Dakota Midday from SDPB

Weekdays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT

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.


Lori Walsh interviews Richard Ceresani.  As the state celebrates the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore, author Richard Ceresani is in Rapid City. He’s the author of Love Letters from Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History.


Lori Walsh talks with Katie Denis, Senior Program Director for Project Time Off.  She says the American work culture is flawed, and too many workers leave their vacation time on the table.  We’ll talk about the value of a great vacation for health, for families, and for the national economy.

Dakota Midday: Melody Schopp On Education

May 26, 2016

Lori Walsh has a live phone interview with South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp.  She’ll discuss innovation in South Dakota classrooms, the success of the dual credit program, and hopes for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. This week the Dakota Political Junkies weigh the influence of the Tom Daschle endorsement of Hillary Clinton. We also talk about more trouble in IHS and how Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem are addressing it and how state Democrats are using IHS woes as political fodder during an election year.

South Dakota has joined a multi-state legal battle against the federal government in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline. USD law professor Myanna Dellinger joins Dakota Midday to talk about the legal action and Keystone’s impact on the international conversation about climate change. 

The Eisenhower Fellowships, founded in 1953, aim to spread a notion of peace and prosperity championed by President Dwight Eisenhower.  The program identifies emerging global leaders and empowers them to network globally and then make a difference in their own communities.  

Dakota Midday: Policy Insight from Marty Jackley

May 24, 2016

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is leading a national attorneys general delegation to Israel this week, and he’s bringing a little South Dakota policy insight with him. Attorney General Jackley talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about what international collaboration can offer the state of South Dakota, about officer-involved shootings in the state, and about efforts to challenge President Obama on his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is the author of the upcoming book “Community Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities During Difficult Times.” It’s a book designed to help everyday people care for one another during times of strife. Dr. Jacobs was summoned to Nepal after last year’s massive earthquake. He is a professor of psychology at USD and director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at USD. 

Though he’s just 22 years old, Minneapolis-based musician and vocalist John Mark Nelson has already released four albums.  He released his first album independently while he was still a junior at Minnetonka High School.  His most recent, “I’m Not Afraid,” came out last September.  NPR featured Nelson on both World Cafe Next and Heavy Rotation: 10 Tracks Public Radio Can't Stop Playing, calling I'm Not Afraid "mesmerizing."  The Garage Concert Series, sponsored by Jackalope and The Numad Group, and hosted at The Garage, proudly presents John Mark Nelson tomorrow night at 8:00.  

Dakota Midday: Sen. Rounds Proposes Cyber Security

May 23, 2016

US Senator Mike Rounds joins Dakota Midday for an extended conversation about his Cyber Act of War Act of 2016. The bill is designed to require the current administration to define a cyber act of war. Senator Rounds talks about the nation's vulnerability to cyber-attack and why he believes the time is overdue to give the US armed forces the authorization and ability to defend against cyber-attack.

Doris Symens Armstrong created a painting every day for a month, photographed it, and sent the image to Bruce Roseland. He created a poem that reflected the visions on Symens Armstrong's work. Their book, "Gift of Moments" gathers the project in one place. They join Dakota Midday to talk about art, technique, and the opportunities for South Dakota artists to form unique collaborations.

Photo by ​Mikayla St. Pierre

High school seniors are packing away their prom dresses and their suits and storing their memories of when they danced to their favorite music with their best date and spent a night on the town “dressed to the nines”.  But SDPB’s Jim Kent reports from a different kind of prom in the northern Black Hills, where the “seniors” aren’t in high school anymore.

It’s a nasty Spring day outside in downtown Lead. Brisk winds, temperature dropping and light rain just turning to snow. But inside the Homestake Opera House…


A live phone interview with State Representative Shawn Bordeaux.  He’ll provide an update on the week’s State Tribal Relations Committee and Legislative Planning committee.  We’ll also talk about the closure of the emergency room at Rosebud and Governor Dennis Daugaard’s comments that received national attention regarding Pe Sla at the tribal council in Rosebud.

Tate Walker

Lori Walsh interviews  writer and journalist Taté Walker.  Walker discusses how pop culture appropriates Native American identities and cultures.  From the hyper sexualized Indian maiden to the savage male warrior, Walker deconstructs the stereotypes and provides solutions as well as insight into who is doing representation right.


Kent Osborne joins Midday to discuss the SDPB Picture South Dakota photo contest.  Our theme is simple: show us what being South Dakotan means to you.

We’ll award prizes to three categories: Professional, Amateur/Hobbyist, and Student.  Winning photos will appear in the 2017 Picture South Dakota Calendar.  Photos must be originals taken between May 24-31, 2016 and must be submitted by June 5, 2016. 


More Than Just Parks just released their latest short film on Badlands National Park. It captures some of the awe-inspiring beauty that "lies just beyond our backyard." More Than Just Parks is described as "a visually stunning journey through America's 59 National Parks." Will and Jim Pattiz will visit about their time at Badlands National Park and the More Than Just Parks project as a whole.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

May 18, 2016

Joining the show this week are Kevin Woster with KELO-TV's Rapid City bureau and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. They talk today's latest in politics.

Deb Klebanoff

Deb Klebbenhoff runs the Retreat at Pointers Ridge near Renner. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about creating a sanctuary for artists out of the ruins of a Jaycee camp, and the synergy of artists on retreat, with the possibilities of working in community.

Sarah Kocher and Marie Lavelle

Augustana filmmakers Sara Kocher and Maria Lavelle show their documentary on homelessness tonight at Cinema Falls. “Over the Bridge” is a look at men and women who have “fallen through the safety nets” of society. The two student filmmakers are receiving support and encouragement from Cinema Falls and others in their attempt to launch the film onto the film festival circuit. Kocher and Lavelle join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about what they learned on the frozen streets of Sioux Falls by turning their camera … and their questions … on those they had previously overlooked.

Jason McEntee facilitates the Literature and Medicine Program at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. As they wrap up another session, McEntee (Associate Professor and head of the English department at SDSU) joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to explore the intersection between war, literature, and the healing professions. 

When asked about reading recommendations, McEntee gave these:

Dakota Midday: Kayla Williams on Women Veterans

May 17, 2016

South Dakota has more than 6,000 women military veterans. Kayla Williams is the newly appointed director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veteran Affairs. (She also recently participated in a Literature and Medicine conversation in Sioux Falls via conference call, days before her national appointment was announced.) She sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about her new role, how VA plans to serve the largest growing population of American veterans, and why some women don’t even call themselves veterans.

The South Dakota Peace and Justice Center strives for social and economic justice through community education and grassroots empowerment. Center director Kristi McLaughlin joins Dakota Midday to talk about the center’s Ban the Box campaign. Its goal is to remove barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions. McLaughlin and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh talk about the benefits and challenges of clearing the criminal record on job applications in South Dakota. 

Dakota Midday: Jay Williams's Congressional Campaign

May 16, 2016

Jay Williams is campaigning against Senator John Thune in this year’s Congressional election. He joins Dakota Midday to discuss his campaign platform, inspiration gleaned from the South Dakota visit of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and his goals in the David & Goliath race against Senator Thune. 

Dakota Midday: Bike to Work Week

May 16, 2016

May 16 kicks off Bike to Work Week as part of the National Bike Challenge. Chad Pickard of Spoke N’ Sport in Sioux Falls joins Midday to discuss events and energizer stations throughout the city and how the morning commute could become the best part of your day. Also, Tim Rangitsch is the owner of ACME Bike Shop in Rapid City. He joins us to discuss Rapid City bike week events and the current debate about public access to Forest Service land for mountain bike trails. 

This week’s Images of the Past takes powers us through the northern Black Hills on the railroads of the late 1800s. Wayne Pananen joins us to discuss the dangers and mystique of rail travel through the South Dakota.

Phyllis Schrag says that if you have to grow up, it might as well be in a small town. The South Dakota Humanities scholar joins Dakota Midday for some unapologetic nostalgia as we talk about small town America through a child’s-eye view. Right after Midday, Schrag presents at the Days of 76 Museum in Deadwood for their Preservation Thursday event.

Dakota Midday: Dorothy Rosby on Humor and Parenting

May 12, 2016

Humor columnist Dorothy Rosby joins Midday to talk about the perils and pitfalls of parenting, or at least of trying to parent perfectly. Her new book is a collection of columns and essays called “I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake From Scratch: Parenting Blunders form Cradle to Empty Nest.”  She talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about humor writing and humor parenting. 

ISIS did not exactly come out of nowhere. There were warning signs, strategic missteps, and political decisions that got us where we are today … and where ISIS is today. A new FRONTLINE investigates the “Secret History of ISIS.” It premiers on SDPB-TV on Tuesday, May 17. 9 p.m Central, 8 p.m. Mountain.

Joining Dakota Midday to lay out the history of the brutal terrorist group is FRONTLINE producer and reporter Jim Gilmore. 

Dakota Midday: Sam Hurst's Earl Brockelsby Biography

May 11, 2016

Over the course of his lifetime, Earl Brockelsby gathered the largest private collection of reptiles in the world under the dome of Reptile Gardens in South Dakota. A new book called “Rattlesnake Under His Hat: The Life and Times of Earl Brockelsby” tells the story of the lesser known details of the man’s life. Author Sam Hurst joins Dakota Midday to talk about the new book. Sam Hurst is an award-winning journalist and documentarian. He moved to the Black Hills after retiring from NBC News. He joins us now from the SDPB studios in Rapid City. 


Dakota Midday: Deborah Mitchell's "Refuge" Exhibit

May 11, 2016

Artist Deborah Mitchell’s exhibition “Refuge” opens this weekend at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. It’s a meditation on refuge on a global and personal scale. Mitchell recently received a South Dakota Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship. She immersed herself in the beauty of the Black Hills, walking and drawing every day. She sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the refuge of work, the refuge of art, and the refuge of contemplation.