Public Media News August 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, producing original programs that feature the people and places of Arkansas. AETN is a PBS member station. PBS, along with its member stations, is considered the most fair network and the leader in addressing important issues. PBS KIDS is the nation's undisputed leader in children's programming and helps children learn reading, math and essential skills. (CARAVAN ORC International, January 2014)

Teaching Arkansans

The Arkansas Department of Education has issued new rules governing professional development for the 2014-2015 school year, and ArkansasIDEAS is here to help educators understand the new requirements and receive training. Be sure to let educators in your life know that an easy to understand video explanation of the new policy – including the requirement for 60 hours of professional development – can be found at:

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education to impact student achievement. Stay connected and continue learning throughout the summer months by following our blog; podcasts; RSS feeds; social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; and, especially our new Parents blog. You can find links to all of these resources online at


Shop Amazon Smile, earn donations for AETN

Would you love the opportunity to support AETN financially without doing anything beyond your normal online shopping? With Amazon Smile, you can! Simply sign up for the program, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of all your eligible purchases to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion. Learn more, and join the Amazon Smile program today at:

New AETN KIDS fall schedule

As the school year begins and everyone's schedules change, AETN and PBS KIDS will also be adjusting the daytime schedule to benefit younger viewers. The new AETN PBS KIDS schedule, which continues the double-stacked episode format introduced this summer, will begin Monday, Sept. 1. Also, a new 30-minute "Sesame Street" program joins the lineup at 1 p.m. each weekday afternoon.


"Mark Twain: Part Two"

Join Ken Burns for the second half of the exploration of the life of an American icon. Examining the writer's struggles with failure, following tragedy and bad financial decisions, this episode contrasts Twain's wildly successful career with Clemens' inept business decisions. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Season 2" premieres Aug. 18

Ugga mugga! Daniel Tiger returns for a new, 25-episode season this fall and is set to explore what it means to be a big helper and how to deal with change and making mistakes. Special episodes will also be based on Fred Rogers' theory to "look for the helpers" in times of distress. All of the great new fun begins with the arrival of Daniel's new baby sister Margaret on Monday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m.

Exploring Arkansas

Millie Calhoun, age 88, has always dreamed of floating the Buffalo National River, and this month, we're making that dream come true by arranging her first tip down America's first national river. The theme of water recreation continues with kayaking and tubing at the Whitewater Recreation Park near Siloam Springs and swimming and diving at the Longpool Recreation Area near Dover. Monday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

"Great Performances at the Met: Cosi Fan Tutte"

Music director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love. Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard star as sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polinzani and Rodio Pogossov play their lovers; and Danielle de Niese gives life to the scheming Despina. Sunday, Aug. 24, 1:30 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Aug. 1: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Woodsongs," 6:30 p.m.; and "Great Performances: Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl," 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 8: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Grand Serenade," 6:30 p.m.; "Dick Cavett's Watergate," 8 p.m.; and "Sting: The Last Ship," 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 15: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m.; and "Magic Moments: The Best of '50s Pop," 8 p.m
  • Aug. 22: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill," 6:30 p.m.; "Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2014," 8 p.m.; and "PBS Previews: The Roosevelts," 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 29: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Booyah! Dad," 6:30 p.m.; "American Masters – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

  • Aug. 3: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Of All the Harbors in All the Towns," 8 p.m.; and "Poirot – Season 12: Dead Man's Folly," 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 10: "Doc Martin: Haemophobia," 8 p.m., and "Being Poirot," 9 p.m
  • Aug. 17: "Downton Abbey Rediscovered," 6:30 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Old Dogs," 8 p.m.; and "Downton Abbey Rediscovered," 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 24: "Secrets of the Tower of London," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: In Loco," 8 p.m.; and "Breathless: Part 1," 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 31: "Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Blood Is Thicker," 8 p.m.; and "Breathless: Part Two," 9 p.m.