Science & Technology

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 1 

If you're weary of bad news and political dramas, you might want to consider just how good we have it in the 21st Century. Steven Pinker's new book is called "Enlightenment Now," and it paints a slightly rosier picture of life as we know it than you might see, for example, on the evening news.

But this isn't a Pollyana utopian fantasy. It's a data-driven look at how humans and human-led institutions are making progress on the most complex problems facing humanity . . . and the areas where we are falling short.

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In the Moment ... February 14, 2018 Show 277 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke talks with senior NOVA producer Evan Hadingham about the new NOVA special "Great Escape at Dunkirk."

The program airs February 14 on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 2

They are perhaps the most mind-blowing phenomena in the universe, Albert Einstein couldn't accept their existence, and it's possible that we might not exist without them.

A powerful two-hour NOVA special explores the "Black Hole Apocalypse."

We're joined by the show's host. Janna Levin is an astrophysicist at Barnard College of Columbia University. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. Her most recent book is called "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space."

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

Ann Pederson, PhD., and Jennifer Gubbels, PhD. join us with news about a current project to address the elevated preterm birth rate in Native American communities. We talk about inherited trauma, applying spiritual solutions to stress, and more.

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

The controversy in America over language continues.

Augustana University professors Jennifer Gubbels, PhD., and Patrick Hicks, PhD., explore the notion of banned words and how to process recent news stories highlighting them.

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In The Moment ... October 30, 2017 Show 209 Hour 2

It's one of the most pressing questions in science today, and the University of South Dakota is on the forefront. The research involves the search to explore and define dark matter. You can learn more at a Dark Matter Day Symposium tonight at USD.  We're joined by USD Professor Dongming Mei for more.