Dakota Midday

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  • Hosted by Karl Gehrke

Dakota Midday is heard Mondays-Fridays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT. On Dakota Midday you can learn about important issues and subjects of interest to South Dakotans. Listen live.

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Paula Poundstone started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s.  She has appeared in several cable specials over the years on HBO and Bravo.  Poundstone has also won two CableACE Awards.  She remains busy as a frequent panelist on Wait...Wait, Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz that airs on SDPB Radio Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Central and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Central.  The Emmy Award winning Poundstone brings her act to the Washington Pavilion stage on Friday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.

The Journey Museum and Learning Center invites the public to a special Learning Forum that examines the  1868 Fort Laramie Treaty and introduces perspectives of the document as it applies today in 2015.  Dr. Craig Howe, founder of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, will lead the conversation, providing insight into what is not known by many about the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during the forum scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Six Ukrainian leaders are participating in a number of professional and cultural events in Brookings.  The activities are in cooperation with the South Dakota World Affairs Council.  These individuals are participating in the Open World Program and are reviewing nongovernmental organizations and civil society development.  They are also engaging in discussions with leaders from a range of private and non-profit organizations.  The delegates are employed by nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine and are seeing ideas about fundraising and recruiting and training volunteers.

Dakota Midday: Aging Happy, Healthy And Wise

Oct 7, 2015

Seniors are often confronted with issues and legal questions which can be complicated and confusing.  To help answer questions in person, SDSU Extension invites senior South Dakotans to attend the October 8 "Healthy, Happy and Wise" annual conference in Salem.  With approximately 14.3% of South Dakotans age 65 and older, the state has the seventh oldest population of any state in the nation.  SDSU Extension Food Safety Field Specialist Lavonne Meyer is coordinating Thursday's event.  She joined guest host Joe Tlustos on Dakota Midday.

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Metamorphosis

Oct 7, 2015

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV airs "Black Hills Metamorphosis."  The show looks at the explosion of Pine Beetles in the Black Hills and follows up on SDPB's 2010 production, "The Black Hills and the Mountain Pine Beetle."  SDPB-TV producer Brian Gevik and SDPB Radio news producer Charles Michael Ray visited with scientists and forestry experts for tonight's program.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 7, 2015

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem will cast a vote later this month for the next Speaker of the House.  How will she vote and could her vote alienate some Republicans as she looks ahead to possible re-election in 2016?  Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader discussed the Speaker vote along with news out of last week's Lincoln County GOP dinner, GEAR UP, and possible scenarios for the 2018 governor's race.


In 2014 the South Dakota State Historical Society received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers.  The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States.  As part of the grant the State Historical Society/Archives will digitize around 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922.  Some of them are available now and text searchable.  Chelle Somsen, State Archivist with the South Dakota State Historical Society, t


Black Hills State University has the largest proportion of Native American students in South Dakota's state universities.  But BHSU President, Dr. Tom Jackson, says efforts to increase the diversity of students in higher education are still needed. 

Jackson discussed the topic with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic violence thrives when people are silent.  Abby Sharp, Team Case Manager for Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) in Rapid City, joined Dakota Midday to talk about what people can do if they are in violent domestic situations, how the situations can be identified, and how others can help.

In a way, networking and building community in the digital age is easier than a generation ago.  A new connection in your field of work is sometimes just a Facebook click away.  But there is more to building community, business relationships and innovation than just social media.  This is where the group Pollen comes in.  The non-profit is based in Minnesota and the Dakotas.  Pollen is attempting to build cross community networks and relationships that spur new ideas and possibilities in the three-state region.  Pol

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Gaylord Torrence, Senior Curator of American Indian Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art discusses the international touring exhibition, "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky".   Torrence is one of the nation's leading scholars of Plains Indian art.  He describes the Great Sioux Horse Effigy as being a truly quintessential piece. 

Dakota Midday: Sarah McQuaid

Oct 1, 2015

Sarah McQuaid's most recent album, "Walking Into White," is her most adventurous work to date.  With a voice that's been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine," McQuaid can smoothly segue from Celtic and medieval numbers into Appalachian folk and popular music.  Her current U.S. tour brings her to the Rapid City Public Library for a free concert on Monday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m.  McQuaid, who lives in Cornwall, England, joined SDPB's Steve Zwemke to discuss her music and her concert tour.

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John M. Seigenthaler is the lead anchor for the Al Jazeera America network.  He is also the 2015 winner of the Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.  John Seigenthaler discusses his time in the news business, he approach to story telling and says "if anyone tells you what the news business will be like in five years, they're lying."  John Seigenthaler was previously an anchor and correspondent for both NBC and MSNBC.  He is best known for his eight-year-tenure as weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Dakota Midday: Author Brian Evenson

Sep 30, 2015
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The Department of English and Astrophil Press at the University of South Dakota present award winning author Brian Evenson as part of Astrophil Press' launch party.  Evenson will give a craft talk at 2:00 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room and provide a reading at 5:00 p.m.


Flags fly at half-staff today out of respect for former South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller.  He died Monday at the age of 89.  Steve Kirby served as Miller's Lieutenant Governor.  He joined guest host Cara Hetland to talk about South Dakota's 29th Governor and to share his memories of serving with Miller at the State Capitol.

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist, visited about former South Dakota Governor Walter Dale Miller who died Monday at the age of 89.  Other topics included the South Dakota Gear Up Program, the possible expansion of South Dakota's Medicaid program, and the Santee Tribe's announcement of a new marijuana resort.


Liz Almlie, Historic Preservation Specialist for the South Dakota State Historical Society and State Historic Preservation Office discusses three South Dakota properties that were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The listed properties are the First National Bank, Freeman; Harmony Friends Church, Wessington Springs vicinity; and Terrace Park and Japanese Gardens, Sioux Falls.  The National Register is the official federal list of properties identified as important in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.

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Damien Ma, a fellow at the Paulson Institute joins Dakota Midday.  Ma will speak at Daktronics on Monday, October 5 as part of the South Dakota World Affairs Council’s event “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.”  To help individuals better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting its ninth annual China Town Hall at more than 70 locations nationwide.

Beginning with her 1988 novel, Cape Ann, Faith Sullivan has told stories of the people living in the fictional small town of Harvester, Minnesota. In her newest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Sullivan tells the life story of school teacher Nell Stillman, a minor character from Cape Ann.

Ron Capps served in the Army and Army Reserve for 25 years and is also a retired Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. He served both branches in some of the world’s deadliest places: wartime Kosovo, Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Iraq. The horrors of what he witnessed and his inability to stop the death and bloodshed inflicted him with shakes, panic attacks and severe depression.

In 2007, Brittany Gibbons began writing about her experiences as a curvy woman in her blog, Brittany Herself. She wore a swimming suit to denounce body shaming in a TED talk a few years ago. Her mission is to destroy the myth that every plus-size woman hates her body and herself. Her book, Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in Your Skin… Every Inch of It, is a memoir of her life from her teens in rural Ohio to the early years of her marriage and as mother of three kids.

One of the best-known early residents of Deadwood is Calamity Jane. According to the various stories about her, she was a scout for the army, a pony express rider, a sidekick of Wild Bill Hickcok, and an angel of mercy who nursed small-pox victims and aided the poor. The reality is she wasn’t a Wild West heroine, but a tragic alcoholic. However, the legend of Calamity Jane has endured from 19th century dime novels, through Hollywood films, to the recent HBO series, Deadwood.

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Mark VandeBraak, PhD., FT, MT-BC, Thanatologist & Music Therapist at Avera Behavioral Health Center.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Stories of murder/suicide have been in the news this month with incidents involving families in Platte and also in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Dr. VandeBraak also addresses the use of social media as a cry for help and for healing. 


Wes Shelton, Executive Director of the Black Hills Educational Institute, discusses Living Rushmore.  The event is Sept. 27. The performance features a discussion among the four Rushmore Presidents about their role in the various aspects of America's history.  Washington and Jefferson, though not close, and sometimes political rivals knew each other, but they know nothing of Lincoln or Roosevelt.  Lincoln respected and studied the leadership characteristics of Washington especially his involvement in the Revolutionary War.  Roosevelt knows of all three but is really from a different era.

Dakota Midday: Stampede Begin Defense of Clark Cup

Sep 24, 2015

The Sioux Falls Stampede begin defense of the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup on Saturday at home against the Sioux City Musketeers.  Hours after the team celebrated their title head coach Cary Eades announced that he was parting ways with the Stampede to take the head coaching job at Fargo.  Just six days after the Stampede eliminated the Muskegon Lumberjacks for the USHL title, Scott Owens was introduced as the team's new head coach.  Owens brings a wealth of experience to the Stampede bench.  He led Colorado College to three WCHA titles over 15 seasons.  He also coached the Des M

Dakota Midday: Creativity Week 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Creativity Week 2015 begins Friday in Brookings.  It's a week-long festival celebrating the creatives in the Brookings community - everything from artists to local business, lectures to architects, music and everyone in between.  Scott Meyer, "brofounder" and Head of Business Development at 9 Clouds Digital Marketing talked about the Creativity Week schedule.  A full listing of events can be found at www.thecreativecapital.org.

Guest host Cara Hetland welcomed Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader to talk politics.  Topics included a proposal for a ballot measure that would create a publicly-funded campaign finance program, the Pope's visit to the United States and the "revolving door" at the Corn Palace with respect to the director's position.

Dakota Midday: NOVA's "Arctic Ghost Ship"

Sep 23, 2015

"Arctic Ghost Ship" premieres Wednesday on NOVA (8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m.

Dakota Midday: Sanford Imagenetics

Sep 22, 2015
Sanford Health

Sanford is building a state-of-the-art facility to integrate genomic medicine with innovative primary care.  As medicine incorporates tailored plans based on genes, Dr. Gene Hoyme, chief of genetics and genomic medicine at Sanford Health, says additional training is necessary to shape the next wave of medicine.  He joined guest host Kealey Bultena to detail new programs at area schools that will prepare students for this element of healing.  He also talked about Sanford's new residency focusing on medical genetics.

Dr. Brian Maher became superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District in July.  He says the district is in good shape, but a fresh perspective by help school leaders and the community address issues of disparity amoung students.  He joined guest host Kealey Bultena to discuss Sioux Falls' position in relation to the rest of the state based on the 2015 state assessment data.