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Worth Fighting For: An Arkansas Veterans Special
Veteran lives are worth fighting for, and that struggle is intensifying as suicide rates rise. With the sponsorship of AARP, Arkansas PBS will delve into this issue in an hour-long program dedicated to suicide prevention for veterans.
An experienced panel will answer audience questions on matters such as mental health resources, coping with the stress and other problems that lead to suicide ideation, the warning signs and symptoms you shouldn’t avoid, and things families and friends can do to help the veterans close to them.
Host, Donna Terrell will lead the discussion with a group of experts, including Gina Chandler - Assistant Director for Veterans Servies, Dr. Mandy McCorkindale – Lead Behavioral Health Officer for the Arkansas Army National Guard, Retired United States Air Force Col. Don Berry with the Arkansas Veterans Coalition, and others.
Funding for this program was provided in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for COVID-related news and information provided by Arkansas Community Foundation.
- Arkansans Ask: COVID-19 Town Hall
Arkansans Ask: COVID-19 Town Hall - Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m
- Arkansans Ask: Covid19
This live, call-in program examines the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Arkansas
- Arkansans Ask: Education
As students head back to classes for the 2019-2020 school year we will take a look at education in Arkansas. The program will focus on K-12 across the state regarding ACT Aspire, school report cards, teacher salaries, private and charter schools.
- Arkansans Ask Gov. Hutchinson May 2019
Gov. Hutchinson answers questions from around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues in this special appearance. Steve Barnes hosts.
- Arkansans Ask: Foster Care
May is National Foster Care Month. In Arkansas alone, more than 4,641 children are in foster care, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services. This program will focus on how the foster care system works, how to become a foster parent, adoption and training programs.
- Arkansans Ask: Education
Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key and other experts discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act, including an overview of ESSA, the importance of stakeholder engagement and how support is being provided to educators and districts around the state.
- Arkansans Ask: Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a growing problem across the United States. Since 2007, there have been 180 cases reported in Arkansas according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Expert guests will discuss the impact statewide and nationally, as well as how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and help victims.
- Arkansans Ask Gov. Hutchinson
Gov. Hutchinson answers questions from around the state about the economy, education, health care and other issues in this special appearance. Rex Nelson hosts.
- Arkansans Ask: Veterans History Project
The Library of Congress houses the Veterans History Project which "collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans." This episode will offer information about this effort and provide guidance for Arkansans to participate in the project.
- Arkansans Ask: Opioid Addiction
Addiction and deaths related to opioids – drugs prescribed to treat moderate and severe pain – continue to rise in Arkansas. Expert guests will discuss the facts behind the state's situation, treatment options and available resources.
- Arkansans Ask: Consumer Fraud
For 15 years, identity theft has topped the list of national consumer complaints. This episode of "Arkansans Ask" will discuss consumer fraud, different types of fraud and scams, and how to protect personal information.
- Arkansans Ask: High Blood Pressure
Arkansas ranks 1st with highest heart attack mortality and 5th with highest stroke mortality in the Nation. High blood pressure is a major contributing risk factor. This episode will discuss high blood pressure - how to keep it under control, the risk factors, prevention and intervention programs.
- Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters
Explores child-focused disaster preparedness, community resilience and steps any household can take to become better prepared for all emergencies. It also provides insight, guidance and resources to help protect children before, during and after disasters.
- Arkansans Ask: Parks and Tourism
Arkansas is home to 52 state parks, many attractions and special events: learn what they have to offer in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask." Representatives of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism will join host Steve Barnes live in studio to discuss the growing industry of tourism and its importance to the state's economy.
- Arkansans Ask: Medical Marijuana
In November 2016, Arkansans passed Issue 6, which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. But what does that mean for the average person? A panel of experts discuss what medical marijuana’s legality means for you, the development of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and what the amendment calls for moving forward.
- Arkansans Ask: Diabetes
More than 29 million adults in the the United States are living with diabetes and 25% of them don't even know it according to the Centers for Disease Control. We will address the symptoms, risks, and how to manage living with this chronic disease.
- Arkansans Ask: Vaccinations
AETN examines the importance of vaccinations. With the upcoming flu season and the recent mumps outbreak, people are discussing which vaccinations are needed and searching for answers to questions regarding effectiveness, access and boosters.
- Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind
More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010. Immediate or extended family members have become the caregivers of these children. "Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind" gives voice to those affected by incarceration, including children, caregivers and advocates.
- Arkansans Ask: Adult Education
Adult education in Arkansas includes an array of programs that can help improve education and job readiness. A panel including staff from the Arkansas Department of Career Education will discuss these options, as well as how and where to get involved with adult learning in the state.
- Arkansans Ask: Arkansas Department of Human Services
This program looks at the direction and challenges of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and how they serve the state.
- Arkansans Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease
A panel of experts discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CED), a neurological disease affecting Arkansas's deer and elk population.
- Arkansans Ask; Concussions
Panelists discuss brain-injury in youth athletics.
- Arkansans Ask: Paying for College
Rising education costs leave many people wondering how to afford college. A panel of experts will discuss financial aid, scholarships, loans and other assistance available to students.
- Arkansans Ask: Highways
Arkansans Ask: Highways features Scott E. Bennett, P.E., director of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, discussing current highway construction projects and initiatives, as well as what the department oversees in the state.
- Arkansans Ask: Veterans
AETN explores veteran concerns and resources. Panelists include: Lt. Col. Matt Snead, director, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs; retired Col. Mike Ross, chairman, board of directors for Veterans Villages of America; retired Col. Joy Leapheart, 3rd vice president, Arkansas Chapter of Military Officers Association of America; former Airman 1st Class Gina Chandler, state veterans service officer, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs; former Petty Officer 3rd Class Tanya Brashers, president, Student Veteran Association.
- Arkansans Ask: Cancer
AETN addresses cancer's impact in the state, as well as current research, the importance of screenings for patients and caregivers. Immediately following the live program, AETN will air "The C Word," a drama based on a true story that illustrates the struggle against cancer.
- Arkansans Ask: What Is Common Core?
Steve Barnes moderates this discussion of Arkansas’s Common Core State Standards in a special episode of "Arkansans Ask" with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Cabot Public School District Superintendent Tony Thurman, Ph.D. Topics will include an overview of the current standards and how curriculum works to achieve those standards.
Arkansans Ask is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association (ASEA).
"Arkansans Ask" is an Arkansas PBS call-in program that addresses current affairs and issues relevant to Arkansans. A host and panel of experts discuss the chosen topic, and viewers are invited to submit questions and comments. To join the discussion viewers may call 1-501-682-0318, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet #ARASK.
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