Public Media News August 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 percent 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 affairs.

PBS KIDS was named the most educational TV/media brand, the safest 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

Whether newly licensed or seasoned veterans, Arkansas educators searching for new classroom technology resources can find valuable information in ArkansasIDEAS' latest series of webinars. Three new courses have been designed to help teachers register for ArkansasIDEAS; assist users in navigating the portal and using microsites built to support Common Core State Standards, STEM and TESS; and familiarize educators with PBS' most innovative educational resources, including PBS LearningMedia, PBS KIDS Island and PBS TeacherLine. Details about specific webinars, dates and times are available at:

Download the AETN Educator Resource Guide at

New AETN online resources for Educators and Parents

Two specialized areas specifically for parents and educators have been created at Parents can find AETN and PBS parenting information such as educational tips and resources, parenting advice and milestones information, games and online video, access to the Child Development Tracker and more. Educators can find AETN and PBS resources for professional development, free online digital resources for the classroom, and information about STEM, Common Core, and TESS. Visit and

AETN Writers Contest winner featured on

Congratulations to Riley Sellers of Conway, First Place Kindergarten winner of the 2013 AETN/PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest! His story, "The Adventures of Joe," is featured on Riley's story was selected by PBS Kids to represent AETN and can be seen at:

AETN Family Day 2013 is coming next month!

Join AETN for a fun, free public event designed to encourage community spirit through family-friendly entertainment, educational activities and community service Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our statewide headquarters in Conway. In addition to costume contests, character visits, and a wide range of activities and demonstrations, "AETN Family Day 2013: Won't You Be My Neighbor?" will hold four community service drives benefitting "Martha Speaks" Shelter Dog Campaign, "Peg + Cat" food drive for Central Arkansas food banks, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" Sweater Drive and Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign book drive. Further information is available at:

"Fixing Juvie Justice"

America's reliance on juvenile incarceration is the highest among the world's developed nations by an astonishing margin - and carries costly financial and personal implications. Investigate whether an alternative exists in the documentary of a Baltimore experiment based on the restorative justice principles of the New Zealand Maori people. Tuesday, August 13, 8 p.m.

Unforgettable Music Moments

Can you remember the first song you purchased? Few mediums have the evocative power of music to transport us to specific points in our lives! Relive musical memories with our special programming throughout August.

  • "Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii," Monday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Repeats Friday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
  • "The Jimmy Dean Show: Country Classics," Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Repeats Saturday, Aug. 10, at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Don McLean: American Troubadour," Thursday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m. Repeats Sunday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m.

"Life of Muhammad"

From the director and producer of the acclaimed "Seven Wonders of the Muslim World," this series charts the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world forever. In a journey that is both literal and historical, travel to the place of the Prophet's birth to re-trace his life from humble beginnings to subsequent military and political successes and failures, through to his death and legacy. Tuesday, Aug. 20, beginning at 7 p.m.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • Aug. 9: "Elvis, Aloha From Hawaii," 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 16: "AETN Presents: On the Same Page With Rick Steves," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances - Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration: PBS Arts" 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 23: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Grand Serenade," 6:30 p.m., and "American Masters - James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket," 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 30: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Don't Stop Please," 6:30 p.m. and "Live From Lincoln Center - Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home" 9 p.m.

"Masterpiece Theater"

Enjoy a sampling of long-time favorites and thrilling new pieces throughout August on "Masterpiece Theater." From the latest "Masterpiece Mystery!" film to an inside look at some of the most beloved series, wonderful things are coming your way every Sunday at 9 p.m.

  • "Downton Abbey Revisited," Aug. 11
  • "Masterpiece Mystery! The Lady
  • Vanishes," Aug. 18
  • "Masterpiece Mystery! Silk," Aug. 25