Gov. Kristi Noem has tapped into a deep vein of historical controversy with her request for $5 million to upgrade the state's airplane fleet.


In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1

Hunter Roberts is South Dakota's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. Recently governor Kristi Noem announced a merger between his department and the state's Department of Agriculture. This forms the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Hunter Roberts will oversee this new department.


Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 22, 2020

In The Moment … July 22, 2020 Show 864 Hour 1

A few GOP legislators are at odds with Governor Kristi Noem regarding tribal checkpoints ... and the issue of reopening our schools - why does it have to be so political? For that, we bring in our Dakota Political Junkies. We're joined by Michael Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and up in Lake County, we have Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter.


Seth Tupper Reports: Fireworks Funding

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 14, 2020 Show 858 Hour 1

It takes months to plan an event like the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3rd. And we are still learning about the details of funding the fireworks. SDPB's Seth Tupper joins us now with a look at how this story has unfolded and what happens next.  Seth joins us from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in SDPB's Black Hills Studio.

SDPB News: July 2

Jul 2, 2020

Where is the money coming from to fund the fireworks display at Mount Rushmore? This and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today. 

"Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan"

Jun 25, 2020
Good Samaritan Society

In The Moment … June 25, 2020 Show 846 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has released her "Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan." The multi-phase guidelines are used by nursing homes and assisted living facilities to shape policies for keeping residents safe during the pandemic.  Nate Schema is the executive vice president and COO of the Good Samaritan Society. He joins us to talk about the potential application of the plan in South Dakota facilities. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City


SDPB News: June 24

Jun 24, 2020

How can Gov. Noem use the $1.25 billion in federal aid? And, what’s the best way to understand contemporary Native American issues?  

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


In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem took the podium in Sioux Falls today for a press conference that focused on federal relief money and how it stands to impact counties and cities in South Dakota. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for a recap.

How much of the 1.25 billion in CARES funding will the state’s cities and counties be receiving?

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 17, 2020

In The Moment … June 17, 2020 Show 840 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies

May 6, 2020

In The Moment … May 6, 2020 Show 811 Hour 2

Governor Noem bristles at some of the reporting on her. Is the reporting fair? Does the Governor have political aspirations on the national scale? And how does the state deal with an expected budget shortfall? The Dakota Political Junkies have their work cut out for them! We're joined by Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and by Sioux Falls Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis.

Federalism & State Governments In A Pandemic.

Apr 27, 2020

In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 8, 2020

In The Moment ... April 8, 2020 Show 791 Hour 2

Lee Strubinger: Veto Day Recap

Mar 31, 2020

In The Moment ... March 31, 2020 Show 785 Hour 1

Now, we see what happened to the Governor's 10 bill legislative package and the state budget during yesterday's Veto Day. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us with more.

News: Jan 25 - 31

Jan 31, 2020

In this week's news coverage, you'll hear about a proposed ban on banning plastic straws and bags, a roll-back on gun restrictions, an experts take on House Bill 1057, and much more.

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Statehouse: Jan 28, 2020

Jan 28, 2020

The Statehouse podcast is SDPB Radio's legislative podcast that features a compilation of the top stories coming from Pierre. 

In today's edition, you will hear about a bill that look to place a ban on the banning of plastic straws and bags. All this and more in today's Statehouse podcast.


Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 4, 2019

In The Moment ... December 4, 2019 Show 712

Governor Kristi Noem, in her budget address Tuesday, announced $9 million in reductions to state agencies. "Money is tight this year," prefaced Noem.

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss the governor's proposed 2021 budget. They also visit about the resignation of Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan. County Commissioners approved a $35,000 payment in exchange for his resignation.

2019 Fiscal Year Surplus

Jul 18, 2019

In The Moment ... July 18, 2019 Show 618 Hour 2

The State of South Dakota is ending its 2019 fiscal year with a 19.4 million dollar surplus. That fiscal year ended on June 30th.

Governor Kristi Noem says the state did not spend as much as the legislature anticipated. However, revenue collections came in lower than anticipated.

The appropriations committee will meet next week to pour over the FY19 budget and get a sense of revenue forecasts going forward.

SDPB’s Lee Strubinger is with us to unpack some of FY19 and what the future holds for the state budget.

In The Moment ... March 20, 2019 Show 539 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem has toured the storm-and-flood-impacted regions of the state.

We caught up with Governor Noem on the phone yesterday afternoon. We talked about the opportunities for accessing federal funds, several pieces of legislation she recently signed, how might the state's budget be impacted by the introduction of the national motto in public schools and what's next in the conversation over the pipeline legislation designed to target the funding of violence at otherwise peaceful protests?


Lori Walsh

President Donald Trump made his first appearance in South Dakota today. He stopped in Sioux Falls for a private fundraising event in support of U.S. Representative Kristi Noem’s bid for South Dakota Governor. 

Air Force One touched down at the Sioux Falls Airport shortly after 3 p.m. A group of about 50 supporters greeted the president, who shook a few hands before heading to the motorcade.

In The Moment ... July 24, 2018 Show 385 Hour 1

From a recap of the Western Governors Association meeting in Rapid City to the impact of a state win in the U.S. Supreme Court, the news from Pierre don't cool in the summer months.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joined In The Moment with an insight on the lastest events.

In The Moment ... May 21, 2018 Show 341 Hour 2

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is entering the final months of his second and last term as governor.

Daugaard joined SDPB TV's Stephanie Rissler on South Dakota Focus last week for a recap of his time as the state's chief executive.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us for a recap of the interview...

In The Moment ... March 27, 2018 Show 305 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a look at news from Pierre. SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us from the Black Hills Bureau.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 4, 2017 Show 086 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke sits down with Minneapolis indie band "Night Moves" ahead of their concert this week at Total Drag in Sioux Falls.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 18,2017 Show 075 Hour 2

Each week on Wednesdays, we invite some of the top political journalists in the state to join us as part of the Dakota Political Junkies. Today we have Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis, from the Argus Leader. We talk about early indicators for the tone of the 2018 race for governor and more.

April is National Poetry Month. Today we celebrate with a few of the Dakota Women Poets.

In The Moment ... March 30, 2017 Show 061 Hour 2

Mary Moller is an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She's certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric mental health nursing and as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. She's lecturing tonight at 7 p.m. at South Dakota State University’s Student Union in Brookings. Her talk is called "There is No Health without Mental Health: Our Nation in Crisis. We look at the history, the politics, and the human impact of treating brain illnesses in America.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 14, 2017 Show 049 Hour 2

SDPB Podcaster Hugh Weber joins us to talk about the extraordinary power of the tangible. Today we meet PunkPost founder Alexis (Lex) Monson. PunkPost allows users to text a message through the app to a scriptist who then hand scripts onto a letter-pressed card and send it in the mail.


In The Moment ... January 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 1

Guests: Tony Venhuizen, author of The Governor's of South Dakota; SDPB's Victoria Wicks, national seed swap day; Tong Wang, South Dakota State University extension specialist; Mike Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls

In The Moment...January 24 2017 Show 015 Hour 1

Guests: Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota; Mike Wiser, writer & producer

Governor Daugaard: State Must Learn From Gear-UP

Jan 13, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the state needs to examine the Gear Up scandal and learn how to avoid similar situations in the future.   

Shortly after the state terminated its relationship with administrating organization, the Mid-Central Education Cooperative, an employee at the program killed himself and his family.  

 Daugaard says the state needs to do a better job ensuring that outside agencies it does business with are adhering to ethical practices.

He made the statements on today’s Dakota Midday. 

Governor Backs Education Boost, Medicaid Expansion In SoS

Jan 12, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his State of the State Address to lawmakers on Tuesday.   Here is a rundown of the highlights.  

You can find the entire address archived here.