Public Media News May 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 and ArkansasIDEAS are proud to announce that Mary Beth Hatch, EAST Initiative facilitator at Harrison Junior High School, is one of 52 educators nationwide named a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator. This prestigious program recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators across the United States who serve as leaders in educational technology and incorporate digital media in classrooms. As a 2016 Lead Digital Innovator, Hatch wil receive an all-expense-paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to represent Arkansas at the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the international Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

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.

2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

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After reviewing more than 100 entries from across the state - and giggling, learning important morals and viewing outstanding artwork - AETN judges have chosen 12 winners of the 2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Stories were judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Each winner will receive an AETN prize pack, and first place winners will be given the opportunity for Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit their school or to tour the AETN studios in Conway. Winning stories may be viewed in their entirety at AETN

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kindergarten Aiyah Miller of Little Rock
"The Girl Who Didn't Brush Her Hair"
Yahya Sridjajamerta of Fayetteville
"The Police"
Charlotte Shelton of Lonoke
"Hiccup Saves the Day"
1st Grade Jordan Murray of Conway
"Phil the Skunk"
Ashley Carter of Little Rock
"The Magical Dress"
Raney Martensen of Little Rock
"A Cat Went Fishing"
2nd Grade Aleksandra Bogan of Little Rock
"Magic Tent"
Jessica Liao of Fayetteville
"Jessica Moving to Arkansas"
Neelie Kindt of Hot Springs
"The Beautiful Egg"
3rd Grade Keynes Wright of Bentonville
"Boy in the Island"
Allison Walker of Benton
"Where Is Bella?"
Jaidyn Moy of Bentonville
"Attack of Candy City"

Free PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp

Children aged 5 to 8 are invited to join AETN as we 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. Camp openings are limited, and registration closes May 30. To register or learn more, contact Amy Routt at


"American Masters - Janis: Little Girl Blue"

Before her death at age 27, Janis Joplin thrilled audiences and blazed new creative trails. Examine the story of one of the most revered and influential rock 'n' roll singers of all time in depth, for the first time on film, with "American Masters." The intimate portrait of a complicated and driven artist features neverbefore - seen extended cuts, archival performance footage and extensive interviews with Joplin's siblings, friends and fellow musicians. Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

Exploring Arkansas

This month, host Chuck Dovish joins speleology students from Lyon College in Batesville to attend class in the nearby Bat Cave; attempts to defy the laws of physics on Helena's Gravity Hill; explores the rich but illegal gambling history behind what is now Hot Springs' Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum; and takes in the unique climate atop Arkansas's highest peak on Mount Magazine. Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Barnes and… A Conversation With"

A new four-part series hosted by Steve Barnes airs Mondays in May at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 9. Featured interviewees include "Antiques Roadshow" Executive Producer Marsha Bemko; noted civil rights advocate Ambassador Andrew Young; actor, director, writer and producer Josh Radnor, of PBS's "Mercy Street;" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham.

  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Marsha Bemko," May 9
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Andrew Young," May 16
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Josh Radnor," May 23
  • "Barnes and… A Conversation With Jon Meacham," May 30

"Genius By Stephen Hawking"

Professor Stephen Hawking challenges a selection of volunteers to think like the greatest geniuses in history and solve some of humanity's most enduring questions in this special series. Wednesdays at 8 and 9 p.m., beginning May 18.

Agri Arkansas

In May, learn more about the research done at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville. There, scientists explore fruit breeding and growing techniques that benefit growers and consumers across the nation and world. Also featured is a trip to a true "farm-to-table" diner near Scott. Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

Ted Talks: War and Peace

Join those who have experienced war—fighters, journalists, psychologists and more—to learn how it affects everyone. Hear extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.

National Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert 2016

Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we honor the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Program details can be found at Sunday, May 29.

  • "Escape From Firebase Kate," 1:30 p.m.
  • "War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon Rocky Gause," 2:30 p.m.
  • "In Their Words - Their Journey: A Veteran's Tribute Tour," 4 p.m.
  • "National Memorial Day Concert," 7 and 8:30 p.m.
  • "POV: Of Men and War," 10 p.m.
  • "Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers," 11:30 p.m.

Soldiers at National Memorial Day Concert