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GLT's Sound Ideas

On-air Time: 11 AM to Noon, Monday - Friday

Host: Mike McCurdy

GLT's Sound Ideas is news and newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places. And there's room for your opinion. Be a part of Sound Ideas, only on GLT.

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Sound Ideas, April 18, 2014: Healing and Hair. You’ll hear about a salon designed to help women escaping domestic abuse. GLT’s Judy Valente reports for another in our continuing series The Soul of McLean County and takes you to Lydia’s Place. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; Laura Kennedy interviews an author still healing from her childhood abuse and trying to help others heal. This month also marks Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month. We’ll bring you another in our continuing series on the future of jazz and an edition of Poetry Radio.

Sound Ideas, April 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/17/2014 04:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There are positive and negative effects on American Agriculture from decisions by foreign governments. China recently blocked importation of some GMO corn from the U.S., even though it grows its own GMO crops. Charlie Schlenker talks with the head of the Illinois Farm Bureau. You’ll find out why Internet gambling can be so addictive. And there are some religious holidays coming up. Judy Valente talks with an author and Presbyterian minister about why pilgrimage is so important in so many religious. And during an edition of Talkin’ Blues, you’ll find out why GLT Summer Concert headliner Buckwheat Zydeco almost didn’t play the accordion.

Sound Ideas, April 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/16/2014 01:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Driverless vehicles are fast approaching the marketplace. And they will have a big impact on society and on Bloomington Normal's largest employer. Charlie Schlenker talks with a State Farm executive about the future of the auto and the auto insurance industries. Laura Kennedy interviews an author of a book helping people struggling with the emotional pain of abuse. You’ll hear about a proposed constitutional amendment would affecting how legislative boundaries are drawn every decade a deadline to get the measure on the ballot is quickly approaching. And it’s an edition of the Dean of Green Gardening Almanac on mulch.

Sound Ideas, April 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/15/2014 02:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington-Normal's bus system continues laying groundwork for local government contributions to transit. Hear about a system wide review of Connect Transit and what could happen if federal funding dries up for a year. Plus, new technology and research is radically changing how Multiple Sclerosis is treated. A local patient and a doctor review emerging care. Foodies take their localvore quest into urban areas. And look who's hopping down the bunny trail! What is Peter Cottontail really like?

Sound Ideas, April 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/14/2014 03:47 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Central Illinois native and now NY Based saxophonist Ryan Weisheit says college gets an A for music education and a D for teaching the business of side music. Jon Norton continues our series about the future of jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month. We’ll also bring you one of our favorite editions of Jazz Next with 4-time Grammy winner Diane Reeves. And you’ll hear from New York Times bestselling young adult author Joan Bauer about what separates good writing from good writing for young adults.

Sound Ideas, April 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/11/2014 03:22 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Central Illinois native and now New York based saxophonist Adam Larson says jazz was plan A and there was no plan B. Jon Norton talks with Larson about the future of jazz for our series during Jazz Appreciation Month. Chuck Marhon, Jr. with Strong Cities thinks communities need a reboot that’s not so car-centric. Charlie Schlenker has that interview. And you’ll hear about a new Greek organization at ISU. It’s not a sorority or a fraternity. Organizers call it a frarority.

Sound Ideas, April 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/10/2014 03:22 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Healing and hair. You'll hear about a salon designed for women trying to start over after escaping domestic abuse. GLT's Judy Valente reports in our continuing series The Soul of McLean County and takes you to Lydia's Place. April is National Poetry Month and you'll hear about an upcoming reading featuring four up-and-coming poets. And during Talkin' Blues you'll hear from founder and long time member of the blues rock band Savoy Brown. Jon Norton talks with Kim Simmonds.

Sound Ideas, April 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/09/2014 01:12 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from the upcoming ISU Bone Lecturer about Jews and Germans rebuilding relationships after World War II. Most Jews wanted to leave, and did. Charlie Schlenker talks with scholar Atina Grossman about the aftermath of the Holocaust. You’ll also hear from the Middle East coordinator of the Friends For Ever program, bringing Arab and Jewish students together. A group of students visited Bloomington-Normal last summer. And we continue our Money Smart Week partnership with an interview about controlling wedding costs.

Sound Ideas, April 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/08/2014 02:45 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Many cities may start to look like Detroit as municipalities discover they can't afford to support the water, sewer, road, and other infrastructure replacement costs. Charlie Schlenker talks with Chuck Marohn, Jr. with Strong Towns about what makes communities strong and about the complicated sometimes hopeful shape of things to come. We continue our Money Smart Week partnership with an interview about planning a college education and Bruce Bergethon talks with singer-songwriter Wil Maring, coming to Central Illinois this weekend.

Sound Ideas, April 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/07/2014 01:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The most populous residents of McLean County are both little and little. During this fund drive week, you’ll hear some of our favorite stories, including an edition of our series, Unknown Illinois from GLT's Judy Valente. She reports on an insect collection that offers a glimpse of  McLean county's bio-history. We’ll also kick off our partnership with Money Smart Week with an edition of Sound Money and financial goals for women.  And it’s the first of a four part series during Jazz Appreciation month.

Sound Ideas, April 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/04/2014 01:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Jesus People USA is a religious community in the Chicago area with a dark past coming to light. We’ll update the story and you’ll hear from the mother of boy who was allegedly sexually abused there. Judy Valente has been reporting this story for Sound Ideas and USA Today. You’ll hear an interview with the mother of an alleged victim is ahead. Jim Browne reports on a camp for kids with autism and a fundraiser to support the camp. During our best of edition, you’ll hear about celebrating summer at the Heartland Hootenanny. And Laura Kennedy walks you through a new art exhibit: aerial photographs of Illinois prisons.

Sound Ideas, April 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/03/2014 01:05 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Insurance, healthcare, agriculture and education are industries relying on information. That's why IT may be the future face of economic development in central Illinois. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Economic Development Council’s John Grabo and Willis Kern talks with EDC’s Ken Springer about economic trends and numbers for Bloomington Normal. And both the Town of Normal and City of Bloomington Public Works Directors join Mike McCurdy in the studio to talk about this past winter, its effect on infrastructure, and they touch on future projects.

Sound Ideas, April 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/02/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The founder of the military support campaign Got Your Six grew up in Bloomington Normal. Chris Marvin explains how central Illinois values and growing up here made him a better soldier and a better person. Laura Kennedy brings you the true story of Elizabeth Packard, a 19th century Illinois woman who's religious convictions led to her husband having her committed. Canadian Blues man Johnny Cox walks you through his debut album "Thin Blue Line." And GLT’s Dean of Green brings some high accolades for a twin cities golf course.

Sound Ideas, April 1, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/01/2014 01:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A devastating war injury in Iraq changed the life of a one woman for the better. Para triathlete Melissa Stockwell's message is about overcoming obstacles. She’s a Purple Heart recipient and the first US female solider to lose a limb during active duty. She speaks at ISU tonight. Also, a Bloomington city council member counters Mayor Tari Renner's municipal budget scenario. You'll hear from Alderman Judy Stearns. Animal House offers tips for travelers looking for a sitter for your pet. And Bruce Bergethon previews the next Heartland Hootenanny "folksong-along." Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, March 31, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/31/2014 01:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington's mayor raises the possibility of doing what the federal government did for some years--go without a budget and operate on the basis of continuing resolutions. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with Tari Renner about finding ways to fill an $8 million gap, at least for this next year. You'll hear from the artist of the exhibit "Illinois Corrections," which gives a bird's eye view of the state's penal facilities. Laura Kennedy interviews the artist, Billy MacGuinness. And there’s a new jazz release of a live Freddie Hubbard gig. You’ll hear from the former owner of the venue, known as the Village Vanguard of the West Coast. (HOST: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, March 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/28/2014 02:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
When Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter accident in 1990, his older brother Jimmie wrote a moving tribute called "Six Strings Down." Jon Norton talks with Jimmie Vaughan about that song, his brother Stevie Ray and his latest CD. He’s playing the Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington. You’ll also hear Mike McCurdy’s interview with ISU president Larry Dietz and we’ll get an update on the Not In Our Town anti-racism movement from founder Patrice O’Neill.

Sound Ideas, March 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/27/2014 02:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Former State Farm administrator David Taylor says working together is key as he takes over as President and CEO of McLean County United Way. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Taylor about filling gaps in human service needs, including mental health care and education. There’s another edition of "In Their Own Words" exploring race in McLean County. You’ll hear an edition of Poetry Radio. And during "Talkin’ Blues" Jon Norton talks blues with Otis Taylor.

Sound Ideas, March 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/26/2014 02:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from Tomas Bolivar, an organizer of one of the first gender-neutral fraternity-sorority-or "frarority" Greek organizations in the nation. Also Washington, IL residents are trying to right a wrong. You’ll hear about an online petition effort aimed at affecting a big change in federal disaster relief policy. McHistory tells you about a Bloomington Normal woman who traveled to the state capitol to lobby for a woman’s right to vote. And Jon Norton strolls into a twin city record store to hear the band David Letterman raved about. (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, March 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/25/2014 12:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Our series on race "In Their Own Words" is generating some unexpected comments. You’ll hear voice mail left in response to a story about racism told by educator Camille Taylor. Taylor reacts to the call as does Patrice O’Neill, who founded the anti-racism movement Not in Our Town. You’ll also find out what's new for Not in Our Town and what’s next for Bloomington-Normal. There's an edition of Sound Money on child identity theft. And Bruce Bergethon welcomes to the GLT Studios a Nashville based band with central Illinois roots. You’ll hear music and conversation with the Farewell Drifters.

Sound Ideas, March 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/24/2014 01:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois State University has a new president. Larry Dietz was appointed as the university's 19th president, replacing Tim Flanagan, who resigned as after serving only 7 months. Dietz, the former VP for Student Affairs talks about serving as president, coming from a non-academic background. Laura Kennedy walks you through the exhibit called Be-You{tiful} and reports on issues related to body image. During Jazz Next you'll meet New York City pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik.

Sound Ideas, March 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/21/2014 01:20 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Cougars are on the move. The big cats are headed back to former territories, like Illinois. Researcher and author of a book on cougars John Laundré says people have little to fear from the cats. Laundré spoke at Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday night. Mike McCurdy first spoke with him in December. Also during our Friday best of edition, Willis Kern looks back at Tuesday’s election results. Laura Kennedy tells you how your dog can save other dog lives during an edition of Animal House. And we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an in-studio performance from The Roundstone Buskers.

Sound Ideas, March 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/20/2014 01:31 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The 1918 flu pandemic killed 3- 5 percent of the world population. It's one of history's greatest natural disasters but why is it called The Spanish Flu, instead of say the Indian flu? Charlie Schlenker talks with the author a new book about the flu and its impact the culture of Spain. You'll hear about a new energy conservation program launching in Bloomington-Normal, funded by both communities and administered by the Ecology Action Center. There's Poetry Radio. And during an edition of Talking Blues, Jon Norton talks with legendary bluesman Jimmy Vaughan.

Sound Ideas, March 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/19/2014 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
To take care of Town of Normal business, Mayor Chris Koos has been spending time in Washington. The Mayor is in the studio to talk about some recent trips to the nation's capital to discuss transportation and mental health. Willis Kern has an election results round up. You’ll hear how aging baby boomers can stay in their homes longer. There's an update on the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene. And you'll get to know a Cleveland blues and R&B band making great music for 30 years, and just now getting some recognition outside their hometown. You'll hear from the band Blue Lunch.

Sound Ideas, March 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/18/2014 01:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The new report on the Peoria Metro economy is out and there are a lot of upticks. You’ll hear from the Bradley researcher who says there is reason for even more optimism as 2014 wears on. But there remains much work to do in bridging the economic gap between predominantly white and mostly minority communities. Two social researchers say if you’re looking for hard numbers, look no further than credit scores. During Animal House, Laura Kennedy tells you about Bloomington’s Canine Blood Bank. City of Bloomington Assistant Engineer Bob Yehl stops by to discuss tonight's (3/18) brainstorming session leading up to a comprehensive bicycle master plan (7pm Billy Osborn Meeting Room, Bloomington Police Department). And jazz legend Ramsey Lewis reflects back on his nearly half-century career. (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, March 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/17/2014 02:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
McLean County's poverty rate is slightly above the state average as many families have multiple pressures living day to day. New data sheds some light on the profile of low-income residents, and signals a possible course of action. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Jennifer Clary with The Social Impact Research Center at Heartland Alliance. And we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an interview an Irish scholar on the continuing cultural influence of the Irish, and conversation and Irish music with The Roundstone Buskers.

Sound Ideas, March 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/14/2014 12:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Voters will pick the likely next sheriff on Tuesday. You’ll hear interviews with both candidates who think combating drugs is a priority. Jon Sandage and Jeff Elston also talk about accommodating mentally ill inmates and cooperating with smaller community police departments to protect the county. And we remember James McGowan, a former Illinois Wesleyan English Professor, poet, and mentor. He died a week ago today.

Sound Ideas, March 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/13/2014 01:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Voters will decide whether to raise sales taxes to fund school infrastructure in McLean County. There are strong divisions, those for and those against. On Wednesday, you heard from a proponent and in today’s episode Charlie Schlenker talks with an opponent: Eric Prenzler, Chair of CARE, Citizens Acting for Responsible Education. During Dishing It Up, you’ll hear how Café Italia makes pizza. And Jon Norton talks with Sue Foley and Peter Karp during an edition of Talkin’ Blues.

Sound Ideas, March 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/12/2014 01:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Supporters of a 1% sales tax to support McLean County school infrastructure needs say not passing the measure sends a very loud signal that education is not a priority in Bloomington-Normal. In the first of two interviews on the subject, you’ll hear from a Bloomington businessman who is leading the charge in favor of the tax hike that would raise $18 million a year in new local revenue for public schools. An ISU alum is making waves on the international media scene. You’ll hear from MTV’s Erik Tomlin, who hopes to spread corporate marriage equality acceptance across the seas. And John at Reverberation Vinyl unravels the enigma that is Jandek during an edition of What’s On Your Turntable. (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, March 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/11/2014 01:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Those in favor of a modified ward system for Bloomington say voters will gain representation. Those opposed think it could lead to less of a voice and voter disenfranchisement. You’ll hear from proponent Rob Fazinni and opponent, Jack Porter as they answer listener questions. You’ll hear an IPR report on the lack of focus on social issues in the GOP gubernatorial primary. And during Blues Next, Donna Herula talks about her new tribute to slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk.

Sound Ideas, March 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/10/2014 01:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Changes in airline routes have eroded the favorable fares Bloomington-Normal used to enjoy over its closest competitor airports. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with Central Illinois Regional Airport Director Carl Olson about advantages CIRA has over Springfield and Champaign. We continue our Sound Money series on identity theft -- specifically the problems with medical identity theft. And Jon Norton talks with 4-time Grammy winner Diane Reeves talk about her new CD Beautiful Life.

Sound Ideas, March 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/07/2014 12:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois folk music doesn’t have to be native to Illinois. In our Friday best of edition, you’ll hear from folksinger, producer, and scholar Bucky Halker. He’s behind new CD featuring Illinois folk performers from all over the world. Bruce Bergethon talks with Halker, who performs Saturday in Peoria. GLT’s Willis Kern introduces you to one of the best baseball pitchers ever, thanks to actor Rhys Lovell. And you’ll hear from Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard Wilson about how the university is changing to meet the future.

Sound Ideas, March 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/06/2014 01:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from a central Illinois cardiologist about two recent studies: one showing a decline in cardio-vascular fitness and another showing "weight fate" is set as early as age five. Dr. Sid Gandhi say childhood obesity can create irreversible damage. You’ll also hear from Mike Firsching, one of the Republicans running for Congress in the 13th district. And during Talkin’ Blues Jon Norton talks with composer, singer, and guitarist Rita Chiarelli about her critically acclaimed documentary "Music from the Big House."

Sound Ideas, March 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/05/2014 01:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington’s Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn was one of the most colorful pitchers in baseball history, mainly because of his durability, which he attributed to his McLean County work ethic. Actor Rhys Lovell brings Old Hoss back to life in a theatrical production in Bloomington this weekend. He talks about the Hall of Famer, and previews the show. Do you remember what you did two months ago? Your New Years’ resolution? An ISU nursing instructor will help you re-energize those exercise, weight-loss, and other promises you made to yourself. GLT’s Dean of Green helps you back away from the ledge after you discover that favorite tree or shrub you planted is invasive! And Bloomington Bluesman Joe Zacklan talks about relocating from Chicago and his new CD "There Ain’t No Better Time." HOST: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, March 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/04/2014 12:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It’s part two of a conversation with astronaut Doug Wheelock, who says humans will walk on Mars in 25 years. He’s as excited at the prospect of setting foot on another planet as setting foot in the classroom to inspire a future scientist. During Animal House, find out why a bird may not be the right pet. And you’ll hear from folk musician and record producer Bucky Halker. He performs in Peoria on Saturday and is behind a new folk compilation CD.

Sound Ideas, March 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/03/2014 01:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The shuttle program may have ended, but space exploration is moving forward. You’ll hear from astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who spent 6 months on the space station, about new rockets, new scientific findings, and new missions. He now trains new astronauts. You’ll also discover the relevance of the Spanish Civil War 80 years ago to American society today. And during GLT’s Jazz Next, get to know Hammond B3 organist Matthew Kaminski.

Sound Ideas, February 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/28/2014 04:45 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Colleges and Universities continue to struggle to balance tuition, enrollment, and financial aid in a tightly competitive environment. Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard Wilson says the university is positioning itself to deal with demographic shifts. Judy Valente reports on a sexual abuse scandal involving a Chicago based Christian organization. There’s an edition of Poetry Radio and during GLT’s Blues Next, you’ll meet the Canadian husband and wife duo G.B. Roots.

Sound Ideas, February 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/27/2014 12:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from one of the candidates running for McLean County’s top cop spot. Sheriff candidate Jeff Ellston fields questions on topics including ways to get more officers in the field, mentally ill inmates at the jail, and whether the position of sheriff should be an elected office. From Laura Kennedy, it’s an interview on male body image disorders. And during an edition of Talkin’ Blues, you’ll hear from one of the founders of the American Roots Rock movement of the 80’s: Dave Alvin of The Blasters.

Sound Ideas, February 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/26/2014 02:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear from the candidates who hope to be McLean County’s top cop. Sheriff Candidate Jon Sandage will field questions on topics including enforcement of drug laws. He’ll also talk about mentally ill inmates at the jail and whether the position of sheriff should be an elected office. During McHistory, you’ll learn about an African American soldier from McLean County who served during the Spanish American War. And Jon Norton introduces with the latest in new psychedelic rock during an edition of What’s on Your Turntable.

Sound Ideas, February 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/25/2014 12:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Since October, the Community Healthcare Clinic in Bloomington-Normal has had about the same number of new patients as the number of workers who have transferred to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And many of the new folks haven’t even heard of Obamacare. You'll hear about the huge community education effort yet to be accomplished, and the future of the health care clinic. And a U of I think tank is out with a tool box designed to help voters sort information on Illinois economic recovery, or lack of it. Plus, GLT's Bruce Bergethon hosts part one of a two-part in-studio performance by Woody Guthrie expert, Bucky Halker. (Guest host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, February 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/24/2014 02:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The first US Soldier injured during the Iraq invasion is now speaking about the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era. GLT's Jim Browne talks with the former Marine Sergeant, before his address at Eureka College on Tuesday. You’ll hear from Ken Springer with the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council about a new employer bring jobs to the community. Laura Kennedy talks with a professor of Latin studies about a program that ended in the 60’s that brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the US. And During an edition of Jazz Next, you’ll hear from jazz pianist and nightclub owner Spike Wilner.

Sound Ideas, February 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/21/2014 01:47 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear two perspectives on future NFL draft participant Michael Sam’s decision to announce he’s gay. First from CNN anchor Don Lemon, speaking out in support of the decision. Lemon came out in 2011. Laura Kennedy talks with the news anchor, who’s coming to ISU next week. You'll also get the perspective of Prairie Pride Coalition President David Bentlin on jock culture and coming out. You'll find out what role math plays in musical harmony during an edition of Uncommon Knowledge. And it's an edition of Blues Next with Barb Hamilton.

Sound Ideas, February 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/20/2014 01:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois lawmakers control the Department of Corrections’ purse strings, but a recent public radio survey of General Assembly members finds many have never toured or even visited a prison. You’ll hear an Illinois Public Radio in-depth investigative report on what the survey results show. What you hear may surprise you. While most ideological differences can be easily broken down by party, many local issues don’t distil so easily. You’ll hear from a McLean County labor leader who opposes a modified Bloomington ward system that some democrats support. And Canada’s Darling of the Blues, Layla Zoe, talks about her new album. (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, February 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/19/2014 01:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A grocery story unlike any other in Bloomington-Normal  is still moving forward. You’ll hear from a board member with Green Top Grocery and have your questions answered about grocery store cooperatives. During the Dean of Green you’ll hear about the only perennial vegetable.  And you’ll find out how you can avoid identity theft.

Sound Ideas, February 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/18/2014 02:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington voters will decide March 18th whether to change the city’s governance to a modified ward system. You’ll hear from two members of the McLean County League of Women Voters who have research modified ward systems. The League is taking a neutral position on the issue.  During Black History Month, we’re launching a new occasional year-round series called "In Their Own Words", featuring the stories of African-Americans living in McLean County. And our series of stump speeches this campaign season continues with Jill Tracy, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard’s running mate. During Animal House, find out what to do if your dog and cat aren’t getting along.

Sound Ideas, February 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/17/2014 02:49 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear from McLean County Board Chair Matt Sorenson. He talks with Charlie Schlenker about mental health services and about the direction he'd like to see the county take in addressing mental health needs. Also, with one year of video gaming in the books, you'll find out if revenue expectations are being met across the state. And you’ll hear from a composer you’re familiar with as a Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show, or Beverly Hills 90120 viewer. Jim Pearce talks about his latest CD during an edition of Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, February 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/14/2014 01:33 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The man who is arguably the most progressive candidate in the 13th Congressional District Democratic Primary says he is appealing to people alienated from the political process, who don't usually vote. Charlie Schlenker talks with self-described insurgent candidate David Green. You’ll find out why love poetry isn’t always about love, especially for the poet. And Jon Norton talks with bluesman Brandon Santini about his new album and how he found blues through a 90’s pop-rock band.

Sound Ideas, February 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/13/2014 02:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll get tips on fighting cabin fever with another installment of our Unknown Illinois series.  GLT's Judy Valente sets out with nature lover Jim Bortell in search of outdoor places to enjoy this winter near your backyard. Jon Norton talks with bluesman Tommy Castro, returning to Bloomington next week. And it’s an edition of Poetry Radio.

Sound Ideas, February 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/12/2014 02:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The brutal winter is impacting energy costs and central Illinois farmers are taking it especially hard thanks to a shortage of propane fuel. Farmers and agri-business leaders discuss how they're coping with the double whammy of high prices and short supplies and how what happened last fall may help explain today's predicament. Plus, our "What's On Your Turntable" segment takes you to Galesburg to check out the latest album by Pearl Jam. And you'll hear how your support of public radio can put meals in front of McLean County people in need.

Sound Ideas, February 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/11/2014 12:33 PM
Run Time: 50:00
If this winter feels worse than most, you’re right. And Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says it’s the worst since a really bad streak in the late 70s and early 80s. You'll hear how this winter stacks up and how much winter is left. You'll hear another segment in our series of stump speeches from candidates during this election season from the incumbent Governor. And Bruce Bergethon previews an acoustic season at another music venue. You'll hear about the Hickory Ridge Concert Series.

Sound Ideas, February 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/10/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Get an update on politics.  First the state level and the yet-to-be made allegations putting on odd twist on the Republican governor's race. The IPR Politics Roundtable sorts through Dan Rutherford's claim his opponent Bruce Rauner is behind coming misconduct charges. Also, the probable next McLean County GOP Chair, Chuck Erickson talks party goals and bring the factions in the party together. And Jon Norton talks with Roberta Donnay, coming to the GLT Jazz Cabaret February 15th.

Sound Ideas, February 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/07/2014 01:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Are Homo Sapiens circling the drain? Retired Uppsala University professor and author Craig Dilworth thinks so and points to his vicious circle theory. Dilworth argues our reliance on technology creates population that overshoots our resources and he says we’re trapped in the circle thanks to evolution. There’s an update on the Olympics from legendary speed skater and Champaign native Bonnie Blair and from spokesperson for the U.S. Downhill Ski. And you’ll hear from Big James from Big James and the Chicago Playboys during an edition of Blues next.

Sound Ideas, February 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/06/2014 01:24 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A large, previously unknown collection of Illinois’ smallest residents has been donated to the Illinois Natural History Survey . During our series, Unknown Illinois, GLT's Judy Valente reports on an insect collection that offers a window into McLean County's bio-history. Volunteers are now identifying and cataloging the insects. There’s an edition of Poetry Radio. And Jon Norton talks with musician Elvin Bishop about his latest album, and life after his 1977 hit, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."

Sound Ideas, February 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/05/2014 01:04 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Online vitriol is a part of today's culture. But why do people say mean things in a tweet or on a bulletin board that they would never say in person? You'll hear from an expert on communication styles who will unpack not only the online environment, but also something a lot tougher; "he-said-she-said" gender differences in communication. Plus, Laura Kennedy has the lowdown on what's up at the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal. And during Black History Month, letters now housed in Bloomington from 19th century freed African slaves come alive during an episode of McHistory. (host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, February 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/04/2014 02:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Society is constantly changing, including how we die.  An Illinois Wesleyan grad and author of a book on the social landscape left by longer lives says we’re dying older and slower. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. You’ll also hear about Compassion and Choices a national organization helping with end of life decisions. Bruce Bergethon has part two of his interview with the author of Squeeze This!: The Cultural History of the Accordion.  And we continue our series on the civil rights movement with another edition of Moments of the Movement.

Sound Ideas, February 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/03/2014 01:37 PM
Run Time: 50:00
University of Illinois Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise is the target of hate tweets for not canceling class last week because of the cold. Freelance Journalist Amanda Hess says Internet civility is quickly becoming a civil rights issue. Hess writes about her own online harassment, some of which she reported to the police. You’ll hear about a twin city tradition: fundraising with pancakes. And there’s a conversation with Hammond B3 jazz master Joey DeFrancesco’s about his new CD tribute to famed producer Rudy Van Gelder.  

Sound Ideas, January 31, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/31/2014 02:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
If you think Globalization is a recent phenomenon, think again and think Fab Four. The Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show 50-years ago next week and GLT's Jim Browne talks with Illinois Wesleyan History Professor and Beatles scholar Michael Weis about how the band changed the world.  You’ll hear from a Beatles Historian about John Lennon’s early, troubled days. Also, during What’s on Your Turntable, we’ll needle drop on the Beatles album commonly referred to at the Butcher Cover.  And Jon Norton has the amazing story of two central Illinois half-bothers who met later in life and realized they share the same love of folk-rock music. They're now in the same band.

Sound Ideas, January 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/30/2014 04:01 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The extreme cold this winter may be killing off the Emerald Ash Borer, but that still leaves lots of Ash trees already dead or damaged by the tiny beetle. Hear how the Town of Normal can help you get rid of dead Ash trees. Also, Laura Kennedy talks with a photographer on display at ISU’s University Galleries whose subject is a small burning house, rebuilt and set afire again and again. And it’s an edition of Talkin’ Blues with Tinsley Ellis.

Sound Ideas, January 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/29/2014 03:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Bloomington-Normal Community Cancer Center is giving those inspired by the healing power of hope an outlet. You’ll hear from the cancer center’s chaplain about the The Wall of Hope being dedicated and how it figures to impact patients and visitors. Plus GLT’s Acousticity host Bruce Bergethon remembers the late Pete Seeger and a chance musical interaction he had with Seeger decades ago. And Jon Norton stops by Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal to find out What’s On Your Turntable? (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, January 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/28/2014 04:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mental health services in Bloomington Normal could be a lot better. You’ll hear about the about preliminary results of a League of Women Voters study of mental health services in McLean County. Charlie Schlenker has the interview Laura Kennedy walks you through a new sports focused exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center. And the accordion...it’s hot again. For Bruce Bergethon, it never cooled off. He talks with the author of a new book tracing its cultural history.

Sound Ideas, January 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/27/2014 06:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington-Normal is on the brink of having transitional housing for women leaving prison. It's designed to give second chances. One Champaign woman living in a similar setting says she owes her life to second chances. You'll hear her story and you'll hear about the efforts of the twin cities' group that's poised to house ten women possibly as early as this summer. Our politics rountable considers who outdid who at last week's forum of governor candidates. And you'll hear how jazz thrives in Texas with lonestar native Kelly Gray.

Sound Ideas, January 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/24/2014 01:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The police chief for the town of Normal thinks there will be some growing pains once the state begins to issue concealed carry permits, but that the hub-bub will eventually settle down. You'll hear from Rick Bleichner and from a concealed carry trainer about the details of the new law. You'll get a recap of last night's Governors’ Debate involving Republican candidates held in Peoria, and you'll tour through FEMA's Washington, Illinois recovery center, ahead of the deadline to apply for federal aid from the Nov 17th storms. Plus, you’ll find out how Kevin Self transformed his college degree in meteorology into becoming a blues man. (Guest Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, January 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/23/2014 01:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
In the wake of a fatal shooting this past week on the campus of Indiana's Purdue University, GLT's Judy Valente talks with Nicole Anderson Cobb, a playwright and professor of African American studies at the University of Illinois who is the driving force behind a national play competition on the topic of gun violence. While our society has long been grappling with the issue of gun use, technology has created another new threat - Electronic Cigarettes. Or are they a threat? Some say the verdict is still out. You'll hear from representatives of the American Lung Association and the McLean County Health Department who will answer listener questions about E-cigarettes. And you’ll hear Jon Norton’s chat with blues legend Tab Benoit. (Guest Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, January 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/22/2014 01:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A noted civil rights activist and legal scholar says poor whites and poor blacks have a lot in common and the myth of the American dream is creating tensions that should not be. Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier is coming to ISU this weekend for King holiday ceremonies, but not before she talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker. Also, you'll hear a profile of a man who has shaped the central Illinois poetry scene. Jim McGowan's legacy stretches far beyond his appearance on the inaugural edition of Poetry Radio. And we'll get you pumped for the big ISU-Wichita State basketball game at Redbird Arena tonight. (Guest host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, January 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/21/2014 01:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Temple Grandin says autism can be helpful in many professions. The life of the autistic designer of cattle facilities was portrayed in a stunning HBO award-winning move four years ago. Today, she speaks in central Illinois, and you'll hear a GLT interview with Temple Grandin. Plus you’ll hear Judy Valente's in-depth report on a company with Bloomington-Normal ties that finds jobs exclusively for people with autism. Laura Kennedy tells you what happens when you combine Frankenstein with cameras, and you'll hear about a Peoria project that brings music to libraries.

Sound Ideas, January 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/20/2014 02:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
After the incredible emotional lift of hearing Martin Luther King's  "I Had a Dream" speech, one Bloomington-Normal man was very quickly brought back to Earth. On this King holiday, you'll hear recollections of the Civil Rights Movement. You'll also hear an excerpt of MLK's 1966 address at Illinois Wesleyan University. And during Jazz Next, you'll hear from Ron Hart on his latest CD "April in Paris".

Sound Ideas, January 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/16/2014 12:33 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Sovereign Citizens don’t believe the government has any authority over them. Even something as simple as a traffic stop can lead to what's known as paper terrorism, or worse. You’ll hear from a Senior Fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center about the Sovereign Citizen Movement and an adherent who was arrested recently in Dewitt County. During an IPR interview, meet a third party candidate running for Congress in the 13th district, and it’s an edition of Talk Blues with Janiva Magness.

Sound Ideas, January 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/15/2014 01:25 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The stakes are high for those considering concealed carrying of handguns in Illinois. GLT's Charlie Schlenker sits in on a certification class for those seeking permits and joins Mike McCurdy in the studio to answer some questions about Illinois’ Concealed Carry law. There’s an edition of What’s On Your Turntable, not at a vinyl record shop this time, but from a listeners home. And the Dean of Green says "don’t throw out those Poinsettias!"

Sound Ideas, January 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/14/2014 12:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
This year's MLK Awards luncheon speaker in Normal says it's important for the civil rights leader to be relatable so anyone can emulate him. Activist Kevin Powell says Martin Luther King had his faults, but responded to a great calling as a leader. Willis Kern has the interview. Laura Kennedy gets you up to speed on what’s happening behind the scenes at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in the off season. You’ll also hear from Ilinois folk musician Chris Vallillo about a new collection of music recorded at the Midwest Folklife Festival.

Sound Ideas, January 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/13/2014 01:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Drones are in the news mostly because of their military use, but ISU has one it could someday use for journalism training. For instance, t could have come in handy in the early aftermath of the Washington Illinois tornado. Willis Kern talks with Bob Carroll with ISU's Student Television Workshop about widening the journalists toolbox with remote-controlled aerial cameras. Trumpeter Ginetta M. talks about her new CD of jazz standards. And you’ll hear how Destihl prepares Scallops during an edition of Dishing It Up.

Sound Ideas, January 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/09/2014 02:03 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Dorothy Day was a Catholic lay woman who in her youth had an abortion, bore a child out of wedlock, and wrote for the Communist Party newspaper. Now she could soon be a Catholic saint. GLT's Judy Valente talks with biographer Rosalie Riegle about Day's extraordinary spiritual journey as the founder of one of the 20th century's most influential social justice efforts. Mike McCurdy talks with a woman who was inspired by Day to open Bloomington’s Claire House. There’s also an edition of Poetry Radio and Jon Norton talks with bluesman Toronzo Cannon about his new album and reggae roots.

Sound Ideas, January 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/08/2014 12:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Sriracha is a type of hot sauce and it's a brand. Bloomington-Normal filmmaker Griffin Hammond goes in search of the origins of both in his new documentary. The film is also one fan's tribute to the sauce. Mike McCurdy talks with him about what went into making the documentary. There’s also an edition of McHistory -- you’ll hear about the a day spent with Lincoln. And you'll peer into the future and beyond the snow to spring during the Dean of Geen.

Sound Ideas, January 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/07/2014 01:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
13-year old figure skater Alex Wellman is competing at the US Figure Skating Championships in Boston this week. The Bloomington Junior High School student hopes this event takes his career to the next level. Hear what it takes to send a skater to the nationals, and what superstition Alex never forgets. There's also an IPR political roundtable on rolling out the conceal-carry law. Judy Valente reports on a resurgence in music from Monasteries and Bruce Bergethon talks with the founder of the band Railroad Earth.

Sound Ideas, January 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/06/2014 01:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It's live update from the Town of Normal Public Works Director on snow removal efforts across the community. Crews stayed out overnight, but the cold is creating some problems with equipment. The City of Bloomington wants residents to conserve water. The area is still experiencing a drought. And most people take water for granted. Michael Brown with the Ecology Action Center has tips on conserving water. And we continue our look back at some of our favorite musician interviews of 2013. You’ll from drummer Jerry Gibbs.

Sound Ideas, January 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/03/2014 01:10 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Therapy animals can lower blood pressure and relieve stress. It’s a full time job for Miss Sarah and her handler Rhea Mays.You’ll hear Mays and some dogs in action helping ISU students during finals and Mays and Miss Sarah join us in the studio to answer questions about therapy dogs. Our series of stump speeches from political candidates continues with David Green, for the democratic nomination in the 13th congressional district. And it's half of Satan & Adam during Blues Next.

Sound Ideas, January 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/02/2014 03:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Comedian Tig Notaro is on the rise. A regular on Conon O’Brien, a favorite of Ira Glass and This American Life and her latest, ground breaking CD about her breast cancer is nominated for a Grammy. Tig Notaro is headed to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on the 11th and you can hear her first on Sound Ideas. We continue our look back at 2013’s best blues releases. And during our Talkin’ Blues segment, Jon Norton talks with Marcia Ball.

Sound Ideas, December 31, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/31/2013 11:39 AM
Run Time: 50:00
As the year comes to an end, we'll look back. Way back. It's a compilation of one of our most well-received segment features during Sound Ideas. McHistory uses letters, articles and diaries from McLean County citizens written in times gone by. McHistory is a co-production of the McLean County Museum of History and WGLT. All segments you'll hear have been produced and edited by WGLT's Charlie Schlenker.

Sound Ideas, December 27, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/27/2013 02:13 PM
Run Time: 50:00
As 2013 draws to a close, we're listening to some of our favorite Sound Ideas moments from the past year, including the August interview with two teens...one Jewish, the other an Arab...spending time with each other in central Illinois to bridge a cultural gap. Willis Kern talks with 2 of the 10 Israeli and Arab teens who spent two weeks in Bloomington-Normal this summer in Friends Forever program. Some of them spent the Christmas holiday together as well. We continue our series of the Best Blues releases of 2013 with guitar slinger Walter Trout. There's an edition of Poetry Radio and Blues Next. And you'll hear the story behind the Sound Ideas theme music.

Sound Ideas, December 26, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/26/2013 05:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington's Mayor Tari Renner says an unnamed firm is ready to come to town and help fill a possible job gap created by State Farm. Charlie Schlenker has the interview about Bloomington-Normal's employment picture after State Farm's growth in other cities. We continue our series of the Best Blues releases of 2013. And during our gardening segment, the Dean of Green you’ll hear about a killer: English Ivy.

Sound Ideas, December 24, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/24/2013 06:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
On this Christmas Eve, we’re giving you a gift: music recorded at the GLT studios with area and national musicians. You'll hear music and conversation with Dan Hubbard, Stone & Snow and two of best mandolinists playing today: Mike Compton and Andy Hatfield. You’ll also hear memories of favorite Christmas gifts from Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos, ISU President Tim Flanagan, 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis.

Sound Ideas, December 24, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/23/2013 04:49 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Check out this preview of a musical edition of Sound Ideas!

Sound Ideas, December 23, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/23/2013 02:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Cougars are on the move and they’re headed east into former territories, like Illinois. One researcher and author on big cats says humans have little to fear from the predator. Find out where cougars are headed, the kind of habitat they need and how many the state can support from the author of Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest. Sound Money tells you what you need to know about the Target credit card security breach. You'll hear from a local musicians about their favorite holiday songs and we begin our series of top Blues songs of 2013, according to music director Jon Norton.

Sound Ideas, December 20, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/20/2013 03:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Efforts are underway to change how people who make laws are elected. Charlie Schlenker talks with Bloomington Alderwoman Judy Stearns who is against the re-drawing of Bloomington's Ward system. Judy Valente interviews the McLean County coordinator of a move to establish an independent commission charged with re-drawing the state's voting map. Our series of top Acousticity folk songs of 2013 continues, and you'll walk through a different season with a new exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center.

Sound Ideas, December 19, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/19/2013 02:57 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The fracking debate is escalating with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conducting hearings around the state. You'll hear from all sides-- environmentalists, the business community, and a reporter from Pennsylvania, where fracking has been on-going-- with mixed results. It’s an edition of Talkin’ Blues with a voice you're sure to recognize from Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, and Bruce Hornsby records. And our series of top Acousticity folk song of 2013 continues.

Sound Ideas, December 18, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/18/2013 04:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Mayor of Normal says State Farm Insurance's expansion plans in other cities will likely have an impact in central Illinois. Mayor Chris Koos tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker the stable levels of employment promised by the insurance giant will probably mean a reduction to the levels of seven or eight years ago. We continue our series of the top Acousticity folk songs of 2013. And you’ll hear about a new collection of Spaghetti Western music during an edition of What’s On Your Turntable.

Sound Ideas, December 17, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/17/2013 12:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A School tax referendum is usually a tough sell to potential voters. But, McLean County residents have given Unit Five some encouraging news about a sales tax proposal for school facilities.Charlie Schlenker talks with the Unit 5 Schools Superintendent about a poll of 400 registered voters. We continue our series of the best Acousticity songs of 2013. And if you think President Obama has detractors, wait till you hear the 1861 writings of a Bloomington resident on the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln during an edition of McHistory.

Sound Ideas, December 16, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/16/2013 12:49 PM
Run Time: 50:00
With the term "post-racial" now considered by many to be passe, two educators--one from Illinois State--want to unhook America from what they call "whiteness." Willis Kern talks with ISU professor Nicholas Hartlep and his California-based co-editor about their book subtitled: The Key to Dismantling Racism in the United States. You'll hear about an ISU program helping to dismantle foreign accents. Acousticity host BB shares one of his favorite songs of 2013. And it’s part three of our series on pianist and Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi.

Sound Ideas, December 13, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/13/2013 01:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Pope Francis is Time magazine's Person of the Year. He is bringing a new energy and tone to the papacy, but have his main contributions so far been more of style than substance? GLT's Judy Valente talks about this Pope's nine-month tenure with Father Doug Hennessy, the retired pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. One pension crisis is fixed, but another still looms; you'll hear about Chciago's problem. And boogie-woogie pianist Julian Fauth talks about about his new CD.

Sound Ideas, December 12, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/12/2013 01:20 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Democrats are touching the third rail of politics, talking about changes to the Social Security program. Charlie Schlenker has the report on what congressional candidates are saying. You'll also hear the poetry of acclaimed Spanish poet Ana Rosetti. Laura Kennedy has an interview about the complicated history of "The Nutcracker," and we remember blues man Chick Willis, who died on Saturday.

Sound Ideas, December 11, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/11/2013 12:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are in central Illinois working to help those in tornado damaged Washington and Pekin areas. Both organizations can help home owners cover the gap between insurance pay out and actual rebuilding costs. You'll hear from Deanna Frazier with FEMA and Ray Harbour with the SBA. It’s that time of year, the time of year our gardening expert the Dean of Green gives his advice for the perfect Christmas Tree. First, spend what you have to in order to get the perfect tree. And there’s a report on a fun science show that’s become a tradition at Western Illinois University.

Sound Ideas, December 10, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/10/2013 12:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear what's happening to counter a projected shortage of computer science graduates. ISU and the National Science Foundation are trying to meet the demand by teaching teachers. Charlie Schlenker talks with an Illinois State University professor working with an NSF grant to put more computer science teachers in high schools. IPR's weekly political roundtable focuses on pensions, and the probable court challenge. And as 2013 comes to a close, we're bringing you some of our favorite music and interviews of 2013 and that includes October's interview with singer-songwriter Susan Werner.

Sound Ideas, December 9, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/09/2013 01:25 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear from an Illinois Wesleyan University political scientist from South Africa reflecting on life during apartheid and on the life of Nelson Mandela. William Munro recalls his life in South African and flying back to vote for Mandela. A new book focuses on an overlooked part of Lincoln’s presidency: foreign policy. We have the interview And it’s part two of the series on the many behind the music to "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Vince Guaraldi.

Sound Ideas, December 6, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/06/2013 01:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Catholic young adults in central Illinois and elsewhere are discovering that everything old is new. Judy Valente visits the Catholic Newman Center at ISU and talks with students who say observing traditional Catholic practices has changed their lives. Tour the Victorian Christmas display at Bloomington's David Davis Mansion and you'll notice a nod to a very popular Public Television show. And we'll stay in the past with an edition of McHistory and a glimpse into an early 20th century diary.

Sound Ideas, December 5, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/05/2013 01:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear the story of one Bloomington-Normal family hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Mike McCurdy also gets the scoop on this weekend's typhoon relief fundraiser (Sat 10/7 from 1-5pm at IWU's Hansen Student Center $20 donation). You'll visit rural areas of Illinois where residents are dealing with cutbacks in the federal food stamp program (SNAP). And Jon Norton talks with blues man Eric Bibb.

Sound Ideas, December 4, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/04/2013 12:08 PM
Run Time: 50:00
After two IPR reports on the historic pension reform vote in Springfield, you'll year a conversation about planning next summer’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival. The 2014 Festl will show audiences what it was like to see the Bard's plays in the Elizabethan era. Artistic Director Kevin Rich tells GLT’s Laura Kennedy they're using many of Shakespeare's original practices to show the timelessness of the works. You’ll also hear about an old farming practice taking root with farmers today. Charlie Schlenker talks an expert on cover crops. And Jon Norton stops by North Street Records in Normal for another edition of What’s on Your Turntable and music from the 13th Floor Elevators.

Sound Ideas, December 3, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/03/2013 01:01 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Last month in Normal, a tragic car wrecked changed lives. Alcohol was involved and some say there's a mixed message in the campaign to prevent underage drinking. Charlie Schelnker talks with ISU Associate Dean of Students Rick Olshak about Bloomington-Normal efforts to limit underage drinking. You'll hear about some of the changes in the Bloomington-Normal restaurant scene from the man running a Facebook page keeping tabs on BloNo restaurants. There's an edition of Sound Money on creating a balanced portfolio. And Bruce Bergethon talks to musician Lee Murdock, the premier interpreter of Great Lakes songs.

Sound Ideas, December 2, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/02/2013 02:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois Wesleyan University’s President predicts a smaller institution as the Higher Education landscape changes.s Charlie Schelnker sits down with IWU President Dick Wilson for a conversation about enrollment, financial aid, and how to preserve the school. You'll hear from writer Derrick Bang about Vince Guaralidi. He's the composer of the beloved music from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Bang is author of the book Vince Guaraldi at the Piano. And you'll hear another of our series stump speeches from candidates running for the 13th congressional district.

Sound Ideas, November 29, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/29/2013 02:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Chicago humorist Mark Sullivan says only a grinch would object to the excessive eating and round-the-clock shopping of the holiday season. Sullivan tries to help GLT’s Judy Valente appreciate the commercial side of the holidays.. Jon Norton is Talkin' Blues with the lead singer the band now known as Rick Estrin and the Night Cats. And you’ll hear about a new exhibit of art by insiders. Not those inside the art world, but inside prison.

Sound Ideas, November 27, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/27/2013 01:44 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Crime is down in the Town of Normal. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks crime rates, along with alcohol related driving deaths and disaster planning with Town of Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner. Find out what happens when GLT’s Jon Norton stops by area records stores for our series "What’s On Your Turntable." Jared of Waiting Room Records can't enough of the new one from Zola Jesus. And you'll hear about an effort to aimed at using fewer plastic grocery bags.

Sound Ideas, November 26, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/26/2013 12:04 PM
Run Time: 50:00
One of the democratic candidates for Congress in the 13th district is wary of deals on entitlement funding. Charlie Schlenker talks with George Gollin about his views on Social Security, Medicare, and more. Bruce Bergethon talks with a go-to mandolinist, heard on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. Mike Compton is in the studio with his mandolin. His new one is called "Rotten Taters." And you’ll take a trip to the Burden Falls Wilderness on an edition of Sound Share.

Sound Ideas, November 25, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/25/2013 03:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
McLean County is letting college students interested in the legal system get direct experience by assisting residents who can't afford attorneys. Judy Valente takes you inside the Justice Corps program. You'll also hear the first in a series of stump speeches from Democratic candidates running in the 13th District Congressional District. Up first, former southern Illinois judge, Anne Callis. You'll get some items to add to your calendar from the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. And you'll hear from saxophonist Steve Heckman.

Sound Ideas, November 22, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/22/2013 02:27 PM
Run Time: 50:00
From the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion to the triumphant outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis, relations with Latin America are a major part of the JFK legacy. On this 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, Willis Kern talks with IWU History Professor and JFK/Central America scholar Michael Weis (like ICE) about Kennedy and Latin America. In the wake of the central Illinois tornados, Judy Valente explores religious faith after surviving natural disasters and asks experts about God’s role if any in the tornados. And you'll hear form Jan Mittendorp, head of the blues label, Black & Tan Records

Sound Ideas, November 21, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/21/2013 02:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Jon Stewart's blend of comedy and politics has led an ISU professor to write a book about post 9-11 political satire.Laura Kennedy talks with ISU Politics and Government Professor Julie Webber, who says Stewart successfully organizes news clips into a filter that casts a new light on topics not seen on most cable news channels. Jim Brown stops off of Destihl for an edition of Dishing it Up.There's Poetry Radio. And Jon Norton catches up with 2010 Summer Concert Headliner, the Gashouse Gorillas.

Sound Ideas, November 20, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/20/2013 01:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear from members of the Washington ,IL football team. The undefeated team is practicing at ISU's Hancock Stadium for an upcoming playoff game while dealing with one of the biggest distraction imaginable: an EF4 tornado that wiped out parts of their town. Find out why participation in October's Household Hazardous Waste collection was down slightly compared to last year. Bruce Bergethon talks with Nashville based singer Rachael Davis performing in Peoria on Sunday.

Sound Ideas, November 19, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/19/2013 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It’s an update on storm damaged Washington, IL the town is dealing with the devastating effects of a tornado. Governor Pat Quinn declared Tazewell and 6 other counties disaster areas. You'll hear from a reporter from Peoria Public Radio station WCBU is covering the aftermath. You’ll also hear from Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon who’s stepping down to run for Illinois Comptroller. And there’s an edition of Sound Money on planning for the inevitable.

Sound Ideas, November 18, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/18/2013 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear a first hand account of the tornado damage in Washington, IL from Michael Brown. He lives in Normal but calls Washington his hometown and dropped everything to help yesterday. He returned to the community today and we caught up with him en route. Jon Norton talks with musician, music producer, and author Ben Sidran. During an edition the Dean of Green Gardening Almanac, find out how a small red berry gets from the field to the Thanksgiving table. During an edition of Unknown Illinois, Judy Valente travels through northeastern McLean County to towns that today exist only on a map.

Sound Ideas, November 14, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/14/2013 03:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
This is a shortened show due to live, special NPR coverage of President Obama's remarks to reporters about the Affordable Care Act. There's a campaign to change the way the Bloomington City Council from a ward system to a combination of ward alderman and at large council members. Charlie Schlenker talks with Alderman Rob Fazzini about how the how a modified ward system could improve the way Bloomington is governed. Get an update on the Baby Fold's Festival of Trees. And Jon Norton talks with blues musician Lisa Biales.

Sound Ideas, November 13, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/13/2013 02:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Justin Utley grew up gay and Mormon. It didn’t work out. Utley is an activist, singer songwriter, and a survivor of gay conversion therapy. You’ll hear about his experiences and his music. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Chief Deputy Economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who says growth will be slower than desired. And if you think the snow this week is a pain, wait till you hear about the winter of 1830-31 during an episode of McHistory.

Sound Ideas, November 12, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/12/2013 12:45 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Corporations, the State of Illinois and the Town of Normal are all dealing with paying for pension. Bloomington is grappling with a 103 million dollar unfunded pension liability. Charlie Schlenker talks with Bloomington City Manager David Hales about a four million dollar shot in the arm for Bloomington's three pension systems. You'll also hear about the needs of aging pets during an edition of Animal House. Bruce Bergethon talks with central Illinois acoustic group Stone & Snow. There's a CD release party on Friday for their latest "Western Spy."

Sound Ideas, November 11, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/11/2013 02:32 PM
Run Time: 50:00
On this Veteran’s Day you'll hear from Vietnam Veteran and member of Veterans for Peace Mike Kerber about his trip back to Vietnam and his experience meeting veterans from the other side, 40 years later. You'll also hear Kerber talk about what Veterans for Peace is accomplishing in Vietnam. We’ll also check in with the man behind on the Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene Facebook page for favorite breakfast joints. And Jon Norton catches up with 2006 GLT Jazz Master Concert headliner Tierney Sutton.

Sound Ideas, November 8, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/08/2013 02:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Is Islam more violent than other religions? Dr. Njiere Bere, Sociology and Non-Western Religions Professor at Lincoln Christian University and says there are troubling Koran passages. Bere is the first speaker at Lincoln College's "Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys" lecture series and you'll hear from the president of the Bloomington Normal Islamic Center, Syed Gilani. Uncommon Knowledge explores the explorer in all of us. And Jon Norton talks with pedal steel virtuoso, Robert Randolph.

Sound Ideas, November 7, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/07/2013 12:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Congressman Rodney Davis doesn't sound like he'll follow the lead of fellow Republican, Senator Mark Kirk in advocating for a federal employment protection for homosexuals. Davis tells Charlie Schlenker he'll wait for the house version of the measure to make a final decision.Congressman Davis also comments on the farm bill and debates with his opponent. You’ll also hear about a staging of playwright Tony Kushner’s Angels in American, Pt. 2, Perestroika; Laura Kennedy talks with the director. Bruce Bergethon brings you lawyer poetry. And Jon Norton talks with leader of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Sound Ideas, November 6, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/06/2013 01:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Racial stereotypes have a long history in American entertainment. But, sometimes they are turned on their head. Charlie Schlenker talks with an author of a book about "brown face" and "brown voice" in movies and TV and getting beyond south Asian stereotypes. Jim Brown talks with the author of "Front Burner: The Attack on the USS Cole. Former U.S. Navy Commander Kirk Lippold speaks in Normal tomorrow. And it’s an edition of the Dean of Green and What’s On Your Turntable.

Sound Ideas, November 5, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/05/2013 01:20 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington's new police chief retired from the profession a few years ago, but had a change of heart earlier this year. You'll meet Heffner as he approaches the one-month mark in his renewed law enforcement career. You'll also meet Gary W. Moore, author of the book Bloomington-Normal is using for the coming year's Tale For Two Cities Community Reading program. And it's Irish and American folk music, along with conversation with The Cantrells.

Sound Ideas, November 4, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/04/2013 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Unit Five School Superintendent Gary Niehaus talks about his accelerated retirement plans, and how the state pension crisis is impacting that decision, and school districts in general. Laura Kennedy gets a sneak peek at the new Heartland Theater production of "Circle Mirror Transformation." And Jon Norton talks with jazz entertainer Mark Winkler about his new CD "West Coast Cool," a collaboration with Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer. Willis Kern is host.

Sound Ideas, November 1, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/01/2013 02:19 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Willis Kern fills in as host and talks with Audie Cornish, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, who stops by the station prior to her appearance at GLT's Radio Faces event. Sister Simone Campbell, known for her social justice tours dubbed "Nuns On A Bus" is interviewed by Judy Valente ahead of a round of appearances in the Twin Cities this weekend. Laura Kennedy has an interview about the Irish and Drinking in advance of an exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History. You'll also hear from one half of the Blues Duo "Satan and Adam," who reflects on their career and recent reunion.

Sound Ideas, October 31, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/31/2013 01:03 PM
Run Time: 50:00
To meet pension obligations for its retirees the Town of Normal is considering raising taxes. Normal City Manager Mark Peterson also says budget cuts are in the mix. He joined Mike McCurdy live in the studio to talk about possible cuts or a tax increase and the role of the great recession in the municipal budget. You'll also hear about the dark history of chocolate, there's an edition of Talkin' Blues with Rory Block, and Judy Valente talks with a local author about the effects of spousal domestic violence on children. There's also an edition of Sound Share.

Sound Ideas, October 30, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/30/2013 01:44 PM
Run Time: 50:00
On this day before Halloween, you'll hear about scary radio drama from yesterday and today. Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Mercury Theater's War of the Worlds broadcast. And you'll hear about a crew keeping radio drama alive in central Illinois. Mike McCurdy talks with Eric Shellito, the creator of Radio Grimm. Find out what it takes to produce the show and you'll hear an entire episode. Laura Kennedy looks back at a radio theater milestone: Orson Well’s War of the Worlds. Find out if we're just as gullible as we were in 1938.

Sound Ideas, PREVIEW for October 30, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/29/2013 05:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It's radio drama from yesterday and today. Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the classic War of the Worlds broadcast. You'll also hear about a central Illinois crew keeping radio theater alive.

Sound Ideas, October 29, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/29/2013 04:22 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Methamphetamine use is on the rise in central Illinois. The effects can be devastating. Despite the efforts of law enforcement and the courts to crack down on meth crimes, they've increased in central Illinois recently. Find out what's behind the spike. Also booming in Illinois: Grain exports. We'll have the report. Jon Norton introduces you to a guy is doing a little more than just clowning around. Laura Kennedy brings you an edition of Animal House on aggressive dog behavior.

Sound Ideas, October 28, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/28/2013 02:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Listen to an interview author Eva Wyman. Her new book tells the story of escaping the Holocaust, including how her father got out of the infamous death camp Dachau and what he went through while there. She also writes about the family's time in Chile after escaping. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Normal, IL author of Escaping Hitler. There’s also an update on the state of same sex marriage in Illinois. And you’ll meet the 2014 GLT Jazz Cabaret singer.

Sound Ideas, October 25, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/25/2013 05:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear an interview Jen Carillo of Illinois People's Action about driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. The demand could be huge. Find out how it may all sort out. You'll also discover "The Blues Ain’t A Color." It's a new jazz and theater project at the McLean County Arts Center. Find what distinguishes the Livingston County Courthouse as a historic site. And hear about the latest release by Murali Coryell, son of famed jazz guitarist Larry Coryell.

Sound Ideas, October 24, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/24/2013 02:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Author Andrew Solomon wanted his latest book, which examines parents and children who face difficulties, such as autism, to be a book about reaching out to people. Laura Kennedy talks with Solomon about his acclaimed book, "Far From the Tree: parents, Children and the Search for Identity." You'll hear about a major symposium and performance effort honoring the classical music composer Benjamin Britten at Illinois State University. Jon Norton talks with Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer, and there’s another edition of Unknown Illinois. Judy Valente takes us to Spring Lake.

Sound Ideas, October 23, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/23/2013 10:16 AM
Run Time: 50:00
Part two of an interview with State Senator Jason Barickman. He has questions about how health coverage contract awarded for state retirees. Barickman tells GLT’s CS that he hopes more comes out in hearings about insurance procurement process and Health Alliance. You'll hear an IPR report on same-sex marriage rally in Springfield. Jim Brown finds out how Lancaster’s whips up a BLT in an edition of Dishing it up. And we’ll introduce you to Sound Share -- a new Sound Ideas project seeking your sounds recorded with a smart phone.

Sound Ideas, October 22, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/22/2013 12:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Illinois legislature reconvenes for the fall veto session today. Lawmakers will address same sex marriage, gambling expansion, and corporate tax breaks, but most of the attention could shift to one single issue: pensions. You'll hear a preview of the week ahead in Springfield from IPR’s Amanda Vinicky, Charlie Schlenker talks it over with central Illinois State Senator Jason Barickman. You’ll also hear about a collaborative effort underway in McLean County to create a one-stop shop for financial independence. And Bruce Bergethon talks with singer songwriter Iris Dement.

Sound Ideas, October 21, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/21/2013 01:05 PM
Run Time: 50:00
State Representative Keith Sommer of Morton has low expectations for the upcoming veto session. Sommer represents parts of McLean County and Bloomington Normal. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. Comet Ison is barreling toward the sun and will come into view soon. Laura Kennedy talks with Illinois State University’s Planetarium Director. And you’ll hear from jazz singer Kathy Kosins.

Sound Ideas, October 18, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/18/2013 01:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It's another "best of" edition of Sound Ideas during our fund drive. You'll hear an encore presentation of Laura Kennedy's profile of the International Sweet Hearts of Rhythm, a ground breaking all female, interracial swing band of the 1940's. There's an excerpt of ISU President Timothy Flanagan's first State of the University address on some challenges facing th university. You'll hear an edition of Poetry Radio. And you'll hear from southern rock royalty, son of Duane Allman, Devon, about his new project Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Sound Ideas, October 17, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/17/2013 01:24 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The final season of Breaking Bad will be released on DVD just in time for the Holiday Shopping Season. The critically acclaimed series about Meth production and distribution earned an ISU meth expert as a fan, who says there are no easy solutions to the problems portrayed in the series. You'll hear from Illinois State University Criminal Justice Sciences professor Ralph Weisheit. It’s one of our best of interviews you’re hearing during Fund Drive this week. You’ll also hear Charlie Schlenker’s report from earlier this year on the East Side Highway and it’s an edition of Talkin' blues with Beth Hart.

Sound Ideas, October 16, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/16/2013 03:12 PM
Run Time: 50:00
In the early 1800's about 62% of Illinois consisted of prairie. In the 1970’s that declined to less than 1/100th of a percent. Today on Sound Ideas, during our best of fund drive week, we'll revisit an edition of Hidden Illinois with a Ford County man working to restore the Prairie, and you'll hear an in-studio conversation with two prairie restorers. There's also a best of edition What's On Your Turntable, featuring the new one from Neko Case introduced by Jared from Waiting Room Records.

Sound Ideas, October 15, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/15/2013 12:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
This year’s Your Normal Film Festival is reaching out to a youth audience. Organizers say some of the films will give kids a chance to see people like themselves. You'll hear about the three youth oriented films, along with the rest of the schedule starting tomorrow night at the Normal Theater. Bruce Bergethon talks with the 2013 National Mandolin Champion who calls Peoria home. And during our fund drive week, we’re hearing some of the best of Sound Ideas.

Sound Ideas, October 14, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/14/2013 03:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is an educator working to transform conflict in the face of entrenched divisions. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Weintraub, a Bloomington-Normal native and the founder of ENCOUNTER, an organization dedicated to helping Jewish people be the agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You'll also hear an edition of GLT Jazz Next with pianist and singer Freddy Cole.

Sound Ideas, October 11, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/11/2013 01:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A Downtown Bloomington mural is being created. It’s more than just art. It offers self-expression and redemption. It also represents economic development, marketing, art, and creating downtown culture. Charlie Schlenker has the story. During Uncommon Knowledge, find out how astronauts lose weight they need to keep and what they do to keep fit. Get a preview of tonight’s Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s performance, the first of the season. And you'll hear from the opening act at the very first GLT Summer Concert, Deanna Bogart, about her new CD.

Sound Ideas, October 10, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/11/2013 01:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mid October is the time for all seasons literally. With baseball and football in full swing, winter sports are starting up and here in central Illinois that means hockey. Bloomington’s minor league team is back, this year known as the Thunder. You'll hear from the voice of the Thunder, Greg Halbleib and team president David Holt. Listen as GLT’s Laura Kennedy helps unravel the complex history of chocolate. And Jon Norton talks with Carolyn Wonderland, who’s part Janis, part Stevie and all Carolyn.

Sound Ideas, October 9, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/09/2013 06:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It was one year ago this week that Victoria, a double decker bus turned food truck, rolled out and started business as Two Blokes and a Bus. The bus is not alone. In the last year, Nacho Mama's Grilled Cheese and Healthy in a Hurry hit the streets. We’ll hear more from Chef Jon Fritzen and Karen Harris with Nacho Mama. During an edition of McHistory, You'll discover Madam Annette who wrote for a competitor of the Pantagraph at the turn of the last century and hear what she wrote about a local coal mine. Plus, the Dean of Green has advice for your turf.

Sound Ideas, October 8, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/08/2013 01:57 PM
Run Time: 50:00
An Illinois songwriter has released an album of songs about the traditional farmer, and the sometimes humorous implications of the revolution in sustainable agriculture. GLT's Bruce Bergethon talks with Chicago based singer-songwriter Susan Werner about her new album "Hayseed." You’ll hear about an ISU professor researching the destructive gypsy moth. There not here yet, but they’re on the way. And you'll hear part two of a series on fuel pipelines in Illinois.

Sound Ideas, October 7, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/07/2013 01:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The group that conducts ACT tests for prospective college students is taking the concept a step further--they're testing students, and workers already in place for their overall readiness. Bloomington Normal is poised to become a Certified Work Ready Community. The EDC's Mike O'Grady will explain. Work is beginning in Livingston County on the Enbridge Pipeline, which will allow Canadian oil to flow across the midwest. There are backers and plenty of detractors. You'll hear the first of a two-part report. And you'll get to know vocalist Halie Loren on Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, October 4, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/04/2013 04:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Could the Affordable Care Act lead to fewer people behind bars? Corrections officials, and inmates, are hoping so. You'll hear an in-depth Illinois Public Radio report. Laura Kennedy tells you about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. A documentary about the WWII-era all-female, minority swing band is part of ISU's Milner Library America's Music Series. And Catfish Keith talks about his new CD on Blues Next.

Sound Ideas, October 3, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/03/2013 04:57 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington District 87 School Superintendent Barry Reilly talks with Charlie Schlenker about the district's financial health and how it could put revenue from a sales tax hike to use. And the district's Technology Director Jim Peterson discusses strides Bloomington schools have made in the digital arena. Blues Legend Charlie Musselwhite talks about some of the painful tunes on his new CD during Talkin' Blues. And host and Cards fan Willis Kern challenges Acousticity host and Pirates fan Bruce Bergethon to a friendly baseball post-season wager.

Sound Ideas, October 2, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/02/2013 01:37 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mike McCurdy talks with Michael Brown of the Ecology Action Center about Saturday's Household Hazardous Waste Collection (8-3 at the Mitsubishi plant). Also, Laura Kennedy and Don Schmidt field questions about flowers and watering during the Dean of Green. Charlie Schlenker talks with restaurant blogger Larry Carius about bygone central Illinois establishments, and he speaks with ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff about the department's stepped-up information effort. Jon Norton spotlights Neko Case's new release during "What's On Your Turntable?"

Sound Ideas, October 1, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/01/2013 01:44 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Census Bureau figures show poverty continuing to increase in McLean County. Charlie Schlenker interviews Jennifer Clary of the Social Impact Research Center of the Heartland Alliance, an anti-poverty organization. On Animal House, Laura Kennedy explores how to keep your doggie's teeth clean and healthy. You'll hear an interview with a Peoria native who is one of 15 U.S. Air Force JAGs trained to provide awareness and treatment of sexual abuse in the service, and Bruce Bergethon catches up with the co-founder of Gaelic Storm in advance of their BCPA show. Willis Kern is guest host.

Sound Ideas, September 30, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/30/2013 02:10 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Willis Kern talks with newly-installed IL House Minority Leader Jim Durkin about pension reform, same-sex marriage and the politics of working with majority democrats. Breaking Bad's series finale has aired and Mike McCurdy discusses the pop-culture depiction of meth creation and use with ISU Political Scientist and meth expert Ralph Weisheit. Laura Kennedy previews the upcoming ISU Theater production of "Send the Light," and jazz pianist Eric Reed previews his newest release, a tribute to the great Thelonious Monk.

Sound Ideas, September 27, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/27/2013 12:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There are myriad challenges facing schools and education in Illinois. You’ll hear from the State School Superintendent about a few of them, including funding. Charlie Schlenker talks with Gery Chico in a wide ranging conversation. Laura Kennedy introduces you to the Asian-Indian fusion band Exit 167. Threre's an edition of Uncommon Knowledge on chaos theory. Blues Next introduces you to Lisa Biales. And Sound Money deals with virtual banking.

Sound Ideas, September 26, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/26/2013 01:03 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear about this Saturday's central Illinois observation of National Plug-In Day, an effort to boost awareness of electric vehicles. Mike McCurdy talks with Joe Mikulecky of the EV Town Task Force, and Heather Beal with the town of Normal. Bruce Bergethon introduces you to noted Spanish Poet Anna Rossetti and Jon Norton talks with music legend Mavis Staples.

Sound Ideas, September 25, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/25/2013 01:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You hear the conservative New York Times commentator David Brooks as a regular on NPR. Charlie Schlenker reports on Brooks’ visit to central Illinois and his view of the future for the Republican Party. You’ll hear about two walks to remember. One raises money for Alzheimer’s and the other supports the McLean County Museum of History. On the Dean of Green, Don Schmidt and Laura Kennedy help a listener with lawn rust. And you’ll learn about an event to help young cyclists be safe.

Sound Ideas, September 24, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/24/2013 01:21 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There is new research underway into an important time, early in Ronald Reagan’s life. You'll hear from Eureka College History Professor Dr. Junius Rodriguez who helping to fill the voids and tell the story. On the eve of the State Legislature’s veto session, there’s an edition of McHistory, looking back at a veto message from a Illinois Governor 60 years ago. And you’ll hear an interview with singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard, who plays songs from his new CD Livin’ in the Heartland.

Sound Ideas, September 23, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/23/2013 12:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in the Twin Cities for the Illinois Latino Leadership Conference. Willis Kern spoke with the senior Senator about several issues including the Affordable Care Act,. There's also a political roundtable on the new dynamic in the Democratic race for Illinois Governor. You'll also hear about the Multicultural Leadership Program in McLean County. They've targeted the five organizations to work with.And Larry Vukovich talks about his new CD during an edition of Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, September 20, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/20/2013 12:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mike McCurdy talks with Illinois State University Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences Tom Fuller about workplace safety. He researches work place violence and works with businesses, local governments, labor organizations, and victims on workplace violence initiatives. ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons joins Willis Kern in the studio to talk about the newly dedicated Hancock Stadium. You'll find out which pollutes more: an older car not running or a newer one on the highway. And Garrett LaBeau talks about his new release "Rise to the Grind."

Sound Ideas, September 19, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/19/2013 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It's a conversation with a jazz giant from a legendary jazz family. Jon Norton talks with Chuchito Valdes about music, performing with the Heartland Jazz Orchestra and playing his grandfather's charts, and an animated film based on his grandfather showing at the Normal Theater. Laura Kennedy talks with the Director of Spring Awakening, being staged by ISU's School of Theater. Our regular Poetry Radio feature returns as does Talkin' Blues, with Jon Norton talking blues with Tony Joe White.

Sound Ideas, September 18, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/18/2013 01:04 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A conference a Heartland Community College hopes to harness the political power of Latinos in Illinois. You’ll hear from organizers the Latino Leadership Conference who say future elected Latino leaders can change communities. Charlie Schlenker talks with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi who is carrying forward his grandfather's message of non-violence. During the Dean of Green you’ll hear about growing tomatoes. During Dishing it Up with Jim Brown you’ll hear what to do with all of those tomatoes. And it's an edition of "What’s On Your Turntable" with a punk rock classic.

Sound Ideas, September 17, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/17/2013 12:47 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Jim Duffett is the Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care and answers questions about the Affordable Care Act and the soon to be open health insurance exchanges. During an edition of Animal House, Laura Kennedy explans why "thinking outside the box" is bad when it comes to cats. Bruce Bergethon profiles the the Princeton Coffee House music series and previews the 2013 season.

Sound Ideas, September 16, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/16/2013 01:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Immigration is the issue today. Charlie Schlenker talks with two authors. ISU Scholar Maura Toro-Morn an editor of a new book of case studies, "Immigrant Women Workers in the Neo-Liberal Age. ISU professor Ali Riaz is the author of "Islam and Identity Politics among British Bangladeshis" and says the home culture for many British Bangladeshis is Islam instead of country. Laura Kennedy previews an art auction focused on addiction recovery and you'll hear from pianist and composer Frank Unzueta about his latest release during GLT's Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, September 13, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/13/2013 01:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with the editor of the long-shelved and newly published manuscript The Negro in Illinois. We kick off our series bringing you the stump speeches of candidates for Illinois Governor. You'll hear about the largest photography exhibit ever at the Illinois State University Galleries -- the historical photos focus on rural McLean County life. Uncommon Knowledge explains how Schroedinger's cat can be both alive AND dead. And you'll hear from Memphis based Jeff Jensen about his new CD.

Sound Ideas, September 12, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/12/2013 12:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There's an effort to revive the stalled Downtown Bloomington Strategy. GLT's Charlie Schlenker gets the latest from Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and Downtown Bloomington Association Executive Director Tricia Stiller. There's a poem during Poetry Radio and a poem from Only A Game host Bill Littlefield. Jon Norton welcomes blues man Doug MacLeod for a conversation and in-studio performance.

Sound Ideas, September 11, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/11/2013 01:21 PM
Run Time: 50:00
President Obama continues to build a case for retaliating against Syria for their use of chemical weapons. Charlie Schlenker talks with a central Illinois congressman who says there's virtually no support among his constituents for action against Syria. Laura Kennedy explores the McLean County Arts Center's latest exhibit and talks with the center's director about the organization's 125th anniversary. And you'll hear an edition of McHistory, our project with the McLean County Museum of History.

Sound Ideas, September 9, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/09/2013 12:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Get a behind the scenes peek of what it takes to run a symphony orchestra. Charlie Schlenker talks with Alastair Willis, Music Director and Conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Laura Kennedy gets you up to speed on Comet Ison, expected to speed through Earth's neighborhood soon. And Jon Norton talks with Hammond B3 organist and jazz legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Sound Ideas, September 6, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/06/2013 02:20 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll hear from Jihad Qaddour, an Illinois State University associate professor in the School of Information Technology. He holds dual citizenship as an American and Syrian. He's also the CEO of the not for profit group Syria Relief and Development. Charlie Schlenker talks with an ISU political scientist about Syria and domestic politics and Jon Norton brings stops by Reverberation Vinyl for another edition of "What's On Your Turntable?"

Sound Ideas, September 5, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/05/2013 03:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear from Illinois Wesleyan University Convocation speaker, New York Times reporter and author of "Outcasts United" Warren St. John. Laura Kennedy previews what's playing in Uptown Normal at the Normal Theater. Jon Norton introduces you to blues sensation, Beth Hart.

Sound Ideas, September 4, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/04/2013 01:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Journey back in time and learn more about Bloomington-Normal's folk music history. Charlie Schlenker reports on "The New Friends of Old Time Music" folk series and Bruce Bergethon talks with a former mover and shaker in the BloNo folk scene.Miller Park Zoo is trying to move forward and raising money to do just that. Laura Kennedy talks with zoo's Development Advocate Susie Ohley. And the Dean of Green takes you to a big box store community garden.

Sound Ideas, September 10, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/10/2013 12:13 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mike McCurdy talks with the organizers of the film series America's Music, showing at the Normal Theater. You'll hear from the author of "Pretty Good for a Girl," who ways women have been marginalized in Bluegrass. Charlie Schlenker catches you up on eating and drinking establishments with the man behind the Facebook page Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene. And you'll hear about an ISU researcher working to develop an implant that could interrupt drug addiction signals in the brain.

Sound Ideas, September 3, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/03/2013 12:31 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You'll meet two Bloomington-Normal health care leader. Willis Kern talks with Joe Prosser, who began just over a month ago as Executive Director of the Community Cancer Center. Charlie Schlenker interviews OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center CEO Chad Boore. You'll hear from an ISU Mennonite College of Nursing instructor about dealing with traumatic events. It was one year ago this week a student fired a gun at Normal Community High School. And Ginny Carr talks about her band the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet and their new CD "Hustlin for a Gig."

Sound Ideas, August 30, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/30/2013 12:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Host Mike McCurdy talks with the Ecology Action Center's Michael Brown about the next house hold hazardous waste collection s3t for October 5th. Hear what they'll accept and what's off limits and what you can do to actually end up with less hazardous materials in your home in future. This is an abbreviated episode, shortened by live NPR coverage from Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria.

Sound Ideas, August 29, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/29/2013 12:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker reports on plans for an east side by-pass and Mike McCurdy talks with the Transportation Planner for the McLean County Regional Planning Commission on the need for such a roadway and the planning going into it. You'll hear how you can get a free front and rear LED bike lights from Mercy Davison with the Town of Normal and why the town is giving away lights. It's an edition of Poetry Radio and Jon Norton talks with blues guitar slinger Walter Trout about his new Luther Allison Tribute CD.

Sound Ideas, August 28, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/28/2013 01:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Restoring prairie is virtually impossible. It is possible to reconstruct elements, though. Special correspondent Judy Valente visits a small section of Ford County prairie and talks with its restorer for our series "Unknown Illinois." The conversation continues in the studio with two other restorers: Bill Morgan, who is restoring some of his property and Marcia Rossi, president of the Grand Prairie Illinois Master Naturalists. Laura Kennedy and the Dean of Green help a listener with establishing a natural, living privacy screen and give you tips on eradicating poison ivy.

Sound Ideas, August 27, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/27/2013 01:00 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Unit Five Schools could be leading a sales tax referendum funding all schools in McLean County. Voters could decide March 18th. Charlie Schlenker talks with Unit Five Superintendent Gary Neihaus. Willis Kern talks with Ashley Long of the McLean County United Way about a needs assessment survey. Host Mike McCurdy introduces you to the play Civil Sex and unsung civil rights hero, Bayard Rustin on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. And Bruce Bergethon talks with the duo Red Tail Ring about their new CD "The Heart's Swift Foot."

Sound Ideas, August 26, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/26/2013 12:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
State Representative Dan Brady answers listener phone calls on gay marriage and minimum wage. You'll also hear how Dan thinks the state can address the state pension mess and what a pension-fix has to include to get his "yes" vote. Laura Kennedy explains Labor Day is more than a day off work. And Jon Norton talks with Brazilian born, NYC based jazz pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias about her new Chet Baker tribute CD.

Sound Ideas Preview for August, 26 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/23/2013 04:45 PM
Run Time: 1:00
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Sound Ideas, August 23, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/23/2013 03:19 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Find out why Bloomington-Normal could be considered Little Camp David. Like the 1978 accord that brought Jews and Arabs together, a group of Israeli teens are trying to bridge the cultural divide during a two-week stay. Laura Kennedy talks with Travis Weslely about his new CD. He's deconstructing the piano trio. Find out how a wet suit keeps a swimmer warm. And get the story of The Blues Broads from Austin, TX blues musician Angela Strehli.

Sound Ideas, August 22, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/22/2013 05:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with Illinois 13th District U.S. Representative Rodney Davis. The GOP Congressman is willing to try just about any tactic to repeal Obamacare. You'll find out how poets react to barn quilts. Jon Norton talks with Marcia Ball. And there's sports! Willis Kern talks with a working umpire and Cornbelters play by play announcer about a new replay rule for Major League Baseball and Mike McCurdy brings you the details of a pro-bike race in Downtown Bloomington.

Sound Ideas Preview for August, 22 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/21/2013 06:14 PM
Run Time: 9:00
What's coming up on the next Sound Ideas? Take a quick listen!

Sound Ideas, August 21, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/21/2013 02:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
ISU's 18th President -- on the job for a week -- makes the WGLT Studios a stop. Timothy Flanagan talks with GLT's Willis Kern. Laura Kennedy and Don Schmidt help listeners with questions about bargain bulbs and peat moss during the Dean of Green. Jim Brown has another edition of Dishing It Up with a stop at Station 220. Jon Norton gets at the story behind The Beatles "Butcher Cover" with another edition of What's On Your Turntable?"

Sound Ideas, August 20, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/20/2013 12:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear from one of the members of a legislative committee trying to solve the state's pension crisis. IPR's Sean Crawford talks with State Rep. Elaine Nekritz. You'll hear from the author of a new book about some quirky state history and Jim Brown learns a thing or two about McLean County history. Laura Kennedy brings you an edition of Animal House with info on how to prevent and deal with ticks on your pets. And Bruce Bergethon interviews David Mayfield. His band the David Mayfield Parade headlines the Bruegala Saturday night on the CEFCU Summer Stage at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Sound Ideas, August 19, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/19/2013 04:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker explorers the gray areas of the Conceal Carry law as it pertains to Illinois College Campuses with ISU Police Chief Aaron Woodruff. You'll also hear the inaugural installment of Sound Money and why you should step up to a certified financial planner. You'll also hear about the ongoing battle against honeybee hive collapse, a hummingbird festival at Sugar Grove Nature Center, and Jon Norton talks with jazz pianist and singer Freddy Cole.

Sound Ideas, August 16, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/16/2013 12:37 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Willis Kern talks with Nicholas Hartlep, author of the book Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian-American Success. IPR files a report on Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. You'll find out if babies dream. Jon Norton introduces you to Devon Allman. The son of rock legend Duane Allman has a new project "Royal Southern Brotherhood." Host Mike McCurdy provides you with several musical events form which to choose this weekend.

Sound Ideas, August 15, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/15/2013 12:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker files a report on a big civil settlement between the Catholic Church and an abuse victim at a church in Normal, IL. Then Mike McCurdy talks with Judy Valente, midwest correspondent with the PBS program Religion and Ethics News Weekly about what the settlement tells us about the church's approach to abuse and settlements. IPR reports on Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair. There's an edition of Poetry Radio with poet Virginia Bell and Jon Norton talks with the author of Southern Soul Blues, David Whiteis.

Sound Ideas , August 14, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/14/2013 12:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker files a report on Destihl's recent expansion into increased beer production with a new brew facility. You'll also learn more about their sour beer. Then you'll hear from Julia Herz, Craft Brew Program head with the Brewers Association, based in Colorado and a conversation about the rise of craft beers. Charlie Schlenker also fills you in on a new, online way to check out periodicals at the Normal Public Library. And Laura Kennedy and Don Schmidt help listeners with questions about garlic scapes and raising vegetables in cold winter months during a Sound Ideas edition of the Dean of Green.

Sound Ideas , August 13, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/13/2013 12:15 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with Curtis White about his new book, "The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers." Willis Kern gets you caught up on why you may need to get caught up on immunizations. Laura Kennedy swings the spotlight back toward Bloomington-Normal's circus history. Bruce Bergethon talks with musician, archivist and author Stephen Wade about his book "The Beautiful Music All Around Us."

Sound Ideas , August 12, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/12/2013 01:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with Thomas Leslie, author of "Chicago Skyscrapers: 1871-1939." IPR reporters discuss problems within Governor Pat Quinn's party. Jim Browne stops by Puran Indian restaurant for lesson on making chicken tikka masala. The Sound Opinions guys observe the 45th anniversary of Johnny Cash live at Folsom Prison. Jon Norton talks with jazz great George Benson about his new big band, CD tribute to Nat King Cole.

Sound Ideas , August 9, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/09/2013 12:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Catch up with the last remaining original member still in the band Head East. The band performs on the grandstand at this year's Illinois State Fair. Hailey BeMiller check in with some 4-H kids at the McLean County Fair. You'll hear from an Illinois State University graduate and co-author of "Traveling Through Illinois: Stories of Landmarks and Landscapes Between Chicago and St. Louis." Our science segment Uncommon Knowledge explains an airplane stall. You'll hear listener email. Jon Norton introduces you to bluesman Marshall Lawrence.

Sound Ideas , August 8, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/08/2013 12:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mike McCurdy talks with Joel Aalberts, who's leaving as director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. He talks about past seasons, shares his favorite acts over the past 8 years, and explains the role of a performing arts center in a community. Laura Kennedy previews season 8 at the BCPA. Jon Norton brings you Talkin' Blues with Bloomington-Normal blues guitarist Matthew Curry. And you'll hear Poetry Radio.

Sound Ideas , August 7, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/07/2013 01:04 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with Republican Erika Harold, running for the 13th District Congressional seat in Illinois. The Dean of Green has advice on oak trees and tomatoes. Our first installment of McHistory. Jon Norton checks in at Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal to see what's on their turntable. Also, listener email.

Sound Ideas , August 6, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/06/2013 12:23 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Interview with Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner about sales taxes, public safety and quality of life issues. He also talks about roads, funding transit, and establishing bike lanes. Laura Kennedy introduces you to the concept of a disaster plan for your pets. Bruce Bergethon reports on a music festival in Saybrook on Saturday and a new performance space at the Castle Theatre.

Sound Ideas , August 5, 2013 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/05/2013 12:40 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Debut episode. Interview with Mike Kerber with Veterans for Peace about his service in Vietnam more than 40 years ago and his return trip earlier this year; Jesse Thorn, host of Bullseye shares the song that changed gospel singer Shirley Caesar's life; Laura Kennedy's interview about a new child care option at Bloomington's YWCA; jazz saxophonist Glenn Wilson talks about his new CD, "The Devil's Hopyard."

Sound Ideas Preview (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/31/2013 02:12 PM
Run Time: 9:00
Curious about GLT's Sound Ideas? Take a listen to the opening for the show planned for Monday, August 5.

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