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Arts & Culture

Top-20 Christmas Movies

Posted by Nate Wek on

Here's a list of the top-20 holiday Christmas movies to watch this season, according to the American Movie Channel.

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2014 All-State Chorus and Orchestra Oct. 31 - Nov. 1

Posted by Brian Gevik on

The 62nd annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra event features the state's best high school musicians. See the Grand Concert live on SDPB TV or online at SDPB.org

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Children & Education

New South Dakota TRACK Trails open Memorial Day Weekend

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Seven northeast South Dakota state parks join the national network of family-friendly outdoor adventures in time for the holiday.

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How To Help Kids Understand Scale

Posted by Nate Wek, PBS Parents on

When kids are young, they can have a hard time understanding the difference between city, state, and country. It’s understandable; scale can be a hard concept to grasp. That’s where step books come in. They can be super useful in giving kids a visual way to organize it all. Plus, they’re easy to make. 

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Deadwood's "Days of '76" Parade and Rodeo - TV Special

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A 30-minute SDPB documentary about an annual community celebration going strong since 1924.

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DIY Spring Tree Terrarium

Posted by Nate Wek on

A mini DIY Spring terrarium made from a glass jar, a twig and some colorful tissue paper is a great craft for a gift or just to celebrate the new spring season. This craft project is also a great way to start a conversation with your child about the changing seasons.

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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?

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

All-State Football Teams (9-Man Classes)

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The all-state football teams for the nine-man high school football classes have been announced. See who made each list...

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Washington Tops O'Gorman In 11AAA Championship Game

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The Sioux Falls Washington Warriors defeated the Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights 27-24 in the 11AAA State Football Championship on Saturday night. This is the fourth state football championship for Washington, and their first in Class 11AAA.

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Yankton Edges Pierre In OT To Win Back-To-Back State Football Championships

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The Yankton Bucks defeated the Pierre Governors 21-20 in an overtime barn burner for the 11AA State Football Championship on Friday night. This is back-to-back championships for the Yankton Bucks football program, and their eighth title overall.

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