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Patrick Hicks: In the Shadow of Dora

Oct 21, 2020
Patrick Hicks

In The Moment … October 21, 2020 Show 925 Hour 1


U.S. colleges and universities are debating whether to require masks for students and faculty this fall. South Dakota’s public universities encourage masks on campus, and four of the state’s five private institutions will require masks in most indoor settings.

Augustana University, the University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University and Presentation College will require masks on campus. They say CDC guidelines and scientific consensus say masks help prevent transmission of COVID 19.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 30, 2020 Show 849 Hour 2

During this centennial year of ratification of the 19th Amendment, SDPB is telling the history of suffrage in South Dakota. The right to vote changed American history forever.

As we look back at efforts to give women that right, we're also spending time getting to know South Dakota women who have stood on the shoulders of those early giants and opened the door wider for other women.

As part of this project, In The Moment welcomes Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, president of Augustana University.

Federalism & State Governments In A Pandemic.

Apr 27, 2020

In The Moment ... April 27, 2020 Show 804 Hour 2

Unearthing Bison Kill Sites

Feb 12, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 12, 2020 Show 752 Hour 2

The last couple of years has seen an increase in investigations of recorded and unrecorded archeological sites identified as bison kill sites in South Dakota. This Sunday at 2 pm inside the Froiland Science Complex Room 113A at Augustana University, the 37th Annual Third Sunday Archaeology Lecture Series continues.

This time, Michael Fosha, the assistant State Archaeologist with the State Archaeological Research Center in Rapid City will present on this topic.

Is Traveling Abroad Worth It?

Feb 10, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 10, 2020 Show 750 Hour 1

As South Dakota college students settle back into their semester studies, some students are reflecting on their January study abroad experiences. Today we catch up with some Augustana University professors to talk about the value of international exploration in education and how to help students afford the journey. 

Moment In Sound: Moving Music

Feb 7, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 7, 2020 Show 749 Hour 1

When cultures converge and exchange their arts, great things happen. This is exactly what you will find at the Moving Music performance tomorrow, 2 pm Central at Augustana University's Hamre Recital Hall. Joining us from Moving Music are Yi-Chun Lin, artistic director of the Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective, and Angelina Gibson, founder of the ArtiTänzer Project. Watch some of the interview here. 

Sioux Falls: Nationwide Homeless Count

Jan 28, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 28, 2020 Show 742 Hour 1

Today in Sioux Falls the 2020 Nationwide Homeless Count takes place. This is also known as the We All Count Homeless Census and essentially allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to set funding levels for shelters and other agencies assisting the homeless. Suzanne Smith, Ph.D., is Augustana University's vice president for Data Analytics and Augustana Research Institute.

To watch the interview on YouTube, click here.

75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

Jan 27, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 27, 2020 Show 741 Hour 1

Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It was the largest extermination camp run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. More than a million people were murdered there. Today, only a handful of survivors are still alive. 

Patrick Hicks is an author and writer-in-residence at Augustana University. His books include the novel "The Commandant of Lubazec," the short story collection "The Collector of Names," and the poetry anthology "Library of the Mind."

Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... January 14, 2020 Show 733 Hour 1

New technology is helping archaeologists examine what lies beneath the surface of the ground without damaging artifacts. This new approach to archaeological research is the subject of the Third Sunday Archeological presentation at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. 

We welcome Dr. Adrien Hannus, professor of anthropology and director of the archeology laboratory at Augustana University, and Geoff Jones with Archaeo-Physics in Minneapolis, who is giving the lecture on Sunday about the firm's work.

News: Nov 9 - 15

Nov 15, 2019

State tourism officials say it’s been a challenging summer for the state’s number two industry.

Education majors at Augustana University have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge classroom tools through Makerspace workshops. 

A second tribe in South Dakota has adopted hate crime protections for LGBT people.

We ask USD’s Mike Allgrunn Ph.D., “What's the economic impact of giving?”

Breast cancer survivors who’ve undergone mastectomies have a new, crafty option in artificial breasts.

Jackie Hendry

Education majors at Augustana University have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge classroom tools through Makerspace workshops. Robots, iPads and circuit boards help students of any level engage with a variety of subjects in a way that feels like play.

The three Makerspace workshops this semester are financed with the Oliver Innovation Fund through Augustana to encourage creativity throughout the university. Assistant Professor of education Michelle Powers applied for the grant to help future teachers learn to incorporate Makerspace in their classrooms.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 30, 2019 Show 669 Hour 2

As we observe International Podcast Day, In The Moment welcomes podcasters from Augustana University for a look at ways they leverage audio and embrace the podcasting revolution.

Peter Folliard, Director of Augustana Orchestras, Patrick Hicks, Augustana writer-in-residence, and Rev. Ann Rosendale, Augustana Campus Pastor, discuss their unique approach to podcasting. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 1

Bill Vitek visits Augustana University Wednesday night and presents the free public discussion "A Farmer and a Philosopher Walk Into a Field: The Perennial Turn in Ag and Culture."

Vitek serves as scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College in Vermont and Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University in New York. Vitek has written exclusively about community, place, and sustainability.

He's joined on In The Moment by David O'Hara of Augustana University in Sioux Falls. 

John Shrader

In The Moment ... September 20, 2019 Show 663 Hour 1

Patrick Hicks hosts Poetry From Studio 47 Fridays during In The Moment. This week, he features 3 students from Augustana University and their work.

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 25, 2019 Show 623 Hour 2

Great Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016 and the three-year search for a deal has been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, economic growth in Great Britain has flatlined.

Now, new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it's "goodbye" by October 31.

Augustana University professors Bill Swart and Jason Harris took students to watch history unfold earlier in the year as part fo the class "Brexit: The Great Divorce and Life After the European Union." They return to In The Moment with fresh insight.

In The Moment ... July 24, 2019 Show 622 Hour 2

Augustana University hosts its annual Aging Faithfully Conference Thursday at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls. It's a look at how faith and well being are different in the second half of life.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 24, 2019 Show 602, Hour 1

Author and poet Patrick Hicks is SDPB Radio's special guest for this week's Brown Bag Book Club. His latest collection of new and selected poems is called Library of the Mind.

Hicks has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bush Artist Foundation, and the Loft Literary Center. He's the author of The Collector of Names, This London, and Adoptable. He also wrote the acclaimed novel The Commandant of Lubezic.

Augustana University is partnering with Flandreau Indian School and the Washington Pavilion for a project that brings Native American perspectives into historical archives. Augustana is one of 25 independent colleges in the country to win a grant for the Humanities Research for the Public Good initiative. 

Photographs and other documents in archival collections may include Native Americans, but these items are rarely created by Native Americans.

“—and that’s a huge discrepancy in terms of representation of a population that has been silenced in a way.”

Remembering Carl Grupp

Jun 4, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 4, 2019 Show 588 Hour 2

Last week, the arts community lost a friend when artist Carl Grupp passed away. He was 79 years old.

John Peters is a former student of Grupp and now the Gallery Coordinator at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University.

Lindsay Twa is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.

Adrien Hannus is the director of the Archeology Lab at Augustana University and longtime friend and colleague of Grupp.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 23, 2019 Show 560 Hour 2

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 9, 2019 Show 552 Hour 1

Some of the most beloved songs from Walt Disney films can transport you into the world of classic and contemporary Disney animated feature films.

Sunday at 4:00 p.m., the 90-piece Augustana University Orchestra performs "Disney in Concert: A Dream Is a Wish" in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The orchestra is under the direction of Peter Folliard.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 3, 2019 Show 548 Hour 2

Today we celebrate National Poetry month with Patrick Hicks. His latest book is called "The Library of the Mind: New and Selected Works" and is available from Salmon Poetry.

David O'Hara

Mar 12, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... March 12, 2019 Show 533 Hour 1

It's only natural to want to preserve the things we care about ... from the infinitesimal to the expansive. That's at the core of sustainability, and it impacts not only our personal lives, but our planet.

David O'Hara is director of sustainability at Augustana University. He joins us now for a look at a new program with ambitions both sweeping and delicate.

  Education and healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Regional Health, helping patients and communities live well.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 19, 2019 Show 518 Hour 2

According to stats from the Department of Education, 14 percent of SD students have disabilities, 1 point higher than the national average of 13 percent. The state already employs 900 special education teachers to serve its 156 school districts. But that may not be enough.

Many states, including SD, have what it's called a non-categorical certification, meaning the first level of licensure is aimed at preparing teachers to work with students who have mild-to-moderate disabilities.

A Class On Brexit

Jan 30, 2019
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 30, 2019 Show 505 Hour 2

It's one thing to follow the ongoing news of Brexit. It's another to watch history unfold in person.

Augustana University students and professors recently returned from Great Britain as part of the course "Brexit: The Great Divorce and Life After the European Union."

Augustana professors Jason Harris and William Swart detail the class and the trip.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 490 Hour 2

Augustana University has announced a new strategic vision. The plan looks at how Augustana can innovate, grow, and transform. It includes offering new acedemic programs and graduate degrees, expanding the performing and visual arts, growing enrollment, enhancing diversity, transitioning to a Division I athletics conference, and investing in the physical campus.

Augustana President Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin and Colin Irvin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Augustana University, give detail to the plans.

Watercolor Artist Displays At Augustana

Dec 14, 2018

In The Moment ... December 14, 2018 Show 480 Hour 1

"Plain Views: Watercolors by Judy Thompson" is on display at Augustana University in the Madson/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building through February 11 at the Center for Western Studies.

Thompson's work is inspired by the ever-changing landscapes of South Dakota.  She has served as artist in residence through the National Park Service at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska, and at Badlands National Park in Interior, South Dakota.

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"Seeing Dakota: Collisions and Confluences" is a collaboration of artist Shelia Agee and writer and theologian Ann Pederson.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, November 15 through Thursday, December 13. A gallery reception is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 16, featuring an artist's talk at 7:30 p.m.


In The Moment ... November 8, 2018 Show 457 Hour 2

The Great War of 1914-1918 came to an end 100 years ago this Sunday, November 11. Augustana University professors Patrick Hicks and Margaret Preston join us for a look at how this war helped shape the 20th Century.

Learn more about South Dakota's role in WWI with "From the Great War to the Great Plains" on SDPB.