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It’s that time of the year that some love and some dread – back to school for the kids! Either way you look at it, we’ve got a great lineup of programming this month for you to look forward to. Stick with AETN all month long as we bring you an exciting, new documentary about former Gov. Mike Beebe, new digital series, a live “Downton Abbey” special and more! Check out this month’s programming highlights below.


AETN Originals

• “Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe”

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“Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe," directed and produced by Kathryn Tucker, follows Beebe as he rose from his humble beginnings to become Arkansas's 45th governor. AETN, in partnership with the Arkansas Cinema Society, will host a screening of “Men & Women of Distinction: Mike Beebe” during Filmland. Visit for screening info.

Join us Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.

Tune in Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.


• “Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame”

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AETN, in partnership with the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame, will launch a new digital series featuring inductees. Watch every Wednesday on AETN's Facebook page to meet Arkansas women who have helped shape our state in incredible ways.

Tune in Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 14, at


• “GobbledyBook”

There's still time for early readers to gobble up stories from local celebrities, cool kids and other familiar faces in this new AETN digital series. Catch new episodes and see what you've missed on AETN's Facebook page.

Like us at for more.


• “Exploring Arkansas”

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Join host Chuck Dovish for this special wild caving adventure, as he takes you through some of the most memorable and awe-inspiring caves in Arkansas.

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m.


Public Affairs

• “Barnes and… A Conversation with James Fallows”

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Steve Barnes speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about his new book “Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America.” Fallows co-wrote the book with his wife, Deborah. The couple traveled to over two dozen small cities and towns to assess the pulse of the political, social and economic issues they face. Fallows shares stories from cities like Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Holland, Michigan; and Greenville, South Carolina in an effort to give a glimpse of today’s America. Barnes caught up with Fallows at the Clinton School of Public Service.

Tune in Monday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 p.m.


• “Barnes and… A Conversation with Joe David Rice”

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Can you believe that glaciers exist in Arkansas? According to Joe David Rice, author of “Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters and Curiosities of the Natural State,” they do. Rice visits with Steve Barnes to talk about volume one of his book. He explains that Arkansans can experience what geologists call “rock glaciers” in the Natural State, while also sharing other interesting stories about geology, history, people and traveling. Rice served 30 years as director of tourism for the state of Arkansas.

Tune in Monday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m.


• “Arkansans Ask: Education”

As students head back to classes for the 2019-2020 school year, we will take a look at education in Arkansas on the next “Arkansans Ask.” The program will focus on K-12 across the state regarding ACT Aspire, school report cards, teacher salaries and private and charter schools. To join the discussion, viewers may call 800-662-2386, email, or tweet #ARASK.

Tune in Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.


PBS Favorites

• “Downton Abbey Live!”

In anticipation of the September 2019 premiere of the Downton Abbey feature film, this new PBS live special will be broadcast from New York City in front of a studio audience. In addition to lively conversation, never-before-heard stories and exclusive clips from the upcoming movie, PBS viewers from around the country will have an opportunity to have their questions answered by the cast and creators live.

Tune in Sunday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m.


• “Grantchester” Season Finale

While Will struggles with a decision that will determine his future, the violent death of a young man becomes conclusive proof to Geordie that the country's gone to the dogs.

Tune in Sunday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m.


Arts and Culture

• “American Experience – Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation”

In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, would become a legendary event, one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history.

Tune in Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m.



• “John Denver: Country Boy”

Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.

Tune in Sunday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 19, at 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 p.m.


• “Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2019”

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual concert from Schonbrunn Palace, with guest conductor Gustavo Dudamel and famed pianist Yuja Wang performing pieces including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Tune in Friday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m.


• “Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music”

Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

Tune in Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m.


Science and Nature

• “Ancient Skies: Our Place in the Universe”

Complete the puzzle of our ancient skies. A cast of scientific pioneers reshapes the solar system and better understands a growing universe. But there is still much more space to explore.

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m.


• “NOVA – The Planets: Ice Worlds”

In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings, supersonic winds and dozens of moons. And NASA's New Horizons gets a stunning up-close view of Pluto before venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt.

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m.


• “Magical Land of Oz: Land”

An exploration of one of the most magical lands on the planet. Its unique wildlife includes a tree-dwelling kangaroo, a spider that survives underwater and a bird that spreads fire.

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m.



• “Pinkalicious & Peterrific”

It's Pinkalicious' birthday! Join the celebration with a Pinkalicious & Peterrific movie special and a week of all-new episodes!

Tune in beginning Monday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m.



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