Kids and Family

In The Moment ... June 13, 2018 Show 357 Hour 1

This month, NPR brings you a new series called "How to Raise a Human." Follow the hashtag on social medial or on

SDPB brings those conversations home to South Dakota by welcoming pediatricians and parenting coaches and parents to talk about the glorious and messy and marvelous journey that is parenting.

Sue Illg is a parenting coach at Sanford Health.  She talks about "Helping the Mother."

Pay Attention!

Jun 7, 2018
Sanford Health

In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

In one of NPR's upcoming How to Raise a Human reports Michaleen Doucleff travels to rural Mexico to discover a group of Mayan children with extraordinary abilities to pay attention.

SDPB is bringing How to Raise a Human home to South Dakota.  Shane Hamilton, an Integrated Health Therapist with Sanford Health, expands on the subject.

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 1

As scientists learn more about genetics, do we need a new definition of heredity? How is it that over the last few generations, we have gotten taller and smarter? Award-winning New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer is the first journalist to have his whole genome sequences and analyzed. His new book is called "She Has Her Mother's Laugh: the Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity."

SDPB's Cara Hetland, host of In the Moment's Innovation, spoke with the author.

Study Shows Broad Impact of Head Start in Rural Areas

Apr 16, 2018

A study by the Center for American Progress on Head Start shows the program impacts more than early childhood education. The report finds Head Start programs account for 60% of childcare centers in rural South Dakota. 

South Dakota Public Broadcasting



Courtesy “Embracing Our Children’s Health”

When two severely malnourished and abused girls were found on the Pine Ridge Reservation last November….community members near and far gathered to take action. The newly-formed “Embracing Our Children’s Health” group focuses on empowering, encouraging, assisting, and supporting existing programs and organizations... for children and families on the reservation.Founder, Patty Pourier, says members are determined to make the organization an “action based group.”  

Roger Bultena family

Some stories stay with a reporter long after they've aired. A recent story about organ donation from SDPB's Kealey Bultena has her reconsidering how she listens to stories from her grandfather. She wrote about her personal experience growing up with tales from her grandpa's corneal transplants in a post called The Vision To Listen, and she talks with Lori Walsh on In The Moment about how her reporting has changed her personal perspective.


Last week the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls announced that it would close its doors before Christmas. A letter from their board of directors said passage of a ballot initiative capping payday lending interest loans impacted the decision. The board added that the majority of donations to the nonprofit music academy came from Dollar Loan Center and, without that sort of funding, the nonprofit would have to be dissolved.

Two SD Students Featured On National TV

Feb 15, 2016
Jeopard Productions Inc.

Hannah Norem is a sophomore at Augustana University. She made it into the semi-final round of College Jeopardy and is taking home a $10,000 prize.

“I thought, you know it’s a big deal being on Jeopardy. 12,000 people tried out and only 15 people made it,” says Norem.

During her first round of jeopardy Norem experienced a three-way tie. Then in her second round she barely fell short of making it into the finals.

Dakota Midday: Water Safety

Jul 28, 2015
American Red Cross

July has proved to be a deathly month on the water in South Dakota. Over the weekend two more people died in separate drowning accidents in Lake Madison and Lake Francis Case near Pickstown. Brian Shawn, regional communications officer for the American Red Cross, says water safety needs to be addressed to prevent future drownings.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

According to an annual report released on Tuesday, South Dakota ranks 18th nationally in overall child well-being. That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report compares child well-being in every state based on economics, education, family and community and health.

Boadwine Farm Hosts ‘Know Your Milk’ Tour

Jul 5, 2015
Erin Mairose

Ag United is hosting farm tours this summer to show families where their food comes from. The tours include dairy, pig, and cattle farms in the Sioux Falls area.

Boarding a bus full of excited kids and families, the ‘Know Your Milk Tour’ departs from Sioux Falls to the dairy farm near Baltic. Arriving, kids are eager to get off and see the dairy calves waiting to be fed.

The dairy produces 17,000 gallons of milk each day. Lynn Boadwine is a fourth generation dairy farmer that has expanded the dairy from 40 cows to 1,500 since the 1980’s.


May 19, 2015
Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E.

Luke's Bike

Apr 12, 2015

What started out as a class effort to get enough online votes in a contest has turned into a fundraising effort to get a special bike for a classmate. This is a story about teamwork and a simple question of why not?

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire is looking for male mentors to match with kids. There are currently 40 boys on the waiting list. The requirements are a minimum of four hours per month with a one year commitment. Mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire operates in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Watertown. The organization's executive director, Jami Gates, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the need for male mentors.

What's Next After Tribal Nations Conference?

Dec 8, 2014

Last week, President Obama announced an initiative aimed at improving conditions and opportunities for American Indian youth.  Josie Raphaelito, Program Manager at the Center for Native American Youth attended the event.  Marilyn Fox, a Native Youth Ambassador and high school student on the Standing Rock Reservation, had the opportunity to speak at the conference.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos to visit about the initiative's next steps.

Happy Halloween from PBS KIDS

Oct 31, 2014

Check out these PBS KIDS activities.  Games, activities for families, interactives and more!

More Than a Mapp

Oct 23, 2014
Independent Lens

More Than a Mapp is a free iPhone and iPod app that allows users to discover and contribute to the African American history that exists all around us.

Educators Guide:

Earth Friendly Halloween Craft

Oct 23, 2014

Want to make a hauntingly easy AND recyclable craft? Don't throw out that egg carton, recycle it with Plum Landing.

FREE Space Racers App

Oct 20, 2014
Space Race, LLC.

Space Racers, a new series on SDPB, has a NEW App! The brand new FREE SpaceRacers! App is a twist on traditional flying games, with 8 engaging worlds and 32 rounds of game-play. Through self-directed play, children will explore the concept of cause and effect as they pilot the spaceships through progressively challenging – and engaging – courses.!/id918543410?ls=1&mt=8  

The Space Racers series airs on SDPB TV, Thursdays, 2:00pm CT.  

PBS NewsHour

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. It comes from an extended family of viruses called Filoviridae, which also include the deadly Marburg virus.

As the virus spreads and medical workers feverishly battle to contain it, PBS NewsHour wanted to know, how exactly is this virus transmitted from human to human?  Read the following article to learn more about the process of transmission.

Science Friday: Picture of the Week

Sep 26, 2014
Science Friday

Do you like to look at cool science/nature photos? If the answer is yes, then check out Science Friday's “Picture of the Week" blog!  

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Sep 26, 2014

Buffalo have had a place in Custer State Park since the first herd of 36 animals was brought to the park in 1914. Thriving in their native habitat, the herd quickly outgrew the amount of forage available on the park's pastures and rangelands. Park managers faced the prospect of losing both the rangeland and the buffalo, but they knew that by occasionally gathering together almost all of the buffalo and culling a select few from the herd, the forage would be conserved and the buffalo and other grazing animals in the park would likely have enough to eat year after year.

Lakota Funds Aims For Financial Literacy In Youth

Sep 24, 2014
Courtesy Lakota Funds

During the last recession there was a lot of talk about financial literacy.

How Did SD Tourism Look in 1938?

Sep 18, 2014

In 1938, the Burlington Northern Railroad produced and distributed a film in an effort to draw people to the Black Hills. The film would likely have been shown in movie theaters in advance of the featured program. Watch the film today and then compare it to modern tourism videos.


Sep 18, 2014

NEW! Social Skills Video Series for Preschool Children

SDPB is Excited to Offer Affies4Kids. The Affies4Kids® Preschool Series introduces parents and children to modern-day fables, told through charming 5-minute videos. The friendly characters teach positive affirmations crafted specifically for kids.

Clip Art

Listen: Can you hear the difference between three different guitars; a $5,000 Martin, a $275 baby Taylor and a $100,000 1938 Martin D-28? 

Try the audio quiz below from Nashville Public Radio to see if you can!

Images of the Past

Sep 12, 2014

"Images of the Past" is a South Dakota Public Broadcasting project to make historical films, photos and other media available to a general audience. These mostly one-of-a-kind artifacts and their associated stories are being made available as online articles and occasionally, as TV programs on SDPB.

Black Hills State University - 1913 - Film shot in 1913 shows an event at Spearfish Normal School, the educational institution then on the site of what I now Black Hills State University.

Homemade Fossils

Sep 5, 2014
Anne Campbell

This is a great combination... coffee and crafts. Make cool fossils with your used coffee grounds.