3, at 5 p.m.; Monday, March 5, at 10 p.m.; Wednesday, March 7, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets to The Believe Tour (Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock) are available through the AETN Foundation.
PBS Launches Inaugural Online Film Festivalposted 11 Dec 2018
PBS has launched its first Online Film Festival and showcase of 20 short films from independent filmmakers. The Festival, featuring award-winning films with a wide array of styles, perspectives and subject matter, will run from February 27 through March 30 and can be accessed via the PBS website and the PBS YouTube channel.
AETN Arts Fridays with Go Fast! and Memphis on Broadwayposted 11 Dec 2018
Join AETN Arts Fridays with AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Go Fast Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and Great Performances: Memphis on Broadway at 9 p.m. Go Fast blends Americana-infused proto-rock, hot-rod culture, and monster movies. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, Memphis turns to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ whose love of music transcends race lines.
In Performance at the White House: Red, White, and Bluesposted 11 Dec 2018
President and Mrs. Obama host this all-star celebration of the blues -- the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta, up Highway 61 to the West Side of Chicago, with deep roots in Africa and slavery and influences on modern American music from soul to rock and roll. Leading popular artists' performances trace that migratory root and pay homage to the great figures of the genre and the songs they made famous -- from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters.
The Clinton Years: An Arkansas Perspective airs Tuesdayposted 11 Dec 2018
Clinton, by American Experience, explores the story of a president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians. Clinton airs in two parts Monday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of part two on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m., AETN will air the locally produced follow-up The Clinton Years: An Arkansas Perspective.
Martha Speaks kicks off its fourth season on Monday, February 20 with an action-packed two-part episode guest starring real-life Hollywood coupleJon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends with Kids) - and their real-life dog, Cora. Tune in Monday at 6:30 a.m. or at 2:30 p.m. Part I features a a case of mistaken identity and Part II has Martha meeting circus dogs who look just like Cora.
AETN Arts Fridays brings The Boondogs and American Songbookposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN Arts Fridays brings you Little Rocks The Boondogs at 6:30 and American Songbooks Saloon Singer at 9 p.m. The Boondogs Roots Pop sound comes from Little Rock-based band of Indy Grotto, Jason Weinheimer, Chris Michaels, Jess Aycock, Isaac Alexander and Dylan Turner. Catch Saloon Singer as it examines the allure of musical nightlife and its pioneers including Rose Marie, Maya Angelou.
Be Sure to Watch! "Slavery By Another Name"posted 11 Dec 2018
"Slavery By Another Name" explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South.
AETN Arts Fridays with Wildwood and Steve Davison, 6:30 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Join us Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. for AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Wildwood and Steve Davison as part of AETN Arts Fridays. Stay tuned for "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Lost and Found" at 9 p.m. Wildwood is a high-energy band from Fayetteville, and individual winner Davison, who composes original music on 6 and 12-string guitars.
Be Sure to Watch! "Clinton: American Experience"posted 11 Dec 2018
the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful
series of presidential biographies, "American Experience" explores the
fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken
childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians
in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted
characters to ever stride across the public stage.
AETN Arts Fridays and American Songbook Feb. 3 at 9 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Michael Feinsteins American Songbook returns for a second season with three new episodes that take viewers on a musical journey across America and through time. This season the acclaimed musician and Grammy®-nominated vocalist goes deeper in his ongoing quest to celebrate and preserve classic 20th century popular song. Feb. 3 gives us Time Machines about technology preserving the past.
DVR 'Downton Abbey?' Read this.posted 11 Dec 2018
Many of our viewers who DVR'd last Sunday's episode of "Downton Abbey" discovered the wrong program recorded. Be sure to check if your recording matches. If not, you can schedule a recording of the future airings.
AETN Black History Month 2012posted 11 Dec 2018
PBS broadcasts programming created by and about African Americans year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of this year's Black History Month, PBS will showcase an expansive lineup of programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African Americans. From the abolition of slavery to the rise of the black power movement, these programs take a profound look into a variety of historical events and individuals.
Arts Fridays: Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, the Queen, Buble posted 11 Dec 2018
Tony Bennett fan? Love those fab big band sounds? Maybe a little Gaga or the Queen or Luckenbach guitar from our favorite braided Texan floats your boat? How PBS got them all wrapped into an hour and a half is beyond me. Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Michael Buble arent hard to look at or hear either. Theres something for everyone this Friday night on AETN Arts Fridays at 9 p.m.
Historic Bridges of Arkansas airs Th., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
One of our most popular shows, Historic Bridges of Arkansas airs Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. This film was made to help preserve the history associated with bridges in Arkansas for future generations. The special features scenic footage of various bridges, as well as interviews. Made in partnership with the Arkansas Highway Department.
AETN examines Arkansas's dropout rates, resources as part of American Graduate Initiativeposted 11 Dec 2018
Approximately 20 percent of Arkansas ninth graders do not obtain a high school diploma, with an even higher dropout rate for black and Latino students, according to the Arkansas Department of Education and more than 1 million students drop out every year across the nation. Now the question is "How will you help save our children and collective future?"
AETN Arts Fridays at the Met with Anna Bolena 9 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Tune in to AETN Arts Fridays as Anna Bolena opens the season at the Met at 9 p.m. Cant miss the mad queen fun! Anna Netrebko opens the season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of operas greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar.
PBS announces Winter/Spring 2012 lineupposted 11 Dec 2018
New programs are coming soon to a television near you: including "Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock, Season 2" "American Masters: Johnny Carson," "American Experience: Clinton" and many more.
Bill Moyers is Backposted 11 Dec 2018
Bill Moyers returns on-air and online in January 2012 with MOYERS & COMPANY, a weekly hour of compelling and vital conversation about life and the state of American democracy, featuring some of the best thinkers of our time.
AETN Arts Fridays - Let Me Down Easy airs at 9 p.m.posted 11 Dec 2018
Having been credited with creating a new form of theater, to create Let Me Down Easy Smith interviewed an eclectic group of people (300 on three continents) and performs several in an evening that is funny, moving and engaging. The title resonates on several levels reverberating with meanings of lost love, the faith that sustains people in times of difficulty, and ultimately, the end of life.
AETN Public Media Center in Museum of Discovery opens Jan. 14posted 11 Dec 2018
The AETN Public Media Center in the Museum of Discovery opens Jan. 14. A shared mission of education, a focus on science, and a passion for providing a real public service to Arkansas and visitors to our state led the outstanding newly remodeled and restructured Museum of Discovery to invite AETN to provide a resource room for visitors.
This five-part series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not. By Connie Field.
AETN ArtsFridays brings you "AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Kevin Kerby+Battery" and Great Performances with Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin Friday at 6:30 and 9. As the Creative Chair for Jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Herbie Hancock joins Music Director Gustavo Dudamel Walt Disney Concert Hall to celebrate classical Gershwin with jazz overtones not to be missed.
Arkansas's U.S. Senators, John Boozman (R) and Mark Pryor (D), will be featured on an all-new "Arkansas Week: Special Edition" airing Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. "Arkansas Week," hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes for more than 25 years, features a dedicated and distinguished group of Arkansas journalists and political scientists discussing the latest issues in the news.
Exploring Arkansas now in HD premieres January 2posted 11 Dec 2018
Exploring Arkansas in HD premieres Jan. 2 and includes trips to some truly unexpected places you cant always find in Arkansas. And believe me, you wont want to miss Chuck in a pirates shirt. What struck me is how appropriate it looks on him. A previous life as a pirate explorer me thinks? Im not too sure Im that far off with that one mateys. And now shot in HD, even more beautiful.
How does one come to possess a $1 million to $1.5 million antique? Tune in to "Antiques Roadshow" Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. to find out. The episode, which was originally taped July 23 in Tulsa, features the highest-value appraisal in the series' sixteen years of production.
After its Emmy win, Downton Abbey now has the attention of the Golden Globes as well, being nominated in the best miniseries or TV movie category. Well-deserved, this outstanding period piece from PBS is back this Sunday, Dec. 18th with Season 1, Part 2. Catch up online or in the first minute of the opener Sunday with a fairly lengthy recap.
Arts Fridays brings you student films, The Little Mermaid from the San Francisco ballet posted 11 Dec 2018
Arts Fridays December 16 brings you Arkansas student films as part of our Student Selects project at 6:30 p.m. followed by PBS Arts from San Francisco Great Performances: The Little Mermaid From the San Francisco Ballet at 9 p.m. Fridays featured films are produced as part of Project VoiceScape, that helps youth have the opportunity to learn valuable filmmaking skills and about themselves.
Special Exploring Arkansas episodes air Sun., Dec. 18 starting at 12:30 p.m. If you have always wanted to pick Chucks outdoor savvy brain, heres your chance! Starting at 12:30, you can watch Chucks Top 10 Favorite Places, then at 1:30 Exploring Arkansass National Parks followed at 2:30 by Exploring Arkansass National Wildlife Refuges. Get ready to lace up those hiking shoes!
Delight in the New York City Ballet's presentation of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" as part of "Live From Lincoln Center" airing Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. The program will be hosted by Arkansas native and School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton.
Downton Abbey Season 1 is back Sun., Dec. 11, so eyeball it to get ready for Season 2 premiering Jan. 8! Maybe you have forgotten the earl, Violet or the Crawleys? Catch up on whos who from the upper class fam to the Staff. Oh, how I have missed John Bates, the valet -and where exactly did Lady Mary leave it with Matthew in the love department? Quick, I need the Downton Abbey refresher 101 before I settle in for Season 2 on January 8.
Settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and your warmest slippers for a Friday night of holiday-themed music beginning at 6:30 p.m. with "AETN Presents: A Holiday Music Gala" followed by "Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert" at 8:30.
VOTE for your favorite AETN program from 2011 now through December 31. From our long-time standards like Exploring Arkansas to specials such as Extreme Weather and our music show AETN Presents: On the Front Row, tell us what you liked best!
Join Sid the Science kid every day this week at 12:30 p.m. for Technology & Engineering Week. Sid and his friends meet all kinds of scientists in a new week of episodes celebrating technology and engineering. Explore computers, investigate flight, and learn how to engineer a solution during Technology & Engineering Week premiering Dec. 5-9. Know an engineer? Pass it on.
This December, AETN Plus/World offers a compelling assortment of documentaries which explore a phenomenon as old as humanity itself: religion. From Christianity, Judaism and Islam, many of the world's most prominent religions are explored in a variety of programs.
Tune in this Friday at 6:30 to see AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bonnie Montgomery and Montgomery Trucking that includes her opera about Bill Clinton in his Arkansas youth for AETN Arts Fridays. Stay tuned starting at 9 for "PBS Arts from New York Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli in Central Park.
What is it about watching a man in the Alaskan wilderness build a cabin with his bare hands that we find so enthralling? Is it the simplicity, solitude or ingenuity? Regardless, be sure to tune in to "Alone in the Wilderness" part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
"HIV/AIDS in Arkansas" will examine AIDS 30 years later, AIDS and people over 50, risk factors, myths, transmission, treatment, prevention, and programs and services. Tune in Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.
What does the future hold for Social Security, Medicare and Arkansas's aging population? According to AARP Arkansas, more than 600,000 Arkansans rely on Social Security and/or Medicare but will the funds be there for you when you need them? Tune in to "Will Social Security and Medicare be There for You?" Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
If someone in your family is a Curious George fan, then you won't want to miss the "Curious George" Holiday Spectacular, including the premiere of "Curious George: The Movie," airing on Thanksgiving Day.
Get your weekend started the right way with tonight's AETN Arts Friday showcasing women performers on "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Smittle Band featuring Stephanie Smittle" and PBS Arts from Cleveland "Women Who Rock."
Gaining unprecedented access to the notoriously private film legend, Emmy Award-winner Robert Weide delves into Woody Allens life and creative process, from his childhood and early career through to his most recent film Midnight in Paris, in this new, two-part documentary.
Portfolio Day brings more than 10 colleges and Arkansas art students together in Conway where high school students intending to pursue a degree in the arts can showcase their work to colleges in the region to discuss programs and potential scholarships. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at AETN, 350 South Donaghey Ave., Conway. For information, email email@example.com.
AETN Arts Fridays continues with local rock n rollers Kevin Kerby + Battery and American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man." Dont miss Kevin Kerby…witty...humble…fun…honest songwriting. Bill T. Jones is a story within a story…an African-American choreographer leading his dance troupe through Lincolns story… behind the scenes, beautifully told.
East China Normal University art is coming to Arkansas, in a never-before-seen exhibit that will be open at AETN's Atrium and you can get the first look and meet some of the artists at an opening reception on Monday, Nov. 14, from 4-6 p.m.
Vote for what music you want to see and hear for our Nov. 10 music show. AETN airs an eclectic mix of national and local music shows each Thursday night at 9 and now YOU have the chance to vote for what you want to watch for this Thursday. Choose from local artists like the Cate Brothers and Trout Fishing. Visit www.aetn.org/programs to cast your vote!
A great match on Friday with some banjo, folkgrass and toe tapping music with Still on the Hill and Give me the Banjo its truly finger pickin' good. Hailing from the Ozarks, Still on the Hill features unique folkgrass 6:30 this Friday followed at 9 p.m. by PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me The Banjo.
Youll want to take a look at this private eye on Masterpiece: Case Histories Sunday at 9 p.m. I have seen the first two hours of this three-part series and its just brilliant. As most things are on Masterpiece. But this new P.I. Brodie has it all strong man, sensitive father, struggling human…three great mysteries rolled into one brilliant, mesmerizing story that concludes masterfully.
"One Last Thing" takes an unflinching look at Jobss difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, "One Last Thing" looks into why he was so great.
'Deaf Jam' screening highlights culture of American Sign Languageposted 11 Dec 2018
Most of us think of poetry as either written or spoken, but what about American Sign Language poetry? Last night's Community Cinema screening of "Deaf Jam" highlighted American Sign Language poetry and offered insight into the importance of the deaf community's culture.
October programs on AETN Plus/WORLD feature activist women - including 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbwoee and Tawakkul Karman. You can catch "Woman War and Peace" Part 1 online now and Part 2 this Friday on AETN Plus. "Iron ladies of Liberia" kicks off next week and focuses on Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.
Acclaimed physicist and host Brian Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world wed hardly recognize a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.
AETN rocks out with Pearl Jam and Cameron Crowe this Friday at 9 with "American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty." Watch the full film by Cameron Crowe about this masterful group of musicians. Join us earlier at 6:30 p.m. for "AETN Presents: On the Same Page" with children's author Darcy Pattison as she discusses her latest book, "Prairie Storms". Visit www.aetn.org/artsfridays for more information.
AETN online calendar of events, specials now availableposted 11 Dec 2018
An AETN online calendar of events, concerts, special programs and more is now available at aetn.org/engage/calendar. Check out what free screenings are going on in your community, what concerts are coming to town through the AETN Foundation, special programming like the PBS Fall Arts Festival and special events like Family Day.
The Smittle Band brought jazzy blues to AETN last nightposted 11 Dec 2018
Last night, the bluesy, jazzy musicians called The Smittle Band played to a full house at AETN's studios in Conway to tape an episode of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" that will air Friday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Philip Martin from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette labels the group a "smooth, swinging Dan Hicks for NPR listeners."
AETN Arts Fridays debuts this week grab a chair for your 6:30 and 9 p.m. arts fix starting with "AETN Presents: On the Same Page with C.D. Wright" and then "The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore." Wright was born in the Ozarks and speaks about her latest book, "One With Others: (A Little Book of her Days)." "H.M.S. Pinafore" is a ton o fun - bright costumes and plenty of silliness.
Lawrence Welk Saturday night dance party, all ages allowed, especially kids seven and under who enjoy the random 7 p.m. dance party on a Saturday night in the living room. Im not sure if it was the music or the big hair and swanky red dresses that caught my 5-year-olds eye, but that girl was up and dancing to big band and swing music two weeks ago like nobodys business.
Delight in this spectacular new production of the beloved
Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater, directed by the
theaters artistic director, Joe Dowling. Infused with fresh musical
arrangements of Sullivans memorable melodies - ranging from big band
swing to classic pop - HMS Pinafore is pure joy and sensational
entertainment for everyone.
"Prohibition" is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.
AETN will debut AETN Arts Fridays on Friday nights beginning Oct. 14 to bring world class arts and culture programming to your living room with local Arkansas authors and bands via locally produced arts and culture series AETN Presents at 6:30 p.m. and the unprecedented PBS Arts Fall Festival at 9 p.m. PBS is Americas largest stage and AETN has it for you every Friday!
If you've lived in Arkansas very long, you may have heard the saying "If you don't like the weather, just hang around; it will change." And for the most part, that saying is pretty accurate. Forecasts only go so far in Arkansas, no matter what weatherman you prefer. But this past year, Arkansas's had more than its fair share of extreme weather. From deadly flooding and tornadoes, drought, extreme heat indexes to even negative temperatures, Arkansas's weather has run the gamut.
KTEJ-19/Jonesboro will be off the air September 7 though the week of September 12 . A tower crew is replacing conductors in the transmission line as part of the final stage of the KTEJ maximization project. In the meantime, you can watch many of our programs online by visiting http://watch.aetn.org. We apologize for the inconvenience!
This one-hour live show will consist of highly motivated individuals
from various organizations that represent the iBelieve Community
Coalition, including Centers for Youth and Families, Let Our Violence
End (L.O.V.E.), Boys and Girls Club, and the OK Program among others who
are developing creative ways for involving volunteers, mentors, and
tutors in our community.
Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist, best known for his complex fingerpicking style, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. He is one of 4 CGPs (Certified Guitar Player) handed the award by Chet Atkins. He was considered a child prodigy, playing guitar since age 4. Watch him Aug. 13 and catch him live at UCA Oct. 6.
A special treat for Celtic Thunder fans: Keith Harkins solo performance airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. Last November, Keith surprised us with a solo performance in our studio and that is what you will see tonight on "AETN Presents: On The Front Row". It's a great show. I have to admit that I like Keith even better in this type of performance than his performances as a member of Celtic Thunder.
The Cat in the Hat vs. Alaskan Grizzly in Fight Club you make the call. We dont give our kids enough credit. Kids get it. They can understand, learn and love BOTH PBS Kids shows AND Nature. I got a double dose of bears this week. Im not a particular lover of the bear (polar, grizzly, animated or otherwise) but anything having to do with animals or nature at my house is a hit.
The black mamba is one of Africa's most dangerous and feared snakes, known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Rearing up with its head four feet above the ground, it strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins and is ten times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human.
This documentary profiles former First Lady Betty Ford, her time in the White House, her advocacy for equal rights and the substance addiction that led to the founding of the Betty Ford Center in California. The program draws from an interview with Mrs. Ford, then 84, conducted in 2002 by historian Michael Beschloss.
Building on a year of audience growth on-air and on digital and mobile platforms, PBS announces a new slate of fall programming, including a celebration of the arts, Ken Burns's and Lynn Novick's latest film, PROHIBITION, and a new four-part miniseries, "The Fabric of the Cosmos," that reunites physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene with NOVA.
Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christies detective
with a gentle smile and probing mind in the all-new episode The Pale
Horse. Miss Marples old friend is found murdered, and when she
receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss
Marple seeks justice.
Americas biggest and brightest birthday party, "A Capitol Fourth", features unrivaled musical performances by some of the countrys best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
If you havent been to a Community Cinema yet this season, you have one last chance. Well be screening Two Spirits on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. If you cant make it to that screening, well have another on the following Monday, June 27, at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock, also at 6 p.m.
Bill Murray Hosts Great Performances: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 Tuesday, June 7 at 9 p.m. on AETNPerformers Include Clapton, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and More
Do Your Part? We all have different "favorite" programs on AETN. But thats not the reason I do my part. My main reason is Karley, Jackson and Lucas, my niece and nephews. They're 7, 5 and almost 2. I've watched Karley and Jackson grow up with PBS Kids programming because their aunt worked on Sesame Street. I hope that you'll consider why AETN is important to you and Do Your Part!
AETN helped celebrate PBS KIDS
favorite "Dinosaur Train" National Train Day, increase membership in
AETN's Kids Go! Club and give Arkansas's children a chance to experience riding
the rails firsthand by conducted a month-long online contest and awarded 50
three-to eight-year-old children and their guardians on a three-hour historic
train ride through Arkansass beautiful Boston Mountains.
Discover the true story of Americas Great Experiment. Go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with Ken Burns and Lynn Novicks PROHIBITION.
PBSKids helps with literacy
and encourages reading raise a reader this summer with special programming,
social media projects and summer reading challenges all with your favorite
PBSKids characters. Check out free
activities, email reminders, free downloadable activities, book suggestions and
more at www.pbsparents.org/read and
www.pbskids.org/read . PBS is Americas largest classroom read
with us this summer!
Over the last year, Masterpiece on Sundays has had a banner season, which saw viewership increase 54 percent compared to last season. Partly due to "Downton Abbey" (we'll see more in 2012) and the new "Upstairs, Downstairs" Masterpiece thrives with the old....today. Tune in next month with Masterpiece Mystery to see what the chatter is about.
What is love? Is it toleration of things you dont understand? Is it an attachment to someone or a display of affection? Maybe its all of these things or none at all. Ive lived my life believing that I understood love that I knew how to love. Today in Anniston, AL. I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about it.
As a kid growing up in a traditional Christian church, there was nothing unordinary about singing hymns every Sunday morning and more often than not, up to three times a week. We were singin fools. I knew the songs by heart and it became part of my culture and lifestyle.
For more than two decades, PBS has been proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country with the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT. The evening, that has become an American tradition, offers viewers a time to remember, to heal and bring our country together.
June brings new series of "Barnes and...posted 11 Dec 2018
<p>"Barnes and...," hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes and
in its 20th year, is a cutting-edge current affairs program featuring
one-on-one conversations with a wide variety of prominent individuals
from many areas of interest and backgrounds.</p>
Walking off the bus to a roaring round of applause at Mary Washington University (UMW) today, I almost instantly understood the importance of community. As we approached the welcoming crowd we were greeted with smiles, kind words of encouragement and a genuine sense of joy that we were continuing the legacy of the Freedom Riders.
The day before the original Freedom Riders departed Washington D.C. for the first ride in 1961, they came together in what was half-jokingly referred to as the last supper. They settled on Chinese food unfamiliar cuisine to a then 19-year-old John Lewis. I say half-jokingly because, though they hoped for the best, they knew that the consequences of their impending ride could potentially lead to death. Their lives were on the line and they had spent months preparing for this nonviolent movement to eradicate segregation in the South.
Isn't it amazing how a few determined people can help change
the course of history? It's not often public broadcasting gets a mention
on network television, but when the subject is something as influential
as the original 1961 Freedom Rides, all bets are off.
Arkansass participation in the Civil War will be commemorated
during this years Arkansas Heritage Month. The outbreak of the Civil
War led to a divide within Arkansas as Ozark farmers initially preferred
allegiance to the Union, while Delta planters favored secession. This
year marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict that
divided our nation.
A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up
education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern
landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey and Penelope Wilton
star. Laura Linney hosts.Ambitious teacher Sarah Burton (Anna Maxwell
Martin) returns to her Yorkshire origins to apply for the job of
headmistress at the local girl's school. Landowner Robert Carne (David
Morrissey) mistrusts all she stands for. Penelope Wilton also stars.
Students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governors Academic Competition at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Saturday, April 30, in Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2011. Quiz Bowl 2011 will be broadcast on Saturday in two sections 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The finals will involve seven conferences for a total of 14 teams.
Thirty lucky Dinosaur Train fans, along with one guardian per child, will get to embark on a three-hour, 70-mile roundtrip train journey hosted by AETN and the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad on May 21. The contest is open to kids ages 3-8. The entry deadline is May 6. To learn more and to enter, visit aetn.org/kids.
As soon as AETN learned that an Arkansas resident had a seat reserved on the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, we were excited to find out why she decided to apply and what she hoped to learn from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions and these are her responses. We look forward to following her journey and sharing it with you!
Spanish language and music learning come to PBS Kids GO! through two
new animated children's web series, "Chuck Vanderchuck's 'Something
Something' Explosion" and "Noah Comprende", demonstrating PBS's
continued commitment to offer engaging and educational media for
children across all platforms.
Samantha Williams, a political science major at the University of Arkansas, is one of 40 students who will participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride May 6-16. Like the original Freedom Ride in 1961, the 2011 Student Freedom Ride 10-day journey will begin in Washington, D.C. and end in Jackson, Miss.
"Black in Latin America", a new four-part series on the
influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest
documentary film from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
presenter and writer of the acclaimed PBS series "African American
Lives" (2006), "Oprahs Roots" (2007), "African American Lives 2"
(2008), "Looking for Lincoln" (2009), and "Faces of America" (2010).
Thank you to all the parents for coming to this year's Family
Day at the Jones Center in Springdale. This was one of the best Family
yet! We hope you had a great time. See full article for some pictures of this
Its 1936 and, sweeping away the cobwebs from the most famous address in MASTERPIECE history, a new couple moves into 165 Eaton Place. Thus resumes the romantic, moving, and epic story of Upstairs Downstairs, more than three decades after its last episode on PBS. Lavishly produced, beautifully acted, and eagerly awaited by millions of fans, Upstairs Downstairs is one of the jewels in the crown of MASTERPIECEs 40th season. It airs in three one-hour episodes on MASTERPIECE Classic, Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24, 2011 at 9 p.m.
On the 150th anniversary of the beginning of Americas Civil War, PBS will re-broadcast Ken Burnss entire landmark 1990 series. The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns airs Sunday, April 3 through Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
U.N.I.T.Y. documentary tells tough, real-life stories about inmates in an Arkansas maximum security unit and the support group helping them to accept their current situations, reflect on the decisions that got them there, and work to better their lives and the lives of others. The film shares personal stories that are shocking, sorrowful, angry and hopeful. U.N.I.T.Y. airs April 28 at 7 p.m.
AETN, the Arkansas Department of Education and ASCD, the internationally renowned producer of books, video, audio and onsite professional development for educators and leadership, have partnered to enhance professional development opportunities for Arkansas educators through the IDEAS professional development website.
Get your kids involved in home improvement projects and enjoy that good family time AND get stuff done. Watch this weekend's "Ask This Old House" taped in Little Rock together and then get going around your own house!
Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail and his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. In NATURE "Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey, "Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub ever seen in Ranthambore, one of Indias best protected tiger reserves.
Based on the bestselling novel by William Boyd, Any Human Heart is a rollercoaster ride through one man's life. A trio of great actors portray the different life stages of hero Logan Mountstuart, a writer, lover, art dealer and spy living by his wits in the tumultuous 20th century.
Every day, nearly 7,000 people die in America. And when these deaths happen suddenly, or under suspicious circumstances, we assume there will be a thorough investigation, just like we see on CSI. But the reality is very different.
As the white tail season is rapidly approaching its conclusion, this rookie hunter has come to a conscience understanding that hunting is far more than the trophies we mount on our walls, the meat we store in the freezer, and the stories we embellish around the campfireits an all out addiction! I confess I am actively seeking a Deer Hunters Anonymous group to join.
Technology and media consumption is changing at a rapid pace. We at AETN and PBS recognize the importance of keeping up with these trends, and we understand that more and more people are getting their content from mobile devices. So, in order to meet these trends head on, we have developed mobile applications that allow our viewers to receive our great content on the go.
I've noticed a ritual that's developed whenever I have a new show on AETN. The night of the premiere broadcast I come to AETN about a half hour early and hang out in Master Control. I talk with whoever is on duty but we both know I'm there to make sure the show starts without any glitches. This isn't something I should worry about because we have some great people in the engineering department and any issues have been worked out well in advance. But I still do it. For whatever superstitious reason I feel I need to be in the building. Once the show has started I excuse myself from Master Control and go up to my office where I watch the rest of the show on a monitor at my desk. When it's over, I go home, waving good-bye to the Master Control operators on my way out.
Television's demand for "action" pictures is insatiable and foolish. Too many editors and producers abhor what is called "a talking head." Tom Shales, the Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic of the Washington Post, once observed that "the most interesting thing you can put on television is a talking head." Depending, of course, on what the "head" has to say.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will broadcast Gov.
Mike Beebes State of the State address on AETN-1Tuesday, Jan. 11, at
approximately 10:30 a.m., following the swearing in of new
representatives. During the course of the 2011 legislative session, AETN will also broadcast the Arkansas House of Representatives
session live on AETN-2 beginning Monday, Jan. 10. The session will begin
at approximately 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. on Friday
for the next four to six weeks.
Called "the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived" by critic Pauline Kael, Jeff Bridges has been plying his craft most of his life. With a first role as an infant in his mother Dorothy's arms and a childhood television debut in his father Lloyd's television series Sea Hunt, he burst onto the silver screen in The Last Picture Show in 1971 and was immediately recognized with a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
New Year, new programs!posted 11 Dec 2018
It's a new year and with the new year comes some great new programming from AETN and PBS!
A stately country house, a noble family, and a succession crisis caused by the sinking of the Titanic are the backdrop for 'Downton Abbey', an Edwardian spellbinder by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). Following the lives of aristocrats and servants in the years before World War I, Downton Abbey chronicles the hunts, garden parties and sexual intrigues on the estate. The series that took the UK by storm, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, and a house full of revered actors in a production that brings a glittering bygone era to life.
If you're a regular AETN and PBS viewer, then you probably recognize that unmistakable music from "Star Gazer." Here's your chance to hear that music again and learn a lot about the total lunar eclipse happening tonight around 1:41 a.m.
Pioneers of Television: Science Fiction The first episode of Pioneers of Television Season Two explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of "The Twilight Zone") used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force ... or, perhaps, a giant radish.
This groundbreaking series focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material.
Yesterday was World AIDS Day - a day to highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS is clearly a complex worldwide health problem that affects individuals, families and communities at large. Each year, AETN airs 'HIV/AIDS in Arkansas' to dispel the myths and uncover the facts about HIV/AIDS transmission including statewide updates from local experts. The program details how the disease can be spread, prevention, testing, and current treatments.
I have a sneaking suspicion that around the Thanksgiving table I am going to have to cleverly voice the things I am thankful for this year. Fine, I say....I have been obsessing over this for nearly a week now. The clever part I'm not so sure I can pull off BUT I do earn my every other Friday paycheck knowing 'words' so I figure I can string some together to make a semi-coherent sentence on a Thursday afternoon...starting with my standby blessings of having legs to run, a heart to love, arms to hug my kiddos.
Spend your Thanksgiving with AETN! We have arranged a festive lineup of concerts to brighten your holiday. Programs include Faith Hill singing her favorite songs from her holiday album, Joy to the World, Michael McDonald performs his yuletide favorites, and Chicago's celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass ensemble for "A Renaissance Christmas" celebrates the soaring sounds of the holiday season.
'American Experience' and AETN is bringing you the 50-year-old story of this ride this May 16 in a heart-wrenching but hopeful tale of survival, fighting for the right thing, in a time crying out for help. And during the 10 days before the film premieres - May 6-16 - 40 college students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join some of the original Freedom Riders and retrace that 1961 historical route...learn their stories...learn about their struggles...and bring light to an event in history not to be forgotten.
This fall, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize salutes Tina Fey. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 90-minute special features a star-studded cast of Feys friends and colleagues.
Miller Williams - famed poet, award-winner, author, professor - his life as poetry. AETN invites you to a free advance screening of Men & Women of Distinction: Miller Williams. Join the Fayetteville native for a reception and poetry reading, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Fayetteville.
In October 2010, John Lennon would have been 70-years old. In December 2010, he will have been dead for 30 years. Yet, his art still haunts us. AMERICAN MASTERS tells John Lennon's story as it has never been told before -- and as it will never be told again.
Were excited to announce an update to the AETN iPhone app. It now has some new features and better functionality. Weve added Flickr to the app, better integration with YouTube, more sharing options, push notifications for fast updates on important information, and an overall improved experience for users. Weve also updated the graphics to take advantage of the iPhone 4s Retina display, which means the graphics will now look more crisp and clear.
Ever dream of running away with the circus? Go beyond the big top with the traveling Big Apple Circus, where the stories are true and the magic is real. Listen and watch as producers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre relive the journey with crew members, acrobats, clowns and other amazing characters under the tent.
PBS NewsHour will be providing live election coverage online. Be sure to watch here or log onto to the NewsHour website at 9pm for an hour of exclusive online only coverage. At 10pm, NewsHour will extend their coverage to broadcast. The PBS NewsHour Special Report: Election Night 2010 will provide current returns and analysis as polls are closing on the West Coast.
Trapped under nearly a half-mile of solid rock in a collapsed mine in Chiles remote Atacama desert, 33 miners fight for survival, battling 95 degree heat, near-total darkness and most dangerous of all the risk of losing all hope of rescue. NOVA chronicles the miners 69-day ordeal and the heroic work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring the trapped miners safely to the surface.
Stereotypes are tricky things. Just talking about stereotypes has the ability to make people uncomfortable, so how do you host a screening of a film about stereotypes and hold a panel discussion afterward? By being frank.
Today at the River Market in Little Rock, "Ask This Old House" hosts Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva treated more than 100 fans to a taping of a new 'workshop' segment of the show. Tricks of the trade, home improvement questions from the audience and a workshop on fixing window screens led to two hours of learning and fun on a rainy Tuesday morning.
Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits. When an unidentified woman, dressed all in pink, turns up murdered in an abandoned building, Sherlock must use the science of deduction to catch the killer.
Students from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts perform Cant Stop the Beat from Hairspray during A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House in the East Room of the White House.
Telling Amy's Story airs Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., immediately followed by a live domestic violence crisis hotline at 8 p.m. Telling Amy's Story chronicles the tragic death of Amy Homan McGee, a domestic violence victim, mother of two and former Verizon employee who was shot and killed by her husband.
"Ask This Old House" comes to Little Rock!posted 11 Dec 2018
"Ask This Old House" is currently seeking home improvement projects in the Little Rock area to be filmed during the week of Oct. 18--that's next week!
Frontline: The Spill Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a serial environmental criminal that left behind a long trail of problems deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators.
AETN along with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Systems (CAVHS) and other groups and sponsors are all set to participate in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/ Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) welcome home event.
Being an intern at AETN has been a surprisingly pleasant experience so far. Not to say that I expected the job to be a nightmare, but I'm a Broadcast Journalism major working in the PR/Marketing department.
Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) investigates the brutal slaying of an elderly couple at an isolated farmhouse. The fallout from the case leads the detective to doubt everything, including his abilities as a police officer. Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander, Series II: Faceless Killers airs Sundays, Oct. 3, 10, & 17 at 9:00 p.m.
I spent my Friday afternoon visiting with some great people in Northeast Arkansas. My initial reason for visiting the region was to attend a conference in Jonesboro, but along the way I made it a point to stop to talk with some locals about the upcoming elections. We, at AETN, are collecting citizens thoughts on what problems are affecting Arkansans across the state for the upcoming elections. As part of this project, we are videotaping their responses and posting them on our Debates Website. Were hoping to encourage a conversation to help better inform voters in the upcoming election.
God In America How has religious belief shaped American history? What role have religious ideas and spiritual experience played in shaping the social, political, and cultural life of what has become the worlds most religiously diverse nation?
The Student Selects 2010 Showcase is now available for viewing online.Each year the number of submissions and the quality of production increases. This year's broadcast contains some of the most entertaining shorts yet!
Bonnie Montgomery rocked the house last last week during a taping of AETN Presents: On the Front Row to be aired this November. I'm not sure that AETN fans have ever had the eclectic show we were treated to last Thursday.
President and Mrs. Obama will host a concert on June 2 in honor of musician Sir Paul McCartneys receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event in the White House East Room will include performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Lang Lang and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.
We all have such busy lives--work, family, chores--that finding time to volunteer seems impossible. However, did you know that in 2009, 63.4 million Americans contributed 8.1 billion (yes, BILLION) hours of service?
A Capitol Fourth will air live in HD from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home and to our service members around the world on the American Forces Network. Bringing viewers the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the 30th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH will capture the stunning pyrotechnics from every vantage point with 18 TV cameras stationed around the city including the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument and across the Potomac River. In tribute to Americas 234th birthday, the show will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery
If you haven't had the chance to check out PBS new show Need to Know then you're missing out on a really well-produced program. Here are some video segments they have produced covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me) artist, Arkansas natives bring top hits to AETN. Four native Arkansans turned hit Nashville songwriters, producers and musicians Wayland Holyfield, Mark Wright, Randy Goodrum and Shawn Camp will perform a free concert at the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios Thursday, June 24, at 7 p.m. for an upcoming episode of AETN Presents: On the Front Row.
Announcing the complete Exploring Arkansas collection now available online! We have been working hard to answer your request to watch your favorite episodes of Exploring Arkansas anytime and anywhere. As of today the entire archive of Chuck Dovish's adventures are online and free for you to watch. This collection will continue to grow as Chuck shows us new and exciting areas of our beautiful state each month.
We've all heard "man's best friend." In fact, we've heard "man's best friend" so much that we almost forget the meaning.But when was the last time you really thought about the significance of what "man's best friend" really means?
A couple weeks ago, AETN aired a documentary, "Through a Dog's Eyes," about the training and placement of service dogs.
I spilled a couple of tears no more than five minutes into the 60-minute film. Ill admit Im an easy crier, but not for just any reason. Although vastly different from my own familys experience, the parallels that were there throughout the story were both surprising and comforting. The grieving that comes after diagnosis. (Even though didnt each of us who got that diagnosis for our child already know? And I mean know. Long before the rubber stamp.) The lingering guilt and fear that wakes you up in the middle of the night. What did I do wrong? What am I not doing right? What am I not doing enough of
We have launched AETN Mobile, our new mobile website. We've been working on it for a few months now - mainly planning out the featured content and finding time to pull it all together. Were really excited about allowing viewers to access AETN content on the go. Viewers can now read our Engage Blog, check our daily schedule, watch AETN videos, get important notices and a whole lot more.
In Search of Arkansas's First Peopleposted 11 Dec 2018
Most people are willing to participate in something bigger than they are. The construction of Arkansass First People brought out curiosity and a willingness to listen to different perspectives. It also enlightened people to the fact that though Arkansas does not have contemporary American Indian nations within its borders, Native people are still involved with the Natural State.
Interactive mediums - such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, ext - are becoming more and more popular each day. Each week millions of people login to these new social mediums to send out billions of updates. There is a ton of information out there and its difficult for organizations - non-profit and for-profit, alike - to know how to effectively engage their audiences. Right now, organizations are frantically running around trying to keep up with the whirling winds of change that are happening all around them. AETN is no exception.
Blahblah….Earth Day….This morning a co-worker said to me "This is the only place I have ever worked where we celebrate Earth Day." I laughed as I showed him my shirt (my attempt to represent the vegetarian peeps of the world today) 'Eat More Greens' with Bambi smiling a sweet little don't eat me grin. Dang, that deer has some long lashes.
There's kind of a running joke here at AETN about how no one wants my job doing viewer services. When someone says, "You couldn't pay me a million dollars to do your job!" I usually just laugh...mostly out of self-pity because I'm doing the job for waaaaay less than a million dollars, and sometimes wonder why. So why is my job better than yours? I'll tell you why.
I was watching Austin City Limits the other night and Wilco was on, preforming songs from their 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky. It was a great performance. I have had friends that swore by their music for years, but I had never felt any kind of draw to them - that is until late last year when I purchased their most recent album Wilco, Self-titled. Its a decent album. There are some really good songs on it - but still - I didnt understand what the big deal was about this band? The performance I watched of them on ACL changed all that.
The Holocaust...Anne Frank...The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorates this emotional and enormous event in our history April 11-18 with the official recognized Days of Remembrance this month. Remembering the Holocaust in an official way serves a few purposes in my busy and not so always focused mind...stop. think. remember. And...then look look forward taking what we learned from this massive event in time....keep our eyes on human rights. ALL THE TIME.
Last weekend I drove up to Fayetteville to meet Miller Williams, our next featured subject, and Ernie Dumas, the host, to shoot some outdoor footage for the episode. While we had shot the sit-down interview back in November, we still needed the walk-and-talk, where Ernie and Miller would literally walk and talk around the U of A campus. Most likely youve seen the walk-and-talk in other shows but havent noticed it. For me, its my favorite part of the production of these shows. Its like the cherry on top of a sundae; that little something extra that makes the show more interesting.
AETN Family Day was a huge success for everyone involved - AETN, the Jones Center for Families, and - of course - the kids! We had a huge turnout of over 3000 kids and parents. It was a whole lot of fun. There were scheduled activities throughout the day for kids to take part in - reading with Clifford, sing-along with Buddy the Dinosaur, and a whole lot more. Kids had a blast.
Last Friday, March 5, Silent Storytellers was screened at the Clinton School for Public Service. It was the first public screening of Silent Storytellers, a documentary that explores the history and preservation of Arkansass cemeteries.
So...it's Spring Break, what on earth do you do with your kiddos? Last year as I was pondering this all important question (and it IS important as parents know...we all want an enjoyable time and to keep our little ones occupied...and it's also a necessity to plan well with a full time job) I knew for sure that I needed to stay close to home and do something inexpensive. Well, not only did I find something that was great amounts of fun for all of us, but it was FREE and just a short (and super fun) road trip away! I loaded up the critters, some Goldfish crackers and water for the ride, and off we went to Springdale for AETN's Family Day event.
We just launched a new look and feel to the AETN Website. Its not a total redesign. We focused on updating what we already have in place. We adopted the new PBS branding strategy, made pages a little easier to find, and gave visitors a more welcoming homepage.
Past Clarksville off Interstate 40 in Arkansas lies the foothills of the Ozarks. In that part of the state live people with a rich heritage. One of these people is a woman by the name of Abby Burnett. (VIDEO)
I spent a snowy afternoon the other day with the director of the upcoming documentary, "Silent Storytellers". We spoke about how he came on board with the project and how being a part of it has affected him personally. (VIDEO)
I spent some time with the Exploring Arkansas production crew the other day as they went on a shoot at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is about 8 miles south of Dardanelle, Arkansas right on the Arkansas River Valley. Beautiful area.
I just came from the Silent Storytellers documentary screening and it was amazing. The videography and music was beautiful, the stories were compelling, and the storytellers were fascinating. The documentary follows individuals across the state as they bring awareness to preserving deteriorating cemeteries.
AETN comes to the iPhoneposted 11 Dec 2018
AETN has just launched the new iPhone app. Its got some really neat features that we think viewer are going to find very handy. You can check the program schedule of all three AETN channels - AETN-1, AETN-2, and AETN-3. You can keep up with the Engage Blog. Theres a notice tab that is updated with any changes to the programming schedules. The notice also serves as a way to inform our viewers about antenna outages and important news. You can follow our Twitter feed. You can watch AETN videos. And you can find ways to help support AETN.
Were going to be airing the Hope for Haiti Now telethon tonight at 7 p.m. to help bring awareness to the needs of the people of Haiti. Its going to be hosted by George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper. All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation.
First of all a great big "thank you" for all of you who made it to our Meet Me In The Park at Hot Springs Saturday -- Park estimate was 3500 in attendance for that event !! Unbelievable ! So now, the big day the Big Show is almost upon us -- the premiere of the Ken Burns film -- "The National Parks - America's Best Idea" -- this Sunday, the 27th at 7pm. You DO NOT want to miss it !!
Join AETN in Arkansas's parks this summer, and rediscover your Natural State! It's time for your very own Arkansas adventure. Oh, and yeah, I'll really be there, along with other great members of the AETN team.
If you're an AETN fan looking for the latest AETN news, I'm your gal! And, if you're going to be reading my posts, I thought it might be nice to get to know me first. So, here's a little insight into my life, my work at AETN, and what you can expect to be reading in my blog.