In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

For 59 years Chuck and Grace Childs made Rapid City their home before moving to Minnesota in 2017. Chuck Childs died Sunday in Tracy, Minnesota at the age of 99.

John Mollison

In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 2

"Hearth and Home Day" honors Faulkton resident Dorothy Huss and her late husband Cyril this Saturday. Cyril Huss was a World War II fighter pilot. An authentic P-51 Mustang will be on display at the Faulkton Airport during the afternoon.

Part of the community's celebration includes the unveiling of commissioned artwork to honor Dorothy and Cyril's World War II service.

SD WWII Veterans Celebrated

Jun 4, 2019

June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, when more than 160 thousand allied troops landed in France. Storming the beaches of Normandy was a quintessential part of defeating Nazi Germany. WWII veterans—including some from the D-Day battle—were recently honored in Rapid City.

There’s a lot of conversation as nearly 70 WWII veterans gather for an annual luncheon honoring their service. They talk with each other, and family and friends.

Whirlygig Productions

In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 2

In 1943, Charles Woehrle's B-17 was shot down over France. Nazis controlled the region and Charles was soon captured by Germans.

Stalag Luft III - One Man's Story documents Charles life with focus on his two years as a prisoner of war.

Filmmaker Louise Woehrle (Charles' niece) comes to Sioux Falls as Cinema Falls presents Stalag Luft III Wednesday evening at 6:30 followed by a question/answer session with the filmmaker.

Woehrle visits about her film with SDPB's Steve Zwemke.

In The Moment ... May 21, 2019 Show 580 Hour 1

Bats strapped with napalm and launched into the cities and villages of Tokyo. Live cats implanted with recording devices creeping around the Soviet Union as Cold War spies. The marriage of innovation and desperation creates ideas tinged with both brilliance and madness.

Vince Houghton's new book Nuking the Moon looks at American intelligence schemes and military plots left on the drawing board of history. Houghton is a historian and curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.


In The Moment ... April 30, 2019 Show 565 Hour 1

As children, they lived through "humanity's darkest hour." More than 70 years have passed since World War II and now FRONTLINE speaks with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust.

Director Arthur Cary looks into their haunting memories and how their experiences continue to impact their daily lives.

FRONTLINE airs at 9:00 p.m. Central, Tuesday night on SDPB-TV.

"A Woman Of No Importance"

Apr 15, 2019

In The Moment ... April 15, 2019 Show 556 Hour 1

Virginia Hall was repeatedly rejected from the Foreign Service because of her gender and prosthetic leg. But by the height of World War II, the Gestapo called her the "most dangerous of all Allied spies."

Her story, until now, has not been told.

Biographer and journalist Sonia Purnell is the author of A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.

FRONTLINE "Last B-24" Premieres Wednesday

Nov 6, 2018

In The Moment ... November 6, 2018 Show 455 Hour 2

Seventy-four years ago, an American B-24 Liberator known as the "Tulsamerican" fell from the sky while returning from a mission over Europe. It eventually sank into the Adriatic Sea. Seven crew members survived the crash. Three men were never found.

NOVA writer Owen Palmquist describes the effort to find out what happened to the missing airmen as he previews "Last B-24." It premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 Central on SDPB-TV.

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.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 23, 2018 Show 343 Hour 1

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of young American men and women risked their lives in the defense of China. Led by Army pilot Claire Chennault, they crossed the Pacific using false identities only to wind up on a rundown air base in the jungles of Burma.

SDPB's Steve Zwemke talks with author Sam Kleiner about "Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan."

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... May 15, 2018 Show 337 Hour 1

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Hay Camp Brewing Company and South Dakota Public Broadcasting bring you the S.T.E.A.M. Café, held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp.

The May 15 event is "Linguists at War: Allied Translators and Interpreters in the War against Japan." It's presented by Allison Gilmore, Department Head of SD Mines Humanities & Social Sciences.



In the Moment ... February 14, 2018 Show 277 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke talks with senior NOVA producer Evan Hadingham about the new NOVA special "Great Escape at Dunkirk."

The program airs February 14 on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 2

Ray and Josephine Cowdery have taken American and Canadian World War II vets back to western and eastern Europe on several history tours.

Hundreds of pictures were captured during that time and will be part of a narrated slide show called "Then & Now of World War II in Europe"

The South Dakota Veterans Forum is Saturday, January 13th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum.

In The Moment ... January 8, 2018 Show 251 Hour 1

Harold Brown served as one of America's original "Tuskegee Airmen." He flew combat missions with the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II.

His 2017 memoir is called "Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman."

He joins us for a conversation about segregation, finding hope as a POW, and how a group of men changed the face of the American military by demanding their right to serve their country in the air.

In The Moment ... December 4, 2017 Show 232 Hour 2 

Charles "Chuck" Isakson (1917-1997), a Webster native and longtime Huron resident, was among some 50 South Dakotans who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He told his story to a gathering at the Huron Elks Club in 1993. Chuck Anderson, Huron radio personality and host, recorded and preserved the speech.

We welcome Chuck Anderson to In the Moment. Find the full web post here.

In The Moment ... The Mission Of Herman Stern

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 1

Herman Stern rescued 125 people from persecution and possible death in Nazi Germany in the 1930's-40's.

Video Arts Studios has produced a documentary about Stern's rescue efforts and his life as a civic leader in North Dakota.  Producers Art Phillips and Carl Oberholtzer shared details of the film with Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... October 26, 2017 Show 207 Hour 2

The face of a community can change when one of its members has a simple idea. Bill Casper had an idea about banners in downtown Rapid City and how they might be used to honor veterans of World War II. That vision is about to be displayed for the city. He joins us from SDPB's Black Hills Bureau with more.

Andrew Bork

In The Moment ... September 11, 2107 Show 174 Hour 2

As fliers associated with white supremacy make their way to South Dakota (some were recently found in Sioux Falls) state residents are reminded that neo-Nazi sentiments are not a thing of the past. How do we address nationalism, racism, and Nazi sympathies today? We begin with a look at history.

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 ... 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 ... June 1, 2017 Show 105 Hour 2

Ben Jones is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. He's Associate Professor of History and the author of "Eisenhower's Guerillas: The Jedburghs, the Maqui, and the Liberation of France." He's taught at the Air Force Academy and has served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. He has a book signing coming up at the Siouxland Libraries in Sioux Falls. That's Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ben Jones joins us to discuss the legacy of irregular warfare in WWII.


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.

Dakota Midday: "The Gentleman Next Door"

Oct 24, 2016

Filmmaker, artist and host of Old Guys and Their Airplanes, John Mollison, discusses the upcoming premiere of his short film "The Gentleman Next Door." The film features WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson who makes his home in South Dakota. Mollison's latest film premieres at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MT. The broadcast premiere of "The Gentleman Next Door" on SDPB-TV is Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 p.m. CT.


Lori Walsh talks live with artist/historian/filmmaker John Mollison of Sioux Falls.  On June 3, Mollison will be part of a ceremony at the Pierre Airport to honor WWII hero John C. Waldron of Ft. Pierre.  An Oglala Sioux, Waldron was killed during the battle at Midway.  As a member of the U.S.

Dakota Midday: Holocaust Awareness Day

Jan 27, 2016
Augustana University

In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Patrick Hicks joined SDPB's Kealey Bultena to discuss his research and visits to the historical sites that served as Nazi death camps in Europe.  Hicks is the author of over 10 books including The Commandant of Lubizek.  He is Writer-in-Residence at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.


WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson is speaking this Saturday at the regular meeting of the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.  Wilkinson, now an American citizen living in Spearfish, flew the historic Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.  He joined Dakota Midday to share some of his experiences and discuss his flying technique.  Wilkinson's presentation on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Two South Dakota women are Congressional Gold Medal recipients for their work during World War Two. The official ceremony in Washington, D.C. in December awarded the medals. Monday afternoon Governor Dennis Daugaard hosts a ceremony honoring the women. 

The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest honors for civilians. South Dakotans Lois Schmidt and Pauline Hanson Brehe are recipients.

Civil Air Patrol Major Todd Epp says American leaders are acknowledging their service. He says Brehe and Schmidt were part of the original South Dakota Civil Air Patrol.

Photo by Srey Austin

Ceremonies are scheduled this weekend at the Black Hills National Cemetery outside Sturgis and the National Cemetery in Hot Springs.  The gatherings are part of a nationwide commemorative event recognizing veterans of World War Two and their sacrifices.


The “Keep the Spirit of ’45 World War II 70th Anniversary Weekend” is a grass roots effort taking place in small towns and big cities from coast-to-coast. Events start on August 14…the day Japan surrendered to the U.S.…and continue through Sunday.

WWII Veteran Harold Jansen To Speak At Ellsworth

Aug 6, 2015

WWII veteran Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences as a U.S. Navy Ensign when the United States sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte in October, 1944.  His presentation, sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, takes place on Saturday from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Courtesy Erica Sullivan

She was born in a ski lodge in the Italian Alps, rode a tandem bike with her husband through France to escape Hitler’s advancement across Europe, lived in New York City, worked in Hollywood during its heyday with such luminaries as Loretta Young, sat down to lunch regularly with Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry…and the list goes on.