In The Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 295 Hour 2

For five intense days in December of 2017, what became known as the Legion Lake Fire burned fiercely as firefighters battled to contain it.

Jay Wickham is a Fire Management Officer with the Custer State Park Field Office.

We expand the conversation today by including Patricia Johnson. She's with South Dakota State University/West River Ag Center. She specializes in rangeland management.

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In The Moment ... February 21, 2018 Show 281 Hour 2

A rural French town is rewriting the way communities deal with refugees. Marie-Pierre Caquot Baggett researched the Peyrelevade Asylum Seeker Center in France. She lectures on the topic at the University of South Dakota Thursday, February 22nd at 7 p.m.

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In The Moment ... February 5, 2018 Show 270 Hour 2

During his long career in radio broadcasting, Chuck Anderson recorded and saved more than 500 hours of recorded conversations. The collection is an archive of stories and anecdotes that capture the essence of our state in the voices of its people.

Jim McKinney came to South Dakota State University in 1975 and was SDSU's band director from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. Hundreds and more likely thousands of student musicians followed McKinney's lead in concerts and other performances in South Dakota and around the nation.

Chuck Anderson interviewed McKinney in November of 1992. They talked about filling the ranks of SDSU's large marching band, "The Pride of the Dakotas."

Students seeking music scholarships must perform well in auditions before the entire SDSU music faculty.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 2

South Dakota Governor Dennis Dauggard joins In the Moment for a conversation about the SDSU Precision Ag Facility, his support of newly-appointed Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard, and the need for apprenticeship programs in South Dakota.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 1

Earlier this month, Raven Industries announced a $5 million dollar gift to South Dakota State University.

We talk with SDSU President Barry Dunn about the gift and the Precision Ag major at SDSU.

Then we welcome Lon Stroschein, Director of Corporate Development for Raven Industries for a conversation about the future of precision agriculture in South Dakota and beyond. 

In The Moment ... January 16, 2018 Show 256 Hour 1

Klaire Lockheart is an artist from South Dakota. Her work explores the conflicting role of feminine expectations in society. You can see her exhibition "A is for Apron" now through February 2nd at the Ritz Gallery in Grove Hall at SDSU. You can meet the artist at a reception this Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In The Moment ... January 16, 2018 Show 256 Hour 2

Dr. James Murphy is an assistant Professor of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University. He's been selected as the 2018 J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar and will deliver the 2018 Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture.

His lecture is titled, "Standing, Kneeling, Respecting and Protesting: Liberal Arts Education and Clashes Over National Symbols"

In The Moment ... December 8, 2017 Show 236 Hour 1 

For this week's Moment in Sound we welcome Tammy Yonce, music professor at South Dakota State University. Later this month, she and her flute depart for Israel.

She's taking part in the 2017 Winter Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel, sponsored by the Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1

Nate Wek joins us with a look at the week ahead in South Dakota sports. Today we discuss the upcoming FCS quarterfinal game between SDSU and the University of New Hampshire along with a professional opportunity for an Aberdeen football standout.

In The Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 1 

In October of 1993, Sgt Michael Goodale fought in and survived the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. It was a bloody and brutal event that was fictionalized in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

Mike Goodale is a former Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient. He visits Brookings tonight as part of SDSU's Warrior Week event at the South Dakota Art Museum.

In The Moment ... November 7, 2017 Show 215 Hour 1 

Organizations in Brookings collaborate for Cultural Appreciation Day today, where hundreds of school children explore their own culture as well as cultures outside of their own. We're joined by Nathan Ziegler, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Access at South Dakota State University.


In The Moment ... October 24, 2017 Show 205 Hour 1

South Dakota State University in Brookings was the site of the third in the series of Daschle Dialogues.  Former NBC News anchor and South Dakota native Tom Brokaw joined former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle to discuss everything from today's political discourse to 9/11 and the South Dakota way of life.  Steve Zwemke brings you extra cuts from the full conversation.

In The Moment ... October 23, 2017 Show 204 Hour 1

Dr. William Elmquist is a distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Minnesota. Today, he is the keynote speaker for the 27th Annual Pharmacy Fall Convocation. His talk is called "Targeted Central Nervous System Delivery to Treat Brain Tumors: Many Challenges, Many Opportunities." He joins us to talk research, hope, and why he thinks his job is the greatest in the world.

In The Moment ... October 17, 2017 Show 200 Hour 1

In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 2

Pierre native and SDSU graduate Stephanie Arne brings her tiny house to Brookings and Sioux Falls as part of the Creative Animal Tour. Arne is the host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." We talk small habitats and sustainability.

In The Moment ... June 14, 2017 Show 114 Hour 1

Skyforce basketball is a staple in the Sioux Falls professional sports scene. Recently the NBA's Miami Heat purchased controlling interest of the team. In The Moment producer Chris Laughery talks with president of the Sioux Falls Skyforce Mike Heineman about the future of the team in South Dakota.

Columbia University ecologist Ruth DeFries discusses how global prosperity benefits people and nature. Dr. DeFries is the author of The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis. She speaks Thursday night at South Dakota State University in Brookings for the Holtry Lecture.

Robin Shulman

Freelance journalist Robin Shulman of New York City comes to South Dakota State University for the Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting visit. Her lecture is called "In Canada, People Like You & Me Can Sponsor Syrian Refugees. Here's What Happens." Shulman talks about her work covering immigration, poverty, urban policy, and other issues in U.S. cities, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Heat Wave Could Hurt Corn Yield

Jul 19, 2016
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Extension experts warn some of the state’s corn crop could fall victim to the hot, dry weather this week.  The crop is now in a stage of pollination.  Officials say excessive heat at this point in the season can affect corn yield for the year.

Agriculture experts worry the current drought and heat wave conditions in the state are not good for the corn crop.   Jonathan Kleinjan is a crop production associate at SDSU.  

“Heat in itself is not necessarily a big problem, it’s when you’re hot and dry at the same time," says Kleinjan.


The five-year walleye tagging project, which is in its final year, focuses on the Missouri River from the Oahe Dam near Pierre, South Dakota, north to the Garrison Dame near Riverdale, North Dakota. Researchers have tagged 26,132 fish in the last three years. Researchers hope to understand the basic science of angler harvest and how food sources and flooding impact the walleye population. We talk with researcher Brian Graeb and his doctoral student Eli Felts.


South Dakota has positioned itself to catalyze biotech research and development through an innovative virtual center with more than 30 affiliated researchers. Called BioSystems Networks & Translational Research, or BioSNTR, it was formed nearly two years ago and now is launching its capabilities on a larger scale. BioSNTR Director Adam Hoppe discusses the statewide collaborative endeavor, which includes participants from South Dakota’s public universities, private colleges and the public and private sectors.

Researchers at SDSU want to better predict the risk for West Nile Virus in the state. They’re using maps from NASA to help forecast what the season might look like.


Jason McEntee facilitates the Literature and Medicine Program at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. As they wrap up another session, McEntee (Associate Professor and head of the English department at SDSU) joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to explore the intersection between war, literature, and the healing professions. 

When asked about reading recommendations, McEntee gave these:

Study Forecasts Consequences Of Changing Landscape

Apr 5, 2016
Kealey Bultena

SDSU researchers predict that over the next two decades, the amount of land used for growing crops in the northern Great Plains will increase. They say that means the amount of grassland will decrease, creating some potential risks.

Teri Finneman, SDSU professor of journalism, discusses her new book, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin. She joins Dakota Midday during a year when a woman is running for president of the United States and two women are vying for a seat in the US House of Representatives. We’ll talk about media coverage of female politicians, as well as the responsibility of journalists in coverage of female and male public figures.

Jon Lauck is chair of the Midwestern History Association. He is an author, a professor, and a lawyer. He has written several books, including "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."

John Miller is an author, historian, and professor. His "Small-Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America" was released in 2014.

Lauck and Miller join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the importance of Midwestern studies ... why it matters and what needs to be done to create a thriving field of study that values the places we call home.

Betty Ferrell, PhD., was named one of 30 visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is the author of nine books and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The SDSU College of Nursing recently brought Ferrell to the state for a conversation about Spirituality and Ethics at the end of life. She sat down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about life, death, and mending fences.

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The city of Flint, Michigan is struggling as its water crisis continues. Testing shows the city’s drinking water is contaminated with dangerous levels of lead. The problem has resulted in severe health issues, and in some cases death. One South Dakota student knows first hand what the city is going through.


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Deondre Parks, a senior guard for the South Dakota State University men's basketball team, joined the program to talk about being an SDSU Jackrabbit. Also, Parks is from Flint, Michigan, a community that has been plagued by contaminated water. He has family who still lives there - battling the issue of water on a daily basis. In his conversation with SDPB's Nate Wek, Parks explains the situation his family is currently facing. He also speaks of the support he has received from his teammates and coaches, and from the community of Brookings.