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ETV Program Highlights for September 2018

August 29, 2018 - Posted in Education by Jonathan Faulk
Screen shot from video, the Amazing Human Body - 3-part series


ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In September, enjoy our new By the River series with lowcountry authors, participate in the Great American Read and continue with the Mark Twain series! Don’t miss ETV’s Carolina Classrooms: Making College Affordable plus the premiere of Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? … SCETV is your destination for learning!

To view the full TV schedule, visit

Local Interest Programming

Southern Lens: South Carolina Foodways

This edition consists of short films on food: Bowen's Island Restaurant and oyster picker "Goat" Layfayette, Carolina rice cultivation, pastured pigs, tango dancing and squirrel hunting.

Airs: Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. on SCETV


Carolina Stories: The Lady in Black

NASCAR's first paved track. The first superspeedway. The first Winston Million win. The first 500 mile race. The first track where doors were fitted with braces to absorb the impact of (inevitably) hitting the wall. The birth of the infield camping tradition. The closest finish and also the largest margin of victory in NASCAR history. These are just a few of the historic events that have taken place at the Darlington Raceway in its 60 year history. It has become a pillar of the NASCAR circuit, and has been compared to such other sports meccas as Lambeau Field, the "House that Ruth Built," the Kentucky Derby and The Masters. And to think, it all started over a game of cards in a shed next to a minnow-pond. Using a blend of original and NASCAR footage from the archives, this fast-paced program tracks the history of the Darlington Raceway, as told by the true legends of the sport, including Cale Yarborough, Cotton Owens, Junior Johnson, and David Pearson as well as some of today's biggest names, such as Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Richard Childress, and the "Iron Man" of the Nationwide Series, Jason Keller.

Airs: Sept. 2 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


Mart to Art: A Repurposed Life

This film follows the nearly one-hundred year journey of a 1926 commissary or "company store" built for a lumber mill located in the swamps of Barnwell County, South Carolina, the store's relocation in 1952, and its continued use today. Adaptive re-use meets historic preservation meets oral history in the story of this icon of Barnwell's historic community.

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


In Our Son’s Name – SCETV National Presentation

Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez's lives shatter with the death of their son, Greg, who dies with thousands of others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Instead of seeking revenge, the grieving couple begins a journey of reconciliation that transforms their lives. Their odyssey thrusts them reluctantly into the public eye as they speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, oppose the death penalty for 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and befriend his mother. Seeking to understand the nature of violence, Phyllis and Orlando engage in an emotional dialog with men incarcerated at Sing Sing prison for violent crimes, who themselves seek reconciliation. Over time they reach a new understanding of their rebellious son. Interviews, verite footage, and striking archival images create a subtle, profound story told with disarming candor -- a response to violence that challenges conventional concepts of justice and healing.

Airs: Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV


By the River (New series with 15 episodes)

This news series is a collaborative production between USCB and SCETV that features Lowcountry authors. Each thirty-minute program is an interview style show hosted by Holly Bounds-Jackson, Director of Operations at ETV Lowcountry. It is produced by Dr. Caroline Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, and includes USCB communication studies students as production staff. Each of the 15 programs presents an in-depth interview with a Lowcountry author followed by a Lowcountry Poet’s Corner featuring poetry read by Lowcountry poets. Authors include Dorthea Benton Frank, Mary Alice Monroe, Alexia Helsley, Lauren Rule Maxwell, Tim Conroy, Ray McManus, Stephanie Austin Edwards, Bernie Schein, John Warley, Ellen Malphrus, Jim Jordan, Alan Chaput, Nina Leipold, Nelle and Ora Smith, and Roger Newman.

Airs: Thursdays beginning Sept. 13 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats the following Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on SCETV)


Carolina Classrooms: Making College Affordable

This edition of ETV's education series Carolina Classrooms will provide information that is timely for students seeking financial assistance for the 2019-20 school year. Financial aid professionals from around the state will explain the various types of aid available and offer advice to students on how and when to apply.

Airs: Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV


PBS Programming

Chihuly: Fire and Light

This special provided a magical one-hour glimpse into the conception and installation of Dale Chihuly's ambitious exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum. Viewed by more than 400,000 people in San Francisco, this attendance-setting and peak-behind-the-scenes exhibition is no longer limited to only those folks lucky enough to have seen it at the de Young. Chihuly Fire & Light now gives viewers around America an opportunity to share the excitement and wonder experienced by the original attendees as they partake of the extravaganza for themselves.

Airs: Sept. 2 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV


Mark Twain (Part 2)

In episode two, Burns explores the other side of the writer - an American icon who, through tragedy and bad financial decisions, falls hard with failure. In contrast to the wildly successful Twain, Clemens is an inept businessman who squanders his fortunes on pipe dream patents and bad investments. Clemens turns to the lecture circuit and tours extensively, leaving behind his beloved Hartford home and, often, his family, to pay off his creditors.

Airs: Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV


Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is one of the great knowledge institutions of the world. Like its peers, the Library of Congress, the British Library and the Bibliotheque nationale de France, it is (1) a memory bank of humankind, an irreplaceable repository of documents of human thought and action; (2) an instrument of education and transmitter of culture and information and (3) a prime example of democracy. The Library is accessible, open to everyone and exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual's right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in our society. Public libraries throughout the US are undergoing challenges to simultaneously sustain their traditional activities and concurrently develop new programs that are both related to the digital revolution and are expansions of their well-established practices. This is the first time the New York Public Library has given permission to make a documentary about this important, vast and complex institution.

Airs: Sept. 4 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV


Insecta: Science That Stings

In this program leading insect scientists explore the painful stings and the fascinating science behind a variety of bugs as they study the often unseen world surrounding us. The half-hour documentary offers an intimate look at the people with a passion for bugs and discovers why they study the creatures that many people avoid, even capturing YouTube star Coyote Peterson as he is intentionally stung by a tarantula hawk. Through interviews with entomologists Cara Gibson, Wendy Moore and Justin Schmidt, the program illuminates the intriguing features and striking appearance of different insects, including the bombardier beetle that can generate a small chemical explosion when touched. The program also delves into what bugs can tell us about the history of life on earth.

Airs: Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m. on SCETV


Shots Fired

This is a short documentary about courage, communications and resilience in the face of a school shooting.  Just before school started on an April morning a student with a .357 Magnum walked into the Commons, an area teaming with North Thurston High School students, raised the gun and fired into the ceiling. Chaos erupted. The student fired a second shot. What happened next is the best-case scenario in the face of such terror. No one died. Rather than taking sides in the gun control/rights debate, Shots Fired offers a rare look at a school shooting. Even with no fatalities, the residual trauma is palpable. Students, teachers, school administrators and staff along with first responders reflect on what happened, what went well and what could have worked better. School shootings often end in unbearable tragedy. In Shots Fired, tragedy is upended by unforgettable courage and resilience.

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


Miniaturist on Masterpiece (3 part series)

In this three-part series, we see what happens when a teen bride's new husband gives her an extraordinary wedding gift - a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home. It seems to predict and unravel the future with unsettling precision.

Airs: Sundays, September 9, 16 and 23 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats the following Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV)


Rick Steves Special: The Story of Fascism in Europe

The Story of Fascism in Europe:  Takes a detailed look at the root causes of why fascist governments sprung up around Europe in early to mid-1900s and how it is relevant to the world today.

Airs: Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV


Great American Read

Join host Meredith Vieira in the search for America's best-loved novel.  Watch Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Oct. 23 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV.

  • Great American Read (#102)

The voting is underway, and the competition is heating up any book could win.

Airs: Sept. 11 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

  • Great American Read – Who Am I? (#103)

Explore the ways that America's best-loved novels answer the age-old question, "Who am I?" From life lessons to spiritual journeys, these books help us understand our own identities and find our place in the world.

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

  • Great American Read – Heroes (#104)

               Follow the trials and tribulations of some of literature's favorite protagonists. From Katniss                  

               Everdeen to Don Quixote, examine how these everyday heroes and anti-heroes find their inner   

               strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.

               Airs: Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

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Margaret Mitchell: American Masters

Discover the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind "Gone With the Wind." No ordinary writer - or woman - Margaret Mitchell was a charismatic force who challenged the stifling Southern social order and struggled with the changing role of women.

Airs: Sept. 11 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats Sept. 13 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV)


Boy Scouts of Harlem 759

The power of this transformative organization is revealed in "Boy Scouts of Harlem 759." The film is a charming and gentle exploration of how the Boy Scouts - along with two weeks at a magnificent summer scout camp -- can change a group of boys from Harlem into young men. Through these boys' eyes, we see camaraderie, structure, and personal growth in a world that is quite removed from their homes in Harlem. But the real story is the personal growth they experience, and how one formative week can change a boy's outlook on life forever. The images are enhanced by the haunting and emotional music soundtrack of a soloist performing a traditional spiritual. Over fifty million Americans have had connections to, or have been members of, this formative organization. "Boy Scouts of Harlem 759" celebrates one hundred years of the Boys Scouts of America.

Airs: Sept. 16 at 4:00 p.m. on SCETV


Roadtrip Nation: Being You

Roughly one in five people lives with learning and attention issues (LAIs) like ADHD and dyslexia, yet many of those who live with LAIs feel alone. They're not. In a new hour-long special, we share inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success. The program follows the transformative journey of three young people-Stephanie, Noah, and Nicole-as they travel cross-county to find others who, like them, learn differently and have used that difference to build lives doing what they love. Along their journey, they meet with diverse individuals living with LAIs, including entertainer Howie Mandel, Eye to Eye co-founder and chief empowerment officer David Flink, and Attention Deficit Disorder Association president Evelyn Polk Green, and discover that these individuals are not only coping, but thriving. Many credit their learning and attention issues as the driving forces that shaped their success. This showcase of powerful stories will inspire viewers to believe that their individual circumstances can be positively used to define their own roads in life.

Airs: Sept. 16 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


Harper Lee: American Masters

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been a national pastime for five decades -- it is still selling nearly a million copies a year, its classic popularity and power are a common reference. And the courtroom image of Gregory Peck, as the passionate Atticus Finch, gave us an enduring picture for the novel's message. Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said she wanted to be Alabama's Jane Austen. This program explores her life and unravels its mysteries, particularly why she never published again. Illuminated with family photos, revealing personal letters and an exclusive interview with her sister, Alice Finch Lee (100 years old), the film is steeped in the texture of the novel's Deep South and the social changes it inspired. Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Anna Quindlen, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey and Andrew Young reflect on how "Mockingbird" shaped their lives.

Airs: Sept. 18 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV)


Amazing Human Body (three episodes)

Explore the internal mechanics of the human body through pioneering graphics and captivating scientific case studies. Witness the fascinating and finely tuned systems that keep the body motoring and the scientists guessing. The three episodes air back to back on September 19 beginning at 8:00 p.m.

  • In Episode 1 (# 101), learn how humans begin life as a single cell and, over the course of a lifetime, grow into beings of more than 37 trillion cells. Plus, explore new discoveries that can help humans live longer, healthier lives.

              Airs: Sept. 19 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV

  • In Episode 2 (# 102), discover the miracles the human body goes through every day to stay alive and healthy. From fighting infections to repairing damage, human bodies have remarkable arsenals that allow survival against all kinds of outside threats.

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

  • In Episode 3 (#103), see how experience shapes the brain and body together, allowing them to adapt to the outside environment and develop new skills. Plus, learn how the brain forms memories by storing and processing billions of pieces of information every second.

              Airs: Sept. 19 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV


Bright Lights Little City

This program is a celebration of one small Appalachian mountain town that embraced creativity without reservation, found success in self-determination, and through five decades has pursued the joy of self-discovery and cultural diversity through the Arts.

Airs: Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. on SCETV


Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria

Using never-before-seen pre-war archival footage and first-person testimonies, this program chronicles the Jewish life and culture of Kastoria, a picturesque lakeside village in the mountains of Northwestern Greece, near the Albania border. Here, Jews and Greek Orthodox Christians lived together in harmony for more than two millennia until World War II, when this long and rich history would be wiped out in the blink of an eye. TREZOROS (the Ladino/Judeo/Spanish term of endearment meaning "treasures") takes us from the joyful innocence of the pre-war years through the heartbreaking struggles of the Holocaust, to a unique place in time and history of a Greek Jewish culture lost forever.

Airs: Sept. 23 at 5:00 p.m. on SCETV


Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew

Follow Anne Shirley's journey to Queen's College in Charlottetown. She misses Matthew and Marilla, and is overwhelmed by loneliness, city life and the intense competition. Will Anne find that the dark cloud over her life does have a silver lining?

Airs: Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats Sept. 27 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV)


Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science

Take a look at how the Mayo Clinic, which is "world renowned for its medical arts," has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years, and what it can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today.

Airs: Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m. on SCETV (Repeats Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. on SCETV)


Featured on the South Carolina Channel

New York State of Mind

Take a spin around and bite out of the city that never sleeps with Mickela Mallozzi and Mike Colameco. They are taking us to all of the hotspots around the town for a taste of history and a taste of food! From the pizzazz of Harlem, to the bright lights of Broadway, to the trendy East Village; uptown, downtown, and all around the town … after this marathon, you’re certain to be in a New York State of Mind.

Airs: Sept. 8 at 6:00 a.m. through 12 noon on the SCC (The South Carolina Channel)


Theater Talk – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Director John Tiffany and movement director Steven Hoggett discuss creating the blockbuster play. Gordon Cox of Variety is the co-host with Susan Haskins. Theater Talk is the lively discussion series devoted to the world of the stage.

Airs: Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. on the SCC (The South Carolina Channel)




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 from the iTunes App Store or the Android store.

To view the full TV schedule, visit


The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? (Premiere)

Daniel and his community welcome their new friends in this movie event from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Plus, two new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Season 4) air Tuesday and Thursday of same week!

Airs: Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. on SCETV (repeats Sept. 19 and 21 at 9:30 a.m. on SCETV)

Two new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (season 4) air Sept. 18 and 20, 9:30 a.m. on SCETV


Sesame Street (New episodes)

New episodes of Sesame Street premiere Mondays in September at 11:00 a.m. and repeat at 1:00 p.m.

Airs: Mondays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 11:00 a.m. and at 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. 

Sept. 6 – Topics include: Interesting places in SC; including visits to Ridgeway, Bowman, and Lake City

Sept. 13 – Topics include: Black Panther illustrator; a fiber artist; new memorial for Mother Emanuel

Sept. 20 – Topics include: Future of amateur radio; University of Possibilities program

Sept. 27 – Topics include: Interesting People; including a scenic designer, a doll collector, and a Rock Hill doctor

*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)





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