Public Media News July 2013

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

The Arkansas Department of Education and AETN Education Department were proud to host Dr. Joseph Renzulli, distinguished professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut and director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, in the AETN studios June 13-14. During his visit, Renzulli and his staff provided an overview of the conception of gifted and talented, addressed identifying characteristics of gifted students, and provided insight into the theoretical approaches and practical application of the curriculum. Renzulli's lectures also discussed schoolwide enrichment models involving enrichment clusters, technology integration, and creative and critical thinking. Over the course of coming months, ArkansasIDEAS plans to develop this lecture series into four online professional development courses.

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 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

This Month

AETN Youth Academy Reading and Writing Camp

Future journalists of Arkansas will visit AETN for an action-packed week at AETN Youth Academy Reading and Writing Camp beginning July 22. From journalism to drama, they'll explore numerous topics with community partners including 501 Life, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Attorney General and many others.

PBS Summer Learning Initiatives

AETN and PBS are proud to provide Arkansas families with a variety of free and educational resources to encourage students across the state to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation. Find details and resources on our blog at:

AETN Program Highlights

"AETN Arts Fridays"
  • July 12: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Pam Tillis," 6:30 p.m., and "American Masters – A Letter to Elia," 9 p.m.
  • July 19: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Epiphany" 6:30 p.m.; "Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain," 9 p.m.; and "Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge," 10 p.m.
  • July 26: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With The Salty Dogs," 6:30 p.m.; "Dancing at Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still," 9 p.m.; and "David Phelps Classic" 10 p.m.
"Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour"

Before there was an Inspector Morse, there was rookie Constable Morse. Fed up with mundane police work, Endeavour was ready to end his brief career – until he encountered a murder only he could solve. Join the young Endeavour Morse as he shifts his deductive powers into high gear to solve a range of Oxford homicides. Sundays at 9 p.m., beginning July 7.

"Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery"

Immerse yourself in the challenges, frustrations and anxiety that Lewis, Clark and their group of rough frontiersmen faced in Ken Burns' latest production. Documenting the Corps' encounters with Native Americans, new flora and fauna, and historic pairing with Sacagawea, the film provides a unique view of Lewis and Clark's crossing of the Continental Divide. Tuesdays, July 9 and 16, 7 p.m.

"You've Earned a Say on Medicare & Social Security"

Medicare and Social Security face many challenges in the future, including changing demographics and rising health costs. Arkansans have earned the coverage, benefits, protections and guarantees that Medicare and Social Security provide. Participate in the conversation during this live call-in program when you have a chance to ask questions and learn how to protect and strengthen these programs for current and future g "Great Performances at enerations. Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.

"Great Performances at the Met"

Since its debut in 1977, the Metropolitan Opera has whisked away thousands of viewers across the nation by providing access to classic operas performed by some of the world's greatest stars. Continue the tradition of excellence with exciting renditions of "Maria Stuarda" and "Parsifal." July 14, 2:30 p.m., and July 28, 11 a.m..

"Secrets of Chatsworth"

What would it feel like to live and work in the opulent and celebrated homes of English nobility? Explore the histories of the duchy of Devonshire in the Chatsworth estate. The Duke and Duchess of Chatsworth share the secrets of their home and how the stories of their historic residence have shaped their family. Sunday, July 14, 7 p.m.