Cara Hetland

SDPB Radio Director

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and News and Information for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She has nearly 30 years in public radio as a reporter, producer and manager.  Cara is also host of the Friday In the Moment program Innovation.  She loves a good story and can’t wait to tell South Dakotans about it.  Cara also teaches media courses at the University of Sioux Falls and loves working with interns to develop their own style of storytelling.   Cara lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Daren. She spends her "free" time being mom to two adult daughters and cheering on her youngest daughter in her high school events. Cara likes to exercise, read and is always open for a ride on the tilt-a-whirl.

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Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta holds a celebration of life for Rep. John Lewis, who died at 80.

Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee about oversight of the Justice Department. Watch the hearing live.

Lawmakers honor Rep. John Lewis before he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Lewis, a civil rights icon, served in Congress for more than three decades.    

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NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.

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Health experts say COVID 19 is here to stay.  Dr. Wendell Hoffman is an Infectious Disease Specialist with Sanford Health. He says that it will become one of several viruses physicians will test for.  He says there are short term and long-term preparations that need to be in place for the coronavirus as well as the flu and common cold.  He says the public can be confident the health care systems are prepared.

 

 

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A South Dakota company is working on a therapeutic to treat COVID 19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus. S-A-B Biotherapeutics has been working on other coronavirus strains and has had safety trials already conducted.  C-E-O Eddie Sullivan says they are using what they have learned to quickly advance therapeutics for COVID 19.

 

 

Mark Brown has been appointed as the new president of the USD Discovery District. He began his job this week.  Brown holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Texas and has built his career in research and leadership at Colorado State University. He has over 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and he has many published works. He says he's excited to come to Sioux Falls and moving the Discovery District forward.

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Avera Health has received a $4.5 million grant to expand sexual assault exam services through eCare. The money will fund and support sexual assault forensic exams in rural communities. Jennifer Canton is a registered emergency room nurse. She discusses the need for this type of care.

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The FDA has awarded Breakthrough Device designation for a Stent Graft System for the treatment of a thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm. The device was created by Dr. Patrick Kelly – he’s a vascular surgeon and inventor and leads Sanford Health Commercialization.

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Ten Children’s hospitals use genomic medicine to change pediatric care.  Joining to explain is Dr. Gene Hoyme who is the medical director at Sanford Children’s Genomic Medicine Consortium.  The mission of the consortium is to manage resources in genetics and genomics, conduct research, and incorporate genomic medicine into pediatric practice.

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Death row inmate Charles Russell Rhines was executed by lethal injection at 7:39 Monday night.  There was a six hour delay waiting for the US Supreme Court to consider three appeals.   Once the appeals were denied it took 37 minutes from Rhines leaving his holding cell to being pronounced dead.  

 

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

Officials from Northern State University recently attended the 26th annual Conference on International Programs in China earlier this month. The conference was co-organized by Northern and its partner university, the University of Jinan.

NSU Study Abroad and CEIB advisor Dominika Blum, and Hannah Walters, assistant professor of Marketing at NSU, detail this year's conference as they join In The Moment from the Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation Studio in Aberdeen.

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Dennis Davis is a spokesman for South Dakotans for an Alternative to the Death Penalty. Davis visits with SDPB's Cara Hetland to explain his groups position with respect to the planned execution of Charles Rhines during the first week of November.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

The Cornell Death Penalty Project is dedicated to neutral examinations of how the death penalty operates. Every year, Project staff produce a number of articles related to the death penalty. Areas of particular interest to the Project include race and the death penalty, mental impairment and the death penalty, and the law of federal habeas corpus.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

Neil Fulton was a federal public defender when his office represented Charles Rhines who, in 1993, was convicted of fatally stabbing Donnivan Schaeffer during a robbery in Rapid City.

Fulton is now the dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

New York Times best selling author John Kenney returns to In The Moment with his new book Love Poems for People with Children. There's more laughs as Kenney covers it all from newborns to teens, back to school shopping and summer vacations. A parent's job is never done!

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

For 59 years Chuck and Grace Childs made Rapid City their home before moving to Minnesota in 2017. Chuck Childs died Sunday in Tracy, Minnesota at the age of 99.

Victoria Wicks Leads Up To Rhines Execution

Oct 28, 2019
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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

South Dakota death row inmate Charles Rhines has exhausted his direct appeals in court and is scheduled to die sometime in the first week of November. But his attorneys are still working on a couple of potential legal roadblocks. Rhines goes to court Tuesday in Sioux Falls to challenge drug protocols. And an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel says he still can plead for leniency from Governor Kristi Noem.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks visits with In The Moment guest host Cara Hetland.

Innovation: SafeRun

Oct 25, 2019
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Cortney Bickley and Abby Wollschlager are seniors at the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business – they took first place in the 2019 Innovation Expo student pitch competition in Sioux Falls earlier this month. Their product is “SafeRun” a portable device that individuals can wear while exercising alone.

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As fall harvest is underway in South Dakota, we’re hearing about moisture levels in soybeans. We’re hearing about semi’s starting fire and the potential of fire at grain elevators.  I was curious about the spontaneous combustion of soybeans.  We start this conversation understanding moisture in soybeans.  Darren Hefty is with the Ag PhD program.  He also farms and has a seed business.  We spoke earlier this week.

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Justin Snyders, Director of Operative Services, discusses other surgical innovations, UV lights, and infection control technology.

Bill Lyle is the manager of anesthesia.

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Dr. Thomas Ambrose, Orthopedic Surgeon, discusses the growing need for orthopedic services in the region and the updated robotic equipment used in surgery.

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Chad Bare, Assistant Vice President of Avera On Louise Health Campus, discusses the building and why it is necessary, patient amenities, and green efficiencies throughout the building.

Sarah Kappel, RN and Director of Patient Care Services at Avera Specialty Hospital, discusses the design of the rooms, the focus on families and amenities.

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Ranjit Koodali is a chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota. He joins us regularly to discuss the latest research in chemistry.  Today we’re discussing ambient black carbon particles reaching the fetal side of human placenta. We spoke with Dr. K earlier this week. He begins by explaining the research.

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Robb Winter is the department head and professor of chemical and biological engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – he leads a team that is working on the recently announced NSF grants on 2D materials, biofilm, and microbial research.  In the past three years, the National Science Foundation has awarded $32 million in funding for research led by faculty from multiple institutions to expand human understanding of the microbial world.

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Dr. Shawn Vuong is a neurosurgeon for both pediatric and adult patients with Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.  He graduated from West Central High School, USD, and USD Sanford School of Medicine. He moved away for his residency and fellowship training.  Then he came home. He is one of two fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeons in the state. He specializes in treating Chiari malformation, trigeminal neuralgia, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors and cancers, scoliosis and pediatric hydrocephalus.

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Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill related to intellectual diversity on college campuses. On Friday, USD hosted a forum with administrators and legal counsel to address faculty and student concerns with the new legislation. SDPB’s Jackie Hendry reports. 

Innovation: NebTray

Aug 23, 2019
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Susan Evans is an occupational therapist from Aberdeen. Evans has developed a product called the NebTray – it helps people organize vials of medications for respiratory treatments.

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Innovation: CubeSat

Aug 23, 2019
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Dr. Hadi Fekrmandi is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Skye Rutan-Bedard is a mechanical engineering undergraduate researcher.  The difference between a satellite and a cube sat is more than just the price tag. Research at School of Mines is looking at cameras used in a CubeSat as the goal is to expand from one small satellite to a swarm of smaller satellites working together to focus on specific research areas.

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New health guidelines say more women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer. Megan Bell is a genetic counselor at Sanford Health, she discusses the latest guidelines.

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