Public Media News February 2019

Public Affairs

AETN launches AR-CAN

AETN has announced the launch of AR-CAN – the Arkansas Citizens Access Network – a web-based network that will provide Arkansans with unprecedented access to state government. The website is dedicated to livestreaming Arkansas state government events and meetings and serves as an important educational tool, allowing students to see their government at work while learning about public affairs and civic responsibility.

Learn more at

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"Exploring Arkansas"

In this month's episode, host Chuck Dovish takes viewers to: Rattlesnake Ridge west of Little Rock; Blytheville to see the only remaining free-standing Art Deco Greyhound Bus depot, now a museum; Heber Springs for the migration of the Trumpeter Swan, North America's largest waterfowl; and Stone County Ironworks  –  "America's Blacksmith Shop"  – in Mountain View.

Tune in Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Digital Series

New digital series beginning Feb. 7 celebrates Arkansas schools

On Feb. 7, AETN will launch a new digital first series celebrating Arkansas schools and teachers. Each week, check out a new episode of “Cool Schools,” which highlights unconventional school programs, or “Heart of a Teacher,” recognizing the impact educators have on generations of students. Episodes will premiere online first and air the following Thursdays during prime time on AETN.

Watch beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, on Facebook and YouTube and at

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Screening Event

"The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo"

Explore another dimension of the Arkansas Arts Center’s “Photographing Frida” exhibit with a special screening of PBS’ “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo” as part of the ongoing “Feed Your Mind Friday” program Friday, Feb. 8. Chronicling the life of the great Mexican painter as never before, the documentary examines Kahlo’s life in relationship to the historical and cultural influences that inspired her work and defined the first half of the 20th century.

Join us Friday, Feb. 8, at noon at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock.

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Special Programming

Remembering Fred Rogers Feb. 9

Join us for a special evening of programming Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning with "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" at 7 p.m . This film takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, and tells the story of a soft-spoken minister, puppeteer, writer and producer whose show was beamed daily into homes across America for more than 30 years. Other films featured during the evening include "Mister Rogers: It's You I Like" and "Mister Rogers & Me."

Preview the film, and tune in Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

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"Pinkalicious & Peterrific" Valentine's event at the Museum of Discovery

Children ages 6 and under are invited to join AETN at the Museum of Discovery Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 14, for a special "Pinkalicious & Peterrific" event following Wiggle Worms. Kids can complete activities and watch an episode of "Pinkalicious & Peterrific." Plus, each child takes home a free book, while supplies last!

Join us Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10:30 a.m. each day at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave. #150, Little Rock.

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Arkansas Stories

"Art Porter Sr.: A Musical Treasure"

Tune in for a special broadcast of the 1996 film "Art Porter Sr.: A Musical Treasure." Porter, the Arkansas Jazz Statesman, was born in Little Rock February 8, 1934. He never officially worked as a touring musician, choosing instead to perform, teach and contribute to his church and other charitable causes in his hometown and state. He was the first recipient of the Arkansas Jazz and Heritage Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

Tune in Monday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.


Miss Fisher returns, special on Sammy Davis Jr. to premiere

“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” returns to the Saturday night Crime Time Lineup Feb. 16. Plus, tune in for the premiere of "American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me" Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m.

Check out the schedule at for more great programming.