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People's changing faiths, and their role in South Dakota

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Joshua Haiar

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On today's show

Union representatives at the Smithfield processing plant in Sioux Falls say the past two weeks have seen a drastic rise in COVID cases as the company has relaxed its mitigation standards. Workers once again feel the company is putting profits over safety. Argus Leader reporter Sonya Swink joins us for a look at her reporting on the emerging crisis.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 3 of 10 U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated. Greg Smith is associate director of research at the Pew Research Center, he joins us to go over the data.

Interfaith Day was scheduled for Thursday in Pierre, due to Covid-19 numbers it has been canceled. This day is typically an opportunity for several people to get together at the capitol building representing various religions. Joining us today are Bishop Constanze Hagmaier and Rebecca Kiesow Knudsen. We talk about what faith has to do with lawmaking in South Dakota.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has accused South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds of going "woke" on ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos. What exactly did Sen. Rounds say to invoke the ire of the former president? He said Americans can "believe and have confidence that elections are fair." We hear Senator Rounds from the interview in his own words.

Now that industrial hemp farming is legal in South Dakota some farmers and ranchers are sharing their experiences. Most believe that it does have a future in South Dakota. Today we check in with Josh Klumb who chose to plant 7 acres of the crop southwest of Mitchell.

South Dakotans are encouraged to read the book Our History is The Future" as part of the South Dakota Humanities Council's One Book South Dakota initiative. Today we hear part two of our conversation with author Nick Estes. In this excerpt, he addresses the "great replacement narrative" that attempts to instill fear by falsely suggesting that if indigenous people are allowed sovereignty they will eliminate non-Native people.

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