Pulitzer Prize


In The Moment ... April 17, 2018 Show 317 Hour 1

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced last night. Journalists were recognized for coverage of the Me Too Movement, wildfires in California, and domestic terrorism. Kendrick Lamar made history as the first rapper to win the Pulitzer for music.

And there's author Caroline Fraser, who won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a conversation about sound, the search for an authentic experience, and how an entire town can embrace a Pulitzer Prize.

Jonathan Weiner

Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Weiner discusses the scientific adventure of writing about evolutionary biologists and how evolution happens before our very eyes. Weiner is the author of The Beak of the Finch and Planet Earth among other titles. He visits the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Thursday as part of the South Dakota Humanities Council's 100 Years of Pulitzer initiative.

Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh visited with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles at the SD Festival of Books. Stiles discusses his latest book, Custer's Trials. General George Armstrong Custer may be a popular figure, but he's not necessarily well understood. Stiles talks about Custer's explosive and often self-destructive behavior, his bigotry, and how he existed within a "frontier of time."

Black Hills State University hosts Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon. His visit is part of a year-long series of events led by the South Dakota Humanities Council. It coincides with the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer in 2001 for the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His latest novel is released on November 21 from Harper Collins. It’s called Moonglow.

Chabon speaks on the topic “Thanks, Teach: Remembering Four Writing Mentors” Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the student union at Black Hills State.

Pulitzer Prize-winning book reviewer Michael Dirda takes a look back at a career as a professional reader. From reading beyond the obvious to why hoarding has gotten a bad name, Dirda talks about the Golden Age of children’s literature, the value of books you never open, and his role in creating the success of mainstream science fiction and fantasy.

Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Ted Kooser attended the SD Festival of Books. He took time to visit with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about his notebooks, the trance of poetry and the moment he learned he had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

As journalists, writers, photographers, composers and poets await the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes, Randell Beck joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the Pulitzer process.

From how the selections are made to the impact the announcement has on the cultural conversation, Beck provides behind-the-scenes insight into arguably the most significant award in American journalism, arts & letters, and more.

In conjunction with the Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin join Dakota Midday to discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning work ‘American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.’ Both are award-winning authors and historians, earning multiple accolades for ‘American Prometheus.’ Oppenheimer was lionized for his work in developing the atomic bomb, but later, when he publicly repudiated that work for moral reasons, he was attacked by both politicians and other scientists.

Elizabeth Fenn sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about resilience, curiosity, redefining American history, and the unexpected way she found out she had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.