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ETV Program Highlights for May 2019

May 1, 2019 - Posted in Education by Jonathan Faulk
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ETV presents a wide array of interesting programs for teachers and students! In May, you’ll find new PBS KIDS programs that highlight citizenship and celebrate Mother’s Day. Don’t miss the National Memorial Day Concert May 26, plus other special Memorial Day and Armed Forces programming. Also, catch special programs in Live from Lincoln Center and ETV’s Reel South on tap this month! SCETV is your destination for learning!

To view the full TV schedule, visit


SCETV PBS Kids channel Available on the SCETV App

The SCETV PBS Kids channel (24/7 online) is available on 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.



Arthur Highlights Citizenship

Arthur, D.W., and the rest of the Elwood City crew are back for the premiere of ARTHUR Season 22. With a focus on community, the new episodes premiering May 13-16 highlight character traits associated with active citizenship – such as civility, honesty, and compassion. Tune in at 5:30 PM on SCETV.


Mother’s Day Celebrated!

We celebrate Moms this month with several Mother’s Day-themed episodes, including premieres from PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC and READY JET GO! on May 6 at 10:30 AM and 2 PM on SCETV.


New Episodes

Additional new episodes of PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC premiere the week before Mother’s Day May 7-9 at 10:30 AM and 2 PM on SCETV.  There are also new episodes from LET’S GO LUNA! on May 27 and 28 at 9 AM and 2:30 PM on SCETV.


What’s Big in May?

NOVA “Building the Great Cathedrals” - Schedule Change May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 9:00 PM on SCETV

With the news of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, NOVA is making a schedule change to its episode on May 1 at 9 PM. In place of episode “Sunken Ship Rescue,”  “Building the Great Cathedrals” will air May 1 at 9 PM and repeats May 5 at 5 PM. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. 


Emilio and Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Friday, May 3, 9:00 PM

An all-star tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the first married couple or musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor.


Live from Lincoln Center “Stars in Concert”

Fridays, May 10 – May 24, 9:00 PM on SCETV

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER brings live performances of opera, drama, music, and dance direct from the stages of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City into American homes, making the world's greatest artists accessible to a nationwide audience.


National Memorial Day Concert 2019

Sunday, May 26, 8:00 PM & 9:30 PM (repeat)

Join hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise for the 30th anniversary live broadcast of America's national night of remembrance from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.


Local Interest Programming         *denotes premiere

Palmetto Scene – Thursdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 1:00pm on SCETV

SCETV’s weekly magazine-style series airs each Thursday at 7:30pm on SCETV and focuses on SC arts and culture, business and economy, education, health, politics, and technology. ETV’s Beryl Dakers, a professional with over 30 years in the broadcasting field, is the host of this signature series! The programs repeat the following Sunday at 1:00pm on SCETV.


5/2 – Topics include: Best of Original SC; Women in Vision

5/9 – Topics include: Women in Vision; Homeless project in Greenville
5/16 – Topics include: SC Governor's Schools

5/23 – Topics include: Cecil Williams; Gullah Songs

5/30 – Topics include: Snakes; Turtle Sanctuary


For all air dates, please visit the ETV schedule page:


In addition to viewing the broadcast programs, please access the Palmetto Scene program segments archived online in streaming format. Visit



This Week in South Carolina – Fridays at 7:30pm on SCETV and repeats Sundays at 11:30am

This SCETV public affairs series, hosted by ETV’s news/public affairs reporter Gavin Jackson, features interviews with the key newsmakers and policymakers each week.

Repeats: Tuesdays at 6:00pm on ETV World (ETVW)

                 Thursdays at 8:30pm on SCC

                 Fridays (the Friday after original broadcast) at 5:00pm on ETV World (ETVW)



5/2      8:00 PM          Reel South: Gimme A Faith *SCETV Presents*

Thousands of Chinese students arrive in the United States each year, often confronting loneliness and culture-clash upon arrival. Arriving in North Carolina to study filmmaking, Hao Zhang is surprised to find a unique community of Chinese students, connected by a newly discovered evangelical Christianity that is often at stark odds with their communist roots in China.


5/9      8:00 PM          Women Vision SC + repeat on 5/12 @  7 PM *

This one hour special will focus on issues affecting women throughout the state and our nation. Last fall, SCETV launched Women Vision SC and invited viewers and listeners throughout the state to nominate women of achievement. In all, 75 women were nominated, and a judging panel narrowed the field to 11


5/9      9:00 PM          Reel South: Santurio *SCETV Presents*

After 25 years of living in the United States, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega is threatened with deportation and soon takes sanctuary in a small North Carolina church. As time passes, and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family's pleas for a stay on her deportation, Juana's spirits slowly sink. And yet, Juana is patient that in God's house, God will answer her prayers.


5/9      9:30 PM          Reel South: Lumpkin, GA *SCETV Presents*

In a fading Georgia town, a community recalls its dark past and faces a grim present. An undocumented immigrant, caught in legal limbo and facing deportation, contemplates his future. In the midst of it all, a massive, private immigration prison generates millions in profits. Where these stories meet, the hidden epicenter of America's immigration crackdown is revealed-a place called Lumpkin, GA.


5/12    6:00 PM          Requiem for My Mother *SCETV Presents*

Composer Stephen Edwards pays tribute to his mother and musical muse with an orchestral composition.


5/16    8:00 PM          Reel South: The Well-Placed Weed *SCETV Presents*      

Growing up in rural South Carolina, celebrated American garden designer Ryan Gainey developed a love of plants at an early age. After moving to Atlanta in the 1970s, Ryan began designing gardens in affluent neighborhoods and around the world. A contradictory character, offensive and tender, artificial yet truly authentic, Ryan was known for his love of beauty and the ability to create it.


5/16    9:00 PM          Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII is 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. These men fought on enemy lines for their families, who were persecuted by the Nazis. Without them, many of us would not be here today.


5/23    8:00 PM          Reel South: Ingrid  *SCETV Presents*         

A successful fashion designer who gave up her big-city career, Ingrid Gipson discovered a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in Arkansas' rural Ouachita Mountains. As if through poetry, she opens up her world again to those of us willing to listen.


5/23    9:00 PM          Bringing the Fallen Home – SCETV Presents

Bringing the Fallen Home is the story of America's fallen warriors, their families and those charged with the solemn responsibility of ensuring dignity and honor to the fallen and care and support to families of the fallen. The program gives a voice for family members to tell the story of their fallen loved ones, and recollect their experiences at Dover Air Force Base for the solemn dignified transfer of their loved one's remains. More than 20 family members opened up their homes to the filmmakers and told their heartbreaking and heartwarming stories that remind all Americans of the great sacrifices made every day for America's freedom.


5/29    7:00 PM          Carolina Classrooms: Celebrating Teachers*

Carolina Classrooms is ETV's monthly educational series for teachers, parents and all citizens invested in the education of our children. Each program focuses on key educational topics and initiatives in our state. From addressing ways to make higher education more affordable to preparing students for 21st century careers; from looking at statewide assessments to celebrating our best South Carolina educators, Carolina Classrooms provides a forum for education stakeholders to learn and be involved.


5/30    8:00 PM          Reel South: Saint Cloud Hill  *SCETV Presents*     

Captain Chris Scott rallies a colony of tent residents to defend their provisional homes against the forces of gentrification. As development encroaches on the community, the tragedies and personal experiences of a displaced community resurface among those clinging to their last remnant of stability.


Memorial Day and Armed Forces

5/26      6:30 PM             And Then They Came for Us

As the documentary, And Then They Came for Us, demonstrates, the registration and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII was one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in American history. The US government lied about the threat of espionage to justify the incarceration. Today's Muslim travel ban relies on similar uncorroborated claims of threats to national security. Featuring actor George Takei, and many others who were incarcerated, the film reveals the silence that surrounded the incarceration and the importance of speaking up against the travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step in making sure we do not repeat it. This film is a cautionary tale for these dark times.


5/26      7:30 PM               Last Ring Home

The Last Ring Home is the story of Lt Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. The Last Ring Home is a spellbinding account of one man's obsession with a family mystery and the product of decades of research and inquiries. It also explores author Minter Dial's pursuit of the true story of his namesake, his late grandfather Lt. Minter Dial, USN, a celebrated war hero whose suffering and trauma nearly buried his memory forever.


5/26      8:00 PM               National Memorial Day Concert + 9:30pm double pump*

Join hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise for the 30th anniversary live broadcast of America's national night of remembrance from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.


Special Programming

5/1      10:00 PM          Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World (cont– 6 episodes)

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything.


5/5      5:00 PM          Searching For the Mona Lisa*

The Search for the Mona Lisa, narrated by Morgan Freeman, reveals that Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa portrait is not the Mona Lisa. Timed to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death on May 2, 2019, the film shows that the portrait has become the center of a swirling controversy. If she is not the Mona Lisa, then who is she? And why did Leonardo da Vinci paint her? Using newly discovered evidence, and featuring Italian star Alexandro Demcenko as Leonardo, the film is a thriller-like pursuit for the real identity of the most famous portrait in the world. Produced by Pantheon Studios, producers of the 2018 show The Search for the Last Supper, the film also features top Da Vinci experts from Europe and the US.


5/5      6:00 PM          In Flight: The Art of Ice Dance International*

Top skating talent from Ice Dance International perform a combination of figure skating and dance.


5/5      7:00 PM          Dialogue in Metal*

Renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley and mechanic Jesse James takes on a collaborative art project.


5/12    5:00 PM          Walking Into the Unknown*

Discover the untold story of South Asian Punjabi women and their contributions to California over the last century.


5/19    5:00 PM          Great Museums: The Art of Islam at the Met and the Louvre*

The Islamic galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Louvre are showcased.


5/19    6:00 PM          Crazy*

A diagnosed schizophrenic must decide if he should comply with traditional mental health treatment.


5/19    7:00 PM          Aging Matters: Loneliness & Isolation*

Characteristics linked to social isolation and health risks associated with loneliness are examined.


5/19    7:30 PM          Power Over Parkinson’s*

A range of new approaches aimed at decreasing the impact of Parkinson's symptoms are examined.


5/26    5:00 PM          EVA: A-7063*

The incredible story of an Auschwitz survivor's journey to forgiveness and healing is showcased.


5/30    9:00 PM          Stickman: The Roosevelt Wilkerson Story*

A homeless man's passion for carving walking sticks connects him to a world beyond the streets and launches him on an incredible journey that transforms him, his community, and those who reach out to help him.



Friday Night Arts Programming    *denotes premiere

5/3         9:00 PM               Emilio and Gloria Estefan: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

An all-star tribute to Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and the first married couple or musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent to receive the honor.


STARS IN CONCERT – Live From Lincoln Center

5/10      9:00 PM               Live From Lincoln Center: Cynthia Erivo In Concert

Enjoy a soulful evening of song from one of Broadway's brightest stars. British-born Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before starring in several films, including Widows.


5/10      10:00 PM            Live From Lincoln Center: Andrew Rannells in Concert

Known for his Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon and as Elijah in HBO's Girls, Andrew Rannells brings his signature blend of superb vocal prowess and wry wit to a sparkling set of songs.


5/17      9:00 PM               Live From Lincoln Center: AnnaLeigh Ashford in Concert

Described by the New York Times as "luminous" and "a sly comic genius, " this Broadway favorite has thrilled audiences in Sunday in the Park with George (opposite Jake Gyllenhaal), Kinky Boots, and You Can't Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award. She's also earned television fame with turns on Masters of Sex and American Crime Story.Tonight, the stunning provocatreuse lends her vocals and comedic verve to an evening of mischievous fun.


5/17      10:00 PM            Live From Lincoln Center: Leslie Odom Jr. In Concert

Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his legendary performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr., a jazz vocalist with an actor's ear for a lyric, brings his remarkable talent to this intimate performance.


5/24      9:00 PM               Live From Lincoln Center: Meghan Hilty in Concert

Join the Tony-nominated star of Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, Noises Off and NBC's Smash for a new concert special featuring a versatile set of musical theater favorites and classic standards.


5/24      10:00 PM            Live From Lincoln Center: Sutton Foster in Concert

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster brings her irresistible talent and effusive charm to the intimate Appel Room for a special night with a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening, Glee).


5/31      9:00 PM               Monrovia, Indiana

Take a complex and nuanced view at daily life in Monrovia, Indiana, and gain understanding of a rural mid-American way of life that has always been important to the country, but whose influence and force have not always been recognized in big cities.


New Seasons

5/4       11:00 AM        J. Schwanke’s Life in Bloom (started at end of April)

J SCHWANKE'S LIFE IN BLOOM is a half-hour lifestyle series about flower arrangement, design and instruction. Research shows the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, eases depression, refreshes memory, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner. The presence of flowers in the workplace also improves workers' idea generation, creative performance and problem-solving skills. Throughout the 13-part series, J teaches viewers how to use flowers to enjoy these benefits and more.


5/5      3:00 PM          Weekends with Yankee (season 3)*

WEEKENDS WITH YANKEE is a 13-part travel and lifestyle series named for the long-running publication enjoyed by readers across America for more than 80 years. With New England among the nation's top tourist destinations, the magazine-style program takes viewers on an insider's exploration of the cities, countryside locales and far-flung places in the quaint and scenic region.


5/19    3:30 PM          Eco-sense for Living*

This is a thought-provoking series of eco-topics ranging from reconnecting kids to nature, green jobs, and healthy lifestyles limiting the impacts of toxins on our home and bodies. The series aims to empower viewers with practical solutions geared toward saving money, treading lighter on the planet, and improving quality of life.



PBS Programming      *denotes premiere

 5/1     8:00 PM          Nature: American Spring Live: Connections

NATURE, television's longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.


5/2      9:00 PM          Jamestown **double episodes

Episode 7: Maria runs away when her trust is betrayed and Jocelyn forms a pact with an unlikely ally.

Episode 8: Jocelyn uses secret intelligence to claim a stronghold in town, but Yeardley forms a plan that will change Jamestown forever. Silas' collusion with the Pamunkey comes to a head. Jocelyn learns what it means to lose everything.


5/5      8:00 PM          Call The Midwife (continues)

Watch Lucille care for an unmarried teen mother and Valerie help her grandmother with an embarrassing medical problem. Mother Mildred tries to help, but ruffles feathers everywhere she goes. Nurse Crane's back troubles return with a vengeance.


5/5      9:00 PM          Les Miserables on Masterpiece (continues) + repeat on Saturday at 7pm

Now a young woman, Cosette moves to Paris under Valjean's protection. There, she meets the handsome law student Marius, who unwittingly brings a nightmare to life.


5/5      10:30 PM        Unforgotten Season 3 (continues)

Cassie and Sunny finally get closer to some truth about the night Hayley disappeared, and the case takes a devastating turn for Cassie.


5/9      10:00 PM        Modus continues

Watch Inger use her expertise and intuition to piece the puzzle together as the killer moves closer to her. Marcus finds it harder than ever to keep his nefarious secret; eventually, the truth will come out -- with terrible consequences.


5/12    5:30 PM          Orchard House: Home of Little Women

The 350-year-old home in Concord, Massachusetts where Little Women was written is highlighted.


5/20-31  5:00 PM       Kid Stew (6 new episodes*  + 4 repeats)

KID STEW is a new fast-paced, irreverent series that's by kids, about kids and for kids, encouraging their interest in art, music and reading — and filled with plenty of laughs. From a concept by James Patterson, the best-selling author of adult and children's books, KID STEW features an engaging and diverse cast of real, relatable pre-teens in a variety of entertaining vignettes and sketches. Each episode includes original music videos, guest appearances by creative kids and adults, and comedy that keeps viewers coming back for more. In addition, the series showcases inspiring stories and segments, including a young violinist who composes his own music, street art with muralist Lebo, and a visit to India to explore the exotic dances of Bollywood. The series also includes interviews with renowned authors such as Dave Barry, Edwidge Danticat, Brad Meltzer and Carl Hiaasen. KID STEW celebrates imagination and fun, and encourages the exploration of books, music and the cultural arts.


5/20    9:00 PM          Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story*

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Mineta rose to become the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet.


5/21    9:00 PM          Emma Goldman: American Experience*

For nearly half a century, Russian emigrant Emma Goldman was the most controversial woman in America, taunting the mainstream with her fervent attacks on government, big business, and war. To the tabloids, she was "Red Emma, queen of the anarchists," but many admired Goldman for her defense of labor rights, women's emancipation, birth control, and free speech. Emma Goldman explores the life of the notorious lecturer, fearless writer, and merciless publisher.


5/23    10:00 PM        D-Day at Pointe-Du-Hoc

D-DAY AT POINTE-DU-HOC tells the remarkable story of the U.S. Army's 2nd Ranger battalion, led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, which scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc in Normandy on June 6, 1944 to destroy six German cannons thought to be located there. The 155mm guns, situated halfway between Omaha and Utah Beaches and within firing range of the planned allied assault, needed to be taken out for Operation Overlord to succeed. Many believed it was a suicidal mission for the men involved. Narrated by actor David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS) and featuring interviews with surviving veterans from the Pointe-Du-Hoc assault, the documentary chronicles the dangerous and daring mission, including what happened after the Rangers fought through machine gun fire, cut rope ladders and lobbed grenades to find that the six artillery guns had been moved from the Pointe in the days prior. What followed was two days of fighting where the outnumbered Rangers held off German troops and prevented them from retaking the strategic oceanside position.


5/25    7:00 PM          Les Miserables on Masterpiece (repeat finale)

Marius mans the barricades, where a hostile Valjean intercepts him. They end up fleeing together through the sewers of Paris. Cosette's story reaches its conclusion. So does Javert's.


5/29    10:00 PM        Light Falls*

Take a theatrical journey with physicist Brian Greene to uncover how Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity. In this vivid play, science is illuminated on stage and screen through innovative projections and an original score.


The South Carolina Channel (SCC)

CREATE Marathons        

Saturdays  6:00 AM – Noon

5/4                                       Pati’s Cinco de Mayo Party

It’s Cinco de Mayo and we are gearing up for a celebration like no other! Chef Pati Jinich is in the kitchen creating dishes that are bursting with her proud Mexican culture. Pati’s party goes on for six hours. Be sure not to miss a single yummy bite!


5/11                                    For Nick’s Mom
Nick Stellino is dedicating this special marathon to his Mother who was influential in making him the man and chef that he is today! In addition to all of the fabulous dishes Nick will be making, he’ll also share special stories and memories of his family. Happy Mother’s Day!


5/18                                    Tropical Flavors
Sample appetizing dishes from all over the Caribbean. This menu will transport you to a place with white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. You’ll taste the freshness of the Red Snapper, Lobster in Coconut Soup and Jerk Pork. You’ll be full of tropical flavors after this marathon is done.


5/25                                    Red, White and BBQ
Fire up the grill the unofficial start of summer begins this weekend! Our expert grill master, Steven Raichlen will prepare your favorite barbecue dishes that will make your mouth water. Your barbecue will be smokin’ with surf and turf, ribs, chicken and much more. Let’s all enjoy the first barbecue of the season!



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