SDPB TV Specials and Documentaries

SDPB has produced a number of award winning, special event television programs. Most can be purchased on DVD or tape and some are available for online viewing. Policies and procedures for independent producers interested in creating programs that may be broadcast on SDPB Television can be found here.

Latest SDPB Documentaries:
"Light of the Prairie: South Dakota Stained Glass" & "Images of the Past: The 1912 SD State Fair Film"

black hills photoThe Black Hills and The Mountain Pine Beetle
(2011) This 30-minute documentary looks at how a multi-year infestation is affecting Black Hills Forests.

100 Yards, 100 Years
This SDPB Television documentary looks at High School Football in South Dakota from 1906 to 2006.

A Falconer's Memoir
The story of Dan O'Brien's efforts to restore peregrine falcons to the Bear Butte countryside.

American Ace: The Joe Foss Story
WW II ace, Medal of Honor winner, governor, football commissioner, TV show host, business executive - is one of SD's most famous sons.

Badlands: Nature's Time Capsule
A masterpiece created by the elements: sculpted from the earth by water and wind.

Monthly thematic healthy advice from Buddy.

Dakota Links Challenge
SDPB showcases nine different golf courses in in South Dakota.

Dakota Pathways
Discover more about South Dakota history.

Deadwood Songbook
A project of Deadwood's Adams Museum. Includes bonus music clips.

Festival of Books
Replay audio from many of the "Non-Fiction" track sessions.

Kids Quest
Interactive learning adventure for students across SD.

Korean War Memorial and Survivor Stories
Korean War Memorial Dedication: September 18th, 2004.

Lorie Line
A South Dakota holiday treat!

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee
Poignant story of a Lakota child who survived a massacre and was adopted by a prominent white couple.

One of the world's leading violinists, visited South Dakota recently to share her talent with musicians and music-lovers in South Dakota.

National Parks: America's Best Idea
Ken Burns' six-part series on America's National Park Service.

Mountain Thunder - A Ballad of Badger Clark
A dramatic portrayal of Badger Clark, South Dakota's first poet laureate.

stavig letters bannerThe Stavig Letters, written in Norwegian and translated into English by Bruce and Marta Boyce, are an extensive collection of letters between two brothers, Lars Stavig who immigrated to America and his brother Knut who stayed in Norway.

Our Statehouse: A Capitol Idea
Explore the history of our Capitol building.

Pearl Harbor Survivors: SD Stories
Breathtaking stories of nine Pearl Harbor Survivors.

girls playing basketball imagePlay Like a Girl: A History of Girls Basketball in South Dakota
A one-hour SDBP documentary tracking the evolution of girls basketball in the state. Memorable coaches and players help tell the intriguing tale of one of our state's most beloved games.

Sioux Falls in the '50s
50's Influences and fads from local music to television to drive-ins, featuring Sioux Falls citizens who remember the era.

Soaring South Dakota

From the rugged Black Hills to the rolling prairies to the shining lakes and rivers, SD's beauty dazzles in this aerial tour.

South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals
South Dakota High School Rodeo Association's Annual State Rodeo Finals.

Delta David Gier imageThe South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's
2010 Season Finale

SDSO Music Director Delta David Gier conducts.

Spencer, SD Storm
May 30, 1998 Spencer, SD tornado chronicled.

SD Rock and Roll Music Association Induction
SD Music Association's first ceremony and concert.

The War
Story of the Second World War astold through personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four towns.

Tribute to Chester Olson
Tribute concert to the memory of Wakonda area musician Chester Olson held in Gayville Hall April 30, 2005.

Vietnam Memorial Dedication
Coverage of the Vietnam War Memorial Parade and Dedication on September 16, 2006.

We Shall Remain
South Dakota Public Broadcasting has collected the stories of our Native people by interviewing tribal leaders and elders.

White Eagle: How Sweet the Sound
Chronicles the life of White Eagle, the Rosebud Sioux tenor and Opera performer who died of AIDS in 1995.

Wild Horses: An American Romance
A look at the rise and fall of the mustang in the Western United States.

WWII Memorial Dedication
South Dakota Public Broadcasting's coverage of the South Dakota World War II Memorial Dedication.

Young Writers and Illustrators Contest
Children's contest results and information.