In The Moment

Friday Afternoons

Welcome to the In The Moment Podcast!

In the Moment is SDPB’s daily news and culture magazine program. We have a deeply rooted sense of place, and that place is South Dakota. In the Moment features authentic conversations with news makers, scholars, artists, and everyday South Dakotans. We bring you world-class radio storytelling featuring the highest journalistic integrity. We tell true stories of our state and true stories of people who are doing something or creating something for a reason. We tell these stories with intelligence, fairness, compassion and imagination. We bring our listeners into the conversations and keep them In the Moment.

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For more information, you can contact the In The Moment team at 800-456-0766

South Dakota Dept of Tribal Relations

In the Moment with Lori Walsh: March 30, 2021 Show 1018.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment: March 29, 2021,Show 1017. 

  • Senator John Thune talks immigration and a Spring surge of asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico.


  • Lee Strubinger previews Veto Day and the possible outcomes for HB1217 and medical marijuana.



In the Moment: March 26, 2021 Show 1016.

FOX News

In the Moment: March 24, 2021 Show 1015.

  • Dr. Kelly Evans with On Call with the Prairie Doc® joins us to preview Thursday night's episode. 


  • Dakota Political Junkies discuss Governor Noem's nationwide plea for a coalition to "Defend Title IX Now."


  • We get corny with the new leader of the Mitchell Corn Palace in the latest In Their Own Words.


  • How is a $300 million dollar donation to Sanford Health set to transform medicine in rural areas? It begins by educating the physicians and specialists of the future. We're joined today by Sanford Health CEO Bill Gassen.
  • FRONTLINE's "Death Is Our Business" explores the role of Black funeral homes in New Orleans during the time of COVID-19. We look at grief, loss, and celebration.
  • We check in with the airport in Sioux Falls for a look at new flights, pandemic protocols, and travel over Spring break.

In the Moment: March 23, 2021 Show 1014.

In the Moment: March 22, 2021 Show 1013.

In the Moment: March 19, 2021 Show 1012.

  • In Their Own Words brings us the South Dakota state floor debate over a bill (HB 1061) that "prohibits smoking and consuming marijuana and its derivatives in a motor vehicle and creates a penalty therefor."
  • Lawrence Diggs joins us to talk about his work with the South Dakota Humanities Council's "Brainstorming: The Human Condition" series.
  • Kevin Woster says that retirees are returning to work at the Rapid vaccine clinic, and loving it.  

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

March 17, 2021 Show 1010.

SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 16, 2021 Show 1009.

  • Sex and gender may seem to be simple; we are told there are men and there are women. However, according to scientists, medical and mental health professionals, and others who specialize in human development, the reality is much more complicated. Anne Dilenschneider, PhD, LPC-MH, WPATH Certified Gender Specialist, joins us to explain.

  • In Their Own Words then brings us a bill (HB 1217) promoting fairness in women's sports. Critics say the bill targets transgender South Dakotans.


March 15, 2021 Show 1008

March 12, 2021 Show 1007

Schoolhouse Rock / SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 11, 2021 Show 1006


  • David Wiltse, associate professor of political science at SDSU, joins us to discuss some of the bills making their way to Governor Noem.


SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 10, 2021 Show 1005.

March 9, 2021 Show 1004.

March 8, 2021 Show 1003.

  • Sanford Health brings us a COVID-19 Update.


  • We listen back to a conversation with José-Marie Griffiths, she's the president of Dakota State University in Madison.


  • Images of the Past tells us why you no longer see bears in the Black Hills.

March 8, 2021 Show 1003.

  • SDPB's reporters join us for a "Legislative Roundtable" where they discuss what they'll be keeping an eye on this week in Pierre.


  • In Their Own Words brings us a bill  that makes a change in the options the Secretary of State has available to send voters an application for an absentee ballot.


Kid Dakota| In The Moment, Ep. 1002

Mar 5, 2021

March 5, 2021 Show 1002

March 4, 2021 Show 1001

  • Today we head to Rapid City and talk with Mayor Steve Allender about what the past year has looked like for his city and how it looks now.


  • The pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. If you've become less engaged, more tense, or depressed, have you sought help from an Employee Assistance Program?


SDPB / Joshua Haiar

March 4, 2021 Show 1001.

  • The Federal Reserve estimates that in quarter three of 2020, Americans owed more than $1.7 trillion in student loans. Bruce Johnson, instructor of personal finance and personal selling at SDSU, says the cost of tuition is driving more and more students into his classes.



March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • Dakota Political Junkies,  Pam Carriveau, professor of Political Science at BHSU, and Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, join us todiscuss the state's top political headlines.
  • You & Your Democracy gives us a crash course itno how you can be heard and make a difference in local government.
  • We revisit a conversation with retired South Dakota Supreme Court Justice, Judith Meierhenry.

March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • We check in with Vermillion Mayor Kelsey Collier-Wise. -6:43


  • In their Own Words brings us  a proposal that would establish what is called a “Re-Homestead South Dakota Program.” -22:05
  • We discuss COVID'S year-long effect on South Dakota businesses with Nathan Sanderson, executive director at South Dakota Retailers Association, and David Owen, President/Chief Lobbyist South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. -37:13

"Why Voting Matters" | In The Moment, Ep. 999

Mar 2, 2021

March 2, 2021 Show 999.

  • As we celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month, we replay the South Dakota Humanities Council's “Why Voting Matters” conversation, which was moderated by SDPB's Lori Walsh.

Her Vote Her Voice

March 1, 2021 Show 998, Hr 2.


March 1, 2021 Show 998, Hr 1.


February 26, 2021 Show 997. 

  • We take a closer look at "Crossover Day." What does it mean? Why does it matter?
  • House lawmakers have filed articles of impeachment against the Attorney General, Mike Card explains how impeachment works in South Dakota.
  • Delta David Gier joins us to discuss what's nex for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
  • Eliza Blue brings us a "Postcard from the Prairie.
  • Finally, we end the week with some Poetry from Studio 47.