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SDPB

February 9, 2021 Show 988 Hour 1.

The Senate Judiciary committee heard over an hour of emotional testimony on a bill that would limit the application of the death penalty in South Dakota. For our "In Their Own Words" segment today, we bring you a portion of that hearing, first from Senator Arthur Rusch (a former judge), and then from Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

 

A Path To STEM Careers For FIrst Gen Students

Feb 9, 2021
SDSMT

February 9, 2021 Show 988 Hour 1.

The path to a South Dakota STEM degree just got a bit clearer for first generation college students.

Guest: Cassandra Birrenkott. associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mines and leads the SD-FIRST program there. 

Senate Debates SB 80 | In Their Own Words

Feb 8, 2021
SDPB

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 1.

The Senate debates SB 80, adding specific guidance to the law that outlines the legislative redistricting process. Having passed in committee, this is the second reading and debate from the Senate floor. Here is today's "In Their Own Words." 

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

NPR

In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

Two bills making their way through the South Dakota state legislature this session address the addition of June 19 as a state holiday, but with important distinctions. Senate Bill 71, introduced by Senator Jim Bolin, establishes Juneteenth as a working holiday in the state. Senate Bill 89, introduces by Senator Reynold Nesiba adds Juneteenth as an official state holiday.  Today to talk about the significance of Juneteenth and why these bills matter.  

House Bill 1058 | In Their Own Words

Feb 4, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

The state legislature is debating House Bill 1058, establishing a path for the recall of County Commissioners. The bill was inspired by issues in Lincoln County, but it demonstrates that citizens can testify from almost anywhere on the planet and bills can be deferred to a day on the legislative calendar that doesn't exist. 

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

SDPB

In The Moment … February 3rd, 2021 Show 984 Hour 2

Governor Kristi Noem raised almost $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 for her campaign; roughly 80 percent of that was from donors outside of South Dakota. It was the height of the pandemic here at home, when hundreds of people were dying weekly and hospitals were pushed to their capacity. 

SDPB

In The Moment … February 3rd, 2021 Show 984 Hour 2

In today's episode, Chuck talks with his cousin Larry Parkinson, the director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This discussion is about public service. Chuck begins by asking Larry, when you began your public service, did you ever contemplate making a career out of it?

SDPB

In The Moment … February 2nd, 2021 Show 983 Hour 1

The South Dakota state legislature is debating establishing June 19 (also known as Juneteenth) as a working holiday in South Dakota. Opponents to the bill agree with the recognition, but urge lawmakers to recognize the day as a paid holiday instead.  

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

SDPB

In The Moment … February 1st, 2021 Show 982 Hour 1

The Legislature is debating House Bill 1051; It's a bill that seeks to put in place certain documentation requirements for abortions in the state.  

 

In Their Own Words brings you closer to the debates and conversations behind legislative topics. It’s supported by SDN Communications.

  

SDPB

In The Moment … January 29th, 2021 Show 981 Hour 1

Heather Dawn Thompson, member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has been named the new Director of the Office of Tribal Relations, now reporting directly to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. 

Neil Fulton: How Can We Heal From Political Strife?

Jan 28, 2021
NPR

In The Moment … January 28th, 2021 Show 980 Hour 2

How can we heal from political strife and turmoil while still doing the important work on the critical issues of today? Perhaps some of those answers might come from outside the interior world of politics itself.  Guest: Neil Fulton is Dean of the School of Law at the University of South Dakota. Find Neil's article we reference here. 

 

House Bill 1014 | In Their Own Words

Jan 28, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 28th, 2021 Show 980 Hour 1

The Legislature and state agencies are involved in a lot of tedious work some of which regulates licensing and other procedures for a variety of professions in South Dakota. The House Commerce and Energy committee held a hearing on HB 1014, a bill to revise agency procedures. It demonstrates some of the technical work during session as well as the value of communications and compromise.  

Sen. Rounds Talks Cybersecurity & Big Tech

Jan 28, 2021
PBS

In The Moment … January 28th, 2021 Show 980 Hour 1

On Friday, Senator Mike Rounds voted to confirm General Austin Lloyd as the next Secretary of Defense. Does that mean anything different as to how cybersecurity is approached in the U.S.?  We're going to visit about big tech companies and anti-trust implications. And, this is our first visit with Senator Rounds since the riots at the U.S. Capital Building on January 6th. What have we learned from that? Guest: Senator Mike Rounds 

SDPB

In The Moment … January 27th, 2021 Show 979 Hour 1

Today we bring you proceedings from the Senate Health and Human Services committee. The committee has supported the Department of Health's request to keep certain restrictions regarding COVID-19 in place. Restrictions were agreed to during the emergency legislative session last year, but scheduled to sunset, or automatically be removed this spring. 

 

 

 

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 27, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 27th, 2021 Show 979 Hour 1

In Their Own Words

Jan 26, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 26th, 2021 Show 978 Hour 2

For today's "In Their Own Words" segment, we take you inside the Senate Education Committee as members first round of testimony on Senate Bill 68. It's a bill that would establish community school guidelines with flexible curriculum emphasizing native language and cultural interests. A similar bill was approved in the Senate last year but failed in the House. 

How Jim Hagen Managed The Tourism Dept During COVID

Jan 26, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 26th, 2021 Show 978 Hour 2

In Their Own Words

Jan 25, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 25, 2021 Show 977 Hour 1

One of the traditions in the opening days of the legislature is to hear a report on the "State of the Tribes". The Chairman of the Standing Rock Tribe, Mike Faith, spoke on behalf of the nine tribes in South Dakota. His message speaks of partnerships with the state of South Dakota and other government entities and supporting efforts to strengthen their unique cultural identity. 

 

SDPB Reporters Talk This Week In Pierre

Jan 25, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 25, 2021 Show 977 Hour 1

The first month of the South Dakota legislative session is highlighting new challenges (particularly around pandemic-related issues) and some familiar battles (think: transgender discrimination). For our weekly SDPB journalist roundtable, we dive in to topics old and new.  Guests: Jackie Hendry, host of South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV, Seth Tupper, SDPB's business and economic development reporter, and Lee Strubinger, SDPB's politics and public policy reporter. 

  

PBS / NPR

In The Moment … January 22nd, 2021 Show 976 Hour 1

This week, as America welcomes a new president, you've been hearing on these airwaves thoughts about the Catholic faith of President Joe Biden.

Guest: Bill Walsh served as a campaign advisor to both Edward Kennedy and to South Dakota's first Catholic governor, Dick Kneip.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 21, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 21st, 2021 Show 975 Hour 2

We have a new president. A Heavily guarded inauguration ceremony went smoothly as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

How will the country look different under his administration? How is he approaching the pandemic? Are South Dakotans in for any big changes?

And, in one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump raised eyebrows in South Dakota with the pardon of Paul Erickson who was sentenced to seven years in prison last year for defrauding investors.

On the Other Hand With Kevin Woster

Jan 21, 2021
SDPB

In The Moment … January 21st, 2021 Show 975 Hour 1

This week Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order to merge the state departments of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It's a controversial merging.  Guest: SDPB's Kevin Woster. Find his column "On the Other Hand" on our website at sdbp.org/woster

   

SDPB

In The Moment … January 21st, 2021 Show 975 Hour 1

During the opening days of the legislative session, department secretaries meet with legislators during committee session to give an overview of their departments, review the past year, and discuss legislative plans for the session. It's been a challenging year for k-12 education. Newly appoint secretary Tiffany Sanderson met with House Education Committee members to discuss the impact of Covid-19 and plans to update civics education standards in the state. 

 

What Trump Off Twitter Means For Freedom Of Speech

Jan 21, 2021

In The Moment … January 21st, 2021 Show 975 Hour 1

Former President Donald Trump has left the White House, but he is still not allowed back on Twitter. After the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many of the extremists who committed crimes that day had posted their views, intentions, and actions on social media platforms. Large social media outlets routinely ban, if mostly temporarily, those who violate their user agreements. Guest: Gene Policinski, a leading national scholar on First Amendment protections and a senior fellow at Freedom Forum. 

 

FRONTLINE Preview: "President Biden"

Jan 19, 2021
FRONTLINE

In The Moment … January 19th, 2021 Show 974 Hour 2

Supreme Court Report With Mike Thompson

Jan 19, 2021
NPR

In The Moment … January 19th, 2021 Show 974 Hour 2

 The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. Today we explore three U.S. Supreme Court cases that deal with elements of Fourth Amendment criminal procedure.  Guest: Mike Thompson, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Sioux Falls. 

 

In The Moment … January 19th, 2021 Show 974 Hour 1

SDPB

In The Moment … January 19th, 2021 Show 974 Hour 1

One of the traditions in the opening days of the state legislature is an address from the Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. This year, after the retirement of Chief Justice David Gilbertson, the court has a new leader. Chief Justice Steven Jensen spoke to a joint session of the state legislature last week. He praised his predecessor and outlined several new initiatives for legislative consideration.

 

SDPB

In The Moment … January 15th, 2021 Show 973 Hour 1

From the state home for veterans West River, to a new veterans cemetery East River, to every community large and small in between, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs serves those who served us.

Guests: Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the SD Dept of Veterans Afairs, and Aaron Pollard, Deputy Secretary.

SDPB

In The Moment … January 15th, 2021 Show 973 Hour 1

The Governor of South Dakota delivers a "State of the State" address to the opening day of the state legislature. The address typically offers a mix of accomplishments from the previous year and plans for the year ahead.  Governor Kristi Noem addressed the state legislature Tuesday. Her initiatives this year included an abortion ban, expansion of broadband services, ag industry investment, civics education, and scholarships.  

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