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Catch a sneak peak at interviews with Arkansas Vietnam veterans to be aired on AETN leading up to the Ken Burns documentary on Sept. 17.

Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War" to premiere on AETN Sept. 17

Network announces initiative to salute Arkansas Vietnam veterans.

"The Vietnam War," a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on the Arkansas PBS Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The first five episodes will air Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21, and the final five episodes will air Sunday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 each night. A repeat broadcast will immediately follow the premiere of each episode. The series will repeat in October, with episodes airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning Oct. 3.

"The Vietnam War" features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. It includes rarely seen, digitally remastered archival footage, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

"The Vietnam War" features new, original music written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film also features new music arranged and performed by Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. Also included are more than 120 popular songs that define the era, including tracks from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E. King, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, The Temptations and more.

The film will be accompanied by an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong, and what lessons are to be learned. Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #VietnamWarPBS.

AETN's local initiative, "AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans," includes the following:

  • Vietnam Story Collection - AETN is collecting stories of those who experienced the Vietnam War. The public is invited to share stories through social media outlets with #VietnamStoriesPBS or the "Share Your Story" tool at
  • The Wall of Faces - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. AETN is encouraging the public to help collect the more than 150 missing Arkansas photos for The Wall of Faces.
  • Quilts of Valor - AETN and the Arkansas chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation have partnered to provide quilts of comfort and healing for Arkansas Vietnam veterans. The public is invited to nominate a veteran to receive a quilt. Anyone interested in contributing to the quilters' efforts may consider donating fabric and other quilting items at local screening events.
  • Preview Screening Events - AETN and community partners will host multiple preview screenings of "The Vietnam War" throughout the state in August and September. An opportunity for discussion will follow each screening.
  • Local Productions - AETN is producing local programs in conjunction with the series premiere, including "Arkansans Ask: Veterans History Project," "Men & Women of Distinction: Ray Rogers" and "Barnes and...A Conversation With Col. Karen Lloyd." Additionally, each Thursday night following regularly scheduled programs at 8 and 9 p.m., AETN will air short videos produced to complement "The Vietnam War."
  • Educational Resources - PBS is creating an interactive website and an educational initiative to engage teachers and students through multiple platforms. AETN PBS LearningMedia features a collection of classroom resources to encourage students to explore the many dimensions of this history including key military, political, and cultural events, as well as the diverse human experiences featured in the series. Lesson plans, videos, and activities will be available for K-12 students, teachers and parents.

Additional information about AETN's local initiative, including complete information on how to get involved, is available here.

AETN Partners with CSforAR PSA Campaign

The Arkansas PBS has partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education, the Women's Foundation of Arkansas, and AT&T to promote female and minority participation in computer science classes offered in Arkansas public schools. Through the CSforAR PSA Campaign, student teams are invited to use technology to create and pitch a public service announcement idea to a panel of judges. Submissions are due Sep. 22.

Computer Science education, now a mandated offering in Arkansas public schools, is critical to success in today's economy. Yet, female and minority students are under-represented in these classes. Initiatives to ensure the equity of opportunities for girls in STEM education and career pursuits are growing.

Arkansas students in grades 6-12 may build a team of at least two students, half of which must be female, and may submit up to two PSA proposals. Teams are encouraged to pitch their PSA idea that promotes girls and minorities in STEM/computer science education with a focus on grades 6-12.

Submissions should include an audio-visual script for a 30- to 60-second public service announcement. All content must be original. Complete submission guidelines are available here.

Winners will be invited to tour the AETN studios and observe the production of their PSA submission, which will be showcased at the December Girls of Promise Coding Summit.

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News from ArkansasIDEAS

New Documentary and Professional Development Course

"Music in Arkansas: Origins" tracks the development of Arkansas's rich musical heritage, beginning with the discovery of a 200 BC Hopewell panpipe, and concluding as "King Biscuit Time" hits the airwaves in 1941 Helena. "Origins," explores the role of Arkansas musicians and movements during the development of hymns, spirituals, ragtime, folk, blues, country, and rock and roll.

The importance of music in Arkansas is evident from many sources throughout this time period, from the Native American ceremonies described in the journals of 16th and 17th century Spanish and French explorers, to the 18th and 19th century records depicting the American westward movement and the settlement of the Delta, Ozark, and River Valley regions. Additionally, archeologists and researchers have found evidence of panpipes, rasps, rattles, flutes, whistles, drums, and other sound makers being used by prehistoric cultures throughout all six of Arkansas's distinct geographical regions­ - depicting an even more diverse soundscape and historical timeline.

In addition to the documentary, a professional development course for Arkansas educators has been developed, as well as an educator's guide containing classroom resources and activities. Look for the ArkansasIDEAS online professional development course at, and keep an eye on AETN's programming schedule for information on when the documentary will air.

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