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In the Moment ... February 28, 2018 Show 286 Hour 1

In conjunction with Mount Marty College's Noon Forum, the Great Plains Writer's Tour announces a presentation by award-winning author Daryl Farmer.

Daryl Farmer is an assistant professor and the director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His books include "Bicycling Beyond the Divide" and "Where We Land."

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

Sherry DeBoer, executive director of the South Dakota Humanities Council joins us for a look at the SDHC activities from 2017. We also spend time looking ahead to the in-depth initiatives of 2018.

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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.

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In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

In The Moment ... July 17, 2017 Show 135 Hour 1

Tomorrow is a pivotal day for the Dakota Power Community Wind project and Lincoln County residents. The public votes to either keep the ordinance of a roughly quarter-mile setback between Dakota Wind's turbines and residences or increase the setback to a half mile. The result of the vote could change the future of clean energy in South Dakota. SDPB's Leah Cover joins us with more.

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In The Moment ... April 24, 2017 Show 078 Hour 1

April is National Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Today we bring you insight from a new theatre company in Sioux Falls. It's called the Good Night Theatre Collective. The company presents their first full-length production this weekend at the ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls. It's called "Ball: a Musical Tribute to my Lost Testicle." It's creator survived testicular cancer and wrote the musical during chemotherapy treatment. Ruth Sturm and Max Wotjanowicz join us.

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In The Moment ... March 22, 2017 Show 055 Hour 2

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about sound, the search for an authentic experience, and how an entire town can embrace a Pulitzer Prize.

Black Hills State University hosts Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon. His visit is part of a year-long series of events led by the South Dakota Humanities Council. It coincides with the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer in 2001 for the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His latest novel is released on November 21 from Harper Collins. It’s called Moonglow.

Chabon speaks on the topic “Thanks, Teach: Remembering Four Writing Mentors” Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the student union at Black Hills State.

Phyllis Schrag says that if you have to grow up, it might as well be in a small town. The South Dakota Humanities scholar joins Dakota Midday for some unapologetic nostalgia as we talk about small town America through a child’s-eye view. Right after Midday, Schrag presents at the Days of 76 Museum in Deadwood for their Preservation Thursday event.

In conjunction with the Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin join Dakota Midday to discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning work ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.’ Both are award-winning authors and historians, earning multiple accolades for ‘American Prometheus.’ Oppenheimer was lionized for his work in developing the atomic bomb, but later, when he publicly repudiated that work for moral reasons, he was attacked by both politicians and other scientists.

Elizabeth Fenn sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about resilience, curiosity, redefining American history, and the unexpected way she found out she had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.