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Arts & Culture

For Harper Lee fans, great excitement for the book that came before ‘Mockingbird’

Posted by Nate Wek on

After publishing her classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1960, Pulitzer Prize-winner Harper Lee has never published another one. Now, more than a half-century later, a book she wrote in the 1950s will see the light of day. Jeffrey Brown talks to filmmaker Mary Murphy and novelist Wally Lamb about the reclusive author and their reaction to the news.

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South Dakota Native January Jones Shares Photo Prior to SAG Awards

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South Dakota native and Hollywood actress January Jones, from the AMC television series Mad Men, got the public talking over the weekend. She posted a photo of herself from a Miss Teen South Dakota Pageant in the 1980’s.

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A Downton Abbey Season Five Reading List

Posted by Michael Zimny on

“What's on the Bookshelves at Downton Abbey?” The New York Public Library offered some potential answers. We threw in a few of our own.

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Children & Education

How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Slime!

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What makes things glow-in-the-dark? Find out while making your own SLIME at home!

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Easy DIY Toy: Spin-finite Tops

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An easy toy that always delights is the simple spinning top. This “spin-finite” version is made from two easy to find materials that when combined, spin for a very, very long time!

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The Stratobowl Flights of the 1930s

Last Updated by Brian Gevik on

Film from the record-setting balloon flights.

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Horatio Ross & Custer's Black Hills Gold Find

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A member of the 1874 Custer Expedition claimed the first gold strike in the Black Hills.

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Midday Margins

Midday Margins Blog: The Reading Life of SD Chief Justice David Gilbertson

The first time I interviewed South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson, we were in Pierre, and I was still getting...

Midday Margins Blog: On Oil Leaks, Authenticity, And Occasionally Asking the Wrong Questions

Three words are posted above my desk at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. These are the core principals the Dakota...

Midday Margins Blog: The Reading Life Of Senator Tom Daschle

The way people read fascinates me. Most people don't think about it much, but there are as many different reading...

Savor Dakota

SAVOR DAKOTA at the South Dakota Peach Festival

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Visit SDPB's booth at the South Dakota Peach Festival June 25 & 26

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Science & Technology

How much would you sacrifice to be the first person on Mars?

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Michael McDonnell has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He has a physics degree. He’s worked in hazardous environments. He hopes these qualifications will convince a selection committee that he’s the perfect candidate for the first human voyage to Mars.

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Sports & Recreation

2016 Girls State Basketball: Class A and Class B Brackets

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

This year, the girls state basketball weekend will consist of only two classes - Class A and Class B. The Girls Class AA tournament will take place during the boys state basketball weekend. Watertown will host Class A and Huron will host Class B.

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Not One, Not Two, But Three Miracle Buzzer Shots

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On Thursday night, the Waseca Blue Jays defeated the Marshall Tigers 103-100 in 4OT to advance to the Class AAA State Tournament. It’s not necessarily the four-overtimes that made this game unique – it was the three miracle shots that happened during it, which has this game making headlines.

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Luke Bryan To Grand Open New SDSU Football Stadium

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Luke Bryan, Country Music Association’s and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in 2015, will perform at the new Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Thursday, September 8 – two days before the South Dakota State University football team takes the field for the first time in the new venue, hosting Drake University.

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