Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... March 1, 2017 Show 040 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle and Dana Ferguson join us to discuss “deeply held religious beliefs” as they relate to adoption in the state. We also discuss lawmaker attempts to address refugee vetting and dig in to definitions by talking about shell bills, hoghouse amendments, and what it means when lawmakers smoke a bill out of committee.

Escaping Cambodia: Arn Chorn-Pond

Oct 9, 2012

Arn Chorn-Pond was born into a prominent family of performers and musicians in Cambodia, but when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975, he was sent to a children’s work camp. He escaped death by execution and starvation by playing flute for the camp’s guards. When Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1978, Arn Chorn-Pond was given a gun and forced to fight. He escaped into the jungle and eventually reached a refugee camp in Thailand. He was befriended and adopted by Peter Pond, a Lutheran Minister, and educated in the United States.