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The history of the Midwest, plus bringing a WWII veteran home

U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Walter Nies
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Walter Nies

On today's show …

The remains of a WWII soldier killed in a German POW camp are being returned to South Dakota. We talk with Dr. Carrie Brown, Laboratory Manager at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base about the efforts to bring Sgt. Walter Nies home.

Dr. Kristi Bockorny from NSU joins us to discuss a paper (written with Dr. Theresa Giannavola) that won the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Business Research Conference. The research explores the role of employee gratitude in job satisfaction and retention.

The Northwest Ordinance is one of America's foundational documents. Maybe you've never heard of it. Historian Jon Lauck suggests the ordinance was an effort to establish the principles of a new nation at its very best. He argues the Midwest was founded on ideals of anti-slavery, robust education, character development, democracy, and the freedom to practice religion free of a king, government, or dominant church. We talk with Lauck about his new book The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest 1800-1900.

Plus, The Legend of the Northern Lights by the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra will be performed Saturday night in the Rapid City Performing Arts Center. We have a preview with Maestro Bruce Knowles and Emmy-nominated astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado.

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Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.