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Dakota Midday was heard Mondays-Fridays, noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT - the show was replaced by In the Moment in January of 2017. 

Click here for shows that aired PRIOR to August of 2012.

SDPB News Producer Jenifer Jones from Cambodia

Nov 21, 2012

Former SDPB news producer Jenifer Jones joins Dakota Midday to discuss her latest work and experiences at the midpoint of her mission trip. This past summer Jones left South Dakota for an 11-month mission trip that's taking her to 11 countries. She's a member of a team sponsored by "The World Race." After five months, she's been to India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. The last time she was on the program, she was in Nepal near Katmandu, helping women who were victims of the sex trade and their children.

StoryCorps Military Voices

Nov 20, 2012

Friday is the fifth StoryCorps' National Day of Listening.  Launched in 2008, it is meant to encourage people to record an interview with a friend, loved one, or member of their community on the day after Thanksgiving as meaningful gifts we can give one another during the holiday season.  This year's National Day of Listening will focus on the military and their loved ones.  Karl Gehrke visits with StoryCorp founder and president David Isay.

Gather The Women

Nov 20, 2012

Kathe Schaaf, co-founder of the international Gather the Women movement and Women of Spirit and Faith, leads a new organization that explores, nurtures and celebrates women's spiritual leadership.  Earlier this month Schaaf spoke to a Gather the Women event in Rapid City where she said that the world is undergoing a major shift and that women are a part of that change.  Schaaf is an editor of the anthology "Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power."

Early Flu Cases

Nov 20, 2012

South Dakota had its first confirmed case of influenza in October, a month earlier than expected by medical experts.  State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says the first cases typically crop up closer to Thanksgiving and peak in February and March.  The most recent South Dakota Department of Health report has 68 cases of influenza confirmed across the state.  Kightlinger talks about the early cases, whooping cough and this summer's spike in West Nile on today's Dakota Midday.

Water, Weather and Climate

Nov 19, 2012

Dr. William Capehart is an Associate Professor Department of Atmospheric Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He studies how weather and water interact and what it means for the overall climate.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with Professor Capehart to talk about the current drought, Hurricane Sandy, and efforts to create computer models that can show what a changing climate might mean for South Dakota.  Capehart calls himself a meteorologist with hydrologic tendencies.  Ray began by asking what he means by this.

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Nov 19, 2012

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  On today's Dakota Midday, Gary Drevitch, Caregiving and Health & Well Being Editor and Jane Aspaas, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of South Dakota, offer real-world advice for Alzheimer's patients and their families.  They also provide insight on caregiving and end-of-life planning.

Dust Bowl

Nov 19, 2012

Donald J. Berg, Professor Emeritus of Geography and History at South Dakota State University, has been researching the Dirty '30s for some time and has reached the conclusion that many writers and researchers may have missed the boat on presenting a comprehensive narrative of the Dust Bowl.  Berg also discusses the Ken Burns Dust Bowl series which premiered last night.

Tech Radio: Black Friday Buying

Nov 16, 2012

On this week's Tech Radio, "The Computer Guys" talk about hot items as the holiday buying season approaches.  Whether its a tablet, smart phone or the latest game, "The Computer Guys" have the answers!

Renewed Rivalry in Football - USD/SDSU

Nov 15, 2012

Tickets are hard to come by for this Saturday's USD vs. SDSU football game at Coughlin Alumni Stadium in Brookings. The Coyotes have not played at Brookings since 2002. The last meeting between the teams was in 2003. Terry Vandrovec covers SDSU football for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Joe Van Goor is the play-by-play voice for the USD Coyotes. They talked about the rivalry and the excitement surrounding Saturday's game.

"South Dakota Outlaws and Scofflaws"

Nov 15, 2012

John Andrews and Katie Hunhoff of South Dakota Magazine discuss the book, "South Dakota Outlaws and Scofflaws." An "Outlaw Christmas Party" is launching the book this afternoon in Yankton.

Two former members of Congress Gil Gutknect (R-Minn) and Max Sandlin (D-Texas) discuss how the nation can get beyond the partisanship. This is an excerpt from the McGovern Conference.

Paging Through Turkey

Nov 14, 2012

The nation of Turkey has a centuries-old position as a crossroads of the world.  A series of workshops and travel opportunities for teaches begun in 2007 by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America, with support from the South Dakota World Affairs Council, has led to greater understanding of the history and culture of Turkey.  Turkey's position as the crossroads of the world is the topic of a special program, "Paging Through Turkey," tonight at 7 p.m. at the H.M.

Artist Displays Landscapes

Nov 13, 2012

Black Hills artist George Prisbe-Przybysz has created twenty new South Dakota landscapes, some for exhibition at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.  The show runs from November 9th to February 17th.  SDPB News Producer Victoria Wicks visited with the artist for today's Dakota Midday.

Washington's Farewell Address

Nov 13, 2012

Sean Flynn, Professor of History at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, spoke yesterday at the 2012 McGovern Conference in Mitchell.  His speech, "President George Washington's Farewell Address: Reflections on America's Partisan Past," is featured on Tuesday's Dakota Midday.

World Diabetes Day

Nov 13, 2012

Wednesday is World Diabetes Day.  SDPB News Director Cara Hetland is joined by Donna Keeler of South Dakota Urban Indian Health, Diabetes educator Mary Oyos, Diabetes Coalition Chairperson Sue Johannsen, Coalition member Dawn Haan and professional diabetes educator Susan Barnes.  They discuss planned activities, the burden of diabetes and blue circle tests.

Son's Song Honors WWII Veteran

Nov 8, 2012

Robert Wayne McPeek was born in Willow Lake in 1913.  McPeek enlisted in the Army in February, 1941, and saw action as part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in 1942.  In 1989, nine years after McPeek's death, his son Bob visited his childhood home in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father was the recruiting officer.  The owner of the house presented Bob with a hand bound book of poetry that his father wrote during the war.  It was found in the rafters when the house was renovated.  Bob has recorded a song based on his father's poetry and tells his story on Dakota Midday.  You

SD High School Football Playoffs

Nov 8, 2012

Mike Henriksen, host of Sportsmax and one of the many voices covering the South Dakota High School Football Playoffs for SDPB-TV, discusses this year's championship game matchups.  The games are underway today at the Dakotadome in Vermillion.

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"North of Twelfth Street"

Nov 8, 2012

"North of Twelfth Street: The Changing Face of Sioux Falls Neighborhoods," is a new book by author, photographer and former state senator Tom Dempster.  The book focuses on three historic districts, as well as a collection of other north Sioux Falls sites that contain some of the city's best-known and most-revered buildings.  Dempster frames these neighborhoods with the lens of his camera, providing a glimpse into Sioux Falls, its iconic edifices and the people who live there.  For more information visit

PUC Winners

Nov 7, 2012

Public Utilities Commissioners Chris Nelson and Kristie Fiegen were kept in office by South Dakota voters on Tuesday.  Nelson and Fiegen join Karl Gehrke to talk about their continuing work and goals for the PUC.

Future for Democrats

Nov 7, 2012

South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf discusses last night's election and how his party fared in legislative races.  He says the party is already looking ahead to 2014.

SDEA Reaction

Nov 7, 2012

Sandra Waltman, Government Relations/Communications Director for the South Dakota Education Association, comments on Referred Law 16 and Initiated Measure 15 being turned down by South Dakota voters on election night.

Dakota Political Junkies and Representative Noem

Nov 7, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader provide analysis of last night's election in South Dakota.  Representative Kristi Noem also visits with Karl Gehrke in today's first segment about her re-election to a second term in the U.S. House.

"Yellowstone Yesterday and Today"

Nov 6, 2012

In his latest book, "Yellowstone Yesterday and Today," Custer resident Paul Horsted worked with guide and collector Bob Berry to "rephotograph" Yellowstone's unique landscape.  In this project that brings the history of America's first national park to life, Horsted pairs historical photos of Yellowstone with modern views of the same locations.  Horsted is an independent photographer.  The Journey Museum in Rapid City is hosting a book-signing and presentation with Horsted on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

"Christianity After Religion"

Nov 6, 2012

Diana Butler Bass will discuss the topics of her latest book, "Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of New Spiritual Awakening," at a conference this weekend in Sioux Falls.  Butler Bass is an author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.  She currently blogs for Huffington Post and Washington Post OnFaith and is a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.

73 Cents to the Walking Gallery

Nov 6, 2012

Regina Holliday is the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual South Dakota eHealth Summit in Sioux Falls this Friday.  Holliday is an artist and health information technology advocate.  She painted a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records.  Her advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization at five facilities.  She recently wrote the book "The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery."

Landsat 8

Nov 6, 2012

For 40 years, the U.S.

U.S. Election Perspective from Germany

Nov 6, 2012

Freelance journalist Paul Glader gives perspective on the U.S. Presidential race from Berlin, Germany.  Glader is based in Germany on a Robert Bosch Fellowship.  He's the CEO and managing editor of, a news site for education technology and online learning.  Originally from South Dakota, Glader majored in Political Science at the University of South Dakota (Allen H. Neuharth Scholar).  He spent nearly 10 years as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Political Perspective from India

Nov 6, 2012

Eric Jepsen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, joins Dakota Midday from Kerala University in India where he provides perspective on the U.S. Presidential race.  Jepsen is in India through a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.  He is conducting research for his book project tentatively titled, "Kerala in the Economic Reform Era: Ideas, Institutions, and Interest Groups."  Jepsen will be giving lectures on United States/India releations, comparative political economy and the 2012 Presidential campaign at colleges and universities throughout Kerala.

Campaign Review

Nov 6, 2012

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, reviews the campaigns of President  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney leading up to election day.  He talks about the mistakes and smart political moves by both candidates.

Amendments M, N, O, P

Nov 1, 2012

Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, explains South Dakota Constitutional Amendments M, N, O and P.  Voters will decide on the amendments in next Tuesday's election.  Card is part of SDPB Radio's Election Night team along with Northern State University Professor Ken Blanchard and host Karl Gehrke.