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ETV Highlights for August 2017

July 31, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Images from August Space Exploration and Eclipse Programs

ETV Highlights for August 2017

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In August, ETV will feature special programs leading up to the Total Solar Eclipse and coverage of the August 21 event beginning at 2:30 p.m. Also, don’t miss new episodes of Ready Jet Go!, ETV’s Palmetto Scene every Thursday and This Week in South Carolina every Friday. ETV is your destination for learning!

Total Solar Eclipse Special Programming

Ready Jet Go!

Designed for kids ages 3 to 8, this series features a new episode about the August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse on August 15 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  (See “ETV Kids Programming” section for more episodes.)

Airs: August 15 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on ETV


Year in Space     

This film takes viewers behind-the-scenes of astronaut Scott Kelly's 12-month stay on the International Space Station where he tested human limits for space travel and laid the groundwork for a manned mission to Mars.

Airs: August 20 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV


Total Solar Eclipse

Host Beryl Dakers, public radio and TV reporters, and the staff of the SC State Museum provide coverage of the 2017 Total Eclipse over South Carolina. Consult the schedule below for when to watch the eclipse program. Don’t forget to watch it live August 21, 2:30-3:30 in the sky and on ETV.

Airs:  August 21 LIVE at 2:30-3:30 p.m. on ETV

Repeats: August 21 at 8:00-9:00 p.m. on ETV and 10:00-11:00 p.m. on SCC     

                 August 23 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. on ETV  

                 August 25 at 11:00 a.m.-12 noon on ETV World (ETVW)

                 August 27 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. on ETV      


Carolina Stories – Space Heroes

This program profiles three South Carolina astronauts, Charles Duke, Ron McNair and Charles Bolden, and their journeys into outer space.

Airs: August 21 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC


Other Side of the Moon

Originally broadcast on July 19, 1989, this program aired as a commemoration of the 20th moon landing on July 20th, 1969 and was presented nationally by SCETV on PBS. The program tells the stories of eight "Apollo" astronauts and how their voyages to the moon resulted in life-altering changes once back on earth. Selected from "the right stuff" ranks of military test pilots, one astronaut found God, another turned to writing poetry, and yet another is a self-described "international merchant of death."

Airs: August 21 at 8:30 p.m. on SCC


Nova—Eclipse Over America

Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

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

Repeats: August 23 at 8:00 p.m. and August 27 at 2:00 p.m. on ETV


Farthest Voyager in Space

Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age. Don’t miss this interesting premiere program!

Airs: August 23 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. on ETV


Other August Highlights

Ireland’s Wild Coast

Join Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson on an authored journey along Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast, providing insights into the wild animals and wild places of the island he calls home.

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


Reel South – Counter Histories: Rock Hill

In 1961 nine college men decided they were ready to go to jail to fight segregation laws and inequality in Rock Hill, SC. Their sit-in at the local whites-only lunch counter changed the course of the civil rights movement by introducing a new strategy. COUNTER HISTORIES: ROCK HILL explores the story of the 'Friendship 9', and the human capacity to find courage, take action, and inspire change. A film by Ellen Barnard and Fr3deR1ck Taylor.

Airs: August 27 at 4:00-4:30 p.m. on ETV


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: August 27 at 4:30-5:00 p.m. on ETV


Earth’s Natural Wonders – Extreme Wonders

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick's survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants. Explore the most extraordinary places on the planet in this three-part series. Visit six continents to learn how these natural wonders evolved and hear rarely told stories about the challenges their inhabitants face.

Airs: Wednesdays August 30-September 13 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV


History/SC Block Saturdays 2:00-5:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Detective Bonz and the SC History Mystery

In this six-part mystery, Detective Sherlock Bonz tries to solve the mystery of the stolen history books at Sandlapper Elementary School. Bonz enlists the assistance of four students who use the Detective's "paw" pilot to go back in time to explore South Carolina History while their investigator friend stays on the trail of the missing books.

Airs: August 19 at 2:00-5:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


180 Days: Hartsville

Experience a year of a Southern town's efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform -bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets - interact and intersect. Parts 1 and 2 air first starting at 2 p.m., followed by discussion program at 4 p.m. featuring education leaders that was taped in the ETV studios.

Airs: August 26 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Parts 1 and 2); then follow-up discussion program at 4:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


ETV Kids Programming

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Curious George goes on an epic adventure to space that crash lands in the jungles of Africa leading to an unforgettable journey with some new animal friends.

Airs: August 7, 9, 11 at 8:30 a.m. on ETV


Ready Jet Go!: Back to Bortron 7 (NEW)

When Jet's parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for on an epic adventure to Bortron 7. This hour-long special for kids ages 3 to 8 inspires an interest in space, earth science and technology in an entertaining and engaging way.

Airs: August 14, 16 and 18 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on ETV

SPECIAL NOTE: This hour-long special is accompanied by two new episodes premiering on August 15 and 17 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The one on the 15th is about the Total Eclipse occurring on August 21.


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. 


August 3   – Topics include: Biltmore Estates; Artists

August 10 – (No program – pre-empted)

August 17 – Topics include: Gullah Traditions

August 24 – Topics include: Telehealth; Aerospace

August 31 – Topics include: Stories from the Solar Eclipse


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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