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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.

Thirty three million Americans are now 65 and older. By the year 2030, that number is expected to reach nearly 70 million.

The Aging Faithfully Conference welcomes Sister Joan Chittister to the 2016 conference on Tuesday, July 26, at the Elmen Center on the campus of Augustana University.

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There are 473 hike-able trails in the Black Hills.  And like roads, hiking trails require maintenance.   Much of that work—like clearing fallen trees over the path, fixing bridge crossings, or replacing washed out areas—is done the old fashioned way, by hand, with picks, axes and shovels.

In late May, seven inches of rain and hail ripped through Iron Creek Trail in the Black Hills south of Keystone. The storm damaged many of the horse and hiker stream crossings in and around the Black Elk Wilderness area.

Artist Stephen Randall joins Dakota Midday to talk about creating art on location – en plein air. Randall served on Combat Artist Team VII in Vietnam. Today, his art studio is in Sioux Falls. He talks with host Lori Walsh about bringing his artistic vision from the fields of Vietnam to the fields of South Dakota.

Cancer, says Vice President Joe Biden, is personal.

He spoke at the South Dakota Cancer Moonshot Summit via simultaneous, nationwide livestream, calling for cooperation, innovation, and accountability in cancer research and treatment nationwide.

SDPB’s Director of Radio Cara Hetland brings you scenes from the Summit, including impassioned comments from the vice-president: "Time matters. Days matter. Minutes matter."

The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of the most experienced and insightful political reporters and editors in the state.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for insight into state party conventions and platforms, the nuances of party unity, and the prospects of improvements at the Human Services Center in Yankton.


The Lakota language has no poetry tradition. Lawrence Diggs is a scholar working to encourage Lakota language learners to create poems. Diggs joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about a week-long workshop at Sitting Bull College through the Lakota Language Institute.


South Dakota Democrats and Republicans held state conventions over the weekend.  Representatives from both parties join Dakota Midday to recap the convention and discuss key platform issues in South Dakota.

State Senator Billie Sutton is the Senate Democratic Leader and co-chair of the SDDP Convention. He talks about platform issues and what state Democrats see as the missed opportunity of Medicaid expansion.

South Dakota GOP Executive Director Ryan Budmayr discusses platform issues and how state Republicans are reconciling differences to unite the state party.


Lori Walsh speaks with James Jacoby, writer/producer/director of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police.” 

Jacoby examines Newark, New Jersey’s history of police abuses and the deep-rooted challenges of fixing a broken relationship with the community. More than a year in the making, it’s a provocative journey inside one of many police departments across the country that’s now being forced to reform by the Justice Department.


Could a disaster like the Fort MacMurray wildfire happen in South Dakota?

Lieutenant Tim Weaver, Wildland Fire Mitigation, Rapid City Fire Department, and Alexa White, Deputy Director Rapid City with Pennington County Emergency Management, discuss wildfires and mitigating the risk of disasters.

Alexa White discusses why it's important to be ready to evacuate in a natural disaster.


Photographer Kim Lathe visits about the BARE Project. BARE is a collection of work examining what people look like when they take their masks off, both literal and figurative; the models in this series have bared their bodies and their souls. The images in the BARE series are of real people being honest, exposed and vulnerable. Each BARE model has posed nude or semi-nude and has revealed something personal about themselves – a secret, fear, struggle, dream or accomplishment, etc.

Augustana University

Lori Walsh talks with Augustana University professor Patrick Hicks, a citizen of the European Union. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the shockwaves from Brexit. From the geographic to the economic impact, Hicks recaps the latest news regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union and talks about what it means for Americans.


South Dakota Magazine Managing Editor John Andrews previews the July/August issue - everything from a Native American christening ceremony to the Black Hills.

Hank Harris and Jeff Severson join Dakota Midday for live music and musings on everything from the influence of nature to the nature of South Dakota music. They perform together Friday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) a the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

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Mary McCorkle is president of the South Dakota Education Association. She is on her way to the National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. McCorkle discusses the implementation of Every Student Succeeds, education funding, and the powerful voting bloc of NEA members in national elections.

Sean Williams is the co-founder of the comics publishing company Comicker LLC. He's the New York Times best selling writer of “Fairest: The Return of the Maharaja” for Vertigo; “The Vampire Diaries” and “Sensation Comics” for DC Comics and “Artful Daggers” for Monkeybrain Comics and IDW Publishing. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the comic book industry prior to his afternoon appearance at the Caille Branch library in Sioux Falls Thursday.

As we approach the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass/Battle of Little Bighorn scholar Donovin Sprague will discuss the battle from the perspective of a Lakota and Cheyenne family during a Learning Forum at the Journey Museum at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.

He joins Dakota Midday to talk about new scholarship that adds to the cultural understanding of what happened 140 years ago this week.

Sprague is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University. He is a tribal archivist, historic tour guide, and musician.

  You are going to die, say Don and Lindsay Frankenfeld. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

The father-daughter pair have prepared a TEDx talk that explores questions of life, death, and leaving loved ones behind. They join Dakota Midday  for a conversation about denial and faith, bucket lists and love.

Don Frankenfeld is a forensic economist. He’s a former South Dakota state senator and was named a Bush Leadership Fellow in 1987. Lindsay Frankenfeld is startup community advocate, a teacher, and a former reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

  How does a Communist country integrate capitalistic ideals into an ancient Confucian culture? USD law professor Thomas Horton joins Midday to discuss China and the implementation of its anti-monopoly laws. Horton highlights the influence of Western innovation, the historic relationships that impact China's trade philosophies, and how the intersection of socialism and capitalism has surfaced in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

  The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of the most experienced and insightful political reporters and editors in the state. Seth Tupper looks at the town of Cottonwood (population: 12) as it survives a dissolution vote.

Tony nominated Broadway lyricist and playwright Bill Russell was born in Deadwood and raised in Spearfish. His Broadway writing debut was with “Side Show” (music by Henry Krieger). This month he is working with the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park as guest artist for the production of “Pageant.” He joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about art, theater, and the journey from the Black Hills to Broadway.

Gordy Pratt has been portraying Deadwood lawman Seth Bullock for more than 11 years. Today marks Pratt’s one thousandth show as Bullock. He joins Midday to share music, storytelling, and his  philosophy of performance that keeps audience satisfaction top of mind.

South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson joins Dakota Midday with an update on the state’s Mental Health Task Force. The group was formed to research and address a backlog in court-ordered mental competency evaluations. Chief Justice Gilbertson talks about the process and progress of the group.

Craig Howe of CAIRNS (Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies) joins Dakota Midday to talk about the Lakota Lands and Identities traveling classroom. The program explores a sampling of the traditional homelands of the Lakota people. The seminar brings learners to various prominent Lakota places within the boundaries of the 1868 For Laramie Treaty.

Dakota Midday: VA Spreads PTSD Awareness

Jun 20, 2016

Dr. Kyle Lythgoe, psychologist for the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls and specialist in post-traumatic stress injuries, joins us to talk about PTSD Awareness Month and PTSI Day.

Historian Bill Swanson discusses the national interests that made the Gold Rush into the Black Hills a necessity. We’ll talk about the economic, political, and military factors that guaranteed the Black Hills would be “invaded.”

Bill Swanson teaches at Lemmon High School. He has been teaching about Black Hills ghost towns through the Black Hills Learning Center since 1999. His lecture on the Gold Rush into the Black Hills is part of Picnic on the Lawn at the Historic Adams House in Deadwood, Friday, June 24 at noon.


Lori Walsh interviews Sara Wyant who recently presented at the South Dakota Agriculture Summit. She joins us today to discuss the Rural Route to the White House. We’ll talk about vital issues to South Dakota farmers and ranchers and the agriculture platforms of the presumptive nominees for president. Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is well recognized on Capitol Hill, as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country.


Lori Walsh speaks with Grace Day. Grace Day was the only woman In her class of aspiring lawyers at the University of South Dakota in the late 1940s. She endured taunts, tantrums, and the expectation that she would flunk out. She went on to become a sought-after attorney and an inspiration for women in law. She joins Dakota Midday to discuss the surprises of turning 90 as well as the joys of a life lived without hesitation. The documentary “Amazing Grace” airs on SDPB-TV tonight at 8:30 Central, 7:30 Mountain, and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain.


Lori Walsh speaks with U.S. Senator John Thune. Senator Thune is in Rapid City tomorrow for a Senate Indian Affairs Committee Field Hearing. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to preview the event and talk about the crisis within IHS, as well as the IHS Accountability Act and other key pieces of legislation.


Lori Walsh speaks with SDPB’s Brian Gevik. He’ll discuss the upcoming Images of the Past documentary “Trails, Rails, and Roads of the Black Hills.” The new original documentary airs tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. CT, 7:00 p.m. MT.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 15, 2016

Lori Walsh talks with the Dakota Political Junkies. Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss the state political headlines of the day. With more news this week of troubles in IHS services, the Junkies discuss the IHS Accountability Act of 2016 introduced last month by Senators John Thune and John Barasso. Thune, along with Senator Mike Rounds and Representative Kristi Noem are in the state this week for a town hall meeting, along with staff from the Indian Affairs Committee.