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.”

In The Moment ... December 13, 2017 Show 239 Hour 1 

Author and Vietnam veteran Craig Tschetter joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about his book, "15 Minutes Ago: A Vietnam War Memoir." We discuss his return visit to Vietnam and how he addressed complex issues in his powerful memoir.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 2 

Bobbie Tibbetts, Vice President, Sanford Health Foundation, joins the program to discuss the impact of philanthropy in the state. We talk about gifts, both big and small, as well as the role of philanthropy in healthcare.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 2 

Jennifer Kirby was recently recognized as "Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser" at the 2017 Governor's Awards for Philanthropy.

Avera Health was named "Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation."

Lindsey Meyers, with Avera Health, and Jennifer Kirby joins us for a conversation about philanthropy in South Dakota and how personal connections drive the way we help one another.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 1 

Lidia Bastianitch is one of the most widely recognized chefs in America. She's an Emmy award-winning television host and a best-selling cookbook author. She's the owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants.

Her new television special is called "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes". It premiers on SDPB-TV this Friday, December 15 at 10 p.m. Central / 9 Mountain.

She joins us to talk about food, freedom, and overcoming hardship.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 1 

State Representative Tim Goodwin (District 30) joins us for an update on the sale of state property that formerly housed the STAR Academy near Custer. Rep. Goodwin says the state legislature should have blocked the sale of the property.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 1 

Last week, the Governor gave his annual budget address and outlined his budget proposal. He's recommending a cautious budget this coming fiscal year, due to lower than expected tax collections.

After the speech, SDPB's Lee Strubinger asked several lawmakers about how lower than anticipated revenue generation will shape the coming session.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 2 

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer joins us for a look at this week's Images of the Past. Today we discuss efforts to bring the United Nations headquarters to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 2 

In his new book, "That's What They Used to Say": Reflections on American Indian Oral Traditions, Donald Fixico invites readers into his own oral tradition to learn how storytelling, legends and prophecies, and oral histories and creation myths knit together to explain the Indian world.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

We welcome author Joseph Bottum to In the Moment for a conversation about the sacred stories of Christmas.

Find more of his Christmas writings here:

Joyous Surrender: A Rhapsody in Red (and Green)

Amazon Kindle Singles series "Wise Guy: A Christmas Tale"

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

How does tax reform stand to impact graduate students in South Dakota? Dr. Ranjit Koodali is Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota.

He recently returned from the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

The Lakota Nations Education Conference invites educators, parents, administrators and friends of education to the table for a four-day conference in Rapid City. Terrie Jo Gibbons has served 26 years as conference coordinator. She joins us for a preview.

Robots In The Classroom

Dec 8, 2017

Jason Whiting teaches information and communication technology and career and technical education at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.

He received a grant from the Sioux Falls Education Foundation to purchase a humanoid robot. He joins Innovation host Cara Hetland for a conversation about rethinking classroom interactions.

Thad Giedd is a client specialist with Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Vaney Hariri is co-founder of Think 3D Solutions. Rob Nelson is Chief Operating Officer of Inanovate.

They join host Cara Hetland to discuss innovation in business and in science.

In The Moment ... December 8, 2017 Show 236 Hour 1 

What does another year of reading tell you about the world and about yourself? Jacqueline Palfy leads the Zandborz book club. She joins us for a look back at the books that occupied our minds in 2017.

In The Moment ... December 8, 2017 Show 236 Hour 1 

For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome Tammy Yonce, music professor at South Dakota State University. Later this month, she and her flute depart for Israel.

She's taking part in the 2017 Winter Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel, sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins In the Moment for a conversation about the life and legacy of state Representative Craig Tieszen. Find Woster's blog here.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

Timothy Schorn, Director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota joins the program to discuss President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about the FY19 budget address and what's ahead for South Dakota.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 2 

As America faces an opioid epidemic, South Dakota wrestles to keep a full-blown crisis outside our borders. We spend the hour discussing pain, alternative paths to pain management, and opioid overuse.

Scott Dover is the program manager for integrated health at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Grant Dorothy is a combat-wounded veteran. He served in Vietnam and gets his healthcare at VA.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 2 

Tom Durkin, Deputy Director of South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, joins us on the 60th anniversary of the Vanguard TV3's failure. We talk about this moment in history and how the U.S. eventually won the Space Race. Plus, tips on viewing the upcoming Geminid Meteor Shower.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 2 

SDPB's Lee Strubinger covered Governor Dennis Daugaard's FY19 Budget Address in Pierre. He provides a recap on today's show.

South Dakota state government will have to tighten its belt once again as they head into the 2018 legislative session.

On Tuesday, Governor Dennis Daugaard outlined his vision to fund state government through the rest of his time in office. This upcoming session is his last as governor.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 2 

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Dana Ferguson join In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a recap and analysis of Governor Dennis Daugaard's budget address.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1

Nate Wek joins us with a look at the week ahead in South Dakota sports. Today we discuss the upcoming FCS quarterfinal game between SDSU and the University of New Hampshire along with a professional opportunity for an Aberdeen football standout.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1 

U.S. Senator John Thune joins In the Moment for an update on tax reform efforts in Washington. We discuss strategy, the potential impact of tax cuts on 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, and what the Senator believes are inaccurate media characterizations of the GOP plan.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1 

This year's Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers tour is underway. Members of the group stopped by SDPB's Sioux Falls studio to perform a short set.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 2 

Heath Weber is board president for the South Dakota Chorale. He also sings with the group. The Chorale has received three 2018 Grammy nominations for their recording of the Tyberg Masses.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 2 

Deanna Larson is CEO of Avera eCare. She joins us for a conversation about innovations in rural healthcare and why relationships are key in telemedicine.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 1 

The women of Anjelic have been making music together long enough to sell out shows every holiday in South Dakota.

This year, their annual holiday concert is called "A Woman Sits Quietly Beneath."

Three of the six current members of Anjelic join us for a conversation about music and friendship.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 1 

The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra brings a new holiday extravaganza to the state. We're joined by Jennifer Boomgaarden, Executive Director, SDSO, 'Tis the Season director and choreographer Darren Lee, and featured soloist Tiffany Haas.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 1 

Doug Sombke was reelected to serve as President of South Dakota Farmers Union during the organization's 102nd State Convention in Huron recently.

He joins us with highlights from the convention, including thoughts on tax reform, the estate tax, and health insurance for rural South Dakotans.

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