Public Broadcasting links that I find useful or interesting. Not all of them, but a lot of informtion in links below and some in the information section that follows the links. You may want to go directly to SDPB or PBS to find the full range of available information. Hope you find this page useful. To return to Dakota Today, click the "Home" option above.
SDPB--- South Dakota Public Broadcasting South Dakota Public Broadcasting provides great information services. SD-based programs and national programs. Thought-provoking news and issues, and mindful entertainment too. Find program schedules here. The site is kind of a pain to navigate, but with some patience, much can be found. Check below for those links I find interesting.
PBS-Public Broadcasting System Comments above for SDPB pretty much apply also to PBS. Lots of stuff there. Some a lot easier to find than other stuff. Check the PBS Program List for alphabetical list of hundreds of programs
American Public Television. Home of programs such as American Test Kitchen, Moyers and Company, Sara Moulton cooking, and in the past Julia Child, etc, Feeds programing to 350 stations. Also World Channel. Check their alphabetical program or category program lists.
CPB- Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Since 1968, CPB has been the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting and the largest single source of funding for public radio, television, and related online and mobile services. For approximately $1.35 per American per year, CPB provides essential operational support for the nearly 1,300 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations, which reach virtually every household in the country.
Nebraska Educational TV (NET). Similar to SDPB, but schedules can be different. With a big antenna and an amplifier, be can get NET in the Winner, SD area.
Prairie Public TV. North Dakota broadcasting. We sure don't get their signal down here in SC South Dakota, but now and then one of their programs shows up on SDPB-TV
News, Opinions, Politics, Government
South Dakota Focus. Stephanie Risler interviews and moderates. Covers South Dakota issues and events. State legislative coverage, etc.
PBS News Hour. I first started watching this during coverage of the WaterGate hearings and have been pretty much a consistent viewer ever since. Changes in moderators, etc over the years, but still probably the most balanced TV news and opinion available. David Brooks and Mark Shields share dissimilar opinions.
Moyers and Company Moyers is back and in bold. These programs hit the important issues and not just the talking points. The most recent program on climate change should make everybody think about government, business, personal, energy policies.
Need to Know Wide ranging mixture of in-depth analysis and quick news too.
Frontline Usually a full hour on one serious issue or event.
Charlie Rose. An hour of interviews and commentary almost nightly. Usually politics, books, and history, but the "Brain Series" continues and hits many issues and progress in medicine. Architecture now and then takes center stage.
Washington Week (in review) Gwen Ifill and news correspondent's view the week's news and opinions. David Wessel, Martha Raddatz, Gloria Berger, Karen Tummulty, Dan Balz, Michael Duffy, et al.
Aspen Ideas Discussion panels on many current/future issues and events. Get several perspectives on many issues.
Intelligence Squared, US.. Debates on current important or controversial issues. Notes that it is a "Throwback to the times when people actually listened to the other side."
Inside Washington. (ABC?) Gordon Peterson and a panel which has Krauthammer making the case for the inexcusables and retrogrades, Mark Shields often somewhat liberal, and several other regular participants.
The McLaughlin Group. Issues discussed often with an excess of passion.
Tavis Smiley. A mixture of irrelevant entertainment news which now and then is actually interesting, and many discussions of political issues and books related to history, sociology, theology, and politics.
To the Contrary. Bonnie Erbe and others present the distaff side of the issues often with more sense and passion than that of the mostly white male forums.
How-To-Do-It, Useful information
Next Avenue Info for those of us not so young anymore.
This Old House. How to rebuild, remodel, etc. Bob Villa started here 30 or 40 years ago.. Norm Abrams, and a bunch of regular plumbers, electricians, heat and air specialists, have been working on homes ever since. Watch the TV Ad where 4 guys are prying on a huge rock and when they decide that what they need is "plastique", a turbaned driver in a truck sponsor's vehicle rolls up with fuses and an AK47. Well, that last ad bit is humbug.
Ask This Old House. Spinoff from TOH that tackles specific problems. Problem solvers include: Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook.
Woodsmith How to Do it A production of woodworking techniques from Iowa. Lots of basic woodworking projects and techniques here. Down-to-earth with little pretense.
Hometime How to do it Projects on building and remodeling from Minnesota. Dean Johnson and crews have been on TV for over 25 years. Hints and definitions, etc.
American Woodshop. Scott Philips and wife Suzy saw, paint, carve,build, and visit craftsmen.
b.Organic with Michelle Beschen. Sometimes a bit goofy, but a good attempt at making re-use, re-use, gardening, home how-to, etc. An Iowa Public TV program.
Prairie Yard and Garden. No Aussies wandering desert cactus patches here. Fauna for the often too cold and too hot midwest prairies.
Motor Week. SDPB-TV carried this for years, but dropped it and replaced it with Martha Stewart Cooking show. I watch some of the cooking shows and the Stewart show is good, but there are perhaps a dozen cooking shows on SDPB-TV and now there is no news on vehicles, repairs, etc. Motor Week is a bit twinky, and too often wastes programs on interesting vehicles so expensive that probably only the top 1 percent of the US population would consider buying them. But, the program is online and if you are considering a new vehicle, or just interested in cars, probably worth viewing.
Science, Math, Technology, SMT Education, Nature, Ecology
Nova, The Grandfather of Science TV Lots of Science information here. Nova has been on for years and often on the cutting edge of science reporting.
Nova Now. Current science news spinoff of Nova. Current host is David Pogue of NY Times technology.
Nova Education. Education of current and future scientists and engineers is critical to the future of the United States. Some ideas for improving education and actual education features here.
Cooking, Sewing, Antiques, Travel, Misc.
Dakota Life. Interesting people, stuff, scenery, odd stories, etc. Larry Rohrer hosts. A bit like a video South Dakota Magazine.
America's Test Kitchen. They do taste tests, equipment tests, and recipe variations to find what works and tastes best. Some of their stuff seems inordinately complicated and in their cookbooks, too many recipes are not suited for "Food deserts" like central South Dakota.
Rick Steves Travel at APT. A bit about the TV show and a lot about the Rick Steves products and tours.
Martha Stewart Cooking School. Martha Stewart cooks with style and depth. Rather patiently shows how to do it.
Entertainment, Drama, Comedy, Humbug
Downton Abbey. Addictive British high and low society soap opera that is both much hyped and much watched.
Red Green. Great contrast with Downton Abbey. Where did I leave the duct tape? Can it be used to hog-tie an opossum?
Last of the Summer Wine. Collection of geezers and bunch of old lady character actors in beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Interesting characters well-developed, but terminally goofy. Good characters. Good fun.
Sherlock Holmes. Masterpiece theater with The dynamic, if dysfunctional duo of Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, War Horse) and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit), battles the worst of 21st- century London, including a tech savvy arch-villain who wants to rule the world and a hound from the hinges of Hell.
Medicine, Medical Technology, Issues
On Call. Dr. Rick Holm of Brookings, SD hosts medical experts mostly from South Dakota and South Dakota institutions. Covers the territory from medical myths to latest medical technology and procedures. Prairie Doctor perspectives, etc.
Second Opinion. Dr. Peter Salgo and panels of doctors and guests discuss symptoms, diagnois, and second opinions on symptoms. Lots of diseases and problems discussed. Seems to come from the Rochester, NY Strong Memorial and U of Rochester. Sometimes very good and sometimes stretched beyond obvious with excess filler and red herrings.
Connection, Antenna, cable Information
More later here, but for now--- If your cable or satellite system does not carry all three of the SD Public Broadcasting TV channels, contact your cable or satellite provider and request that they carry all three channels. Or, if you are within range of an SDPB-TV broadcasting antenna, consider pulling the signal off-air. Image quality is likely to be better with off-air than with compressed signals from cable or satellite.