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Can China Outlaw Global Activism?

19 hours ago

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

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 8, 2020

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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

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Laura Vostad: Dealing With Conflict In Business

May 4, 2020

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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

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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.