Public Media News April 2017

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AETN Educational Services

AETN is Arkansas's largest classroom, and we are dedicated to impacting student achievement across the state. Continue learning by connecting to our dedicated resources for educators, parents and students.

Teaching Arkansans

AETN Arkansas STEM Girls is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Fab Lab to host an "Explore and Discover" workshop for 20 middle school girls Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Young women are encouraged to sign up for this opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics though problem solving with Fab Lab's resources, including 3D printers and laser engravers. Additional information and registration forms are available at


"Cooking on the Wild Side"

In this month's episode, Phyllis Speer leaves everyone asking form more with quick and easy dinner recipes, including Venison Burritos and Venison Steak and Mushroom Sandwiches. She'll round out the meals with Phyl's BBQ Beans and Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler. Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

Host Chuck Dovish visits the bald eagles that nest year-round at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville; hikes the multiuse trails at Pension Mountain to Johnson Spring; investigates the Rice-Upshaw house, the state's oldest known structure; and taste tests tamales and delicious soul food at Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village. Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m.

"Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street"

Explore the history of Little Rock's former African-American cultural epicenter in the premiere of AETN original documentary "Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street." Told by historians and local residents, the film will explore the once vibrant business and entertainment district and home to Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom. Viewers will relive West 9th Street's glory days and explore how Urban Renewal, The Eisenhower Interstate Program and more impacted its future. Premieres Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m.; repeats Monday, April 17, at 9 p.m.

AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

There's still time to enter the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Kindergarten through third grade students may submit stories by Friday, April 7. For contest rules, brainstorming activities and more, visit

"Cook With Brooks"

Join Arkansas chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista for new episodes Saturdays, April 1 and 8, to get to know local farmers, restaurants, chefs and delicious food!

  • "Pigs are Big" – Two farms – Hanna Family Ranch in Bentonville and Bansley Berkshire Ridge in Harrison – are making a mark in the Arkansas pig business. After visiting both farms, Brooks returns to the kitchen to prepare Pork Tenderloin Vegetable Medley. April 1 at 5 p.m.
  • "Feeding the Soul" – This episode features the Fayetteville Roots Festival, which showcases what makes this region of the Ozarks unique. Brooks helps judge the great Chef Cook-off and does a cooking demo fresh from the farmers market. April 8 at 5 p.m.

"American Experience: The Great War"

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, "American Experience" explores how The Great War changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, the six-hour series tells the complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and American troops. April 10-12, at 8 each night.

Arkansas Quiz Bowl – Governor's Academic Competition 2017

High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor's Academic Competition Quiz Bowl 2017 state conference finals. The public is invited to this celebration and recognition of scholarship, which has been an AETN tradition since 1985.

Watch: Saturday, April 22, round 1 at 9 a.m. and round 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Attend: AETN Studios, 350 S. Donaghey, Conway
Arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. for the corresponding round.

"American Masters: Patsy Cline"

Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking "Crazy" singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Roseanne Cash, the film examines the roots of Cline's impact and how she synthesized country, pop and rock to create the Nashville Sound. Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

"Outdoor Hotline"

Regulations for fishing and upcoming hunting seasons will be featured in the spring edition of "Outdoor Hotline." The program will also include an update on habitat management efforts and the return of Bob White Quail to Arkansas. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission experts will answer viewer questions. Viewers may submit questions at outdoors@aetn. org or 800-662-2386. Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

"Agri Arkansas"

This April, "Agri Arkansas" visits Across the Creek Farm in West Fork where Army veteran Terrell Spencer and family are raising over 10,000 broilers on pasture, along with laying hens. A combination of farming and faith has made this a place of healing and growth for the Spencer family. The episode will also explore Little Rock Urban Farming, a communitybased food enterprise. Sunday, April 30, at noon.

Sunday Morning Schedule Changes

After serving public media audiences for decades, "Religion and Ethics Weekly" and "Great Decisions in Foreign Policy" have concluded production. To accommodate these changes, the new Sunday morning line-up features the following:

  • "Cook With Brooks," 10:30 a.m.
  • "Market to Market," 11 a.m.
  • "America's Heartland," 11:30 a.m.
  • "Agri Arkansas," noon

Access the most current AETN schedule information at

Sunday Night Specials

Tune in each Sunday, April 2-30, for your British Favorites:

  • "Call the Midwife: Season 6," episodes 1-5, 7 p.m.
  • "Home Fires: Season 2," episodes 2-6, 8 p.m.
  • "Wolf Hall," episodes 1-5, airs at 9 p.m.

Local Documentaries – Special Features

  • "City of Visitors: The Story of Hot Springs," Sunday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m.
  • "It Started Here: Early Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase," Sunday, April 2, at 11 p.m.
  • "The Keetoowahs Come Home," Sunday, April 2, at 11:30 p.m.
  • "Seed Swap," Sunday, April 23, at 11 p.m.
  • "The Forgotten Expedition," Sunday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m.
  • "Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones," Sunday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville," Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m.
  • "The First Boys of Spring," Sunday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • April 7: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Giovanni Antipolo," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Young Men," 8 p.m.
  • April 14: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Peter Martin and Romero Lubambo," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances at the Met:Rome et Juliette," 8 p.m.
  • April 21: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Marcella and Her Lovers," 6:30 p.m.; "Craft in America: Nature," 8 p.m.; and "Craft in America: Music," 9 p.m.
  • April 28: "El Latino: April 2017," 6:30 p.m., and "Latin Music USA: Bridges/The Salsa Revolution," 8 p.m.