Public Media News May 2013

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, with broadcasts reaching more than 95 per- cent of the state. AETN produces original programs featuring the people and places of Arkansas and is a PBS member station. PBS and member stations are No. 1 in public trust and an "excellent" use of tax dollars. PBS was also called the most fair network for news and public affairs. PBS KIDS was named the most educational TV/media brand, the saf- est destination for children to watch television or visit online, and the top provider of content that helps children build reading and math skills. (2012 Harris Poll)

Teaching Arkansans

PBS KIDS Lab explores new ways to keep kids learning, whether at home, in school, in extracurricular programs or on the go! From apps and online games to innovative technologies such as augmented reality, find fun new applications and resources for parents and teachers at

AETN Educational Services

As an education leader and essential partner, AETN is committed to providing teachers, parents, students and all Arkansans with the support needed to impact student achievement. Learn more about resources available in our key focus areas – Early education, ArkansasIDEAS professional development, Common Core State Standards initiative, STEM, TESS, AETN PBS LearningMedia, teacher training and workshops, and PBS resources – by viewing the education guide at

This Month

"Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2013" Champions

The 2013 Arkansas Quiz Bowl champions have been decided in the state conference finals, held at the AETN Studios in Conway April 20. The Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association awarded each first place team $3,200 in scholarships and each second place team $1,600. The final standings were:

  • District 1A - Haas Hall (Fayetteville) defeated Alpena.
  • District 2A - Conway Christian defeated Cedar Ridge (Newark).
  • District 3A - Episcopal Colegiate (Little Rock) defeated Fountain Lake (Hot Springs).
  • District 4A - Subiaco Academy defeated Gravette.
  • District 5A - Watson Chapel (Pine Bluff) defeated Little Rock Christian.
  • District 6A - Searcy defeated Benton.
  • District 7A - Fort Smith Southside defeated Arkansas School for Mathematics Sciences and the Arts (Hot Springs).

"Barnes And… A Conversation with " starts fresh with new season

A new series of "Barnes  And … A Conversation With" premieres this month  featuring  such topics as politics, physics, immigration, racial healing  and more. Special  guests include:  author  Kay Collett  Goss, world-renowned physicist Dr. Oliver Keith Baker,  author  Dr. William  A Schwab,  philanthropist Dr. Emmett  Carson  and acclaimed biographer Dr. Randall  Woods.  Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning May 8.

"Community Cinema"

Free Community Cinema screenings of "The Revolutionary Optimists" will be held at William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Tues Public Library, Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Details, film information and screening dates are available at">

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, join host Chuck Dovish as he visits the annual Bentonville Kite Fest, treks to Natural Dam Falls and delves into the history surrounding the bent "L-shaped" trees, popularly believed to have served as "highway signs" for early Native Americans, known as Indian Trail Trees. Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • May 3: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row with Jack Mitchell & His Big Band," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris," 9 p.m.
  • May 10: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Cedell Davis," 6:30 p.m., and "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings," 9 p.m.
  • May 17: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Kat Hood Trio," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto," 9 p.m.
  • May 24: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Toadsuck Symphony," 6:30 p.m., and "Live From Lincoln Center - Audra McDonald: Go Back Home," 9 p.m. and "Voces on PBS: Rebel" 10 p.m.
  • May 31: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile," 6:30 p.m., and "Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize," 9 p.m.

AETN Memorial Day Specials

  • "Ghost Army," Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.
  • "American Road to Victory: The Americans on D-Day" Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m.
  • "American Road to Victory: The Americans on Hell's Highway," Sunday, May 26, 2 p.m.
  • "American Road to Victory: The Americans in the Bulge," Sunday, May 26, 3 p.m.
  • "National Memorial Day Concert," Sunday, May 26, 7 p.m.
  • "Hold at All Costs," Sunday, May 26, 11 p.m.

Constitution USA With Peter Sagal"

Hit the road with Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio's (NPR) "Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me," as he travels the country by motorcycle to find out whether the Constitution has what it takes to keep up with modern America. Tuesdays at 8 p.m., beginning May 7.

"Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes."

In recognition of Mental Health Month, this episode continues to raise awareness about mental illness with a focus on adolescent depression. A panel of experts will discuss what depression is, how it is diagnosed, treatment and medication. Viewers are encouraged call with questions during the program's broadcast Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.

"National Geographic Bee"

Thousands of students in grades four through eight representing schools from across the U.S. compete to prove their knowledge of global geography at the National Geographic Bee. Christian Boekhout, a seventh grader from Hot Springs Intermediate School, represents Arkansas for the second consecutive year. Saturday, May 25, 5 p.m.

"Ted Talks Education"

Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers speak on the topic of learning, focused solely on education, in the first TED project produced specifically for television. Speakers include: Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. John Legend hosts. Tuesday, May 7, 9 p.m.

"Mineral Explorers: Bolivia"

Join longtime mineral dealer and Hot Springs resident Thomas Nagin on an adventure to the Anahi mines of Bolivia in search of its renowned amethyst crystals. Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.

"Live From the Artists Den"

Get ready for a new season of great music with "Live From the Artists Den" beginning Thursday, May 2. With hit artists, including Norah Jones, The Wallflowers, and Mayer Hawthorne, it’s sure to be a treat for your ears! Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Sunday Brit Block

Through May 19, put on your best British accent, and hop across the Atlantic with all new episodes of AETN's Sunday Brit Block. "Call the Midwife: Season 2," "Doc Martin: Season 3" and "Masterpiece Theater: Mr. Selfridge" continue at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.