Public Media News June 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

Arkansas educators, you told us what you wanted, and we listened! ArkansasIDEAS has transitioned to a new learning management system (LMS). This LMS provides users with additional features, including new courses, more technology offerings, easier navigation and a fresh, mobile-friendly design. All previous coursework transcripts can still be accessed, and new coursework can be started anytime, at If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ArkansasIDEAS help desk at or 800-488-6689.

AETN Educational Services

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


Summer learning loss prevention

This summer, AETN and PBS are encouraging kids and families to prevent summer learning loss through fun content and activities from June through August. Keep the learning going with special "Dinosaur Train" programs in June, "Wild Kratts" episodes in July, and "Curious George" specials in August. Throughout the summer, don't miss special AETN KIDS club content with program updates, event announcements, book suggestions and more at

"Send Me to Antiques Roadshow" social media contest

Love "Antiques Roadshow" and looking for a way to attend the July 25 stop at Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center? AETN is giving away six pairs of tickets during the month of June 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. Each person may enter once per social media platform. Facebook:, Twitter: @aetn, Instagram: @aetn

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, host Chuck Dovish visits High Bank Twin Falls off of the Mulberry River Road Scenic Byway in the Ozark National Forest, enjoys the spring blooms at The Old Mill in North Little Rock, and backpacks the Athens-Big Fork Trail in the Ouachita National Forest. Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.

"Student Selects 2015" winners announced

After long deliberation between many deserving films, we're proud to announce the winners of the 2015 "Student Selects" Thea Foundation Filmmaking Scholarships. Each high school senior will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward the institution of higher education of his or her choice, regardless of the winner's planned major. Learn more about the contest and how to enter in 2016 at 2015 "Student Selects" Thea Foundation Scholarship Winners.

  • Directing: Reed Carson of Fayetteville High School for "A Film on Hate"
  • Cinematography: Addison Yates of Harding Academy for "My Ball"
  • Editing: Michael Driskell of Springdale District Television (SDTV) for "Trapped in the Oven"
  • Screenwriting: Cole Borgstadt of Fayetteville High School for "Go to the Ball With Me, Jenny"

"Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling"

Enjoy a wonderful retrospective on Shirley Temple's life and times in this fun-filled, toe-tapping documentary about the amazingly precocious child star whose films saved a movie studio from bankruptcy and arguably raised the morale of Depressionweary Americans. Sunday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m.

"1913: Seeds of Conflict"

Examine a pivotal, yet largely overlooked, moment in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the years just prior to World War I. This film focuses on the period when Arab and Jewish nationalism first made contact and the conflict was just beginning to germinate. Tuesday, June 30, at 8 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • June 5: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Woodsongs," 6:30 p.m.; "Great Performances - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek," 8 p.m.; and "Carole King & James Taylor Troubadour Reunion," 9:30 p.m.
  • June 12: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Grand Serenade," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances - Twilight: Los Angeles," 8 p.m.
  • June 19: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Booyah! Dad," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances at the Met - The Merry Widow," 8 p.m.
  • June 26: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers," 6:30 p.m.; "In Performance at the White House: The Gospel Tradition," 8 p.m.; and "In Performance at the White House: Country Music," 9 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

Enjoy an outstanding sampler of favorites, new seasons and new series during your June Sunday Night Brit Blocks. From a special marathon, to the premiere of "Masterpiece: Poldark" to the season three return of "Last Tango in Halifax," there's lots to look forward this month.

  • June 7: "Death Comes to Pemberley - Part 2," 8 p.m.
  • June 14: "Last Tango in Halifax" marathon, beginning at 8 p.m.
  • June 21: "Tales from the Royal Wardrobe," 7 p.m.; "Masterpiece - Poldark: Part 1," 8 p.m.; and "Crimson Field: Episode 1," 9 p.m.
  • June 28: "Last Tango in Halifax," 7 p.m.; "Masterpiece - Poldark: Part 2," 8 p.m.; and "Crimson Field: Episode 2," 9 p.m.