Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor discusses the latest in chemistry research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and joins Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. The focues is on Graphene - a type of carbon.

Vern Halter has garnered three top five finishes in the famed Iditarod and eight top ten finishes. The South Dakota native moved to Alaska shortly after graduating from USD. He sits down with Lori Walsh to talk sled dogs, the Alaska wild, and how to mentally prepare for a 1,000 mile race where not even your cell phone can bail you out of trouble.

John Thayer (KVHT/KVTK radio, Yankton)  is the play-by-play voice of the USD Coyotes women's basketball team. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the win over Oregon at the DakotaDome and the upcoming championship game of the WNIT tournament.


Dr. Ranjit Koodali, USD Chemistry Professor joins us to discuss the latest in research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and is going to join Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. 

The book that gave the world William Shakespeare is one of the most treasured tomes of all time. Shakespeare’s First Folio is visiting the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota. It’s a traveling exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library and it’s making one stop in each of the 50 states.

Dakota Midday spends a literary lunch hour swimming in all things Shakespeare with Dr. Darlene Farabee, project director and chair of the English Department at the University of South Dakota, and Cleveland Johnson, director of the National Music Museum.

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is a Chemistry Professor at the University of South Dakota. He joins us to discuss the latest in research around the country. Dr. K is the Public Relations Chair of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. He provides regular collection of science articles and is going to join Innovation once a month to talk about what’s happening around the country. Today he discusses renewable energy research and the recent announcement that Nanoscale system reaching perfect efficiency for solar fuel production step. 

Poet Barbara Duffey reads poems from her upcoming collection "Simple Machines" and USD's Marcella Remund discusses the Vermillion Literary Project's upcoming literary celebration.

Bsal Task Force

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is banning the trade of 201 species of salamanders, making it illegal to import them or move them across state lines. Scientists hope the ban will prevent a deadly outbreak of a fungus that infects native salamanders. 

Dr. Jacob Kerby, USD Associate Professor of Biology, is associated with the national task force dealing with the issue and discusses the $10 million salamander trade and the fungus known as  Bsal.

Mandie Weinandt is faculty advisor for the University of South Dakota’s LGBTQ student group. She joins Dakota Midday to talk about what it means to be an “ally” during conversations regarding transgender legislation.

Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle and Dr. Lucia Unrau discuss classical music composed by and for African Americans. From arias to art songs to spirituals, Sellers-Battle discusses the power and influence of contemporary American classical music.

Vascular surgeon and research scientist Dr. Patrick Kelly is working to develop a next-generation medical device that can save patients thousands of dollars and prevent repeat surgeries. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about his partnership with Gopinath Mani, Ph.D., and the culture of innovation in South Dakota.


Dr. Larry Schou, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion remembers his friend "Doc".  Distinguished Professor Emeritus Wayne S. “Doc” Knutson, whose influence on theater and the arts spans from the University of South Dakota to the Black Hills, died late Monday at age 89.  Knutson, who taught and held several leadership roles at USD over 35 years, entered hospice care in early November due to heart trouble.


On this week's edition of 'The DakotaCast Podcast,' SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt talks with USD head football coach Joe Glenn about the Coyotes big win in Fargo last week, and Nate Wek chats with Brandon Valley Activities Director Randy Marso about the cheer and dance competition taking place in Brandon, SD this weekend.

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John M. Seigenthaler is the lead anchor for the Al Jazeera America network.  He is also the 2015 winner of the Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.  John Seigenthaler discusses his time in the news business, he approach to story telling and says "if anyone tells you what the news business will be like in five years, they're lying."  John Seigenthaler was previously an anchor and correspondent for both NBC and MSNBC.  He is best known for his eight-year-tenure as weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Dakota Midday: Author Brian Evenson

Sep 30, 2015
Brian Evenson

The Department of English and Astrophil Press at the University of South Dakota present award winning author Brian Evenson as part of Astrophil Press' launch party.  Evenson will give a craft talk at 2:00 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room and provide a reading at 5:00 p.m.

Christine Cagle, CDC Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Communications in the division for HIV/AIDS prevention.  She is speaking to students at the University of South Dakota about– “The New Era of HIV prevention in a changing landscape.”  She begins with an overview of what HIV and AIDS looks like today in the United States.

Both SDSU and USD open their football seasons in Kansas on Saturday. The Jackrabbits travel to Lawrence for a late morning game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Coyotes are in Manhattan for an evening game against the Kansas State Wildcats.

Matt Zimmer is the Sioux Falls Argus Leader beat writer for South Dakota State University athletics. Mick Garry covers University of South Dakota sports for the newspaper. They joined Dakota Midday for a preview of the Jackrabbits' and Coyotes' 2015 seasons.

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75 years ago this summer, the Baltic States became a part of the Soviet Union following an invasion and rigged elections. In 1990 and 91, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regained their independence and subsequently became the only ex-Soviet states to join NATO and the European Union.

In 1960 Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration when she was assigned the review of a new drug application for thalidomide. The drug was already being sold to pregnant women in Europe and other countries as an anti-nausea drug to treat morning sickness. But Dr. Kelsey refused to approve the application without adequate evidence that the drug was safe. By late 1961 scientists had discovered that thalidomide was causing crippling birth defects in thousands of babies.

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After staging comedies for its first two productions, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is bringing one of the Bard’s darkest tragedies to Prentis Park in Vermillion June 11 through June 14.

Macbeth is a story of political ambition and quest for power for its own sake. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches and being spurred to action by his wife, Scottish general Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne. But he’s racked with guilt and paranoia as he and Lady Macbeth descend into madness.

Sanford Harmony Program

The Sanford Harmony Program is a research-based project designed to help improve how boys and girls think about and treat each other. The idea is that by facilitating harmonious relationships between boys and girls at a young age, the learning environment will improve and set the stage for positive relationships throughout a lifetime.

SDSU defeated USD in last night’s Summit League men’s basketball semi-final. The Jackrabbits take on the NDSU Bison in tonight’s championship game. This is the third time in four years that SDSU has made the tournament finals. This afternoon the top-seeded USD women face second seed SDSU in their championship game. The winners move on to the NCAA tournament.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the Summit League tournament. He joined Dakota Midday from the Denny Sanford Premier Center for a preview of the championship games.

USD College of Fine Arts

Musicians, actors and artists from the University of South Dakota are being showcased  in Sioux Falls on Saturday. The talents of both students and faculty are featured on stage and in the lobby for “USD Night at the Washington Pavilion.”

The event begins with a 5 pm reception hosted by the USD admissions office with work by art students and faculty in the lobby. Performances begin at 7:30.

Sanford USD Medical Center Designated As Ebola Hospital

Nov 24, 2014

In the unlikely event a case of Ebola pops up in South Dakota there is now a plan of action and a designated health care facility to diagnose and treat any sick patients.

The plan may also help the state deal with any future outbreaks of infectious disease.

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Michael Lawler, Ph.D., Dean of the USD School of Health Sciences discusses the role of interprofessional education in Health Sciences.  The concept called "interprofessionalism" simulates and teach activities that mimic reality.  It helps students understand the role of other healthcare professionals as it relates to their own field.  

Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition

Nov 13, 2014

The University of South Dakota is taking a trip through South Dakota's political history Thursday during "Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition," a conference sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and University Libraries at USD.  The day-long program includes the launch of the book "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has millions of documents. For students researching Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, it’s easy to get lost.

USD Hosts Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute

Jun 17, 2014

In the 1960's, esteemed local artist Oscar Howe established a summer art institute particularly for Native American high school students to provide them with free art supplies and a chance to learn about Native culture, history and traditions. Though this only lasted a few years, the institute inspired the current form of the Oscar Howe Summer Arts Institute being hosted at the University of South Dakota from June 8-20. Keith Braveheart was a student of the OHSAI more than ten years ago, and he's now returned to the institute as an instructor.

USD Professor Weighs In On Iraq's Unrest

Jun 16, 2014
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The fall of Tal Afar to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) raised again the specter of deepening sectarian violence in Iraq this weekend. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is considering the use of drones or even working with Iran as options in halting the rebel attacks. Professor Tim Schorn teaches Political Science at the University of South Dakota, where he specializes in Middle Eastern politics and international human rights. He joined the program to clarify the events of the last week in Iraq and shed light on the possible future.

Author Frances Moore Lappe Speaks At USD

Apr 22, 2014

Author Frances Moore Lappe says that Living Democracy is an enlivening culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability show up in a wide range of human relationships.  She's speaking at 7:00 p.m.