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ETV Highlights for June 2017

May 1, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Photo of soldiers standing in front of building circa 1910

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In June, don’t miss the special program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fort Jackson entitled Victory Starts Here: Fort Jackson Centennial, 2017 SC Teacher of the Year Celebration naming the new SC Teacher of the Year for 2018 and several very unique history and science specials! Plus, check out Palmetto Scene every Thursday, This Week in South Carolina every Friday and new ETV kids programs on tap!

American Forum—Civil Discussion on the Issues that Divide America

Pulitzer Prize winning author, journalist and filmmaker Douglas Blackmon interviews national leaders, newsmakers, eminent scholars and top reporters, from the nation's preeminent institution for study of the American presidency.  This new edition features Geraldo Cadava talking about our biggest neighbor and a difficult new American for immigrants.

Airs: June 5 at 11:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Carolina Classrooms – Celebrating Teachers

ETV’s monthly educational series highlights the SC Teacher of the Year 2018 finalists. Hear from these outstanding professionals who represent our dedicated, caring core of SC teachers and learn about their passion for educating our children! We’ll even get a glimpse behind-the-scenes to see what makes these educators successful as we visit their classrooms.

Airs: May 31 at 7:00 pm on ETV and repeats June 5 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC

2017 SC Teacher of the Year Celebration

Annual SC Teacher of the Year celebration, featuring the top educators in South Carolina schools.

Airs: June 5 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC

D-Day: Over Normandy

The documentary shows some of the most spectacular scenes of the landing beaches in Normandy from D-Day captured by one of France's top aerial drone camera companies. It is combined with archival footage from June 6, 1944.

Airs: June 5 at 9:30 p.m. on ETV

School, Inc. – Forces and Choices

In this final part of the series, private schools in Sweden, London and India are visited and their success is examined. Ten years after Chile reformed its education system, Sweden followed suit. All private schools in Sweden are now fully tax supported and parents can choose between these so-called "free" schools and the local public schools. The global journey continues, visiting highly successful private schools in Sweden, London, and India, where the resistance to education as a business has lessened. The late Andrew Coulson, senior fellow of education policy at Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, is joined by the administrators of these schools to examine the secrets of their success.

Airs: June 9 at 11:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

145 Broad Acres Road

Just off the beaten path, in the small town of Bishopville, is the home of a man named Pearl Fryar. In the early 80s Pearl started a garden in an effort to win Yard of the Month. Now, decades later his living sculptures have put Bishopville on the map and the topiary artist continues to perfect his technique. But with hundreds of visitors per week, Pearl has turned his garden into something more- a platform for the master gardener to send a message of Love, Peace and Goodwill.

Airs: June 11 at 3 p.m. on ETV

Victory Starts Here: Fort Jackson Centennial

This special is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fort Jackson. Archival material and interviews with Fort Jackson leaders, historians and community leaders provide a look back at the history and important milestones of the U.S. Army's largest Basic Combat Training Center, as well as its current and future impact on the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina. From its beginning as Camp Jackson during World War I, Fort Jackson has become an important part of the social and economic life of this region and this state.

Airs: June 15 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV

Mystery of Chaco Canyon

Explore how the Chacoan people expressed a complex solar and lunar cosmology in their architecture.

Chaco Canyon, located in northwest New Mexico, is perhaps the only site in the world constructed in an elaborate pattern that mirrors the yearly cycle of the sun and the 19-year cycle of the moon. How did an ancient civilization, with no known written language, arrange its buildings into a virtual celestial calendar, spanning an area roughly the size of Ireland? Why did this society, ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians, choose to establish the center of their world in the middle of such an arid, barren land? And why, after constructing buildings the size of the Roman Coliseum, did these same people deliberately seal them and abruptly leave? These enigmas have puzzled archaeologists for centuries. Robert Redford narrates.

Airs: June 18 at 3:30 p.m. on ETV

Big Pacific

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean's rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. Filmed in cinematic 4K, the program examines an ocean that covers a third of the Earth's surface.

Airs: June 21 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV

Great Yellowstone Thaw

Kirk Johnson takes us on a journey to Yellowstone where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope.

Airs: June 21 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV

First Degree

In this new program, venture inside the maximum security Sing Sing prison to meet inmates attending college there. Despite high recidivism rates nationwide, for the past 14 years, less than one percent of the Sing Sing prisoners who earned a degree returned to prison.

Airs: June 27 at 7 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

A 33-year-old computer programmer named Tim Berners-Lee changed the world forever when he invented the World Wide Web in 1989. His visionary decision to make it a free and accessible resource sparked a global revolution in how we communicate and participate in public life. After 25 years outside the spotlight, Sir Tim Berners-Lee emerges to tell his story for the first time and discuss new threats to Internet access as we know it.

Airs: June 27 at 7:30 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Story of China

This series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day. See the stunning achievements of two of China's most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance, and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Airs: June 27 at 9:00 a.m. on ETV


ETV Kids Programming

Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday

Time to put on your party hats and dancing shoes - D.W. is turning five! When her birthday doesn't go as planned, D.W. runs away to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium - but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! This is one party you don't want to miss.

Airs: June 2 at 6:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on ETV; June 2 at 6:00 p.m. on SCC

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

Fred the house cat continues his excursions in nature, encouraging children 3 to 8 years old to similarly engage with and develop an understanding of nature! This new episode, the gang navigates the oceans in search of Hal's chew toy that Nature Cat dropped down a storm drain!

Airs: June 19 at 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 pm on ETV; June 19, 21, 23 at 6:00 p.m. on the SCC

“Night Night hour” for Kid’s shows:

Catch episodes of ETV Kids favorite programs back-to back Monday through Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel (SCC).

6:00 p.m.—Nature Cat

6:30 p.m.—Wild Kratts

7:00 p.m.—Wild Kratts

7:30 p.m.—Odd Squad


(NOTE: Check article # 4 in this edition of the ed-news bulletin for the NEW ETV Kids Schedule!)


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. 

June 1 – Topics include: Human trafficking. Meals on Wheels 

June 8 – Topics include: Snakes; hurricane season; SC Dept of Corrections' Writer's Block; Allison Creek Church

June 15 – Topics include: One year anniversary of shooting at Mother Emanuel

June 22 – Topics include: An inside look at this year's Spoleto performances

June 29 – Topics include: Hollings statue, Decodas


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


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

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