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Dakota Political Junkies
Listen live every Wednesday at 12:30 CT on SDPB radio

'Political Junkies' is a fan-favorite segment from SDPB's news and arts program, In the Moment.

Join host Lori Walsh as she discusses the top political headlines with journalists, former legislators, and political scientists from around the state.

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Latest Episodes
  • It's Wednesday and time to gather our Dakota Political Junkies.Today we welcome Lisa Hager, Ph.D. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at South Dakota State University. David Wiltse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science at South Dakota State University.
  • The Dakota Political Junkies join us for our weekly roundup of urgent, thoughtful, and controversial South Dakota political stories.
  • A federal judge voided the Biden administration's mask requirement for public transportation, a move the administration called "disappointing." Is a mask requirement for public health purposes during a pandemic "government overreach?" Then what about Title 42? The CDC says it's no longer necessary as a public health measure.Today's Dakota Political Junkies conversation takes us to Pierre, to Washington, and to a few places in between. We welcome political scientists Lisa Hager and David Wiltse to the program now, joining us from the Jeanine Basinger Studio on the campus of South Dakota State University. Professor Hager is assistant professor of political science at SDSU. Professor Wiltse is associate professor of political science at SDSU.
  • The South Dakota State House of Representatives has impeached Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. The vote was 36 to 31 with three members excused.Today, Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Mike Card provide analysis on the historic event and its political consequences. Jon Hunter is publisher emeritus of the Madison Daily Leader. Mike Card, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science and criminal justice at the University of South Dakota.
  • Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jonathan Ellis discuss the governor's latest executive order and ask the question: Who does a ban on Critical Race Theory, as the governor has defined it, actually apply to? We also look at the political theater of the Ravnsborg investigation. Does Jason Ravnsborg have another legal tactic in his arsenal if he wants to convince Republican delegates to maintain confidence in his ability to serve? We bring you the latest analysis.
  • The state legislative session has wrapped, and the ending was as dynamic as the beginning. University of South Dakota political scientist Mike Card, Ph.D., joins us for analysis.
  • Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jonathan Ellis discuss the rotating billboards in Sioux Falls attacking certain lawmakers and calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.
  • It's been an unusual legislative session in more ways than one. The Dakota Political junkies join us on Wednesdays to talk South Dakota Politics. Today we welcome Michael Card Ph.D., associate professor of political science and criminal justice at the University of South Dakota and Jon Hunter, publisher emeritus for the Madison Daily leader.
  • Dakota Political Junkies Michael Card, Ph.D. and Jonathan Ellis join us to recap President Biden's State of the Union address from a South Dakota point of view. We'll also explore individual challenges to educators regarding topics parents see as "divisive."
  • Dakota Political Junkies: Jon Hunter is publisher emeritus for the Madison Daily Leader. He joins us for analysis on some of the state legislature's legacy work this session. We talk workforce development, bridges and roads, and infrastructure projects.