Can China Outlaw Global Activism?

19 hours ago

In The Moment … July 9, 2020 Show 855 Hour 2

FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 21, 2020

In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 1

A Chinese Company & The Smithfield Plant

Apr 20, 2020

In The Moment ... April 20, 2020 Show 799 Hour 1

A Sioux Falls packing plant has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country. To understand why, one expert is looking back seven years; that's when a Chinese company bought the Smithfield plant.  SDPB's Seth Tupper reports. 

The USMCA & South Dakota Farmers

Jan 22, 2020

In The Moment ... January 22, 2020 Show 738 Hour 1


In The Moment ... October 15, 2019 Show 679 Hour 2

South Dakota Public Broadcasting and In The Moment continue our series on the future of farming. Kevin McNew, Chief Economist for the Farmers Business Network, discusses the challenges of the 2019 harvest season while providing an outlook for 2020. He also discusses the news of a possible trade deal with China.

In The Moment ... May 7 2019 Show 570 Hour 2

President Donald Trump's decision to put tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese imports last year shocked the system. Over the weekend, the president Tweeted that he would impose levies on additional goods, placing even more focus on the conflict between the world's two largest superpowers.

Correspondent and producer Laura Sullivan previews the FRONTLINE/NPR joint investigation Trump's Trade War. It airs Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV and at

In the Moment ... May 6, 2019 Show 569 Hour 1

All signs have been pointing toward progress for trade talks with China. But this weekend, ahead of upcoming trade talks, President Donald Trump signaled on Twitter that more tariffs on Chinese goods are pending.

South Dakota State University professor Joe Santos says trade between nations has always been conentious. He joins In The Moment for Morning Macro. Read his blog at

In The Moment  ... January 29, 2019 Show 504 Hour 2

The trade war between the U.S. and China is far from over. South Dakota farmers await resolution as recent developments in American/Chinese relations further complicate the conversation and have many wondering whether the battle over tariffs will get worse before it gets better.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke shares his opinions and concerns.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... December 3, 2018 Show 471 Hour 1

South Dakota farmers have been receiving payments from the Federal Government to cover losses incurred by the current trade war with China - more than $19 million.

But, in an investigative report by South Dakota News Watch's Bart Pfankuch, one agriculture industry official says the assistance is just a "Band Aid" that won't cover financial losses resulting from the disrupted market.

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

Evert Van der Sluis is an Economics Professor at South Dakota State University. He joins In The Moment to continue the conversation on soybean tariffs.

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

It's been more than a month since President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on more than one-thousand imported Chinese goods.

China shot back with proposals for tariffs of its own, including on US soybeans.

It's currently unclear if either country will follow through with their threats. One thing is certain - the international discussion impacts farmers in South Dakota.

SDPB's Jackelyn Severin asks South Dakota farmers how they are dealing with the uncertainty.

In The Moment ... October 23, 2017 Show 204 Hour 1

Journalist Eric Fish comes to Brookings for a China Town Hall on Tuesday, October 24th. The program begins at six with a webcast featuring Steve Orlins, President of the National Committee on US-China Relations interviewing former UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Then Eric Fish takes the stage. He's a journalist and author of the book “China's Millennials: The Want Generation.” He currently writes for the Asia Society in New York, hosts the Asia In-Depth podcast, and is writing a book about Chinese students in American universities.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 1

In 2015, South Dakota was the only state in the country that didn't have some kind of Chinese language opportunity in the public school system. That same year, Northern State University in Aberdeen established their Confucius Institute--a Chinese cultural and language education partnership with the University of Jinan in China. This fall, that partnership extended to Aberdeen's Central High School.

  How does a Communist country integrate capitalistic ideals into an ancient Confucian culture? USD law professor Thomas Horton joins Midday to discuss China and the implementation of its anti-monopoly laws. Horton highlights the influence of Western innovation, the historic relationships that impact China's trade philosophies, and how the intersection of socialism and capitalism has surfaced in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Paulson Institute

Damien Ma, a fellow at the Paulson Institute joins Dakota Midday.  Ma will speak at Daktronics on Monday, October 5 as part of the South Dakota World Affairs Council’s event “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections.”  To help individuals better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting its ninth annual China Town Hall at more than 70 locations nationwide.

Through original compositions and traditional songs, the four musicians of Shanren mix their indigenous music with modern styles from around the world. Shanren comes from  southwestern China and the musicians describe their music as Chinese ethnic reggae rock fusion.

Amy Varland

International demand for American pork products is growing. South Dakota pork officials say populations in countries across the globe are expanding and many incomes are increasing – and they say that combination creates opportunities for South Dakota hog farmers. 

State of South Dakota

The governor of South Dakota and other leaders are in China this week on a trade mission. They’re splitting several days between Beijing and Shanghai, but they spent one day away from the packed cities to discuss partnership possibilities.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard visited with the governor of Inner Mongolia Sunday as part of a week-long trip in China. Inner Mongolia is a Chinese province along the northern part of the country. Daugaard says a small American state like South Dakota can benefit from a sister-state relationship with a similar region in China.

One business agreement between a South Dakota company and a Chinese industry is a done deal. Business, education, and political leaders from South Dakota are in China this week on a trade mission. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the deal has been in the works, and it happened to come together while the delegation is in Asia. The governor hasn’t disclosed additional details.

The University of South Dakota is sponsoring the second American Visiting Institute for Chinese Entrepreneurs this week in Vermillion. USD Provost Chuck Staben will introduce Professor Bingquan Lu and speak about their friendship and building a "bridge" between South Dakota and China. Also participating will be South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Valiant Vineyards, Sanford Health, Citibank and Raven Industries.

Bruce Knowles, Rapid City Central Orchestra teacher, is preparing to take 50 students to China next week. He discussed the tradition of international trips and what it takes to prepare his students.

China Trade Mission

Apr 17, 2013

Marvie Tschetter, owner of Lankota, Inc. in Huron, and Rob Mudge, co-founder of RPM and Associates in Rapid City, were part of Governor Dennis Daugaard's delegation on a trade mission to China.  The trade mission was made possible through a State Trade and Export Promotion grant awarded to South Dakota by the Small Business Administration.  Representatives from 15 South Dakota companies made the trip.  Tschetter and Mudge discussed the importance of the trip and what they learned.

State of South Dakota

Tuesday South Dakota’s governor is in China. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the trip helps the state’s businesses establish relationships with Chinese companies. In a call from China, Daugaard says those organizations can foster partnerships with South Dakota industries. 

SDSU Speaker

Feb 19, 2013

Photojournalist James Whitlow Delano will speak Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Bailey Rotunda Room D at South Dakota State University.  He has lived in Asia the last 17 years.  According to Delano, as the balance of power in the Americas shifts from the U.S. towards China, Suriname has become a pawn of both countries.  Delano believes that, through its release of thousands of secret diplomatic documents, WikiLeaks opened a curtain into the unseen U.S. diplomatic reactions to the expanding Chinese influence in the Americas.