In The Moment ... September 13, 2018 Show 421 Hour 2

Can we hold people accountable without shaming or harrassing them? How can we pave the way for more nuanced forms of feminist thought?

Author Dianna Anderson's forthcoming book is Problematic: How Toxic Culture is Destroying Feminism. A Minnesota author with South Dakota roots, Anderson signs books Saturday at Zandbroz Variety in Sioux Falls beginning at 2:00 p.m.

In The Moment ... June 25, 2018 Show 365 Hour 1

As we remember the anniversary of The Battle of Greasy Grass, otherwise known as The Battle of the Little Bighorn, historian Donovin Sprague joins In the Moment. He's giving a lecture at The Journey Museum & Learning Center as part of their Learning Forum Series.

In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 1

David Osborne, author of The Coming, has won the 2018 Spur Award for historical fiction from the Western Writers of America.  He's being honored this week at the WWA's annual convention in Billings, Montana. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 11, 2018 Show 355 Hour 1

Alisyn Camerota's novel Amanda Wakes Up features fierce and frazzled protagonist Amanda Gallo, who lands a coveted spot on a cable news morning show, only to have her journalistic moral compass battered by lazy producers, the blood-sport of Twitter, and the chaos of an increasingly surreal presidential campaign.

Amanda Wakes Up is now in paperback.

In The Moment ... June 4, 2018 Show 350 Hour 2

SDPB is traveling the state to find out what South Dakotans love to read. Find us in a town near you or send an e-mail to

For some readers, a favorite book can lead to a lifelong interest, or even a career. Sarah Carlson is with the Lead Opera House. Her favorite book didn't make the PBS Great American Read List of 100, but that doesn't mean its not a community favorite.

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 1

As scientists learn more about genetics, do we need a new definition of heredity? How is it that over the last few generations, we have gotten taller and smarter? Award-winning New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer is the first journalist to have his whole genome sequences and analyzed. His new book is called "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: the Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity."

SDPB's Cara Hetland, host of In the Moment's Innovation, spoke with the author.

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In The Moment ... May 17, 2018 Show 339 Hour 1

When was the last time you had a meeting? Or how about a dinner party, book club, or baby shower? We know that getting together matters, but we don't often think about how to revitalize our gatherings to enrich our purpose.

Priya Parker is the founder of Thrive Labs and the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters.

Anti-Cancer Living

May 3, 2018

In The Moment ... May 3, 2018 Show 329 Hour 1

Can excess stress sabotage your healthy habits? How does a deep sense of well-being impact gene signaling in the human body?

A new book looks at the role of cancer in our lives in a new way. The authors say you can reduce your risk of getting cancer and improve your chance of surviving cancer by making six fundamental changes in your lifestyle.

The book is called Anti-Cancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health With the Mix of Six.


In The Moment ... Geneive Abdo/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 2

Geneive Abdo is a specialist in political Islam.  She's at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood to discuss her latest book, The New Sectarianism.  Abdo is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in Washington, D.C.  She's also a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Known as the Queen of Romantic Comedy, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the only four time winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year Award.  Her latest book is titled First Star I See Tonight.  Chicago is the setting - "a city populated by strong women and men who need strong women ... even if they don't know it yet."

In The Moment ... Heid Erdrich/Festival Of Books

Sep 22, 2017
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In the Moment ... September 22, 2017 Show 183 Hour 1

Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, a writer, a teacher and filmmaker.  She's written five collections of poetry.  Her most recent title is Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic.  Erdrich has also authored the nonfiction book Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes.  She grew up in North Dakota and is an Ojibwe member.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2017 Show 150 Hour 2

In The Moment ... April 25, 2017 Show 079 Hour 2

Last hour, we talked with author Kent Nerburn about his book "Neither Wolf Nor Dog." The book was adapted by filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson and shows this week at the Black Hills Film Festival. Simpson sat down with Bill Thomas of Prairie Public to talk about taking the book from page to screen.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 11, 2017 Show 069 Hour 2

Changes to the way unclaimed property is handled has changed in the state. South Dakota’s state treasurer Rich Sattgast joins the program with details that might just save you money.

Mark St. Pierre wrote "Of Common Birth: Dakota Sons in Vietnam." A work of creative nonfiction, yet inspired by the true story of two South Dakotans, the book draws on archival research and first person interviews to tell the story of a Lakota man and a white man serving their country in Southeast Asia.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 1

Can understanding algorithms change your life for the better? Ali Allmosawi is the creator of "An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments." His new book is called "Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier. He joins us to talk about using the fundamentals of problem solving to lead you to better choices every day.

In The Moment ... March 2, 2017 Show 41 Hour 1

In 2015 Douglas Preston climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying  laser technology on loan from NASA that could map the terrain under the dense rainforest canopy. He was looking for a lost civilization. What he discovered was life-changing. Douglas Preston's new book is called THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A True Story.

"The Book Of Joy"

Dec 15, 2016
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Douglas Abrams is an author, an editor and a literary agent. He's co-founder of, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas.

Abrams joins Dakota Midday to talk about one of those ideas - the inherently human trait of joy.

Tom Roberts writes books for children that help children. His Christmas story project has raised more than a million dollars over the years for the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. Roberts' latest book is called The Greatest Gift: The Wise Ones' Journey. Illustrated by Jim Brummond, The Greatest Gift has garnered the Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Roberts joins Dakota Midday to discuss his latest book and how all of his writing has helped raise funds for CHS.

New York Times best selling author Dava Sobel visits about her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measures of the Stars. It chronicles the relatively unknown, unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800's through the mid-1900's.

Dakota Midday: "Outlaw Dakota"

Dec 1, 2016

Wayne Fanebust's latest book is Outlaw Dakota: The Murderous Times and Criminal Trials of Frontier Judge Peter C. Shannon. President Grant sent Shannon to be the Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court in 1873. Fanebust's book details the judge's experiences in the Dakota Territory as he brought the rule of law. The author greets readers and signs books at Zandbroz Variety in Sioux Falls Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In his new book, author Joe Amato reminds us how important the quotidian is. Amato visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about Everyday Life: How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary. Amato's books have won him nominations, selections and honors, of particular note the Minnesota Humanities Prize for Literature and Prairie Star Award for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

University of Sioux Falls

Poet Kevin Cole discusses his latest book Late Summer Plums. Cole reads passages from the collection which is inspired by geography, landscape and forgotten places. He's joined by his publisher Steve Boint of Scurfpea Publishing. Boint talks about shifts in the publishing industry.

Dakota Midday: Pressing The Reset Button

Aug 15, 2016
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Author Sean Burke joins Dakota Midday after having spent a week at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Burke is touring the country in a 40-foot bus to encourage American voters to "press the reset button" in politics. Burke is the founder of Reset Our Gov, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages Americans to head to the polls and address the country's staggering national debt. He's the author of the book How to Press America's Reset Button.

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is the author of the upcoming book “Community Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities During Difficult Times.” It’s a book designed to help everyday people care for one another during times of strife. Dr. Jacobs was summoned to Nepal after last year’s massive earthquake. He is a professor of psychology at USD and director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute at USD. 

Dakota Midday: Dorothy Rosby on Humor and Parenting

May 12, 2016

Humor columnist Dorothy Rosby joins Midday to talk about the perils and pitfalls of parenting, or at least of trying to parent perfectly. Her new book is a collection of columns and essays called “I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake From Scratch: Parenting Blunders form Cradle to Empty Nest.”  She talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about humor writing and humor parenting. 

Courtesy Heather Steinberger

A coffee-table book that incorporates photos of life on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation with the wisdom of tribal elders and the perspectives of tribal youth is now available to the public. SDPB’s Jim Kent visited with the author of “Home: Cheyenne River Lakota Nation” to discuss what her goal was for creating a multi-dimensional insight into the life of a tribal nation.

Anne Holmquest's book, "Visual Talk: How to Speak Anywhere with Graphics and Rhythm," is for preachers, teachers, bankers, doctors, fundraisers, executives and administrators.  It uses ideas and examples the author has been working on in what she calls "the verbal-visual dimension."  Holmquest says, "With pictures and speech, all kinds of audiences can understand your message: young students, traditional students, international students, student-athletes and working adults."  She believes that speaking, when done well, has its own rhythm that is very different from writing.  Holmquest is an

Gustavus Adolphus College student Alexa Giebink has written "Phoenix: Rising from Addiction," which is set for a December release.  The book tells the story of the Giebink family dealing with Mary Ann Giebink's addiction to alcohol and drugs and her rise and fall as a successful attorney to prison.  The book was written as a healing process for Alexa who was in high school in Sioux Falls when Mary Ann was in prison.  For more information see Alexa Giebink's website at

Dakota Midday: "Masters Of Disguise"

Nov 24, 2015

Sioux Falls author Rebecca Johnson has a new book called "Masters of Disguise" about animal tricksters in nature.  A pre-Christmas release is planned.  Johnson writes science books for kids and young adults and is a remarkable storyteller who engages audiences with her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge on science and nature.  Johnson visited with guest host Lori Walsh about her new book.

Sissy Roberts believes she has a family curse: being a listener. Just like her mother, people tell her the bad things she doesn’t want to know, things they wouldn’t confess to a priest. Sissy is a young Lakota woman with dreams of going to college, but since she can’t figure out how to pay for it, she works as a waitress and plays guitar and sings on Saturday nights with the Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band. The group’s handle is also the name of Frances Washburn’s third novel, set in the year 1969.