Public Media News October 2020

October 2020
Public Affairs

"Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates"

Candidates in the races for U.S. Congressional District 2, U.S. Congressional District 3, U.S. Congressional District 4 and U.S. Senate will participate in the Arkansas PBS debate series Oct. 12-14. The proposed initiatives that have reached the ballot will be discussed in “Election 2020: Ballot Initiatives," produced in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Watch live at, and tune in Oct. 12-14 at 7 each night. Learn more at

Major funding for “Election 2020: Arkansas PBS Debates” is provided by AARP Arkansas.
Public Affairs

"Healing the Divide: A New Generation of Activists"

With issues of race and injustice continuing to be at the forefront of many discussions, there seems to be a new group bringing their voices to the conversation in Arkansas and around the nation. This special will illuminate the thoughts, ideas, and hopes of young activists from diverse communities around the state.

Tune in Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Virtual Event

"Face the Facts: Election 2020 Youth Town Hall"

This one-hour, virtual youth town hall hosted by the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, in partnership with MediaWise, will engage students and first-time voters on how to be prepared and better informed ahead of the November elections.
The event is open to the public, and registration is required.

Learn more at

Stream live on “PBS NewsHour” digital platforms Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m.
Arkansas PBS KIDS

"PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism"

This half-hour program will feature kids and their parents talking about race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way, and will include content from PBS KIDS series "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Arthur" and "Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum."

Tune in Sunday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 a.m. Learn more.
Arts & Culture

Music Month on Arkansas PBS

Celebrate music legends throughout October with a series of documentaries and concerts. “Classic Albums: John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band” and “Metallica and The San Francisco Symphony: S&M2” headline the month. “Austin City Limits” honors the greats with John Prine, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rufus Wainwright and Asleep at the Wheel.

See the lineup at
On Demand Streaming

British drama favorites added to Arkansas PBS Passport

Three new binge-worthy British dramas are now available for on-demand streaming through Arkansas PBS Passport: "Pride and Prejudice""Sense & Sensibility" and "Mansfield Park." For as little as $5 a month, you can stream these and other favorites whenever and wherever you choose!

Stream now at watch.myarkansaspbs.orgStream all your favorites, all the time, with Arkansas PBS Passport.

Bob Ross Month on AR PBS CREATE

CREATE TV is celebrating Bob Ross’ birthday by declaring October BOB ROSS MONTH! Viewers will enjoy a curated Showcase featuring three five-hour blocks on Friday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25, and an added one-hour block each day, culminating on Ross’ 78th birthday, Thursday, Oct. 29.

See the lineup at

Learn how to watch AR PBS CREATE at

Be a good citizen

Our educators have created toolkits and resources for parents and teachers to help guide and engage children through the civics process during this election year. Creating opportunities to talk with your child about being a good citizen and the elections process early on helps develop an understanding of how to ask questions, become an educated voter, and learn how to speak to other citizens in productive ways in order to problem solve.

Download the Assemble toolkit today at
Virtual Event

Six Bridges Book Festival

Join Arkansas PBS for the virtual 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival, and participate in sessions including "Arkansas PBS KIDS Appy Time," "AR PBS KIDS: View and Do" of "Tell Your Own Story."

Learn more and register at
Planned Giving

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Arkansas PBS will recognize National Estate Planning Awareness Week Oct. 19-25 by providing local residents with free estate planning booklets. The booklet will allow the user to start organizing their financial assets and thinking through their personal goals.

Contact Karen Cooper at 800-662-2386 or to request this free booklet.
Community Engagement

"Generation Nation: A PBS American Portrait Story"

This special, produced as part of "PBS American Portrait," explores how people in different age groups see themselves and their place in the America. Through self-shot video, they share common experiences that bind age groups together and generational differences that put them at odds with one another. "PBS American Portrait" is a digital-first, national storytelling project about what it really means to be an American today.

Tune in Monday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m., and share your story at


Follow the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) committee, comprised of leading contingency planners and senior politicians, as they navigate the difficulties in overcoming a major national crisis.

Tune in Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 4.

Check out the best value in on-demand streaming!

For as little as $5 a month, you can gain access to Arkansas PBS PassportCatch up on old favorites, binge the newest series, or find something you missed with this extensive, on-demand programming library – all while supporting the work of Arkansas PBS.