Stephanie Rissler

Vanished South Dakota

Aug 6, 2019

In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 2

What leads to the birth of a town? How is it that some towns see a boom and then years later some of those once-thriving communities go through a demise or become a ghost town?

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler Investigates South Dakota's towns of yesterday in a new documentary, Vanished South Dakota. It premieres Monday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. on SDPB-TV. Special screenings are being held in Brookings, Mitchell, Vermillion and Sioux Falls prior to the television premiere.


In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

The announcement that another nursing home facility in South Dakota is closing highlights the changes that have occurred in elderly care needs and resources.

The changing culture of housing for older adults was the topic on last week's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV, the final program of the season. 

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In The Moment ... May 23, 2019 Show 582 Hour 2

Tourism 2019 was the theme of last week's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV. Tourism is South Dakota's second largest industry. Host Stephanie Rissler recaps the program which airs Thursday nights at 8:00 Central.


In The Moment ... May 16, 2019 Show 577 Hour 1

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler recaps the South Dakota Focus program on Chronic Wasting Disease, including ways South Dakotans can help prevent the spread of the contagious threat to deer, elk, and moose.


In The Moment ... May 2, 2019 Show 567 Hour 2

In The Moment is discussing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on Thursday's program.

Hear conversations with Sarah Kinvull and Becky Rasmussen from the last episode of South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler.

Kinvull is a domestic violence survivor. Rasmussen is the director of Call to Freedom, a coalition of organizations throughout South Dakota that helps victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.


In The Moment ... April 25, 2019 Show 562 Hour 2

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler recaps last week's South Dakota Focus which covered deer hunting and the Second Century Habitat Initiative.

South Dakota Focus can be seen Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV or online at 


In The Moment ... April 16, 2019 Show 557 Hour 2

Members of the Republican and Democratic leadership were guests on a recent South Dakota Focus. They shared their thoughts on the impact of bills passed and rejected during the session, as well as other topics left for further study or action next year. SDPB’s Larry Rohrer summarizes the discussion.


In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was elected in November, sworn in January 5th, and began his duties immediately. Stephanie Rissler spoke with Ravnsborg about his perspective on legislative issues. She began the conversation by asking if anything has surprised him about his new job.

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In The Moment ... February 21, 2019 Show 520 Hour 1

South Dakota Focus is hosted by Stephanie Rissler. This airs on Thursday nights at 8pm CT / 7pm MT. January 31st 2019, the topic of discussion was foster care. SDPB's Larry Rohrer brings this recap.

In The Moment ... January 31, 2019 Show 506 Hour 2

Thursday nights at 7 CT on SDPB TV, Stephanie Rissler hosts South Dakota Focus. Larry Rohrer recaps last weeks episode, Teen Suicide in South Dakota.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... November 19, 2018 Show 463 Hour 1

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler is with us today to discuss two more towns that she was introduced to for the documentary Vanished South Dakota, Towns of Yesterday.

Today the towns of Verdon and Trojan were the focus.

Searching The Towns Of Yesterday

Oct 23, 2018

In The Moment ... October 23. 2018 Show 446 Hour 1

For the past several months, SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has been scouring the state, following your lead in finding South Dakota's towns that once were.

The series is called Vanished South Dakota, Towns of Yesterday. At last check, she has discovered more than 50. She joined us today to talk about where she's been and what she's learned.

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.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2018 Show 395 Hour 2

The list grows, even though the towns faded into obscurity.

SDPB's Vanished Towns of Yesterday looks at who we once were and what remains of many of our forgotten communities.

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler is traveling the state in search for the places that are no more. She joined In The Moment from the SDPB Vermillion Studio for an update.

SDPB's Heather Benson joined the show as well to look at how this project is coming together online and with your participation. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 3, 2018 Show 371 Hour 1

SDPB's Stephanie Rissler has recently started working on SDPB's next documentary: Vanished Towns of South Dakota. 

The shooting just started this week and it has already caused a huge buzz on social media.

She joined In The Moment with an overview of her newest project.

In The Moment ... February 5, 2018 Show 270 Hour 2

It's estimated that recreation along Lake Oahe generates upwards of $20 million annually. The resources in the reservoir, along with those in Lake Sharp, Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark further downstream, are managed by South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.

Staff members from the agency were guests on a recent South Dakota Focus to discuss the Lake Oahe Management plan and the issues that linger from the Missouri River Flood in 2011.

In The Moment ... February 1, 2018 Show 268 Hour 2

Stephanie Rissler has been covering the South Dakota Legislature for over 2 decades. She is also the host of South Dakota Focus on SDPB TV. Today, Stephanie joins us to talk about a few things going on in Pierre.

In The Moment ... January 30, 2018 Show 266 Hour 2

Schools in South Dakota hope to prepare students to seamlessly take their next step, to a higher grade or to enter the work force.

But South Dakota is one of a hand full of states that does not have a state funded and administered pre-school programs to prepare children for the first step into kindergarten.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... November 21, 2017 Show 225 Hour 1

SDPB’s documentary “Points of Pride: South Dakota’s Quilting Heritage” premiers on Saturday, November 25 at 9 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. MT on SDPB-TV. We talk with Stephanie Rissler and revisit our conversation with author and quilt documentarian Mary Fitzgerald to preview the new program.

In The Moment ... November 16, 2017 Show 222 Hour 2

SDPB’s Stephanie Rissler joins us for a look at tonight’s SD Focus. The topic is Social Media & Teens. We talk about the guest lineup and what research is telling us about technology, connection, and the American teenager.

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In The Moment ... April 10, 2017 Show 068 Hour 2

Dr. Kelvin Lim is vice-chair for research in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He talked with Prairie Public’s Doug Hamilton about research into addiction. For thoughts on the mental health care crisis in South Dakota, tune in to South Dakota Focus with Stephanie Rissler on SDPB-TV this Thursday at 8 p.m. Central, 7 Mountain.

In The Moment...January 19 2017 Show 013 Hour 2

Guests: Nancy Jo Sales, author; SDPB's Stephanie Rissler & SDPB's Heather Benson; Joel Fan, pianist; Susan Skyrm & Caitlin Collier, Women's March on Washington Vermillion; Tammy Eagle Hunter, Lakota artist