The Brookings City Council has passed a mask requirement for indoor public spaces where six feet of social distancing is not possible. That decision comes after nearly three hours of public comment. 

Many opposed to the ordinance cited outdated or limited studies that say masks aren’t effective for mitigating spread of the coronavirus. Many others cited concerns about eroding civil liberties. Attorney Jared Gas called the mandate a line in the sand.  

SDPB News: Aug 31

Aug 31, 2020

How many recovered jobs are out there in the state? Plus, how has one South Dakota company become one of the nation's top solar contractors? 

This and more in today's SDPB News Podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

On Call With The Prairie Doc®

May 28, 2020

In The Moment … May 28, 2020 Show 826 Hour 1

Each Thursday night, On Call with the Prairie Doc® can be seen on SDPB TV at 7 central 6 mountain. Tonight's episode takes a look at "Finding Balance in a World with Covid-19." Dr. Andrew Ellsworth is with Avera Medical Group in Brookings and is one of the Prairie Doc® physicians. He joins us with a preview.

SDPB News: May 27

May 27, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

On Call With The Prairie Doc®

May 7, 2020
On Call With The Prairie Doc®

In The Moment … May 7, 2020 Show 812 Hour 2

On Call with the Prairie Doc® is on SDPB TV Thursday nights at 7 central 6 mountain on SDPB TV. Tonight's episode is titled When the Brain of Ours Starts to Fail. Doctors will take on questions about neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Andrew Ellsworth is a family medicine physician with Avera Medical Group in Brookings and a member of the team of Prairie Doc® physicians and joins us now with a preview.


What It Means To Be An American

Feb 12, 2020

In The Moment ... February 12, 2020 Show 752 Hour 1

American artist Amir H. Fallah joins South Dakota art-lovers in Brookings today via video conference to talk about his exhibition "What it Means to be an American." Lori caught up with Amir yesterday on the phone from his home in California for a conversation about his work and how politics has changed what it means for him to be an artist.  

Abby Mikel

In The Moment ... February 5, 2020 Show 747 Hour 2


In The Moment ... November 12, 2019 Show 698 Hour 1

High school football is just about ready to wrap up for 2019. The only thing left - the championship games!

The three nine-man games are held Thursday and SDPB's Steve Thum will handle the play-by-play alongside JJ Hartigan. Thum joins In The Moment with his preview of the action.

Library of Congress

In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 1

Rural electrification programs in the mid-20th century made an impact on rural life in South Dakota. We went from oil lamps to light bulbs - and then farmers had access to all sorts of new tools which made for a different way of doing things.

Gwen McCausland is with the South Dakota Ag Heritage Museum in Brookings. She visits about rural electrification as she joins In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio at SDSU in Brookings.

In The Moment ... April 4, 2019 Show 549 Hour 2

Stephen Crowley began his career taking pictures for a small newspaper in Florida. He later worked at the Washington bureau of the New York Times. In 2002, he was cited as Photographer of the Year by the White House Photographer's Association.

Thursday, Crowley presents at McCrory Gardens in Brookings where he'll discuss photojournalism, journalism and media in changing times.

Crowley joins In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Vintage Songs And Dances Of Immigrant America

Oct 2, 2018
Brewster's Ladies Library

In The Moment ... October 2. 2018 Show 434 Hour 1

When we come to America, we bring our songs and dances with us. Jacqueline Schwab is the acclaimed pianist for Ken Burns' Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, and more.

She's been on A Prairie Home Companion and on the Late show with then host David Letterman.

Jacqueline Schwab plays tonight in Brookings. The program is called I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America.

Truth Becomes Art And Art Becomes Truth

Sep 21, 2018

In The Moment ... September 21. 2018 Show 427 Hour 2

Terese Mailhot memoir is called “Heart Berries." It is as fierce and shattering as it is transforming.

She joined In The Moment for the special broadcast from Brookings for the Festival of Books.

America's Unknown Renegades

Sep 21, 2018

In The Moment ... September 21. 2018 Show 427 Hour 1

Angelica Shirley Carpenter is the author of the book "Born Criminal." It explores the life of one of America's lesser known renegades.

Angelica Shirley Carpenter joined In The Moment during the 2018 Festival of Books in Brookings.

The Role of Journalism In Today's Democracy

Sep 21, 2018

In The Moment ... September 21. 2018 Show 427 Hour 1

Thomas Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His book "Informing the News" is 2018's One Book South Dakota. It's an unflinching look at the state of American journalism with an eye toward changing the profession itself for the better.

Thomas Patterson joined In The Moment during the 2018 Festival of Books in Brookings.

Partners In Writing And Life

Sep 21, 2018

In The Moment ... September 21. 2018 Show 427 Hour 2

What is it like to have two writers in a household?

Two authors that happened to be married had breakout debut novels. Julie Buntin is the author of "Marlena" and Gabe Habash is the author of "Stephen Florida."

They both  joined In The Moment during the 2018 Festival of Books in Brookings.

In The Moment ... September 18, 2018 Show 424 Hour 1

Jenny Roger, assistant editor at the Washington Post, is coming to Brookings this Thursday for a lecture on the present status of journalism in the U.S.

This event will take place at the South Dakota Art Museum. She will talk about the challenges and opportunities for rebuilding trust with the press in the contemporary political climate.

Today Jenny Roger joined In The Moment with a preview of her lecture.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... September 7, 2018 Show 417 Hour 1

Denham McDermott is a South Dakota musician who didn't plan on becoming a musician until another local group showed him it was possible. His debut album "Diaries of Distress" launched in January.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader named him one of the "10 Sioux Falls Bands You Need to Listen to Right Now." He performs throughout the region this fall with shows in Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux City, Aberdeen, and Brookings.

Today Denham joined In The Moment at the SDPB Sioux Falls studio for Moment in Sound.

In The Moment ... February 21, 2018 Show 281 Hour 1

Nancy Dahl joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about her book "Grounded: Leading Your Life with Intention."

We talk about the discipline of debriefing, how to seek effective feedback, and other highlights for executives and leaders from the book.

Nancy Dahl is in South Dakota this week for LAUNCH: South Dakota Entrepreneurship Conference.

In The Moment ... January 9, 2018 Show 252 Hour 1

January is national mentoring month in the United States. It got its start in 2002, spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

We're joined by Darla Biel and Cassie Juba of the Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program.

In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 2

Pierre native and SDSU graduate Stephanie Arne brings her tiny house to Brookings and Sioux Falls as part of the Creative Animal Tour. Arne is the host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." We talk small habitats and sustainability.

In The Moment ... African Children's Choir

Aug 18, 2017
African Children's Choir

In The Moment ... August 18, 2017 Show 159 Hour 1

The African Children's Choir returns to South Dakota to bring smiles and spread cheer through their music and dance.  The Choir performs in Dell Rapids on August 23 and in Brookings on August 25.  Heidi Moen, a South Dakota resident, books North American tour dates for the African Children's Choir.  She joins In The Moment to visit about the tour and the Choir's mission.

A group of South Dakotans is striving to keep the wool industry alive. SDPB's Chynna Lockett reports from Rapid City.

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.

In The Moment ... April 4, 2017 Show 064 Hour 2

We make room for some improv and spontaneity with this week’s episode of The Potluck Society. Hugh Weber is the host of the Potluck Society and an SDPB contributor. Today we talk about how the play of our childhood translates to creativity as adults. Plus, In the Moment host Lori Walsh takes on Hugh’s action antidote challenge by calling her brother  to talk about creativity and being in the flow of play.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

Olivier Demers is a founding member of Le Vent du Nord, a progressive folk band out of Québec. The group is in residence this week in Brookings, for Arts Midwest World Fest. 

Demers talks with Dakota Midday host about traditional music, the culture of Québec,  and how the referendum to claim sovereignty for Québec changed the course of his musical life.

A Brookings group and the state Department of Health want businesses to support breastfeeding employees and customers. The city is a pilot community for the Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Initiative. The program educates businesses and employees on the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as state and federal law.


USA Today

Deondre Parks, a senior guard for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team, joined the program to talk about being an SDSU Jackrabbit. Also, Parks is from Flint, Michigan, a community that has been plagued by contaminated water. He has family who still lives there - battling the issue of water on a daily basis. In his conversation with SDPB's Nate Wek, Parks explains the situation his family is currently facing. He also speaks of the support he has received from his teammates and coaches, and from the community of Brookings.

The city of Brookings is putting together a task force to look at affordable housing options.

Tim Reed is the mayor of Brookings. He says a high percentage of residents spend more than 33% of their income on housing, making paying for other items like food and medical expenses challenging. 

Reed says the task force is studying possible incentives for contractors to build more affordable housing or for  better city regulations.

Baladino performs centuries-old melodies and revels in sound carried to Israel from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries.  With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino offers fresh, deeply authentic interpretations of traditional Jewish Saphardic and Ladino melodies.  During their week-long residency, the group is participating in workshops at South Dakota State University, the Children's Museum, the Brookings School District and the Brookings Activity Center.  A public concert is scheduled for Thursday (10/15) at the Performing Arts Center on the SDSU campus. 

Dakota Midday: Creativity Week 2015

Sep 24, 2015

Creativity Week 2015 begins Friday in Brookings.  It's a week-long festival celebrating the creatives in the Brookings community - everything from artists to local business, lectures to architects, music and everyone in between.  Scott Meyer, "brofounder" and Head of Business Development at 9 Clouds Digital Marketing talked about the Creativity Week schedule.  A full listing of events can be found at