New Arkansas PBS series ‘Homegrown’ premiering Sept. 28 celebrates remarkable Arkansans

Sept. 25, 2023

Series showcases the people, places, stories that define The Natural State

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will launch its original series “Homegrown” celebrating the people, places and stories of Arkansas, Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and livestreaming at

“Homegrown” is a tribute to the essence of Arkansas – an exploration of remarkable individuals, their narratives and the rich heritage they contribute to their communities. Hosted by Dawn Scott, the series will take audiences on a journey through the lives of difference makers, innovators, families and rural communities, delving into the diverse tapestry of life in The Natural State.

“Arkansas is a treasure trove of characters who have shaped its story,” Arkansas PBS Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger said. “‘Homegrown’ captures these heartwarming tales that embody the spirit and vitality of our beloved state.”

Each episode of “Homegrown” will spotlight a unique theme, interweaving stories previously showcased through various Arkansas PBS productions. By adding fresh insights and perspectives, Scott will breathe new life into these segments, giving them a broader platform and reaching a wider audience.

In upcoming episodes, viewers will hear the inspiring stories of Canaan Sandy, the ultimate Arkansas Razorbacks superfan; Dolly Parton, a multifaceted artist and philanthropist; and Ja’Dayia Kursh, Arkansas’s trailblazing first Black Rodeo Queen.

About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Russellville), KETS (Forrest City), KETS (Gaither) and KETS (Yancy).