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.

ISIS did not exactly come out of nowhere. There were warning signs, strategic missteps, and political decisions that got us where we are today … and where ISIS is today. A new FRONTLINE investigates the “Secret History of ISIS.” It premiers on SDPB-TV on Tuesday, May 17. 9 p.m Central, 8 p.m. Mountain.

Joining Dakota Midday to lay out the history of the brutal terrorist group is FRONTLINE producer and reporter Jim Gilmore. 

FRONTLINE brings you "Children of Syria" tonight on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about telling the truth and making art amidst the rubble and hope of the human experience.

Tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. CT, SDPB-TV airs the premiere of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Chasing Heroin.” 

This intense documentary explores how America is experimenting with radical new approaches to the drug problem in the face of a heroin epidemic.  Following four addicts in Seattle, the film probes U.S. drug policy and investigates what happens when addiction is treated like a public health crisis, not a crime. 

Dakota Midday host sits down with Walt Bogdanich, an investigative reporter at The New York Times FRONTLINE correspondent. 

FRONTLINE premieres “The Fantasy Sports Gamble,” a collaboration with the New York Times, tonight at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV and online at 

It's estimated that half of all Americans take a health supplement every day, from fish oil to multivitamins to diet pills.  The booming $30 billion plus vitamins and supplements industry says these products can make consumers healthier, but "Supplements and Safety," a new FRONTLINE investigation with the New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, raises troubling questions.  Director/producer Neil Docherty discussed the episode which premieres Tuesday night (1/19) at 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Tim Schorn, Director, International Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science/International Studies at the University of South Dakota.  

Dakota Midday: "Immigration Battle"

Oct 20, 2015

Tuesday night (10/20) at 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, and Liz Patro, a Portland, Oregon-based writer whose short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines join Dakota Midday.


Last August ISIS moved into the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq, killed hundreds of Yazidi men and abducted hundreds of the minority sect’s women and children. The women who have managed to escape tell horrific accounts of brutal sexual enslavement and the rape of Yazidi girls as young as nine.

A group of Yazidi women demands international help to rescue their relatives abducted by ISIS at a protest in a camp for displaced people in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

Last August ISIS moved into the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq, killed hundreds of Yazidi men and abducted hundreds of the minority sect’s women and children. The women who have managed to escape tell horrific accounts of brutal sexual enslavement and the rape of Yazidi girls as young as nine.

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The story of Caitlyn Jenner has brought a flood of attention to transgender issues over the past few weeks, but tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary goes beyond the celebrity tabloids and takes a thought-provoking, intimate and complicated look at children who are transgender.

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After the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Iraqi forces had vastly outnumbered the militants, but showed no will to fight. Iraqi officials responded by blaming the U.S. for not delivering crucial weapons.

When President Obama first ran for office, he campaigned on ending the war in Iraq and keeping the U.S. out of new military conflicts. But now his administration is trying to defeat the ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria without dragging the U.S. into a prolonged regional conflict.

FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics And Torture"

May 19, 2015

SDPB-TV presents FRONTLINE "Secrets, Politics and Torture," the dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's interrogation methods, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Central.  Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.  Mike Wiser, writer and producer for FRONTLINE with the Kirk Documentary Group, previewed the new piece on Dakota Midday.

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Salmonella found on chicken has become one of the top food safety issues in the U.S. Around one in four pieces of raw chicken is estimated to be contaminated with salmonella today.

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Since the Ebola epidemic started over a year ago in a remote village in Guinea, an estimated 10,000 people have died. Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary, Outbreak, airing on SDPB1-TV at 9, CT; 8, MT,  investigates the epidemic that devastated West Africa. Filmmaker and journalist Dan Edge joined Dakota Midday and discussed the outbreak's origins and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

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Two years ago, a federal judge sentenced American-born David Coleman Headley to 35 years in prison for his role in planning the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 160 people.

Tonight’s FRONTLINE documentary produced in collaboration with ProPublica, American Terrorist, reveals how secret electronic surveillance missed catching Headley and the Mumbai plotters and how Headley planned a Charlie Hebdo-like assault against a Danish newspaper.

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Vaccines have changed the world by largely eradicating a series of diseases, but some parents in the U.S. are choosing not to vaccinate their children -  this despite pressure from medical and public health officials and warnings of the return of preventable diseases once thought to be eliminated.

Measles, mumps and whooping cough have been making a comeback. Late last year there was an outbreak of measles at Disneyland. South Dakota reported its first case of measles since 1997 in December. That outbreak centered around Mitchell and totaled more than a dozen cases.

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Because doctors are trained to fix problems, it’s difficult for many of them to talk about the one thing they can’t fix: death. In his book, Being Mortal, surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande explores how the medical profession could better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose.

Dakota Midday: 'Putin's Way'

Jan 12, 2015

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the pro-Russia separatist battle in eastern Ukraine and a deepening economic crisis have observers wondering what Russian president Vladimir Putin will do next. A new Frontline report  goes behind the latest headlines and investigates Putin’s ascent from an unemployed KGB agent to a modern-day czar.

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The NRA has been described as the most feared special interest group in Washington, D.C. A new PBS/Frontline report explores how the NRA re-invented itself from a group of hunters and sportsmen to a powerful lobbying force opposing any infringement on the right to bear arms. The documentary, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, airs this evening on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.  PBS/Frontline reporter and producer Jim Gilmore joined Dakota Midday and discussed the NRA's political power.


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What are the moral responsibilities of a company doing business in a foreign country consumed by war? That’s the question at the center of tonight’s FRONTLINE/ProPublica documentary, Firestone and the Warlord. It airs tonight on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.

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A year ago few people in the U.S. year had heard of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Today the group has a presence from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad and controls some of Iraq’s biggest cities, including Mosul. The U.S. and coalition forces have conducted airstrikes in both Syria and Iraq while debates continue over whether American ground forces are needed to defeat ISIS. The Obama administration’s efforts in the fight against ISIS have become an issue in the mid-term elections.

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Some 4,000 people in West Africa have been confirmed infected with Ebola since the outbreak started in March. Around half have died of the disease. The World Health Organization says responders need to be prepared for an “exponential increase” in cases in upcoming weeks. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control.”


More than two years after the U.S. left Iraq, the country is falling into chaos and threatening to pull the Obama administration back into the conflict. Parts of Iraq including Mosul in the north and much of Anbar Province in the west are now under control of ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile political leaders in Baghdad are struggling to keep the country together. “Losing Iraq,” a new PBS Frontline report airing Tuesday on SDPB-TV, explores how events reached this point. It explores the U.S.

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Sixty years ago in the Brown vs Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court declared racially segregated unconstitutional. Ten years later President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which guaranteed all Americans equal protection under the law. Under Johnson, the federal government began an aggressive push to integrate schools. But the racial divide in schools has grown over the past couple decades.

FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets

May 13, 2014

How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?  As the national debate over safety vs. privacy rages, FRONTLINE presents a two-part series called "United States of Secrets" (May 13 & 20) that tells the inside story of the U.S. government's massive secret surveillance program - from 9/11, to the Edward Snowden revelations, up through the present.  Filmmaker Jim Gilmore, reporter and co-producer of Part 1, visited with Karl Gehrke about FRONTLINE's "United States of Secrets."  SDPB-TV airs FRONTLINE Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

"TB Silent Killer"

Mar 24, 2014

Frontline's "TB Silent Killer" airs on SDPB-TV Tuesday, March 25th at 9:00 pm, Central; 8 pm, Mountain. Tuberculosis was once thought to be a disease of the past. But with more than 8 million new infections every year, virulent new drug-resistant strains emerging faster than ever, and outbreaks occurring across the world (including in Europe and the United States), TB - passed simply by a cough or a sneeze - has become the second leading cause of death from an infectious disease on the planet.

FRONTLINE: Secrets Of The Vatican

Feb 25, 2014

A year ago, after receiving a confidential dossier on troubles in the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI became the first Pope in nearly 600 years to resign.  In "Secrets of the Vatican," FRONTLINE exposes the threats and scandals that rocked Benedict's papacy: a far reaching clergy sex abuse crisis; money laundering and corruption at the Vatican Bank; and Vatileaks - the release of internal documents revealing cronyism, power struggles and allegations of blackmail within the Holy See.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke was joined by award winning director Antony Thomas who spent a year on this pro

FRONTLINE: Generation Like

Feb 13, 2014

Thanks to social media, today's teens are able to directly interact with their culture - artists, celebrities, movies, brands and even one another - in ways never before possible.  But is that real empowerment or do marketers still hold the upper hand?  In "Generation Like," author and FRONTLINE correspondent Doug Rushkoff explores how the perennial teen quest for identity and connection has migrated to social media - and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with these young consumers.  "Generation Like" can be seen Tuesday, February 18, at 9:00 p.m.