About Robert Mehling

Greetings, I’m Robert Mehling,
I am a podcast host and producer.  I’ve been in podcasting since 2014.   My hobbies include Podcasting, Writing, Graphic Arts, experimenting with social media automation, photography, and history, among others.

I am a member of the Podcast Academy and my podcasts have been featured in national media, such as USA Today, PBS, and Washington Times, as well as local media, such as the Argus Leader.  I have spoken on the subject of podcasting at One Million Cups Sioux Falls and have guest lectured on podcasting at Augustana University.

For education, I hold a bachelor's Degree in History from the University of South Dakota and an Associates Degree in Computer Programing from Southeast Tech (GPA 4.0)

A list of past podcasts and other crazy side projects:

The Sioux Empire Podcast is the “quirky but harmless” podcast that’s all about northern plains: News, Comedy, Music, and Culture. We produce weekly podcast episodes in addition to our active local interest blog with writers from around the region. Join us on our comedic odyssey through all things Sioux Empire, pop culture, and beyond.

Media Coverage of The Sioux Empire Podcast:
Argus Leader: Bill would subject satirists who get creative with state seal to jail time

Argus Leader: Citing concern about free speech, panel amends state seal bill

Greg Belfrage Show: What’s your BEEF?

The Patrick Lalley Show January 19, 2018

Erie Times News/GoErie.com

Hosts: Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover

Produced by Robert Mehling

“Sioux Empire Podcast Theme” Composed and Performed by Paul Cecchetti

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Edge Case is a sci-fi/mystery/fantasy anthology in the tradition of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits.”

At the fringes of perception
Beyond the boundaries of your mind
Just past the glow of the firelight
Out of the corner of your eyes 
You will find
An Edge Case 

“Edge Case Theme”
Performed and Composed by Shannon William
“This is how I imagine they play guitar at Miskatonic University.” – Shannon William
Learn more about Shannon’s music at

Edge Case Cover Photo is “Of Wolf and Man” by Aaron Groen
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The Urban Indianz Podcast is an Educated and Entertaining Look through the eyes of the modern-day Native American. Hosted by everyone’s favorite natives Gabriel Night Shield ( three-time Native American Music Award Winner 2010 & 2014 ISMA Best Hip Hop Winner VIBE Magazine TOP 50 Unsigned Artist), Char Green, Shaina Yellowback, and Nathan Foote. Every episode ends with a Native Hip Hop Artist Spotlight. As seen in the Washington Times, USA Today, Argus Leader, Rapid City Journal, Associated Press, and on South Dakota Public Radio.


Gabriel Night Shield sees the same repeating stereotypes of Native Americans.

“It’s one of the two: the drunk living in the streets,” Night Shield said. “Or the guy that’s living in the teepees.”

What he doesn’t see is his story. The Sioux Falls resident, who grew up in Rosebud, is a musician, a businessman, and father. Millions of other Native Americans lead similar lives, but don’t see it reflected in the media, Night Shield said.

He’s taking matters into his own hands, releasing a new podcast next month to focus on the lives of Native Americans in urban settings.

The “Urban Indianz” podcast will premiere June 12 with three episodes on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other outlets.

Night Shield, who lived in Boston and Seattle before settling in Sioux Falls 17 years ago, envisions the podcast as one with a national audience. He and his two co-hosts, Levi Hansen and Char Green-Maximo, will tackle one topic in each episode, drawing from their own lives for inspiration.

Moving between reservations and large cities can be overwhelming for Native Americans, Night Shield said. Life away from home can be isolating, and that’s often what causes people to move back and live closer to their family.

He hopes to provide them and other listeners with a new perspective on current events and talk about what it’s like to work and raise a family in a city away from the reservation.

“I feel like that voice is lost,” Night Shield said.

Each episode will also have a segment on art and end with Native American hip-hop. Night Shield is a music producer and locally-based rapper who has won multiple national awards.

The show will be produced by the Sioux Empire Podcast Network, with a new episode every two weeks.

USA Today (5/24/2017) “Sioux Falls-based podcast finds ‘lost’ voice for Native Americans.”

Hosts: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Shaina Yellowback and Nathan Foote

Produced by Robert Mehling

Urban Indianz Podcast in 605 Magazine August 1st, 2018

A Dresch perspective on music, comedy, and the arts from comedian/musician Zach Dresch co-host Ryan Howe and guests.

Hosts: Zach Dresch and Ryan Howe

Produced by Robert Mehling

Music by The Disarmed

Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.

Hosts: Aris Show, Travis Nye, and Robert Mehling
Produced by Robert Mehling
Voice over by Dave Holly
Opening Theme “Enhance Your Starry Night” by Mouthful of Bees

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Other Past Projects:

Tactical Pain Podcast (Producer)

Perlocution Podcast (Producer)

Queers After Beers Podcast (Producer)

Happy Warrior Podcast (Producer)


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