Public Media News August 2015

Arkansans Trust AETN

Recent Nielsen data shows that PBS and its member stations are America's most trusted institution and an excellent use of tax dollars for the 12th consecutive year.

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers top-quality content and educational services that meet Americans wherever they are. As the fifth most-watched network among all broadcast and cable channels and reaching more than 33 million people online each month, PBS ensures viewers have the opportunity to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs. This broad array of programs - which remain available and free to all Americans - has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions.

(Source: CARAVAN ORC International, January 2015)

AETN is Arkansas's statewide public service media outlet and is a PBS member station.

Teaching Arkansans

In partnership with the Conway Regional Women's Council and the ChildCare Aware Resource Center, AETN Early Childhood Education is working to prevent childhood obesity by providing preschool teachers with access to important nutrition and physical fitness education. To learn more ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open House Thursday, Aug. 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, contact
ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open House
Thursday, Aug. 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
2215 E. Oak Street, Suite 2, Conway

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.

Educator resources:,,, Station Break Newsletter

Parent resources:,, AETN KIDS Newsletter.

Children's resources:,,,,,,,, PBS KIDS Amazon Video.


Clifford visits the Whole Kids Club

Celebrate back-to-school time with AETN and Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Little Rock Whole Foods Market Whole Kids Club Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. Enjoy story time and activities, and take photos with Clifford.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

"Students in grades K-12 and their families are encouraged to join AETN Community Education and Mosaic Church Conway for an evening of fun and back-to-school preparation Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. A light dinner will be followed by an evening of activities that encourage families to explore, create, make and learn together! For more information contact

"Eureka! The Art of Being"

Explore the artistry in all of us through the camaraderie and creativity of Eureka Springs - a town with a population of 2,000 that is home to more than 300 artists, musicians and writers. This documentary delves into the history and growth of the quirky Ozark town's rich and diverse art community from its origins with the Works Progress Adminsitration (WPA) to present day. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas

This month, host Chuck Dovish visits the newly renovated Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, stops by the Buffalo National River's "Shine Eye" swimming hole, inspects one of the nation's largest private doll collections in Newport and makes a trip to the Potts Inn - one of the best preserved stations along the Butterfield Overland mail route - in Pottsville. Monday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

"Big Blue Live"

Scientists, filmmakers, photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts come together for two amazing, live weeks to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

"Curious George

When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. What will happen while a worried Man in the Yellow Hat searches for George, and Curious George bravely explores the jungle? Monday, Aug. 17, at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Aug. 7: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With the Amy Garland Band," 6:30 p.m.; "Celtic Woman Fan Favorites," 8 p.m.; and "Country Pop Legends," 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 14: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Giovanni Antipolo," 6:30 p.m.; "Motown 25," 8 p.m.; and "My Yearbook: 1960-1963," 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 21: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Damn Bullets," 6:30 p.m., and "National Gallery," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

It's a whirlwind of activity and outstanding programming in our August Sunday Night Brit Block! Tune in throughout the month for series finales, special episodes, favorite programs and new series. Don't miss the season finales of "Last Tango in Halifax" and "Poldark," and be sure to watch for the return of "Vicious" and the 10th and final season of "Foyle's War."

  • Aug. 2: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m., and "Poldark: Part 7," 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 9: "Downton Abbey Revisited," 8 p.m., and "Foyle's War Revisited," 9:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 16: "Sherlock - Season 2: A Scandal in Belgravia," 8 p.m.
  • Aug. 23: "Sherlock - Season 2: The Hound of Baskervilles," 8 p.m.; "Vicious - Sister," 9:30 p.m.; and "Foyle's War: High Castle," 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 30: "Sherlock - Season 2: The Reichenbach Fall," 8 p.m.; "Vicious - Gym," 9:30 p.m.; and "Foyle's War: Trespass," 10 p.m.