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New AETN digital series 'Once Upon a Time in Arkansas' to premiere Oct. 3 on Facebook

Posted 25 Sep 2019

"Once Upon a Time in Arkansas," an original digital series from the Arkansas Educational Television Network that will explore the state's folklore, will premiere Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at

"Once Upon a Time in Arkansas" delves into Arkansas's unique catalogue of folklore – a blend of sharecropper storytelling, myths of the Wild West and tall tales from deep in the hollers of the Ozarks – that has been handed down for generations. The series takes a creative look at some of the more powerful stories to find out just what a tale needs to have a lasting impact.

New episodes will be posted each Thursday on AETN's Facebook page, and the segments will air on AETN the Monday following the premiere during the 9 p.m. hour after "Escape to the Chateau." Additionally, a special compilation episode will air on AETN Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m.

Episodes of "Once Upon a Time in Arkansas" will feature:

The premiere episode, "The White River Monster," will also be featured at the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival Friday, Sept. 27, at 5:55 p.m. at the Historic Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ticket information is available at

"Once Upon a Time in Arkansas" is available as an Arkansas History and creative writing classroom supplement for educators through AETN PBS LearningMedia. The AETN PBS LearningMedia platform allows all educators (PreK, K-12, homeschool, educational cooperatives, and parents) the ability to reimagine classroom learning, transform their teaching, and creatively engage students. The "Once Upon a Time in Arkansas" gallery and curriculum, along with other AETN contributed content, can be found at Additional information about the series is available at

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).