Public Media News January 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, with broadcasts reaching more than 95 percent of the state. AETN produces original programs featuring the people and places of Arkansas and is a PBS member station.

PBS and member stations are No. 1 in public trust and an "excellent" use of tax dollars. PBS was also called the most fair network for news and public affairs. PBS KIDS was named the most educational TV/media brand, the safest destination for children to watch television or visit online, and the top provider of content that helps children build reading and math skills. (2012 Harris Poll)

Teaching Arkansans

Do you know an educator who is a digital superstar at his or her school? If educators are creatively integrating digital media and technology in the classroom, encourage them to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. One hundred applicants will be selected to join the prestigious PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program and receive one year of free professional development; the top 15 educators will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit at PBS headquarters in Washington, D.C. Applications may be submitted through Friday, Feb. 14, at

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


AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest

It's that time of year again! AETN is excited to invite children in grades K-3 to enter the 2014 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest by submitting their original stories and illustrations. Each Arkansas entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack. The first place story from each grade will be entered in the national PBS Kids Writers Contest. Contest rules, creative writing resources and entry forms are available at Additional information is available by emailing

Learn the Address

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, join acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS in the "Learn the Address" project. Create a video of yourself reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address, and share it online at Your submission could be featured alongside U.S. presidents Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush, or celebrities such as Stephen Colbert, Taylor Swift and many more.

AETN Program Highlights

2014 brings new programming and line-ups!

Find new times for some of your favorite programs, as well as an exciting new Saturday Night BBC crime block. Programming changes include:

  • Friday evenings
    • "Arkansas Week," 7:30 p.m.
    • PBS Arts Friday programming, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday nights
    • "The Lawrence Welk Show," 6 p.m.
    • "Keeping Up Appearances," 7 p.m.
    • "As Time Goes By," 7:30 p.m.
    • "Father Brown," 8 p.m.
    • "Death in Paradise," 9 p.m.
    • "Scott & Bailey," 10 p.m.
    • "DCI Banks," 11 p.m.
  • Sunday mornings
    • "The McLaughlin Group," 9 a.m.
    • "Moyers & Company," 10 a.m.
    • "Charlie Rose This Week," 10:30 a.m.

"Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp"

Follow Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don in four exciting new stories as they travel to different ecosystems and learn about erosion, tree lines, rainforests and canyons in an all-new, one-hour special. Monday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Season debut of "Downton Abbey" draws record audience

PBS and WGBH-TV have announced that the fourth-season debut Jan. 5 of the lush British miniseries attracted 10.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. This audience improves upon the viewership of the third-season premiere by 22 percent. PBS says it's the highest-rated drama premiere in network history. "Downton Abbey" airs Sundays at 9 p.m.

"Sherlock" returns Jan. 19

How did your favorite private consulting detective survive the Reichenbach Fall? Find out in three new episodes inspired by classic cases – "The Empty Hearse," "The Sign of the Three" and "His Last Vow" – being Jan. 19. Sundays, 10 p.m.

"American Masters: Salinger"

The series releases its 200th episode with a film that delves behind the great American novelist's meticulously built wall. "Salinger" features interviews with more than 150 of J.D. Salinger's friends, colleagues and inner circle who have never spoken on the record before. The film also features previously unreleased footage, photographs and other materials, as well as appearances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Northon, John Guare, Gore Vidal, and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank, where they discuss the author's influence on their work, lives and broader culture at large. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Jan. 10: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Keith Harkin," 6:30 p.m., and "Live From Lincoln Center – Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration," 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 17: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances at the Met: Eugene Onegin," 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 24: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m., "The Real Mary Poppins," 8 p.m., and "Music Makes a City," 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With John Willis," 6:30 p.m., "Great Performances: Barrymore," 8 p.m., and "Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour," 9:30 p.m.