World War I

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

As Americans prepare for Veterans Day, Cinema Falls offers the South Dakota premiere of the feature film The Great War by South Dakota State University graduate Steven Luke.

During the final days of the first World War, Lt. William Rivers leads a squad of white U.S. soldiers behind enemy lines to locate a missing platoon of African American soldiers. Lt. Rivers must overcome the horrors of trench warfare as well as the racial and political chasm that divides Americans.

From Wentworth To The Western Front

Dec 7, 2018

In The Moment ... December 6, 2018 Show 474 Hour 1

A new book ties together the letters between Private John Warns and his family and friends and the events of World War One.

"From Wentworth to the Western Front: The World War One Odyssey of Private John Warns" provides rare insight into the people and the mood of southeast South Dakota more than 100 years ago.

The book's author, Rich Lofthus, Professor of History at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, will meet the public during a book signing this Saturday at Zandbroz Variety in Sioux Falls from 2 to 4 p.m.

In The Moment ... June 26, 2018 Show 366 Hour 2

It was the War to End All Wars, and for the past week we've been bringing you conversations on In the Moment about SDPB's new Images of the Past Documentary: From the Great Plains to the Great War.

If you missed the premiere, you can catch the rebroadcast of the film on Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV. Producer Brian Gevik visits about researching his latest project.

In The Moment ... June 25, 2018 Show 365 Hour 1 

Why wasn't The War to End All Wars the last? SDPB-TV brings you a new Images of the Past documentary "From the Great Plains to the Great War." It premieres tonight on SDPB-TV at 9:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 Mountain.

Jonathan Casey is Director of Archives and the Edward Jones Research Center at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

In The Moment ... June 20, 2018 Show 362 Hour 1

Recently a series of photographs and letters were processed by the South Dakota State Historical Society. These were World War I era photographs and letters written by Webster native Private Herbert McKennett. Matthew Reitzel is a manuscript archivist with the society and is with us now to expand upon this donation.

In The Moment ... June 20, 2018 Show 362 Hour 1

On the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB TV, we are reflecting on those days. Today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and the majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington DC. Over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Lynn Verschoor is the director and joins us now.

In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 1

The legacy of World War I continues in South Dakota. "From the Great Plains to the Great War," a new Images of the Past documentary premieres on SDPB-TV Monday, June 25th at 9 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Mountain.

This week on In the Moment we bring you insight into the war with experts in the field. Today we welcome Denny Brenden, with the South Dakota American Legion.

The American Legion was founded after WWI in 1919.

In the Moment ... May 1, 2017 Show 083 Hour 2

The Koalas are coming, and it's all part of a global conversation effort that includes zoos across the world. With us today is Elizabeth Whealy. She's President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls. We talk about how to move a koala and the role of zoos in global conservation efforts.


In The Moment ... April 3, 2017 Show 063 Hour 1

The Siouxland Heritage Museums presents "World War I: The Great War Exhibit." It opens April 6 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls. Bill Hoskins is director of the Siouxland Heritage Museums. He joins us to talk about the exhibit and the legacy of the war in South Dakota. Then Bob Bosse (SDPB Director of Television) is with us to talk about upcoming WWI programming on SDPB-TV.

Communist coup, August 1991
Michigan State University Soviet History Archives

The "Germans from Russia" story continues with Drs. Tim Kloberdanz and Harry Delker, experts in German anthropology and heritage. Radio journalist Chuck Anderson's interview with these men expands on the Volga Russian experience during WWII, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the American experience for German-Russian immigrants.

Tim and his wife, Rosalinda, visited Volga Germans near the port town of Saratov in August 1991, during a coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. 

In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack ... 600 tons of explosives hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines.  A new NOVA documentary takes you inside the trenches and tunnels of World War I.

NOVA executive producer Chris Schmidt sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the technological arms race spurred by stalemate on the Western Front.

"Secret Tunnel Warfare" premiers Wednesday, January 6 on SDPB-TV.

Bedlam Productions Ltd.

When World War I began 100 years ago, air forces were made up of a few rickety biplanes with opposing pilots occasionally taking pot shots at each other with rifles. But by the end of the war the basic blueprint of the modern fighter had emerged.

University of Minnesota Duluth

This past Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist. The killing set off a chain of events sparking World War I.In commentary published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thomas Hanson argues that the legacies and implications of 1914 are woven into the crises we face today - from the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia and all the way to rural Midwest farm country.