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Portions of South Dakota have entered stage 1 fire restrictions beginning today. Ryan Cumbow is Acting Zone Fire Management Officer for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands; he discusses what this means.

SDPB's Arielle Zionts talks with state penitentiary employees about the recent upheaval and firings at the facility.


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.

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. 

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.


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.

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. 


Sixty-eight years ago, U.S. Navy pilot Royce Williams survived what is perhaps the longest aerial dogfight in U.S. military history. He would face seven Soviet MiG-15 fighter jets during one 35-minute battle. After the engagement, military leaders were concerned the incident might mark a devastating increase of tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Williams was ordered to keep silent about the events of November 18, 1952.

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.

Paul Shackow

In The Moment ... December 19, 2019 Show 723 Hour 1

South Dakota native Rory Hoffman has returned to the state for a performance Thursday night at the Fine Arts Theater in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

Hoffman is a multi-instrumentalist who started learning to play the guitar at the age of three. Hoffman, born blind, lives in Nashville. He's a 2012 inductee into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Kimberly Talcott

In The Moment ... December 13, 2019 Show 719 Hour 1

Black Hills State University photography major Kathryn Jones explores the connection between humans and abandoned buildings in her exhibit "Just Me and the Windows" on display through January 1st at the Dahl Art Museum in Rapid City. Jones found her passion for photography in high school. She joins us this morning from the Sue B. White Studio in Spearfish on the campus of Black Hills State.

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 13, 2019 Show 719 Hour 1

Sioux Falls-based singer/songwriter Shantara Bird has released a new single, "The Magic of Christmas." She returns to the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls this morning for Moment in Sound and to update us on other aspects of her music career. 

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

John Shrader

In The Moment ... December 13, 2019 Show 719 Hour 1

On Friday's, we bring you Poetry from Studio 47 with Patrick Hicks. Here's today's episode featuring the work of Ryan Vine.

Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

For 59 years Chuck and Grace Childs made Rapid City their home before moving to Minnesota in 2017. Chuck Childs died Sunday in Tracy, Minnesota at the age of 99.

In The Moment ... October 8, 2019 Show 675 Hour 1

On Friday, a Return of the Bison Celebration is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Pinnacles Overlook in Badlands National Park. The public ceremony marks a large expansion of the Park's bison range.

Blaine Kortemeyer, Chief of Resource Education at Badlands National Park, detailed the expansion and the ceremony as he spoke with In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke.

In The Moment ... September 24, 2019 Show 665 Hour 1

No Cover, No Minimum begins a new season Saturday night on SDPB-TV with a landmark concert recorded in Sioux Falls. It's the first-ever concert from Levitt at the Falls to air on television and it features a South Dakota favorite with Sioux Falls roots, Spooncat!

As a preview to Saturday night's episode, we've welcomed in a collection of people that are at the forefront of this partnership - waiting to see the fruits of their labor come to the screen.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 2

This month we've been investigating the state of preschool education in South Dakota. We've visited with educators and administrators, lawmakers and parents. Today, we have a little fun with SDPB's Science Steve. He brings science lessons for early learning to spark the mind and the imagination.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well


In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek recently visited the Outdoor Campus in Rapid City where he learned about ongoing efforts to encourage kids to get outdoors and take in the beauty of the outdoors - a larger natural screen more so than a technical one.


In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 2

South Dakota's Congressional delegation is calling for transparency after yesterday's announcement that House Democrats are seeking a formal impeachment inquiry with respect to President Donald Trump's phone conversation with the president of Ukraine.

And, closer to home, the South Dakota Democratic Party's financial woes continue as their treasurer has announced his retirement.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jonathan Ellis discuss this week's issues.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

Jim Scull has dedicated his life to building stronger communities while helping transform the lives of children and families. Scull's successful business ventures include Dakota Specialties, MAC Construction and Scull Construction.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

"Mad Mike" Hughes wants to prove Earth is flat. So, he builds a rocket in the hopes that he can launch himself high enough to get a good look to either prove or disprove his theory.

Rocketman: Mad Mike's Mission to Prove the Flat-Earth is a dangerously fun tale of a limo driver turned stuntman. Rapid City natives Toby Brusseau and Michael Linn are the men behind the new documentary. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

The Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations met last week. Democratic State Representative Michael Saba (District 9) is on the committee. He joins SDPB's Steve Zwemke to detail the meetings and talk about new ways to bring international money into South Dakota. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ...August 26, 2019 Show 645 Hour 1

Rapid City high school student Joelle Simpson fell in love with the harp at the age of four. She now plays regularly around Rapid City.

Simpson joins In The Moment from the South Dakota Community Foundation Gallery in Rapid City for Moment in Sound. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 23, 2019 Show 644 Hour 1

How do you feel about your job when you get up every morning?

Jackie Severin's July Making a Living episode deals with workplace culture. She visits with SDPB's Steve Zwemke on In The Moment.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 19, 2019 Show 640 Hour 1

Hangup Man: A Most Dangerous Job is the title of the next STEAM Cafe presentation at Hay Camp Brewing Company in Rapid City Tuesday (Aug 20th) at 6:00 p.m.   The hangup man played a vital role in the underground blasting process, but there was a saying, "There are no old hangup men." 

Mark Bowron is an Instructor of Mining and Engineering Management at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 

Chris Laughery

In  The Moment ... July 19, 2019 Show 619 Hour 1

JazzFest 2019 is underway today through Saturday at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.

Kobe Provost of Vermillion performs on the second stage Saturday at 4:30. He's a literal one man show.

Provost demonstrated his looping methods as he joined In The Moment for Moment in Sound. 

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... July 12, 2019 Show 614 Hour 1

Still in her teens, Tiffany Johnson has already released two albums and she has performed at venues like The Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville's renowned Blue Bird Cafe.

In The Moment welcomed Johnson to SDPB's Rapid City studios for Moment in Sound. 

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... July 12, 2019 Show 614 Hour 1

The Lark and The Loon call their writing styles an exporation in the etymology of American music. They take inspiration from pre-war blues and jazz, Irish dance music, sea shanties and dust bowl folk songs.

The husband/wife duo of Rocky Steen-Rolfzen and Jeff Rolfzen perform in the South Dakota Community Foundation Gallery in Rapid City for Moment in Sound.