Public Media News July 2016

Arkansans Trust AETN

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 13th consecutive year. (Source: CARAVAN ORC International, January 2015)

AETN is Arkansas's statewide public service media outlet and is a PBS member station.

Teaching Arkansans

Visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in an interactive experience that is great for summer day camps, homeschooling and educational opportunities with a free, virtual field trip. "Exploring Monticello" takes students into Jefferson's home, a laboratory for ideas across all fields. Though best known as the United States' third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence, he also had a great love for innovations that made him one of America's first great scientists. Participants in the hour-long program may send in questions for expert panelists, interact in polls, react with emoticons and more. Interested individuals may register for "Exploring Monticello" at:

AETN Educational Services

AETN is Arkansas's largest classroom, and we are dedicated to impacting student achievement across the state. Continue learning by connecting to our dedicated resources for educators, parents and students.


A Capitol Fourth

Celebrate our country's 240th birthday this Independence Day with an all-star cast and host Tom Bergeron in "A Capitol Fourth." Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the musical extravaganza features the National Symphony Orchestra and performances by special guests including Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Casadee Pope and more. Monday, July 4, at 7 p.m.

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

Join Phyllis Speer for a special all venison episode this July! She starts by paying tribute to our favorite tastetester with Venison "Sloppy Johns." Then, don't miss tasty, original recipes for Steamboats, Smoked Summer Sausage and Mule Skinner Chili. Tuesday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, host Chuck Dovish attends the annual Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View, delves into the legacy of Pine Bluff archer Ben Pearson, and visits Ravenden Springs – once called "Arkansas's Dream Town" – to investigate Hall's Creek Canyon. Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.

"Secret Life of Babies"

What can a baby see and hear? How does a baby explore the world? The special series "Secret Lives of Babies" reveals the "natural history" of a baby, starting with newborns and follows their growth and development as they become toddlers. Wednesday, July 13, at 10 p.m.

AETN Arkansas STEM Girls Camp

AETN is proud to host a free Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Young women who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade are invited to discover the appeal of STEM careers by participating in hands-on activities with mentors in STEM fields including coding, pharmacy and more. Lunch will be provided for participants. Space is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. To register, email Karen Walker at

"PBS Convention Coverage: A NewsHour Special Report"

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor coverage for "PBS NewsHour" in partnership with NPR.

  • Republican National Convention July 18-21, at 7 each night.
  • Democratic National Convention July 25-28, at 7 each night.

"The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!"

The Cat in the Hat, Fish, Nick and Sally take them on a fun and frenzied outdoor adventure when the Little Cats come to visit. As they make their way to Fish's family reunion, they'll go camping, hiking, paddling and more. Monday, July 25, at noon.

Sunday Night Drama

  • July 3: "Dancing on the Edge: Episode 2," 7 p.m.; "Endeavour – Season 3: Prey," 8 p.m.; and "The Tunnel: Episode 3," 9:30 p.m.
  • July 10: "Dancing on the Edge: Episode 3," 7 p.m.; "Endeavour – Season 3: Coda," 8 p.m.; and "The Tunnel: Episode 4," 9:30 p.m.
  • July 17: "Dancing on the Edge: Episode 4," 7 p.m.; "Inspector Lewis – Season 7: Entry Wounds," 8 p.m.; and "Tunnel: Episode 5," 9:30 p.m.
  • July 24: "Dancing on the Edge: Episode 5," 7 p.m.; "Inspector Lewis – Season 7: The Lions of Nemea," 8 p.m.; and "The Tunnel: Episode 6," 9:30 p.m.
  • July 31: "Dancing on the Edge: Episode 6," 7 p.m.; "Inspector Lewis – Season 7: Beyond Good and Evil," 8 p.m.; and "The Tunnel: Episode 7," 9:30 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • July 8: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Toadsuck Symphony," 6:30 p.m.; "The Great British Baking Show," 8 p.m.; and "A Few Good Pie Places," 9 p.m.
  • July 15: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Dave Rogers Trio," 6:30 p.m.; "The Great British Baking Show," 8 p.m.; and "The Great British Baking Show," 9 p.m.
  • July 22: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile," 6:30 p.m.; "The Great British Baking Show," 8 p.m.; and "A Few Great Pie Places," 9 p.m.
  • July 29: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Hannah Blaylock and Lost & Found," 6:30 p.m.; "The Great British Baking Show," 8 p.m.; and "The Great British Baking Show," 9 p.m.

Video Vault

Celebrate Arkansas's 50th year of local public television programming and rediscover AETN original productions every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the AETN Video Vault! We'll be delving back into the treasure trove of AETN golden oldies to find lost classics and longtime favorites. July Video Vault classics include "Hell on the Border: The Story of Fort Smith," "The Little Rock Story," "A Bend in the Big River: Pine Bluff" and "The Conway Story."

50 years of public media in Arkansas

AETN marks its 50th year of service to Arkansas in 2016 – join us as we celebrate with various events and activities throughout the year! Learn more about what's in store at