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.

Hy-Vee Joins Vaccination Effort In Sioux Falls

Feb 23, 2021
Hy-Vee, Sioux Falls

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.  

Dr. Shankar Kurra | COVID-19 Update

Feb 22, 2021

February 22, 2021 Show 993 Hour 2.

Should patients plan their mammograms around their COVID vaccination schedule? What about plans for other vaccines, such as the one for Shingles? Plus, the state of South Dakota reaches a vaccine milestone.  Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health.

On Call with the Prairie Doc® Preview

Feb 18, 2021
On Call With The Prairie Doc

February 18, 2021 Show 991 Hour 2.

If you're not familiar with On Call with the Prairie Doc®, it's a program that explores and explains medical and health information. In a world of swirling online advice, it's a chance to tune in and get the facts right here at home. Dr. Deb Johnston is one of the Prairie Docs®.


Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health



February 9, 2021 Show 988 Hour 1.

We have yet to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on our lives. This is especially true of the losses we've experienced among older South Dakotans. And yet, we've also been sharing (since the beginning of the pandemic) stories of dedicated frontline healthcare workers, innovation in elder care, and resilience. And now, vaccines, and a light at the end of a very long tunnel.  

COVID-19 Update With Dr. Thury

Feb 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Show 987 Hour 2.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of life in South Dakota for almost a year now, and every week brings new scientific discoveries about SARS-CoV-2.  

  • Guest: Dr. Chad Thury, Family Medicine physician and Regional Director of Clinical Quality with Avera Medical Group.


Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

How Sioux Falls VA Is Handling COVID Vaccinations

Feb 3, 2021
Sioux Falls VA

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

More than 71,500 South Dakotans have received doses of one of the approved vaccines to fight COVID-19. We recently talked with physicians and public health leaders who are managing the distribution and administration of the vaccine statewide. The Veterans Administration works closely with the CDC and other federal partners to provide COVID vaccines to veterans and VA health care personnel. 

  • Guest: Lisa Simoneau, the director of VA in Sioux Falls.


COVID-19 Update With Dr. Kurra

Feb 1, 2021

In The Moment … February 1st, 2021 Show 982 Hour 2

From new vaccines to new Sars-CoV-2 variants, the COVID-19 picture continues to evolve. Plus, a new report from Columbia University suggests far more of us have been infected that initially thought. What does that mean for the prevalence of the disease in the state?

  • Guest: Dr. Shankar Kurra is vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

On Call with the Prairie Doc® Preview

Jan 28, 2021
On Call With The Prairie Doc

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

On Call with the Prairie Doc® airs on South Dakota Public Television (SDPB) and the Prairie Doc® Facebook page each week at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health


In The Moment … January 27th, 2021 Show 979 Hour 2

COVID-19 Impact On South Dakota Nonprofits

Jan 26, 2021
NPR / Getty Images

In The Moment … January 26th, 2021 Show 978 Hour 1

Understanding how the pandemic has impacted us here in South Dakota is a vital part of the recovery effort. Today we're looking at some of the trends for nonprofit organizations in the state through the lens of the "COVID-19 Impact on South Dakota Nonprofits Survey Analysis" from Benchmark Data Labs.  Guests: 


In The Moment … January 22nd, 2021 Show 976 Hour 2

Avera Health

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

Avera has answered the increased need for at-home care in various ways, from telehealth to a 24-hour hotline to reduce hospitalizations due to Covid 19.  In 2020, from early April to Mid-November, approximately 3,000 patients were treated through the Avera @Home Covid Care Transition Program.  

Guests: Rhonda Wiering is VP of Clinical Growth & Innovation for Avera@Home. 

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

How Are People Getting The Healthcare They Need?

Jan 19, 2021
NPR / Getty Images

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

Hospitals and clinics in South Dakota have been under incredible pressure during the COVID pandemic as thousands of South Dakotans have contracted the contagion. But the field hospitals we prepared for in March have not been needed so far, and hospital capacity, though strained, has overall held strong. So how are thousands of people getting the care they need?  Guest: Amy Thiesse, Sanford's Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services for the Sioux Falls Network. 


On Call with the Prairie Doc® Preview

Jan 14, 2021
On Call with the Prairie Doc®

In The Moment … January 14th, 2021 Show 972 Hour 2

Tune in to tonight's On Call with the Prairie Doc® for a show called "When the Heart Speaks." The hose is Dr. Jill Kruse. She's with the Avera Medical Group in Brookings and a member of the Prairie Doc® team of physicians.  You can see the program tonight at 7 p.m. CDT / 6 p.m. MDT. 


Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health


COVID-19 Update: Dr. Chad Thury

Jan 11, 2021

In The Moment … January 11th, 2021 Show 970 Hour 2

More than 44,000 South Dakotans have now received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 100,000 of us have now been infected with the contagion, and 1,585 people have died. Guests: Dr. Chad Thury, family medicine physician with Avera and regional director of clinical quality. 


Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health