NOVA "Transplanting Hope" Preview

Sep 26, 2018

In The Moment ... September 26. 2018 Show 430 Hour 1

Tonight on SDPB-TV, at 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, NOVA takes you inside the operating room to witness the emotional, high-stakes process of transferring organs from donors to recipients. Meet the doctors, patients and their families.

NOVA Senior Executive Producer Paula Apsell and filmmaker Niobe Thompson (director and writer) preview NOVA's new documentary.

Talithia Williams Previews NOVA Wonders

Apr 23, 2018

In The Moment ... April 23, 2018 Show 321 Hour 2

NOVA tackles the biggest questions on the frontiers of science in a new six-part series called NOVA Wonders. The first episode airs on SDPB-TV this Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Central.

One of NOVA Wonders' three hosts is mathematician Talithia Williams. Her TED talk "Own Your Body's Data" celebrates the power of personal data collection. She's the author of the book Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics.

In the Moment ... February 14, 2018 Show 277 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke talks with senior NOVA producer Evan Hadingham about the new NOVA special "Great Escape at Dunkirk."

The program airs February 14 on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 2

They are perhaps the most mind-blowing phenomena in the universe, Albert Einstein couldn't accept their existence, and it's possible that we might not exist without them.

A powerful two-hour NOVA special explores the "Black Hole Apocalypse."

We're joined by the show's host. Janna Levin is an astrophysicist at Barnard College of Columbia University. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. Her most recent book is called "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space."

NOVA Killer Floods

Nov 8, 2017

In The Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 1

Scientists search for evidence of cataclysmic weather events in order to understand our geography and predict what we might experience in the future.

Tonight on SDPB-TV  at 8 p.m. Central, 7 Mountain, you can watch NOVA's Killer Floods. NOVA producer Chris Schmidt explains the science behind the episode and how NOVA gathers scientists to tell the story.

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 1

Follow a team of experts investigating the Great Hurricane of 1780 that killed more people than any other Caribbean hurricane. Historical evidence points toward the future ... and what we can expect as the ocean warms and sea levels rise. NOVA's "Killer Hurricanes" airs on Wednesday, November 1st at 8 p.m. Central, 7 Mountain on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... September 13, 2017 Show 176 Hour 1

The most successful interplanetary exploration is about to come to an end. Almost everything we know about Saturn we learned from Cassini. And, on September 15, the spacecraft takes its final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn as scientists place bets on how long Cassini will send data before disintegrating. Tonight on SDPB-TV, you can watch the new NOVA special "Death Dive to Saturn." Joining us with more is producer Paula Apsell.

Kara Frame/NPR

In The Moment ... May 30, 2017 Show 103 Hour 2

In The Moment ... May 30, 2017 Show 103 Hour 1

SDPB contributor Hugh Weber joins us with another helping of The Potluck Society. Today we meet inventor and robot builder Allie Weber.


In The Moment ... April 26, 2017 Show 080 Hour 2

We tackle the top political headlines in the state with Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Dana Ferguson.

In The Moment... February 15, 2017 Show 031 Hour 2

From the state budget shortfall to questions of unity in the state GOP, the Dakota Political Junkies tackle highlights from the South Dakota political scene. Roger Whittle and Jonathan Ellis are with us.

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SDPB’s Kealey Bultena brings you an update on an abortion bill that passed the state House of Representatives. The bill changes fetal pain charges from misdemeanor to felony.

In The Moment...January 11 2017 Show 008 Hour 2

Guests: Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter from the Madison Daily Leader and Jonathan Ellis from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader; Kelly Hepler, South Dakota Secretary of Game Fish & Parks; Miles O'Brien, NOVA producer

Dakota Midday: "School Of The Future"

Sep 14, 2016
Stanford Graduate School of Education

Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Test scores show American children lag far behind their peers in other industrialized countries. How can our schools help students of all backgrounds meet the challenges of tomorrow? Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Central, NOVA explores how the science of learning and technological innovations are transforming the way we teach and learn.

Alzheimer’s disease robs victims of their memories, their independence, and eventually their lives. In a new one-hour documentary, NOVA transports you to the front lines of a fast-paced life-and-death detective story. It’s a look at how doctors, researchers and patients across the globe are racing to develop new treatments that could stop one of the most pressing global health challenges of our time.

Dakota Midday: NOVA "Himalayan Megaquake"

Jan 27, 2016

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal.  As it ripped across the Himalayas, it wiped out villages and left thousands dead.  NOVA's "Himalayan Megaquake" premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack ... 600 tons of explosives hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines.  A new NOVA documentary takes you inside the trenches and tunnels of World War I.

NOVA executive producer Chris Schmidt sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the technological arms race spurred by stalemate on the Western Front.

"Secret Tunnel Warfare" premiers Wednesday, January 6 on SDPB-TV.

Dakota Midday: "Cyberwar Threat"

Oct 13, 2015

The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers.  With leading defense experts and investigative journalists who have probed the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking, NOVA looks into the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.  Kim Zetter, senior staff writer for Wired, joined Dakota Midday Tuesday.  She was interviewed for NOVA's "Cyberwar Threat," which premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

Dakota Midday: NOVA's "Arctic Ghost Ship"

Sep 23, 2015

"Arctic Ghost Ship" premieres Wednesday on NOVA (8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m.


In the months after Pearl Harbor, “Operation Drumbeat” sent Nazi U-boats to American shores. The German naval command caught the U.S. unprepared and their subs sunk hundreds of tankers and freighters supplying the European war effort. The U-166 is one of the few U-boats sunk in U.S. waters. It went down in the Gulf of Mexico after attacking a passenger ship, the Robert E. Lee.

Mike Hettwer National Geographic

Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in South Dakota in 1990 was 40 feet long and one of the largest predatory dinosaurs. But a century ago, paleontologists found fossils of an even bigger dinosaur on the edge of the Sahara Desert, the Spinosaurus. The fossils were completely destroyed in a World War Two allied bombing raid, leaving the dinosaur something of a mystery and not as familiar as the T. Rex.

Bedlam Productions Ltd.

When World War I began 100 years ago, air forces were made up of a few rickety biplanes with opposing pilots occasionally taking pot shots at each other with rifles. But by the end of the war the basic blueprint of the modern fighter had emerged.


The Texas Ebola patient who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia has died. Liberia is among the West African countries suffering from an outbreak of the disease. Over three thousand people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have died from Ebola in the current outbreak.

The search for the missing Malaylsia Airlines Flight 370 has resumed six months after its disappearance in what has been described as the greatest mystery in the history of commercial aviation. The Boeing 777, with 239 people aboard vanished without a trace on March 8. A search vessel arrived in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia Monday morning in the search operation led by Australian authorities.

Kealey Bultena SDPB

According to cybersecurity expert Sean McGurk, the greatest threat to the world today is the computer keyboard. In the past, he says, it may have been nuclear weapons. But now that same level of capability is being exercised by lone individuals at their keyboards instead of bombs.

Genepool Productions

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the U.S. a generation ago are returning - in part because some parents aren’t letting their children get vaccinated. Tonight’s PBS NOVA program, “Vaccines - Calling the Shots,” examines the science of immunization and the risks of opting out.