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Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 2, 2020

In The Moment … December 2, 2020 Show 952 Hour 2

As Congress struggles to produce a viable COVID stimulus package, South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson brings forth a compromise with his Problem Solvers Caucus. Is it more than a symbolic gesture? If so, what's wrong with a symbolic gesture to get things going? We tackle this and more with the Dakota Political Junkies.

Mike Card is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota. Jon Hunter is the publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.

The Institute of American Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota was the first of its kind in the nation, but decades of funding cuts left it largely  inactive.

On Native American Day, the university announced plans to revitalize the institute—including a new director, tribal liaison, and post-doctorate research fellow.

In 1955, state lawmakers founded the institute to support Native students and promote research in tribal histories and cultures. A decade later, the Doris Duke Foundation selected USD to launch an oral history center.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 26, 2020

In The Moment … August 26, 2020 Show 889 Hour 2

Governor Kristi Noem is on the schedule to speak today during the Republican National Convention. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is infiltrating our schools and universities before fall classes have much of a chance to get off the ground. Are we experiencing a "second wave" of the coronavirus? The Dakota Political Junkies return to our regular time and we welcome Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Also appearing today is Michael Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Jackie Hendry

The abrupt end of the spring semester has effected how many college students come back to school—but not in the way many might expect. The University of South Dakota is seeing unusually high numbers of freshman returning as sophomores this year.

USD President Sheila Gestring says that freshman retention rate was 6% lower than the previous year in May. But that was before the university announced plans to bring students back to campus.

The state Department of Health reports 71 COVID-19 cases are currently tied to college campuses. The state’s public universities are not expected to report individual campus numbers to the public.

With colleges around the country already closing after outbreaks, local university leaders say it’s up to students how long their campus stays open.

University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring says there’s no clear number of COVID-19 cases that would close campus again.

The Final Push For The 19th Amendment

Aug 11, 2020

In The Moment … August 11, 2020 Show 878 Hour 1

South Dakota's male voters rejected woman suffrage proposals in five elections between 1889 and 1918. But local and national suffrage activists kept the issue alive and managed to get another measure on the 1918 ballot. This time was different. Molly Rozum, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history at the University of South Dakota and joins us today.

South Dakota attorney Mark Meierhenry passed away July 29 at the age of 75. Born and raised in Gregory, attended the University of South Dakota and served as South Dakota’s Attorney General in the late 70’s up until the mid-80’s. SDPB’s Chris Laughery had this conversation with Chief Judge Roberto Lange about his colleague and friend, Mark Meierhenry.

South Dakota's "Home Rule Charter"

Jul 20, 2020

In The Moment … July 20, 2020 Show 862 Hour 1

South Dakota's constitution and laws provide for five types of charters for a city. One of them is Home Rule Charter. This allows the voters of a city to enact a charter that allows the city to engage in activities the citizens desire that is not prohibited by the national or the state constitution and laws or the city charter.

Julia Hellwege and Michael Card are political science professors from the University of South Dakota and are involved.

Can China Outlaw Global Activism?

Jul 9, 2020

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

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 8, 2020

In The Moment … July 8, 2020 Show 854 Hour 1

President Donald Trump's visit to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore is still generating news. Governor Kristi Noem accompanied the president and first lady back to Washington, D.C., on Air Force One. Meanwhile, NEWSMAX is calling Noem "The Iron Lady of the Prairie" in the July issue of their magazine.  Today we discuss the governor's COVID-19 response... and a GOP for Biden office in Madison. 


Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 10, 2020

In The Moment … June 10, 2020 Show 835 Hour 2

The discussion on policing continues as we take a look at issues locally with the Dakota Political Junkies. That, along with some news involving members of the South Dakota Legislature. Our Dakota Political Junkies this time around are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and, Michael Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota.

Police Accountability & Perception

Jun 2, 2020

In The Moment … June 2, 2020 Show 829 Hour 2

Laura Vostad: Dealing With Conflict In Business

May 4, 2020

In The Moment … May 4, 2020 Show 809 Hour 1

These days there seems to be an outpouring of conflict. What is conflict and how do we navigate our way through it? Conflict could be from business to personal relationships and can even be good. Laura Vostad is a learning and development manager at Raven Industries, she designs and facilitates learning solutions for all levels of the organization and joins us now.

Hearing The News About COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020

In The Moment ... April 21, 2020 Show 800 Hour 2

Many of us have been tuning in to the governor's press conferences along with press conferences from the White House coronavirus task force. Most of us have heard so many pandemic news stories we make special efforts to unplug from the noise. A worthwhile question is, "Have we all been hearing the news?" The answer to that is, no, not fully.  Lindsey Jorgensen is an audiologist and an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Dakota.

How To Make Hand Sanitizer

Apr 14, 2020

In The Moment ... April 14, 2020 Show 795 Hour 1

Hand sanitizer these days is a rare commodity. An effective sanitizer should be able to inactivate and kill microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. The chemistry department at the University of South Dakota is making hand sanitizer. Ranjiit Koodali Ph.D. is a professor of Chemistry at USD and joins us now.


COVID-19 Community Impact Project

Apr 2, 2020

In The Moment ... April 2, 2020 Show 787 Hour 2

How are South Dakotans responding to the threat of COVID-19? A new statewide survey seeks to quantify our concern, our behavior, and our willingness to keep up drastic measures to slow the spread of the pandemic. 

Students Keep School Paper Going

Mar 31, 2020

In The Moment ... March 31, 2020 Show 785 Hour 1

What is it like to be a student today? Are extracurriculars still going on? One of SDPB's reporters noticed that The Volante, USD's student paper, was still being worked on. So, we decided to bring them on to discuss how their team is adapting to the times and what it's like to be a student doing classes online - while still trying to produce an extracurricular product. Lexi Kerzman is the editor-in-chief of The Volante.

Legal Services During A Pandemic

Mar 30, 2020

In The Moment ... March 30, 2020 Show 784 Hour 1

COVID-19 has us rethinking how we work, learn, and access medical services. We're also hearing questions from listeners about a variety of legal services. Neil Fulton is Dean of the School of Law at the University of South Dakota. 

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 18, 2020

In The Moment ... March 18, 2020 Show 776 Hour 2

As South Dakotans seek information regarding COVID-19 in South Dakota, we gather the Dakota Political Junkies for an update on state politics, including government leadership and government partnerships in time of disruption.  Mike Card is a political science professor at the University of South Dakota. Tom Dempster is a former state lawmaker. 

How To Optimize Your Productivity

Mar 3, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... March 3, 2020 Show 765 Hour 1

If you are a professional looking to navigate the business world with optimum productivity the University of South Dakota Center for Professional Development is offering Extreme Productivity:  Create an Extraordinary Quality of Life on Tuesday, May 5th. Executive coach Lisa Te Slaa and Linda Halliburton, associate dean, join us.  You can watch the full interview by clicking here.  

Dakota Political Junkies

Feb 26, 2020

In The Moment ... February 26, 2020 Show 761 Hour 2

Every Wednesday, two “Dakota Political Junkies” join us to discuss the top political headlines of the week. Today, we're joined by Mike Card, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University.

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

Syria Update With Tim Schorn

Feb 25, 2020

In The Moment ... February 25, 2020 Show 760 Hour 2

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.