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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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The Creation of Santa Claus

Posted by Nate Wek on

Do you know where the real story of Santa Claus came from, and how it became what it is today?

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Jami Lynn To Perform At SDPB

Posted by Nate Wek on

South Dakota native and folk, jazz, and blues songwriter Jami Lynn will be in Vermillion, SD on Tuesday Dec. 9 to give a concert performance for the series No Cover No Minimum. The show will begin at 8 pm CT at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

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Children & Education

Classroom Skeleton: Whose Bones Are These?

Posted by Laura Dimock on

Remember that skeleton hanging in the front of your classroom? In some schools, those were actual human remains. We used science to figure out the story behind one of them.

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Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science?

Posted by Laura Dimock on

If you're a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out?

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Poll: Most U.S. Teachers Want Gun Control, Not Guns To Carry

Last Updated by Laura Dimock on

A Gallup poll finds teachers support measures like background checks for gun buyers, but little enthusiasm for bearing arms.

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PHOTOS: Students Make Their Stand At D.C.'s 'March For Our Lives'

Last Updated by Laura Dimock on

For many students, Saturday was their first demonstration for a cause. They bundled in the U.S. capital, delivering a defiant message: stricter gun regulation. NPR photographers captured the scene.

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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

Posted by PBS Idea Lab on

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?

Posted by Nate Wek on

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

Yankton's Matthew Mors Receives Another D1 College Basketball Offer

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

Yankton Bucks Sophomore Matthew Mors has picked up another Division One offer to play college basketball, this time from the Wisconsin Badgers.

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South Dakota Media Preps High School Football Poll (August 20-25)

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The South Dakota Prep Media football polls for the week of Aug. 20 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams in each class. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses. (The poll in the 11AAA, 11AA and 11A classes was unchanged from the preseason edition.)

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2018 South Dakota Media Preps High School Football Preseason Poll

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

​The South Dakota high school football season begins this week for four of the seven classes in the state (11B and all nine-man classes). Here is the preseason media preps high school football poll for the upcoming season.

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"In The Margins" With Lori Walsh

"We Looked Over Our Shoulders And Learned To Run"

Posted by Lori Walsh on

On violence, community, and talking about the things that terrify us.

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Mato Wayuhi Will Not Simmer Down

Last Updated by Lori Walsh on

South Dakota Oglala Lakota musician (and filmmaker) Mato Wayuhi releases a new album featuring a provocative music video.

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A Book, A Hammock and a Lifetime of Reading

Last Updated by Lori Walsh on

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's the owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

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