Dakota Midday: "Masters Of Disguise"

Nov 24, 2015

Sioux Falls author Rebecca Johnson has a new book called "Masters of Disguise" about animal tricksters in nature.  A pre-Christmas release is planned.  Johnson writes science books for kids and young adults and is a remarkable storyteller who engages audiences with her enthusiasm and depth of knowledge on science and nature.  Johnson visited with guest host Lori Walsh about her new book.

Dakota Midday: Sigma Xi Winner

Nov 24, 2015
Sigma Xi

Simeon Gilbert, a senior physics major from Lennox, won first place in the Sigma Xi national research competition.  The student research conference was held in Kansas City.  Gilbert won in the physics, astronomy and engineering category for his research work and a superior rating on his poster.  Parashu Kharel, Assistant Professor of Physics at South Dakota State University, discussed Gilbert's work with guest host Lori Walsh.

Dakota Midday: Terrorists Using Gaming Consoles

Nov 24, 2015

Terrorists are using gaming consoles for some of their communication.  In a 2012 paper, Dakota State University Professor Ashley Podhradsky explained how the communication capabilities of these devices have been exploited by people who plan to commit a variety of criminal activities.  The paper, "The Xbox 360 and Steganography: How Criminals and Terrorists Could be 'Going Dark,'" is pertinent in light of recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali.  Podhradsky joined guest host Lori Walsh to discuss her research.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers across the country to ask students to interview a grandparent or elder over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  It's called the Great Thanksgiving Listen.  Kate Duff is a StoryCorps director and talks about the mobile app and how they expect thousands of recordings to be uploaded to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Historic Homestake Opera House

Historic Homestake Opera House is the focus of this week's Images of the Past segment. Sarah Carlson discusses the history of the Opera House and the restoration after the 1984 fire.

Dakota Midday: OST President John Yellow Bird Steele

Nov 23, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

John Yellow Bird Steele is the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who is serving his 7th non-consecutive term in office. Steele served his first term as president starting in 1992.  He is a Vietnam Veteran who has nine children and 23 grandchildren.  

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray caught up with President Steele after he spoke at a forum in Rapid City.    Here is that interview.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

After a 25-year career, Susan Stark Christianson left a political job in Alaska state government and took off on a quest to explore the wisdom of grandmothers. Her goal was to travel from Siberia to Patagonia to find what female elders value and want to teach. From those interviews, Christianson created and published a book, and her videotaped interviews are now woven into a rough cut documentary.

Congressional Officials Meet With Pine Ridge Youth On Suicide

Nov 20, 2015
Chynna Lockett

Congresswoman Kristi Noem spent a day on Pine Ridge listening to the concerns of Lakota youth who are dealing with the tribes suicide epidemic.  Twelve Pine Ridge students have committed suicide this year.
Tribal officials are concerned that one key effort in combating suicide,  The Sweet Grass Program, is about to run out of funding.  
Tribal leaders praise Noem for her efforts to help the youth of Pine Ridge, but they say more much needs to be done.

Storm Brings High Snow Totals And Messy Roads

Nov 20, 2015

Parts of southeast South Dakota saw 15 inches of snow today. Kyle Weisser is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He says the snow totals are drastically different depending on location.

Lakota Artist Receives Regional Fellowship

Nov 20, 2015
Courtesy Dyani White Hawk

A Lakota woman with ties to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is one of 7 recipients of the 2015 Regional Artist Fellowship. Awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the annual grant recognizes American Indian emerging artists moving into an established career in their area of talent, knowledge and expertise. SDPB’s Jim Kent has more…


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