Public Media News July 2015

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 12th consecutive year.

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers top-quality content and educational services that meet Americans wherever they are. As the fifth most-watched network among all broadcast and cable channels and reaching more than 33 million people online each month, PBS ensures viewers have the opportunity to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs. This broad array of programs - which remain available and free to all Americans - has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions.

(Source: CARAVAN ORC International, January 2015)

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

Teaching Arkansans

School is out for summer, but learning never stops. Join AETN and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free online resources and special programming. PBS KIDS "Summer Safari" materials and tips are available at, and even more online games, activities and printables are available at More information about special programming and resources designed to stop summer learning loss are available 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.

Educator resources: educators,, aetn., Station Break Newsletter

Parent resources:,, AETN KIDS Newsletter Children's resources:


"Antiques Roadshow" stops in Little Rock July 25

"Antiques Roadshow" is coming to Arkansas Saturday, July 25! Nearly 6,000 ticket holders will join the "Antiques Roadshow" crew and AETN staff at Little Rock's State House Convention Center for a day of appraisals and, we hope, the discovery of a few treasures. Follow the process on "Antiques Roadshow" and AETN social media outlets, and be sure to watch for the three Little Rock episodes as part of the series' 20th anniversary season beginning in January 2016.
Twitter: @aetn, #RoadshowAR, @roadshowpbs
Instagram: @aetn, #RoadshowAR, @roadshowpbs

"Send Me to Antiques Roadshow" social media contest

Love "Antiques Roadshow" and looking for a way to attend the July 24 VIP Party and July 25 tour stop at Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center? AETN is giving away six pairs of tickets during the month of July by random drawing. To enter, submit a picture of yourself with an item or two you would like to bring for appraisal with #SendMeToRoadshowAR on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by Friday, July 17. Each person may enter once per social media platform.
Twitter: @aetn
Instagram: @aetn

"Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time"

Using Aviva's latest and most secret invention yet - the Time Trampoline - the Wild Kratts jump back in time to meet extinct species. Along with the Wild Kratts, children can learn about extinction, habitat loss and overhunting. Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"A Capitol Fourth"

Kick off the country's 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza that puts viewers front and center for the nation's greatest display of fireworks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Featured performers in the 2015 concert include Barry Manilow, Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes and more. Saturday, July 4, at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, host Chuck Dovish visits Arkansas's version of the Great Sphinx in the Ozark National Forest near Clarksville, goes bass fishing on Little Lake Atkins and stops in the Lucky Landing Bait Shop, and explores the many features of Subiaco Abbey. Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.

American Experience: Blackout"

Look back at what happened in New York City the night the lights went out in summer 1977, plunging 7 million people into darkness. The event led to both horrifying lawlessness and acts of selflessness and generosity. Tuesday, July 14, at 8 p.m.

"Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail"

This series reveals the cultural, scientific and natural history of the most wondrous and terrifying rock on Earth. YouTube sensation Dr. Derek Muller hosts and journeys across the globe to explore the extraordinary, untold story of uranium. July 28-29 at 9 each night.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • July 3: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander," 6:30 p.m.; "National Mall: America's Front Yard," 8 p.m.; and "Great Performances - Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert," 9 p.m.
  • July 10: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m., and "American Masters - Harper Lee: Hey, Boo!," 8 p.m.
  • July 17: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With John Willis," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Driving Miss Daisy," 8 p.m.
  • July 24: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration," 8 p.m.
  • July 31: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Amasa Hines," 6:30 p.m., and "Virtuosity: The Cliburn," 8 p.m. Arkansas Educational Television Network

Sunday Night Brit Block

Summer sizzles with brand new Sunday Night Brit Block episodes all month long. At 7 p.m., "Last Tango in Halifax" explores the ups and downs of family life and life together. At 8, "Poldark" blazes through the struggles of class and love in Georgian-era Cornwall. Then, "The Crimson Field" brings the medicine and drama of World War I to life at 9.
  • July 5: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Poldark: Part 3," 8 p.m.; and "The Crimson Field - Episode 3," 9 p.m.
  • July 12: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Poldark: Part 4," 8 p.m.; and "The Crimson Field - Episode 4," 9 p.m.
  • July 19: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Poldark: Part 5," 8 p.m.; and "The Crimson Field - Episode 5," 9 p.m.
  • July 26: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Poldark: Part 6," 8 p.m.; and "The Crimson Field - Episode 6," 9 p.m.