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ETV Highlights for May 2017

April 27, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
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ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In May, don’t miss a special that highlights John Glenn’s courageous life spent serving our country, several interesting programs addressing diverse educational issues, a Carolina Stories about our vanishing WWII veterans, the National Memorial Day Concert 2017, and King Charles III on Masterpiece! Plus, check out The National Geographic Bee, a new ETV kids program for mother’s day and new episodes of Arthur!

August to June: Bringing Life to School

August to June, filmed in rural Northern California, celebrates values we are on the brink of losing in the single-minded pursuit of higher test scores/ Come inside a public school happily and purposefully going against current trends and join 26 8-10 year olds, their teacher, and their parents for a year bursting with opportunities for curiosity, creativity and compassion.

Airs: May 2 at 7 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Good Morning Mission Hill: The Freedom to Teach, The Freedom to Learn

Imagine a public school environment based on respecting every child and adult's limitless possibilities! Unlike most of their public school peers, Mission Hill teachers have control of their curriculum, and a say in just about every aspect of school life. At this Boston public school academics connect to experiences, empathy and exploration are valued, and children with diverse abilities and backgrounds flourish. There are no panaceas, but much can be achieved when teachers have the freedom to teach, plus the support to keep growing. Expect laughter, tears, singing and fresh baked bread.

Airs: May 2 at 8 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

John Glenn: A Life of Service

This documentary chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend, surveying Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians, and NASA colleagues. The program captures the pivotal events in Glenn's life: humble beginnings in Depression-era Ohio, life-changing ride-along with a barnstormer, enlistment following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 122 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, envelope-pushing exploits as a Naval test pilot, and transition to astronaut during the Cold War. Glenn describes the importance of the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission, the risky nature of the launch and Friendship 7's treacherous re-entry five hours later. As a fitting coda to a life spent dedicated to serving his country, the program concludes with Glenn's record-setting space flight in 1998 at age 77.

Airs: May 4 at 8 p.m. on ETV; repeats on May 24 at 8 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

Late each autumn, hundreds of sea turtles strand on Cape Cod due to hypothermia. For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of these sea turtles, mostly Kemp's Ridleys, the world's most endangered sea turtle. This new, feature length documentary also tells the larger natural history story of the Kemp's Ridley and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover.

Airs: May 7 at 6 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

King Charles III on Masterpiece

The hit Broadway show "King Charles III" is adapted for television. A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles' ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth's death.

Airs: May 14 at 9 p.m. on ETV; repeats May 19 at 10 p.m. on SCC

Washington National Cathedral: A New Century, A New Calling (SCETV Presents)

This one-hour documentary film explores the history and contemporary life of America's great gothic masterpiece and "House of Prayer for All People." The Washington National Cathedral was conceived by George Washington's own architect to sit atop the highest hill in the nation's capital as a moral reminder to civic leaders. Today, as the Cathedral marks its 100th anniversary, it has also become a spiritual crossroads, a center for prayer and dynamic worship for the most religiously diverse nation on earth.

Airs: May 15 at 6 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Food – Delicious Science

This three-part special is the story of the food on your plate and the physics, chemistry and biology that lie hidden inside every bite. The latest imaging techniques reveal the inner world of food, why such a variety of foods have ended up in our diet, and how they affect our lives. The programs take viewers around the world seeing the origins of our favorite foods to understand why we eat them.

Airs: May 17, 24, 31 at 10 p.m. on ETV

National Geographic Bee

The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2017 National Geographic Bee.  Journalist and humorist Mo Rocca hosts the finals program, which features fourth to eighth graders vying for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Congratulations to Connor Fraley from Florence, SC, for being our SC champion! Conner is an 8th grade student at Williams Middle School in Florence School District One and will compete for the 2017 title.

Airs: May 22 at 5 p.m. on ETV

School, Inc. – The Price of Excellence

“The Prince of Excellence” is the first program of three programs in this new series. In this first program, the late Andrew Coulson, senior fellow of education policy at Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom, examines the great inventions of the industrial revolution in the 17th century, when productivity rose dramatically and the innovations behind it spread like wildfire, but not so in education. In those early years, education was controlled by parents, but when Horace Mann championed efforts to put education into the hands of state-appointed experts and state-trained teachers, universal public education in America was born.

Airs: May 26 at 11 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

The Vanishing Generation – Carolina Stories Special

Carolina Stories is ETV’s award-winning documentary series that highlights the rich cultural and historical landscape that is South Carolina. It has been sixty years since the end of World War II, and the last of the SC veterans who fought against the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany are now dying at an alarming rate. Soon their living memories of will be gone and World War II will simply become another chapter in history. This program is a powerful visualization of the first-hand accounts of World War II by our veterans. These personal remembrances tell the story of what these men experienced, and how it not only changed the world but their lives as well.

Airs: May 28 at 3 p.m. on ETV

National Memorial Day Concert 2017

This concert honors the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families and all who have given their lives for our country. Hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise join an all-star lineup of actors and musicians along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Airs: May 28 at 8 p.m. and 10p.m.on ETV


ETV Kids Programming

Sesame Street—Mother’s Day

Prairie Dawn learns that it doesn't matter if you're a boy or girl, anyone can dress-up and play any way they want. Also, features Cookie Monster's Smart Cookies and Elmo's World and brought to you by the letter D and the number 15.

Airs: May 8 at 1 p.m. on ETV

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip

In this new special, the Tiger Family heads out on a road trip to Grandpere's! At first, Daniel doesn't know what to expect on the ride, but with a helpful map from Mom Tiger, Daniel learns that there are so many exciting things to do and see when you're on a trip with your family.

Airs: May 8, May 10, May 12, and May 26 at 9 a.m. on ETV; May 13 and 27 at 7 a.m. on ETV; May 12 at 6 p.m. on SCC; May 13 and May 27 at 10 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

Arthur: D.W. & 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: May 29 & June 2 at 6:30 a.m. on ETV; May 29 at 5:00 p.m. on ETV

New Episodes of Arthur:

-Arthur: Lend Me Your Ear/The Butler Did It

Arthur, Buster, and Brain are worried when Mr. Ratburn isn't acting like himself. He's always pleased to see what has made him change his tune? When Mr. Crosswire gets a robot butler for Father's Day, Muffy fears Bailey may be replaced.

-Arthur: Prunella’s Tent of Portent/Mutiny on the Pitch

At the Elwood City Picnic, Prunella pretends she can see the future at her fortune telling booth. But her best friend, Marina, doubts her mystical powers. The Lakewood Elementary soccer team has had enough of Francine's bossy behavior. To show the team how much they need her, Francine gives up her post to the most unlikely teammate...Buster!

-Arthur: The Hallway Minotaur/Ladonna’s Like List

Attention Lakewood Elementary! There's a new sheriff-er, hallway monitor-in town, and his name is George Lundgren. Ladonna Compson is friendly, funny, and full of personality. Everyone likes her! At least, that's what she thought...

Air: May 30, 31 & June 1 at 6:30 a.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. 

May 4 – Topics include: Clemson University engineering students working in the healthcare field; special need students using Telehealth

May 11 – Topics include: All about snakes; features across S.C.

May 18 – Topics include: Recap of this year's legislative session

May 25 – Topics include: A look back at some of our favorite artists


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) visit the TV Schedule



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