Public Media News November 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 percent 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 safest 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

In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and Teacher Created Materials, AETN is proud to launch a new STEM website. The site – designed to provide rigorous teaching sessions addressing the seven STEM individual foundations at the elementary, middle and high school levels – features seven unique video strategies, filmed in Arkansas classrooms, to demonstrate each individual foundation. The sessions are available for download, along with video footage and resources needed to recreate the lessons, at

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education in a commitment to help achieve critical state and national educational goals. 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 aetn. org/parents and


"Exploring Arkansas"

This November, Chuck Dovish invites you to make a splash! Start off with a snorkeling trip at Bull Shoals- White River State Park, and then go wildcaving in the Beckham Creek Cave House. Finally, wrap up the evening with a visit to the Strawberry River, an Arkansas Natural and Scenic River and Nature Conservancy Preserve, to explore one of the greatest concentrations of aquatic biodiversity in North America. Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

"AETN Presents" 10th anniversary season on AETN Arts Fridays

With jazz luminaries, singer- songwriters, dance party favorites and more, "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" is proud to continue a decade- long tradition of showcasing Arkansas's extensive, local talent. Featured artists this season include: Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers, Isaac Alexander, National Park Radio, Booyah! Dad and John Willis. Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at: aetnpresents and

National Park Radio

A free Community Cinema screening of "The State of Arizona" will be held at William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The film, which features Spanish subtitles, captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration in the year after the passage of SB1070, its controversial "papers please" law. A community discussion will follow the screening, and panelists will include Sen. Joyce Elliott and Sara Mullally, co-founder of El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center.

AETN  Program  Highlights

Islam in Arkansas

Created as a journey into a world many know only through fragmented news clips, "Islam in Arkansas" goes beyond stereotypes and misconceptions to explore the lives, religion and community impact of Muslims in Arkansas. Featuring a range of interviews and community service projects – including The Islamic Center for Excellence's work to renovate and revive a portion of southwest Little Rock and the sisters of Clara Mohammed School's efforts to demystify the wearing of the hijab – the documentary encourages viewers to meet their Islamic neighbors and break down perceived barriers.  Friday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 p.m.

Honoring the memory of President Kennedy

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, AETN will pay tribute to the young president with a range of specials offering intriguing new perspectives on his life and untimely demise. Particular highlights include: the two-part documentary "American Experience: JFK," Nov. 11 and 12 at 8 each night; "NOVA: Cold Case JFK," Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.; and "Secrets of the Dead – JFK: One PM Central Standard Time," Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m.

"American Masters: Jimi Hendrix"

Unveiling previously unseen performance footage, this revealing documentary delves into the life and genius of pioneering electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Drawing from extensive archives of photographs, drawings, family letters, well-known friends' commentary and more, "American Masters: Jimi Hendrix" seeks to provide new insight into the personality and music of the legend. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.

New season of "Austin City Limits"

You don't need to wait until the weekend to enjoy great music – just tune in to see your favorite singers and bands on a brand-new season of "Austin City Limits." Popular acts performing this season include: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Emeli Sande, Michael Kiwanuka, Fun. and Dawes, as well as the Americana Music Festival. Thursdays, starting Nov. 7, at 9 p.m.

"The Paradise"

Denise continues her journey into the beautiful and tempting world of "The Paradise" facing difficult choices – in business and in love – as she struggles to remain true to herself and her heart. Sundays, at 9 p.m.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • Nov. 1: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Moby Dick from San Francisco Opera," at 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 8: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Stephen Sondheim's Company With the New York Philharmonic," at 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 15: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," at 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma," at 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 22: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Booyah! Dad," at 6:30 p.m., and "Nashville 2.0," at 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 29: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With John Willis," at 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances – Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn," at 9 p.m. Learn more at

Roaring '20's Cocktail Reception & Season 4 Screening

Celebrate the elegance of "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" with the Arkansas PBS Foundaion at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock. Enjoy cocktails, music, dancing, Jazz Age photo booth and door prizes. Wear your best "Downton Abbey" -inspired attire for a costume contest. Tickets are $50, and space is limited. Call 800-662-2386 to reserve your seats today! Limited seating for the free screening at 7:30 p.m. is available only by RSVP. "Downton Abbey" on "Masterpiece" premieres Sunday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m. on AETN.