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.

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.