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Analysis: South Dakotans offer insight into the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one year later

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall on Thursday morning, one year after pro-Trump rioters stormed the building in an attempt to stop the counting of Electoral College votes that would certify Biden’s presidential victory.

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On today's show

One year ago today, a mob of pro-Trump extremists intent on disrupting the Congressional certification of state electoral votes gathered in Washington. They breached the U.S. Capitol building and gained access to both chambers of Congress.

Senators, representatives, and congressional staffers dashed (or were whisked) to safety as police scrambled to restore order and clear the building. Members of the mob shattered windows, confronted police, took photos inside congressional offices, and looted.

Since that day, investigators have gone through mountains of evidence; more than 725 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot. The sprawling investigation is ongoing.

Today, In the Moment welcomes back many of the guests who joined us one year ago to help put the historic day into context. We'll talk about what happened, what's happened since, and the ongoing work of American democracy.

Guests include:

  • U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson
  • Policy advisor and Washington veteran Chuck Parkinson
  • Lisa Hager, Ph.D. political scientist
  • SDPB journalist Kevin Woster
  • Washington D.C. journalist Chris Vondracek
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