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Arts & Culture

One Act Play: Selfie Wall

Posted by Nate Wek on

Student's from around the state gathered in front of the SDPB Selfie Wall throughout the 2015 One Act Play Festival at O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls this past weekend. 

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The South Dakota One-Act Play Festival Took Place In Sioux Falls Over The Weekend

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The 59th annual One-Act Play Festival was held at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls over the weekend. This one-of-a-kind theater event hosted 45 schools from around the state. 

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

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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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Children & Education

SDPB at the YFS Kids Fair

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Kids and their families are encouraged to join South Dakota Public Broadcasting for fun and educational activities at the 21st Annual Youth & Family Services Kids Fair, April 22-24, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, in Rapid City.

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The Majestic Buffalo

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

The American Bison continues to symbolize the spirit of the Old West.

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Submit your artwork to Buddy!

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Draw a picture of your favorite PBS character and send it in to Buddy! Click here to upload file...

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Custer Family Tragedy

Last Updated by Brian Gevik, Text by Gary Enright - Director - 1881 Courthouse Museum - Custer on

More than one member of the Custer family died at the Little Big Horn in 1876.

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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

Last Updated by Katy Beem on

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

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Science & Technology

Mobile Engagement in the Era of App Overload

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These days, there seems to be an app for everything. Voice-enabled pizza ordering? Check. An app that says “Yo?” Check. As of today, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store are home to over 1.4 million apps, each!

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Is It Irrational to Believe in Aliens?

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For many years, people have discussed the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the universe. Scientists such as Stephen Hawking have stated the probability of life existing on another planet, other than earth, is favorable... especially when considering the size of the universe.

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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

Scott Nagy Thanks South Dakota State University

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Former South Dakota State University men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy is now officially the head coach for Wright State. This means the Jackrabbits are now in the process of searching for a new coach.

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The Palace Plunge & Evans Plunge, Hot Springs

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Naturally warmed water in and around Hot Springs has attracted health-conscious visitors since the 1880s.

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The McLaughlin Mustangs? That's Right...

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

McLaughlin High School has a new mascot after a school board meeting vote resulted in the change. For the past six decades they have been known as the McLaughlin Midgets, but after Monday nights vote, they'll now be known as the McLaughlin Mustangs.

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