In The Moment ... Thoughts On Faith In Public Life With Joseph Bottum

Aug 15, 2017

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 1

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

We continue the conversation with Joseph Bottum. He  leads the CLASSICS Institute at Dakota State University in Madison. CLASSICS. He’s the author of "An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America.” We talk about the role of faith in public life, anger, and the shifting of culture in America.

SDPB helps you get ready for the landmark documentary event "The Vietnam War." It's a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. We've been gathering stories of South Daktoans in Vietnam all summer long. You can find them on our website at sdpb.org/vietnam. The South Dakota Humanities Council wants to hear your stories as well ... the stories of all veterans. Joining us to talk about the Veterans Writing Prize and the South Dakota Festival of Books, Kyle Schaefer.

Craig & Della Tschetter
Credit Lori Walsh

We also welcome Vietnam veteran Craig Tschetter. He was a finalist for last year's Veterans Writing Prize. He has a new book. It's called "Fifteen Minutes Ago." You can meet him at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.