Public Media News June 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

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

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.


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. June Video Vault classics include "Men & Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers," a threepart series; "Precious Memories: Our Vanishing Rural Churches;" and "It Started Here: Early Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase."

According to the USDA, Arkansas has a poverty rate of 18.9 percent and a child poverty rate of 26 percent, and levels continue to rise across the state. Learn more about the struggles of Arkansans living in poverty and the organizations and resources available to assist our neighbors in segments focusing on Veterans Villages of American, poverty in urban and rural areas, food insecurity, and more. Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m.

"A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas" is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America." Additional information is available at

Free PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp

AETN will present the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp Tuesday, June 21, through Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. This free camp features a sequence of collaborative, digital and physical activities designed to introduce children to creative coding. Each child will create his or her own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app. Watch for updates about all our campers accomplish at and

"Agri Arkansas"

What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? In June, explore the Natural State's global reach. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, exports on a national level are expected to fall 10.5 percent in 2016 in spite of shipping larger volumes of crops such as soybeans and rice. Will softening relations with Cuba have an affect? Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m.

"Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes."

Join host Pamela Smith as AETN takes a look at the state of mental health in youth. A panel of mental health professionals will address stigma, diagnosis and treatment. Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

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

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

In June's new episode, Phyllis Speer is cooking up Stuffed Catfish, an Arkansas classic with a twist. She pairs it with a mouthwatering Mandarin Salad and rounds out the meal with Puffed Pastry Turnovers. She's not done tempting our taste buds though. The program finishes up with a new southern summer staple, Zach's Fried Crappie. Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Carole Burnett's Favorite Sketches

Relive favorite moments from "The Carol Burnett Show," selected by the beloved funny lady herself, in this new 90-minute special. The highlights of the comedy-variety review will feature cast regulars and memorable guests, as well as Burnett's unforgettable characters, including Starlet O'Hara, Norma Desmond, Mrs. Wiggins and more. Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 5, at 11:30 a.m. & 8 p.m.; Monday, June 6, at 10 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • June 3: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Jeff Coleman and the Feeders," 6:30 p.m.; "Carol Burnett's Favorite Sketches," 8 p.m.; and "Pioneers of Television: Carol Burnett & The Funny Ladies," 9:30 p.m.
  • June 10: "AETN Box Office Special," 6:30 p.m.; "Great Performances: Joan Baez' 75th Birthday Celebration," 8 p.m.; and "Jesse Cook Live at the Bathurst Theatre," 10 p.m.
  • June 17: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bob Willis & The Texas Playboys," 6:30 p.m.; "American Masters - Plimpton! Staring George Plimpton as Himself," 8 p.m.; and "Vicious: Wedding," 9:30 p.m.
  • June 24: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Cedell Davis," 6:30 p.m., and "American Masters: Jimi Hendrix," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Drama

  • June 12: "Being Poirot," 8 p.m.
  • June 19: "Vicious Special," 7 p.m.; "Endeavour - Season 3: Ride," 8 p.m.; and "Tunnel: Episode 1," 9:30 p.m.
  • June 26: "Dancing on the Edge," 7 p.m.; "Endeavour - Season 3: Arcadia," 8 p.m.; and "Tunnel: Episode 2," 9:30 p.m.