SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment: March 31, 2021 Show 1019.

South Dakota Dept of Tribal Relations

In the Moment with Lori Walsh: March 30, 2021 Show 1018.

SDPB / Joshua Haiar

In the Moment: March 29, 2021,Show 1017. 

  • Senator John Thune talks immigration and a Spring surge of asylum seekers at the U.S. border with Mexico.


  • Lee Strubinger previews Veto Day and the possible outcomes for HB1217 and medical marijuana.



In the Moment: March 26, 2021 Show 1016.

In the Moment: March 23, 2021 Show 1014.

In the Moment: March 22, 2021 Show 1013.

SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 16, 2021 Show 1009.

  • Sex and gender may seem to be simple; we are told there are men and there are women. However, according to scientists, medical and mental health professionals, and others who specialize in human development, the reality is much more complicated. Anne Dilenschneider, PhD, LPC-MH, WPATH Certified Gender Specialist, joins us to explain.

  • In Their Own Words then brings us a bill (HB 1217) promoting fairness in women's sports. Critics say the bill targets transgender South Dakotans.


March 15, 2021 Show 1008

March 12, 2021 Show 1007

Schoolhouse Rock / SDPB's Joshua Haiar

March 11, 2021 Show 1006


  • David Wiltse, associate professor of political science at SDSU, joins us to discuss some of the bills making their way to Governor Noem.


March 9, 2021 Show 1004.

March 8, 2021 Show 1003.

  • SDPB's reporters join us for a "Legislative Roundtable" where they discuss what they'll be keeping an eye on this week in Pierre.


  • In Their Own Words brings us a bill  that makes a change in the options the Secretary of State has available to send voters an application for an absentee ballot.


March 4, 2021 Show 1001

  • Today we head to Rapid City and talk with Mayor Steve Allender about what the past year has looked like for his city and how it looks now.


  • The pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways. If you've become less engaged, more tense, or depressed, have you sought help from an Employee Assistance Program?


SDPB / Joshua Haiar

March 4, 2021 Show 1001.

  • The Federal Reserve estimates that in quarter three of 2020, Americans owed more than $1.7 trillion in student loans. Bruce Johnson, instructor of personal finance and personal selling at SDSU, says the cost of tuition is driving more and more students into his classes.



March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • Dakota Political Junkies,  Pam Carriveau, professor of Political Science at BHSU, and Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, join us todiscuss the state's top political headlines.
  • You & Your Democracy gives us a crash course itno how you can be heard and make a difference in local government.
  • We revisit a conversation with retired South Dakota Supreme Court Justice, Judith Meierhenry.

March 3, 2021 Show 1000:

  • We check in with Vermillion Mayor Kelsey Collier-Wise. -6:43


  • In their Own Words brings us  a proposal that would establish what is called a “Re-Homestead South Dakota Program.” -22:05
  • We discuss COVID'S year-long effect on South Dakota businesses with Nathan Sanderson, executive director at South Dakota Retailers Association, and David Owen, President/Chief Lobbyist South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. -37:13

"Why Voting Matters" | In The Moment, Ep. 999

Mar 2, 2021

March 2, 2021 Show 999.

  • As we celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month, we replay the South Dakota Humanities Council's “Why Voting Matters” conversation, which was moderated by SDPB's Lori Walsh.


March 1, 2021 Show 998, Hr 1.


February 26, 2021 Show 997. 

  • We take a closer look at "Crossover Day." What does it mean? Why does it matter?
  • House lawmakers have filed articles of impeachment against the Attorney General, Mike Card explains how impeachment works in South Dakota.
  • Delta David Gier joins us to discuss what's nex for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
  • Eliza Blue brings us a "Postcard from the Prairie.
  • Finally, we end the week with some Poetry from Studio 47.


February 25, 2021 Show 996.


February 23, 2021 Show 994.

Vaccine distribution and administration continues to accelerate in South Dakota. There are different "lanes" of vaccination for residents of the state. Sanford, Avera, and Monument Health have administered tens of thousands of vaccines. The Veterans Administration is now vaccinating veterans 50 and older. Indian Health Services is working quickly to vaccinate tribal community members. And now, pharmacies join the effort as well, as South Dakota seeks to vaccinate people 65 and older.  


February 22, 2021 Show 993 Hour 1.

For today's "In Their Own Words," the South Dakota state Senate considers Senate Bill 86. It's legislation that revises requirements regarding the review of initiated amendments to the state constitution. The goal is to avoid a post-election court battle like the one currently underway over Amendment A.  


February 22, 2021 Show 993 Hour 1.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting brings you the latest from the state legislative session in Pierre. Today, we gather public broadcasting journalists from across the state for a live update on some of the legislation we have our eyes on this week.  Guests: SDPB's Jackie Hendry, Seth Tupper and Lee Strubinger. 

Noem's Future Political Aspirations | PoliSci Profs

Feb 18, 2021
South Dakota governor talks to legislators on the state budget.
State of South Dakota

February 18, 2021 Show 991 Hour 1.

Governor Kristi Noem has publicly stated she is not running for president in 2024. She says her focus is on being governor of South Dakota. Her opponents think she is vulnerable in that regard. 

  • Guests: Political scientists from South Dakota State University, Lisa Hager and David Wiltse. 


February 17, 2021 Show 990 Hour 2.

Will recreational marijuana be available in South Dakota on July 1? To what extent is COVID-19 affecting the state legislature? And Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin has been sworn into Federal Court. What's next for Augustana University's president?

Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Tom Dempster, former South Dakota State Senator, discuss the latest political news.


February 17, 2021 Show 990 Hour 2.

"You and Your Democracy" is a series of short-take civics lessons hosted by Chuck Parkinson. You can find the full series online at sdpb.org/yourdemocracy. Today’s topic is What are our “Rights” and “Responsibilities and Obligations” as citizens in a Democratic Republic?

Episode 11

Guest - Black Hills State University assistant professor of political science John Van Benthuysen



February 17, 2021 Show 990 Hour 1.

The Senate Taxation Committee considered legislation to drop the state portion of sales tax on food items. Proponents say it helps the low income while opponents say other programs can help the poor without losing revenue for the state general fund.

Supreme Court Report

Feb 17, 2021

February 17, 2021 Show 990 Hour 1

The South Dakota Legislature has wrestled with it. College campuses across the country have revised policies for it. Free speech at America's colleges and universities continues to be a hot topic as students speak up and speak out.

Professor Mike Thompson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls, shares insight into cases before the United States Supreme Court. The first case we discuss deals with a challenge to a student's right to free speech on campus.