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.”

The Frontier Agency is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations grow and raise funds. The company is based in Nashville and their CEO, Rod Arnold, is a South Dakota native. Arnold talks about the impact of Giving Tuesday campaigns in the state and nationwide. One of the Frontier Agency's clients is Native Hope in Chamberlain.

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Musicians Gordy Pratt and Darla Drew perform holiday music from SDPB's Rapid City studio. They take their show on the road in December with shows in Kearney, Nebraska, and Albert Lea and Mankato in Minnesota. The tour is a collaboration with the Journey Museum in Rapid City, the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, and the SD Arts Council.

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The election and ag commodity prices have caused caution in South Dakota shoppers. Shawn Lyons, executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association, visits about the retail forecast for the holiday season.

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Nancy Savage is a small business owner in Sioux Falls. She joins Dakota Midday to discuss the success of this year's "Small Business Saturday" for local retailers and strategies small businesses employ to pull customers away from the big box stores.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to preview his FY18 budget address and the upcoming legislate session, and answer questions about Medicaid expansion, education reform, and budget shortfalls.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to provide an update on the lawsuit over Initiated Measure 22. He discusses the controversy, the allegations and the will of South Dakota voters.

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South Dakotans don't have the answers to many of their health care questions. Between federal administration changes and decisions at the state level, the issue of delivering quality, cost-effective health care is bathed in uncertainty. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to answer many of those frequently asked questions.

Dakota Midday: The First Official Thanksgiving

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The First Official Thanksgiving tells the story of how a group of settlers celebrated Thanksgiving when they landed at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, December 4, 1619 - over a year before the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. "The documentary is about the little known story of America's first English Thanksgiving," says Graham Woodlief, President of the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. Award-winning WCVE PBS Producer and Director Paul Roberts uses the film to tell a local story with local people. The First Official Thanksgiving airs Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. CT, on SDPB-TV.

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Dana Ferguson of Argus Leader Media looks ahead to the 2017 legislative session in this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment. She visits about bills that could be introduced and the possibility of a transgender restroom bill receiving enough petition signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.

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South Dakotans don’t have answers to many of their health care questions. Between federal administration changes and decisions at the state level, the issue of delivering quality, cost-effective health care is bathed in uncertainty. Local advocates say patients should not panic; instead they say people can better understand the factors at play nationally and within South Dakota – and know that people are fighting for their wellness.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Rev. Christina O'Hara visits about the process of forgiveness in our lives, especially in light of a contentious presidential election and the damaging interpersonal conversations that resulted. O'Hara becomes the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Sioux Falls on January 1.

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Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, professor of mathematics at Black Hills State University, discusses the "History of the Theory of Everything." From Einstein's special theory of relativity to comparisons between the universe and a violin, Nag talks about mathematics, physics, and the future of science education that capitalizes on collaboration and imagination. Nag was a recent "Geek Speak" lecturer at BHSU in Spearfish.

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November is national Palliative Care and Hospice Month. Dr. Terri Peterson Henry, a physician with the Sanford Palliative Care Health Team, and Dr. Joyce Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Nursing at Augustana University, Join Dakota Midday for a conversation about palliative care, advanced directives, and using Thanksgiving as a time to have the difficult conversations with your family about end-of-life wishes. These resources are available: www.gowish.org and www.lifecirclesd.org

In his new book, author Joe Amato reminds us how important the quotidian is. Amato visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about Everyday Life: How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary. Amato's books have won him nominations, selections and honors, of particular note the Minnesota Humanities Prize for Literature and Prairie Star Award for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger visits about changes in the South Dakota Legislature after last week's election as he joins Lori Walsh on Dakota Midday.

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Columbia University ecologist Ruth DeFries discusses how global prosperity benefits people and nature. Dr. DeFries is the author of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. She speaks Thursday night at South Dakota State University in Brookings for the Holtry Lecture.

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Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Agriculture, discusses a federally sponsored, state-administered food program that provides suppers for children in South Dakota.

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THODOS Dance Chicago is in residency this week in Sisseton and Aberdeen. The Emmy-nominated documentary SHINE airs on SDPB-TV on Sunday, December 11. It's an in-depth look at the making of THODOS Dance Chicago's "A Light in the Dark." Laura Gates of THODOS Dance Chicago joins Dakota Midday to talk about this week's residency in the state.

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South Dakota Supreme Court Justice David Gilbertson discusses the recommendations of the Mental Health Task Force and details the legislative support required to implement suggestions.

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Delta David Gier, music director and conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, joins Dakota Midday to discuss the Orchestra's Bush Foundation prize and how the prize money will transform into creative capital for the organization and the community beyond the concert hall.

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The DeSmet Community Foundation is a winner of the 2016 Bush Foundation Award for Community Development. DeSmet Community Foundation representative Rita Anderson visits about the foundation's efforts to solve long-standing community problems in rural areas such as DeSmet. She also discusses how the DeSmet Community Foundation is a model for how towns across the region can thrive and succeed.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about sound, the search for an authentic experience, and how an entire town can embrace a Pulitzer Prize.

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer, joins the program to discuss the Gordon Stockade and how it has been used by miners, soldiers, and (today) tourists.

South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman joins Dakota Midday for a look at topics that pertain to veterans throughout the state. He also talks about his "Veterans Bucket List" which encourages citizens to reach out to vets in a variety of ways during the year.

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Sarah Kay is best known for her spoken word poetry. In 2011, she recited her breakout poem "B" as a TED Talk and later released it as her debut book, which is now a best-seller. She since has released an intimate collection of poetry title No Matter the Wreckage. Kay, the founder and director of Project Voice, is coming to Sioux Falls this weekend as part of the OTA finale.

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Photographer Amos Kolbo is one of the headliners for the OTA Finale this weekend in Sioux Falls. Kolbo and his wife Carly run Carly Loves Amos. Kolbo has been self-employed since the age of 16. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the entrepreneurial community, living and working in a creative studio space, and why marriage is like a "slumber party" with your best friend.

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The Great Plains Writers' Tour and Writers' Symposium brings award-winning professional writers to the Mt. Marty College campus in Yankton, Wednesday, for a day of readings, discussions and class workshops. Poet Christine Stewart-Nunez, an associate professor in the English department at South Dakota State University joins Dakota Midday to discuss her work. She is one of the headliners at the Symposium.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Weiner discusses the scientific adventure of writing about evolutionary biologists and how evolution happens before our very eyes. Weiner is the author of The Beak of the Finch and Planet Earth among other titles. He visits the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Thursday as part of the South Dakota Humanities Council's 100 Years of Pulitzer initiative.

David O'Hara

David O'Hara, professor of philosophy and classics at Augustana University, reads his essay, I want my religion to be a garden, from the blog Slowly Percolating Forms.

Black Hills State University

Dr. Tim Steckline, Black Hills State University professor of speech, and Jace DeCory, BHSU assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, talk about what people mean when they use the word "race" and how people can communicate better. They present a BHSU Geek Speak lecture Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas Hall, "Are We All Related?: Race and the Embrace of the Other."

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