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ETV Program Highlights for September 2017

August 31, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Photo from Earth's Natural Wonders - Extreme Wonders

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In September, ETV will continue the Earth’s Natural Wonders series, feature new specials about 9/11 and showcase selected arts programs. Also, don’t miss new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, ETV’s Palmetto Scene every Thursday and This Week in South Carolina every Friday. ETV is your destination for learning!


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


Some Kind of Spark

This premiere program follows students enrolled in the Juilliard music and mentoring program, targeting students underrepresented in the performing arts. Admission is based on potential, willingness and desire to learn, love for music and a certain drive.

Airs: September 3 at 5:30 p.m. on ETV  Watch Trailer


Opera Reimagined: Animating the Cunning Little Vixen

In 2014, the Cleveland Orchestra staged a unique production of Leos Janacek's “The Cunning Little Vixen” that blended traditional opera with technology and animation. This program follows the journey of this innovative approach to opera from conception to tech rehearsals and, finally, to opening night. Through rehearsal footage, production meetings, and interviews with director Yuval Sharon, Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most, animators at Walter Robot, and others, the half-hour documentary reveals how the opera comes together piece-by-piece, providing a fascinating view of all the creative elements featured in this unique performance.

Airs: September 3 at 7:00 p.m. on The South Carolina Channel (SCC)


In Our Son’s Name

This “SCETV Presents” national broadcast follows a grieving couple who begins a journey of reconciliation after their son died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Airs: September 7 at 8:00 p.m. and September 10 at 6:00 p.m. on ETV


9/11 Inside the Pentagon

On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day.

Airs: September 10 at 7:00 p.m. on ETV


Daring Journey: from Immigration to Education

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote, the documentary details the challenges and risks four individuals are willing to take as they cross the border from Mexico to the United States in search of the "American Dream." Using interviews, re-enactments and archival footage, the program offers a first-hand account of the struggles each of the four illegal immigrants face as they try to earn a living, seek a higher education for themselves and their children, and attempt to achieve a better way of life.

Airs: September 11 at 8:30 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


Martin Luther: the Idea That Changed the World

An obscure monk challenges kings and popes, sparking seismic cultural changes. The movement called the Reformation would fuel the drive toward individualism, religious freedom, improved education, and women's rights. Hugh Bonneville narrates.

Airs: September 12 at 8:00 p.m. on ETV


NOVA – Death Dive to Saturn

For over a decade, the Cassini space probe has been sending dazzling images of Saturn's breathtaking rings and mysterious moons. Join NOVA on a suspenseful ride during Cassini's final hours as it dives into Saturn's atmosphere.

Airs: September 13 at 9:00 p.m. on ETV


Make 48

The series launches with an introduction to Make48 and the real life challenges of taking a product from napkin design to store shelf. Teams are given the product challenge. With the whistle blow the 48 hour inventor competition begins. Product ideas and brainstorm start to flow. Teams meet with a patent attorney to do preliminary patent searches to ensure their idea is a new one. Mentors and Tool Techs give assistance and the teams explore solutions for some of life's everyday problems. The quest to invent has begun.

Airs: Thursdays, starting September 21 at 10:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination & the Quest for Meaning

On a dreary September evening in 1931, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their friend and fellow scholar, Hugo Dyson, met for dinner and debate in Lewis's Magdalen College dormitory in Oxford, England. Lewis's transformation from atheist to theist to Christian was based on the insights of Tolkien and Dyson as they engaged in deep conversation about mythology, reality, ritual, imagination, and faith. The discussion in that room is at the heart of this one-hour documentary explores the fundamental characteristics of myth in a global context, with an emphasis on how it impacts our lives. What traits are common among various cultures and faiths? How does myth inspire the imagination, especially the imaginative process of Tolkien and Lewis? In what ways does faith play into the fantasy and fictional works of Lewis and Tolkien?  This program engages scholars from various spiritual and academic viewpoints while challenging viewers to draw their own conclusions about the meaning of life and the role that mythology and imagination play in determining belief.

Airs: September 22 at 10:00 p.m. on The South Carolina Channel (SCC)


PBS Kids Shows on ETV


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

In a special double episode entitled Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King Daniel for the Day, Daniel Tiger is curious about what it’s like to be King. There’s only one way to find out. King Friday makes Daniel “King for the Day!” On his royal mission, Daniel discovers that the most important part of being King is being kind to his neighbors. Three additional episodes also premiere this week.

Airs: September 4-8 at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. on ETV


Nature Cat

Our favorite Nature Cat premieres four NEW episodes the week of September 11th! This series is aimed at children aged 3 to 8 years old, following the adventures of four main characters: Nature Cat, Hal the Dog, Daisy the Bunny and Squeeks the Mouse. Through the learning experiences of the characters, this series encourages children to engage with and develop an understanding of nature. It has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program".

Airs: September 11-15 at 8:00 a.m. on ETV


Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with a new episode featuring Mariachi music.  As heroes of the animated math-based adventure series and website for 3-5 year olds, Peg and Cat find themselves in the middle of real-life wacky word problems they have to solve as they make math problems cool!

Airs: September 15 at 1:00 p.m. on ETV


Sesame Street

Sesame Street starts season 47 featuring all-new Elmo’s World segments beginning with all-new episodes the week of September 18!  

Airs: September 18-22 at 11:30 a.m. and 12 noon on ETV


Splash and Bubbles

Four new episodes of Splash and Bubbles premiere the last week in September! Splash and Bubbles is an animated preschool comedy inspiring kids to connect with and care about the ocean. Splash, Bubbles, and their Reeftown friends share amazing adventures, meet new creatures, and explore the diversity and wonder of life in the ocean.

Airs: September 25-29 at 10:30 and 11:00 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. 


Sept. 7   – Topics include: Education in South Carolina

Sept. 14 – Topics include: SC Hall of Fame Profiles

Sept. 21 – Topics include: Artists in South Carolina

Sept. 28 – Topics include: Stories of Vietnam Veterans


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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