Dakota Midday

Weekdays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT
  • 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.

Click here for shows that aired PRIOR to August of 2012.

Dakota Midday: "Masters Of Disguise"

2 hours ago

Sioux Falls author Rebecca Johnson has a new book called "Masters of Disguise" about animal tricksters in nature.  A pre-Christmas release is planned.  Johnson writes science books for kids and young adults and is a remarkable storyteller who engages audiences with her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge on science and nature.  Johnson visited with guest host Lori Walsh about her new book.

Dakota Midday: Sigma Xi Winner

2 hours ago
Sigma Xi

Simeon Gilbert, a senior physics major from Lennox, won first place in the Sigma Xi national research competition.  The student research conference was held in Kansas City.  Gilbert won in the physics, astronomy and engineering category for his research work and a superior rating on his poster.  Parashu Kharel, Assistant Professor of Physics at South Dakota State University, discussed Gilbert's work with guest host Lori Walsh.

Dakota Midday: Terrorists Using Gaming Consoles

3 hours ago

Terrorists are using gaming consoles for some of their communication.  In a 2012 paper, Dakota State University Professor Ashley Podhradsky explained how the communication capabilities of these devices have been exploited by people who plan to commit a variety of criminal activities.  The paper, "The Xbox 360 and Steganography: How Criminals and Terrorists Could be 'Going Dark,'" is pertinent in light of recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali.  Podhradsky joined guest host Lori Walsh to discuss her research.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers across the country to ask students to interview a grandparent or elder over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  It's called the Great Thanksgiving Listen.  Kate Duff is a StoryCorps director and talks about the mobile app and how they expect thousands of recordings to be uploaded to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Historic Homestake Opera House

Historic Homestake Opera House is the focus of this week's Images of the Past segment. Sarah Carlson discusses the history of the Opera House and the restoration after the 1984 fire.

Dakota Midday: Treating Aortic Aneurysms

Nov 19, 2015
South Dakota State University

Dr. Stephen Gent, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at South Dakota State University in Brookings, is part of a Sanford research team that has developed a better stent for treating aortic aneurysms.  Gent used computational fluid dynamics modeling to model blood flow through the new and improved stent.  Gent visited with Dakota Midday guest host Jackelyn Severin.

Dakota Midday: SD Video Wins Award

Nov 19, 2015

The Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills recently recorded over 200 boys and girls from the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Black Hills.  They're featured in a "virtual choir" video that earned a second place honor at one of the largest Native American film festivals in Europe.  Guest host Jackelyn Severin was joined by Michael Hill, Executive Director of the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills.

Dakota Midday: Chef To Plate

Nov 19, 2015

It's Global Entrepreneurship Week and guest host Jackelyn Severin welcomed Moriah Slade, owner and creative director of Chef to Plate, a new Sioux Falls-based business that offers healthy family meals to go.  Slade shared her experience in starting a new business in South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter and Denise Ross, editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard discuss the latest in politics in South Dakota. We discuss possible Medicaid expansion, the Blue Ribbon task force report, the movement asking Secretary of Education Melody Schopp to step down and the Center for Public Integrity's recently released State Integrity Investigation, for which South Dakota received an "F" grade.

South Dakota Magazine

John Andrews, Managing Editor of South Dakota Magazine talks about the Nov/Dec issue that focuses on the 125th Anniversary of Wounded Knee.  We discuss the stories, oral histories, photographs, and art related to Wounded Knee.


Krystil Smit, Executive Director of the South Dakota Farm Bureau joined Dakota Midday.  Smit began her new position in October and she discussed her vision for SDFB as well as short-term and long-term projects.

Sue Johannsen of the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition joins Dakota Midday.  November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  Johannsen discusses Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes, diabetes prevention, diabetes control and recent research.

1881 Courthouse Museum

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum.  The new “Images of the Past” release is about the Flick Cabin in Custer.  It was built in 1876 and is the oldest known still-standing structure in the Black Hills.

John Mollison

Interview with historian/artist John Mollison.  Mollison’s new project for “Old Guys and Their Airplanes” is “There. And Back,” a 30-minute documentary featuring Vietnam War POW Capt. Charlie Plumb. 

“There. And Back.” documents the profoundly challenging experiences that Plumb experienced during and after the Vietnam War.  Mollison accompanied Plumb on a recent visit to Vietnam.  

The deadline for petition signatures for ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments is November 9 at 5:00 pm.  Secretary of State Shantel Krebs explains the process her office goes through to certify the large number of petitions coming in.  She also discusses her first year in office in getting the office caught up and the results of a legislative audit.

Reporter, interactive producer and filmmaker Todd Melby is the lead producer of Black Gold Boom.  It's a public media project documenting North Dakota's oil boom and bust.  His stories have aired on US public radio stations.  The documentary centers on teh debate over fracking among the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people of western North Dakota.

Former US Senator Larry Pressler discusses the award winning film "American Hustle" and how the ABSCAM scandal was portrayed in the film.  Pressler was the only one not to take a bribe in the sting operation that snared seven members of Congress and many other political figures in the late 1970's.  Pressler also discusses the accuracy of war films and what effects they have on the general perception of those wars.  

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 4, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter, Publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau, discussed the latest on the Keystone XL pipeline as TransCanada, this week, asked the State Department to suspend its review of the project.  Hunter and Woster also talked about Tuesday's comments by Attorney General Marty Jackley as he updated the Scott Westerhuis investigation as well as audits of the Secretary of State's office and the Department of Revenue in Pierre.

U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Bull Bennett is one of the lead authors of the Third National Climate Assessment and a PhD graduate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  Bennett now runs Kiksapa Consulting LLC based in North Dakota.

A member of the Mi'kmaq Tribe of Maine, Bennett recently spoke at the School of Mines and Technology about the impact climate change has on indigenous nations and water resources.

Dakota Midday: Billy Talbot Band

Nov 4, 2015

Billy Talbot is best known as a founding member of Crazy Horse, one of the most recognizable backing bands in the world.  Throughout decades of touring and recording with Neil Young, Talbot has written and played his own music.  The Billy Talbot Band released a new album, "Dakota," last month on Vapor Records.  In celebration of its release, Talbot and guitarist Ryan Holzer perform live Friday night at 7:30 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Talbot and Holzer became friends over social media and began collaborating almost immediately.  The musicians, now both based in South Dakota,

Dakota Midday: The National Pastime In South Dakota

Nov 3, 2015

With the Kansas City Royals first World Series championship since 1985 still fresh on the mind of baseball fans, the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center invites people to see their exhibit, "Play Ball!  The National Pastime in South Dakota."  The Hogen Gallery display traces the history of baseball in South Dakota from the territorial era to the present through artifacts, images, video and hands-on activities.  Dan Brosz, Curator of Collections with the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, detailed the exhibit which is open to the public through August, 2016.

Frank Kelly, Director of EROS.  People from 15 space agencies around the world met in South Dakota.  Members of the International Charter, Space and Major Disasters gather twice a year to share updates and monitor progress.  Frank Kelly says the Charter provides a birds-eye perspective on devastating disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.  Kelly takes over as chair of the charter for the next six months. The charter is called upon nearly once a week to respond to mapping a disaster.


Dr. Tim Schorn, Director, International Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science/International Studies at the University of South Dakota.  

We’re joined this week by Roger Whittle of the Watertown Public Opinion and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Some of the topics include Representative Kristi Noem’s support for Paul Ryan as the new House Speaker, the legal "minefield” of tribal marijuana, and a decision by the South Dakota Legislature’s permanent committee on state-tribal relations to ask the governor to appoint a race commission.  

Hollywood writer and director Nick Simon returns home to Sioux Falls for the October 29th Midwest Premiere of his Wes Craven executive produced film, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS. The screening is only the second screening of the horror movie in the United States, and the fourth globally since its September world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. With cinematography by Dean Cundey (Halloween, Scream II, Jurassic Park, Back To The Future), it is also the last film produced by renowned horror filmmaker Wes Craven before his death in late August.

This week’s Images of the Past features gold recovery methods at Homestake Mine.  There’s film from 1936 and 1954 and video from the 1990s and 2002 – including the final gold pour at Homestake before it was shut down. 

Wayne Paananen is with Historical Footprints Inc.  He shot a lot of promotional/instructional video for Homestake and other Black Hills mining interests over the years. He explains the mining process where .4 ounce of gold comes from one ton of ore. 


Sioux Falls Skyforce owner and president Mike Heineman talks about Flip Saunders' time as head coach of the Skyforce.  Saunders also coached the CBA’s Rapid City Thrillers early in his career.  Saunders went on to coach the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves on two different occasions as well as the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.  Saunders lost his battle with cancer Sunday.  He was 60 years old.


The South Dakota Rock & Roll Association announced the South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2016 inductees Thursday morning.  The list includes nine bands: The Postmen, The Tensions, White Wing, Military Pickle, the Handy Brothers Chessman Show, the American Music Band, The Spectacle Rhythm and Blues Soul Revue, Ivory and CROW.  The Association also honored Rod Jerke (Pilgrims/Night People/Hot Rod Chevy Kevy) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Several others gained induction during Thursday's announcement ceremony.  Popular disc jockey Mylan Ray, a board member of the South Dako


Dana Ferguson, watchdog state government and political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss DAKOTACARE's exit from the Federal Exchange and a federal immigration agency's plan to drop South Dakota's EB-5 program among other items.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota has an estimated 5,500 women veterans, and VA officials are working to connect them with benefits and health care. Some women who served in the military don’t realize they have access to health services tailored to military members. An annual conference this month in Sioux Falls helps them meet other women veterans.