University of South Dakota

Retired Sioux Falls Argus-Leader editor David Kranz has died.  The veteran reporter and manager retired from his media career in 20-10.  The Journalist-in-Residence at the University of South Dakota, Chuck Baldwin, worked for Kranz for several years. 

“If I had to guess, I would think he would have been most proud of his efforts to treat everyone fairly.  Which of course—I think it was in the Thune-Daschle race, and the Republican blogs had so-called information on how biased David was.  That was just not David—he was very proud of giving people equal treatment and being fair.”

Chris Laughery

In the Moment ... June 18, 2018 Show 360 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting brings you a new Images of the Past documentary "From the Great Plains to the Great War," premiering Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain on SDPB-TV.

This week we help you get ready for this compelling look at the role of South Dakotans in the Great War with a series of conversations on In the Moment. Today we welcome Kurt Hackemer, with the Department of History at the University of South Dakota.

USD Center for Disabilities Establishes Oyate' Circle

May 14, 2018

The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities is launching an educational outreach effort focused on Native Americans with disabilities. The Oyate’ Circle will host educational workshops in tribal communities. 

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and has more than 20 years of experience running disability-focused training groups in San Diego, California. He’s been hired to lead the new program, and says he’s excited to help his own tribe and others in the state.

USD Announces Sheila Gestring as New President

May 1, 2018
Jackie Hendry

After a nation-wide search, the University of South Dakota has a new president. USD's current chief financial officer Sheila Gestring takes over for outgoing President James Abbott in June. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 17, 2018 Show 317 Hour 2

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. An exhibit at the University of South Dakota this month shares the stories of women who have something to say about sexual assault. This exhibit was created under the auspices of both PAVE and I CARE,  a new organization at USD devoted to sexual assault prevention on campus.

Lori Walsh

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

What is the connection between social justice and environmental sustainability? Can humor help us deal with climate change?

The University of South Dakota hosted character actor Peterson Toscano Tuesday in Old Main's Farber Hall for a joint keynote address for the Diversity Symposium and Earth Days celebration.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 16, 2018 Show 316 Hour 1

The United States, the UK and France targeted the Basher Al-Assad regime in Syria over the weekend. According to the U.S. Air Force, two B1 Bombers from the Ellsworth 347th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron fired 19 joint air to surface standoff missiles during the attacks.

Tim Schorn is director of international studies and associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... April 11, 2018 Show 313 Hour 1

Huron native Todd Lee returns to South Dakota to coach the USD men's basketball team. SDPB's Nate Wek sat down with the coach.

In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 1

The University of South Dakota Theater Department presents "Cabaret" from April 12 - 22.

Veteran Broadway director and choreographer Chet Walker spent ten days in residency at USD conducting workshops and lecturing. He choreographed eight dances for USD's Cabaret.

He joins us for a conversation about Bob Fosse, 50 years of "Cabaret," and his life as a choreographer.

Jackie Hendry

In The Moment ... March 26, 2018 Show 304 Hour 1

Dr. Armik Mirzayan and keynote Speaker Dr. Brenda Romero join the program today to discuss a conference that allows undergraduate students a chance to present their research.

Chris Laughery

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry. This month we explore the technology of 4-D printing. Georgia Tech researchers are finding new applications for their work. 4-D printing is the process of creating self-assembling structures that transform over time.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 1

Lamont Sellers is associate vice president for diversity at the University of South Dakota. He has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).

Chris Laughery

Hydrocarbons gone amok. Dr. Ranjit Koodali from the University of South Dakota talks about how ski wax can make or break winning the gold.

Frankenstein 200!

Feb 20, 2018

In The Moment ... February 20, 2018 Show 280 Hour 1

Sanford Donates $30 Million to Scholarship Endowment

Jan 29, 2018
Horatio Alger Association

Denny Sanford is establishing a 30 million dollar scholarship endowment with the Horatio Alger Association. Seven universities in South Dakota are among twelve in the nation receiving an allotment from the new scholarship program. 

Chris Laughery

Dr. Ranjit Koodali is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota. He joins us each month to discuss the latest research in chemistry.

This month, we discuss a new application for chemically strengthened glass.

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 2

Dr. Frank Candelaria is historian of Western European and American Art Musics at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on Catholic music cultures in Spain, Mexico, and the American Southwest. His current book under contract is about music in early Mexican Catholicism.

Dr. Candelaria presents for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls for their program on Aaron Copland in Mexico and at the University of South Dakota on the Aztec Renaissance.

In The Moment ... December 11, 2017 Show 237 Hour 1 

How does tax reform stand to impact graduate students in South Dakota? Dr. Ranjit Koodali is Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Dakota.

He recently returned from the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... November 1, 2017 Show 211 Hour 2

Dr. Matt Friedman is a Visiting Professor of Economics at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. He came to Vermillion from New York where he was a research fellow and public policy advocate.

Today at 3:30, in a Beacom Scholar Series event, Friedman discusses “Wage and Employment Impacts of a Criminal Record.”  His presentation is at Beacom Hall 117 on the USD campus.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 30, 2017 Show 209 Hour 2

It's one of the most pressing questions in science today, and the University of South Dakota is on the forefront. The research involves the search to explore and define dark matter. You can learn more at a Dark Matter Day Symposium tonight at USD.  We're joined by USD Professor Dongming Mei for more.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 6, 2017 Show 193 Hour 1

We welcome violinist Ioana Galu.  She performs tonight at 7 p.m. in the National Music Museum's Arne B. Larson Concert Hall. Galu is an assistant professor of violin/viola at the University of South Dakota.  Galu is also a member of the Rawlins Piano Trio.

In The Moment ... October 2, 2017 Show 189 Hour 1

In The Moment ... September 18, 2017 Show 179 Hour 2

When you visit a museum you expect authenticity from the exhibitions, art, and artifacts. Angela Swedberg is a contemporary mixed media artist from Washington State. She is the Oscar Howe Memorial Lecturer for USD this week. He presentation is titled:  "The Hob Menace: The Dangers of Hobbyism and Artifact Manipulation in Relation to Future Museum Collection."

Emily Griese, Ph.D., director at Sanford Research joins the program to discuss findings from a study of real-time patient data. The data was made available as part of a collaboration with academic institutions to study it for trends and insights.

Ryan Bartz is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for the USD Center for Disabilities and Richard Parent-Johnson is a Senior Research Associate. They discuss the annual Symposium event held Sunday, September 10th through Tuesday, September 12th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

In The Moment ... August 31, 2017 Show 168 Hour 2

Dr. Richard Holm is known as the Prairie Doc. You can see his television program on SDPB-TV tonight. Tonight's episode is titled "Scratches, Sores, and Bumps on the Skin" and begins at 7 Central 6 Mountain.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 29, 2017 Show 166 Hour 2

Tim Schorn is the Director of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.He's with us today to talk about Afghanistan, ISIS and North Korea.

As you may have seen on ESPN there was a little league team from Sioux Falls competing in Williamsport. The team is coached by Jeff Riley and he joins us once again via telephone.


In The Moment ... August 24, 2017 Show 163 Hour 1

What's the legacy of Vietnam in South Dakota? How has our cultural and political landscape been changed by combat veterans, by the music and art of the time, and by those who raised their voices in opposition to the war? Gervase Hittle lives in Hill City. He joins us to talk about Kent State, Vietnam, and become a human being instead of a USMC rifleman.

In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 2

A diverse law enforcement team can be a more empathetic and community-oriented team. The most diverse class of new Highway Patrol officers recently graduated from training in Pierre. Joining us with insight is Colonel Craig Price. He's superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... July 11, 2017 Show 131 Hour 1

In The Moment ... June 19, 2017 Show 117 Hour 1

Wonder Woman has been the subject of scrutiny since her comic book debut in 1941, from her costume to her feminism. So how does this summer's movie match up to the character's origins? Sara Lampert is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality studies program at the University of South Dakota. She spoke with her former student, SDPB's Jackie Hendry, about the movie's relationship with history and gender politics.