Public Media News April 2013

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, with broadcasts reaching more than 95 per- cent of the state. AETN produces original programs featuring the people and places of Arkansas and is a PBS member station.

PBS and member stations are No. 1 in public trust and an "excellent" use of tax dollars. PBS was also called the most fair network for news and public a!airs.

PBS KIDS was named the most educational TV/media brand, the saf- est destination for children to watch television or visit online, and the top provider of content that helps children build reading and math skills. (2012 Harris Poll)

Teaching Arkansans

PBS online educational resources o!er teachers and parents free supplementary materials for the classroom, apps, teacher guides from broadcasts, and other resources, such as PBS TeacherLine. Learn more at and

AETN Educational Services

As an education leader and essential partner, AETN is committed to providing teachers, parents, students and all Arkansans with the support needed to impact student achievement. Learn more about resources available in our key focus areas – professional development and educational resources for K-12 teachers, early education o!erings and PBS initiatives and online resources – by viewing the education guide at


"Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2013"

Celebrate and recognize Arkansas students' scholarship – and test your own knowledge – as teams from across the state compete for the chance to represent the Natural State in national tournaments. All games are broadcast from the AETN studios. Saturday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m.

AETN Writers Contest Deadline

If your kindergarten through third graders are interested in entering the AETN PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, it's time to send in their stories. All submissions must be submitted by Friday, April 5. For details, visit

"Community Cinema"

Free Community Cinema screenings of "The Island President" will be held at William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. and at the Fayetteville Public Library, Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Details, film information and screening dates are available at


"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, join host Chuck Dovish as he hikes to a little known cascade along the side of Mount Nebo. Next, visit Arkansas's smallest town, Historic Hardy, and get to know Eva "Granny" Henderson of National Geographic fame by revisiting her Bu!alo River homestead with another author who leaves a memorial for every visitor. Monday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

Phyllis  Speer and John Philpot  of "Arkansas Outdoors" return  with the best of their outdoor  fare in this new monthly series of classic segments from "Arkansas Outdoors." Each episode  of the refreshed, cooking-only series will feature  three mouthwatering recipes  – and Speer and Philpot's trademark banter.  Tuesdays, April 2 and 16, 6:30 p.m.

"Curious George Swings Into Spring"

Curious George has a big case of spring fever, but serious lobby dogs like Hundley have no time for frolicking. Will George be able to help Hundley and lift his spirits when things go awry? Monday, April 22, 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Repeats Friday, April 22, 7 a.m.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • April 5:"AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill," 6:30 p.m., "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Show Tunes," 9 p.m., and "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Let's Dance," 10 p.m.
  • April 12: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Go Fast," 6:30 p.m., "Live From Lincoln Center – Josh Groban: All That Echoes," 9 p.m., and "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: On the Air," 10 p.m.
  • April 19: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Damn Bullets," 6:30 p.m., "Live From Lincoln Center – We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith Starring Stephanie Blythe," 9 p.m., and "PBS Arts: Havana, Havana!" 10 p.m.
  • April 26: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Shannon Boshears Band," 6:30 p.m., and "Live From Lincoln Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Carousel' With the New York Philharmonic," 9 p.m.

AETN Arkansas Independent Film Month Highlights

  • "Seed Swap" Sunday, April 7, 2p.m.
  • "Unearthing the Dream" Sunday 7, 3p.m.
  • "Home at Last: The Hmong People in the Ozarks", Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
  • "Mineral Explorers", Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 28, 2:30 p.m.
  • "Therapeutic Justice: Life Inside Drug Court", Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
  • "Our American Family: The Youngs", Sunday, April 28, 1:30 p.m.
  • "Raising Arkansas's Readers: The Capaign for Grade Level Reading", Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Sunday Brit Block

Beginning at 7 p.m., grab your cuppa, and get ready for a quick trip across the decades (and the pond) with AETN's Sunday Brit Block. "Call the Midwife: Season 2" continues at 7 p.m. throughout April, followed by new episodes of "Doc Martin" beginning April 14. The evening are closed by the latest "Masterpiece Theater" series, "Mr. Selfridge", at 9 p.m.

"American Masters – Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character"

In the midst of a period of national turmoil, "The Carol Burnett Show" could be trusted to win – and sometimes break – hearts with Burnett's wacky, edgy and always sympathetic characters. Yet, the personal life of one of America's most- loved comediennes was also tinged with darkness. Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.

"Growing Hope: The Resurrection of Arkansas Baptist College"

A school in a neighborhood once known as a "war zone" in Little Rock, Arkansas Baptist College has been revived under the dynamic leadership of president Dr. Fitz Hill. Explore how the formerly bankrupt college has become a shining example of faith and determination's restorative e!ects. Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m

"Live from Lincoln Center - Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway? All of 'em!"

From the small town of Broken Arrow, Okla., Kristin Chenoweth has made her mark on Broadway, TV and film. Watch her "American Songbook" performance, including celebrated work in every genre. Sunday, March 31, 1:30 p.m.

"Central Park Five"

On April 19, 1989, Tricia Meili was brutally raped, beaten and left for dead in New York City's Central Park. This documentary – co-directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon – examines the notorious crime, the media response and public outcry it triggered, and the miscarriage of justice that followed, probing the larger issues raised about our nation's complicated past. Tuesday, April 16, 8 and 10 p.m. throughout April, followed by new episodes of "Doc Martin" beginning April 14. The evenings are closed by the latest "Masterpiece Theater" series, "Mr. Selfridge," at 9 p.m.

"Arkansans Ask: Governor Mike Beebe"

Gov. Mike Beebe discusses state issues and answers viewer questions about the economy, education, health care and other issues. Moderated by Steve Barnes. Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.