Public Media News May 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, producing original programs that feature the people and places of Arkansas. AETN is a PBS member station. PBS and member stations are No. 1 in public trust and an "excellent" use of tax dollars. PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand and helps prepare children for success in school and life. (CARAVAN ORC International, January 2014)

Teaching Arkansans

AETN is proud to announce that Sarah Jerry, GT specialist at Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School, is one of 100 educators nationwide named a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. This prestigious program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators across the United States who serve as leaders in educational technology and incorporate digital media in classrooms. As a 2014 honoree, Jerry will receive yearlong professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. Learn more at:

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education to impactp student achievement. Learn more about resources available for all Arkansans in our key focus areas - ArkansasIDEAS professional development and resources for K-12 educators, early education resources for PreK-4 educators and families, and AETN and PBS activities, outreach initiatives and online resources - by viewing the Educator's Guide at and

This Month

New series of "Barnes and… A Conversation With"

A new series of AETN's in-depth current affairs program, featuring conversations with a variety of prominent guests, will premiere Thursday, May 1. Host Steve Barnes is joined by: Eric Scholsser, investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author; Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and former host of "NOVA scienceNOW;" Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; Congressman John Lewis, civil rights movement leader; and professors Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Dr. Tom DeBlack of Arkansas Tech University. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

AETN seeks Dreamland Ballroom stories

Do you have information about the Dreamland Ballroom - the third floor of the historic Taborian Hall on West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock - or the city's "Little Harlem"? These topics will be featured in an upcoming AETN documentary, and producers are seeking stories and photos from the ballroom in its prime, approximately 1930-1960. Anyone with pertinent information is encouraged to contact Tanisha Joe Conway, 800-662-2386, or email

Community Cinema

A free Community Cinema screening of "The New Black" will be held at William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. The film follows the black community as it grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent same-sex marriage movement. A community discussion, led by Cornelius Mabin, Jr., will follow the screening.

"Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes."

In recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, this special episode will feature a documentary exploring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and youth. Following the film, a panel of experts will discuss what PTSD is, as well as its causes, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Viewers are encouraged to call 800-662- 2386 with questions during the broadcast. Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

AETN Youth Academy

AETN has a limited number of openings for the AETN Youth Academy this summer. Production Camp for ages 12 to 16 will be held June 16-20. Around the World Camp for ages 7 to 11 will be held July 21-25. The cost of each five-day camp is $149 per child, which includes instruction, t-shirt, meals and snacks. Registration closes May 30. Additional information is available by contacting Karen Walker at or 800-662-2386.

"Doc Martin: Season 6"

Beginning May 4, a new dose of "Doc Martin" begins. Join Doctor Martin Ellingham - and headmistress Louisa Glasson as they make sense of their new life together with baby James Henry. Sundays at 8 p.m.

Arkansas independent film: "War in the '60s"

An original, hour-long documentary from the late Jack Hill, "War in the '60s" recounts the military history and human story of what happened in Arkansas during the American Civil War. The film illustrates what it was like to live in Arkansas during this period and how the war changed the state. Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

"Coming Back With Wes Moore"

In a new, three-part series, bestselling author Wes Moore recounts his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Moore seeks to learn why some veterans easily assimilate into society after deployment and why some struggle. Tuesdays, May 13-27, at 7 p.m.

"National Memorial Day Concert"

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise cohost the 25th anniversary broadcast of the "National Memorial Day Concert," a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform. Enjoy an all-star performance lineup, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 25, at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, host Chuck Dovish takes a float trip in east Arkansas through the Big Woods - the largest corridor of bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the Delta. Afterwards, he and visitors from across the region make a pilgrimage to Wye Mountain to view daffodils. Then, join the visit to the Little Red River for world-class rainbow trout fishing in Heber Springs ending with a trek across the Natural Bridge of Arkansas. Monday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • May 2: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Woodsongs," 6:30 p.m.; "Pennsylvania Ballet at 50," 8 p.m.; and "Craft In America: Industry," 9 p.m.
  • May 9: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers," 6:30 p.m.; "Silk Road Ensemble With Yo Yo Ma: Live From Tanglewood," 8 p.m.; and "Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings," 9 p.m.
  • May 16: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bonnie Montgomery," 6:30 p.m.; "American Masters: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself," 8 p.m.; and "LOUPE - Part 2: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas," 9:30 p.m.
  • May 23: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With the Shannon Boshears Band," 6:30 p.m.; "In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul," 8 p.m.; and "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul," 9 p.m.
  • May 30: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Don't Stop Please," 6:30 p.m.; "National Memorial Day Concert," 8 p.m.; and "LOUPE - Part 2: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas," 9:30 p.m.

Sunday night Brit block

  • May 4: "Call the Midwife," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Sickness and Health," 8 p.m.; "Mr. Selfridge - Season 2: Part 6," 9 p.m.; and "The Bletchley Circle - Uncustomed Goods: Part 2," 10 p.m.
  • May 11: "Call the Midwife," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," 8 p.m.; "Mr. Selfridge - Season 2: Part 7," 9 p.m.; "The Secrets of Chatsworth," 10 p.m.; and "Our Queen," 10:45 p.m.
  • May 18: "Call the Midwife," 7 p.m.; "Doc Martin: The Tameness of a Wolf," 8 p.m.; "Mr. Selfridge - Season 2: Part 8," 9 p.m.; and "Diana vs. the Queen," 11 p.m.
  • May 25: "Born to Royalty," 10 p.m., and "Last of the Summer Wine: A Merry Heatwave," 11:20 p.m.