In The Moment ... Phil Baker

Jun 20, 2017

In The Moment ... June 20, 2017 Show 118 Hour 1

Phil Baker is an institution in children's music in South Dakota. He's been entertaining kids and their families for more than 25 years. With his red guitar and upbeat lyrics, Phil Baker gets kiddos out of their seats and wiggling in the aisles. He's been all over the world and you can see him at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City this Friday at 10 mountain time. That's sponsored by the Rapid City Arts Council. Phil Baker joins us today in Sioux Falls.

A special study commission is taking a closer look at campaign finance limits this summer. Lawmakers and officials are meeting in Pierre for the Government Accountability Task Force. It's an interim committee set up by lawmakers during the last legislative session in the wake of IM 22. That ethics reform package was repealed by lawmakers after voters approved it in November. Part of that package placed limits on campaign contributions, which several bill and bill amendments attempted to adjust ... SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins us to talk about the committee.

This summer, South Dakota Public Broadcasting helps you prepare for the latest documentary project from Ken Burns. It's called "The Vietnam War." More than 27,000 South Dakotans served in Vietnam from 1961 to 1975. SDPB brings the film to you in September. But first, we're bringing special screenings of the film across the state. And it's all in service of a single question: What are the legacies and lessons of Vietnam in South Dakota? The next event is in Chamberlain on August 10. You can see the stories we are gathering online at When the SDPB crew was in Custer recently, Vietnam veteran Ed McGaa addressed the crowd at Crazy Horse Mountain. He's an enrolled as a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A United States Marine, McGaa served in the Korean War as well as flying 110 combat missions in Vietnam. He launched his writing career with the 1990 classic "Mother Earth Spirituality." He's written more than ten books. Ed McGaa sat down with SDPB's Andrew Bork and Josh Kappler for this conversation.

Jerry Nelson
Credit Lori Walsh

If you subscribe to the SDPB online newsletters, a video featuring our next guest recently floated into your inbox. Jerry Nelson is author of the book "Dear County Agent Guy." If you go online to you can find an interview with Jerry filmed on his farm near Volga. The book is a collection of humorous newspaper columns, mixed in with the melancholy contemplations of farm life. In 1988 Nelson survived a farm accident when he was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas. He spent weeks in intensive care, fighting for his life. Since the day he walked out of the hospital on his own, Nelson has decided he might as well have some fun with the time he has left.