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3:28 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sioux Falls Native Recalls Fall of Saigon

Mobs scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam April 1975
Associated Press

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. The United States had just a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives left in the country in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords. With a North Vietnamese victory inevitable and the U.S. prepared to withdraw, many Americans on the ground worried about the safety of South Vietnamese allies, family and friends and scrambled to get them out of the country. After the Tan Son Nhut airport was hit by rockets, Vietnamese were evacuated via helicopters from the U.S.

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Culture
1:57 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Rock Poster Artist To Speak in Rapid

Jay Ryan

An artist who uses animal caricatures to promote rock concerts is speaking in Rapid City this week.

Jay Ryan has been making small batches of screen printed posters to promote entertainment events for over 20 years.  He’s based in Chicago where he runs the a print shop named "The Bird Machine."

Ryan’s work has promoted mainstream bands from Pearl Jam to the Flaming Lips along with lesser known underground bands like Fugazi.  

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Culture - Youth - Lakota
12:55 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Lakota Youth Summit Explores Talents

Lakota Youth Summit poster
Credit Courtesy Lakota Children’s Enrichment

A Youth Summit is scheduled to take place on the Pine Ridge Reservation this Saturday. Hosted by the non-profit Lakota Children’s Enrichment, the gathering will offer guidance in everything from gardening to art to spoken word poetry.

If you’re looking for someplace to have good food…expand your mind…and lay down some grooves…by speaking out poems or creating some art…Rockyford High School’s the place to start.

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Culture - Lakota - Petroglyphs
4:49 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Petroglyphs Bring Lakota Origins To Life

Vance Blacksmith passes on the Lakota oral traditions of the petroglyphs that have been handed down through the ages to student from the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Credit Photo by Audrey Jacobs

In this high-tech world of instant communication it may be hard to imagine leaving a message for someone that might take hours or even days to compose…and that the recipient might not receive for hundreds of years.

But as we learned, along with a group of Lakota students, that’s exactly what ancient Indigenous people did in what’s come to be known as “rock art”.

The early spring sun is rising steadily in the sky as I board a school bus for a journey into the past.  

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Culture - Petroglyphs - Lakota
3:49 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Lakota Students Find Past In Petroglyphs

Red Cloud Indian School’s Heritage Center Museum Educator Audrey Jacobs explains history of petroglyphs to Lakota students.
Credit Photo by Karla LaRive

In this high-tech world of instant communication it may be hard to imagine leaving a message for someone that might take hours or even days to compose…and that the recipient might not receive for hundreds of years.

But we learned, along with a group of Lakota students, that’s exactly what ancient Indigenous people did in what’s come to be known as “rock art”.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Midday: April Fools' Day

In 1957 the BBC news program "Panorama" broadcast an April Fools' Day story about Swiss farmers' bumper spaghetti harvest
Credit BBC

The origin of April 1st as a day for pranks and practical jokes is something of a mystery. The most commonly cited explanation is that it goes back to the 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, moving the new year from April to January. People in rural areas who were slow to get the news and continued to celebrate New Year in the spring were called April Fools. But this story is something of a hoax itself. There are references to April 1st as a day for pranks and jokes that date well before the 16th century.

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Culture
2:24 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Thieves' Road'

In the summer of 1874, George Armstrong Custer led a military expedition into the Black Hills to choose a site for a new Army fort and investigate the area’s natural resources. The expedition’s discovery of gold attracted thousands of whites to the Black Hills in violation of the 1868 Laramie Treaty which protected Lakota ownership and hunting rights.

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Culture
3:26 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Swamp Thing Collector Seeks World Record

Swamp Thing is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter that fights to protect his swamp home, the environment and humanity from supernatural and other threats. The DC comic book character has been the subject of two movies, a television series and a five-part animated series.

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Culture
2:58 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: British Writer Contemplates Old Age in South Dakota Winter

Fraser Harrison
Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

English travel writer Fraser Harrison is back in South Dakota for his sixth trip to the state in six years, but his first during winter. He turned 70 last fall and a return to the state during winter seemed like a good time to ponder old age and death.  Harrison says he's interested in that period when one considers oneself as old, or oldish, but when one still retains mot of one's physical and mental powers, or enough to maintain a flourishing life.

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Culture
2:37 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Fassbender Photographs Preserve Black Hills History

Iron Creek/Spearfish Canyon
Fassbender Collection

Five years ago the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish purchased the Fassbender photo collection. The  800,000 Black Hills photographs capture historic events such as presidential visits and the Spearfish Canyon Road grand opening as well as day-to-day life in the gold mines and on reservations. There are also wedding, graduation and family photos.

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Culture
2:33 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Magazine Celebrates 30 Years

Flute maker and champion traditional dancer Bryan Akipa was featured on the cover of the January/February 2006 issue of South Dakota Magazine

For the past thirty years, South Dakota Magazine has explored the state's varied cultures and landscapes. The magazine has captured the past and the present. It's shared stories from the main streets and back alleys and farms and ranches across the state. It's celebrated both the well-known and lesser-known South Dakotans who've the state unique.

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Culture - MStSquare - Beach
3:49 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Main Street Square Beach Party

Ice skaters of all ages are expected for the 4th annual Last Day to Skate Beach Party at Rapid City's Main Street Square.
Credit Courtesy Main Street Square

The weather’s supposed to be “seasonable” in Rapid City this weekend…which, if you’ve lived here for any length of time you’ll realize, can mean almost anything. But some people think it’s actually a perfect opportunity for…a beach party.

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Culture
2:20 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Temples of Justice'

Stained glass in the Codington County Courthouse in Watertown.
Credit SDPB

South Dakota has 66 counties and 64 courthouses. The buildings are both majestic and beautiful. But their history is deeper than architecture. It’s an often colorful history including tales of deception and bribery as towns battled over county seats.

A new SDPB-TV documentary, Temples of Justice, tells the stories of the state’s county courthouses from territorial days to the present. It airs Thursday, February 26 at 8 pm, CT; 7 pm, MT.

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Culture
2:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'American Denial'

Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks / Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation

In 1938 Swedish economist and sociologist Gunnar Myrdal was commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation to lead a massive study on Jim Crow racism. Myrdahl’s research explored a troubling question: How can a nation that espouses such forward-thinking, human and democratic visions as embodied in the American creed justify the exploitation of its black population.

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Culture
2:51 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Food Network Host Alton Brown Brings Live Show to Sioux Falls

Food Network host Alton Brown live on stage
Credit Alton Brown

Fans of the Food Network know Alton Brown as the wry, quirky host of Good Eats, a show combining classroom and comedy to help demonstrate how to make a tasty food. Brown also hosts Iron Chef America and the newer Cutthroat Kitchen, a competition in which chefs have to outwit and sometimes sabotage their opponents.

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Culture
2:40 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Comparing Martin Luther King and Malcom X Speeches

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, DC

On August 28th, 1963  Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” to over 250 thousand civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Nearly a year later, in April, Malcom X delivered his “Ballot or the Bullet” speech at the Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Culture
2:40 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Dakota Midday: New History Group Promotes Study of Midwest

Jon Lauck and John Miller
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

The Midwestern History Association was created this past fall to advance the study of the American Midwest and to give the region a stronger voice in the American historical profession. The organization's first president, Jon Lauck, says he thinks the association will be the inspiration for many future books, articles and dissertations focusing on the Midwest. Lauck is author of  The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History.

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Culture
2:36 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Stock Show And Rodeo

Credit Back Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

Cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers and their animals are gathering in Rapid City this week for the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. Over 330,000 people from around the region and beyond are expected to attend the event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Central States Fairgrounds. Organizers say it’s the second largest event in South Dakota, following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Culture
2:17 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: 2015 Super Bowl Ads

Image from Budweiser's "Lost Dog" ad
Credit Budweiser

Sunday's Super Bowl was an exciting match-up that saw the New England Patriots defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the final minutes. The ads, on the other hand, were more somber and emotional with a particular focus on dads. One of the top audience favorites was a Budweiser spot that showed a lost puppy rescued by Clydesdale horses. Brandon Nutting, assistant professor of Media and Journalism at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday and discussed  the Super Bowl XLIX  ads.

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Culture
5:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'South Dakota's Challenges Since 1960'

In his book, South Dakota's Challenges Since 1960, Charles Rogers explores nearly a half-century of South Dakota’s most recent history. Rogers taught American history at Scotland High School, Washington High School and Kilian Community College in Sioux Falls. His book focuses on energy development, population, well-known South Dakotans, and the state’s economic ups and downs. He’s giving a presentation about the book on Tuesday, February 3 at the History Club of Sioux Falls.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Better Cooking through Failure

Christoper Kimball
Credit America's Test Kitchen

Christopher Kimball says the reason many people don’t cook or cook well is because they’re scared of failing. But the host of America’s Test Kitchen and the founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine says that good cooking starts with failure. Kimball believes that finding the best way to cook takes practice and time.

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Culture
2:21 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane'

Calamity Jane is probably the best known woman of the Wild West. She arrived in Deadwood in 1876 and captured the attention of writers and journalists. They shared with newspaper readers across the nation stories about this fearless, unorthodox young woman who cussed, smoked, chewed tobacco, and drank.

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Culture
2:04 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: The 1980 Deadwood Brothel Raid

On May 21st, 1980 federal officials raided Deadwood’s infamous brothels, which led to their closure. The brothels had been open since the Gold Rush days when prostitutes first arrived in the mining town with Charlie Utter’s wagon train in 1876.

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Culture
1:51 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Dakota Midday: A Quarter-Century after the Year of Reconciliation

Governor George Mickeslon
Credit SDPB

25 years ago, Oglala Lakota newspaper publisher Tim Giago wrote a column challenging then-Governor George Mickelson to proclaim 1990 a Year of Reconciliation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wounded Knee. That same year he wrote an editorial calling for the state to change Columbus Day to Native American Day. In an interview for Dakota Midday, Giago reflects on the last 25 years and the current state of race relations in South Dakota.

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Culture
2:03 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Dakota Midday: Fighting Muslim Stereotypes through Comedy

Negin Farsad
Credit Negin Farsad

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris this month have heightened Islamophobia. Over the past several years, comedian Negin Farsad has been fighting Muslim stereotypes over the past several years through jokes. She directed the movie The Muslims Are Coming! which follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they tour, do shows, meet the locals and fight stereotypes.

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Culture
2:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Dakota Midday: Bush Foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy

Jennifer Ford Reedy
Credit Bush Foundation

Over the past 61 years, the Bush Foundation has made over $1 billion in grants to thousands of individuals and organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native Nations within those states. The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth.

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Culture
3:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'We Are a Horse Nation'

Image from "We Are a Horse Nation"

The new film, We Are a Horse Nation, is a documentary about efforts to revive connections between the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota) peoples and Sunka Wakan Oyae (Horse Nation). It tells stories of how closer relationships with horses are helping children and young adults on reservations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.

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Culture
3:40 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

"Push Someone"

Bob Pardo (left) and Steve Wayne, the F-4 pilots from the famous "Pardo Push."
Credit www.johnmollison.com

Sioux Falls aviation artist and historian John Mollison visited about the latest project from Old Guys and their Planes, "Push Somone," the incredible story of F-4 Phantom pilots Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne.  Mollison also discussed his work as it pertains to preserving aviation history through art and the audio/visual projects on which he works with Rick Lingberg of Sioux Falls.

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Culture
2:23 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Dakota Midday: What Do Women Want?

The question of what women want is one that both men and women find frustrating. Rapid City author and counselor Evelyn Leite asked women the question and used insights gathered from their answers along with decades of counseling experience for a new book delving into the issues that plague many relationships, Women: What Do We Want?

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Culture
2:23 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Dakota Midday: 'Wounded Knee - A Line in the Sand'

Kevin McKiernan with Tom Bad Cob and Oscar Bear Runner during the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation
Credit Kevin McKiernan

On the night of February 27th, 1973, American Indian Movement activists seized buildings in Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Rookie journalist Kevin McKiernen sneaked past FBI agents and U.S. Marshals and spent several weeks inside the compound. With a back-pack full of cameras, film and a tape recorder, McKiernan documented much of the 71-day occupation from inside the perimeter. His reports were broadcast on National Public Radio.

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