Lori Walsh

In the Moment Host

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce Lori Walsh is the new host for Dakota Midday, SDPB Radio’s live news and issues program which broadcasts weekdays from Noon-1pm (11am-Noon MT).

Walsh most recently worked as a freelance journalist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and as a Humanities Scholar for the South Dakota Humanities Council, leading veteran writing groups. A graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School and Augustana University’s journalism program, Walsh is a writer, blogger, photographer, poet, and member of the National Book Critics Circle and Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Walsh also served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, working as a cryptologic Korean linguist.

“It’s a huge responsibility to take the helm of Dakota Midday. It’s so well-established, successful, trusted,” says Walsh. “It’s a great comfort to come into something and know I don’t have to re-invent anything. On the other hand, I can look to the future and say, ‘where is this going next?’ It’s exciting to say it can continue to get better, to grow. The conversation can continue. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m a listener and now I’m a host.”

South Dakota Mines epidemiologist Elizabeth Racz, Ph.D., offers insight into current COVID reporting in South Dakota and why it conflicts with CDC reporting.

With heat advisories in effect across the state, drought conditions are worsening. Laura Edwards is SDSU Extension's State Climatologist. She joins us with this week's drought monitor update.


SDPB's In the Moment has spent the month of July spotlighting what we called "Summer School." And we've talked a lot about Critical Race Theory in that context. 

We also talked about the regular revision of statewide Social Studies standards. And we explored some really tough elements of our history. Manifest Destiny. Government Boarding schools. The politics of patriotism and education. We also got to know people who are sharing the story of our history with students and with visitors from around the world. 

The first West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools have been detected in South Dakota, along with the first human virus detection of 2021. South Dakota's state epidemiologist Josh Clayton joins us for an update.

The drought in South Dakota is causing issues all across the state including ranching. Eliza Blue and her husband Max are experiencing real-life problems on their ranch in Perkins County.

John Shrader

How do vegetation and ground cover impact soil erosion, water quality, and our ecosystem? Brett Lingwall from South Dakota Mines talks about a new living laboratory.

SDPB's Richard Two Bulls introduces us to a new program called LIFT — Early Career Support for Native Artists which is aimed to develop and realize new projects.

Poetry from Studio 47 reaches a milestone today with the broadcast of its 100th episode. We talk with creators Patrick Hicks and Peter Folliard about bringing poetry to the South Dakota airwaves through the power of public media.


Now that hearing aids are offered over the counter, should South Dakotans should bypass an audiologist to get hearing assistance? We talk with Jennifer Phelan, a Vermillion area audiologist.

Megan Feighery reports on restaurant entrepreneurship during the pandemic.

When Governor Kristi Noem spoke at last weekend's Family Council Summit she took aim at some fellow GOP members while criticizing President Biden's handling of the country. SDSU Political Science Professors David Wiltse and Lisa Hager discuss during the Dakota Political Junkies segment.


COVID-19 cases are on a bit of an uptick in western South Dakota. Dr. Shankar Kurra from Monument Health joins us to discuss the latest with the delta variant.

Secretary Marcia Hultman of the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation joins us with an update on the economic recovery and back-to-work in South Dakota.

Brandi Morin is a Cree/Iroqouis French journalist on assignment for National Geographic. She has been covering the return of the remains of Native American children from the Carlisle Industrial Indian School to the Rosebud Tribe. We check in with Morin from the road.  

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds discusses Congressional support of repatriations of student remains from federal boarding schools.

Laura Edwards comes on to discuss the drought situation after the recent rainfall. 

Lee Strubinger joins us with a back and forth on the Department of Corrections allegations. Read Lee's latest reporting here.

Jim Furnish is a consulting forester with a 34-year career in the USDA Forest Service. His memoir is called "Toward a Natural Forest." It recaps a tumultuous time in Forest Service history and offers hopes for transformation.

SD Home Garden joins us to preview the latest episode on tropical plants.

  • President Biden's American Rescue Plan is designed to provide relief to Americans and stimulate the economy. The plan ultimately granted Tribes authorization to use these funds to do the same in their jurisdictions. The Oglala Sioux Tribe went live recently with their COVID-10 Household Economic Assistance Program that will provide assistance to eligible tribal members whose households have been negatively affected by COVID.

Opioid addiction medication-assisted treatments are limited in the state. South Dakota News Watch investigative reporter Danielle Ferguson is with us as we look into a Reporter's Notebook.

The Badlands National Park is seeking a dark sky sanctuary designation. Tom Durkin is deputy director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, he joins us with more on dark skies in western South Dakota. 

SDPB's Laura Johnson joins us with a report on the Midco "Fiber Forward" plan and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson's thoughts on internet infrastructure in South Dakota.

More than 56 percent of South Dakota is experiencing extreme drought. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports on the drought's impact and relevance.

One of America's largest teacher unions is prepared to defend the teaching of what the group calls "honest history." Dakota Political Junkies Pam Carriveau and Jon Hunter join us for an analysis of the ongoing battle over critical race theory.

Farmers Business Network has released the 2021 U.S. Acreage Report. Chief Economist Kevin McNew is with us to discuss its findings.

On Sunday, NDN Collective held a protest march in Rapid City titled “The Fourth of You Lie.” SDPB's Arielle Zionts joins us to discuss the protest.

Central Bank digital currency or CBDC is the central bank's answer to Bitcoin. Morning Macro has Joe Santos discussing what the Federal Reserve's plan might be moving forward.

Harold Timmerman is the emergency management coordinator for Lincoln County. He's with us to discuss the burn ban that is in place and what it exactly means for citizens.

South Dakota's youngest drivers will face new rules when they get behind the wheel after July 1st. Dan Lusk is the deputy secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, and he will talk about compliance with the new rule.  

State Climatologist Laura Edwards is with us today for an update on drought conditions in South Dakota.

We look at suicide prevention in South Dakota with Bridget Swier. Swier is the communications and outreach director at the Front Porch Coalition in Rapid City.

Governor Kristi Noem has announced a private donation that will fund deployment of the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S. border with Mexico. State Sen. Reynold Nesiba, D-Sioux Falls joins us with his perspective on the deployment and how it is being funded.

The South Dakota Department of Health is drafting rules for the state's medical marijuana program. SDPB's Jackelyn Severin reports on Monday's town hall.  

Darren Clabo is South Dakota's state fire meteorologist. Today he provides the latest on the state's drought and fire conditions.

A new facility at the state fairgrounds may help South Dakota compete for national rodeo events in the future. Lee Strubinger reports.

SDSU Professor Lyle Olson retires after 45 years in journalism. He discusses his career, the Dakota Digital Network, and how a trip to China changed his outlook.

The South Dakota Democratic Party has hired a new executive director. Beginning Monday June 28, Berk Ehrmantraut will lead the party into the future. Today we discuss his vision for the party.

Marcy Drew is the new education director for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. We explore what it means to be an early learner community.

Is Governor Kristi Noem more concerned about fireworks than she is about South Dakota's vaccination rate? The Dakota Political Junkies analyze the messaging from the governor's office.

Will South Dakotans be able to legally source their medical marijuana through the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe before they find it elsewhere in the state? Joe Sneve is a reporter from the Argus Leader. He joins us for a look at his reporting for this segment of "Reporter's Notebook."

SDPB's Business and Economic Development reporter Arielle Zionts reports on Monday's naturalization ceremony at Mount Rushmore. 


A federal judge has blocked the state from enforcing Senate Bill 180 (approved during the 2020 South Dakota legislative session).  The court ruling says paid petition circulators do not have to register in a state database. The law was challenged by Dakotans for Health. Victoria Wicks reports on the case. 

Senator Mike Rounds joins us for an update on the new mission at Ellsworth AFB. We also discuss bipartisan infrastructure framework.


We talk with journalist Chris Vondracek about his coverage of three U.S. Marshals Service officials facing criminal obstruction of justice and contempt of court charges in South Dakota. The genesis of the case is one deputy marshal's refusal to reveal her vaccination status.

Richard Two Bulls talks about the 53rd Art Show at the Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School which runs through August 15. He also talks about the addition to a SDPB boutique studio at the school and what that means moving forward.


Americans' love affair with guns begins at an early age. Sometimes we set aside our childish fascinations and fears as we grow. Sometimes our connections with hunting, shooting, surviving, or protecting, evolve into a more nuanced and mature relationship with firearms.

Often those stories feed into our personal politics as we seek to sort through some of the most challenging issues of modern America, gun rights and gun regulations, gun safety and gun violence.

PBS Newshour

We examine the events that led up to the January 6th violent disruption of the democratic process inside the U.S. Capitol building. We'll recap how a mob of pro-Trump extremists breached the barriers of the Capitol and gained access to both chambers of Congress, temporarily interrupting the official Congressional certification of state election results. 


Guests 1 (00:00): U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson.

Guests 2 (16:46): Lisa Hager and David Wiltse, professors of political science at South Dakota State University. 


Governor Kristi Noem says doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be available for South Dakota health care workers and first responders before the end of the year. But how do those vaccines work?

Vaccines save lives by teaching the human body to fight off a virus it hasn’t encountered yet. Smallpox. Polio. Measles. And soon, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Imagine a microscopic ball with spikes — by now you’ve seen illustrations of what the coronavirus looks like.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger

In the Moment host Lori Walsh unpacks her Fourth of July playlist for a look at how music and patriotism collaborate and collide.

News: Jan 4 - 10

Jan 10, 2020

The assassination of General Soleimani comes only weeks after the House passed a $738 billion military budget that omitted a number of provisions that would have limited the President's military powers to go to war with Iran, and the release of the "Afghanistan Papers," which reveal we've made little progress during our 19-year occupation in the region. Dr.

The "In the Moment" crew honors the broadcasting legacy of Chuck Anderson.

Read more in Lori Walsh's "In The Margins" blog post

Arts & Lifestyle: Dec 28 - Jan 3

Jan 3, 2020

In this week’s South Dakota arts and lifestyle podcast, singer-songwriter Chris Huisenga, whose musical provides us with an exclusive interview during our first Moment in Sound of the new year.

  • Poet Sara Henning.
  • Poetry from Studio 47.

Have a story idea? Send an e-mail to InTheMoment@SDPB.org.


In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 2

Palliative care helps relieve symptoms of serious illnesses, but it's not a one-size-fits-all method of specialized care. It's also not always accessible in areas where it's needed most. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 2

Poet Sara Henning is author of the poetry collections "A Sweeter Water" and "View from True North." She is a visiting assistant professor of English and creative writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. As a poet, she's known for her mastery and elegance. "View from True North" explores themes of identity and family secrets, tenderness and rage, freedom and form.