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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

Mount Rushmore Carvers

Posted by Brian Gevik on

Film clips from 1927 - 1941. Rushmore worker interviews from 1992.

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Super Easy No-Bake Cookies

Posted by Nate Wek on

PBS Parents presents full-time kid Mya, and she explains how to make no-bake cookies. 

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Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Posted by Nate Wek on

NPR's Skunk Bear explains how and why spiders will tune their webs to resemble the strings on a guitar.

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Click To Enlarge: Popcorn

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NPR's Skunk Bear discusses the process of making Popcorn, America's most famous movie theater treat.

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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

USD Shocks Nation With Game-Winning Field Goal Over No. 2 Ranked NDSU

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

The University of South Dakota Coyotes upset the North Dakota State Univeristy Bison in Fargo on Saturday 24-21, as a result of a last second 33-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.

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Is This The Worst Play In NFL History?

Last Updated by Nate Wek on

During the Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots Sunday night football game this week, the Colts failed on a play that still feels surreal. It started off as a fake punt, but turned into one of the worst trick plays in the history of the league.

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Injured Player Got Chance To Play in State Soccer Championship

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St. Thomas More senior Ciara Duffy was injured during the Class A Girls State Soccer game. With her team up 10-1 on the Tea Area Titans, the coach subbed her into the game for just a few seconds. What happens next is fantastic...

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