Public Media News January 2016

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Arkansans Trust

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.

(Source: CARAVAN ORC International, January 2015)

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Teaching Arkansans

Do you know tech-savvy K-12 educators who lead the way in incorporating digital media into their classrooms? Let them know about the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program!

One Arkansas educator will be named the state's Lead Digital Innovator and will receive a Samsung Galaxy® tablet, in addition to a three-day, all-expense-paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the prestigious ISTE Conference.

Details are available at


"Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock"

The wait to investigate the fantastic finds and fascinating flops "Antiques Roadshow" discovered at its July 2015 stop in Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center is nearly over! "Antiques Roadshow - Little Rock" will air over the course of three episodes as part of the 2016 season. Watch for a surprising scope of treasure, a new show opening and new "snapshot" features that deliver more appraisals than ever before in each hour-long episode beginning Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

"Downton Abbey: Season 6"

Where will fate, passion, ambition and duty lead our beloved characters? Rejoin the Crawley family as the top-rated PBS drama of all time approaches its climactic chapter in "Downton Abbey: Season 6" on "Masterpiece." The award-winning hit drama returns to the Jazz Age in 1925 for a sixth and final season of intimately interlaced stories, primed with new surprises as family members withdraw and return, Anna faces a murder charge and more, beginning Sunday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m.

"Mercy Street" explores medicine, drama of Civil War

Go beyond the battlefield and into the lives of a colorful cast of characters - including doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists - in the new PBS original program "Mercy Street." Based on real events, the gripping medical drama realizes the chaotic world of Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia, and the Mansion House Hospital during the early years of the Civil War. Sundays at 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 17.

"Sherlock: The Abominable Bride"

Sherlock and John Watson find themselves in Victorian London in a special retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories for this 90-minute "Masterpiece Mystery!" special. While times and costumes have changed, friendship, adventure and - especially - murder remain the same. Join series stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as they explore the bizarre case of an enemy who has seemingly risen from beyond the grave. Friday, Jan. 1, at 8 p.m.

"Agri Arkansas"

This January, the series concludes its survey of agriculture in Arkansas's six physiographic regions with a visit to the Ouachita Mountains. Also featured are Northeast Arkansas cotton farmers' management of herbicide-resistant Pigweed and a Central Arkansas pecan orchard. Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, join host Chuck Dovish as he travels the state's highest peak, Mount Magazine, and portions of its 176 miles of ATV trails on four-wheeler; attends the War Eagle Fair at War Eagle Mill near Rogers; visits The Empress of Little Rock bed and breakfast and drives along Take Your Breath Away scenic drive in West Arkansas. Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

"Doc Martin: Season 7"

This month, join the grumpy medic as he attempts to work out his issues with Louisa and James Henry and solve the challenges of the Portwenn townsfolk as "Doc Martin" returns for its seventh season. Thursdays at 8 p.m., beginning Jan. 7.

"Arkansas Week: Special Edition With U.S. Senator Tom Cotton"

Join host Steve Barnes for a special edition of the weekly public affairs series in a special interview with Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R). The episode will feature a discussion of current issues facing the U.S. Congress. Friday, Jan. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

Kick off the New Year with a new season of delicious recipes! Featured recipes include Jettie Mae's Panhandler Spaghetti, Baked Quail in Wild Rice and Wild Turkey Satay. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

"Nature Cat"

Special Tune in for a brand new, one-hour special of PBS Kids' newest series as Nature Cat and his pals set off on four action-packed adventures. Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Jan. 1: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Jeff Coleman and the Feeders," 6:30 p.m.; "Masterpiece Mystery! - Sherlock: The Abominable Bride," 8 p.m.; and "Great Performances - From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016," 9:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 8: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Still on the Hill," 6:30 p.m.; "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of American Creativity," 8 p.m.; and "First You Dream: The Music of Kander and Ebb," 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Kevin Kirby & Battery," 6:30 p.m.; "Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize," 8 p.m.; and "PBS Previews: The Best of PBS Indies," 9:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 22: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Smittle Band," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances at the Met: Il Trovatore," 8 p.m. •Jan. 29: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Keith Harkin," 6:30 p.m.; "American Masters: Mike Nichols," 8 p.m.; and "Mary Tyler Moore: A Celepration," 9 p.m.

Sunday Night Drama

  • Jan. 3: "Countdown to Downton Abbey," 7 p.m.; "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 1," 8 p.m.; and "Downton Abbey: A Celebration," 9:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 10: "Barnes and… A Conversation With Jessica Fellowes," 6 p.m.; "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 1," 6:30 p.m.; "Downton Abbey Season 6: Episode 2," 8 p.m.; and "Sherlock: The Abominable Bride," 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 17: "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 2," 7 p.m.; "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 3," 8 p.m.; and "Mercy Street: The New Nurse," 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 24: "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 3," 7 p.m.; "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 4," 8 p.m.; and "Mercy Street: The Haversack," 9 p.m.
  • Jan. 31: "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 4," 7 p.m.; "Downton Abbey - Season 6: Episode 5," 8 p.m.; and "Mercy Street: The Uniform," at 9 p.m.