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ETV Program Highlights for February 2018

January 30, 2018 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Screen shot from video, Tell Them We Are Rising on Independent Lens

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In February, SCETV features a variety of special programming for Black History Month, plus premieres a new PBS Kids series Pinkalicious and Peteriffic! Also, don’t miss new episodes in favorite PBS Kids programs and new stories about our state’s people, places and happenings in SCETV’s weekly series Palmetto Scene. SCETV is your destination for learning!


Special Programming about Orangeburg Massacre

  • Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

On February 8, 1968, eight seconds of police gunfire left three African-American students dying and 27 wounded on the campus of South Carolina State College at Orangeburg. The shooting capped off four days of student protests over the desegregation of the city's only bowling alley. Often termed "the Kent State of the South," and pre-dating it by two years, the shooting marked the first time in U.S. history that police opened fire on students. Through interviews and archival material, SCARRED JUSTICE examines the tumultuous events of that day from a variety of perspectives and follows the ongoing efforts to seek justice for the victims.

Airs: Feb. 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 5:00 p.m., both times on SCETV


  • Orangeburg Massacre: Remembrances and Reckoning

This SCETV follow-up special commemorates the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, as survivors, participants and officials share their remembrances and struggle to provide some sense of reckoning and hopes for closure. Now known as The Orangeburg Massacre, the quelling events of February 8, 1968 on the campus of South Carolina State University left an indelible mark on the conscience of the State of South Carolina. What is the legacy of this tragic event? What has been its impact on the lives of the participants, the families, the citizens of South Carolina and the current racial conflicts of today? What should be its full measure? In this one hour special, survivors, participants, and officials share their remembrances and struggle to provide some sense of reckoning and acknowledgment, as they share their hopes for closure. Guests include Congressman James Clyburn and Cleve Sellers, as well as journalists, photographers and survivors who were there that fateful night.

Airs: Feb. 8 at 9:00 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 6:00 p.m., both times on SCETV



Other Programming of Local Interest

Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox

America's founding fathers were men yearning for a nation of individual liberty and unprecedented independence. Liberty and Slavery features stunning imagery and interviews with scholars that explore the paradox of America's Founding Fathers being champions of liberty - and yet simultaneously champions of slavery.

Airs: Feb. 1 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


The Adventists

This program explores the realities, and some of the ironies, of one of the few American-born religions: Seventh-day Adventism. Historical re-enactments offer a glimpse into the church's beginnings, including its defining moment: the mid-19th century event known as the Great Disappointment. Several decades later, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg built a breakfast-food empire and pioneered a new kind of healthcare facility based on Adventist principles of a healthy lifestyle: a plant-based diet; regular exercise; the avoidance of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, and a holistic focus on education and community life.

Airs: Feb. 11 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV


Vermeer, Beyond Time

Narrated by Steve Martin, this program focuses on both Johannes Vermeer's work and his family life, covering his conversion to Catholicism, his artistic contemporaries, and the short-lived Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century. The film examines his individual paintings and teases out what has come to be known as the Vermeer style - the representation of light, the interplay of color, and the effects of perspective across places and objects. Vermeer's paintings depict a world inhabited by refined and cultivated women, respectful or troublesome servants, charming young people and learned men. His ruthless elimination of objects and other details that serve no purpose results in images that suspend time and leave viewers wanting to know more. The documentary adds much to our understanding and knowledge of the painter, while still allowing for the mystery and allure of his art.

Airs: Feb. 18 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV


Southern Lens: Something Blue

This series, Southern Lens, is a showcase for independent film from and about the South, culled from film festivals and presented by South Carolina ETV. By turns warm, humorous, compelling, and heart-breaking, each film presents a place and time in Southern culture as seen through the eyes of one filmmaker. This program entitled “Something Blue” is a mockumentary feature film about an interracial wedding between Susan, a white, middle-class bride, and Terry, a groom from a family of blue-skinned “Polar Americans” whose people immigrated to America from Antarctica. As a gift to his best friends, Zack, an aspiring filmmaker, decides to document everything he can about the special occasion, from the initial planning through the final ceremony. As the weeks leading up to the big event progress, tensions mount. Miscommunication abounds, personalities clash and the question becomes not whether Susan and Terry will be a happy couple, but whether they can even survive the pre-wedding stresses of cultures, families and class. Zach gets more than he bargained for, and the events he captures on film tell a hilarious yet touching story about race, family, and human relationships, as two cultures collide in the name of love.

Airs: Feb. 25 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV


Independent Lens – Tell Them We Are Rising

This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities is a documentary and interactive project that explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played in American history, culture, and national identity. Today, over half of all African American professionals are graduates of HBCUs. More than 50% of the nation's African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists earned degrees at HBCUs. The film brings to a broad national audience for the first time the story of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of intolerance and injustice.

Airs: Feb. 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 6:00 p.m., both on SCETV


Carolina Stories – The Education of Harvey Gantt

Desegregation of Clemson College leads the way to changes in public policy and civil rights in South Carolina. "Carolina Stories" is an award-winning weekly documentary series that highlights the rich cultural and historical landscape that is South Carolina. From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the stories are as geographically diverse as their subject matter. Produced by South Carolina ETV.

Airs: Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV


PBS Programming

Victoria, Season 2

One of the highest-rated dramas on PBS in 20 years, Victoria’s premiere season was hailed as a “gem” by The Hollywood Reporter and a “breakout hit” by Harpers Bazaar. In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world. Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria in a highly anticipated series that follows the drama of the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

In Season 2, Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) returns for a new season as the young queen who wants it all—romance, power, an heir, and personal freedom. Joining the cast in the new season is legendary actress Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), who plays the Duchess of Buccleuch, the court’s new Mistress of the Robes. Tom Hughes reprises his role as the queen’s dashing consort, Prince Albert, and Rufus Sewell returns as the smoldering Lord Melbourne.

Airs: Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV (Preceded at 8:00 p.m. with the previous week’s episode)


Black Women in Medicine

This documentary honors black female doctors around the country who work diligently in all facets of medicine. Through first-hand accounts from a cross-selection of black female pioneers in medicine and healthcare-including Dr. Claudia Thomas, the first black woman orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Jocelyn Elders, the first black woman to hold the position of United States Surgeon General-the program details the challenges these women have experienced and continue to face today in their drive to practice medicine. The documentary brings the inspiring stories of these trailblazing women within reach of those who most need to hear them, especially the next generation of medical professionals. By combining historical context with a look at the current generation coming up through the ranks, Black Women in Medicine chronicles stories of excellence and perseverance that engage, encourage and motivate, planting seeds of aspiration in the minds of future doctors.

Airs: Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV


African American Museum

It was an emotional affair as the Smithsonian's African American Museum of History and Culture finally opened to the public on September 24, 2016. President Obama gave a lengthy heart-felt speech praising the long fought for and long awaited space that has been 100 years in the making. Countless celebrities including Oprah, Will Smith, and Angela Basset christened the building with inspirational words. Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder came to mesmerize the crowd with beautiful performances.

Airs: Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV


Maya Angelou: American Masters

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. This program features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

Airs: Feb. 16 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Ever Told

This hour-long documentary chronicles the unrecognized history of jazz in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and features the talents of international jazz legends George Benson, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams-all Pittsburghers. Using archival footage and photos, it also sheds light on the social conditions and historical events that conspired to make Pittsburgh one of the world's leading contributors to the legacy of jazz music.

Airs: Feb. 18 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


An Evening with the HistoryMakers: Chicago Stories

This unique program draws from over 400 interviews with African Americans across the city of Chicago, and taking the audience down a path both of remembrance and of celebration of the rich history and legacy of Chicago's African American community. Though violence and dysfunction have plagued the city in recent years, the program reminds viewers why Chicago was a destination for hundreds of thousands African Americans seeking a better life throughout the 20th century. Through live musical performances from Terisa Griffin & Band, clips from interviews in The HistoryMakers Collection, and commentary from special guests and hosts Regina Taylor and Harry Lennix, the program not only reminds Chicago of its storied past, but challenges viewers to help the city regain its bright future.

Airs: Feb. 18 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV


John Lewis – Get in the Way

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.

Airs: Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV


Editor and the Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, this program tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era. Carter, the 29-year-old editor of the weekly Tabor City Tribune, stood against the Klan and risking life, livelihood, friendships and his family's safety to protest the Klan's racist rhetoric and vigilantism. Carter’s courageous reports and the unwavering integrity of his weekly editorials helped lead to the first FBI investigation of the Klan during that era as well as to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 Klansmen. Archival footage and interviews with Carter, his family, Tabor City (North Carolina) residents, journalists and historians help piece together this dark chapter in American history.

Airs: Feb. 25 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


Karamu: 100 Years in the House

The word "Karamu" comes from a Swahili word meaning "a place of joyful gatherings." For the past 100 years, the Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio - the oldest African-American theater in the United States - has lived up to its name, serving as a community center for the arts and maintaining a legacy of innovation and diversity. Narrated by James Pickens, Jr. from ABC television's Grey's Anatomy, this is a 30-minute documentary which tells the story behind this important theater in America's arts and culture history. Karamu House has come to be known as a respected training ground and launching pad for many nationally known actors, playwrights and artists, including poet and playwright Langston Hughes, and author, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film shows how the theater's past parallels African-American history over the past 100 years, and even how it directly intersected with the civil rights movement when it sent bus loads of activists to march on Washington.

Airs: Feb. 25 at 10:30 p.m. on SCETV


American Creed

Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy cross party lines to ask what ideals we share. Stories of unlikely activists including baseball's Joe Maddon, author Junot Diaz and Marine Tegan Griffith show communities striving to come together across divides.

Airs: Feb. 27 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV




NEW: SCETV PBS Kids channel Now Available on the SCETV App

The SCETV PBS Kids channel (24/7 online) has been added to the SCETV App, providing 24-hour access to the SCETV PBS Kids Live stream. With videos and games at your fingertips, kids can take all of the PBS educational shows wherever they go. Download the SCETV App here.

Pinkalicious and Peteriffic (Series Premiere)

Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. Aimed at kids age 3-5, this NEW series encourages young viewers to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, including music, dance, theater and visual arts. Get creative with Pinkalicious, Peter and all their friends in Pinkville!

Airs: Feb. 19 and 23 at 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on SCETV


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 50th Anniversary Celebration and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

The week of February 26, PBS KIDS marks the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking children’s series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be paired with the episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that inspired them.

Airs: Episodes will air back-to-back Monday – Friday in the regular Daniel Tiger timeslots: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on SCETV and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the PBS KIDS 24/7 service:

Feb. 26 – Daniel’s Fish Dies/Daniel’s Strawberry Seeds & Mister Rogers – Death of a Goldfish

Feb. 27 – The Tiger Family Grows/Daniel…Being a Big Brother & Mister Rogers – Families

March 1 – Friends Help Each Other/Daniel Helps O Tell A Story & Mister Rogers – Friends

March 2 – Daniel Gets Mad/Katerina Gets Mad & Mister Rogers – Mad Feelings


Ready Jet Go!

New episodes premiere including an all-new Valentine’s Day story on February 14th! Sydney leads an expedition to the edge of the solar system to bring Mindy's Valentine to Pluto.

Airs: Feb. 14 at 7:00 a.m. on SCETV and at 5:30 p.m. on PBS Kids 24/7 service



Four new season 21 episodes premiere as part of a special week. Includes the premiere of  “Arthur Takes a Stand” on Feb. 12, a new story featuring civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis for African American History Month.

Airs: Feb. 12-15 at 5:30 p.m. on SCETV


Peg + Cat

-Feb. 26 - The Awards Show Problem - Peg and Cat host an award show that can only last seven minutes.

-Feb. 27-28 - 2 new episodes premiere

Airs: Feb. 26-28 at 12:30 p.m. on SCETV


Sesame Street (New Episodes)

New episodes premiere February 12, 19 and 26!

-Feb. 12 - Redusa the Recycling Fairy visits Sesame Street and helps everyone recycle their old trash into something new to help keep the earth clean and beautiful.

-Feb. 19 - Mando, Chris and Leela help Segi see that being brown is snazzy when she becomes upset after reading a book about her favorite character.

-Feb. 26 - Elmo, Rosita and Chris try to find six camouflaged things on Sesame Street so they can join the Camouflage Club.

Airs: Feb. 12, 19, 26 at 1:00 p.m. on SCETV


Local Programming

Palmetto Scene

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

Feb. 1 – Topics include: Charleston Jazz artist; Dizzy Gillespie

Feb. 8 – Topics include: 50th anniversary of The Orangeburg Massacre; Ernest Finney

Feb. 15 – Topics include: Human trafficking in SC

Feb. 22 – Topics include: Farm to table food; high school country singer

*For other air dates, please visit the ETV schedule page:


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 SCETV 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 SCETV. 

Airs: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV 

Repeats: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

                 Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCC

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


State House Today

Coverage of the 2018 S.C. Legislative session continues during the session on ETV World (ETVW).

Tentative times

- Tuesdays: 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

-Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

-Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon


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



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