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ETV Program Highlights for January 2018

December 30, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Photo from In Defense of Food

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In January, SCETV features both the State of the State and the State of the Union programs along with a variety of educational programs, including NEW American Experience and Masterpiece outstanding presentations! Don’t miss special Carolina Stories repeats, plus new episodes in your favorite PBS Kids programs on SCETV. SCETV is your destination for learning!

State of the State - Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV

State of the Union - Jan. 30 (Time TBA) on SCETV


State House Today

Coverage of the 2018 S.C. Legislative session begins January 9 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

Into the Amazon: American Experience

Discover the remarkable story of the perilous 1914 journey of Theodore Roosevelt and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon into the dark and deadly heart of the Amazon rainforest. This new program features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Wagner Moura.

Airs: Jan. 9 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

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: Jan. 11 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Victoria Season 1 on Masterpiece - Finale (repeat)

On the verge of delivering her first child, Victoria spurns advice and ventures among her subjects, attracting the devoted and demented alike. Miss Skerrett and Francatelli reach their decisive moment. Follow Victoria's (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes).

Airs: Jan. 14 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Victoria Season 2 on Masterpiece

New mother Victoria is impatient to return to ruling, while Albert attempts to protect her from the news regarding British soldiers in Afghanistan. Victoria is pregnant again and her equilibrium is threatened by Albert's friendship with Ada Lovelace.

Airs: Jan. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

The Secret of Tuxedo Park: American Experience  

This new program explores the life of the unknown Wall Street tycoon Alfred Lee Loomis who led a double life as a scientist and whose secret lab in upstate New York helped develop the radar technology that would alter the course of history in World War II.

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

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic will combine stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program will trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and provide possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.

Airs: Jan. 17 at 10:00 p.m. and repeats Jan. 21 at 5:00 p.m., all on SCETV

Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters

Explore the life and work of the A Raisin in the Sun playwright and activist who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. LaTanya Richardson Jackson narrates and Anika Noni Rose is the voice of Lorraine Hansberry.

Airs: Jan. 19 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Holocaust Remembrance

This program documents the 2001 dedication ceremony for the Holocaust Memorial in Columbia, South Carolina.

Airs: Jan. 21 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV

Sea Change

This SCETV special repeats. It presents diverse perspectives on the impact of sea level rise on the Eastern Seaboard, as experienced in coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Narrator Patrick McMillan takes viewers from the sands of Hunting Island State Park to other communities along the coast, looking at immediate and long term impacts and the efforts made to withstand nature’s onslaught.

Airs: Jan. 21 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV

Secrets of the Dead: Scanning the Pyramids

In this new program, travel with the scientific team granted unprecedented access by the Egyptian government to solve a 4,500-year-old mystery: what lies within the Great Pyramid at Giza. Using non-invasive technologies, they make a historic discovery. Part detective story, part true-life drama, this series unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions.

Airs: Jan. 24 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV

In Defense of Food

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today's barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

Airs: Jan. 28 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV

Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agent (premiere)

This new, three-part series uncovers the network of spymasters and secret agents that helped protect Queen Elizabeth I from assassination, terror and treason for over 40 years. During a period when Britain was divided, unstable and violent, one of the world’s first secret services was born. Run by William and Robert Cecil, this father and son team had the duty of protecting the Queen and the Country. This series asks leading historians to each study the period from a different key player’s point of view, dissecting the minds and motivations of the protagonists, to reveal a covert spy network - and present a picture of the Elizabethan Court as it really was. It takes us through the biggest events of the period, from the entrapment and execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the death of Queen Elizabeth I, the capture and escape of Catholic fugitive John Gerard and the most infamous terrorist conspiracy in British history - the Gunpowder Plot.

Airs: Starting Jan. 28 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV

Triangle Park: American Experience (repeat)

On March 25th, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. The blaze ripped through the congested loft; huge piles of trimmings fed the flames. Petrified workers desperately tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the 9th floor locked and the woefully inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers arrived just in time to see young men and women jumping from the windows. By the time the fire had burned itself out, 146 people were dead. Less than two years earlier, the workers of the factory had been leaders in an industry-wide strike to protest dismal wages and dangerous working conditions. Despite unlikely support from some of the wealthiest women in the city, including Anne Morgan, most of the workers returned to their shops without having their demands met. It took the tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage to force government action. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Airs: Jan. 30 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries

Witness the secret lives of animals as never before, as this three-part series uncovers truly unprecedented behavior. See a side of the animal kingdom where human cameramen can't go when animals become the cinematographers.

Airs: Jan. 31 at 8:00 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.

Odd Squad: World Turned Odd (premiere)

When Oona, Olympia, and Otis accidentally change the past, they undo every odd case that Odd Squad has ever solved. The agents embark on a new mission across time to set things right.

Airs: Jan. 15, 17, 19 at 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 17 at 7:00 a.m., all on SCETV

New Episodes Premiere:

  • Nature Cat: A week of new episodes beginning Jan. 1
  • Cyberchase: New episodes the weekend of Jan. 6-7

-Peg+Cat: A new episode airs Jan. 8 to mark the inventor George Washington Carver’s traditional birthday, the exact date of which is unknown


CREATE Marathons

Down Under

Create says “g’day” with a marathon devoted to the culture and cuisine found Down Under. Joseph Rosendo, Rudy Maxa, Richard Bangs, Richard Wiese and Art Wolfe explore Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania — from the natural wonders of the Outback and Great Barrier Reef to the urban pleasures of Sydney and Melbourne. Then, homegrown chef Annabel Langbein gathers ingredients from local New Zealand farms for a flavorful farm-to-table feast.

Airs: Jan. 13 from 6:00 a.m. - noon on South Carolina Channel (SCC)

Seoul Search

Before the Winter Olympics kick off in Seoul, Create’s experts will explore the rich history, culture and cuisine of South Korea. Joseph Rosendo discovers ancient treasures and exciting foods in the capital city; Mickela Mallozzi learns about traditional mask dances and the newest K-POP routines; America’s Test Kitchen makes a Korean feast, inspired by the flavors of the region; and Lucky Chow's Maangchi cooks up kimichi, a staple in Korean kitchens.

Airs: Jan. 27 from 6:00 a.m. - noon on South Carolina Channel (SCC)


Local Programming

Carolina Stories

This award-winning weekly documentary series 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.

  • The Education of Harvey Gantt

Desegregation of Clemson College leads the way to changes in public policy and civil rights in South Carolina.

Airs: Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV

  • Jail No Bail

On January 31, 1961, ten black students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, SC walked into McCrory's, sat at the lunch counter, and ordered hamburgers and soft drinks. They were denied service and asked to leave. After refusing to leave, the students were arrested for trespassing and processed. In previous sit-ins, protestors were arrested for trespassing, processed by the police, fined and released from custody. When the 10 Friendship student-protestors appeared in court, the judge offered bail for their release or jail time. The students opted to serve 30 days in jail. They were convicted and did not pay the $100 fine. From that point, the concept of "Jail, No Bail" became the new strategy for the civil rights protest movement. Narrated by award-winning actor Keith David, this 30-minute long documentary is a poignant examination of the personal trials and adversities that tested the character and resolve of this group of young men who, through non-violent protest, helped compel a nation to abandon segregationist practices between the races.

Airs: Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV

  • The Baruchs of Hobcaw

International financier Bernard Baruch bought S.C.'s beautiful Hobcaw Barony for his hideaway, hosting lavish parties for the Vanderbilts, Luces and other 20th century notables. But it was his daughter Belle whose passion for the land (which included using her airplane to swoop down on poachers) preserved Hobcaw for generations to come.

Airs: Jan. 28 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV

  • Between the Waters

The history of South Carolina's Hobcaw, from its time as a Native American settlement to the hunting retreat of financier Bernard Baruch, told in the words of those who lived there.

Airs: Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV

  • 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. 

Jan. 11   – Topics include:  Wilkins Awards; legislative preview

Jan. 18   – Topics include:  Historically Black Colleges and University profile; civil rights journalists; Ernest Finney Hall of Fame

Jan. 25   – Topics include: Teen CEO; Farm to Table restaurant; State of the Sate recap

*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)


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



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