Public Media News November 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

Recent Nielsen data show that PBS finished the 2013-2014 broadcast season with a dramatic increase in viewership, moving PBS to the fifth largest primetime household rating among all broadcast and cable networks.

PBS, with its over 350 member stations like AETN, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions.

AETN is Arkansas's statewide public service media outlet and is a PBS member station.

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education to impact student achievement. Stay connected, and continue learning, by following our blog; podcasts; RSS feeds; social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; and Parents blog. You can find links to all of these resources at

Teaching Arkansans

In partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Bayou Bartholomew Alliance, AETN has created the "Bayou Bartholomew Educators Guide" to inform students of the impact that Bayou Bartholomew has had in history and to instill a responsibility to improve the natural environment. This guide complements the AETN original documentary "Bayou Bartholomew: World's Longest Bayou" and details the bayou's vital role in the history of the Arkansas Delta and in the lives of those who benefited from its waters. Learn more, and download the free guide at


Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive

Donate new or gently used sweaters at 15 libraries across the state or at AETN in Conway to support the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive and provide warmth in Arkansas neighborhoods, Nov. 1-29. Donations benefit the Arkansas Salvation Army and various community charities. Learn more at libraries:

  • Bainum Library and Learning Center (Glenwood)
  • Cabot Public Library
  • Carlisle Public Library
  • Charleston Public Library
  • Cross County Public Library (Wynne)
  • Delight Branch Library
  • De Witt Public Library
  • Dumas Public Library
  • Earle Public Library
  • Elkins Public Library
  • Green Forest Public Library
  • Madison County Public Library
  • Sevier County Public Library (De Queen)
  • Van Buren Public Library
  • West Poinsett Memorial Library (Weiner)

"Arkansans Ask: Governor Mike Beebe"

Gov. Mike Beebe answers questions from around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues in his final appearance on "Arkansans Ask." Viewers are encouraged to submit their questions for the governor by emailing Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

Host Chuck Dovish examines transportation of all types in the November episode. Beginning at the Trolley Museum in Fort Smith, go beyond static displays, and see how one of the museum's three streetcars operates in town on a dai y basis. Then, see the only "still flying" WWII B-29 make a tour stop in the pilot's hometown, Fayetteville. Finally, join Dovish for a ride along the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, the newest addition to Woolly Hollow State Park. Monday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

"AETN Presents: On the Front Row" new season

Celebrate outstanding local music with an all-new season of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row." This season will highlight Arkansasmusic ranging from folk to funk to classical with featured artists Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass, Amasa Hines, Amy Garland & Friends, and Giovanni Antipolo. Fridays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 7.

"Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave"

Kick off a brand new season with this exciting, one-hour special where Thomas and the gang face their fears in their boldest adventure yet. After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor, a landslide unearths some very unusual footprints. As they search for what could have made them, Thomas and his old and new friends uncover the surprising answer and, along the way, uncover the true meaning of bravery. Monday, Nov. 3, at noon.

"Downton Abbey" – special rebroadcasts of Seasons 1-2

Prepare for the fifth season of "Downton Abbey" by beginning the celebration early! Whether you’re a dedicated fan or would like to catch up in time for the January premiere of season five, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to view the series fromthe very beginning.

  • "Downton Abbey – Season 1: Parts 1-3" marathon, Sunday, Nov. 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Downton Abbey – Season 1: Part 4 and Season 2: Part 1," marathon, Sunday, Nov. 16, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Downton Abbey – Season 2: Parts 2-4" marathon, Sunday, Nov. 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • "Downton Abbey – Season 2: Parts 5-7" marathon, Thursday, Nov. 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Nov. 7: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Adam Faucett andthe Tall Grass," 6:30 p.m.; "Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the  White House," 8 p.m.; and "Art in the 21st Century: Legacy," 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 14: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Amasa Hines," 6:30 p.m.; "Hitmakers," 8 p.m.; and "Art in the 21st Century: Fiction," 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 21: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Amy Garland & Friends," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Cats" 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 28: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Giovanni Antipolo," 6:30 p.m., and "Kristin Chenowith – Coming Home," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

  • Nov. 9: "Doc Martin: Movement," 8 p.m.; "Masterpiece Contemporary – Worricker: Turks & Caicos," 9 p.m.; and "Masterpiece Classic –The Paradise Season 2: Part 7," 11 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: "Doc Martin: City Slickers," 8 p.m.; "Masterpiece Contemporary – Worricker: Salting the Battlefield," 9 p.m.; and "Masterpiece Classic – The Paradise Season 2: Part 8," 11 p.m.
  • Nov. 23: "Doc Martin: The Admirer," 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 30: "Downton Abbey Rediscovered," 9 p.m.; and "Downton Abbey Rediscovered," 10:30 p.m.