Public Media News July 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, producing original programs that feature the people and places of Arkansas. AETN is a PBS member station. PBS, along with its member stations, is considered the most fair network and the leader in addressing important issues. PBS KIDS is the nation's undisputed leader in children's programming and helps children learn reading, math and essential skills. (CARAVAN ORC International, January 2014)

Teaching Arkansans

AETN and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to introduce "108°: Critical Response," an AETN original documentary that addresses the dangers of heat illness in high school sports. Through personal testimonies from families who have been affected by exertional heat stroke and interviews with coaches, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists and other medical professionals, "108°: Critical Response" illustrates the seriousness of heat illness and its underlying causes, in addition to sharing how to treat and prevent exertional heat illness. The important and potentially lifesaving film will air Monday, July 21, at 7 p.m., and will feature a panel of experts. Viewers are encouraged to call 800-682-2386 with questions and comments during the broadcast.

AETN Educational Services

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PBS Online Film Festival Brand

PBS Online Film Festival

Voting is now open in the PBS Online Film Festival. Featuring more than 25 short (three to 15 minutes) films, the festival runs from Monday, June 16, through Thursday, July 31. Arkansas films chosen for the festival include "Westland" and "Diamond John." Viewers can watch the films at and vote for their favorites. As with previous Festivals, the film with the most votes will receive a "people's choice" award.

AgriArkansas Brand

AETN original program "Agri Arkansas" premieres July 27

"Agri Arkansas," AETN's newest monthly series, will celebrate Arkansas's agricultural heritage by exploring the diverse aspects of our state's largest industry through segments featuring experts, innovators and challenges. Designed to highlight Arkansas's successes and illuminate issues important to both farmers and consumers, "Agri Arkansas" will air on the last Sunday of each month at 1 p.m., beginning July 27. Learn more at

"The Cyberchase Movie" event in Little Rock July 19

In partnership with the Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Whit Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, AETN will host a screening, indoor and outdoor activities, and character meet-and-greet with Digit to celebrate the release of "The Cyberchase Movie." The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Little Rock.

Tom Bergeron at the Capitol

A Capitol Fourth

Host Tom Bergeron kicks off America's 238th birthday celebration this Independence Day with performances by some of the country's best known musicians – including Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt and Kelli O'Hara – in a special performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. A spectacular fireworks display with views from across Washington, D.C., follows, capped off with a performance of the "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon. Friday, July 4, at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Mark Twainl

"Mark Twain: Part One"

Join Ken Burns to journey through Samuel Clemens' early days along the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri, as he stumbles through the adventures that will lead him to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • July 4: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Epiphany," 6:30 p.m.; "A Capitol Fourth," 7 p.m.; and "A Capitol Fourth," 8:30 p.m.
  • July 11: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With John Willis," 6:30 p.m.; and "Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize," 8 p.m.
  • July 18: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m.; "Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize," 8 p.m.; and "PBS Previews: The Roosevelts," 9:30 p.m.
  • July 25: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers," 6:30 p.m.; "Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize," 8 p.m.; and "Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine," 9:30 p.m.

"Wild Kratts: Crocogator Contest and Mosquito Dragon!"

The Kratt brothers begin an all-new adventure when a pop Creature Quiz challenge question about the differences between a crocodile and alligator turns into a full-blown Crocogator contest. Then, when the crew gets walloped by mosquitoes in Cypress Swamp, go with the gang as they start a fact-finding adventure to learn exactly why mosquitoes try to steal our blood in the first place! Monday, July 21, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"We Served, Too: The Story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots"

Celebrate the story of a group of young, determined and courageous women who, during World War II, broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes as members of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Sunday, July 13, at 3:30 p.m.

Exploring Arkansas

This month, Chuck Dovish visits the deepest canyon in the Ozarks – nicknamed the "Arkansas Grand Canyon" – just south of Jasper and explores the Mulberry River on a float trip. Then, join him for a hike along the Earthquake Ridge Trail near Mena, and bring early railroad days back to life at the 1902 St. Joe Historic Railroad Depot and Museum. Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

  • July 6: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Going Bodmin," 8 p.m.; "Endeavour Season 2: Nocturne," 9 p.m.; "Queen Victoria's Children: Princes Will Be Princes," 10:20 p.m.; and "Tales From the Palaces: Signs of Life," 11:30 p.m.
  • July 13: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Gentlemen Prefer," 8 p.m.; "Endeavour Season 2: Sway," 9 p.m.; and "Our Queen," 10:15 p.m.
  • July 20: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Sh*T Happens," 8 p.m.; "Endeavour Season 2: Neverland," 9 p.m.; "Van Gogh: Painted with Words," 10:30 p.m.; and "Tales from the Palaces: Sensitivites," 11:30 p.m.
  • July 27: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: The Portwenn Effect," 8 p.m.; "Poirot Season 12: The Big Four," 9 p.m.; and "Wodehouse in Exile," 10:30 p.m.