Public Media News October 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

Along with PBS KIDS curriculumfocused program content, AETN offers early education resources and training to educators and parents across the state. Focusing on the value of early childhood education, which promotes the development of reading, math and essential skills, PBS and AETN early education offerings provide a wide range of resources to Pre-K to 4 educators, students, parents and families. These free tools - including a new three-part, online video series, "Guiding Children Successfully," and a PBS educational resource professional development training on Oct. 15 - provide the resources necessary to enhance the learning environment and impact early learners. Learn more and download the AETN Educators Resource Guide at aetn. org/educators and the AETN Parent Resource Guide 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 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/educators and

LOUPE: Magnifying the Arts in Arkansas

Find a unique gallery of information, visuals and events celebrating the arts in Arkansas in our statewide arts initiative, LOUPE. Designed to magnify Arkansas artists, arts organizations and local events, this initiative features a variety of new stories about arts across the state, as well as classic films from the AETN archives. Explore LOUPE's offerings - or submit information about your own - at Find details at

This Month

Tommy Emmanuel and Celtic Thunder concerts

Arkansas PBS Foundaion plays host to two outstanding live music performances this October. Tommy Emmanuel performed in Conway at Reynold's Performance Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 1, arguably one of the finest acoustic guitar concerts in the world. Experience the "Celtic Thunder: Mythology" tour in all of its glory at the Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center Sunday, Oct. 27. Details and ticket information are available at boxoffice

Community Cinema

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 documentary film, subtitled in Spanish, captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headlinegrabbing struggle with illegal immigration. A community discussion led by local panelists, including Sara Mullally of El Zocalo, will follow the screening.

AETN Program Highlights

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • Oct. 4: "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase - Part 2," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2," 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 11: "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase - Part 3," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances - The Hollow Crown: Henry V," 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 18: "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase - Part 4," 6:30 p.m., and "Great Performances' 40th Anniversary Celebration," 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 25: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys," 6:30 p.m.; "Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage," 9 p.m.; and "Craft in America: Forge," 10 p.m.

New series of "Barnes And…" begins Oct. 9

In a new, four-part series host Steve Barnes and guests discuss topics ranging from journalistic ethics to sports anchors to childhood obesity. Special guests include Dr. David Katz, Hoyt Purvis, Gene Foreman and Frank Deford. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 9.

"Masterpiece Theater"

Delve into the sensuous world of Masterpiece's newest series, "The Paradise," an adaptation of Emile Zola's "The Ladies' Paradise." Starring Joanna Vanderham as Denise, the series watches as the young woman is seduced by the dangerous charms of the modern world, set against the Victorian splendor of a British department store. Sundays, 9 p.m., beginning Oct. 6.

"Outdoor Hotline: Totally Deer"

Get the latest information about the upcoming hunting season, updated hunting regulations and your deer season forecast in the latest episode of "Outdoor Hotline." "Totally Deer," hosted by Steve "Wildman" Wilson of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will also address the history of deer in Arkansas, habitat restoration, and deer feeder and food plot tips. Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

"The African Americans"

Survey the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent, through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events, up to the present. Written and presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the six-hour series will shed new light on the African-American experience. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 22.

"El Latino" hosts La Catrina Quartet

The La Catrina Quartet, 2012 Latin Grammy Award-winner for Best Classical Recording, will join host Michel Liedermann to perform in a special episode of "El Latino." The string quartet will also discuss their style of music and the importance of music education in schools. Thursday, Oct. 31, 10:30 p.m.

"League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis"

The National Football League presides over America's indisputable national pastime; but, the league is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the NFL has covered up how football has inflicted longterm brain injuries on many players. Investigate the health crisis that threatens NFL players and the long-term fortunes of football. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 p.m.

"Exploring Arkansas"

In October's brand new episode, 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, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.