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ETV Program Highlights for April 2018

March 29, 2018 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
OSIRIS-REx extends its sampling arm as it moves in to make contact with the asteroid Bennu

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In April, SCETV features special programs to celebrate Easter and Earth Day, plus programs that honor Holocaust Remembrance Day. Don’t miss the start of Season 3 of Reel South, new Sea Change program, and special PBS Kids programs on ETV for Explore the Outdoors Week and Autism Awareness Month. SCETV is your destination for learning!


Local Interest Programming

Reel South – Season 3 Begins

In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry 'Gip' Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the spring of 2013, Gip's Place, the last juke joint in Alabama, was raided and ordered to shut down. Gip follows the battle to keep the blues alive. Filmed and Directed by Patrick Sheehan.

Airs: April 2 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII

A documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America.

Airs: April 12 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


Sea Change

Narrator Patrick McMillan takes viewers to coastal communities in South Carolina and Georgia, exploring diverse perspectives on the impact of sea level rise.

Airs: April 22 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV


Carolina Stories: Charlie’s Place

This is the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was a significant stop on the Chitlin Circuit in the segregated South.

Airs: April 26 at 9:00 p.m. and repeats April 29 at 4:00 p.m., both on SCETV


Other Programming


Search for the Last Supper

Did Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop paint a second version of his Last Supper fresco, now heavily damaged? National Geographic historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts embarks on a thrilling quest across Europe in search of a missing masterpiece.

Airs: April 1 at 3:30 p.m. on SCETV


Rick Steve’s Special: European Easter

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, this program celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. Ancient rituals of woolly beasts scaring winter away in Slovenia and elegant masked carnival parties in Venice are a prelude to the austerity of Lent. A few weeks later, crowds fill St. Peter's Square in Rome and the streets of Sevilla are packed for Palm Sunday as the Passion of Christ unfolds day by day through Holy Week. The despair of Good Friday leads to Easter Sunday as the joy of resurrection fills family gatherings, small-town festivals, and churches of every size across Europe, just as spring floods the world with new life. The special highlights villagers blessing olive branches and coming together in age-old processions. Viewers will feel the emotion of this special time as Andalusians carry towering parade floats, and Greek priests toss showers of flower petals. This special explores a rich and fascinating mix of traditions - from its pagan roots to its glorious finale.

Airs: April 1 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV


Animal Cruelty

Act of Dog, An Act of Dog tells the story of Mark Barone, an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits of dogs after his partner Marina Dervan discovers that's the number of dogs killed every day in our nation's shelters. When Marina shows him the evidence, he doesn't want to look, but it's the pure raw number that drives him to pick up his brush in an effort to change the status quo. After thousands of paintings begin to take their toll on him, Marina wonders if Mark can make it to the finish line.

Airs: April 8 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV


Holocaust Remembrance

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII, April 15 at 3 PM on SCETV

A documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America.

Airs: April 15 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV


Earth Day Programming

Project Asteroid: Mapping Bennu

In 2016, NASA embarked on a new and unique mission: sending the Osiris-REx spacecraft to rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu to study the rocky space object and collect samples to return to researchers. This 30-minute film documents the construction of one of the critical instruments on board the spacecraft: the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES), the first space instrument to be built entirely on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus. The documentary, in the making since 2012, takes viewers behind-the-scenes as it follows the efforts of a team of engineers, veteran professors, current and former students, and scientists led by the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration's project manager Philip Christenen. The program follows the OTES team as they count down to the mission launch date, and profiles selected team members who give their personal perspectives on the challenges and rewards of this high-stakes undertaking.

Airs: April 22 at 1:30 p.m. on SCETV


4 Wheel Bob

This program tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to become the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada of California. The one-hour documentary follows the inspirational journey of Bob while encouraging us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible.

Airs: April 22 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


PBS Programming


Downton Abbey Season 1 on Masterpiece

Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), "Downton Abbey" depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912. Laura Linney hosts and the series features an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC "Miss Austen Regrets"), Dame Maggie Smith (Harry Potter) and Elizabeth McGovern.

Airs: April 1 at 6:30 p.m. on SCETV   *Showtime may change after April 15.


Little Women: A Timeless Story

MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming series. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, the series features an all-star cast including Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury.

Airs: April 1 at 10:30 p.m. on SCETV


Roads to Memphis: American Experience

"We were never concerned with who killed Martin Luther King but what killed Martin Luther King," says Andrew Young, former aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in this special program. From Emmy Award-winning director Stephen Ives, this film tells the wildly disparate yet fatefully entwined stories of an assassin, James Earl Ray, and his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., against the backdrop of the seething and turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Airs: April 3 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV


Black America Since MLK, Part 1

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made - as well as the obstacles that remain. This program features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.

Airs: April 3 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


Black America Since MLK, Part 2

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores America's changing racial landscape-celebrating how far we have come toward equality and asking why we still have so far to go. This program features conversations with Eric Holder, Shonda Rhimes and DeRay Mckesson.

Airs: April 4 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV


This Old House (Charleston episodes continue)

Demo starts on the Charleston projects. Roger scouts sub-tropical plants and Kevin visits a trade school. On Ask This Old House, Jenn builds a planter out of a feeding trough; Kevin builds a sign with maker Jimmy DiResta.

Airs: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV


City Rising

This program 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: April 8 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


Poor Farm

Long ago, "Poor Farms" were established in the United States to take care of those who could not take care of themselves and had no one else to care for them. "The Poor Farm" is a documentary film that tells the story of the Eastmanville Poor Farm in Ottawa County, Michigan. Founded in 1866, it was the longest continually operating Poor Farm in the United States, serving its community for over 130 years. Like many such Poor Farms across the country, the Eastmanville Poor Farm provided a home for the sick, the elderly, the disabled, and anyone else unable to live independently in our society.

Airs: April 8 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV


Travels with Darley

Combine hands-on art with adrenaline pumping adventures throughout New York's Southern Finger Lakes, soaring above Mark Twain Country, learning glass blowing in Corning, walking amid waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park, and enjoying stand up paddle boarding in Hammondsport. Travelers join Darley and local experts to explore history, wine and culture in the Finger Lakes.

Airs: New season begins April 11 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV


GI Jews – Jewish Americans in WWII

Discover the story of these brave servicemen and women who fought for equality and tolerance around the world. This program features new interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen and others.

Airs: April 11 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV


In Principal

Co-hosts Michael Gerson, a syndicated Washington Post columnist, and Amy Holmes, a political news commentator, interview guests to explore the framework of today's news and political conversations - examining history, faith and culture.

Airs: April 13 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV


NOVA – Decoding the Weather Machine

Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine we call Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and how can we be resilient-even thrive-in the face of enormous change?

Airs: April 18 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV


South Carolina A to Z

South Carolina ETV explores its home state alphabetically, from Frogmore Stew to the UFO Welcome Center, in this off-center travelogue.

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


South Carolina Channel

On Safari

Capture the wild intensity of animals while on safari. Intrepid world travelers, Rudy Maxa and Joseph Rosendo hit the most exciting wild life safaris! Get up close and personal with your favorite animals.

Airs: April 7 at 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on SCC

Earth Day

This weekend we turn our attention to Mother Earth, and the many green ways that we can sustain her beauty. Rodman Schley and his “Urban Conversion” family are on a quest to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Allen Smith is on hand to help you to upcycle your life by turning your trash into treasure. Let’s all do our share to protect the Earth!

Airs: April 21 at 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on SCC




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.


Ready Jet Go! – 5 New Episodes from Season 2

READY JET GO! is a 3D animated series for 3-8 year-olds with a focus on astronomy, scientific exploration, innovation and invention, and Earth as it is affected by our solar system. The show is about two neighborhood kids-one with an all-consuming drive for science fact and another with an overwhelming passion for science fiction. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family happens to be aliens from Bortron 7. The comedy series teaches kids a variety of Earth science concepts (gravity, tides, moon phases, seasons) as well as an introductory explanation of innovation, astronomy, and our solar system.

Airs: Week of April 2 at 7:00 a.m. on SCETV



ARTHUR is based on the best-selling children's books by Marc Brown. The series revolves around an eight year-old aardvark, his four year-old sister DW, and their family and friends. ARTHUR is a show about being a kid, exploring the world, and finding your place in it. It's about kids finding inner strengths, learning to make choices for themselves, taking responsibility for them and of course, having fun. In each episode, Arthur and his gang guide us through stories that deal with real "kid issues" -- timeless difficulties and joys that all kids experience. The series also models the joys and rewards of literacy by presenting the many ways kids and adults incorporate reading and writing into their lives. Above all, ARTHUR is a comedy that tells its stories from a kids' point of view, never moralizing or talking down to them.

Airs: April 9-12 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV


PBS Kids – Autism Awareness Month – Special Episodes


  • Sesame Street

Everyone on Sesame Street is getting ready to play Shape Hunt. Each team gets a list of shapes and they have to look closely around the street to find them. When both teams have difficulty finding shapes on their list, Julia helps by finding shapes in places no one else thought of.

Airs: April 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on SCETV


  • Dinosaur Train

"Junior Conductors Academy: Part One" - The kids are all excited! Why? Because they're off to Junior Conductor's Academy in Laramidia, to try to become Junior Conductors First Class. Buddy has a feeling he's going to be a star in class, until he meets Dennis Deinocheirus - a kid who knows even more dinosaur facts than he does! Can Buddy get over his disappointment that he's not the smartest kid in class, and make friends with Dennis (who seems like he's having trouble making friends on his own)? "Junior Conductors Academy: Part Two" - Now that Buddy and Dennis are friends, they have to work together (with the other kids) in order to pass a series of tests. If they succeed, they'll receive their Junior Conductors First Class pins! But standing in the way of their success is the most challenging instructor of all... Thurston Troodon!

Educational Objectives -- Deinocheirus, from the Ornithomimosaur family of theropods in the late cretaceous, had some of the longest arms of any bipedal dinosaur. Also, it's not always easy to make friends with someone you don't understand, but if you take the time and make the effort, it might not be as hard as you think.

Airs: April 9 at 12:00 noon on SCETV


PBS Kids - Explore the Outdoors Week – A week of specials April 23-27


  • Splash and Bubbles

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: April 23-27 at 1:30 p.m. on SCETV


  • Nature Cat

NATURE CAT follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, "backyard explorer extraordinaire." Nature Cat can't wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there's one problem: He's still a house cat with no instincts for nature. Like many of today's kids, Nature Cat is eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, but is at times intimidated by them. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of nature investigation, "aha" discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and "play the show."

Airs: April 23-27 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV


  • Wild Kratts

"Wild Kratts" joins the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal's life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment, all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers' brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love. Real-life Chris and Martin introduce each "Wild Kratts" episode with a live action segment that imagines what it would be like to experience a never-before-seen wildlife moment, and asks, "What if...?" The Kratt brothers transition into animation and the adventure begins, bringing early-elementary school children into the secret lives of extraordinary creatures, many of which have never been animated before -- including Tiger quolls, Draco lizards, and Caracals!

Airs: April 23-27 at 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on SCETV


  • Peg + Cat

This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, handsome, cool friend Ramone. A new episode on composting premieres April 23!

Airs: April 23 at 12:30 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. 


April 5 – Topics include: Sustainability at Sierra Nevada; Airplane hangar turned brewery
April 12 – Topics include: The Penguin Project at Greenwood Community Theater; Hip Hop program in Rock Hill
April 19 – Topics include: School for Girls; Banning plastic bags

April 26 – Topics include: The Heritage celebrates 50 years; Carolina dogs


*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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