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In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2

Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He recently earned a second place award at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Alex is joined by Augustana professor Dr. Richard Swanson, who wrote the play which inspired Alex's set design. We talk about creation stories, following your passion to find your career, and about "stories among chaos."

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 17, 2017 Show 052 Hour 1

Augustana University

Augustana College is now Augustana University. The name change was made official during ceremonies yesterday at the Sioux Falls institution’s Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Augustana is a private, liberal arts college founded in 1860. It first opened in Sioux Falls as the Lutheran Normal School in 1889. It has around 1,800 full and part-time students. Augustana University President Rob Oliver joined Dakota Midday and discussed the name change.

Kyshona Armstrong

May 8, 2015

Though she has only released two CDs, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong has plenty of stories to tell.  Some of her songs are about family and legacy.  Much of her inspiration comes from her time as a music therapist.  The role helped her in overcoming a fear of performing in front of a live audience as she was using music to tap into emotion - something that is very prevalent in her writing and performing.  Once a fixture in the Athens, Georgia music scene, Armstrong now calls Nashville home.  Her latest CD, "Go," was released in June, 2014.  Armstrong has been named one of the "Top 5 Ro

During World War II, Sioux Falls was home to the Army Air Forces Technical School. From 1942 through 1945, some 45 thousand men and women trained there and brought new wealth to the community, changed social attitudes, stimulated construction and created the city’s first modern airport.

John Pennington

When John Pennington joined Augustana College's music department in 2008, he brought with him an American gamelan copied from one made by renowned composer Lou Harrison. It includes instruments created from PVC pipes and is based on the traditional Indonesian gamelans.

Augustana's American gamelan is featured in the percussion ensemble's fall concert this evening at the Chapel of Reconciliation on the college's Sioux Falls campus. Later this week the ensemble travels to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Percussive Arts Societies International Convention.


In the PBS science-reality series Time Team America, archeologists have 72 hours to uncover buried secrets using the latest technology, decades of expertise and their own smarts.

In tonight's episode airing on SDPB-TV, “The Bones of Badger Hills,”  Adrien Hannus assists a team digging at a site in western Oklahoma. Hannus is professor of anthropology and director of the Archeology Laboratory at Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

The Center for Western Studies

To help commemorate South Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood, the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College in Sioux Falls invited artists to submit proposals for works reflecting on the state. More than 80 artists responded and the center’s art committee chose 40 pieces for the juried art exhibit and sale. The show “Observing the State’s 125th Anniversary" is up through September 27th.

Ukraine Referendums

May 13, 2014
RT News

After two controversial self-rule referendums, separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the birth of two new sovereign republics.  The pro-Russian organizers in Donetsk and the neighboring region of Luhansk said an overwhelming majority of those who cast their ballots voted for independence.  The U.S., E.U.

Human Trafficking In South Dakota

Apr 11, 2013

When Hannah Miller decided to examine the growing issue of human trafficking in South Dakota, she decided to look at the issue first-hand.  She blended into the crowd during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to conduct undercover research.  Miller said South Dakota is among the top six worst states for human trafficking.  Miller is Friday's Augustana College Thought Leader Forum speaker when she presents "The Dirty Little Secrets: Human Trafficking in South Dakota" at 11:30 a.m. at C.J. Callaway's in Sioux Falls.

Huge Upset

Mar 27, 2013

The Augustana College women's basketball team beat previously unbeaten Clayton State College of Georgia 81-68 in their first round game of the NCAA Elite Eight Tuesday.  The Vikings will play Dowling College of New York in the semi-finals Wednesday night.  Sioux Falls Argus Leader sports reporter Matt Zimmer is covering the team on the road.

March Madness

Mar 21, 2013

SDPB Radio news intern Nate Wek joined Dakota Midday from Auburn Hills, Michigan, where the South Dakota State University men's basketball team will face the University of Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Tournament.  Tonight's game begins at 6:15 p.m. Central.

The Future Of Global Terrorism

Mar 5, 2013

Did the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden make America safer?  If so, are there other threats to the national security with which Americans need to be concerned?  Augustana College graduate Jarret Brachman, an internationally recognized specialist on terrorism and violent extremist movements, will explore how America's thinking about security has evolved after the death of Bin Laden, at the Augustana Thought Leader Forum.  Brachman presents "Beyond Bin Laden: The Future of Global Terrorism" Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at C.J.

Trumpeter Jon Faddis

Mar 4, 2013

Jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis is the featured performer at the 39th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival today and Tuesday at Augustana College's Kresge Recital Hall.  Faddis met Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 15 and joined Lionel Hampton's big band shortly after his 18th birthday.  Time Out New York has praised Faddis as the "world's greatest trumpeter...brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity."

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan 24, 2013

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the day Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.  Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, has just finished his first novel, "The Commandant of Lubizec."  It's loosely based upon what happened at Treblinka, the Nazi extermination camp in German-occupied Poland, as well as other "Operation Reinhard" camps.