Public Media News November 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.

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Teaching Arkansans

Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don't require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? At the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) Conference, Dr. Lori Peek delivered the keynote presentation "Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters," highlighting work done in Washington County in Arkansas through the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative and providing insight for childcare providers in Arkansas and across the nation. Learn more about how you can better protect the children in your care, and watch a recording of the presentation, at


AETN asks you to help neighbors around the state by donating new or gently used sweaters at our participating partner locations or the AETN headquarters in Conway during the statewide 2016 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive Nov. 1-30.

Donations will be distributed to those in need by the Arkansas Salvation Army and various community charities. Further information is available at

Participating libraries:
  • Arkansas State Library (Little Rock)
  • Ashley County Library (Hamburg)
  • Bainum Library and Learning Center (Glenwood)
  • Barton Library (El Dorado)
  • Boyd T. and Mollie Gattis Logan County Library (Paris)
  • Cabot Public Library
  • Carlisle Public Library
  • Charleston Public Library
  • Cross County Public Library (Wynne)
  • Delight Branch Library
  • Dumas Public Library
  • Earle Public Library
  • Eudora Branch Library
  • Eureka Springs Library
  • Franklin County Public Library (Ozark)
  • Garland County Library (Hot Springs)
  • Gentry Public Library
  • Harper Memorial Library (Junction City)
  • Huttig Library Logan County Library (Booneville)
  • Marjorie Walker McCrary Public Library (Lonoke)
  • Madison County Library (Huntsville)
  • McGehee Branch Library
  • Monticello Branch Library
  • Pike County Public Library (Murfreesboro)
  • Sevier County Public Library (De Queen)
  • Smackover Public Library
  • Star City Branch Library
  • St. Paul Library Strong Library
  • Van Buren Public Library
  • Warren Branch Library

"Exploring Arkansas"

This month on "Exploring Arkansas" join host Chuck Dovish as he drops by the historic swinging bridge spanning Sylamore Creek, north of Mountain View; examines the impact an 820-pound meteorite made when it fell to earth near Paragould in 1930; stops to see the Little Golden Gate Bridge in Beaver; and visits the antebellum Smyrna Church west of Searcy. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

"Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" screening

Examine profound questions about the state of black America – and our nation as a whole – in an advance screening of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" held in partnership with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.

The documentary series, hosted Henry Louis Gates Jr., embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last 50 years of black history – from Dr. King to Barack Obama, from James Brown's "I'm Black and I'm Proud" to Beyoncé's "Formation" – and raising questions about the obstacles that remain.

A special panel discussion – featuring Dr. John W. Miller Jr., UALR Faculty Mentoring Program coordinator and associate professor of social work; Ryan Davis, director of Children's International; Matthew Caston, program coordinator at City Year and founder/CEO of the Freedman Society; and Dr. Angela Webster, UCA associate vice president for Institutional Diversity – moderated by Dr. Joseph Jones, president of Arkansas Baptist College, will follow the screening.

"Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise" advance screening
Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock

"Cooking on the Wild Side"

Looking to whip up a unique dish? Phyllis Speer has just what you're looking for with this episode! Recipes include Doves with Rice in Madeira, Venison Stir Fry, Squirrel Mulligan and Italian Corn Bread Fritters. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.


Explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world with unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated music artists, producers and innovators. Charting a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, the eight-episode series features rare archival studio footage and an extensive musical soundtrack that promises to deliver one of the most wide ranging series on the art of music recording ever produced. Nov. 14-18 and Nov. 21-23, beginning at 9 each night.

Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations

With the upcoming flu season and the recent mumps outbreak, people are discussing which vaccinations are needed and searching for answers to their questions regarding effectiveness, access and boosters. This episode of "Arkansans Ask" will provide those answers and more. Share your questions for the chance to hear our panel of experts answer live at 800-662-2386, paffairs@aetn. org or on Twitter with #ARAsk. Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.

"Healing Minds, Changing Attitudes"

Continuing the discussion of mental health among adults, a panel of experts will discuss the illness, stigma, diagnosis and treatment and how it affects Arkansans. Experts will also discuss mental health of Arkansas's veterans. Monday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

PBS KIDS specials "Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep" and "Splash and Bubbles"

In back-to-back specials, get ready to go under the sea on Wednesday, Nov. 23! "Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea" dives down to the most unexplored habitat on the Earth, the ocean trenches, where they must choose between saving creature friends and realizing their lifelong dream of discovering new species. Then, don't miss the premiere of PBS KIDS' newest program "Splash and Bubbles" as the title characters and their friends meet wildly diverse marine animals and discover otherworldly undersea habitats. Wednesday, Nov. 23, beginning at 8 a.m.

Thanksgiving specials "Anne of Green Gables" and "Pollyanna"

Gather your family together for a special night of Thanksgiving programming with presentations of two beloved classics. First, savor a new adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables," based on the first book of the Lucy Maud Montgomery series, starring Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert and 14-year-old Ella Ballentine as the auburn-haired kindred spirit. Then, revisit the 2005 portrayal of the classic tale of "Pollyanna" as a young orphan – played by Georgiana Terry – and her effortless charm helps family, friends and strangers alike believe that a little positive thinking can make a big difference. "Anne of Green Gables," Thursday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. "Pollyanna," Thursday, Nov. 24, at 8:30 p.m.

AETN Video Vault

Celebrate Arkansas's 50th year of local public television programming, and rediscover AETN original productions every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. November Video Vault classics include "Charles Banks Wilson: Portrait of an American Artist," "Keetoowah's Come Home," "Television for Arkansas: The Long Walk" and "Arkansas Autumn."

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Nov. 4: "LOUPE: Arkansas's Living Treasures: Part 4," 6:30 p.m., and "Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater," 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 11: "LOUPE – Arkansas's Living Treasures: Part 5," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Gypsy," 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 18: "LOUPE: The Arts in Arkansas," 6:30 p.m., and "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs," 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 25: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With the Boondogs," 6:30 p.m., and "Live From Lincoln Center: Lang Lang's New York Rhapsody," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Drama

  • Nov. 6: "The Durrells in Corfu," 7 p.m.; "Poldark – Season 2: Episode 5," 8 p.m.; and "Indian Summers – Season 2: Episode 7," 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 13: "The Durrells in Corfu," 7 p.m.; "Poldark – Season 2: Episode 6," 8 p.m.; and "Indian Summers – Season 2: Episode 8," 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: "The Durrells in Corfu," 7 p.m.;"Poldark: Season 2: Episode 7," 8 p.m.; and "Indian Summers – Season 2: Episode 9," 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 27: "Poldark – Season 2: Episode 8," 8 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