SDPB News: Aug 6

Aug 6, 2020

How are schools in the state anticipating students coming back to classrooms... despite still working on plans to do so.

Plus, South Dakota is buzzing with rumors of Amazon coming to Sioux Falls, but Amazon has no comment.

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

News: Apr 18 - 24

Apr 24, 2020

In this week's In the Moment news, Senator Rounds joins us, Chuck Parkinson & Frontline's Miles O'Brien talk the Government's response, Avera answers questions about at home care, and more.


Catching Up With Chuck Parkinson

Apr 22, 2020

In The Moment ... April 22, 2020 Show 801 Hour 2

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... December 11, 2019 Show 717 Hour 1

Mike Huether was elected mayor of South Dakota's largest city in 2010. That's before an events center, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor tennis complex, and years of record-setting construction and economic growth in the city.

He's written a book called "Serve. Lead. Win." In it he argues that the right kind of leadership can move government out of complacency and gridlock and into innovation and abundance.

Jackie Hendry

U.S. Senator John Thune made a classroom visit to New Tech High School in Sioux Falls. In January, students wrote letters to South Dakota’s congressional delegation, and Thune took them up on the invitation. He also answered a variety of student questions—most centering on climate change, and one on the potential of removing the party whip position in Congress. 

Senator Thune says he believes the climate is changing and that human activities are at least partially responsible. He acknowledges it’s important to reduce carbon emissions.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... March 29, 2017 Show 060 Hour 1

We begin the hour by talking about the future of altruistic whistleblowers. We talk with Cody Drolc about the legacy and complexities of Edward Snowden and what advancements in insider threat detection might mean for democracy and transparency in government.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some people are ready for this election to be over. They’re tired of hearing about candidates and ballot measures. They want the political ads to cease, they want campaign signs torn down, and they want the whole thing to go away. But a few local high school students say voters shouldn’t rush the process - and they aren't even old enough to vote. 

She can count the number of days until the 2016 election on one hand, and Kaitlyn Friedrich recoils at the idea that some voters are disinterested in politics.

Dr. Matthew Moen, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota, discusses his current Democracy and Civility tour. He focuses on ideas large and small to improve civility, particularly in legislatures. Moen has presentations scheduled across the state.

Fortis Publishing

Coming from a lower class family in a small town, one politician wants to inspire young people to pursue opportunities and improve current democracy.  Former Senator Larry Pressler has published a new book, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. He says today's democracy is poisonous and voters are apathetic. Pressler wants to rediscover America's ethical core through education, journalism and self-esteem. He also touches on his background in Vietnam and his diverse philosophical and religious views.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s senior US Senator says he supports the Republican nominee for president – regardless of which man wins the race. Senator John Thune notes the election process is far from over. He explained his position on the 2016 election to a group of teenagers.

At New Technology high school in Sioux Falls, government students pepper Thune with questions about foreign policy, terrorism, regulation, and politics. That includes this one about the campaign for president of the United States: is there any candidate that you necessarily support or endorse in this current election?

U.S. House Passes Transportation Bill

Nov 5, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a multi-year transportation bill. Representative Kristi Noem says the measure gives certainty to state officials.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the six year authorization bill allows state transportation officials to complete projects that take many years to plan and implement. She says the hard part is agreeing on funding.

$7-Million In Bush Foundation Grants Target SD Education

Oct 19, 2015
Bush Foundaiton

The Bush Foundation has awarded about $7-million  in grants to boost education initiatives in South Dakota.

The grants aim to add to the number of Native American teachers overall and also to increase the number of indigenous language teachers.   One grant also boosts an effort to build more customized learning strategies for schools.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A coalition of Sioux Falls area leaders is setting priorities for workforce. Business, education, government, and community stakeholders are applying national and local economic data to develop a plan for sustainability. 

Forward Sioux Falls and a company called Market Street services collected data for six months. The information spans across platforms: innovation, economic performance, workforce capacity, quality of life, business environment, labor market, public education, technical programs and higher ed.

Ukraine Referendums

May 13, 2014
RT News

After two controversial self-rule referendums, separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the birth of two new sovereign republics.  The pro-Russian organizers in Donetsk and the neighboring region of Luhansk said an overwhelming majority of those who cast their ballots voted for independence.  The U.S., E.U.

Joe Lowe For Governor

Apr 29, 2014

Joe Lowe, former director of Wildland Fire Suppression, is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in South Dakota.  In a press release following his campaign announcement, Lowe said he's "running because I think our state and country have forgotten who we work for.  We work for you, the people of South Dakota."  Lowe said he supports transparency in government and the expansion of Medicaid.  He also wants to work with tribes and their leaders to improve the quality of life on reservations.  Lowe runs a Rapid City art gallery and leads an emergency management consulting firm.  He fac

"An Anxious Age"

Apr 14, 2014

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

Ukraine On The Brink Of Civil War

Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant Monday for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protestors who stood up for months against his rule. Yanukovych himself has reportedly fled to the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency in which he amassed powers, enriched his allies and family and cracked down on protestors.

President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Jan 29, 2014

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to review President Obama's State of the Union speech and talk about issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans. Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship, and constitutional governance.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 29, 2014

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed included the latest news from the state legislature, Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer's announcement that she's running for governor and a House and Senate conference committee's agreement on a new, five year U.S. farm bill.

Violent Demonstrations In Egypt

Jan 27, 2014

Over the weekend, the third anniversary of Egypt's revolution was marked with violent clashes across the country between pro and anti-government demonstrations. At least 49 people were killed and more than 1,000 arrested. On Sunday interim President Adly Mansour said Egypt will elect a president before voting on a parliament. Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who led the coup ousting Morsi, is expected to run for president this spring. Meanwhile, Syrian peace talks in Geneva have reached a deadlock over the issue of transferring power to a transitional government.

FRONTLINE: To Catch A Trader

Jan 7, 2014

FRONTLINE's "To Catch a Trader" airs Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Director Nick Verbitsky joined Dakota Midday to preview this episode in which FRONTLINE goes inside the government's unprecedented crackdown on insider trading.  The film traces how an insatiable search for trading "edge" ultimately doomed some of the most successful names on Wall Street.  For more information go to

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 2, 2013

Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joins Dakota Midday to discuss the latest in politics. Topics included the government shutdown and the opening of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Lederman Attends Toll Fellowship Program

Aug 27, 2013

Republican State Senator Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes was one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2013.  The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Walcott Toll, is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials.  Lederman discussed this year's program which was held last week in Lexington, Kentucky.

Changes In Egypt's Government

Jul 18, 2013

Two weeks after Egypt's military removed President Mohamed Morsi and interim government has been formed.  Interim head of state Adli Mansour, the judge leading the army-backed administration, swore in 33 mainly liberal and technocratic ministers at the presidential palace on Tuesday.  Tim Schorn, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, provided comment on the recent changes in Egypt's government and what it means for the country's future.

Ellsworth A.F.B. Furloughs

May 20, 2013
Ellsworth Air Force Base

Ellsworth Air Force Base is requiring more than 550 people take furlough days.  Col. Kevin Kennedy joined Dakota Midday to explain how the furloughs will impact people at the base and how Ellsworth fairs in the greater context of budget cuts across government.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 13, 2013

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic reviewed the 2013 South Dakota Legislature.  They also discussed open government legislation and a report that U.S. Senator Tim Johnson will announce his plans for 2014 later this month.

Legislative Review

Mar 12, 2013

State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tim Rave of Baltic and State Senate Minority Leader Jason Frerichs of Wilmot reviewed the 2013 South Dakota Legislative session.  They talked about the legislature's accomplishments and particular items that were successes or disappointments to their respective parties.

America's Growth Corridors

Mar 4, 2013

Joel Kotkin, author of the new Manhattan Institute Study, "America's Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival," identifies four regions in the United States where a combination of low housing costs, above average population growth and business-friendly government can restart the American growth engine.  He says that future economic growth is not likely to be concentrated in the Northeast and California, but rather in less dense, more affordable, and markedly more pro-business growth corridors over the next 40 years.  Kotkin writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for

Impact Of Sequester

Feb 28, 2013

Is the sequester just one big game of political "chicken?"  Dr. Robert Wright, Nef Family Chair of Political Economy & Director of the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions and Regulations at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the possible sequester and whether the advertised impacts are being overstated.