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Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 12, 2020

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

The tension between South Dakota lawmakers and the Board of Regents shows itself in proposed legislation. A bill seeking to make divorce harder to come by in the state takes heat from those who practice family law. Plus, should the South Dakota congressional delegation provide an annual, in-person update to lawmakers in Pierre?  Jonathan Ellis is a reporter for the Argus Leader, and Mike Card is associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota. 

Improving Workforce Development

Feb 10, 2020
Chris Laughery

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


In The Moment ... January 29, 2020 Show 743 Hour 1

House Bill 1057 continues to lead headlines across the state. Legislation creating a so-called "modified Red Flag law" has been filed in the State Senate. And, the Board of Regents' director is pushing a bill creating needs-based scholarships. The Dakota Political Junkies will touch on these topics and more this morning.  We welcome the University of South Dakota Associate Professor of Political Science Michael Card, and Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter. 



In The Moment ... January 8, 2019 Show 729 Hour 2

What were the top news stories of 2019? What lies ahead for the next legislative session in Pierre? And what is South Dakota's congressional delegation saying about the situation between the U.S. and Iran? It's our first Dakota Political Junkies get together of the new year. We welcome Michael Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Sioux Falls Argus Leader Investigative Reporter and Columnist Jonathan Ellis.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 1

It's a new year, and with that comes New Year's resolutions. New Year's resolutions are a great way to try something new in life, to take better care of yourself - OR - to take care of the environment. With ideas on how we can do a better job of taking care of our planet, Mark Sweeney joins us. He's a professor of Sustainability and Environment at the University of South Dakota.  


In The Moment ... December 5, 2019 Show 713 Hour 1

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.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 29, 2019 Show 689 Hour 1

Over the weekend ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was located and targeted in a U.S. Special Forces raid. What changes for ISIS? How does al-Baghdadi's death affect the region?

Tim Schorn, director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, visits about the big picture, including U.S. involvement in the Middle East.


In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

Neil Fulton was a federal public defender when his office represented Charles Rhines who, in 1993, was convicted of fatally stabbing Donnivan Schaeffer during a robbery in Rapid City.

Fulton is now the dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law.


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 1

Sister Teresa Ann Wolf discusses the Christian call to welcome the stranger, the public immigration policies that impact our lives, and the human experience of immigration and detention.

Wolf is a Benedictine Sister from Mother of God Monastery in Watertown. She shares her first-hand experiences from her time in Eagle Pass, Texas, during a presentation and dialogue Monday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

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Ranjit Koodali is a chemistry professor at the University of South Dakota. He joins us regularly to discuss the latest research in chemistry.  Today we’re discussing ambient black carbon particles reaching the fetal side of human placenta. We spoke with Dr. K earlier this week. He begins by explaining the research.

Finding Your Place in College

Sep 10, 2019
University of South Dakota

In the Moment ... September 10, 2019 Show 654 Hour 2

Do you remember your first year of college? Were you nervous? Did you get homesick? Did you struggle to make friends - or maybe hang out in your dorm room too much? And what about your classes? Were you able to keep up your studies and your grades?


In the Moment ... August 28, 2019 Show 647 Hour 2

There are two Democrats in line to run for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House. U.S. Senate candidate Skyler Borglum has a plan to take on the national debt. And, posters for the American Identitiy Movement have been posted around the University of South Dakota campus.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Mike Card discuss these topics and more.

USD Law School welcomes incoming class

Aug 12, 2019
University of South Dakota

The USD Law School has the largest incoming class in the last ten years. Orientation began Monday.

The courtroom in the USD School of Law was packed with 87 new students. The USD law class of 2022 is the largest since 2009.

Law School Dean Neil Fulton told the class that to succeed in Law School, one must possess the traits of excellence, service, and leadership.

New Community College opens in Sioux Falls

Jul 24, 2019
University of South Dakota

Three of South Dakota’s Public Universities are teaming up to provide the first community college in the state. The Community College for Sioux Falls officially opened Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony on campus and statements from university and city officials. 

The presidents of the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Dakota State University were all seated next to each other at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Community College for Sioux Falls.

USD School of Education

During his time as dean of the University of South Dakota's School of Education, Donald Easton-Brooks formed a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District to launch the Teacher Pathway Program, which seeks to recruit a diverse pool of future teachers from its own student body. Easton-Brooks is a scholar of education policy and culturally responsive teaching. His book Ethnic Matching: Success of Students of Color was released earlier this year. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 1

Dr. Archana Chaterjee is one of just a few pediatric infectious disease specialists in South Dakota. She's also an international medical graduate.

They play a vital role in providing health care to those in rural areas.

Dr. Chaterjee is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean for Faculty Development at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. 

Steve Munsen

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

Sheila Gestring has been president of the University of South Dakota for almost one full year. She's the second USD graduate and female to serve in that position.

Gestring is committed to the growth of both USD and the city of Vermillion. She joins In The Moment to touch on the school's future. 

The Argus Leader

Multiple players with South Dakota ties heard their names called this weekend during the 2019 National Football League draft. Trey Pipkins of the University of Sioux Falls was selected at No. 91 overall to the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday night.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said Pipkins is a gifted athlete, and that selecting him in the third round was an easy decision.

Chris Laughery

Carmen Simone is the current executive director of UCSF. The University of South Dakota will soon launch a new college dedicated to innovation and workforce development in Sioux Falls, replacing what is currently known as University Center – Sioux Falls. Simone will lead the new program.

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Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota. He joins us regularly to discuss the latest research in chemistry. Today’s topic is chemicals in sunscreen. The FDA proposes changes to US sunscreen rules. Dr. K. discusses the GRASE (Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective) rules. The FDA is requiring manufacturers to provide FDA with safety data of chemicals in sunscreen lotions, creams, sprays and oils.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 2

Tuesday afternoon March 26th inside Farber Hall on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Larry Zimmerman lectures on the role South Dakota has in national and international developments in archaeology. Larry helped build the anthropology program and the archaeology lab during his 22 years at the University of South Dakota. This is free and open to the public

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 2

This is an anxious time of year for medical students across the country. Every March, nearly 40-thousand U.S. medical students all discover where they'll serve their residencies. The event is known as Match Day. SDPB's Jackie Hendry listened in last week at one of South Dakota's Match Day events.

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

Susan Hanson

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 1

He's from Miller South Dakota and graduated first in his class from the University of Minnesota Law School and had his first jury trial in Fort Pierre. In 2007, Neil Fulton became Gov. Rounds' chief of staff.  A few years later he was chosen by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals as federal public defender for North and South Dakota.

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

Jackie Hendry

Medical schools in the region are facing a shortage of teachers...but not faculty or staff.  Some of the most critical lessons for medical students, happen in the lab learning from body donors. The University of South Dakota’s Body Donor Program serves schools throughout the state and the region. But a shortage of donors is putting that resource at risk.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 2, 2019 Show 486 Hour 1

Tim Schorn is director of international studies and associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota. He joins us today to discuss the decision that President Trump has made to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez

In The Moment ... December 13, 2018 Show 479 Hour 1

A new art exhibition opens tomorrow at the University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota. This features the work of Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez. Sanchez refers to her art as a bicultural and transcultural experience. The exhibition runs through the 17th of January. That day will have the artist giving a talk at 2 and closing reception that evening from 5 until 7.

USD Student Stars In Sport And On Stage

Dec 11, 2018
University of South Dakota

In The Moment ... December 11, 2018 Show 477 Hour 2

Few student athletes have the time nor the talent to dip into other worthwhile projects. However, there's one student at the University of South Dakota that's enjoying as much success as a performer and vocalist as he is in his sport.

Eldon Warner, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was recently named the Summit League Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Year.


In The Moment ... November 28, 2018 Show 468 Hour 1

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us once again. This time college football and volleyball is the focus.

USS South Dakota

High school and college football teams around South Dakota are honoring the newly constructed USS South Dakota submarine.

This past weekend, all fourteen teams playing at the State High School Football Championships wore the official crest decal of the vessel on the back of their football helmets. And this coming weekend, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will do the same when they clash on the gridiron in Brookings.