Public Media News September 2020

September 2020
Community Awareness

Suicide Prevention Month

Arkansas PBS is offering essential support for families, educators and communities for Suicide Prevention Month with the 17-part digital series “Suicide Prevention – Looking Deeper.” Licensed professional counselor Shawna Burns discusses warning signs, risk factors and a plan for prevention.

Watch the series, and find more resources at

If you are in crisis now, please call 800-273-8255.

"Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimmin' Holes"

Chuck Dovish guides viewers to his 12 favorite places to cool off during a hot summer in “Exploring Arkansas: Natural State Swimmin’ Holes.” During the premiere broadcast, Dovish is in studio diving deep into why he loves and has frequented these places, many way off the beaten path.

Tune in Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.
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: "Sense & Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice" 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.

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
Election 2020

"FRONTLINE: The Choice 2020 – Trump vs. Biden"

"FRONTLINE" investigates the lives and characters of Joe Biden and Donald Trump as they compete to be president. Those who know them best reveal key moments that made both men and shape how they would lead America through a time of crisis.

Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m.
Arkansas PBS KIDS

"Elinor Wonders Why"

This new animated preschool series encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don't understand and find answers using science inquiry skills. The PBS KIDS daytime schedule will see some changes with the premiere, including the return of "Curious George"!

Tune in Monday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. See the complete lineup at, or download a copy for home.

"Masterpiece: Van Der Valk"

In this miniseries, Brilliant but cynical commissaris Piet van der Valk solves baffling crimes in 21st-century Amsterdam, which is more prosperous, cosmopolitan and crime-prone than ever.

Tune in Sundays, Sept. 13-27, at 8 each night.

AR PBS KIDS Weekly Newsletter

Back in the swing of back-to-school? Sign up for the AR PBS KIDS weekly newsletter featuring activities, sneak peeks of special programming, and fun ideas!

Public Affairs

Census 2020: Be Counted by Sept. 30

Arkansas PBS is excited to be a partner in the state's Census 2020 campaign. Did you know an undercount of just one percent can cost the state up to $1 billion over the next 10 years? Together, we can ensure a complete and accurate count for Arkansas. Respond by Sept. 30 to be counted!

Learn more at
Virtual Event

The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

Be a part of the 20th National Book Festival through a Facebook Live event featuring interviews with authors, live experts and opportunities for audience interaction.

Follow us on Facebook for event details and updates.
Community Engagement

"PBS American Portrait"

"School is different..." and "My life right now..." are just two of several prompts for "PBS American Portrait" – a digital-first, national storytelling project about what it really means to be an American today. Join other Arkansans by submitting your photos and videos to capture the state and spirit of our nation.

Tell your story today at

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.