SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 10, 2021 Show 1005.


March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • Dakota Political Junkies,  Pam Carriveau, professor of Political Science at BHSU, and Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, join us todiscuss the state's top political headlines.
  • You & Your Democracy gives us a crash course itno how you can be heard and make a difference in local government.
  • We revisit a conversation with retired South Dakota Supreme Court Justice, Judith Meierhenry.

March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • We check in with Vermillion Mayor Kelsey Collier-Wise. -6:43


  • In their Own Words brings us  a proposal that would establish what is called a “Re-Homestead South Dakota Program.” -22:05
  • We discuss COVID'S year-long effect on South Dakota businesses with Nathan Sanderson, executive director at South Dakota Retailers Association, and David Owen, President/Chief Lobbyist South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. -37:13

Hy-Vee Joins Vaccination Effort In Sioux Falls

Feb 23, 2021
Hy-Vee, Sioux Falls

February 23, 2021 Show 994.

Vaccine distribution and administration continues to accelerate in South Dakota. There are different "lanes" of vaccination for residents of the state. Sanford, Avera, and Monument Health have administered tens of thousands of vaccines. The Veterans Administration is now vaccinating veterans 50 and older. Indian Health Services is working quickly to vaccinate tribal community members. And now, pharmacies join the effort as well, as South Dakota seeks to vaccinate people 65 and older.  

February 23, 2021 Show 994.

SD Tourism


Western South Dakota came under national scrutiny for hosting the Sturgis motorcycle rally during the pandemic, and now the region is hosting its biggest wintertime gathering.

The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo brings thousands of visitors to Rapid City for a week's worth of events. There’s the stock show and multiple rodeo performances. There’s a speaker series, art show, trade show and many other things on the packed schedule.

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Shankar Kurra

Jan 4, 2021

In The Moment … January 4th, 2021 Show 966 Hour 2

It took only 11 months to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. The 2 approved vaccines from Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna are being distributed across South Dakota. Some hesitate to get the shot for various reasons, but healthcare professionals encourage those over 18 to get it regardless of prior infection.

Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health

Nursing home residents have gone nearly ten months with limited family contact because of the pandemic. Winter weather brought an end to outdoor visits with loved ones.   

But better access to COVID tests means some facilities are now offering limited indoor visits.


Connecting residents with their family is an important goal for Loren Diekman.  He’s president and CEO of Jenkins Living Center in Watertown. They’ve used video chat and phone calls since the beginning of the pandemic. But in-person visits, even from a distance outdoors, made a big difference.  


The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in South Dakota Monday morning.

The state received 78-hundred doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Most of them are staying in Sioux Falls, where frontline healthcare workers will receive the first of two doses.

Nearly three-thousand vaccine doses arrived in Avera’s shipping dock just before nine on Monday morning. Another three thousand went to Sanford, and 975 went to Monument Health in Rapid City.


Your South Dakota COVID-19 numbers update for December 8th, 2020.

COVID-19 has closed indoor exploration spaces at some of South Dakota’s family-friendly learning destinations, like the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings and South Dakota Discovery Center in Pierre. However, these child-centric institutions have found innovative ways to provide creative and fun learning opportunities to children and families.


Native Americans in South Dakota are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. But the state Secretary of Tribal Relations says the virus is NOT the biggest healthcare issue tribes are facing.

Secretary David Flute is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and is part of Governor Kristi Noem’s administration. He told the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club that his office has received complaints from tribal citizens about lockdowns and checkpoints related to the pandemic.  He says the methamphetamine problem is the biggest healthcare crisis tribal nations in the state are facing.  

SDPB News: COVID Update Dec 7

Dec 7, 2020

Your South Dakota COVID-19 numbers update for December 7th, 2020.

Communicating Our Health & Feelings During COVID

Dec 4, 2020

In this In the Moment podcast, we reevaluate how we think and communicate about our mortality, our loneliness, and our holiday gatherings. In the conversations, we offer knowledge, validation, curiosity, creativity. We’ve got guests who might make you feel a little less alone and tips for navigating this month together: 

Dr. Sabina Kupershmidt - chair of the Interprofessional Health Education Center at USD.

Jill Tyler, Ph.D. - associate professor and chair of communication studies at USD.

SAB Biotherapeutics

More money is flowing to a South Dakota company that hopes to create a treatment for COVID-19.

SAB Biotherapeutics in Sioux Falls is getting $57.5 million from agencies involved in Operation Warp Speed. That’s the government’s effort to find and fund treatments for the disease.


In a field of grass near the State Capitol building in Pierre, more than 800 chairs will sit empty on Thanksgiving morning. Each represents one South Dakotan who’s died from COVID-19 since March.  

The memorial event is organized by healthcare workers, faith leaders, and others who want to remind their neighbors that the pandemic is not political. It has a human cost.  

The group Stop the Spread SD is hosting a livestream of the memorial display on its Facebook page at 10 CT on Thanksgiving morning.  


Governor Kristi Noem says doses of a coronavirus vaccine could be available for South Dakota health care workers and first responders before the end of the year. But how do those vaccines work?

Vaccines save lives by teaching the human body to fight off a virus it hasn’t encountered yet. Smallpox. Polio. Measles. And soon, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Imagine a microscopic ball with spikes — by now you’ve seen illustrations of what the coronavirus looks like.


A newly-approved treatment for COVID-19 is already helping patients in South Dakota.

The antibody treatment is given through an IV, and it could greatly reduce hospitalization rates for high-risk patients.

The drug is called bamlanivimab. The FDA recently granted emergency use authorization to its producer, Eli Lilly. The company reports a 72% reduction in hospitalization risk for patients treated soon after their diagnosis.

SDPB News: COVID Update Nov 17

Nov 17, 2020

Your South Dakota COVID-19 numbers & news update for November 17th, 2020.

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Chad Thury

Nov 16, 2020

In The Moment … November 16, 2020 Show 942 Hour 2

Covid 19 numbers in South Dakota are still rising, hospitals are taking on more patients, and people continue to lose their lives over this disease. On a daily basis, our health professionals continue to learn more and more as we await a vaccine. Dr. Chad Thury is Regional Director of Clinical Quality and Family Medicine Physician at Avera. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

State of Vermont

South Dakota’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic has produced contrasting results: one of the nation’s best economic recoveries, and one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Governor Kristi Noem’s rejection of statewide shelter-in-place orders, business shutdowns and mask mandates has made her a celebrity in the Republican Party. She campaigned for President Trump in 17 states and touted her own record last month in Maine and New Hampshire. 

SDPB News: COVID Numbers Nov 9

Nov 9, 2020

Your South Dakota COVID-19 numbers update for November 9th, 2020.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken is calling on businesses to set the tone for stronger COVID-19 mitigation efforts. He recently expressed frustration with the local Chamber of Commerce. 

The Chamber’s CEO says the group doesn’t have authority beyond encouraging members to follow CDC guidelines. 

Last month, Mayor TenHaken described a business initiative called the Safer Sioux Falls Pledge. He compared it to a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. 

COVID Numbers Nov 3

Nov 3, 2020

The state Department of Health reports one-thousand-and- four new South Dakotans have contracted COVID 19. Eight more South Dakotans have died. The latest numbers bring the state’s death toll to 446 individuals. 480 South Dakotans are hospitalized. That’s a sharp increase of 80 people. 

On The Other Hand

Oct 8, 2020

In The Moment … October 8, 2020 Show 919 Hour 1

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Dakota continue to rise, many people are making tough decisions about staying home, getting tested, and staying isolated from loved ones. Kevin Woster has been living the COVID life after recent exposure to the virus. You can read about his experiences on his blog at  

SDPB News: Sep 15 COVID Numbers

Sep 15, 2020

Your South Dakota COVID-19 numbers update for September 14th, 2020. Follow us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

SDPB News: Sep 10 COVID Numbers

Sep 10, 2020

SDPB brings you a COVID numbers update for September 10th, 2020. Subscribe to the SDPB News podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Dr. Shankar Kurra: Covid-19 Update

Sep 8, 2020

In The Moment … September 8, 2020 Show 897 Hour 1

South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa are three of the highest risk states per capita of COVID-19 spread. Are we all at more risk now because of the size of our outbreak? What kind of treatments are available here at home?  Dr. Shankar Kurra is Vice President of Medical Affairs at Monument Health and joins us today with the latest.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health


Dr. Hoffman Talks Politics & Covid

Sep 8, 2020
Sanford Health

In The Moment … September 8, 2020 Show 897 Hour 1

The scientific method is, by definition, nonpartisan, and unbiased. And yet in an America where political division threatens to be the rule, not the exception, politicized science can cloud how a nation responds to a pandemic. And that can erode trust and put lives at risk.  Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an infectious disease specialist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He writes about the destructive bias of politicized science in South Dakota Medicine. 


In The Moment … September 2, 2020 Show 894 Hour 1

COVID-19 is filling the news. There's COVID-19 in our schools and on our campuses. COVID-19 cases are popping up at a rate more rapid than our recoveries. And, COVID-19 continues to play out in the political arena. It's a good time to gather our Dakota Political Junkies.