Talking With Kids About Violent News

Jan 21, 2020
Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 21, 2020 Show 737 Hour 1

If you have been watching the news lately, the world can seem pretty scary. If you are a parent, you have an extra layer of responsibility when the news is frightening. How do we talk with our kids when the news is scary?

Amber Reints is a certified nurse practitioner and Clinical Program Manager with Avera Behavioral Health. She joins us to talk about how to talk to your kids when the news scares them. 

News: Jan 4 - 10

Jan 10, 2020

The assassination of General Soleimani comes only weeks after the House passed a $738 billion military budget that omitted a number of provisions that would have limited the President's military powers to go to war with Iran, and the release of the "Afghanistan Papers," which reveal we've made little progress during our 19-year occupation in the region. Dr.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 7, 2020 Show 728 Hour 2

Patrick Hicks

In The Moment ... June 11, 2018 Show 355 Hour 1

Patrick Hicks is writer-in-residence at Augustana University and the author of "The Commandant of Lubizec," "The Collector of Names," "Adoptable," and others.

He's recently returned from a research trip where he visited the site of the Ravensbruck Nazi concentration camp.

Joseph Bottom

In the Moment ... June 11, 2018 Show 355 Hour 2

What are the cultural consequences of computers? Dakota State University continues the quest to explore the topic with an upcoming lecture from Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, on Monday, June 25. She'll focus on topic of "Computers and War."

Joseph Bottum leads The Classics Institute at Dakota State University, dedicated to exploring the good and the ill of our digitized world.


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.


Dr. Sean Flynn, professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, reflects on the magnitude of the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. He discusses mistakes we made as a nation, the military operation logistics and the lessons and legacy of the Day of Infamy.

Colonel Karen Lloyd (U.S. Army), director of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, talks about collecting war stories this Veterans Day and how volunteers in South Dakota can participate.

Learn more by going to www.loc.gov/vets. E-Mail at vohp@loc.gov or call 1-888-371-5848.

In a presidential election where both major party candidates have disapproval ratings of over 50%, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson says he offers an alternative. The former governor of New Mexico joined Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss Country of Origin Labeling, what to do about Aleppo, and his plan to take the White House which relies on neither major party candidate reaching the required 270 electoral votes for victory.

Dakota Midday: Paul Andrew Hutton

Sep 27, 2016

Paul Andrew Hutton joined Dakota Midday from the SD Festival of Books in Brookings. Hutton is a distinguished professor at the University of New Mexico. He's also a cultural historian, author, documentary film writer and television personality. His most recent book is The Apache Wars.


Marc Lynch, author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, presented "Making Sense of the New Arab Wars" during the SD Festival of Books. Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic, and shows that the regions upheavals have only just begun. Lynch visited with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh before his Festival of Books appearance in Brookings.

Rounds Proposes Cyber War Act

May 25, 2016

Federal officials warn that cyber-attacks are becoming greater threats to American security. U.S. Senator Mike Rounds is sponsoring an act that defines cyber war.  Proponents say it helps America defend itself, some opponents say there is no one size fits all strategy for war.

Former US Senator Larry Pressler discusses the award winning film "American Hustle" and how the ABSCAM scandal was portrayed in the film.  Pressler was the only one not to take a bribe in the sting operation that snared seven members of Congress and many other political figures in the late 1970's.  Pressler also discusses the accuracy of war films and what effects they have on the general perception of those wars.  

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A new exhibit at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, “Banding Together: The American Soldier’s Musical Arsenal,” explores the role of music from the Revolutionary War to the war in Afghanistan.

"Coming Back With Wes Moore"

May 12, 2014

SDPB-TV airs "Coming Back with Wes Moore" for three consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The Effect Of War On Children

Jun 17, 2013

Dr. Gerard Jacobs is a clinical/community psychologist, who has been working in disaster psychology since 1989. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Dakota and Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute. Following the BBC "Children and War" report, Dr. Jacobs discusses the effect of war on children in this part of the country.

Cabin For Injured War Veterans

May 28, 2013

Larry Zimmerman, South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Pat Baird, founder and director of Operation Black Hills Cabin, detailed Operation Black Hills Cabin.  The 1200 square foot cabin located in a secluded area near Custer is available to injured war veterans and their families so they can enjoy a free week-long vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Ten Years In Iraq

Mar 21, 2013

Ten years ago American and coalition forces began operations in Iraq.  Dr. Tim Schorn, associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, talked about the events leading up to the Iraq war and the war's legacy.

Reese Erlich To Speak In South Dakota

Feb 26, 2013

Best-selling author and veteran journalist Reese Erlich will speak at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Wednesday afternoon.  There, he'll share his travels to the mineral rich areas of the Middle East and discuss why mining professionals must understand the politics and conflicts in the region.  Thursday, Erlich's presentation at Black Hills State University is "Who Won the Iraq War?"  Both events are free to attend.  Visit Erlich's website at www.reeseerlich.com.

"666 The Devil's Number"

Feb 7, 2013
Cara Hetland

Military historian and artist John Mollison talked about his new project, "666 The Devil's Number: The Amazing Service of Col. Hank Snow," a look into the military service of a man who endured three wars and 666 combat missions.  Snow received the Legion of Merit, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Bronze Star and 24 Air Medals during his service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

NOVA "Rise Of The Drones"

Jan 23, 2013

Peter Yost's NOVA documentary, "Rise of the Drones," airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  NOVA gained unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts and pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if drones could become part of our everyday lives at home.  Yost joined Dakota Midday earlier Wednesday.

"Dogs Of War"

Jan 15, 2013

Dog-lover and author Kathleen Kinsolving is convinced that the faithful dogs of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Generals George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower helped them handle the enormous stress of battle.  She joined Dakota Midday to discuss her second book, "Dogs of War."

"Counterinsurgency In Afghanistan"

Nov 27, 2012

Captain Christopher Mercado, a 2004 distinguished military graduate of the University of South Dakota, presents, "Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: A Rifle Company in Imam Sahib," Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Escaping Cambodia: Arn Chorn-Pond

Oct 9, 2012

Arn Chorn-Pond was born into a prominent family of performers and musicians in Cambodia, but when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975, he was sent to a children’s work camp. He escaped death by execution and starvation by playing flute for the camp’s guards. When Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1978, Arn Chorn-Pond was given a gun and forced to fight. He escaped into the jungle and eventually reached a refugee camp in Thailand. He was befriended and adopted by Peter Pond, a Lutheran Minister, and educated in the United States.