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A legislative session roundtable, and South Dakota's soil health

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SDPB's Lee Strubinger and Jackelyn Severin

In the Moment airs live at 12CT/11MT. That audio is then attached to this webpage soon after the show airs.

On today's show

Drought conditions persist across much of the state. Today we look at the importance of soil health and the farmer scientists who tend to it. Anthony Bly was awarded the 2022 Friend of Soil Health award by the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition.

A law passed more than three decades ago still controls the number of nursing-home beds in South Dakota. And this year a Native American tribe is asking the Legislature for an exception. SDPB’s Seth Tupper is here to explain the history and logic behind the policy.

This week and next week are all that remain of this year's legislative session. Lawmakers reconvene at the end of the month for veto day. Today we welcome SDPB's Lee Strubinger for a look at the political business at hand. Jackelyn Severin reports on education for SDPB. She is also with us for an update.

The deadline to submit music to NPR's Tiny Desk contest is fast approaching. The contest invites independent artist from across the country to submit original music for a chance to preform their own Tiny Desk concert at NPR's studio in Washington D.C.. Spearfish artist Scott Simpson submitted music in 2021, and he's submitted a new song this year. Simpson is a friend of the show and has 31 albums to date.

For more from Scott Simpson, check out his podcast "Dancing Moon songcast." You still have time to enter your music to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Submissions close on March 14.

In honor of women’s history month, we’re highlighting a new album that fuses women’s words from around the world to American Song. “Were I with Thee” is a line from the Emily Dickinson Poem “Wild Nights – Wild Nights.” Michaelle Areyzaga and pianist Dana Brown have but Dickinson’s words, along with the words of Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gabriela Mistral, and others to song. Here is Emily Dickinson’s “My Letter to the World,” with music by Gweyneth Walker.

And more.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Chris is a producer for In the Moment.
Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.