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ETV Highlights for April 2017

April 3, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Independence Day, 1918, New York City


Courtesy: National Archives & Records

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In April, two specials are featured for Autism month and you’ll find three interesting programs about how the Great War transformed our country, plus Palmetto Scene highlighting a children's music program in Charleston. Also, don’t miss NEW episodes in Nature Cat and Wild Kratts


Call the Midwife Season 6 Premiere April 2

This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman reared in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

Airs: April 2 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV


Home Fires Season 2 on Masterpiece

Follow the story of a group of inspiring women in an English village during World War II. Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Reckless) head the extraordinary cast.

Airs: April 2 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV


Great War: American Experience April 10, 11 and 12

Learn how WWI transformed America through stories of African-American and Latino soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American "code talkers" and others whose participation in the war to "make the world safe for democracy" has been largely forgotten. Three episodes air over a three-night period, all at 9:00 p.m.

Airs: April 10, 11 and 12 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV


Rick Steves Special: European Easter April 16 on ETV

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy, and Greece, Rick Steves' European Easter celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. Rick joins Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions - from its pagan roots to its glorious finale – this special sheds new light on this timeless holiday.

Airs: April 16 at 5:00 p.m. on ETV


America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Ashville Experiment

Based on Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck's memoir Cradle of Forestry in America, this program examines the pivotal role played by pioneering forestry educator Carl Schenck and his founding of America's first school of forestry-the Biltmore Forest School. Through archival photos, historical re-enactments and contemporary interviews, the documentary recounts how Schenck, a German forester, came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in western North Carolina.

Airs: April 17 at 7:00 p.m. on ETV


My Voice: One Man’s Journey to Overcome the Silence of Autism

In this program, a young autistic man fights to help others who, like him, were born without the ability to communicate. Watch the inspiring true story of Matt Hayes as he navigates life and finds his place in the world as a defender of human rights for non-communicative autistic people. (Following this program, a documentary exploring the human mind and autism will air at 5:30 p.m. See below.)

Airs: April 30 at 4:30 p.m. on ETV


Spectrum: A Story of the Mind (about Autism)

Spectrum, a 23-minute live action and animated documentary exploring the human mind, is airing on PBS for Autism Awareness Month in April. This documentary about autism and sensory perception premiered at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Produced by Jill Jones and Brent Yontz, it features Dr. Temple Grandin, poet Tito Mukhopadhyay, artist Judy Endow, and martial artist Nick Walker. (For more information, visit

Airs: April 30 at 5:30 p.m. on ETV


ETV Kids Programming


Nature Cat Inspires Kids to Go Outside in NEW Episodes

Nature Cat premieres five new episodes the week of April 10-14! This popular series follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, "backyard explorer extraordinaire."  Nature Cat can't wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there's one problem: He's still a house cat with no instincts for nature. Like many of today's kids, Nature Cat is eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, but is at times intimidated by them. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of nature investigation, "aha" discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and "play the show."

Airs: Weekdays at 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on ETV


Wild Kratts Premieres Five NEW Episodes April 10-14

"Wild Kratts" joins the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe. Five new episodes premiere the week of April 10-14. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal's life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment, all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers' brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love. Real-life Chris and Martin introduce each "Wild Kratts" episode with a live action segment that imagines what it would be like to experience a never-before-seen wildlife moment, and asks, "What if...?" The Kratt brothers transition into animation and the adventure begins, bringing early-elementary school children into the secret lives of extraordinary creatures, many of which have never been animated before -- including Tiger quolls, Draco lizards, and Caracals!

Airs: Weekdays at 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on ETV


Splash and Bubbles Celebrate Earth Day April 17-21

Splash and Bubbles is an animated preschool comedy inspiring kids to connect with and care about the ocean. Splash, Bubbles, and their Reeftown friends share amazing adventures, meet new creatures, and explore the diversity and wonder of life in the ocean. During the week of April 17-21, this popular series celebrates Earth Day with themed programs!

Airs: Weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on ETV

Local Programming


Palmetto Scene

ETV’s weekly magazine-style series airs each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and focuses on SC arts and culture, business and economy, education, health, politics, and technology. 

April 6 - Topics include: From Charleston, Beryl Dakers sits down with former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, filmmaker Ken Burns, and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

April 13 – Topics include: SC Department of Correction's Music Program, Children's Music Program from Charleston, National Park Service ranger.

April 20 – Topics include: Best of Original SC.

April 27 – Topics include: Features from across SC.


In addition to viewing the broadcast programs, you are invited to access the Palmetto Scene program segments archived online in streaming format. Visit


This Week in South Carolina

This new ETV public affairs series features interviews with the newsmakers and policymakers of the week and is produced by the University of South Carolina with ETV.  Hosted by with Charles Bierbauer, former ABC and CNN correspondent and Dean of USC’s School of Information and Communication, the timely programs air each Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. on ETV. 

Airs: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on ETV 

Repeats: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on ETVW

                 Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCC

                 Fridays (the Friday after original broadcast) at 5:00 p.m. on ETVW


The State House Today

Coverage of the South Carolina Legislative season continues on ETV World.

Airs: Tuesdays: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on ETVW

         Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on ETVW

         Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on ETVW


To see full listings and schedule changes for ETV-HD, the SC Channel (SCC) and ETV World (ETVW):



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