Lori Walsh

In the Moment Host

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce Lori Walsh is the new host for Dakota Midday, SDPB Radio’s live news and issues program which broadcasts weekdays from Noon-1pm (11am-Noon MT).

Walsh most recently worked as a freelance journalist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and as a Humanities Scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council, leading veteran writing groups. A graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School and Augustana University’s journalism program, Walsh is a writer, blogger, photographer, poet, and member of the National Book Critics Circle and Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Walsh also served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, working as a cryptologic Korean linguist.

“It’s a huge responsibility to take the helm of Dakota Midday. It’s so well-established, successful, trusted,” says Walsh. “It’s a great comfort to come into something and know I don’t have to re-invent anything. On the other hand, I can look to the future and say, ‘where is this going next?’ It’s exciting to say it can continue to get better, to grow. The conversation can continue. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m a listener and now I’m a host.”

On this week's podcast we celebrate the creative spark with author Augustin Fuentes, musician N.W. Engbers, and South Dakota high school students from the state Poetry Out Loud finals.

This week's podcast features a conversation with blues musician Davy Knowles, poetry from Patrick Hicks, and music from The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we explore the full range of the human condition with expressions of despair and resilience, love and hope.

In the Moment producer Steve Zwemke talks with an editor at The Players' Tribune about compelling stories of hardship and triumph from professional athletes. Lindy Obach offers her poem, "Southwest by Dakota." And musician Nik Harr brings a song about connection and holding life together, for one another, when times get tough.

On this episode of the In the Moment podcast, "Women are women wherever you go." Pastor Pat Hammond talks about human trafficking across the globe. Jim Reese offers a poem called "This Isn't Dress Rehearsal," and Guitar Master Bob Fehy chills out on the slide guitar.

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In The Moment... February 16, 2017 Show 032 Hour 1

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the new host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. She talks with Lori Walsh about taking the helm of a legacy program on NPR, how an intimate conversation creates a drivway moment, and how the role of American journalists hasn’t changed as much as some people think.  

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South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.

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Artist Paul Goble passed away on January 5, 2017.

Biographer Greg Bryan worked with Goble for more than four years on the book that would secure the renowned children's book author's place in history, although the artist himself was hesitant and humble.

"In the Moment" host Lori Walsh talked with Greg Bryan about Paul Goble's humility, his art, and his devotion to the natural world and tribal traditions.

"The Book Of Joy"

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Douglas Abrams is an author, an editor and a literary agent. He's co-founder of HumanJourney.com, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas.

Abrams joins Dakota Midday to talk about one of those ideas - the inherently human trait of joy.

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It's Owen DeJong Day in South Dakota. The Morning Classics host was showered with adoration this morning during a live on-air retirement party. Dakota Midday kept the party going with stories of Owen you might not have heard.

Larry Rohrer, Nick Schwebach and Kenny Putnam have traveled and played music with DeJong for decades. They say he's deeply talented and original, musically fearless, and delightfully mischievous.

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David Xenakis and Delta David Gier join Dakota Midday during the on-air retirement party for Owen DeJong, host of SDPB Radio's Morning Classics for 20 years. Xenakis studied with DeJong at the University of South Dakota. Gier is the music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. They visited about their friendship and about the legacy as well as the value of classical music in the community.

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The Horse Nation of the Ochethi Sakowin honors culture, spirituality and relationship. It's a traveling exhibition and a partnership between artists, the Red Cloud Heritage Center and the Red Cloud Cloud Indian School.

Artist Keith BraveHeart speaks about the artistic journey of the exhibition and the significance of the Horse Nation.

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Last week the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls announced that it would close its doors before Christmas. A letter from their board of directors said passage of a ballot initiative capping payday lending interest loans impacted the decision. The board added that the majority of donations to the nonprofit music academy came from Dollar Loan Center and, without that sort of funding, the nonprofit would have to be dissolved.

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Tom Roberts writes books for children that help children. His Christmas story project has raised more than a million dollars over the years for the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. Roberts' latest book is called The Greatest Gift: The Wise Ones' Journey. Illustrated by Jim Brummond, The Greatest Gift has garnered the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Roberts joins Dakota Midday to discuss his latest book and how all of his writing has helped raise funds for CHS.

 

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Gary Enright of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer discusses Anna Donna Tallent in this week's Images of the Past segment. Tallent was the first school teacher and first white woman in the Black Hills. Her entrance into the then-forbidden Black Hills tells the story of how people of all backgrounds transcended their differences in order to seek riches in during the gold rush.

Human Rights Watch has released a 115-page report regarding LGBT rights. The report includes input from South Dakota students, teachers and parents of LGBT students. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday for a closer look at the report.

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Members of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra stop by SDPB's Sioux Falls studio to perform and visit about this year's Holiday Collage concerts. Holiday Collage performances are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.

The State of South Dakota has filed a response to the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit. SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday with an update.

South Dakota high schools produce a variety of plays each year. This week the Washington High School drama department took us backstage during rehearsals of "The Wizard of Oz."

Featured cast and crew: Skylar Chapin, Kiley Lenz, Tatiana Chance, Isaiah Henderson, Noah Salter, Merci Bita, Ms. Micki DeCurtins, Noah Schlekeway, Reanna Rohrer, Ethan Jensen, Gabriella Salazar, Madelyn Morgan, Madison Weber, Joshua Maldonado, Gabriel Morvant, Arianna Person, Liliana Rolon-Colon, Jack Clarke, Jane Walsh, Blake Anderson.

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Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discuss the week's political news, highlighted by yesterday's annual budget address by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Described by some as "bare bones," Daugaard's budget proposes small increases for education and state employees. The governor took time Tuesday to blast Initiated Measure 22. He's recommending that legislators not fund a major part of the measure which was passed by voters last month.

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New York Times best selling author Dava Sobel visits about her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measures of the Stars. It chronicles the relatively unknown, unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800's through the mid-1900's.

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Dr. Sean Flynn, professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, reflects on the magnitude of the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. He discusses mistakes we made as a nation, the military operation logistics and the lessons and legacy of the Day of Infamy.

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By December, most New Year's resolutions are long forgotten. Poet Jay Sanchez, however, is still going strong. Sanchez, an 18-year-old college freshman, decided in January to compose a poem every day this year - and to post the results on Instagram. Sanchez visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the challenge.

Dakota Midday: 2016 Holiday Jam Tour

Dec 6, 2016
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Jon and Jeremy Hegg make their annual visit to Dakota Midday in the midst of this year's Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers. The talented singers and musicians are joined by guitarist/vocalist Christopher Smith at SDPB's studio on the University of Sioux Falls campus for live music and conversation. The Holiday Jam tour goes through December 18.

Dr. Rick Holm is a physician, a husband, a father and a singer. He has been the host of On Call with the Prairie Doc for 15 seasons on SDPB-TV. The 2016 inductee into the South Dakota Hall of Fame also has cancer. Today, surgeons operate on Holm to find out whether or not his cancer has spread. One of Holm's close friends is Tom Dempster. In this Dakota Midday segment, Dempster interviews Holm about his upcoming surgery while the two friends discuss savoring life and the importance of releasing blame in illness.

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Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not grant the permits needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to proceed as planned. The announcement spurred celebrations, questions, anger, joy and doubt. Lakota elders Charmaine Whiteface and Madonna Thunder Hawk discuss the role of prayer with respect to DAPL protests.

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The South Dakota Oral Interpretation Festival competition begins Friday. The event brings together the top qualifying high school oral interp speakers in the state. Parker High School oral interp coach Cindy Froiland shares her thoughts on the benefits of an oral interpretation program and how it fits into the overall arts programming in the state. This segment also features Parker High School junior Josie Holzwarth.

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Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

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Medicaid expansion would have extended health care coverage to South Dakotans who make too little money to afford health insurance but too much money to qualify for state programs. With President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress promising to repeal or overhaul the Affordable Care Act, Governor Dennis Daugaard has declined to pursue Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday to discuss the issue that has become problematic for some.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter talks about the upcoming budget address, the prospect of budget adjustments and a more modest budget in FY18.

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