Public Media News December 2013

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Teaching Arkansans

To celebrate the return of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas," AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to announce an exciting contest for Arkansas educators. All you have to do is share your favorite Cat in the Hat or Dr. Seuss moment! Watch the ArkansasIDEAS Facebook page,, for posts Monday, Dec. 2 - Monday, Dec. 16 to learn more. Two lucky winners will receive a copy of "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That - Home for Christmas" book, as well as Cat in the Hat bookmarks, stickers and tattoos for their students.

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education in a commitment to help achieve critical state and national educational goals. Learn more about resources available for all Arkansans in our key focus areas - ArkansasIDEAS professional development and resources for K-12 educators, early education resources for PreK-4 educators and families, and AETN and PBS activities, outreach initiatives and online resources - by viewing the Educator's Guide at and

This Month

Roaring '20s Cocktail Reception inspired by "Downton Abbey"

Join us for a Roaring '20s cocktail reception, featuring drinks and hors d'oeuvres, a period costume contest, music, dancing and a sneak preview of "Downton Abbey: Season 4" at Wildwood Park for the Arts. Tickets are $50 and available on a firstcome, first served basis. Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Details and ticket information are available at"> "Downton Abbey: Season 4" will premiere as part of "Masterpiece Theater" Sunday, Jan 5, 2013.

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" Giveaway

How would your family like to win "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" prize pack? Visit the AETN Engage Blog,, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 3, and share your family's favorite Christmas or winter holiday memory in the comments section for a chance to win! The winner will be selected Tuesday, Dec. 16. "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas" will air on AETN Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

AETN PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

AETN, along with KUAR 89.1 FM, is proud to have been selected to participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and to help connect Arkansas students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space. We look forward to watching our partners at Searcy High School and Dunbar Magnet Middle School's broadcast journalism programs develop their digital media, critical thinking and communication skills as they produce original news reports for PBS NewsHour Extra.

Program Highlights

"Plantation Homes of Arkansas - Exploring Arkansas Special Edition"

During the 1800s, people from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia travelled to the Arkansas Delta to grow the king of all crops - cotton - and, as their fields and fortunes grew, the region also began yielding stately plantation homes. Join Chuck Dovish for a special documentary touring three of the remaining icons of the antebellum era - Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village, Elms Plantation in Altheimer and Marlsgate Plantation Mansion in Scott. Monday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.

"Cooking on the Wild Side: A Phyllis & John Reunion"

Longtime favorites Phyllis Speer and John Philpot, cohosts of "Arkansas Outdoors" and "Cooking on the Wild Side," are getting back together for their first new program in more than four years! Join the dynamic duo as they make mouthwatering recipes from their new cookbook, which contains more than 50 viewer-submitted recipes. John will be with us live in AETN Studios Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. The special rebroadcasts Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m.

"Barnes and… A Conversation With Eric Scholsser"

Join Steve as he speaks with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, New York Times best-selling author of "Fast Food Nation," about his most recent book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety." The two will discuss the actual events of the missile explosion that occurred in Damascus, Ark., in September 1980. Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.

"Men & Women of Distinction: Gene Hatfield"

Learn the story of one of Arkansas's most prolific painters and sculptors, Gene Hatfield, through his own words and colorful accounts in this episode of "Men & Women of Distinction." Hatfield shares how his unique artistic perspective was shaped by his youth during the Great Depression, his decorated combat service in World War II and his extensive formal training in some of Europe's most prestigious studios Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • Dec. 6: " Texas Tenors: You Should Dream, 8:30 p.m., and Rick Steves' Delicious Europe, 10:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 13: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With John Willis," 6:30 p.m., and "Silent Night," 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 20: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m.; "Craft in America: Holiday," 9 p.m.; and "Christmas at Belmont," 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander," 6:30 p.m., and "American Masters - Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love," 9 p.m.

"Return to Downton Abbey"

Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Downton Abbey" with interviews with the series' creators, crew and many of the most popular cast members - including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggart, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Shirley MacLaine - as they discuss favorite moments, character interactions, life without Matthew and Sibyl, cast camaraderie, costuming, fashion and more. Sunday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Repeats Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 27, at 10:30 p.m.

"BrainChange With David Perlmutter, M.D."

Dr. David Perlmutter, board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of "Grain Brain," appears live at AETN to discuss his program, which addresses how a range of seemingly healthy foods contain proteins and sugars that may pose significant risks to the highly sensitive human brain. In the special, Perlmutter explores these foods' effects on the brain and offers a 30-day plan designed to help viewers improve their health. Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Repeats Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m.

"AIDS in Arkansas"

In support of Arkansans living with HIV and AIDS and to commemorate those who have died fighting the disease, AETN will air this annual program updating viewers on the current state of HIV and AIDS in Arkansas. In addition to reviewing how the virus is contracted, signs and symptoms, and debunking myths, the program will examine Arkansas HIV/ AIDS statistics and provide information about services available around the state. Connie Roebuck, who has been living with AIDS for 17 years, will share her inspiring story. Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. Repeats Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.

"Doc Martin Revealed"

Filmed on location in Port Isaac, Cornwall, England, this special episode takes viewers awaiting the return of Britain's curmudgeonly hemophiliac directly into the making of the series' sixth season. Special features include interviews with actors and crew, as well as exclusive access to the set as sequences are filmed on the balcony of Large's Restaurant and in the nearby pub that doubles as the Crab & Lobster. Sunday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Special Holiday Programming

Join AETN for a range of holiday programming for all ages and tastes throughout the month of December. A full schedule may be found at

  • "Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas," Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m. Repeats Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. and Dec. 25 at 8 a.m.
  • "Liberia: Angels Sing Christmas in Ireland," Dec. 7, 7 p.m.. Repeats Dec. 25 at 12:30 p.m.
  • "Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas," Dec. 8, 7 a.m. Repeats Dec. 9, 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Dec. 10, 3 p.m.; and Dec. 25, 7 a.m.
  • "Arthur's Perfect Christmas," Dec. 10, 6 a.m. Repeats Dec. 25, 6 a.m.
  • "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Repeats Dec. 12, 8 p.m., and Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
  • "Elmo's Christmas Countdown," Dec. 11, 9 a.m. Repeats Dec. 24, 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas," Dec. 13, 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Repeats Dec. 24, 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • "Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve," Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
  • "Christmas at Belmont" repeats Dec. 22, 3 p.m., and Dec. 24, 7 p.m.
  • "Heirloom Meals: Christmas," Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m.
  • "Sara's Weeknight Meals: Holiday Food Gifts," Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m.
  • "Sara's Weeknight Meals: Winter Comfort Food," Dec. 21, 4 p.m.
  • "P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table: Festive Entertaining," Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.
  • "The Lawrence Welk Show: Christmas," Dec. 21, 7 p.m.
  • "AETN Presents: A Holiday Music Gala," Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Repeats Dec. 22, 1:30 and 4 p.m., and Dec. 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • "Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy," Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
  • "Shimmering Light: The Crane Candlelight Concert 2012," Dec. 22, 11 p.m.. Repeats Dec. 25, 1:30 p.m.
  • "Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir," Dec. 23, 8 p.m.
  • "Celtic Thunder Christmas," Dec. 25, 9 a.m.
  • "Christmas With the Annie Moses Band," Dec. 25, 10 a.m.
  • "Christmas Carol: The Concert," Dec. 25, 11 a.m.
  • "Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience: The Spirit of the Season," Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m.
  • "B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert," Dec. 25, 3:30 p.m.
  • "St. Thomas Christmas: All Is Well," Dec. 25, 4:30 p.m.
  • "Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone," Dec. 25, 7 p.m.
  • "Sister Wendy and the Art of Gospel," Dec. 25, 9 p.m. Repeats Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m.
  • "The Lawrence Welk Show: New Year's," Dec. 25, 7 p.m.
  • "Call the Midwife Holiday Special," Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m.