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Omicron spreads, businesses get creative, and a closer look at a Lakota artist

The cover of Dwayne Wilcox's new book
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The cover of Dwayne Wilcox's new book

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On today's show

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID is causing disruption in travel, back-to-school, and workforce availability across the state. Meanwhile, the CDC has updated guidelines for isolation after a positive test, and at-home antigen tests are increasingly difficult to find. Shankar Kurra, MD, is vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health. He joins us with a weekly South Dakota COVID update.

Some South Dakota businesses have struggled during the pandemic. But others have seen success after expanding e-commerce, online messaging, and social media services. SDPB's Arielle Zionts joins us with more.

Much wringing of hands has transpired over the recent astronomical rise in national debt and the potential debt burden on future generations. Less has been discussed about the complex and fortress-like U.S. Treasury securities market and how it intersects with the global financial system. Joe Santos Ph.D., is professor of economics and Dykhouse Scholar of Money, Banking, and Regulation at South Dakota State University. For today's Monday Macro, we discuss the full-faith reputation of the U.S. Treasury and how bigger debt can be better debt (until it isn't).

On this day in 1961, Ben Reifel began serving his first term in the U.S. Congress. He was the first person of Lakota decent to do so.

For today's Images of the Past we look back on 2021 and some of the most popular history stories told by SDPB.

Oglala Lakota artist Dwayne Wilcox has published his first book of art. Wilcox is inspired by traditional ledger artists of the 1800s. Victoria Wicks has a story about the artist and the book for SDPB.

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