In The Moment

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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.

Keep up with Lori Walsh by reading her "In the Margins" blog at

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

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Thury

Feb 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 2.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of life in South Dakota for almost a year now, and every week brings new scientific discoveries about SARS-CoV-2.  

  • Guest: Dr. Chad Thury, Family Medicine physician and Regional Director of Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group.


Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

SDPB Reporters Talk This Week In Pierre

Feb 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 1.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting brings you gavel-to-gavel coverage of the state legislative session, now underway. You can find coverage on our website at or SD.Net. You can also download the Statehouse podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts.  

Senate Debates SB 80 | In Their Own Words

Feb 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 1.

The Senate debates SB 80, adding specific guidance to the law that outlines the legislative redistricting process. Having passed in committee, this is the second reading and debate from the Senate floor. Here is today's "In Their Own Words." 

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

South Dakota's Growing Agritourism Industry

Feb 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 1.

Maybe you've seen the ads from the state Department of Tourism: When you're ready to travel, Great Places are waiting in South Dakota.  

  • Guest: Krista Ehlert Ph.D., an assistant professor and an extension range specialist with SDSU Extension.

Business & Community Development reporting on SDPB is supported by SDN Communications. Learn more at SDN

Reddit Takes On Wallstreet | Tech Radio

Feb 5, 2021

February 6th, 2021

GameStop has become well known for the simple fact that the value of its stock became disconnected from its performance as a company, and it did so because an enthusiastic group of amateur investors decided it sounded like a good idea at the time.  This and more on Tech Radio!

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In The Moment ... February 5, 2021 Show 986 Hour 1

The Legislature is debating Senate Bill 34, establishing funding to bring high speed internet access to all parts of the state. The bill also would declare an emergency so that, if passed, the funding would be available as soon as the bill is signed by the Governor. For todays "In Their Own Words" segment, we take you to the Senate Commerce and Energy committee as the members hear testimony on Senate Bill 34.

In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 2

Super Bowl Weekend | Sports & Rec With Wek

Feb 4, 2021

In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 2

America gets ready for the Super Bowl this weekend. SDPB's Nate Wek joins us to talk about another Super Bowl Sunday, one that saw a South Dakota favorite on the field with the confetti as the 1972 Miami Dolphins went 13-0 and became the only NFL team to play an undefeated season and win the Super Bowl Championship. 

Sports and recreation reporting is supported by Horton Incorporated of Britton South Dakota


In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

Two bills making their way through the South Dakota state legislature this session address the addition of June 19 as a state holiday, but with important distinctions. Senate Bill 71, introduced by Senator Jim Bolin, establishes Juneteenth as a working holiday in the state. Senate Bill 89, introduces by Senator Reynold Nesiba adds Juneteenth as an official state holiday.  Today to talk about the significance of Juneteenth and why these bills matter.  


In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem says combining the state Department of Agriculture with the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources will create efficiencies and save money. It's a controversial executive decision, and it had Kevin Woster wondering: What else might the governor merge? You can find his work on our website at 

House Bill 1058 | In Their Own Words

Feb 4, 2021

In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

The state legislature is debating House Bill 1058, establishing a path for the recall of County Commissioners. The bill was inspired by issues in Lincoln County, but it demonstrates that citizens can testify from almost anywhere on the planet and bills can be deferred to a day on the legislative calendar that doesn't exist. 

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

Get To Know South Dakota's Decision Makers

Jan 29, 2021

South Dakotans often say they want "common sense" solutions to the state's challenges. The people who represent our interests in meeting those challenges are South Dakotans themselves. This week we introduce you to some of the decision makers in our government — people with the power to “get stuff done.”  

Free Speech & The Political Culture War

Jan 22, 2021

Your former President has been banned from major social media platforms. Your Governor suggests that American educators are indoctrinating our kids into communism. And, you have a friend who has fallen into the QAnon conspiracy. Here we are South Dakota... how do we fix it?


The 2021 Legislative Session is here. We begin with Governor Kristi Noem’s State of the State. Then hear from Tiffany Sanderson, the state's new Secretary of Education. The state's House and Senate minority leaders join us. Plus, we ask how South Dakota Agriculture producers feel about the merger between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources.

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. 

Christmas Music Special With Eliza Blue

Dec 17, 2020
Eliza Blue

In this week's In the Moment Podcast, we a look back on a recent conversation with Eliza Blue and Christian Begeman and discIn this week's In the Moment Podcast, we a look back on a recent conversation with Eliza Blue and Christian Begeman and discuss the new proram, "Wish You Were Here."


That is followed by a recording with Eliza Blue and Friends inside a tiny church in Perkins County, the Rabbit Butte Church. 


We’ll will see you back January 2021. Happy Holidays!


When it comes to agriculture and the Biden administration, there are a few key areas to keep an eye on, including trade policy and environmental incentives and regulations. Soil carbon storage incentives and biofuel support are topics to watch. Immigration policy impacts farm labor and the food production chain. 

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we dive into the question: "What will Biden's administration mean for South Dakota's agriculture industry?"


Kevin McNew, Chief Economist with the Farmers Business Network |

Communicating Our Health & Feelings During COVID

Dec 4, 2020

In this In the Moment podcast, we reevaluate how we think and communicate about our mortality, our loneliness, and our holiday gatherings. In the conversations, we offer knowledge, validation, curiosity, creativity. We’ve got guests who might make you feel a little less alone and tips for navigating this month together: 

Dr. Sabina Kupershmidt - chair of the Interprofessional Health Education Center at USD.

Jill Tyler, Ph.D. - associate professor and chair of communication studies at USD.

Thanksgiving & Gratitude During a Pandemic

Nov 25, 2020

Thanksgiving in America has become a time for overladen tables, the Macy's Parade, football, and Black Friday shopping. This year looks a little different, of course, but how did we get here? Plus, how do we practice gratitude when it feels like 2020 has given us so little to be grateful for? This and more in this week's In the Moment Podcast.

Mitigating 2020 Stress

Nov 20, 2020
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Social distancing from family and friends, wearing a mask for a 12-hour shift, losing your job, closing your business… COVID has caused a lot of stress. Yet, people have responded to the pandemic in several different ways. And we’re finding that many of our coping behaviors can be a bit ... maladaptive. In this week’s In the Moment podcast from SDPB, we’re talking about taking care of mental health when everything feels upside-down.

Veterans Day in South Dakota

Nov 11, 2020

This holiday is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In this In the Moment Podcast, you are going to hear a number of stories about those who served and sacrificed, and then we’ll take a look at some of the issues South Dakota veterans are faced with today. 

2020 Ballot Measures

Oct 23, 2020

In this In the Moment Podcast, you'll hear from the proponents and opponents of the initiated measure and constitutional amendemnts South Dakotans will find on their ballot this november. Subscribe on AppleSpotify, or Google Play.

This region is home to a thriving contemporary indigenous arts scene. As South Dakota recognizes Native American Day, we spend time in conversation with a few artists. 

The Partisan Divide & The Election

Oct 1, 2020

The divisions between Republicans and Democrats have reached record levels over the past decade. In the last four years, these gaps have grown even larger, and we can expect to see this division manifest in all of our least favorite ways with the election being just around the corner.

SDPB's In the Moment takes a look at the upcoming election, and the role our partisan divide is playing.

Policing & Calls For Change In South Dakota

Sep 24, 2020

Days after George Floyd was killed by officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, thousands of people marched in protest ... here in South Dakota. Rapid City protests included clashes between protestors and self-described supporters of President Trump. The Sioux Falls outcry included confrontations with police after nightfall and several arrests. 

So, what does the future of policing look like in South Dakota?

2020 South Dakota Hall of Fame Inductees

Sep 17, 2020

The preservation and promotion of history and tradition is important to most all South Dakotans. To the folks at the South Dakota Hall of Fame, which focuses on this type of preservation and promotion, the mission is simple: champion a "Culture of Excellence."  


Concerns Over Ag & Environmental Agencies Merger

Sep 11, 2020

This "In the Moment Podcast" dives into the concerns that have arose regarding the merger of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Labor Day in South Dakota

Sep 2, 2020

Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers. But unlike most holidays, it is a nebulous celebration without shared rituals, except for maybe camping out or a family barbeque. For many of us growing up, it simply meant summer has come to an end.

The In the Moment Podcast Sounds Different

Aug 28, 2020

If you're a faithful podcast listener, you might notice the In the Moment podcasts sounding a little different. Here's an update:

"Back to School 2020" in South Dakota

Aug 27, 2020

Many say that the safe and effective reopening of schools in South Dakota is critical, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


We've has spent the last month trying to understand what back to school in 2020 means. You'll hear from healthcare professionals, parents, educators and more in this In the Moment podcast.