SD Hall of Fame: Larry Pressler

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In The Moment … September 10, 2020 Show 899 Hour 1

Larry Pressler, from Humboldt South Dakota, loves Class B Basketball and knows how it feels to sleep on straw in the State Fair's 4-H barn. Pressler, a Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from Harvard also served two combat tours in Vietnam. In the mid-1970's he ran for Congress, where he found himself spending more than 2 decades representing South Dakota. In a couple of days, he will join the ranks of the South Dakota Hall of Fame in a virtual induction ceremony. 

Old Guys and Their Airplanes

Sep 1, 2020

In The Moment … September 1, 2020 Show 893 Hour 1


In The Moment ... November 19, 2018 Show 463 Hour 1

The first half of this year, Dr. Robert Thaler and his wife Karen spent time in Hanoi, Vietnam. They were there to study and learn abouth their agriculture scene.  As it turned out, they ended up teaching English as well.

In The Moment ... August 29, 2018 Show 411 Hour 2

Fifty years ago this month, the nation seemed to be unraveling. Americans were dying in Vietnam at a rate of more than one thousand per month. The assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had shaken the political and culture landscape.

And then the Democratic National Convention convened in downtown Chicago. The event quickly devolved into violence and chaos.

Bill Walsh joined In The Moment for a look back at the convention 50 years later.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 22, 2018 Show 302 Hour 1

Galen A. Brown's service in Vietnam informed 50 years of his art. Now the artist is honored with a retrospective of his artwork at the Day Gallery in the Warren Lee Center for the Arts at the University of South Dakota.

The show is called "Shapes and Shadows" runs March 5 through April 4 with a reception on March 23rd.

We're joined by Kay Adkins Brown, curator of the collection.

In The Moment ... December 13, 2017 Show 239 Hour 1 

Author and Vietnam veteran Craig Tschetter joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about his book, "15 Minutes Ago: A Vietnam War Memoir." We discuss his return visit to Vietnam and how he addressed complex issues in his powerful memoir.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... October 23, 2017 Show 204 Hour 2

Pork is the meat of choice for many families in Vietnam. A South Dakota swine specialist is planning a journey to the country to exchange knowledge about production as well as culture. Bob Thaler is an extension swine specialist and professor at South Dakota State University. He's been selected for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program and will spend January through May of 2018 working with the Vietnam National University of Agriculture in Hanoi.

Tom Dempster

In The Moment ... September 21, 2017 Show 182 Hour 1

Tom Dempster likes to talk with his friends and share those conversations with SDPB.  He is a director of IFAM Capital and has held elected office for 17 years, nine years as a Minnehaha County Commissioner, and eight years as a SD State Senator where he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee. Tom sat down with his friend Dr. Jerry Simmons. Simmons is a pathologist in Sioux Falls But this conversation is about his time as a Captain during Vietnam.


In The Moment ... September 21, 2017 Show 182 Hour 1

SDPB helps you navigate this week's documentary "The Vietnam War." SDPB has traveled throughout the state asking for your stories. SDPB's Jackie Hendry and Michael Zimny sat with Vietnam veteran and combat infantryman Rick Thomas in Rosebud and asked him what his experiences were in Vietnam.

Tom Dempster

In The Moment ... September 20, 2017 Show 181 Hour 1

Tom Dempster likes to talk with his friends and share those conversations with SDPB.  He is a Director of IFAM Capital, and has held elected office for seventeen years, nine years as a Minnehaha County Commissioner, and eight years as a SD State Senator where he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 20, 2017 Show 181 Hour 1

The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick continues tonight on SDPB television. It's a documentary more than 10 years in the making and over the course of several months, we at In The Moment have strived to bring you compelling and thought-provoking South Dakota Vietnam stories.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 1

This week, SDPB helps you navigate the Ken Burns / Lynn Novick documentary about The Vietnam War. Recently we took the show to the Black HIlls Bureau. Kevin Woster joined us, as he does every week. But this time, we spontaneously talked about the draft and the decisions young men faced at the time.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 1

Rich Hall flew the Skyraider called "Sweet Marlene" over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. As the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series airs on SDPB-TV this week, we talk with those impacted by the war to talk about the legacy of Vietnam in South Dakota.

John Mollison's interview with Rich Hall

In The Moment ... September 18, 2017 Show 179 Hour 1

Clark Mola was studying to be an industrial engineer at the University of South Dakota when a friend convinced him to apply for Warrant Officer Candidate School. What followed was a 20-year military career that included two tours in Vietnam. Clark and Anita Mola invited us to their home in Rapid City for a conversation about service, sacrifice, and the benefits of a military career. We begin by talking with Clark Mola.

In The Moment ... September 18, 2017 Show 179 Hour 1

Clark Mola served two tours in Vietnam. Anita Mola served as well. The two were married before he ever deployed. Anita stayed in South Dakota, raising the couple’s daughter and writing letters to Clark overseas. The couple welcomed us to their home in Rapid City. You can see a digital short of Anita and Clark, complete with film footage from the era on our Facebook page or website. Head over to But first, here are a few of Anita Mola's memories of war.

In The Moment ... September 14, 2017 Show 177 Hour 2

SDPB’s Fritz Miller and SDPB staffers have traveled across the state, bringing screenings of “The Vietnam War” to communities and meeting with veterans. As we prepare for the landmark Ken Burns documentary, we take time to reflect on conversations with South Dakotans impacted by the Viet Nam War.

Dr. Holm is the Prairie Doc. See him Thursday’s at 7 p.m. Central Time on SDPB. Today he joins us to talk about longevity and the three things you can do for vibrant health today.

In The Moment ... September 12, 2017 Show 175 Hour 1

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. David Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He's an internationally renowned geologist who studies landscape evolution. His latest book is called "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life." He's coming to Sioux Falls for the 20-17 South Dakota Association Conservation Districts Annual Convention. That's September 17 through the 19. But first he stops by In the Moment.

In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Retired Brigadier General Robert Benson. You can hear him speak about his more than 30-year career with the South Dakota National Guard this weekend as part of the South Dakota Veterans forum. That's 9 a.m. to 11, mountain time at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Richard Holm is host and creator of On Call With the Prairie Doc. He joins us to preview tonight's program on SDPB-TV with the theme of dental care for the elderly. 

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 6, 2017 Show 71 Hour 1


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 17,2017 Show 158 Hour 1

Twenty-five years ago, agreement was reached on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It’s a trade pact that gradually eliminated most tariffs and trade barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Has NAFTA been good or bad for the U.S.? Has it been good or bad for South Dakota? Today we welcome Russell Green. He’s a Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... August 17,2017 Show 158 Hour 2

What’s the impact of war on higher education? Today we welcome University of Sioux Falls professor Stephen Jackson. He’s been at work exploring the impact of World War II on the University of Sioux Falls. Dr. Jackson’s research will appear alongside other scholars’ work in the book “Denominational Higher Education During World War II.” The book focuses on the framing of faith and war, service to the nation, and the dynamics of the denominational campus during the war years.

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 1

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 8, 2017 Show 151 Hour 1

Where should we put the state's only law school? Declining applicants, smaller classes, and concerns about life after law school are just a few reasons the University of South Dakota is taking the relocation of the Law School into consideration. While the proposed move would land the school just an hour north of Vermillion in Sioux Falls, the question resulted in a five-hour task force panel that ended in plans for the next meeting. SDPB's Jackie Hendry covered the proceedings, and she's here with highlights.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2017 Show 150 Hour 1

South Dakota ends the 2017 fiscal year with a nearly $8 million surplus.  Despite revenues being lower than expected the state cut enough spending to prevent a deficit.  SDPB's Andrew Bork looks at the specific categories of the state budget to explain how it happened.


In The Moment ... August 2, 2017 Show 147 Hour 2

We welcome Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper with the Rapid City Journal. This week we discuss the power of a typo to derail a ballot measure and more.

In The Moment ... July 31 2017, Show 145 Hour 2

One woman's chance encounter with family history led her to a 20 year research project. Children's author Andrea Page is coming to the Siouxland Libraries downtown branch in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. Her books is called "Sioux Code Talkers of WWII." We caught up with her for a conversation about language, cultural pride, and the men who saved the world.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... July 31 2017, Show 145 Hour 1

Larry Campbell's fascination with the Missouri River inspired a journey from the river's source to the place where it merges with the Mississippi. Along the way, he found a lot more than a river. His book is called "Rollin Down the River." He speaks at Rotary in Yankton tomorrow at noon. But first he joins us on In the Moment. To receive a 10 percent discount on an autographed copy of the book, order it online from the author:

In The Moment ... July 24, 2017 Show 140 Hour 1

Successful Farming Magazine has released its "10 Successful Farmers" list, honoring ag professionals who choose to innovate, adapt, and sustain successful ag business. One of this year's honorees hails from Ideal, South Dakota and his method is simple: watch how Mother Nature takes care of herself and mimic her ways. Today, Bryan Jorgenson joins us. Read his full story here: