Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 1

David Zellmer has served two full terms as the Bishop of the ELCA South Dakota Synod. He's no longer eligible for re-election.

What does the future hold for Bishop Zellmer? He visits with SDPB's Chris Laughery as he reflects on the last 12 years.

South Dakota's First Hindu Temple Opens In Tea

Oct 29, 2018
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 29, 2018 Show 449 Hour 1

Claiming to be the first-ever Hindu Temple in the Dakotas, Hindu Temple of SiouxLand opened two weeks ago in a new building just 2 miles northwest of Tea.

The Temple hopes to serve an ever-growing Hindu population in the region while enriching the social and cultural diversity of the Sioux Falls area.

Board of Trustees Chair Archana Chatterjee and board member/volunteer priest Chandradhar Dwivedi share news of the new Temple and the upcoming Festival of Lights (Diwali).

In The Moment ... May 16, 2018 Show 338 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm provides some interested thoughts on near death experiences during his weekly visit on In The Moment.

Tune in to On Call with the Prairie Doc - Thursdays on SDPB-TV.


In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

Ann Pederson, PhD., and Jennifer Gubbels, PhD. join us with news about a current project to address the elevated preterm birth rate in Native American communities. We talk about inherited trauma, applying spiritual solutions to stress, and more.

Personalities: Hazel Mahone, The Granddaughter of Slaves

Jul 5, 2017
South Dakota Magazine

For over 100 years, Hazel Mahone carried her grandparents' memories of surviving pre-civil war slavery. These stories provoked emotions associated with brutality, inhumanity, and an overwhelming hope for a better life.

In 1992, Chuck Anderson sat down with Mahone to discuss these rare, second-hand stories that filled her childhood and inspired her lifetime as a humanitarian and cosmetologist in Huron, South Dakota.

To begin the interview, Anderson asked Mahone a few questions concerning terminology.

In The Moment ... May 16, 2017 Show 094 Hour 1

Today we spend the hour talking about faith. Our first guests are Reverend Carl Kline of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Watertown,

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In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2

Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He recently earned a second place award at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Alex is joined by Augustana professor Dr. Richard Swanson, who wrote the play which inspired Alex's set design. We talk about creation stories, following your passion to find your career, and about "stories among chaos."

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 2

We welcome the first day of Spring with conversations about the Vernal Equinox. First we talk with NASA scientist Yari Collado-Vega with news from NASA about the dance of the solar system as well as a preview of a major astronomical event in August.

We continue the conversation by asking what the vernal equinox has meant throughout history for humanity. Dr. Richard Swanson is with Augustana University's Religion Department.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt joins us with an update of the state basketball championships.

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Author and Pastor Mary Nelson Keithahn visits about her new books, Embracing the Light: Reflections on God's Word and Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier. She considers herself a "spiritual descendent of the Separatists who landed in Plymouth in 1620. She also describes how her long life has added to her insight into the nature of God.

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, professor emeritus at Black Hills State University, talks about "Islam's Troubled Image" prior to his lecture at BHSU Rapid City. The conversation includes the origins of several misperceptions regarding Islam, the "awkward relationship" between Islamic countries and Western nations, optimism for the future, and steps the faithful can take to reclaim the soul of Islam in their lives and in the world.

What does it mean to have a "deeply held religious belief" and how does it impact legislation? How are the faithful to respond to a culture that doesn't mirror what they believe?

On today's Dakota Midday, Augustana University professors Richard Swanson and Dave O'Hara talk with host Lori Walsh about matters of faith, discrimination, and walking humbly with God.

It's a thoughtful conversation about one of the significant topics of our time. Asking the right question.  It's what Dakota Midday  does best.

Birth Certificate Bill Labeled Attack On Transgender People

Feb 17, 2016

UPDATE: One of the measures dealing with transgender people is dead in the state legislature.
House Bill 12-09 requires the state and other entities to recognize a person's gender only as the biological sex registered at birth.  Opponents call the measure an attack on the civil rights of transgender people. They note gender can be changed even on federal passports.  

State lawmakers killed a bill Thursday that allows science teachers to incorporate information outside the approved curriculum to help students analyze and learn. Supporters of the measure say it gives teachers power to facilitate understanding; opponents question whether the measure solves a real problem.

Theologian Anna Madsen, founder of OMG Center for Theological Conversation, explores the Christian season of Advent. Madsen shares the difficult message of repentance and how Christians can honor the weeks leading up to Christmas by pondering the mysteries of the season.


According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, an estimated 300 to 330 million people go on  spiritual pilgrimages around the world each year. But why? And what are they searching for? Those are among the questions best-selling author Bruce Feiler explores in a new PBS series, Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler.

"An Anxious Age"

Apr 14, 2014

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

The Rapid City Common Council, along with the mayor and an atheist organization from Wisconsin, are awaiting the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case called Town of Greece versus Galloway. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has threatened to sue Rapid City for its practice of offering primarily Christian prayers before council meetings. But the city officials and supporters say the tradition is strong and should prevail. In the last of a five-part series, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks talks with people on both sides of this debate.

Image by Jim Stevens, Rapid City artist

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments regarding prayers at public meetings. Although the controversy settles on the practices of a city council in Greece, New York, similar primarily Christian invocations are offered by the Rapid City Common Council. Depending on the outcome of the Supreme Court case, the Rapid City council could face a lawsuit.

Image by Jim Stevens, Rapid City artist

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against offering prayers before public meetings. Depending on the outcome, the Rapid City Common Council might face a lawsuit for its practice of starting meetings with predominantly Christian prayers.

Image by Jim Stevens, Rapid City artist

On Wednesday, November 6th, the United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments involving prayers or invocations at public meetings. This year the Rapid City Common Council has been threatened with a lawsuit for hosting predominantly Christian invocations before meetings. At issue is the First Amendment establishment clause that prohibits Congress, and by legal extension, governmental bodies, from establishing or promoting a particular religion.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could change the way prayers are handled at government meetings.  The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal of a lower court decision in Greece v. Galloway over whether the town of Greece can open its board meetings with a prayer.  Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens argued that the practice is a violation of their constitutional rights because it’s coercing a religious observance.

Lifelight Man Rides Bicycle 1000 Miles

May 16, 2013

There are many events during the summer months which support certain causes. It can either be a walk or a run to fund research for cancer or other diseases. As SDPB’s Nate Wek reports, there is one man who is riding his bicycle 1000 miles to spread the word of God.

Ian Punnett Discusses New Book

May 16, 2013

Ian Punnett is a 38-year radio veteran, a host of the popular Coast to Coast AM radio program and a deacon in the Episcopal Church.  He is also an author, having penned the new book, "How To Pray When You're Pissed at God...Or Anyone Else For That Matter."  Punnett shared details of a medical condition which has prompted him to decide to leave the air.

Pine Ridge Pilgrimage Of Trust

Apr 19, 2013

A stage in the "pilgrimage of trust on the earth" will be held in Red Shirt, a tiny village at the edge of the Badlands on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from May 24-27.  The outdoor gathering will include meditative prayer three times a day, Bible study, workshops, small group sharing and meals together, provided by the local Lakota people.  Rev.

Selecting A New Pope

Feb 25, 2013

Cardinals from around the world have begun gathering in Rome to greet Pope Benedict XVI before he retires on Thursday.  The cardinals will meet to discuss when to begin the conclave to elect his successor.  Dr. Helen Ciernick, Assistant Professor of Theology and co-chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, and Dr. Paul Anders, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and co-chair of the Department of Philosophy talk about the election of a new Pope and Pope Benedict's place in history.

Makers: Presentation Sisters

Jan 14, 2013

In February, PBS airs a special series called Makers.  It's about women in the United States who make a difference in their profession.  This week, Dakota Midday is featuring women in South Dakota who have made a difference.  Karl Gehrke visited with Sister JoAnn Sturzl and Sister Lois Ann Sargent on Monday in the first of this week-long series.  The Presentation Sisters have a long history in South Dakota with ministries dedicated to education and healing.

"Christianity After Religion"

Nov 6, 2012

Diana Butler Bass will discuss the topics of her latest book, "Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of New Spiritual Awakening," at a conference this weekend in Sioux Falls.  Butler Bass is an author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.  She currently blogs for Huffington Post and Washington Post OnFaith and is a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine.