dakota life

New Season of Dakota Life Premiers Sept 7th

Sep 2, 2020

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

The new season of Dakota Life premiers Monday, September 7th at 9 CT 8 MT on SDPB TV. And it's going to look different this year! Here to tell us more is SDPB's Larry Roher.

Arts, literature, and music reporting on SDPB is supported by the Northern State University School of Fine Arts. More information available at northern.edu

Dakota Life Virtual

May 4, 2020

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 2

As with everything these days, the word virtual seems to be front and center. Dakota Life is a show on SDPB that features stories about interesting South Dakota people, places, and things and is usually seen on SDPB TV the first Thursday of each month. But guess what, it’s gone virtual. SDPB’s Director of Content Larry Rohrer is host of these episodes and joins us with more.


Albert & Gage

Apr 17, 2020

In The Moment ... April 17, 2020 Show 798 Hour 1

Christine Albert and Chris Gage, otherwise known as Albert and Gage, like many other professional musicians, are at home and unable to travel and perform. So they are improvising with virtual concert performances, fundraising to support the local entertainment community in Austin Texas. They recently spent some time on the Dakota Life virtual stage to share music with their fans in South Dakota.


Albert & Gage

Apr 10, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 10, 2020 Show 793 Hour 1

Chris Gage and Christine Albert are regular performers in the Midwest and work with many nationally known artists on the road and at their home recording studio. Along with music, they will share how their performing lives have changed, how they are reaching out virtually and through social media. For SDPB's Dakota Life, Larry Rohrer connected with Albert & Gage in their Austin studio. 

Dakota Life Preview

Feb 5, 2020

In The Moment ... February 5, 2020 Show 747 Hour 1

Dakota Life is a series on SDPB TV focused on stories about interesting South Dakota people, places, and things. New episodes air the first Thursday of each month at 8 Central time, 7 Mountain time.

Tomorrow's episode features the work of SDPB's Melissa Hammersma Sievers. She, SDPB's Katy Beem, and SDPB's Jackie Hendry join us to discuss the upcoming episode.


In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

A new episode of Dakota Life includes everything from a World War II aircraft to South Dakota's love of chislic.

SDPB Producers Melissa Hamersma Sievers, Bob Bosse and Brian Gevik share stories about their inclusions to the November episode. It airs Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

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


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 2

Thursday night's episode of Dakota Life celebrates the human spirit.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers and SDPB's Stephanie Rissler preview segments on "Trevor's Legacy" and an 82-year-old marathon runner.

See Dakota Life on SDPB-TV Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Central/7:00 p.m. Mountain.

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

Dakota Life Preview

Sep 5, 2019

In the Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 1

Guitars and country music are prevalent in Thursday night's episode of Dakota Life as the new season begins at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers and SDPB arts reporter Kevin Patten join In The Moment for a look at the new episode and the upcoming season.

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

Dakota Life Preview

May 1, 2019

In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 2

SDPB-TV is always looking for the people, places and things that make South Dakota unique.

Thursday night's episode will feature spring turkey hunting, Goat Island on the Missouri River, slacklining in the Black Hills and the food trucks of Sioux Falls.

SDPB-TV producers Melissa Hammersma-Sievers, Brad Van Osdel and Michael Zimny visit about their individual pieces. 

Dakota Life Roams Through History

Dec 7, 2018

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 2

Experience a trip through the South Dakota Oral History Center. Learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Dakota. And, visit Yankton for a re-enactment of the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition's white pirogue.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers previews the new episode of Dakota Life on SDPB-TV, Thursday (12/6) at 8:00 p.m. Central.

21st Season Of Dakota Life

Oct 2, 2018

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

Ask yourself, what makes our state unique? Is it girls playing high school football, demolition derby or rodeo? The answer is all of the aforementioned and then some.

A new episode of Dakota Life is this Thursday at 8pm Central on SDPB television. Melissa Hamersma Sievers, producer of Dakota Life, joined In The Moment for a preview.

In The Moment ... October 2, 2017 Show 189 Hour 2

The history of hot air ballooning begins right here, in South Dakota. For this week's Images of the Past we talk about the quest to float safely aloft in a unique aircraft. Joining us now is Orvin Olivier. He's a hot air balloon history expert, a former Raven Industry employee, and a 40-year balloon pilot.

SDPB's Andrew Bork joins us with an update on one woman's search for the 84 men who signed a spoil of war. Bork shares the original segment from Dakota Life as well as new conversations with the women who found a Nazi banner in her mother's attic.

Watch Dakota Life Live Oct 2 - 8pm CT

Oct 2, 2014

Be a tourist with Dakota life as we climb Harney Peak, stroll around Rapid City, take a trip along US Highway 83 and stop by Wall Drug. Click here to watch it LIVE Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 pm CT  (7 MT)

Dakota life examines the people, places and history of South Dakota each month. The half-hour program travels throughout the state to strengthen our knowledge about the state and the bonds between people who live here. 


Gold mines are dusty dirty places; full of mud, seeping water and grime.  It’s a different place if that mine is turned into a world-class underground science lab. Stepping off the lift and into the Sanford Underground lab at Homestake is like stepping into a hospital operating room only cleaner.  The walls here are vacuumed regularly and even grated stairs are meticulously scrubbed with alcohol wipes by hand.  Here we’ll introduce you to the woman whose job it is to keep the lab clean and the experiments dust free.

Kyle Mork

Summer Camp is a fond memory for many of us in South Dakota.  Nature trails, lakes and bonfires still take us back in time.  But for many with disabilities it’s an experience they cannot relate to--until now. 

Joy Nelson has two passions – 1880’s history and horses
 “I was horse crazy since the time I could talk. …  My parents have the old movies they dressed me up like the little girl I’m supposed to be but I’m dressed up in my cowboy hat and boots and belt on riding my rocking horse with my dress on – it was always there,” says Nelson.