Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

"Mad Mike" Hughes wants to prove Earth is flat. So, he builds a rocket in the hopes that he can launch himself high enough to get a good look to either prove or disprove his theory.

Rocketman: Mad Mike's Mission to Prove the Flat-Earth is a dangerously fun tale of a limo driver turned stuntman. Rapid City natives Toby Brusseau and Michael Linn are the men behind the new documentary. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 13, 2019 Show 574 Hour 1

The Jacob Wetterling Documenatry is ready for an editor but funds are needed to finish the project. There is a trailer release party tonight at 6 at Fernson Brewing Company at 1400 E Robur Drive in Sioux Falls. Minnesota filmmaker Chris Newberry joins us inside the Sioux Falls studio along with associate producer and Sioux Falls native Erica Ticknor.

Searching The Vanished Towns Of South Dakota

Oct 10, 2018

In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 1

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has been on the road in search of vanished towns in South Dakota along with the history behind them.

She joined In The Moment today from our studio in Vermillion with insight on the documentary.

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.

NOVA "Transplanting Hope" Preview

Sep 26, 2018

In The Moment ... September 26. 2018 Show 430 Hour 1

Tonight on SDPB-TV, at 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, NOVA takes you inside the operating room to witness the emotional, high-stakes process of transferring organs from donors to recipients. Meet the doctors, patients and their families.

NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell and filmmaker Niobe Thompson (director and writer) preview NOVA's new documentary.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366 Hour 2

It was the War to End All Wars, and for the past week we've been bringing you conversations on In the Moment about SDPB's new Images of the Past Documentary: From the Great Plains to the Great War.

If you missed the premiere, you can catch the rebroadcast of the film on Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. Producer Brian Gevik visits about researching his latest project.

In The Moment ... June 13, 2018 Show 357 Hour 2

What if you had to learn your family's story by visiting the archives of museums and universities? Kate Beane and her family spent a decade piecing together a story ... that of Charles Alexander Eastman, Ohiyesa in Dakota. He was a doctor and a writer. He described himself as an Indian and as an American.  

Now SDPB and Vision Maker Media present a free, public screening of the documentary Ohiyesa: The Soul of An Indian. Join us Saturday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. at SDPB's Sioux Falls Studio, 601 N. Phillips Avenue, Suite 100.

In The Moment ... The Mission Of Herman Stern

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 1

Herman Stern rescued 125 people from persecution and possible death in Nazi Germany in the 1930's-40's.

Video Arts Studios has produced a documentary about Stern's rescue efforts and his life as a civic leader in North Dakota.  Producers Art Phillips and Carl Oberholtzer shared details of the film with Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton.

In The Moment ... May 8, 2017 Show 088 Hour 2

Dr. Dan Engebretson is chair of the biomedical engineering program at the University of South Dakota. He's also director of the GEAR center. He along with Eric Sandhurst and Yangxi Liu join us to talk about Biomaterials Day in Sioux Falls and how South Dakota scientists collaborate to solve problems and mentor the next generation of scientists.

Art Project Exploring Rural America Stops In SD

Feb 6, 2017
Ashley Hanson

An artist making a documentary about rural America stopped in Rapid City. The project titled Public Transformation explores political divides around the country by sharing stories.

The Public Transformation bus is visiting towns with less than 10,000 throughout the U.S. including the Pine Ridge Reservation. Ashley Hanson is the founder of the documentary project. She planned a route that stretches from San Francisco to Washington D.C. over six weeks.

Hanson says this project was inspired by recent sweeping generalizations made about people in rural areas.

Dakota Midday: The First Official Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2016

The First Official Thanksgiving tells the story of how a group of settlers celebrated Thanksgiving when they landed at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, December 4, 1619 - over a year before the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. "The documentary is about the little known story of America's first English Thanksgiving," says Graham Woodlief, President of the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. Award-winning WCVE PBS Producer and Director Paul Roberts uses the film to tell a local story with local people. The First Official Thanksgiving airs Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. CT, on SDPB-TV.

Lori Walsh speaks with James Jacoby, writer/producer/director of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police.” 

Jacoby examines Newark, New Jersey’s history of police abuses and the deep-rooted challenges of fixing a broken relationship with the community. More than a year in the making, it’s a provocative journey inside one of many police departments across the country that’s now being forced to reform by the Justice Department.

Nine years ago, Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke bought a motorcycle and a video camera and traveled across North Africa and the Middle East. It was what he described as a “crash course in manhood.” During the trip, he struck up a friendship with a Libyan man named Nuri. When revolution broke out in his new friend’s country, VanDyke joined the rebel fighters and documented the war against Muammar Gadhafi. He had a gun in one hand and a camera in the other. He was captured by Gadhafi's forces and spent more than five months in solitary confinement.

Tanka Bar Documentary Has National Premiere

Jul 15, 2015
Courtesy Tribeca Digital Studios

A documentary about a Native American-owned South Dakota business is making its world premiere today as part of a series of short films that celebrate small businesses.

“Buffalo Returns” is a documentary film produced by Tribeca Digital Studios and American Express that tells the story of the “Tanka Bar”. Manufactured by Native American Natural Foods in Kyle, South Dakota the all-natural, buffalo and cranberry snack bar is sold at over 6000 locations in all 50 states.

In the 35 years since they were married, Rapid City couple Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled to some of the world’s most exotic places, usually on bicycle. They’ve biked across African deserts, through the Andes and in the Middle East. Altogether they’ve visited more than 53 countries.

Running Wild Films

South of Hot Springs, some 600 mustangs run free in the 11,000 acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It was established in 1988 by rancher, author and conservationist Dayton O. Hyde as a home for wild mustangs that were being rounded up and sometimes sold for slaughter.

The new film, We Are a Horse Nation, is a documentary about efforts to revive connections between the Oceti Sakowin (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota) peoples and Sunka Wakan Oyae (Horse Nation). It tells stories of how closer relationships with horses are helping children and young adults on reservations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska.

Banker White

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs people of their memories, language, judgment, and personalities. It’s an incurable form of dementia that is most often diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. The Genius of Marian is an intimate, heartbreaking portrait of one woman losing herself to Alzheimer’s and the toll it takes on her family. The documentary airs on SDPB1 Television Monday, September 8 at 9 pm (CT)/8 pm (MT).

The Enduring Legend of Al Capone

Jul 17, 2014
John Binder

More than eighty years after the peak of his power, the legend of mobster Al Capone endures. His name still evokes images of pin-stripe suits and white fedoras.

A new PBS program airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, Al Capone: Icon, follows the gangster's rise from a two-bit hustler to the king of Chicago’s underworld and examines why he continues to fascinate so many Americans.

Bill Margol is senior director of programming and development at PBS and joined Dakota Midday to discuss the program.


Interview With Director of "The New Black"

Jun 11, 2014

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S., Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her latest film, "The New Black," tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The "New Black" will air on Independent Lens at 9:30 pm CT Sunday, June 15, on SDPB-TV. Yoruba Richen joined the program to discuss the filmmaking process and what viewers can expect from this story.

Artists Discuss Last Week's Bike Tour

May 27, 2014
Karri Dieken and Michael Baum

Artists Karri Dieken and Michael Baum, both Black Hills State University graduates and adjunct art instructors, completed a five-day, 442-mile bike ride from Spearfish to Brookings last week.  Along the way they created a series of seismic drawings, a photographic journal and a video documentary.  Their work becomes part of a collaborative exhibit of 10 artist couples from around the United States.  Dieken and Baum are now completing their artwork to display in the Heart to Heart exhibition at the South Dakota State University Art Museum in January.


Apr 14, 2014

Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV will broadcast Ken Burns' newest film, THE ADDRESS. The Learn the Address Initiative launched in November calling for Americans, namely schoolchildren, to recite the Gettysburg Address and post it at Numerous school children and citizens from the South Dakota area participated in the initiative.

"A Quiet Revolution"

Dec 12, 2013

Family, friends, and strangers who had awakenings during the civil rights movement helped fellow citizens with disabilities win independence from impersonal institutional life. Now, 40 years after leaving those institutions, the men and women in A Quiet Revolution will tell their own stories. A Quiet Revolution will feature South Dakotans. This state’s deinstitutionalization movement wasn’t sparked by a care crisis at its facilities, or because of class action lawsuits, as happened some other places.

"The Buffalo King"

Dec 9, 2013

The documentary airs on SDPB-TV tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central.  James “Scotty” Philip, a pioneer South Dakota rancher, is often credited with saving the American Bison from extinction.  His story is told in “The Buffalo King,” a production of Nowlin Town Productions.  Philip and his wife, a Native American, came to Dakota Territory in the late 1800s.  He set out to save the buffalo from extinction by buying a small herd of 74 buffalo.  By the time of his death in 1911, the buffalo herd had grown to more than 1,000.

Nashville 2.0

Nov 21, 2013

Susan Wittenberg, a producer of Nashville 2.0, a documentary which airs tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV, discussed her latest film.  Nashville 2.0 explores the vibrant Americana music scene, a genre the New York Times dubbed “the coolest music scene today.”  Americana is roots-inspired music that draws inspiration from country, folk, bluegrass, R&B, blues, roots rock, bluegrass, gospel, rockabilly, honky-tonk, alternative rock, folk rock, and punk. 



"BURN," A Documentary About Detroit Firefighters

May 30, 2013

"BURN" is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Since 1950, racial tensions and vanishing industry have cut Detroit's population in half from 1.8 million, making it a housing market horror story and leaving behind 80,000 abandoned homes. And in Detroit, social problems manifest themselves in one way - FIRE. The result is a dying city with one of the highest arson rates in the world.

"The 10 Buildings That Changed America"

May 9, 2013

Dan Protess, writer and producer of "10 Buildings That Changed America," joins the program. This new documentary airs Sunday, May 12th, at 9 pm Central on SDPB-TV. "10 Buildings That Changed America" is a journey that will take you across America and inside these groundbreaking works of art and engineering. It is also a journey back in time to discover the shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings were created. And it's a journey inside the imaginations of ten daring architects who set out to change the way we live, work, and play.

"Black Gold Boom"

May 7, 2013

Reporter/producer Todd Melby talks about his documentary series, "Black Gold Boom," on North Dakota's oil boom.  He also shared his thoughts on the recent announcement regarding the Three Fork Formation.  See for more on Melby's series.

Wallace Dow, Builder On The Prairie

May 6, 2013

Wallace Dow has been referred to as the "Builder on the Prairie" and was considered the premier architect of South Dakota in the late 19th century. "W.L. Dow, Architect" is a documentary about the man who came to Dakota Territory in 1880 and built a number of iconic structures - from the original Minnehaha County Courthouse to Old Main on the University of South Dakota campus. The documentary airs tonight on SDPB-TV at 8:00 p.m. Central.