May 2019

Splash and Bubbles

In the Community

Meet favorite PBS KIDS characters at Toad Suck Daze

Join us at Toad Suck Daze in Conway May 4-5 to meet PBS KIDS characters Splash and Bubbles and Duck and Dog from "WordWorld." Visitors can take photos with the characters in the Tinkerfest area on Oak Street.

Join us Saturday, May 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Sunday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Toad Suck Daze, downtown Conway.

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"Exploring Arkansas"

Join host Chuck Dovish for this all-new episode as he visits Lake Atalanta in Rogers, Snake World just outside of Berryville, Dardanelle Rock and Council Oaks along the Arkansas River, and ATV trails in Fairfield Bay.

Tune in Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.

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Public Affairs

"Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson"

Gov. Asa Hutchinson makes a special appearance on "Arkansans Ask" to discuss the successful passage of his four goals for this year's legislative session – competitive tax cuts, transportation funding, teacher pay increases and transformation of state government. Viewers may submit questions and comments during this live broadcast.

Tune in Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

Submit questions or comments during the broadcast at 800-662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

Special Programming

National Memorial Day Concert

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the 30th anniversary live broadcast of America's national night of remembrance from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.

Tune in live Sunday, May 26, at 7 p.m., and watch again at 8:30 p.m.

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Arkansas Stories

"Reel South: Ingrid"

Ingrid Gipson was a successful fashion designer who gave up her big city career for a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in Arkansas's rural Ouachita Mountains. This film purposefully explores her current world as she lives off the land, works on her homestead, and makes art from natural materials.

Tune in Thursday, May 23, at 10 p.m.


2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners announced

Children in kindergarten through third grades recently participated in the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which helps build literacy skills through writing and illustrating original stories. First, second and third place winners were chosen from each grade by a panel of judges, and two educators who submitted entries for their entire classes were also chosen for special prizes.

Read the winning stories at

Arts and Culture

Student Filmmakers Showcase

Join AETN for the Student Filmmakers Showcase, which highlights scholarship and prize-winning films from "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," at Ron Robinson Theater May 13. "Student Selects" gives Arkansas student filmmakers the opportunity for possible broadcast, streaming, screenings, scholarships and prizes.

Join us Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock.

Learn more at

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Classic British Drama

Tune in during May for the return of "The Jewel in the Crown" and "The Forsyte Saga." Adapted for television in 1984, "The Jewel in the Crown" is set in northern India in the last uneasy years of British rule. In "The Forsyte Saga," released in 2002, love is a polygon that shifts like a kaleidoscope.

Tune in to "The Jewel in the Crown" beginning Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. and "The Forsyte Saga" beginning Thursday, May 30, at 9 p.m.