Public Media News September 2014

Arkansans Trust AETN

AETN was created in 1961 as Arkansas's only statewide television and public service media network, producing original programs that feature the people and places of Arkansas. AETN is a PBS member station. PBS, along with its member stations, is considered the most important type of television in the nation and an excellent value for tax dollars. PBS KIDS is the nation's undisputed leader in innovative children's educational media and a trusted and safe place for children to watch and engage.(CARAVAN ORC International, January 2014)

Teaching Arkansans

In order to make the original documentary "108˚: Critical Response" - which has been featured on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) website and disseminated to every state association - more widely accessible for home or group viewing, AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are making free copies available to public libraries across the state. Interested libraries may contact Jamie Walters at for details.

AETN Educational Services

AETN works alongside educators, parents, students and the Arkansas Department of Education to impact student achievement. Stay connected by following our blog; podcasts; RSS feeds; social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; and, especially our new Parents blog. You can find links to all of these resources online at


New AETN KIDS schedule begins Sept. 1

As the school year begins and everyone's schedules change, AETN and PBS KIDS will also be adjusting the daytime schedule to benefit younger viewers. The new AETN PBS KIDS schedule, which continues the double-stacked episode format introduced this summer, will begin Monday, Sept. 1. Also, a new 30-minute "Sesame Street" program joins the lineup at 1 p.m. each weekday afternoon.

"Exploring Arkansas"

Start this month's brand-new episode by learning about standup paddleboarding on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas. Then, get to know Miner's Rock Trail, a popular mountain bike trail along Lake Leatherwood near Eureka Springs, and investigate the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and swimming holes along North Sylamore Creek with a self-proclaimed "Mountain Man" guide. Monday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

"Barnes And… A Conversation With" airs fourpart series

Featured in this fall's four-part series are interviews with Robert Hilburn, author of "Johnny Cash: The Life;" Congressman John Lewis, a key leader of the civil rights movement and author of "March: Book One;" "March: Book One" co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, who is a native of Little Rock; and Dr. Sam Taggart, family physician and author of "The Public's Health: A Narrative History of Health and Disease in Arkansas." Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 3.

"Sherlock" joins Saturday night Crime Time block

If you're experiencing "Sherlock" withdrawals, or would like the opportunity to catch up on the full series, we have exciting news. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of the critically acclaimed, contemporary reimagining of the classic detective series will consecutively air as part of the AETN Saturday night Crime Time block, beginning Sept. 6. Saturdays at 11 p.m.

AETN and "Plum Landing" at Conway EcoFest

Greetings, earthlings! AETN and PBS KIDS' "Plum Landing" will be making a stop at Conway EcoFest in Laurel Park Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us to learn more about this online, interactive, multiplatform program and the diverse and dramatic planet we call home.

"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

See how three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics - Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, as well as the role of the United States within the wider world, in Ken Burns' latest documentary series. Sept 14-20, at 7 each night.

Student Selects 2014

The work of Arkansas's next generation of filmmakers will be showcased in "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2014," an annual event highlighting the creativity and talent of Arkansas's kindergarten through 12th grade students. View their outstanding work Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., and be sure to tune in Oct. 31 for a "Student Selects" Halloween special, featuring murder mystery, zombies, ghost and other spooky student films.

"Agri Arkansas"

This month, begin by exploring the state's agricultural economics. Then, visit the Cummins penitentiary unit in South Arkansas to learn about its prison farm operation and why the Arkansas Department of Corrections believes agricultural operations can reduce costs and help improve inmate morale. Afterwards, travel to Clarksville to uncover a "Peach Pickin' Paradise." Panelists Randy Veach of Farm Bureau and Shea Wilson of the Arkansas Department of Corrections join host Tony Brooks to close with a roundtable discussion. Sunday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.


Celebrate women's achievements and contributions to the world of comedy in the first of six new, onehour documentaries featuring untold stories from an extensive list of groundbreaking women in America. Each program in this year's series profiles prominent women in their fields who share the inspiring stories of their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and, ultimately, transformed the landscape of their chosen vocation. "MAKERS: Women in Comedy" will air Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.

AETN Arts Fridays

  • Sept. 5: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers," 6:30 p.m.; "Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace," 8 p.m.; and "American Masters - Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll," 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander," 6:30 p.m.; "James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty," 8 p.m.; and "Royal Paintbox," 9 p.m.
  • Sept. 19: "AETN Presents: On the Front Row With National Park Radio," 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," 6:30 p.m.; and "Live From Lincoln Center - Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert," 8 p.m.

Sunday Night Brit Block

  • Sept. 7: "Doc Martin: Aromatherapy," 8 p.m.; "Breathless: Part Three," 9 p.m.; and "Tales From the Palaces: The Secret Lives of Places," 11:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: "Doc Martin: Always on My Mind," 8 p.m.; "Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery," 9 p.m.; and "Miss Marple: Greenshaw's Folly," 10:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 28: "Doc Martin: The Family Way," 8 p.m.; "Miss Marple: Endless Night," 9 p.m.; "Paradise: Season 2, Episode 1," 10:30 p.m., and "Tales From the Palaces: The Great Resources," 11:30 p.m