In The Moment: Labor Market Shifts, Sturgis 81, And Dust Storms

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We preview the 81st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the city's mayor, Mark Carstensen.

Are the Great Plains poised for another Dust Bowl? We talk with USD geologist Mark Sweeney about heatwaves, drought, and the new problems caused by modern irrigation.

The U.S. labor market is shifting in significant ways. Morning Macro with Joe Santos takes a look at patterns in South Dakota and possible explanations for the flux.

South Dakota Mines epidemiologist Elizabeth Racz, Ph.D., offers insight into current COVID reporting in South Dakota and why it conflicts with CDC reporting.

With heat advisories in effect across the state, drought conditions are worsening. Laura Edwards is SDSU Extension's State Climatologist. She joins us with this week's drought monitor update.

In The Moment: Governor Noem Heads To The Southern Border

Jul 28, 2021
Office of Governor Kristi Noem

South Dakota health care providers are striving to provide access to people seeking the COVID vaccine. Michaela Sieber is the executive director of the SDUIH Clinic. She joins us to talk about the group's pop-up clinic at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

Thunder Valley CDC is doing first-time-home-buyers classes for Native Americans. SDPB's Richard Two Bulls joins us with more.

In The Moment: The Women Who Shaped The West

Jul 28, 2021
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Parents preparing for back to school are learning more about district policies for COVID mitigation, in-person learning, and vaccine reporting. Bart Pfankuch is the content director for South Dakota News Watch.

The first West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools have been detected in South Dakota, along with the first human virus detection of 2021. South Dakota's state epidemiologist Josh Clayton joins us for an update.

The drought in South Dakota is causing issues all across the state including ranching. Eliza Blue and her husband Max are experiencing real-life problems on their ranch in Perkins County.

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How do vegetation and ground cover impact soil erosion, water quality, and our ecosystem? Brett Lingwall from South Dakota Mines talks about a new living laboratory.

SDPB's Richard Two Bulls introduces us to a new program called LIFT — Early Career Support for Native Artists which is aimed to develop and realize new projects.

Poetry from Studio 47 reaches a milestone today with the broadcast of its 100th episode. We talk with creators Patrick Hicks and Peter Folliard about bringing poetry to the South Dakota airwaves through the power of public media.


Drought conditions are worsening in South Dakota with 72 percent of the state experiencing moderate drought. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie joins us for an update.  


Now that hearing aids are offered over the counter, should South Dakotans should bypass an audiologist to get hearing assistance? We talk with Jennifer Phelan, a Vermillion area audiologist.

Megan Feighery reports on restaurant entrepreneurship during the pandemic.

When Governor Kristi Noem spoke at last weekend's Family Council Summit she took aim at some fellow GOP members while criticizing President Biden's handling of the country. SDSU Political Science Professors David Wiltse and Lisa Hager discuss during the Dakota Political Junkies segment.

South Dakota Department of Corrections

Portions of South Dakota have entered stage 1 fire restrictions beginning today. Ryan Cumbow is Acting Zone Fire Management Officer for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands; he discusses what this means.

SDPB's Arielle Zionts talks with state penitentiary employees about the recent upheaval and firings at the facility.


COVID-19 cases are on a bit of an uptick in western South Dakota. Dr. Shankar Kurra from Monument Health joins us to discuss the latest with the delta variant.

Secretary Marcia Hultman of the South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation joins us with an update on the economic recovery and back-to-work in South Dakota.

Laura Edwards comes on to discuss the drought situation after the recent rainfall. 

Lee Strubinger joins us with a back and forth on the Department of Corrections allegations. Read Lee's latest reporting here.

Jim Furnish is a consulting forester with a 34-year career in the USDA Forest Service. His memoir is called "Toward a Natural Forest." It recaps a tumultuous time in Forest Service history and offers hopes for transformation.

SD Home Garden joins us to preview the latest episode on tropical plants.

  • President Biden's American Rescue Plan is designed to provide relief to Americans and stimulate the economy. The plan ultimately granted Tribes authorization to use these funds to do the same in their jurisdictions. The Oglala Sioux Tribe went live recently with their COVID-10 Household Economic Assistance Program that will provide assistance to eligible tribal members whose households have been negatively affected by COVID.

In The Moment: State Secretary Of Health Talks Delta Variant

Jul 13, 2021

SDPB's Arielle Zionts talks about the latest with Nick Tilsen and the NDN Collective. Tilsen has entered a diversion program, today we learn what that is. Click here to see Tilsen's supporting documents and his memo in support of a motion to dismiss charges.

Opioid addiction medication-assisted treatments are limited in the state. South Dakota News Watch investigative reporter Danielle Ferguson is with us as we look into a Reporter's Notebook.

The Badlands National Park is seeking a dark sky sanctuary designation. Tom Durkin is deputy director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, he joins us with more on dark skies in western South Dakota. 

The remaining $127 million dollars in American Rescue Plan funds are going to be released to South Dakota.  Mary Staddick Smith is the Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education, she discusses how the state will use the money.

Faith Bottum is a graduate of South Dakota Mines and has been selected as the 2021 Rago Fellow for excellence in journalism. This grants her a 9-month internship with the Wall Street Journal.

In The Moment: Clayton Ryan Returns For A 'Moment In Sound'

Jul 9, 2021

Portions of South Dakota have seen rain the last few days. Was it enough to change the drought monitor map? Laura Edwards is the SDSU Extension State Climatologist. She joins us with insight.

How are federal dollars being used to stabilize childcare in South Dakota. We talk with Laurie Gill, Secretary of the Department of Social Services about an infusion of $25 million and what it means for families.  

Singer/songwriter Clayton Ryan returns for Moment in Sound. He'll play live from the SDPB Black Hills studios and offer a recorded new release as well.

SDPB's Laura Johnson joins us with a report on the Midco "Fiber Forward" plan and U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson's thoughts on internet infrastructure in South Dakota.

More than 56 percent of South Dakota is experiencing extreme drought. SDPB's Lee Strubinger reports on the drought's impact and relevance.

One of America's largest teacher unions is prepared to defend the teaching of what the group calls "honest history." Dakota Political Junkies Pam Carriveau and Jon Hunter join us for an analysis of the ongoing battle over critical race theory.

Farmers Business Network has released the 2021 U.S. Acreage Report. Chief Economist Kevin McNew is with us to discuss its findings.

On Sunday, NDN Collective held a protest march in Rapid City titled “The Fourth of You Lie.” SDPB's Arielle Zionts joins us to discuss the protest.

Central Bank digital currency or CBDC is the central bank's answer to Bitcoin. Morning Macro has Joe Santos discussing what the Federal Reserve's plan might be moving forward.

State Climatologist Laura Edwards is with us today for an update on drought conditions in South Dakota.

We look at suicide prevention in South Dakota with Bridget Swier. Swier is the communications and outreach director at the Front Porch Coalition in Rapid City.