Dakota Life Roams Through History

Dec 7, 2018

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 2

Experience a trip through the South Dakota Oral History Center. Learn about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Dakota. And, visit Yankton for a re-enactment of the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition's white pirogue.

Dakota Life producer Melissa Hamersma Sievers previews the new episode of Dakota Life on SDPB-TV, Thursday (12/6) at 8:00 p.m. Central.

In The Moment ... November 29, 2018 Show 469 Hour 2

"Treat your feet like puppy dogs," says Dr. Richard Holm. The Prairie Doc says it's good advice for all of us, especially if you're diabetic.

"Electrify Your Symphony" Premieres On SDPB-TV

Nov 29, 2018
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In The Moment ... November 29, 2018 Show 469 Hour 1

On December 17, 2016, Mark Wood performed with 3000 young musicians and singers from the Sioux Falls School District. The concert was recorded.

Now, Wood and his vocalist wife Laura Kaye are in Sioux Falls to promote the premiere of "Electrify Your Symphony: Live in Sioux Falls" Sunday night at 8:00 Central on SDPB-TV.

Wood is a Julliard-trained violinist, an Emmy-winning composer and an original member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

FRONTLINE "Last B-24" Premieres Wednesday

Nov 6, 2018

In The Moment ... November 6, 2018 Show 455 Hour 2

Seventy-four years ago, an American B-24 Liberator known as the "Tulsamerican" fell from the sky while returning from a mission over Europe. It eventually sank into the Adriatic Sea. Seven crew members survived the crash. Three men were never found.

NOVA writer Owen Palmquist describes the effort to find out what happened to the missing airmen as he previews "Last B-24." It premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 Central on SDPB-TV.

FRONTLINE "The Facebook Dilemma"

Oct 30, 2018

In The Moment ... October 30, 2018 Show 450 Hour 1

Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? Has Facebook maintained their promise to create a more open and connected world?

In the wake of date breaches and the proliferation of "fake news" and disinformation, FRONTLINE premieres a new two-part documentary. FRONTLINE producer Anya Bourg discusses FRONTLINE's work which continues tonight at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... October 25. 2018 Show 448 Hour 2

It's a high-profile race that comes to a head tonight on SDPB-TV, during the second gubernatorial debate between the candidates.

While most of the political stumping has been east river, SDPB's Lee Strubinger has been listening in at some recent campaign stops on the western side of the state.

The Prairie Doc: What Happens At The ICU?

Oct 11, 2018

In The Moment ... October 11. 2018 Show 440 Hour 2

What happens in the ICU?  It's the topic of conversation for On Call with the Prairie Doc tonight on SDPB-TV at 7:00 Central/6:00 Mountain.

The Prairie Doc is Dr. Richard Holm and he joined In The Moment with a preview of tonight’s show.

Searching The Vanished Towns Of South Dakota

Oct 10, 2018

In The Moment ... October 10. 2018 Show 439 Hour 1

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has been on the road in search of vanished towns in South Dakota along with the history behind them.

She joined In The Moment today from our studio in Vermillion with insight on the documentary.

The Prairie Doc - Suicide Prevention

Sep 27, 2018

In The Moment ... September 27. 2018 Show 431 Hour 2 

On Call with the Prairie Doc is on SDPB-TV Thursday nights at 7 p.m. CDT / 6 p.m. MDT.

Today Dr. Holm joined In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio at SDSU to discuss suicide prevention in the Midwest.



The Great American Read: Patrick Hicks

Sep 25, 2018
Patrick Hicks

In The Moment ... September 25. 2018 Show 429 Hour 1

This week's Great American Read follows the trials and tribulations of some of literature's favorite protagonists. This episode examines how these everyday heroes and anti-heroes find their inner strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.

"Episode 4: Heroes" premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. CT on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366 Hour 2

It was the War to End All Wars, and for the past week we've been bringing you conversations on In the Moment about SDPB's new Images of the Past Documentary: From the Great Plains to the Great War.

If you missed the premiere, you can catch the rebroadcast of the film on Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. Producer Brian Gevik visits about researching his latest project.

In The Moment ... June 21, 2018 Show 363 Hour 1

It was the War to End All Wars, and the National Guard was deployed to assist the Allies in Europe. SDPB brings you a new Images of the Past documentary: From the Great Plains to the Great War. See the premiere on SDPB-TV Monday, June 25 at 9:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Mountain.

Duke Doering is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 from the South Dakota National Guard and the Guard's official historian. He visits about WWI history and how it pertains to South Dakota.

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 ... Chasing Trane

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 2

John Coltrane is one of the most important figures in jazz history.  The saxophonist first gained fame as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.  He spent the next decade challenging himself and pushing the boundaries of music before his death in 1967.

The writer and director of Chasing Trane joined Karl Gehrke, host of SDPB Radio's Jazz Nightly to discuss the film which airs Monday, November 6 at 9:30 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  It kicks off a new season of the PBS Series Independent Lens.


Dr. Sean Flynn, professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, reflects on the magnitude of the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. He discusses mistakes we made as a nation, the military operation logistics and the lessons and legacy of the Day of Infamy.

Dr. Rick Holm is a physician, a husband, a father and a singer. He has been the host of On Call with the Prairie Doc for 15 seasons on SDPB-TV. The 2016 inductee into the South Dakota Hall of Fame also has cancer. Today, surgeons operate on Holm to find out whether or not his cancer has spread. One of Holm's close friends is Tom Dempster. In this Dakota Midday segment, Dempster interviews Holm about his upcoming surgery while the two friends discuss savoring life and the importance of releasing blame in illness.

Dakota Midday: The First Official Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2016

The First Official Thanksgiving tells the story of how a group of settlers celebrated Thanksgiving when they landed at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia, December 4, 1619 - over a year before the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. "The documentary is about the little known story of America's first English Thanksgiving," says Graham Woodlief, President of the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. Award-winning WCVE PBS Producer and Director Paul Roberts uses the film to tell a local story with local people. The First Official Thanksgiving airs Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. CT, on SDPB-TV.

THODOS Dance Chicago is in residency this week in Sisseton and Aberdeen. The Emmy-nominated documentary SHINE airs on SDPB-TV on Sunday, December 11. It's an in-depth look at the making of THODOS Dance Chicago's "A Light in the Dark." Laura Gates of THODOS Dance Chicago joins Dakota Midday to talk about this week's residency in the state.


SDPB's Steve Thum and Gary Ellenbolt preview the seven South Dakota High School Football Championship games that begin Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. Games are scheduled through Saturday night. Click here for the entire schedule of games and coverage on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith joins Dakota Midday to discuss his new film, "Confronting ISIS." Smith investigates U.S. led efforts to defeat the terror group with on-the-ground reporting from Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and candid interviews from inside Washington, D.C.'s corridors of power. "Confronting ISIS" is a two-hour FRONTLINE special that airs Tuesday (10/11) at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Charles Michael Ray

A new show is premiering on South Dakota Public Television about Midwestern cuisine. MJ Adams is the host of "Savor South Dakota," and she joins Dakota Midday  along with SDPB-TV producer Melissa Hamersma.

The show looks at South Dakotans creating the food that makes the state unique. The show also provides the recipes shown and features other dishes online.

"Savor South Dakota" premieres Thursday night at 8 pm CT, 7 pm MT.

ISIS did not exactly come out of nowhere. There were warning signs, strategic missteps, and political decisions that got us where we are today … and where ISIS is today. A new FRONTLINE investigates the “Secret History of ISIS.” It premiers on SDPB-TV on Tuesday, May 17. 9 p.m Central, 8 p.m. Mountain.

Joining Dakota Midday to lay out the history of the brutal terrorist group is FRONTLINE producer and reporter Jim Gilmore. 

Dakota Midday: NOVA "Himalayan Megaquake"

Jan 27, 2016

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal.  As it ripped across the Himalayas, it wiped out villages and left thousands dead.  NOVA's "Himalayan Megaquake" premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

It's estimated that half of all Americans take a health supplement every day, from fish oil to multivitamins to diet pills.  The booming $30 billion plus vitamins and supplements industry says these products can make consumers healthier, but "Supplements and Safety," a new FRONTLINE investigation with the New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, raises troubling questions.  Director/producer Neil Docherty discussed the episode which premieres Tuesday night (1/19) at 9:00 p.m.

Dakota Midday: "Immigration Battle"

Oct 20, 2015

Tuesday night (10/20) at 8:00 p.m.

Dakota Midday: "Cyberwar Threat"

Oct 13, 2015

The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers.  With leading defense experts and investigative journalists who have probed the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking, NOVA looks into the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.  Kim Zetter, senior staff writer for Wired, joined Dakota Midday Tuesday.  She was interviewed for NOVA's "Cyberwar Threat," which premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

Dakota Midday: Black Hills Metamorphosis

Oct 7, 2015

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Central, SDPB-TV airs "Black Hills Metamorphosis."  The show looks at the explosion of Pine Beetles in the Black Hills and follows up on SDPB's 2010 production, "The Black Hills and the Mountain Pine Beetle."  SDPB-TV producer Brian Gevik and SDPB Radio news producer Charles Michael Ray visited with scientists and forestry experts for tonight's program.  They joined Dakota Midday guest host Joe Tlustos.

Dakota Midday: NOVA's "Arctic Ghost Ship"

Sep 23, 2015

"Arctic Ghost Ship" premieres Wednesday on NOVA (8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m.


South Dakota has 66 counties and 64 courthouses. The buildings are both majestic and beautiful. But their history is deeper than architecture. It’s an often colorful history including tales of deception and bribery as towns battled over county seats.

A new SDPB-TV documentary, Temples of Justice, tells the stories of the state’s county courthouses from territorial days to the present. It airs Thursday, February 26 at 8 pm, CT; 7 pm, MT.

Billy Lurken

Dec 12, 2014

Mitchell resident Billy Lurken grew up listening to the Beatles, Bob Dylan and KISS.  Seeing Prince perform "Purple Rain" during the Grammy Awards triggered his interest in musical performance.  A move to Nashville didn't turn him into a country music star, but he expanded his list of influences.  Living in Scotland (the UK Scotland!) also opened his ears to previously unheard genres.  On May 4, Lurken stopped by SDPB's Martin Busch Television studio with a couple of guitars, a banjo and a harmonica for a No Cover, No Minimum concert taping.  Enjoy the wide array of styles Lurken packs into