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ETV Program Highlights for March 2018

March 1, 2018 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Black and white picture of Georgia O'Keeffe

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In March, SCETV features excellent programs about famous women: Queen Elizabeth II, Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, American legend Wilma Mankiller, and the First Lady of Jazz Marian McPartland! Also, don’t miss the start of The Cat and the Hat Knows a lot About That! on March 2 and SCETV’s weekly series Palmetto Scene. SCETV is your destination for learning!

Local Interest Programming

Marian McPartland: First Lady of Jazz

Marian McPartland began a long, illustrious career in the 1930s, delighting audiences with her artistry in clubs and concert halls around the globe and on scores of recordings. She is well known as the lively host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, the popular Peabody Award-winning National Public Radio series produced by SCETV Radio, and enjoyed by millions of listeners for more than 30 years. In her vocation, Marian has mentored countless musicians, spearheaded efforts in jazz education, and served as one of the most effective ambassadors of jazz the world has ever known. Marian McPartland's contributions to jazz are unfathomable.

Airs: March 22 at 8:00 p.m. and March 25 at 4:00 p.m., both on SCETV

McPartland & Brubeck in Concert

Jazz legends Marian McPartland and Dave Brubeck perform a special concert.

Airs: March 22 at 8:30 p.m. and March 25 at 3:00 p.m., both on SCETV

Carolina Stories: Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper

Georgia O'Keeffe was an instructor at South Carolina's Columbia College in the fall of 1915 and spring of 1916, where she created the innovative charcoal drawings that would define and establish her career as one of America's leading artists. This special celebrates the centennial of O'Keeffe's Columbia sojourn.

Airs: March 22 at 9:30 p.m. on SCETV


Other Programming

Otherwise It’s Just Firewood

In a feat of musical extreme sports, violinist Daniel Hoffman has just one week to learn to play Irish fiddle with master fiddler James Kelly, in County Clare, Ireland. And then somehow, perform with him in concert. His attempt to achieve the impossible, as well as his encounters with a range of Irish philosophers, musicians, and dancers, reveals unexpected secrets about Ireland and about himself.

Airs: March 19 at 8:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

In Their Own Words – Queen Elizabeth II

Follow Queen Elizabeth II's remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle's abdication, her father's coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.

Airs: March 22 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV and March 24 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

In Their Own Words – Muhammad Ali

Follow Muhammad Ali's path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics.

Airs: March 25 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

City Rising

City Rising illuminates the history of discriminatory laws and practices at the root of the gentrification and affordable housing crisis in the United States, revealing how gentrification is traditionally molded and dictated by those in power. Through the stories of California's rapidly developing urban centers, City Rising features a growing movement of advocacy as communities fight gentrification and seek responsible development across the state. People of color who cherish their neighborhood's culture and sense of community mobilize against unsustainable rents and other forces that are pushing neighbors into homelessness.

Airs: March 27 at 8:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

In Their Own Words – Jim Henson

Follow Jim Henson's career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with SESAME STREET and "The Muppet Show," his fantasy films and his sudden death in 1990.

Airs: March 31 at 3:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


PBS Programming

Victoria, Season 2 on Masterpiece (Finale)

Albert is intent on re-creating the Christmastime joy he remembers from his youth. Victoria has more than one surprise visitor and finds herself threatened by a relative. Meanwhile, the festive spirit sparks romantic tension throughout the palace.

Airs: March 1 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Queen Elizabeth’s Agent

England has a new monarch, King James I, and Elizabeth's former spymaster Robert Cecil faces his toughest test. A group of religious extremists plans to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the king inside--the Gunpowder Plot.

Airs: March 1 at 9:30 p.m. on SCETV

Jackie Robinson (Part 1 and Part 2)

  • Part 1: Robinson rises from humble origins to integrate Major League Baseball, performing brilliantly despite the threats and abuse he faces on and off the field and, in the process, challenges the prejudiced notions of what a black man can achieve.

               Airs: March 1 at 9:30 p.m. on SCETV

  • Part 2: Robinson uses his fame to speak out against injustice, alienating many who had once lauded him for "turning the other cheek." After baseball, he seeks ways to fight inequality, but as he faces a crippling illness, he struggles to remain relevant.

               Airs: March 20 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Al Capone: Icon

Al Capone - the quintessential self-made American man, ruthless killer or both? Just his name sparks images of pin-stripe suits and bloody violence. To this day, Americans are fascinated by this celebrity gangster. The question is why?

Airs: March 20 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Rise and Fall of Brown Buffalo

The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo is an innovative look into the life of radical Chicano lawyer, author, and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta - best known for his volatile friendship with legendary journalist-provocateur, Hunter S. Thompson. The author of two groundbreaking autobiographical novels, Acosta's powerful literary voice, brash courtroom style and notorious revolutionary antics made him a revered figure within the Chicano movement, and offered one of the most brazen, frontal assaults on white supremacy seen at the time. Yet in hindsight, Acosta is more known as Thompson's bumbling Samoan sidekick in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas than for his own work exposing racial bias, hypocrisy, and repression within the California justice system. This film sets out to right this historical wrong, giving Acosta his due place as an imperfect, but larger-than-life figure in American history. Channeling the spirit of the psychedelic 60s and the joyful irreverence of Gonzo journalism, the film also shows Acosta's personal and creative evolution play out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil. From his origins in segregated rural California, to his stint as a Baptist missionary in Panama, his radicalization in the Chicano movement of the 60s, to his mysterious disappearance in Mexico in 1974, director Phillip Rodriguez offers us a complex figure emblematic of a generation. Relevant now more than ever, this untold story probes issues of racial identity, criminal justice, and media representation, while revealing the personal story of a troubled and brilliant man coming to terms with his identity and finding meaning in the struggles of his people.

Airs: March 23 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV


This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name. This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.  "Mankiller" examines the legacy Wilma Mankiller and reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful film.

Airs: March 25 at 5:30 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.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Coming to television for the first time ever in an animated series, the Cat in the Hat whisks pre-schoolers off on a voyage of scientific discovery. "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" features six-year-olds Sally & Nick, best friends and next door neighbors, who are transported on magical journeys to all corners of the globe where the natural world becomes their playground. With the Cat as their guide, his two energetic helpers, the zany duo, Thing One and Thing Two and the enigmatic Fish along for the ride, every outing becomes an unpredictable adventure. In each episode, Sally and Nick head off with the Cat in his one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, a quintessentially Seussian contraption that instantly transforms from plane to boat to submarine with just a flick of the jigger-ma-whizzer or a honk of the shrinkamadoodle. They go everywhere from the ocean bottom, to a rainforest, or to the centre of a beehive. The Cat in the Hat "knows a lot" but he doesn't know everything making him the perfect guide for learning and fun.

Airs: New Season begins March 2 at 7:30 a.m. on SCETV

Special: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Camping!

The Little Cats join The Cat in the Hat, Fish, Nick and Sally on a fun and frenzied outdoor adventure as they camp, hike and paddle their way to Fish's family reunion! This is an encore broadcast of this special.

Airs: March 12 and 16 at 7:30 a.m. on SCETV

Odd Squad - Three New Episodes  

  • Hands on a Desk Chair - When Ms. O leaves to conduct a super-secret mission, the agents compete to figure out who is in charge. Curriculum: grouping and early division. There's No 'O' in Obot - Otis and Olympia are stuck with a new robot partner. Curriculum: data collection and analysis, using charts to analyze data.

               Airs: March 26 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV

  • Shapely University - Agents compete against rival Odd Squad agents to solve an odd problem. Curriculum: geometry and spatial sense, parallel lines, parallelograms. Slow Day - Otis and Olympia investigate why people in town are stuck in slow motion. Curriculum: data collection and analysis, geometry and spatial skills, understanding maps.

               Airs: March 27 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV

  • Villains in Need are Villains Indeed - Odd Squad and villains work together to stop a giant robot. Curriculum: coding, code-breaking and computational thinking, mapping. Happily Ever Odd - The agents accidentally lose someone in headquarters. Curriculum: early algebra- solving for an unknown in the middle of an equation.

               March 28 at 4:30 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. 


March 1 – Topics include: Restaurant using local farms; Aspiring country singer taking advantage of virtual school

March 8 – Topics include: (Pre-empted for SCETV Festival programming)

March 15 – Topics include: (Pre-empted for SCETV Festival programming)

March 22 – Topics include: Health stories
March 29 – Topics include: Sustainability at Sierra Nevada; Airplane hangar turned brewery


*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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