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“Good Roots” — Coming to Arkansas PBS April 16

For generations, Arkansans have thrived in rural communities, prospering through agriculture and developing deep traditions. In our new, monthly segment “Good Roots,” come with us to explore rural community life, agribusiness and more — and see how modern advances are evolving these experiences — starting April 16 during “Arkansas Week.”

Open Your Own Dialogue - “So You Want to Talk About Race” Giveaway

In our digital series, New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University co-host a frank, honest exchange about how to discuss race and the process behind Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Ready to learn more and open your own dialogues? Enter our Facebook contest by noon March 1 for a chance to win your own copy of the book.

“Driving While Black” Vlog With Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey

Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey – the co-directors of the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective and co-convenors of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement – are joining Arkansas PBS as monthly bloggers to share their informed opinions on current events and PBS programs. In their first vlog, hear their reactions to "Driving While Black,” which will re-broadcast tonight, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Celebrating Black History Month: Arkansas’s Oldest African-American Church

 Explore Arkansas’s rich African-American history through the lens of Little Rock’s First Missionary Baptist Church with Arkansas PBS education department intern Lauren Webber.

Preserving Arkansas's Black Church History

It is so very important that we preserve the history of the black churches for generations to come. For, without the church, we would be nothing. Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church History tells church history through its onsite heritage museum. Explore the church’s history and how it’s being preserved for future generations with lifelong member and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Curator of Collections Courtney Bradford, M.A.

Celebrating Black History Month — Virtual Events

Arkansas PBS honors Black history this month with a full slate of programming and related events as part of Arkansas PBS’s ongoing commitment to showcase diverse and inclusive content all year long. Read on to learn how you can join us for special discussions and screenings with local and national virtual events, tune in for outstanding programs and access local series and assets on your schedule.

Start the Conversation — “So You Want to Talk About Race” Giveaway

In our new digital series, New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University sit down for a frank and honest exchange about how to discuss race and the process behind Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Ready to learn more and start your own conversations? Enter our Facebook contest by noon Feb. 16 for a chance to win your own copy of the book.

“So You Want to Talk About Race” — Why It Matters Now

Who is an American, and who has the right to access all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities that come along with that status? Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, co-host of our “So You Want to Talk About Race” digital series and Arkansas State University graduate school dean and Vaughn Endowed Professor of History, explores why it’s important to revisit the issue of race now and shares additional reading suggestions in her guest blog after the jump.

So, You Want to Talk About “So You Want to Talk About Race”

Since writing “So You Want to Talk About Race,” Ijeoma Oluo has heard from many readers telling her how much they’ve enjoyed the book — and how it helped them have more productive conversations about race with friends, family, coworkers and community members. But, nearly as frequently, she’s also received requests for a discussion guide. Find out why, check out 11 basic guidelines for starting this conversation in your space and get connected with even more great resources after the jump in Ijeoma’s guest blog.

Dive Deeper Into Ocean Science With the Splash and Bubbles App for Parents

You can explore and learn together as a family every time you watch PBS KIDS programming, but how do you dig deeper into the subjects you’re exploring? PBS KIDS has a unique solution! Dive into ocean science with “Splash and Bubbles” and the Splash and Bubbles for Parents app and learn how Arkansans helped test it after the jump!

Give for the Next Moment! — Supporting Arkansas PBS

From the PBS programs and local traditions you love to pivoting to serve The Natural State in the face of COVID-19, Arkansas PBS is here for you, year to year and moment by moment. As you make your end-of-year giving plans, read with us to see how Arkansas PBS is making an impact you can support!

From the Frontier to Urban Forge — Blacksmithing With Historic Arkansas Museum

In “Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry” we’ve explored how Arkansas artisans are keeping ancient crafts alive — from the forge to finishing — with the smiths themselves and local historians. But Mountain View isn’t the only place in Arkansas you can dive into blacksmithing! Take a deeper dive into the craft with historic demonstrations of frontier era techniques with our friends at the Historic Arkansas Museum and master blacksmith Lin Rhea.

Our Gift to You: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Giveaway

For decades, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has been an American holiday tradition, and we’re proud to share it on Arkansas PBS this Sunday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. To make this celebration extra special, we’re giving some special gifts away for your young readers! Read on to see how to enter our Facebook contest.

Christmas Time Is Here on Arkansas PBS

From “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to brand-new editions of your PBS holiday favorites, we have some special gifts in store for you this season! Explore them with our PBS KIDS and PBS holiday schedules after the jump.

“Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry” — Double the Giving

Giving a great present and supporting public media for all of Arkansas? What could be more amazing than that? Maybe if your gift was a hand-crafted, fire-forged piece of Ozark artistry — and we can help make that happen! Read on to find out how you can give the gift of public media to The Natural State and receive an “Urban Forge: Ozark Artistry” thank-you gift.

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