Dr. Jason Knutsen Bring Us A COVID-19 Update

Jun 29, 2020

In The Moment … June 29, 2020 Show 848 Hour 1

South Dakota has recorded our first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in a child. Research scientists are learning more about the tentacles of Sars-CoV-2, and cities across the nation are grappling with opening up, surges in cases, and locking back down.  It's time for our weekly check-in on what we know about COVID-19 here in South Dakota. Joining us this week is Dr. Jason Knutson, a Family Medicine Physician with Avera. Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City 

Childrearing In The Age Of Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020

In The Moment ... March 26, 2020 Show 782 Hour 1

Anyone raising children during the age of coronavirus is now parenting in the open, even as we shelter in place. Parents join online work meetings with toddlers on their laps, kids roller skating through their living rooms, siblings fighting over ... what are they even fighting over this time?  Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University and author of the books "Expecting Better" and "CRIBSHEET."  

Mental Health & COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 1

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

It's called a shelter, but the children cannot leave. Thousands of migrant children have been housed in facilities which human rights advocates say threaten to damage their mental health and disturb their development.

A new FRONTLINE partnership with the Associated Press investigates "Kids Caught in the Crackdown" Tuesday night. See the premiere on SDPB-TV at 9:00 p.m. Central/8:00 p.m. Mountain or online at

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

New York Times best selling author John Kenney returns to In The Moment with his new book Love Poems for People with Children. There's more laughs as Kenney covers it all from newborns to teens, back to school shopping and summer vacations. A parent's job is never done!

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

In The Moment ... October 17, 2019 Show 681 Hour 2

SDPB Health and Education reporter Jackie Hendry joins Lori Walsh to preview the discussion on early childhood education (Pre-K) on SDPB-TV's South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 15, 2019 Show 679 Hour 1

The Children's Home Society has rescued, cared for, and found permanent homes for thousands of children over the last 126 years. There are many programs that serve families, individuals, and children of all ages, many of which are victims of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect.

Michelle Lavallee is the Children's Home Society's CEO. She provides a big-picture look of CHS and its mission.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 2

With more than 260 volunteers statewide, Make a Wish South Dakota understands that these volunteers are the catalyst to success. The organization recently announced that it was able to grant a record breaking 88 life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Make a Wish South Dakota president and CEO Sue Salter joins In The Moment. 

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... August 13, 2019 Show 636 Hour 1

A new performing arts opportunity has opened in Brookings for kids ready to step into the spotlight.

Lontime theatre professional and educator Julie Abraham details The Spotlight Theatre Studio. 

2019 SD Kids Count

Jun 18, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 18, 2019 Show 598 Hour 1

Since 1990, the number of children in South Dakota has grown by more than 15,000. More kids means greater investments to ensure all kids reach their full potential.

An annual study called Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows progress in helping the state's children thrive.

Carole Cochrane is the coordinator for South Dakota KIDS COUNT. She joins In The Moment to discuss the data.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 12, 2019 Show 594 Hour 1

This Sunday June 16th, Phil Baker performs a free concert at the new Levitt at the Falls in Sioux Falls. The lawn opens at 4:00 p.m. Baker takes the stage at 5:00. He joins us today with a gallery full of kids to perform.

Summer Food Source For Children In Sioux Falls

May 29, 2019

In The Moment ... May 29, 2019 Show 584 Hour 1

To nurture, educate and enrich children and youth for lifelong success - that's the mission statement of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire. Leading that charge is CEO Rebecca Wimmer. She discusses the just-launched 2019 Summer Food Service Program.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 23, 2019 Show 582 Hour 2

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. The Children's Home Society of South Dakota believes that every child deserves a family.

Tom Timmerman is a family development specialist with the Children's Home Society. He visits with SDPB's Chris Laughery.

Getting Kids Away From The Screens This Summer

May 22, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 22, 2019 Show 581 Hour 2

As kids are preparing their summer breaks and what that may look like in their minds, the adults that care for them are shaping their own thoughts. Sometimes, technology dictates what people do with their time.

Tricia Bates is a family life educator for Avera Health. She discusses the importance of children getting outside to play as opposed to sitting in front of a screen.

Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well

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New studies show kids with chronic illnesses have the same life satisfaction as those with good general health. 

The medical journal Pediatrics has published the first findings from the PASS ECHO study.  Amy Elliott, PhD, Chief Clinical Research Officer with the Center for Pediatric & Community Research, and Jyoti Angal, Director of Clinical Research join Innovation to discuss the findings.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 1

Children thrive when they live in communities that care about helping them reach their full potential.

The South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children promotes high-quality care and early learning for all children, birth through age eight. They advocate for early childhood care and education from local to national platforms.

Jessica Castleberry is the president of SDAEYC. 

In The Moment ... April 25, 2019 Show 562 Hour 2

Stay-at-work or stay-at-home? Breastfeed or break out the bottle? And what about the value of preschool? These are issues that tend to unravel into dramatic cultural debate.

A new book by economist Emily Oster searches for a comprehensive body of evidence to help people get the most controversial aspects of parenting right. Oster's new book is Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth to Preschool.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 9, 2019 Show 552 Hour 1

Sioux Falls Thrive is dedicated to make sure that all children succeed, from cradle to career.

Candy Hanson, president of Sioux Falls Thrive, visits about the organization and One Roof.

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 1

The number of South Dakota children living in poverty continues to grow. You can find Bart Pfankuch's latest investigative piece for South Dakota News Watch here. He discusses his report on In The Moment.

Diving Into House Bill 1108

Feb 7, 2019
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In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 2

After testimony Wednesday morning, South Dakota's House Education Committee reconvened Wednesday evening for further discussion and their vote on House Bill 1108. Originally, the bill prohibited instruction on gender identity and gender expression in K-7th grade public education.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry reports on In The Moment.

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Suicide is the nation’s second leading cause of death for children. The CDC reports more than 20% of youth experience one or more mental health problems like depression. The Children’s Home Society and Avera Behavioral Health are partnering to publish a new children’s book to help kids—and parents—start conversations about mental wellness. 

In “A New Norm,” readers watch a young boy try to escape the storm cloud that follows him wherever he goes. He eventually focuses on a spark of hope that helps him see all of life’s storms will pass.

In The Moment ... July 2, 2018 Show 370 Hour 2 

For kids, summertime in South Dakota often means a trip to camp.

Brett Walfish is the Executive Director of the Rushmore Music Festival. It's a camp that draws students from across the state, and now, across the world.

He visits about the remarkable growth of the program.

Pay Attention!

Jun 7, 2018
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In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

In one of NPR's upcoming How to Raise a Human reports Michaleen Doucleff travels to rural Mexico to discover a group of Mayan children with extraordinary abilities to pay attention.

SDPB is bringing How to Raise a Human home to South Dakota.  Shane Hamilton, an Integrated Health Therapist with Sanford Health, expands on the subject.

Kealey Bultena

A treatment developed at Sanford Research is in clinical trial to help kids with a debilitating genetic condition. The FDA fast-tracked the study in part because the condition progresses quickly and children die.

Six patients are part of the Batten Disease trial. One family from the Midwest has a child treated.

Beth and Bryan live in Minnesota. At four years old, their son Blake struggled with fine motor skills. They incorporated occupational therapy. Then Blake needed speech therapy. Then his gross motor skills deteriorated, and he needed physical therapy.

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This week kids in Sioux Falls are planting seeds and sprouts in four raised garden beds next to a parking lot. A few days ago, we brought you a conversation from Ground Works-Midwest about teaching gardens. Volunteers have now constructed more places for food to grow.

Kealey Bultena

A group from the Sioux Falls area is back in South Dakota after distributing wheelchairs to people in need in Guatemala. The Dispatch Project team members worked at a wheelchair seating clinic. They adjusted chairs to fit the needs of children and adults with disabilities.

SDPB's Kealey Bultena participated in the trip to Central America. Listen to her description of the experience as she talks with In The Moment host Lori Walsh here, and read select stories below.


Last week the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls announced that it would close its doors before Christmas. A letter from their board of directors said passage of a ballot initiative capping payday lending interest loans impacted the decision. The board added that the majority of donations to the nonprofit music academy came from Dollar Loan Center and, without that sort of funding, the nonprofit would have to be dissolved.

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.

Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Agriculture, discusses a federally sponsored, state-administered food program that provides suppers for children in South Dakota.

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A Lakota man is celebrating three decades teaching life lessons to elementary school students through Native American dance. Dallas Chief Eagle started working as an artist-in-residence for schools in the mid-1980s. Today he’s still sharing Lakota culture with school children across the state.

In his performance, Dallas Chief Eagle rapidly moves his feet as he glides across a gym floor, picking up plastic hoops. He links them together in a long line. Chief Eagle tosses the chain into the air, and spins the hoops over the heads of screaming elementary school students.