In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 2

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage which assured women the right to vote, we're also taking a look into the lives of influential women in South Dakota. Jose'-Marie Griffiths is the president of Dakota State University in Madison.

Sioux Falls AFL-CIO

In The Moment … May 7, 2020 Show 812 Hour 1

Rapid City Tourism

May 4, 2020

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 1

Given the pandemic we are currently experiencing, how are we to celebrate National Travel And Tourism week? Perhaps it’s virtually or by social media? Julie Jensen is president of Visit Rapid City and she joins us to spotlight resilience and hope as we face coronavirus.

News: Jan 4 - 10

Jan 10, 2020

The assassination of General Soleimani comes only weeks after the House passed a $738 billion military budget that omitted a number of provisions that would have limited the President's military powers to go to war with Iran, and the release of the "Afghanistan Papers," which reveal we've made little progress during our 19-year occupation in the region. Dr.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 2

BHSU And Environmental Awareness

Jan 6, 2020
Laurel Simpson

In The Moment ... January 6, 2020 Show 727 Hour 2 The South Dakota Hall of Fame will be recognizing individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence with an Acts of Excellence celebration. The event is today from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. inside the Joy Center at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. This year, Black Hills State University is itself one of the honorees for having made environmental awareness a priority.

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.

USD Announces Sheila Gestring as New President

May 1, 2018
Jackie Hendry

After a nation-wide search, the University of South Dakota has a new president. USD's current chief financial officer Sheila Gestring takes over for outgoing President James Abbott in June.

In The Moment ... May 23, 2017 Show 099 Hour 1

Steve Bannon made a career as a voice for the anti-establishment. Now he's chief strategist for President Donald Trump. For FRONTLINE's "Bannon's War," producers drew on nearly 30 in-depth interviews with political insiders, Bannon's former associates at Breitbart, authors, and journalists. It tells the story of one man's quest to transform America. You can see it tonight on SDPB-TV at 9 central, 8 mountain. Joining us today to talk about "Bannon's War," producer Gabrielle Schonder.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 3, 2017 Show 085 Hour 2

This week's Dakota Political Junkies features Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal. We talk about the 2018 gubernatorial primary options, the power of Pennington County Republicans, and whether or not a Sioux Falls mayor has the chance at statewide office.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 1

To love someone is inherently risky. Poet Christine Stewart's book "Untrussed" explores the promises of love and loss. If you joined the SDPB Book Club last year, you recently discovered a copy of "Untrussed" in your mailbox. She joins us today to talk about "wonderful rejections," autobiography in poetry and more.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment... February 27, 2017 Show 038 Hour 1

We begin the hour with an update on the Paul Dean Jensen case. Jensen spent 20 years in prison, serving life without parole for a murder he committed in 1996 at the age of 14. In June, a judge reconsidered that penalty and imposed a 200 year sentence. Now Jensen is appealing the second sentence. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks has the update.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Political parties court different demographics, and one crucial group of voters includes young people. Many have the chance to vote in their first presidential election this year. College students studying media at the University of Sioux Falls are watching the presidential race, and they’re learning to balance their journalism training with their Constitutional rights. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s senior US Senator says he supports the Republican nominee for president – regardless of which man wins the race. Senator John Thune notes the election process is far from over. He explained his position on the 2016 election to a group of teenagers.

At New Technology high school in Sioux Falls, government students pepper Thune with questions about foreign policy, terrorism, regulation, and politics. That includes this one about the campaign for president of the United States: is there any candidate that you necessarily support or endorse in this current election?

Dakota Midday: OST President John Yellow Bird Steele

Nov 23, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

John Yellow Bird Steele is the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who is serving his 7th non-consecutive term in office. Steele served his first term as president starting in 1992.  He is a Vietnam Veteran who has nine children and 23 grandchildren.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray caught up with President Steele after he spoke at a forum in Rapid City.    Here is that interview.

President Obama Speaks In Watertown

May 8, 2015

President Barack Obama encourages South Dakotans to focus on service opportunities. Mister Obama spoke Friday at Lake Area Tech's commencement. The president highlighted personal stories of LATI workers and graduates including Staff Sergeant Joe Wiskur. The airman deploys shortly after graduation, and Mr. Obama says his education makes him a better soldier.

President Obama To Speak In Watertown

Apr 13, 2015

Lake Area Tech officials say President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the commencement address to the graduating class of 2015.

Luann Strait is with Lake Area Technical Institute.  

The two-year school is located in Watertown and one of many technical schools around the state.   

Strait says the announcement came as a surprise.

"Daschle Law" Argued In State Legislature

Mar 10, 2015

A bill before state lawmakers allows a congressional representative to keep a seat in congress if he or she runs for president.   

The law barring someone running for a seat in congress and the presidency at the same time is sometimes called the “Daschle Law.”

Critics say the 2002 legislation originally targeted then Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, to keep him from being reelected in South Dakota if he chose to run for president.   

Ukraine On The Brink Of Civil War

Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant Monday for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protestors who stood up for months against his rule. Yanukovych himself has reportedly fled to the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency in which he amassed powers, enriched his allies and family and cracked down on protestors.

President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Jan 29, 2014

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to review President Obama's State of the Union speech and talk about issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans. Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship, and constitutional governance.

Heather Wilson, SDSM&T's New President

Jun 25, 2013

Heather Wilson is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 1998 to 2009. She was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in congress. Wilson was also New Mexico's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost in the general election. She discussed her career and her path that led her to her new position at SDSM&T as well as the school's future.

NSU Marching Band to Washington, D.C.

Jan 17, 2013

Dr. Alan LaFave, Dean of Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Northern State University, talks about the opportunity to perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. The Marching Wolves have been invited to perform in the 57th annual Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21. The groups chosen "reflect the spirit, values and diversity of our great nation," President Obama said in a news release announcing the selections, adding that he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Campaign Review

Nov 6, 2012

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, reviews the campaigns of President  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney leading up to election day.  He talks about the mistakes and smart political moves by both candidates.