Public Media News February 2017

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There's just a short time remaining to submit your PBS Digital Innovator entry! Apply by Monday, Feb. 13, for a chance to win a special professional development opportunity – which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio for the 2017 ISTE conference. Find additional information about how to share your unique approach to thoughtful tech integration in the classroom at


"Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries"

Big-eyed creature in tree at night

An innovative, five-part mini-series employs more than 30 animatronic "spycams" disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. Watch as the spy cameras reveal animals displaying emotions and behavior similar to humans' – specifically the capacity to love, grieve, deceive,cooperate and invent. In this photo, a spy Bushbaby patiently awaits a confrontation. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Feb. 1.

"Exploring Arkansas"

Old Tractor

This month on "Exploring Arkansas" host Chuck Dovish discovers centuries-old cooking methods at the annual Cast Iron  Farm; drives along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway on Highway 23; treks the Black Fork Mountain Trail, which traverses the Black  Ouachita National Forest; and stops into the award-winning Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

"Cook With Brooks"

Join Arkansas chef Steven Brooks of Bella Vista for new episodes every Saturday in February as we get to know local farmers, restaurants, chefs and, of course, delicious food! This month's episodes include:

  • "From Farm to Oven" – beginning with a visit to Wood Stone Craft Pizza in Fayetteville, Brooks learns more about the business and the farm-to-table movement in Northwest Arkansas. He also shares recipes for Pork Chop and Belly with Braised Kale and Butternut Squash Puree with Goat Cheese. Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m.
  • "Country Pumpkins" – a trip to McGarrah Farms in Pea Ridge shows how hayrides, pumpkin patches and more help children get in touch with rural Arkansas. Brooks shares a recipe for a special pumpkin dessert. Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.
  • "Going a Different Whey" – explore how one family started a dairy farm and makes cheese in Northwest Arkansas with a trip to White River Creamery in Elkins. Brooks shares a recipe for Triple Pepper Halloumi Chicken Sliders. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.
  • "Art and Soul (Food)" – investigate the intersection of art and food with a tour of Crystal Bridge's Eleven restaurant in Bentonville. Then, learn about the term "High South Cuisine" and what it means for Arkansas. Eleven's Chef William Lyle shares a recipe for a quick Coq au Vin. Saturday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m.

"Cook With Brooks," Saturdays at 5 p.m. Learn more, and find recipes, at

"Back Road Barns"

Old barn at Night

Travel through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture − barns that reflect what it means to be a farmer and what a family farm is all about. The AETN-original film evokes a sense of nostalgia for Arkansas's rich agricultural history through visits to featured barns, including: Wiley's Cove barn near Leslie; the Smith barn near Marshall; the white barns of Hargraves Corner; and the Dombek barn and the Johnson barn, both near Fayetteville. Monday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m.

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

Phyllis Speer is making mouthwatering dishes with fresh, local ingredients in this month's episode! First, give your dinner a Tex-Mex twist with Venison Taco Pie. Then, whip up a down home classic  Dumplings. Last is Doc McCoy's Famous Peach Cobbler, a dessert that will please any crowd. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Arkansans Ask: Medical Marijuana

In November 2016, Arkansans passed Issue 6, which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. The measure calls for the formation and regulation of marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities. This episode will discuss how plans are  for moving forward. Share your questions for the expert panel during the live broadcast at 800- 662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

"American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise"

Journey through the prolific life of the Arkansas native, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author and activist Dr. Maya Angelou. With unprecedented access to never-beforeseen footage, rare archival photographs and materials, and extraordinary interviews, "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" tells the story of the woman who inspired generations with lyrical, modern, African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

"Agri Arkansas"

People Cultivating

February's episode features a visit to Tri-Cycle Farms in Fayetteville. This community garden's mission is to grow community through soil and to steward food awareness, education and empowerment. The program will also take a look at the use of social media in agriculture. Sunday, Feb., 26, at 1 p.m.

"Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" Screening

Examine profound questions about the state of black America – and our nation as a whole – in a special screening of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" held in partnership with the Fayetteville Public Library Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.

Following the screening will be a special panel discussion featuring: Caree A. Banton, University of Arkansas associate professor of African-American studies and history; John L. Colbert, Fayetteville Public Schools associate superintendent for support services and president of the Northwest Arkansas Branch NAACP; Raven Cook, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art museum educator and president/founder of Foundations: Black History Education Programming; Pearl Karen Dowe, University of Arkansas associate professor of political science; and Angela M. Monts, University of Arkansas director of alumni constituent relations and president of Northwest Arkansas MLK Jr. Council.

Join Us:
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain St.

AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest

We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest through April 7. Fact or fiction, prose or poetry, hand-drawn illustrations or original photography, we encourage kindergarten through third grade students to submit whatever tales they choose. For contest rules and information, as well as easy-to-follow brainstorming activities to help students get started, visit

Sunday Night Specials

The drama and majesty continue throughout February! "Mercy Street" and "Victoria" continue with new episodes Feb. 5-19. To close the month, don't miss a special "Victoria: Season 1" marathon on Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 3 p.m.

  • Feb. 5: "Mercy Street: One Equal Temper," 7 p.m.; "Victoria: An Ordinary Woman," 8 p.m.; and "Secrets of the Six Wives: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived," 9 p.m.
  • Feb. 12: "Mercy Street: Southern Mercy," 7 p.m.; "Victoria: The Queen's Husband," 8 p.m.; and "Tales From the Royal Wardrobe," 9 p.m.
  • Feb. 19: "Mercy Street: Unknown Soldier," 7 p.m.; "Victoria: The Engine of Change," 9 p.m.; and "Tales From the Royal Bedchamber," 9 p.m.
  • Feb. 26: "Victoria" marathon – "Doll 123," 3 p.m.; "Brocket Hall," 5 p.m.; "The Clockwork Prince," 6 p.m.; "An Ordinary Woman," 7 p.m.; "The Queen's Husband," 8 p.m.; and "Engine of Change," 9 p.m.