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ETV Program Highlights for August 2018

August 1, 2018 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Image from Little Women on Masterpiece


ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In August, catch special episodes in SCETV’s Carolina Stories and in Reel South! The popular PBS series Little Women repeats along with a series on Mark Twain. And, don’t miss the premiere of a new Splash and Bubbles, creative fun with Pinkalicious and Peterrific and a new season of Sesame Street! … SCETV is your destination for learning!


Local Interest Programming

Carolina Stories – Steel Roads and Iron Men

This edition takes viewers on a nostalgic journey through railroading in South Carolina. From the early days when the giant locomotives were steam driven, to the modern world of diesel powered trains, hear railroading stories from the men who drove the spikes, or manned the engines from the early 1940's to the present.

Airs: August 6 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)

South Carolina from A to Z

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

Airs: August 6 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)

Reel SouthSee the Keepers

With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, this program gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons, and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them. Produced and Directed by: Sara Kaye Larson & Joann Self Selvidge.

Airs: August 12 at 3:00 p.m. on SCETV

Southern Lens – Our Vanishing Americana

In 1999, photographer Mike Lassiter began traveling across North Carolina documenting the hardware stores, groceries, drugstores, theatres and other businesses which have been rapidly fading away in the shadow of "big box" stores. Six years and more than 30,000 miles later, he published a book entitled Our Vanishing Americana. His book inspired him to produce a documentary which retraces some of his travels through backroads and along Main Street, with interviews of some of the fascinating people he met during his journey. This hour-long program provides an amusing and sentimental glimpse of days gone by.

Airs: August 12 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV

Carolina Stories – The Last Auction

For nearly a century Bright Leaf tobacco was the king crop in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, and the town of Mullins was the state's major tobacco market. Since 1997 the tobacco allotment has been cut in half, textile manufacturers have moved away and Mullins, a town of 5,000, has lost more than 1200 jobs. This program explores how this small rural town is struggling to reinvent itself after the crippling loss of its economic base.

Airs: August 13 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)

Southern Lens – The Dark Corner

This full-length documentary is a journey through the elusive history of the area known as the Dark Corner. An area once defined by murders, moonshining and mayhem, this film defines the boundaries, debunks myths, and tells the story of a people who are tied to the land. People have asked many times "where is the Dark Corner?" and many times the reply was always "it's a little farther up the road." Told through scholars and storytellers this film reveals a history from ancient Indians to the modern development of northern Greenville County. Dark Corner Films became inspired not only by its namesake but by the many residents who wanted the true history of the area to be told.

Airs: August 13 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)

Carolina Stories – Saving Sandy Island

Early every weekday morning, a fleet of small motorboats launches from Mount Arena landing on Sandy Island, taking the island's residents to work along South Carolina's Grand Strand. The children board the school boat, the Prince Washington, for the daily trip to mainland schools. Every evening the islanders return to their historic Gullah community, secure in the knowledge that their home has been preserved. But a few years ago their future was much less certain. Sandy Island was threatened with development, and only through the efforts of a coalition that included environmentalists, historians, state agencies, the developers and islanders themselves did it escape becoming one more coastal resort.

Airs: August 27 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)

Southern Lens – Sea Island Secrets: A Journey through Time

The program details the exploration of newly discovered shell middens and small islands in Beaufort County where native hunter-gatherers lived 4,000 years ago.

Airs: August 27 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC (The South Carolina Channel)


PBS Programming


This three-part series begins August 1 and airs August 8 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV. Meet the diverse humans and creatures who inhabit the Kimberley region, a stunning Western Australia landscape that boasts some of the toughest characters and most spectacular wilderness in existence.

Airs: August 8 (Part 2) and August 15 (Part 3) at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Wonders of Mexico

This three-part series begins August 1 and airs August 8 and 15 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV. Travel south along Mexico's mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya, and journey across the deserts of northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.

Airs: August 8 (Part 2) and August 15 (Part 3) at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Little Women on Masterpiece

This three-part series repeats August 2, 9 and 16 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott and loved by generations of women worldwide, "Little Women" is a universal coming-of-age story. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee -- and while their father is away at war -- the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love to loss and marriage. This adaptation is from the award-winning creator of "Call the Midwife," Heidi Thomas, who also wrote "Cranford" and the latter-day "Upstairs Downstairs" for Masterpiece.

Airs: August 9 (Part 2) and August 16 (Part 3) at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up

The documentary examines the life of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer, offering first-hand accounts by those who knew her and worked side by side with her in the struggle for voting rights.

Airs: August 6 at 6:30 a.m. on ETVW (ETV World)

10 Towns That Changed America

Visit influential towns across the country from Greenbelt, Maryland, and Seaside, Florida, to Riverside, Illinois, and Levittown, New York, that had a lasting impact on the way our cities and suburbs are designed.

Airs: August 7 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

No Passport Required

August 7 - Chef Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine, culture and history of the Haitian community. From tropical, tangy soursop ice cream to mamba spread to soupe joumou and deep-fried pate korde, Marcus eats his way through Haiti's culinary classics.

August 14 - Chef Marcus Samuelsson dines, dances and dishes with the Ethiopian community in the nation's capital. He enjoys staples like kifto and injera, and celebrates the culture through cooking, dance and a traditional coffee ceremony.

Airs: August 7 at 9:00 p.m., August 14 at 8:00 p.m., both on SCETV

Frontline: Our Man in Tehran

As PBS' premier public affairs series, FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human, social and political experience. This is a two-part series.

Airs: August 13 (Part 1) and August 14 (Part 2), both at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2018

Enjoy the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic's annual open-air concert from Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, featuring conductor Valery Gergiev and internationally acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko as a guest soloist.

Airs: August 17 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV

Mark Twain

In the first episode, Burns takes viewers on a journey through Sam Clemens' early days along the Mississippi River, to the small river town of Hannibal, Missouri. Clemens grows up, stumbling from adventure to adventure until he begins to evolve into Mark Twain, the humorist and writer who would revolutionize the way Americans viewed themselves and their language. The episode ends with the publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a novel that has been banned in hundreds of libraries and schools across the country ever since.

Airs: August 28 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Ancient Invisible Cities  

Join Professor Darius Arya to explore the hidden secrets of three of the most fascinating cities of the ancient world: Cairo, Athens and Istanbul. View the architectural jewels of these cities through 3D scans. The three-part series begins August 29 at 9 p.m. on SCETV.

    Part 1 - See how 3D scanning can be used to explore Egypt's ancient treasures, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the first pyramid ever built, a hidden Roman fortress, and a well deep in the rock below the Arabic citadel of Saladin.

    Part 2 - Uncover the hidden secrets of ancient Athens, the city that gave the world democracy. Professor Darius Arya uses the latest 3D scanning to reveal Athens' treasures, from the buildings on the Acropolis to the silver mines and quarries beyond the city.

    Part 3 - Take an extraordinary journey through ancient Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Professor Darius Arya uses the latest 3D imaging technology to see the city and its often invisible treasures as no human eye ever could.

Airs: Part 1 - August 29 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV

Queens Garden

With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

Airs: August 30 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

Hamilton’s America

GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. The programs features interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, and more.

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

Eva Hesse: American Masters

Discover the story of an artist whose groundbreaking work changed the course of art history. The 1960s creative communities in New York and Germany were never the same after her short but highly influential career.

Airs: August 31 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV



SCETV PBS Kids channel 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.

To view the full TV schedule, visit

Splash and Bubbles: Pole-to-Pole (Premiere)

Narwhals and penguins and humpbacks, oh my! The Reeftown Rangers set off on a migratory adventure from the Antarctic to the Arctic in this one-hour special.

Airs: August 6, 8 and 10 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on SCETV

Arthur: D.W. and 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: August 14 and 16 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV

Wild Kratts: Alaska: Hero’s Journey

Aviva announces she's one step closer to fixing the Time Trampoline with the invention of a Time Thruster. But before they can check it out, it goes overboard and attaches onto a Sockeye salmon who is in the middle of the "Salmon Run". The Wild Kratt team is led on a wild chase, as they follow the salmon on this incredible and difficult journey - both battling the odds to reach their goals. Science Concept: Life cycles and ecosystems.

Airs: August 21 at 3:00 p.m. and August 24 at 3:30 p.m., both on SCETV

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About 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!

Airs: August 27 at 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and August 30 at 7:00 a.m., all on SCETV

Pinkalicious and Peterrific

Aimed at kids ages 3 -5, this new series encourages viewers to engage in the creative arts and self- expression, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Watch and get creative! Premieres on Mondays from July 30 through August 27 at 9 a.m. and repeats at 2:30 p.m. If you miss it on SCETV, watch on SCETV PBS Kids at 5:00 p.m. 

Airs: Mondays, July 30 – August 27 at 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on SCETV

Sesame Street (New Season)

Mother Goose (Kate McKinnon) tries to write a nursery rhyme for Elmo but she doesn't know anything about him. With help from his friend Abby, Mother Goose is able to write a rhyme about some of the things that make Elmo special. SESAME STREET has garnered more than 100 awards, including 101 Emmys, two Peabodys, four Parents' Choice Awards and an Action for Children's Television Special Achievement Award. The series delivers academic and social education that prepares kids for grade school. Since its premiere, the show's base curriculum has been set by academic research on preschoolers. Encore episodes focus on music and art and how these tools can be used to develop the whole child - the cognitive, social, emotional and physical attributes. In addition, "Elmo's World," which looks at the world through the eyes of a three-year-old, continues as a featured segment. Themes include birthdays, pets, teeth, families, games and more. The new season begins August 6!

Airs: August 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 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. 

August 9 – Topics include: The Penguin Project

August 16 – Topics include: Telehealth programs

August 23 – Topics include: Barrier Island Oyster Company; Southern Campaign Tour

August 30 – Topics include: The Great American Read

*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. View online here.

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)



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