Public Media News September 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 National Humanities Center, ArkansasIDEAS and AETN have created a new online seminar course, "Teaching the Great Gatsby." Enjoy a more in-depth discussion of the novel and life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the situations he dealt with in life, and the content of his novel. Topics covered include: F. Scott Fitzgerald's lifestyle, the narrative of "The Great Gatsby," the friends Fitzgerald kept and the impact of the novel itself. The course is designed to provide strategies for close-reading, in coordination with Common Core Standards. Learn more at:

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Join AETN and Whole Foods September 27

Get information about healthy eating, go on an in-store scavenger hunt to win prizes, and visit Clifford the Big Red Dog Sept. 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Whole Foods in Little Rock. Have fun with activities from Peg+Cat, the new preschool math program coming this Fall to AETN. For times and more information, visit and for recipes, tips, games and activities.

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This Month

AETN Family Day 2013!

"Won't You be My Neighbor?" is the theme for AETN Family Day Conway 2013 Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for a fun, free public event, and share community spirit through family fun, educational activities, costume contests for adults and kids, and community service drives. You'll even have the opportunity to meet favorite characters, including the Cat in the Hat, Martha of "Martha Speaks," Daniel Tiger, Arthur and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Find details at

Don McLean in concert at Robinson Center Music Hall

Legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean will perform at Robinson Center Music Hall Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. His 1971 classic "American Pie" was voted No. 5 in the Songs of the Century list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and National Endowment for the Arts. Relive the memories, and support the AETN Foundation in the process, when you purchase tickets available exclusively at boxoffice.

John Philpot making rabbit ears with his fingers behind the head of Phyllis Spears

"Cooking on the Wild Side" recipe submissions

If you've enjoyed Phyllis Speer's and John Philpot's cooking and antics over the years, take advantage of your chance to share what's cooking in your kitchen! Submit your original recipe for fish, venison, a side dish or dessert at for a chance to be included in our newest Outdoor and Game cookbook.

AETN Program Highlights

New series of "Barnes And …" begins Sept. 4

Host Steve Barnes discusses how national policies affect Arkansans at home in a new four-part series of interviews with each of Arkansas's state representatives. In addition to addressing the state of the nation and congress, guests will discuss the debt ceilings, attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act and where or if immigration reform will succeed. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 4.

"AETN Arts Fridays"

  • Sept. 6: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Woodsongs," 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Keith Harkin," 6:30 p.m. and "LOUPE," 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Smittle Band," 6:30 p.m. and "Great Performances – The Hollow Crown: Richard II," 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 27: "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," 6:30 p.m. and "Great Performances – The Hollow Crown: Henry IV," 9 p.m.
Rupert Penry-Jones as Clive

"Masterpiece Theater"

Enjoy episodes from the thrilling new series "Silk" and season seven of the beloved classic "Foyle's War" throughout September. Reserve the best seat in your house every Sunday at 9 p.m.

  • "Masterpiece Mystery! Silk," Sept. 1
  • "Masterpiece Mystery! Silk," Sept. 8
  • "Foyle's War: The Eternity Ring," Sept. 15
  • "Foyle's War: The Cage," Sept. 22
  • "Foyle's War: Sunflower," Sept. 29

"Get In: Connecting to Affordable Health Insurance"

Open enrollment for health insurance is right around the corner. With all of the upcoming changes in health insurance, "Get In" will allow you to receive information and ask questions about how these policies will affect you and your family. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the Arkansas Health Connector and how to participate. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.


"Latino Americans"

Celebrate Latino American history with a landmark, three-part documentary series narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt. As the first major documentary series for television, "Latino Americans" will chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos from the 1500s to present day. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 17.


"The National Parks: America's Best Idea"

Explore an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The Ken Burns documentary series airs Sept. 2-7 at 8 each night.


"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase"

Preview the work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers in a special showcase highlighting the creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students. Thursday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.


"Exploring Arkansas"

This month, join Chuck Dovish on a visit to Fayetteville's Botanical Garden of the Ozarks – including the region's only butterfly house – then travel to Arkansas's Wine Country in Altus. Finally, round out the evening at the state's longest, fastest and highest zipline, the "Iron Horse," at a dude ranch near Jasper. Monday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m.