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Episode 016: Spencer and Joe Check out the Fearmongers!

Hot off the Mac—it’s the latest Dakota Free Press Podcast! In Episode #16, friend of the blog Joe Berns joins co-host Spencer Dobson to sit in on Aberdeen’s latest fearfest, the June 16 anti-Muslim slideshow featuring “Understanding the Threat” book peddlers John Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz. Joe and Spencer survived with their logic and mortality intact!

But first, Spencer and I talk about…

  • whether Randy Bryce has what Democrats need to win,
  • how campaign finance law in South Dakota remains far too friendly to big money,
  • what good the latest ruling against Trump and Dakota Access does, and
  • Cory’s field trip to Pierre to speak up for direct democracy!

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Here are some resources for this week’s podcast topics:

Randy Bryce for Congress in Wisconsin [2:20]:

Campaign Finance—Senate Bill 54 vs. Initiated Measure 22 [9:15]:

Dakota Access Pipeline Ruling [13:40]:

Initiated and Referendum Task Force [18:40]:

Spencer and Joe report on the anti-Muslim “Understanding the Threat” event [28:05]

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Hey! Want to take Spencer up on his suggestion to turn the next anti-Muslim sideshow into a great Rocky Horror Picture Show event? Give us a shout through the Dakota Free Press Contact form, and let’s see what we can come up with!

p.s.: Here’s that view of the Capitol from LaFramboise Island that I mentioned in our opening:

View of the Capitol during my midday run on La Framboise Island, Pierre, South Dakota, 2017.06.21.
View of the Capitol during my midday run on La Framboise Island, Pierre, South Dakota, 2017.06.21.


  1. Porter Lansing 2017-06-23 15:40

    Great show. Where else can you get honyockers and Muslim Ted Nugents in the same hour? Luckily the oldsters that attended this carnival of excrement probably don’t know how to spread the hostility on the internet … like Grudzie can’t. Barbershops and breakfast joints however are probably ripe for spreading their hate speech manure.
    Cory … I know there’re no rattlesnakes in ESD and there are rattlesnakes West River. How about on LaFramboise Island?

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-06-23 16:19

    Thanks, Porter! I wondered about snakes as I ran the island. I neither nor heard any. GF&P says rattlers, South Dakota’s only native venomous snake, can be found all along the river, both banks. GF&P also says rattlers head for shade in direct sunlight and temps of 100°F; I ran at high noon, but the temp was maybe just a bit above 90°F.

    On spreading the hate online—there may be plenty of those older folks in the hall not amplifying the hate via social media, but they have some younger devotees working that Facebook page.

  3. leslie 2017-08-27 21:31

    speaking of fear mongers, last month I mistakenly suspected Journal editorialist Mike Sanborn a spy. I apologize.

  4. leslie 2017-08-27 21:33

    I did hear this morning trumpers have a float and loud music at Mt. Rushmore. bastards

  5. mike from iowa 2017-08-28 08:05

    According to the map, prairie rattlers have a contiguous buffer strip of residency on the east side of the Mighty Mo.

    Western iowa has rattlers in the Loess Hills. Whose to say some ambitious snake didn’t listen to Horace Greeley as a young snake and populate Eastern South Dakota?

    Besides, with a state run by wingnuts…………….

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-08-28 21:07

    Leslie, was there a parade at Mt. Rushmore? What was on the float? Which group sponsored it?

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