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What We're Watching - July 2019

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In July, everything's heating up, and AETN's programming is no exception! Join us in July for brand new content from AETN, the country's longest-running July 4 national broadcast tradition and a lineup of space programming that's out of this world. Check out some of this month's programming highlights below.

"A Capitol Fourth"

Celebrate America's 243rd birthday with an Independence Day celebration for our entire nation. The country's longest-running July 4 national broadcast tradition returns from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Tune in live Thursday, July 4, at 7 p.m., and watch again at 9 p.m.

AETN Originals

  • "The Rainless Flood"

    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 our ongoing blog and digital video series.
    See more at:

    arial photo of home surrounded by flood waters and sand bags
  • "Exploring Arkansas"

    This month on "Exploring Arkansas" join host Chuck Dovish as he relives the golden age of aviation at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum, experiences the Johnny Cash Music Festival and Johnny Cash's boyhood home in Dyess, and races down to Clinton for the National Championship Chuckwagon Races.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.

    Chuckwagon and Horses Racing
  • "GobbledyBook"

    "GobbledyBook" is an exciting, new AETN digital series that helps children develop a love of books and reading with new episodes posted every Thursday on AETN's Facebook page.
    Early readers will go on an adventure with a different book and reader each week. Gobble up stories from local celebrities, cool kids and other familiar faces, and dive in to additional activities that will spark curiosity, create deeper connections to each story and leave children hungry for the next episode.
    Like us at to watch Thursdays, starting July 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Summer of Space

See AETN's fantastic lineup of space programming below:

  • "American Experience: Chasing the Moon"

    In 1969, humanity paused and looked skyward to witness the impossible. Fifty years later, pause once again. "Chasing The Moon" premieres across three nights, beginning July 8 on AETN.
    Tune in July 8-10, at 8 p.m.
  • "NOVA: Black Hole Apocalypse"

    Black holes are the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe. They're also the most powerful, with gravity so strong it can actually trap light. And they're destructive. Anything that falls into them vanishes…gone forever. But now, astrophysicists are realizing that black holes may be essential to understanding how our universe unfolded—possibly leading to life on Earth and us.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 3, at 8 p.m.
  • "NOVA: Black Hole Universe"

    They are the most enigmatic, mysterious and exotic objects in the universe: black holes. In this 2-hour special, astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin will take viewers on a journey to the frontiers of black hole science.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 3, at 9 p.m.
  • "Antiques Roadshow: Out of This World"

    Explore the universe of space-themed treasures, including NASA Space Program autographed photos, a 1737 celestial and terrestrial atlas, and a Star Trek treatment, script and letters. Have the values of these stellar finds skyrocketed in the market?
    Tune in Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m.
  • "American Experience: Space Men"

    Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the U.S. space program.
    Tune in Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
  • "NOVA: Back to the Moon"

    Discover why engineers and entrepreneurs alike have their sights set on the Moon once again.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.
  • "The Farthest ¬- Voyager in Space"

    Learn how NASA's epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
    Tune in Sunday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m.
  • "NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission"

    Apollo astronauts and engineers tell the inside story of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon. The U.S. space program suffered a bitter setback when Apollo 1 ended in a deadly fire during a pre-launch run-through. In disarray and threatened by the prospect of a Soviet Union victory in the space race, NASA decided upon a radical and risky change of plan.
    Tune in Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m.
  • "A Year in Space"

    "A Year in Space" follows astronaut Scott Kelly's 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m.
  • "8 Days: To the Moon and Back"

    Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m.


  • "Grantchester on Masterpiece"

    Tune in for the return of "Masterpiece: Grantchester." It's 1956, and there's a new vicar in town: Will Davenport, a firebrand who embraces the future and shocks Grantchester. But throughout the upheaval, Geordie knows one constant remains: a vicar can sometimes be a detective's best friend.
    Tune in Sundays, beginning July 14, at 8 p.m.

"Last of the Summer Wine" Returns!

You read that right! AETN is bringing the classic British sitcom back this month, so you can enjoy the misadventures of your three favorite elderly friends once again.
Tune in Saturdays, beginning July 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Education and Adventure

  • "The Toolbox of America"

    This program explores the innovations that one family brought to manufacturing in America, and the transformation of New Britain, Connecticut that grew to be known as "Hardware City." Working in tool factories sustained generations of New Britain's families - including the Stanley's, a large and prolific group of innovators who were cousins and rivals.
    Tune in Sunday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m.
  • "The Mississippi: Rivers of Life"

    The Mississippi reaches far beyond the Deep South; its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA. From the frozen north - where coyotes learn to fish in icy water - down through the nation's agricultural heart and then to the mysterious, steamy southern swamps where alligators still rule. The many faces of the Mississippi unite a nation.
    Tune in Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m.


  • "Molly of Denali"

    This series follows the adventures of Molly, a feisty and resourceful Alaska Native girl, as she helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in their Alaskan village. Viewers are introduced to the rich history and modern-day experience of family life in the heart of the Alaskan tundra through the eyes of Molly, her parents and her friends. Designed to help kids develop skills around informational text such as using a map and following an instruction manual, this is the first nationally distributed children's series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.
    Tune in Monday, July 15, at 11 a.m.


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