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On-air Time: 11 AM to Noon and 6 PM to 7 PM 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, November 25, 2014: The Bloomington City Council has rejected a land deal adding to a park. The first time around, ethics questions caused the deal to stall. You'll hear from Mayor Tari Renner about what happens to the state grant that would have expanded Central Catholic football practice fields at McGraw Park and the ethics surrounding the issue. You'll also hear the Mayor's take on the upcoming municipal elections. During an edition of Sound Money, hear about the variety of options presented to investors. And during Animal House, Laura Kennedy gives you another reason to hate fruit cake.

Sound Ideas, November 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/24/2014 12:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Five percent of the population accounts for half of all healthcare spending. Charlie Schlenker reports on what Bloomington-Normal's major providers are doing to change the model of healthcare by managing populations instead of patients. Laura Kennedy walks you through an ISU exhibit centering on the freakish side of circus side shows. And pianist Mike Longo reflects on his long career, including a stint with the great Dizzy Gillespie.

Sound Ideas, November 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/21/2014 12:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
GLT Mike McCurdy speaks with Urban Planner and Town of Normal consulting architect Doug Farr, who is joined by Normal Mayor Chris Koos in a live broadcast from University Galleries in uptown Normal. Bruce Bergethon talks with Tammy Rogers of the bluesgrass band The Steeldrivers. They performed at the Castle Theater last night. And McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen joins Willis Kern in-studio to talk about oil drilling, one of the hot topics at last Tuesday’s monthly McLean County Board meeting.

Sound Ideas, November 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/20/2014 04:37 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear how the circus and the symphony are coming together. Illinois Symphony Music Director Alastair Willis talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about bringing together richly romantic and Slavic music with tight rope walkers and other performers. There's Poetry Radio, a report on a new leader for the U of I, and during Talkin' Blues, Jon Norton talks with a pianist with a close connection to Jerry Lee Lewis.

Sound Ideas, November 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/19/2014 12:41 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The McLean County Board has turned down an application for oil drilling near Downs. You’ll hear WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker’s in-depth report, and board chair Matt Sorenson takes questions about the decision, the choice for a new coroner and the budget. WGLT’s Judy Valente chats with CenterStage host Ariele Jones about holiday productions on Broadway. And Bruce Bergethon spotlights The Steeldrivers. The Nashville bluegrass veterans perform at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington Thursday night. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, November 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/18/2014 01:50 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Listen for an edition of the show, live in Uptown at University Galleries with Doug Farr of Farr Associates, the firm currently updating the 15 year old redevelopment plan for Uptown. Joining Farr, Uptown redevelopment champion, Mayor Chris Koos. You’ll also hear about Farr's plan for Downtown Bloomington. Then you’ll get a gallery update from director Barry Blinderman, live from University Galleries.

Sound Ideas, November 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/17/2014 12:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
On the anniversary of the Washington tornado, get an update and hear how the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center has helped. It’s stories from the road to recovery, a year after tornados ripped through central Illinois. There are two stories of giving: Jim Browne introduces you to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s 2014 Philanthropists of the Year AND hear how the Angel Tree program is giving holiday gifts to the kids of inmates. During an edition of Jazz Next Jon Norton talks with the son of a jazz legend Louis Prima Jr.

Sound Ideas, November 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/14/2014 01:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Travelin’ McCourys played the Castle Theater last night. Bruce Bergethon Talks with Rob McCoury, one of the McCoury boys carrying on the tradition of dad Del McCoury, who was the leader of one of the modern traditional bluegrass band that included the kids as members. When disaster strikes, a heroic team of specially trained dogs and their handlers go to work to help those in need of rescue. Laura Kennedy has more on an edition of Animal House. And Bloomington mayor Tari Renner joins Mike McCurdy in the studio to talk about "priority based budgeting," whether the Miller Park Zoo is a priority, and more.

Sound Ideas, November 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/13/2014 01:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker has an update on a possible conflict of interest faced by a Bloomington Alderman with a council vote on Tuesday. Young black males in central Illinois are speaking out about how they feel following last summer's shooting of a black teen near St. Louis. And a reporter from Illinois Issues Magazine is listening. Maureen McKinney is writing about the experiences of young African American men, post-Ferguson. Laura Kennedy walks you through a new exhibit centered on body image at Heartland Community College’s McCauley Gallery. And during an edition of Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with blues man Tommy Castro.

Sound Ideas, November 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/12/2014 01:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A group of health care professionals is applying for state permission to build a birthing center in Bloomington-Normal. Charlie Schlenker has an in-depth report featuring those who say the center will result in a better birthing experience for many, along with lower costs. Natural disasters tear lives apart. Animals play a unique role in helping restore order. One year after the Washington tornado, learn more during an edition of Animal House with Laura Kennedy. And during What’s On Your Turntable, Jon Norton brings you the transformation of a 50's crooner to avant-garde rock artist.

Sound Ideas, November 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/11/2014 03:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear from one of the McCoury Boys, a member of the The Traveling McCoury's, traveling to Bloomington for a show. Bruce Bergethon talks with Rob McCoury -- one of the McCoury boys -- carrying on the tradition of dad Del McCoury. On this veteran's day, learn about an exhibit of vintage war posters urging Americans to contribute to the World War I effort. And Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to talk about "priority-based budgeting," whether the Miller Park Zoo is a priority, and more.

Sound Ideas, November 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/10/2014 02:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Local grains and flours are the leading edge of the local foods movement and grains are attracting increased farmer interest. For the consumer, there's better taste and nutrition. You'll hear from U of I Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Bill Davison and central Illinois grain farmer Harold Wilken. And they field listener questions about grains, flours, and gluten. And during GLT’s Jazz Next, meet the New York City based Hot Jazz band, The Hot Sardines.

Sound Ideas, November 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/07/2014 12:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Medical marijuana cultivators in Illinois stand to make millions, but it comes with enormous financial risk and a business model that has an expiration date. Ralph Weisheit with the ISU Criminal Justice Sciences Department. You'll also hear from two representatives of the start-up company Green Thumb Industries, already leasing cultivation space in Normal. Bloomington’s Castle Theater unveils a new anthology series tonight. Bruce Bergethon has that report. And Laura Kennedy takes us to the Heartland Theatre production that takes an unblinking look at how an 18-year old boy with autism disrupts and controls his family's life.

Sound Ideas, November 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/06/2014 12:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Leaves can be a hassle. But dangerous to the environment? The Ecology Action Center’s Michael Brown explains too many leaves can lead to algae blooms and delete waterways of oxygen. You’ll also find out how you can button up your home for harsh winter temperatures and find out what you can recycle at the next mega recycling event. And we answer your recycling questions. Opening tonight is Heartland Theater’s production of the rock musical Rent. You’ll hear from the scenic designer and a cast member. And Elvin Bishop talks blues with Jon Norton.

Sound Ideas, November 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/05/2014 02:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Dissect the election with GLT’s Willis Kern and retired ISU Political Scientist Bob Bradley. Mayor Chris Koos talks about the Town of Normal’s new pact with the Immanuel Bible Foundation to help preserve their historic headquarters. And you’ll hear from Beardstown native Hurricane Ruth on an edition of Blues Next.

Sound Ideas, November 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/04/2014 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear lessons learned from the Washington, IL tornado nearly a year ago - it’s about much more than constructing new homes. It’s also about rebuilding emotions. Voters are deciding about people AND issues. You’ll hear an IPR report on a constitutional amendment and three non-binding questions on the ballot today. Laura Kennedy previews Heartland Theater’s "Falling." And, Bruce Bergethon talks with Chicago Farmer about a new series of Folk Nights at Bloomington's Castle Theater. The first one is this weekend.

Sound Ideas, November 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/03/2014 12:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington's new Community Development Director is responsible for ensuring safe, affordable housing, even if he has to go after apartment owners. You’ll hear a conversation with Tom Dabariener. Voter turnout among young people trends especially low. IPR’s Katie O’Brien wonders - why court young voters at all? Laura Kennedy talks with actor turned magician Joshua Lozoff about relying as much on psychology as sleight-of-hand. And you’ll hear from NYC Acoustic vocalist Kelley Suttenfield.

Sound Ideas, October 31, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/31/2014 01:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A new documentary about mental health service delivery in McLean County is out. GLT talks with the journalists who made the film -- about the system that repeatedly fails to help people, and the burden this places on the criminal justice system. Hear about the documentary film Shortchanged. Laura Kennedy talks with J.R. Martinez, an Army veteran who refuses to allow tragedy to hold him back. We’ll have a conversation with pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, who plays The Castle Theater Sunday night. And Charlie Schlenker talks with Illinois Wesleyan President Dick Wilson about the Universities just completed 5 year fund raising effort.

Sound Ideas, October 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/30/2014 01:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Medical marijuana cultivators in Illinois stand to make millions, but it comes with enormous financial risk and a business model that has an expiration date. You'll hear from Ralph Weisheit with the ISU Criminal Justice Sciences department and from two representatives of the start-up company Green Thumb Industries, already leasing cultivation space on West College in Normal. Willis Kern reports on the McLean County board races, part of our 2014 midterm election coverage. And during Talkin' Blues, Jon Norton talks with pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph.

Sound Ideas, October 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/29/2014 12:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Although polls show her trailing Republican Rodney Davis, retired Southern Illinois Judge and Democratic nominee Ann Callis believes she has a shot at upsetting the incumbent in next week’s election. You’ll hear from the congressional hopeful ahead of the final candidates’ debate tomorrow night (10/30) at Illinois State University. Also, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage discusses her work, some of which will be staged at ISU next week. And rising blues star Sena Ehrhardt talks about the influential Luther Allison, and her new CD. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, October 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/28/2014 12:45 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The candidate running against Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock does not like being put in a box. Willis kern has the interview with the Darrel Miller who’s run as a Democrat and a Republican describes himself as a "conservative Democrat." You’ll hear how to create an underwater kingdom of your own during an edition of Animal House. The City of Bloomington is embarking on a streets master plan and has asked the Illinois Department of Transportation to address priorities. Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to take your questions about Bloomington streets.

Sound Ideas, October 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/27/2014 12:30 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Get a preview of a new movie about mental health service delivery in McLean County. It documents a system that repeatedly fails to help people and places a burden on the criminal justice system. Charlie Schlenker talks with the journalists who made the film "Shortchanged," showing at the Normal Theater. Laura Kennedy talks with an army veteran who refuses to allow tragedy hold him back. You’ll hear J.R. Martinez tell his story - he’s speaking at ISU’s Latino Cultural Dinner. And we head to Kansas City for the next Jazz Next. You’ll hear from jazz historian, singer and drummer David Basse.

Sound Ideas, October 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/24/2014 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The new location for the University Galleries in Uptown Normal has plenty of room for more than just paintings and sculptures. Hear how a Town and Gown agreement is creating a new space for the whole community to enjoy the arts and more. In another of our occasional series on Unknown Illinois, WGLT's Judy Valente explores a park in Woodford County where the trees are full of color and the quiet of the woods is rejuvenating. And Laura Kennedy has more about the increasing popularity of gaming and why the gaming culture isn't always welcoming to women.

Sound Ideas, October 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/23/2014 03:27 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois State University's governing Board of Trustees gathers on campus tomorrow for the fall quarterly meeting. The board will sign off on the university's request for state funds in the upcoming fiscal year. ISU President Larry Dietz is a regular guest during Sound Ideas, and he joins WGLT’s Willis Kern. Hear how some ISU entrepreneurs are attracting some heavy-hitter investors by bringing affordable text books and lowering student debt. There’s a Halloween séance in a historic Downtown Bloomington building to contact Houdini. Jim Brown has that interview. And during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with the Georgia Songbird, E.G. Kite.

Sound Ideas, October 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/22/2014 01:21 PM
Run Time: 50:00
WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorenson about replacing the coroner, who is retiring. Also, you’ll hear portions of a debate between the candidates for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district. Democratic challenger Ann Callis hopes to unseat incumbent Republican Rodney Davis. And in an episode of "Unknown Illinois," WGLT’s Judy Valente takes you on a walking tour of Black Partridge Park in Metamora for a glimpse of the brilliant fall colors and the quiet solitude the area provides. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, October 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/21/2014 03:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear from Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos on a property tax increase and a railroad agreement clearing the way for a pedestrian overpass at Uptown Station. The mayor also talks about a joint Bloomington and Normal council meeting to hear from a garbage to bio aviation fuel company. Jim Brown shares what goes into the chili at A Renee in Downtown Bloomington during an edition of Dishing it Up. And during Blues Next, you’ll meet Johnny Iguana and The Claudettes.

Sound Ideas, October 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/20/2014 01:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Gaming is growing in popularity in America. But not everyone is always welcome to play. Hear how a local gamers event is trying to make women feel welcome as Laura Kennedy previews FlatCon. Our series of stump speeches with candidates continues with Governor Pat Quinn, in his own words, speaking recently in rural Bloomington. And jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly explains her love of the Hammond B-3 organ in an edition of Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, October 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/17/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The annual LGBT film festival in Bloomington Normal begins at the Normal Theater with the film "The New Black" made by a black gay man, a member of two oppressed minorities. Hear more about the film festival. Plus Bruce Bergethon’s interview with singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, who performs at the Castle Theater this Wednesday night.And we’ll talk with percussionist Sammy Figueroa. His new album is a beautiful and unexpected collaboration with a Brazilian singer/songwriter.

Sound Ideas, October 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/16/2014 03:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The new University Galleries in Uptown Normal has plenty of room for more than just paintings and sculptures. You’ll hear how a Town/Gown agreement is creating a new space for the whole community to enjoy the arts and more. You’ll hear that you don’t actually need a fancy, new gallery to display art. Some central Illinois artists show their work in their own home and in other alternative spaces. And former GLT Summer Concert headliner Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater is still going strong. At age 79, he’s out with a new CD. Jon Norton checks in during Talkin Blues.

Sound Ideas, October 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/15/2014 12:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The annual LGBT film festival in Bloomington-Normal begins at the Normal Theater with the film "The New Black," made by a black, gay man, a member of two oppressed minorities. Hear more about the film festival and interviews with organizer Marcus Smith and Prairie Pride Coalition president David Bentlin. Plus, a classic monster movie returns to the twin cities. And an interview with singer Ani Difranco.

Sound Ideas, October 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/14/2014 03:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner discusses the city council’s unanimous rejection of a plan to convert a near west-side bar to a grocery store that would sell packaged liquor. You’ll hear an Illinois Public Radio interview with a journalist covering the debate over fracking rules in Illinois. Laura Kennedy checks into how diseases can be transferred between pets and people. And Jon Norton hears the new album "Syro" by Aphex Twin, playing on the turntable at Waiting Room Records in Normal. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, October 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/13/2014 03:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The NFL is hoping strong on field play will out-headline its off field troubles with domestic violence. Kim Wells with the Bloomington based Corporate Alliance To End Partner Violence is trying to help pro-football figure out how to curtail instances of domestic violence. Central Illinois musician and abstract painter Nick Africano has relocated to New York and has a new CD out. You'll hear from him, as well as percussionist Sammy Figueroa. He's played alongside some greats and his new CD features a vocalist.

Sound Ideas, October 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/10/2014 03:16 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Planners are learning a lot about what Bloomington residents think of their city. You'll hear from the McLean County planning commission director who's overseeing Bloomington's online survey that will help shape the community's future. The enterovirus sending children into hospitals continues to spread, with more than 500 confirmed cases in 43 states. You’ll hear Laura Kennedy’s report on doctors struggling with cases of paralysis seemingly related to the virus. And former GLT Summer Concert headliner Mississippi Heat is out with a new album. We’ll talk with bandleader Pierre Lacocque.

Sound Ideas, October 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/09/2014 03:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Disney classic Mary Poppins. Turns out, there's an Illinois State University connection. Judy Valente talks to ISU English professor Jan Susina about the film version of the P.L. Travers book. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's music director about the new season opening this weekend featuring music of non-western cultures. Then Jon Norton takes a musical 180 with boogie woogie pianist Eden Brent.

Sound Ideas, October 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/08/2014 03:49 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Immanuel Bible Foundation is changing the direction of much of what goes on inside Normal's Broadview Mansion. You'll hear from IBF executive director Jan Godbey and the mansions artistic director about the shift in programming at the mansion. McHistory takes you back to the Springfield race riots more than a century ago. And it's longtime Bryan Lee guitar man Brent Johnson in his own words on an edition of "Blues Next."

Sound Ideas, October 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/07/2014 01:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Across the nation, Enterovirus is making kids sick. While there are plenty of unknowns about the virus this time around, it usually winds down in the fall. Laura Kennedy talks with an ISU Mennonite College Of Nursing professor about new symptoms, including rare cases of limb paralysis. During fund drive week, we’re bringing you some of our favorite interviews, including Bruce Bergethon’s conversation with musician Edward David Anderson. And Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to talk about Uptown financing and a new town ordinance regulating pet monkeys.

Sound Ideas, October 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/06/2014 01:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Across the nation, HIV rates are rising rapidly among gay men under 25. GLT’s Judy Valente reports on a model effort to reach at risk youth in Chicago and how McLean County stacks up. During our fund drive edition featuring some of our favorites, you’ll hear an encore presentation of Jazz Next with singer Curtis Stigers. Jon Norton gets at his early 90’s pop music roots. And you’ll hear how playwrights are making a circus out of the local theater scene.

Sound Ideas, October 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/03/2014 12:44 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Thirty years ago, ISU students and police in Normal clashed over beer parties. ISU's Beer Riots made national news. You’ll hear archive sound, and the present day views of those right in the middle of it all. Even the most laid back canine can become fearful when confronted with loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks. On Animal House, Laura Kennedy talks with a veterinarian about animal's fear of loud noises and how owners can sometimes make a bad situation worse. And Bruce Bergethon talks with a 23 year old prodigy in the world of new folk music.

Sound Ideas, October 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/02/2014 04:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bring It On Bloomington is a community process helping to build a long range growth plan for the city. Citizen input is short of the goal. You’ll get an update on community input and you’ll hear where the planning process is today from the Executive Director of the MCRPC, Vasu Pinnamaraju. The Iron Curtain fell 25 years ago next month - you’ll get a preview of an Illinois Wesleyan symposium on how things have changed since. And, during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with Mississippi Heat's Pierre Lacocque. The 2005 GLT Summer concert headliner's latest CD is called "Warning Shot."

Sound Ideas, October 1, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/01/2014 02:25 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A landmark Audubon Society study finds many migratory bird patterns are shifting. ISU Biology Professor Angelo Capparella says some species currently seen in Illinois will be disappearing. Mike McCurdy has the interview. Now that students are vaccinated for the year, Laura Kennedy finds out what shots adults need. Charlie Schlenker checks in on the Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene, and it’s a California roots band on an edition of Blues Next. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, September 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/30/2014 04:28 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Since last year McLean County government has been talking about expanding mental health services. The conversation continues with County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen and GLT’s Charlie Schlenker about taking the load off jail occupancy with an expansion of social services, the next county budget, and more. Bruce Bergethon introduces you to Sarah Jarosz. Her name is hard to spell, but her music is easy to admire. Loud noises can be distressing to pets. During an edition of Animal House find out how owners can make the situation worse.

Sound Ideas, September 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/29/2014 01:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Catholic social progressive movement Nuns on a Bus is back on the bus. Sister Simone Campbell is touring the Midwest ahead of the November elections. You'll hear an archive GLT interview. Laura Kennedy walks you through the new Ecovisions exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington highlighting local and global environmental issues. And during an edition of Jazz Next, Jon Norton digs into the Vancouver jazz scene with tenor saxophonist Cory Weeds.

Sound Ideas, September 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/26/2014 01:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The NFL is hoping strong on-field play will "out-headline" its off-field troubles with domestic violence. Kim Wells with the Bloomington-based "Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence" is trying to help pro football figure out how to curtail instances of domestic violence. You'll hear an interview with Wells. Bruce Springsteen turned 65 this week. Judy Valente talks with an author who’s written four books about "the Boss," and Willis Kern talks with a former Central IL radio personality who has seen Springsteen in concert more than 100 times. And a Bloomington High School sophomore shares the Green Day album in heavy rotation on the turntable at her home.

Sound Ideas, September 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/25/2014 03:24 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Autumn is here, but that doesn’t mean gardening is over for the year. In fact, there’s a long list of things to do: bring outdoor plants indoors, give some extra time to your turf, and getting those bulbs in the ground for amazing spring color. Patrick Murphy with GLT’s Grow and Laura Kennedy are live with your autumn to do list and will take listener questions. During an edition of Talkin’ Blues Jon Norton talks with Alexis P. Suter, a Brooklyn, New York native getting some attention for her powerful voice. And, there’s an edition of Poetry Radio.

Sound Ideas, September 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/24/2014 12:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
30 years ago next week, Prince’s "Let’s Go Crazy" was at the top of the charts. The tune seemed to be an appropriate backdrop for the ISU Beer Riots that occurred on October 3, 1984. You’ll hear archive audio and remembrances from those right in the middle of all of it. Ken Springer, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council Vice President breaks down tomorrow’s (9/25) "BN By The Numbers" luncheon in Normal. Laura Kennedy checks out the history-changing plants growing at the ISU Horticultural Center, and Bloomington High School sophomore Bridget Lantz shares the Green Day album playing on the turntable at her house. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, September 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/23/2014 02:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A twin city program designed to teach financial independence is a year old. A client of the Next Step program outlines her experiences turning over all her financial information to an advocate charged with improving the bottom line. Willis Kern also talks with the Next Steps program coordinator. Bloomington’s Mayor is in the studio to talk council business. Tari Renner also drops some news during Sound Ideas about a downtown hotel. And we celebrate Bruce Springsteen’s 65th birthday by talking with someone whose attended 109 Springsteen concerts.

Sound Ideas, September 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/22/2014 01:33 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The domestic violence issue is cresting in the NFL and with the help of a Bloomington based organization, commissioner Roger Goodell says things will soon be different. The league's track record is questionable, and what they'll do next is still unknown. Bloomington-based national domestic violence expert Kim Wells is trying to help the NFL find a solution. And she'll takes listener questions. You’ll hear from members of an eastern influenced band, and a vibraphonist playing all American jazz. Laura Kennedy catches up with the members of the Indian band Exit 167. And during jazz next, you’ll hear from Christian Tamburr.

Sound Ideas, September 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/19/2014 02:30 PM
Run Time: 50:00
ISU President Larry Dietz has a plan to fill the four cabinet level vacancies at the university. The Provost and Chief fundraising positions will be the first to be filled. Dietz talks about the process and more in the first of a series of exclusive Sound Ideas interviews. Bruce Bergethon talks to independent folksinger Kyle Carey, who used crowd funding to launch her latest CD. And we’ll stop by Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington to talk with owner John Anderson about one of the great rock recordings of the last 50 years that still flies under the radar.

Sound Ideas, September 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/18/2014 01:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Efforts to grow the local food system will soon include a self-sustaining edible forest. You’ll hear from Bill Davison, who’s helping to establish the forest. Learn more about what it takes to create an edible forest and what you can harvest. Our series of stump candidate stump speeches continues with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. And during an edition of Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne.

Sound Ideas, September 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/17/2014 01:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois State University President Larry Dietz outlines the time frame for filling some cabinet-level vacancies. It’s the first in a series of exclusive radio interviews Dietz is providing during Sound Ideas. Thursday (9/18) Dietz gives his first-ever State of the University address. ISU's Planetarium turns 50. Laura Kennedy talks with the planetarium director. Jim Browne gets tips on creating herbal-based beverages and samples them. And, during What’s On Your Turntable? Jon Norton stops by Reverberation Vinyl to check out a 1967 LP spinning at the shop. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, September 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/16/2014 03:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
More and more independently-supported musicians are going straight to their fans to get album projects off the ground. Singer-songwriter Susan Werner says the process allows for creative freedom. Bruce Bergethon reports on the role of Kickstarter, Pledgemusic, Indiegogo and other music-based crowdfunding sources. You’ll hear how to spot potential in shelter and rescue animals and how to make sure they go the right home during an edition of Animal House. And Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to talk about the Town Council Meeting.

Sound Ideas, September 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/15/2014 04:03 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The focus at the Normal Theater will shift a bit. You’ll hear from Pete Moore, the new Theater and Civic Arts Manager for the Town of Normal about why we love the Uptown Normal theater, the struggles facing all movie houses, and what else it can become. We begin a series of campaign stump speeches this election season with Republican Jim Oberweis, trying to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. And Jon Norton talks with jazz guitarist Mark Elf about his first CD in 7 years.

Sound Ideas, September 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/12/2014 02:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
During Best of Sound Ideas, hear how efforts to establish a cooperative grocery store in Bloomington-Normal are shaping up. Two members of the co-op will give an update and share results from a recent owners survey. Judy Valente talks with the director of Community Players' latest production, "The Philadelphia Story," staged this weekend. And central Illinois jazzman Dave Hoffman, who is among the performers at Saturday's Peoria Riverfront Jazz Festival, talks about his band and his career.

Sound Ideas, September 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/11/2014 04:52 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Establishing a Certified Work Ready Community gives employees an opportunity to improve skills and employers the ability to cut turn over. You’ll hear from the Dean of Continuing Education at Heartland Community College and the Economic Development Council’s Vice President for External Relations about creating a better McLean County workforce. Find out if a reverse mortgage is something that could work for you today or in the future during an edition of Sound Money. And Jon Norton talks with retro rocker J.D. McPherson.

Sound Ideas, September 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/10/2014 01:23 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Unit 5 schools spent down reserves last year and plan to cut the budget this year by eliminating 28 teaching positions and three administrators. District 87 is taking a slightly different path. Bloomington schools superintendent Barry Reilly talks about deficit spending, fundraising, and the campaign for Governor. Judy Valente talks with Tricia Stiller of Community Players about the production of "The Philadelphia Story," which runs from Sept. 11-14. You'll hear about a Bloomington art exhibit that uses items straight from the garden. And Jon Norton talks with central Illinois jazzman Dave Hoffman, one of the acts at this weekend's Peoria Riverfront Jazz Festival. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, September 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/09/2014 02:18 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You don't often hear economists talk about intangibles, like the environment. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with economist Don Coursey, coming to IWU, about how to quantify the environment and how that could affect developing policy on global climate change. Mayor Tari Renner talks alcohol and marijuana policy, both issues at last night’s council meeting. He also fields listener questions about the former Mennonite Hospital/Electrolux building on Main St. between Chestnut and Walnut. And Charlie Schlenker brings you an update on Bloomington-Normal restaurants from the man who runs the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene Facebook page.

Sound Ideas, September 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/08/2014 03:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner says a racial disparity in traffic stops in the community does not mean cops are acting improperly. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with Heffner about traffic stops and fallout from Ferguson, Missouri. You'll hear the first of a three part series on the "Dark Arts of Politics" and meet the people behind opposition research. And Steve Kahn talks about and plays his brand of fusion jazz during an edition of Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, September 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/05/2014 12:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Class sizes are rising to the high 20s in Unit Five Kindergarten rooms. 28 teaching posts are going unfilled. The tentative budget is extremely tight. Hear Charlie Schlenker’s interview about financial pressures and coping mechanisms with Unit Five District Superintendant Mark Daniel. We’ll talk with Bluesman Walter Trout, whose latest album was completed not long before he had a liver transplant that saved his life. You’ll hear Laura Kennedy’s report on the mixed bag of news from Bloomington’s Miller Park Zoo. And Willis Kern sits down with Bloomington state senator and 2008 Republican nominee for governor Bill Brady.

Sound Ideas, September 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/04/2014 02:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Results of a recent survey tip toward a less car centric location for the community’s future cooperative grocery store. Hear survey results on location areas and more from Green Top Grocery Board Member Melanie Shellito and Outreach Manager Katie Novak. They’ll also take listener questions. You’ll hear about the movie Belleville, shot in southern Illinois and you’ll find out how you can be in the filmmakers next movie. And during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart.

Sound Ideas, September 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/03/2014 03:24 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington State Senator Bill Brady likened Bruce Rauner to Rod Blagojevich during the Republican gubernatorial primary. Now, Brady is backing the Winnetka businessman in the general election. Brady talks about Rauner and some of the issues in the campaign. You’ll also hear from mayor of Normal Chris Koos, who breaks down some of the latest town financial reports. Laura Kennedy and Patrick Murphy talk gardening in an edition of Grow, and Andrew McCuller talks about his latest release during Blues Next. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, September 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/02/2014 01:12 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington Schools are creating a pilot project to allow internet access for poor students. Hear about bridging the digital divide, plus teachable moments from the nightmare in Ferguson, Missouri during Charlie Schlenker’s interview with District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly. With 200 million years of history, find out if turtles make good pets during an edition of Animal House. And when you think of barbeque, you might think blues. Bruce Bergethon reports there’s more than one kind of music that goes with barbeque.

Sound Ideas, August 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/29/2014 12:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Democratic hopeful for Congress in Illinois' 13th district wants to expand the job-creating concept of innovation. Former Southern Illinois judge Ann Callis talks about jobs, campaign fundraising and what it will take to unseat incumbent Republican Rodney Davis. Mike McCurdy talks with a Peoria based freelance journalist who has been covering the protests in Ferguson Missouri. And Laura Kennedy has a conversation with the author of a new biography that uncovers new information on the fascinating and troubled life of jazz legend Charlie Parker.

Sound Ideas, August 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/28/2014 01:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There are more bikes on the street and Bloomington-Normal is working on plans to deal with the increase. In Normal, that’s generating some complaints. You’ll hear from Town of Normal Planner Mercy Davison about the Town’s Bike Plan and some upcoming bike events. There’s an edition of Poetry Radio. Jon Norton talks blues with Walter Trout. And as part of our celebration of the show’s one year anniversary, you’ll hear our report from earlier in the year on a documentary about a hot sauce with a cult following.

Sound Ideas, August 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/27/2014 02:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Democratic hopeful for Congress in Illinois' 13th district wants to expand the job-creating concept of innovation. Former Southern Illinois judge Ann Callis talks about jobs, campaign fundraising and what it will take to unseat incumbent Republican Rodney Davis. There’s a new biography out on jazz legend Charlie Parker. Laura Kennedy talks with the author. Judy Valente remembers Broadway’s golden era 50 years ago, and Jon Norton asks Stone Alley Books and Collectibles in Galesburg, "What’s on your turntable?" Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, August 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/26/2014 03:25 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to talk about last night's council meeting and work session and we'll talk about downtown Bloomington. The mayor also talks about repairing the parking deck at the Coliseum and what he has in mind for the area south of the Bloomington Public Library. Kids are back in school. Willis Kern has an interview about what parents should and should not do to help their students succeed. And you'll find out why fewer than half of those in a Country Financial consumer confidence survey think college is worth the cost.

Sound Ideas, August 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/25/2014 01:26 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The unarmed teen shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri will be laid to rest today. You’ll hear from a Peoria-based freelance journalist who was on the streets with protestors in Ferguson. Justin Glawe tells Mike McCurdy about what he saw in Ferguson. Laura Kennedy reports on a film-noir inspired photography exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center and how the theme led to a brush with the law. And GLT’s Jon Norton talks with a saxophonist who’s played with Aretha Franklin and Barry Manilow, and this weekend plays with Delbert McClinton at the Illinois Blues Fest.

Sound Ideas, August 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/22/2014 02:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
During Best of Sound Ideas, you’ll hear about the Town of Normal moving forward on a new 15 year plan for Uptown. Mayor Chris Koos says it’s time to take a new look at the area, including retail, residential housing, an expanded footprint, and a look at approach corridors -- costing almost $300,000. The acoustic duo Switchback returns to central Illinois tomorrow night headlining at Bruegala on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. And during Blues Next, you’ll hear from central Illinois guitar slinger Dave Chastain about his jazzier side.

Sound Ideas, August 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/21/2014 02:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from Bloomington State Senator Jason Barickman who has a high profile presence in the governor's race. Willis Kern talks with Barickman who’s serving as a GOP pointman for criticism of Pat Quinn's spending measures, including the defunct anti-violence program under federal probe. It’s year two of the global peace initiative known as Friends Forever. You’ll hear from some of the Israeli and Arab teens wrapping up two weeks in Bloomington-Normal with the program. And as part of our one year anniversary, we’ll revisit an interview with Stone & Snow. The acoustic group plays the Castle Theater tonight.

Sound Ideas, August 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/20/2014 02:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The past couple decades have been tough for honeybees. Their numbers are falling due to colony collapse, but there may be help on the horizon thanks to a new crop of urban beekeepers. GLT's Jim Browne heads to the hives to learn more about beekeeping, urban and rural. Laura Kennedy talks with the Oscar-winning director of the film "50 to 1." It’s the true story of a horse-racing longshot. The film is screened Thursday through Sunday at The Normal Theater. Find out the latest on the Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene. And Peoria singer-guitarist Dave Chastain talks about the new album from his new band during an edition of Blues Next. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, August 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/19/2014 02:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The unrest in Ferguson Missouri continues, 10 days after an unarmed teenager was shot by police. An ISU criminal Justice Sciences professor thinks police share in the blame for continued unrest. Find out what police could have done. During an edition of Animal House find out about a serious condition affecting dogs - and the culprit is air. And we begin our regular weekly interviews with community’s mayors. Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks Uptown Development and takes listener questions.

Sound Ideas, August 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/18/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Craft distilling is growing rapidly. Learn more about the process and the business during a trip to a small distillery in central Illinois. You’ll also get the big industry picture from a national expert. It’s one of our favorite stories from Charlie Schlenker as we celebrate this show’s one year anniversary. Judy Valente talks with author and poet Kathleen Norris, one of the foremost chroniclers of spirituality in the Great Plains about forging a spiritual life in Honolulu. And during Jazz Next, hear about the storytelling of big band leader David White.

Sound Ideas, August 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/15/2014 12:57 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Mary Poppins, the movie, turns 50 today, and literature professor Jan Susina (YAHN soo-SEE-nuh) says it has an ISU connection. GLT's Judy Valente unveils the ISU connection to Mary Poppins, and more in an interview. We invite owners of a central Illinois coffeeshop into the studios for some "coffee talk" and a taste test. And on Poetry Radio, a friend commemorates former ISU professor Larry McBride with an original poem.

Sound Ideas, August 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/14/2014 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Fans are still dealing with the sad news about Robin Williams. Laura Kennedy asks Illinois State University film teacher Shari Zeck about the Oscar winner’s body of work and how his suicide could affect how we view it. During an edition of Unknown Illinois, Judy Valente explores what’s unknown, beneath our feet at the McLean County Museum of History. And as we observe the show’s one-year anniversary, we bring you one of our most memorable stories. Hear Charlie Schlenker sit in on a required class for those wanting a Concealed Carry permit.

Sound Ideas, August 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/13/2014 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
An expert on legal ethics views the recent complaint against two McLean County judges as a really big deal. Charlie Schlenker talks with U of I law professor Patrick Keenan about the issue involving two jurists who allegedly had an affair that may have led them into poor decisions on cases. You’ll meet a 19th century eccentric McLean County conservationist during McHistory, plus listen back to Judy Valente’s "Unknown Illinois" trip to McLean County ghost towns. And Jon Norton stops by a record shop and samples the underrated ‘60s-‘70s band "The Flamin Groovies." Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, August 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/12/2014 03:19 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from Congressman Rodney Davis, back in the district on August recess and blaming the Obama administration the flood of child immigrants. Davis rejects accounts of parents sending children to escape violence as the reason for the influx. Charlie Schlenker also asks about violence in Gaza. Jon Norton talks with a central Illinois crooner hoping to make it big - it’s one of our favorite stories as we continue our one year anniversary celebration. And Bruce Bergethon introduces you to the folk group The Sweet Potatoes.

Sound Ideas, August 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/11/2014 12:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
We’re talking and tasting coffee with Steve and April Fritzen. They run The Coffee Hound cafés  in Bloomington Normal. We’ll talk about how drought and fungus is driving up price, and what it takes to get a good cup. During an edition of Dishing It Up, Jim Browne visits Café Italia for a lesson in pizza making. And Jon Norton talks with pianist Cyrus Chestnut about his new live album "Midnight Melodies."

Sound Ideas, August 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/08/2014 02:01 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There's a renewed effort among government leaders to crack down on sexual assault incidents on college campuses. You'll hear from ISU and Illinois Wesleyan administrators amid cries from parents, Congress and the president to halt campus assaults. Laura Kennedy has more on the continuing shortage of Nurses, and how that shortage has been building. And we talk with Kenny Wayne Shepherd in advance of his appearance at the Castle Theater next week.

Sound Ideas, August 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/07/2014 02:03 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson used to the be sought after career boost for comedians. Tig Notaro thinks Ira Glass is the new Johnny Carson. As we celebrate the one year anniversary of Sound Ideas, we’re bringing you our favorite interviews from the past year. Tig Notaro played the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in January. Charlie Schlenker profiles a famed west African musician coming to the Castle Theater, who plays the complex instrument called The Kora. There’s also an edition of Poetry Radio and Sound Money.

Sound Ideas, August 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/06/2014 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The film "Mary Poppins" turns 50 next week, and it turns out the antagonistic attitudes of its famous author, P. L. Travers, were first shown to an Illinois State University student. You'll hear from ISU children's literature professor Jan Susina about the argumentative Poppins author, and the magic of her Disney classic from 1964. Jon Norton talks with Toronzo Cannon of Chicago, one of the artists appearing at a blues show/guitar workshop combo at Bloomington’s BCPA this weekend. And, in observance of Sound Ideas’ one year anniversary, you'll go back to a freezing morning in January and Judy Valente’s piece on contemplative monastic music. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, August 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/05/2014 04:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Positive changes in parts of the work front from women is causing some negatives in other areas, like an on-going nursing shortage. Laura Kennedy talks with Deb Stinger with ISU’s Mennonite College of Nursing about the causes of the nursing shortage, and how to address it. Charlie Schlenker unpacks the mystery of a seamless symphony orchestra performance with the new Concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. And on this one year anniversary of Sound Ideas, you’ll find out how we picked the show’s musical theme.

Sound Ideas, August 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/04/2014 12:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
An ISU historian just back from Palestine is a first-hand witness to the escalation of violence in Gaza. Hear how the war between Israel and Hamas is affecting other areas of the Middle East. It’s the one year anniversary of Sound Ideas and we’re bringing you some of our favorite stories, including Laura Kennedy’s feature on the all-female World War Two era big band International Sweethearts of Rhythm. And during Jazz Next, keyboardist Mike LeDonne (luh-DUNN) talks about his career that includes playing with Benny Goodman.

Sound Ideas, August 1, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/01/2014 12:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Ecology Action Center is releasing a Bloomington-Normal Greenhouse Gas inventory. It’s the first step to fight climate change on a local level. Climate change has become a politically charged issue. The EAC’s executive director Michael Brown discusses the politics, the report, and what do with it, as well as answer listener questions about climate change. Local bluesman Bill Porter joins us in studio to talk about his hero, the late Johnny Winter. And Charlie Schlenker talks with the author of "Qualifying Times" to talk about college women’s sports pre and post Title IX.

Sound Ideas, July 31, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/31/2014 12:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Congress and the White House are pressing college campuses to do a better job of tracking, probing and ending sexual assaults. You’ll hear from Karla Carney Hall, Dean of Students at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Rick Olshak, Associate Dean of Students at Illinois State University about how the two colleges handle sex assault cases, and how pending changes could impact what is done. Laura Kennedy takes you inside the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's production of Elizabeth Rex. And Jon Norton is "Talkin’ Blues" with California bluesman Rod Piazza. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, July 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/30/2014 02:15 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear how McLean County garbage can be turned into synthetic gas, used to generate electricity to power homes and fuel jet aircraft. Mike McCurdy talks with the CEO of Paradigm BioAviation, planning to divert garbage from the landfill to create fuel at a facility in north Normal. Learn more about the plant, the process, and how it could affect current recycling systems in the community. Charlie Schlenker previews My Fair Lady, staged by Prairie Fire Theater. We’ll remember the late blues guitarist Johnny Winter. And during our gardening segment, Grow, find out how to avoid using chemicals in your yard.

Sound Ideas, July 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/29/2014 01:11 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear how cultural baggage and stereotyping still crops up in women’s sports in surprising ways. Charlie Schlenker talks with the author "Qualifying Times" about how some Americans might still view beauty over sports accomplishment. During GLT’s Date Book, Laura Kennedy talks with the woman behind the restoration of a Route 66 landmark in Normal. And its in-studio performance and conversation with The Way Down Wanderers.

Sound Ideas, July 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/28/2014 12:47 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Ecology Action Center is releasing a Bloomington-Normal Greenhouse Gas inventory. It’s the first step to fight climate change on a local level. Climate change has become a politically charged issue. The EAC’s executive director Michael Brown will discuss the politics, the report, and what do with it, as well as answer listener questions about climate change. During Jazz Next you’ll hear about the next CD from singer Jackie Allen. And there’s a preview of Sound Opinions, airing Monday evenings at 7 PM.

Sound Ideas, July 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/25/2014 03:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival stages the comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" tonight ...and they're doing it the way the Bard would have done it. Laura Kennedy has that report. Mike McCurdy talks with two farmers-slash-chefs involved in the local Farm to Fork scene. The son of legendary band leader Louis Prima talks about his father, and about his new album titled "Blow." And Judy Valente sits down with the director of The BCPA presentation of The Music Man, now showing at Miller Park.

Sound Ideas, July 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/24/2014 01:00 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from the founder of the central Illinois agricultural education effort known as The Land Connection. Jim Browne talks with Terra Brockman just as the program begins to observe its 10th anniversary. Mike McCurdy talks with Katie Yap, Digital Media Specialist for the Digital Bookmobile, which is in Uptown Normal Friday. You’ll hear from two members of the Midwest Institute of Opera about the MIO’s staging of "Carmen," and Jon Norton chats with Bluesman Brent Johnson, out with a new CD and set for a gig Monday night in Springfield. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, July 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/23/2014 03:07 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Nobody ever said farming or running a restaurant was easy...but both? That’s what Epiphany Farms Enterprises is doing. Hear what Ken Myszka and Stu Hummel are learning about marrying farming and restaurants with the new Epiphany Farms Restaurant and Anju Above. There’s a preview of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts performance of The Music Man. And there’s an edition of What’s on Your Turntable. Find out what’s spinning at Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal.

Sound Ideas, July 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/22/2014 01:06 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from two Illinois authors, urging you to visit what they call "the library"...the remnants of natural areas in the state. Charlie Schlenker talks with the authors of field guide to the natural areas in Illinois. During Sound Ideas on Friday, GOP Candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his Sales Tax Modernization plan; today the IPR Politics Round Table reacts to the plan. And caring for your pet means caring for your vet. Hear how during an edition of Animal House.

Sound Ideas, July 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/21/2014 12:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A Bloomington firm is working to put people with autism to work. You'll hear from the managing director of Autonomy Works, and from advocate Temple Grandin, who's a keynote speaker this week at a Midwest conference on autism. Laura Kennedy takes you to a McLean County Arts Center exhibit that combines art with geography. And during an edition of Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with Louis Prima, Jr., son of the late, great bandleader, who says he’s trying to put the fun back in jazz.

Sound Ideas, July 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/18/2014 01:12 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says it's time to quit checking for winners and losers at budget time, and change the rules of the game. Rauner is spending the day in Bloomington-Normal and GLT's Willis Kern interviews the GOP hopeful. Bruce Bergethon talks with a singer about his summer-long engagement playing folk music in Springfield's historic sites. Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer discusses her new book of poetry with Judy Valente. And we do a sit down with the director of the Normal Parks and Rec production of "Oliver."

Sound Ideas, July 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/17/2014 01:48 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear about the challenges in opening a medical marijuana dispensary. One group thinks they’re well positioned because they’re already dispensing eyeglasses at nearly two dozen stores. Mike McCurdy talks with Nick Williams, a partner in a group planning a dispensary to Bloomington. You'll also get a preview of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s "Much Ado About Nothing." And during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton shares what Jason D. Williams and Jerry Lee Lewis have in common. Williams new CD is called "Hillbillies and Holy Rollers."

Sound Ideas, July 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/16/2014 02:18 PM
Run Time: 50:00
There's a lot of pessimism in the latest survey of consumer confidence by Bloomington-based Country Financial, and Gen X-ers are among the most worried. WGLT's Jim Browne talks with Bloomington based Country Financial’s Director of Investment and Wealth Management. You’re paying for health care in Illinois prisons, but no one knows if it’s any good. It’s part three of the series "Of natural causes: Death in Illinois Prisons." And Bruce Bergethon talks with an Illinois folk singer about a historic series of gigs.

Sound Ideas, July 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/15/2014 01:20 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Illinois Renewable Energy conference is ready to convene at ISU. Conference organizer David Loomis discusses the latest in wind, solar, biomass and all things renewable energy. Illinois prison officials are trying to explain records that, in some cases, paint a hazy picture of inmates getting sick and dying behind bars. You’ll hear part 2 of the IPR series, "Of Natural Causes: Death in Illinois Prisons." And singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer sits down with GLT’s Judy Valente to talk about her latest offering of poetry. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, July 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/14/2014 01:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The deadlock over the highway trust fund could jeopardize the economic recovery just when job creation appears ready to take off. Charlie Schlenker talks with labor leader Mike Matejka about the effects on road projects already underway if Congress fails to address the funding crisis by the end of the month. You'll hear about life and death behind bars. It's the first part of the series "Of Natural Causes; Death In Illinois Prisons." And during "GLT Jazz Next," Jon Norton asks a jazz critic and jazz musician about what it's like to be on the receiving end of the criticism.

Sound Ideas, July 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/11/2014 01:08 PM
Run Time: 50:00
About seven thousand East Indians live in the twin cities, most of them Hindu. They now they have a formal house of worship. WGLT's Judy Valente attends a mid-day service at the new Bloomington-Normal Hindu Temple, which is concluding its first full week of services. Bruce Bergethon catches up with the duo called Switchback, who perform this Monday on the ISU Quad. Laura Kennedy reports on how the three plays running at this summer’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival are connected. And we’ll have a report on the new Community Players show based on Shrek that’s opening this weekend.

Sound Ideas, July 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/10/2014 01:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You might think that the value of a Route 66 visitors’ center in downtown Bloomington wouldn't be a big deal, but according to Mayor Tari Renner, it is. You’ll hear Charlie Schlenker’s interview with Renner, who talks about economic development in the downtown, and other issues. During "In Their Own Words," Judy Valente hears from a former ISU student about what it’s like to be transgendered on the campus. Laura Kennedy visits with a central Illinois drag king, who is transitioning to a male and will become a drag queen. Plus, you’ll hear from bluesman Joe Louis Walker.

Sound Ideas, July 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/09/2014 03:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from the host of our new gardening show "Grow" who says there’s more to mulch. Like using less. Patrick Murphy also helps a listener keep grass from invading her garden beds. The Executive Director of the MCRPC McLean County Regional Planning Commission is live in the studio to talk about the developing Bloomington comprehensive plan. And during an edition of Blues Next, you’ll hear from the roots-blues band Clothesline Revival.

Sound Ideas, July 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/08/2014 01:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
McLean County's seven-thousand-strong East Indian community has a new place of worship with the opening of the Bloomington-Normal Hindu Temple. In our occasional series "The Soul of McLean County," Judy Valente attends services at the temple and finds that many Hindus believe there are widespread misconceptions about their faith. Charlie Schlenker talks with the director of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival. And Bruce Bergethon introduces you to the Americana band, Switchback, playing Bloomington-Normal next week.

Sound Ideas, July 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/07/2014 01:56 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Director says if it wasn't for that pesky asp, Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" might be considered a comedy. Shakespeare festival's Kevin Rich talks about the show he's directing this season and the comedy found in the Bard's tragedies. The next ISU Concert on the Quad consists of chamber music thanks to ISU faculty. Laura Kennedy has that interview. And during an edition of Jazz Next, pianist Lenore Raphael discusses her new CD tribute to Oscar Peterson.

Sound Ideas, July 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/04/2014 02:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Listen to the one-hour documentary, "Unmet Needs: Living With Mental Illness In Central Illinois." Produced by Illinois Public Radio, you'll hear the voices of the patients, parents and caregivers of those right here in central Illinois coping with the diagnosis of mental illness.

Sound Ideas, July 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/03/2014 01:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Willis Kern talks with Dr. Mary Kay Scharf, the longtime District 87 school principal who is starting up a principal mentorship program this summer at ISU. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival delves into the theme of marriage that connects this year's three works on the playbill. Laura Kennedy talks with the Directors. Plus, Shrek comes to the stage of Bloomington’s Community Players theater. Judy Valente talks with the show’s leading actor. Plus, Bruce Bergethon has Poetry Radio. And Jon Norton catches up with Blues great Janeva Magness. Host: Charlie Schlenker

Sound Ideas, July 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/02/2014 12:47 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Connect Transit is considering whether to switch fuel sources for buses, in part to net big savings. General Manager Andrew Johnson talks about the pros and cons of using compressed natural gas, and he assesses the immediate future of mass transit funding being debated in Washington. With same-sex marriage a reality, the Prairie Pride coalition is out with a guide of gay friendly or gay-managed businesses. You’ll hear from the PPC’s David Bentlin. Laura Kennedy debuts the new GLT gardening show, Grow, and Charlie Schlenker looks at the Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene. And you’ll meet 27-year old Matt Barber, a central IL singer who sings only the standards. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, July 1, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/01/2014 12:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Religious groups are claiming victory in the U. S. Supreme Court decision concerning the Affordable Care Act and female contraception. But leaders of women’s rights groups decry the ruling. Retired ISU professor and Supreme Court scholar Bob Bradley will break down the decision, and another one dealing with Illinois home health care workers and union fees. You'll get a peek at some of the artwork being highlighted this summer by the ISU Gallery. McHistory casts the spotlight on one of Illinois' most famous female playwrights, Rachel Crothers. And during Animal House, you'll get some tips on bringing your pet along for that summer vacation. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, June 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/30/2014 02:26 PM
Run Time: 50:00
With the legalization of medical marijuana in Illinois, and a growing acceptance for making recreational marijuana legal, the nurses of tomorrow have new lessons to learn about how the drug could impact their patients. You'll hear from a professor with ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing about legalizing marijuana and how it will impact nursing curriculum. Also, the U of I extension program is turning 100 years old. You'll hear how the mission of that outreach has changed over time. And a Texas saxophonist talks about his new jazz CD, which grew out of regular Monday night jam sessions in Austin. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, June 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/27/2014 12:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A former twin city resident and top US Ironman Triathlete says he was thinking of a high school classmate from Normal when he prepared to hang himself years ago while bottomed out in an Idaho jail. Shane Niemeyer talks about going from a drug addicted loser to an Ironman World Championship competitor. Bruce Bergethon reports on the second annual Lloyd Loar Bluegrass Festival, in Lewiston. In our ongoing series titled McHistory we hear an account of 2 Americans marooned in Switzerland as the misnamed War to End All Wars spread across Europe. And we’ll hear what’s playing on the turntable of Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington.

Sound Ideas, June 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/26/2014 12:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Across the nation, HIV Infections are rising rapidly among gay men under 25. WGLT's Judy Valente reports on a model effort to reach at risk youth in Chicago and how McLean County stacks up in its efforts to combat HIV. You’ll also hear from Bruce Lang with the McLean County AIDS Task Force. You’ll get an update on Bloomington-Normal’s economic numbers – Willis Kern talks with the EDC’s Ken Springer. And Jon Norton talks with boogie-woogie pianist Eden Brent during an edition of Talkin’ Blues.

Sound Ideas, June 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/25/2014 12:31 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A former twin city resident and top U. S. Ironman Triathlete says he was thinking of a high school classmate from Normal when he prepared to hang himself years ago while bottomed out in an Idaho jail. Shane Niemeyer talks about going from a drug addicted loser to an Ironman World Championship competitor. In the third installment of a series on investing, you’ll get some tips from ISU Professor of Finance Edgar Norton during Sound Money. McHistory takes you to the start of World War I and how some Bloomington-Normal residents became stranded in Europe. And we'll swing by Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington to find out what's on their turntable. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, June 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/24/2014 02:17 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Consultants studying the McLean County Jail with an eye toward renovating or expanding it to deal with mentally ill inmates say that's not the only challenge the county faces. There are more violent inmates, more women, and more offenders the state may mandate be housed in jails instead of prisons. Charlie Schelnker talks with consultants about all of these pressures. Laura Kennedy has a preview of the 2014 Relay for Life. During an edition of Animal House, you’ll hear about summertime hazards for your hound.

Sound Ideas, June 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/23/2014 01:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Chefs from the Chicago area and central Illinois recently got an up close and personal view of where food comes from. You’ll spend some time on the farm with IPR’s Sean Powers at Chef Camp. Charlie Schlenker talks with an ISU Historian about her new book documenting the cultural collision created by pre-civil war missionaries to Native American tribes in Minnesota. And Jon Norton introduces you to jazz singer Gregory Porter during an edition of Jazz Next.

Sound Ideas, June 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/20/2014 01:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
An undocumented worker from Illinois says the closer he got to the American Dream, the more isolated he felt. Jose Angel,author of the book "Illegal" joins GLT’s Charlie Schlenker. Mike McCurdy talks with Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center about the Sovereign Citizen Movement. And we’ll talk with jazz vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers about his new CD of love songs.

Sound Ideas, June 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/19/2014 12:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Learn about Heartland Theater's 10-Minute Play Festival, and this year's theme, "Fowl Play." You'll hear from a director, listen to a scene from one of the plays, and the inspiration for the series, Deanna Frautschi, takes you on a tour of her bird-filled yard. Plus, you'll find out more about the "Make Music Normal" day coming up Saturday. And members of the central Illinois acoustic duo Stone and Snow talk about their new CD. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, June 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/18/2014 01:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
History is made every day. During an upcoming gala, The McLean County Museum of History is recognizing those making history, including the persistent Margo Mendoza. She’s still active in the human rights arena in Bloomington-Normal. Laura Kennedy has the interview. Judy Valente previews You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, on stage at Conklin Barn II Dinner Theater. And it’s an edition of our gardening segment The Dean of Green. Discover the secret to transplanting lilies and the Dean of Green’s plans for the future.

Sound Ideas, June 17, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/17/2014 01:13 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear if Illinois can be fixed. The former State Revenue Director and former head of the Taxpayers Federation of Illinois has a list of fixes. Mike McCurdy talks with Thom Johnson, co-author of "Fixing Illinois; Politics and Policy in the Prairie State." Jim Brown goes in search of a great loaf of bread and finds one during Dishing It Up. And you’ll meet the Springfield based band, Epsom.

Sound Ideas, June 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/16/2014 12:44 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You might think that writing a beer guide to the Midwest would be a dream gig. You’ll hear from beer writer and blogger Michael Agnew that tasting beer at 210 breweries in four states turns out to be real work. Charlie Schlenker talks with Agnew about what makes heartland craft beer unique to the region and how each state has its own characteristics. Take a virtual stroll around Clover Lawn as Laura Kennedy previews this weekend’s 18th annual Glorious Garden Festival Garden walk. And during an edition of Jazz Next, singer Curtis Stigers discusses his shift away from pop, and his early exposure to music growing up in Boise, Idaho.

Sound Ideas, June 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/13/2014 01:18 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington’s Matthew Curry is beginning to blow up on the national music scene, having just opened for The Steve Miller Band. Curry headlines tomorrow’s GLT Summer Concert. Laura Kennedy explores what happens when your trust in your pets vet turns sour. And we’ll talk to local soccer fans about the World Cup.

Sound Ideas, June 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/12/2014 12:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Charlie Schlenker talks with an undocumented immigrant from Illinois who says the closer he came to the American dream, the more isolated he felt. You’ll hear about his journey from poverty in Latin America to a north shore condo in Chicago, and then his failure to join the middle class. Plus, an Illinois Public Radio interview sheds light on how shooting deer with lead bullets can have devastating effects on bald eagles. You’ll hear poetry on the World Cup, and sax player and Normal native Ryan Weisheit talks about jazz. His band, Sweet Megg and The Wayfarers play the GLT Summer Concert Saturday. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, June 11, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/11/2014 12:32 PM
Run Time: 50:00
An Illinois pilot program designed to treat repeat juvenile offenders is on the fast track to expansion. In the second of two reports, you’ll follow an Aftercare counselor, and hear first-hand the difficulties getting kids back on track and keeping them there. Judy Valente talks to a twin city teacher who's been directing summer theater productions in Bloomington-Normal for 25 years. Susan Cortesi is bowing out this year with a play that features her niece in a starring role. You’ll also hear from her niece, who sings from the play. And Bloomington-Normal bluesman Matthew Curry discusses the hard work that's gone into his rise to stardom. Curry headlines this weekend’s GLT Summer Concert in downtown Bloomington. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, June 10, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/10/2014 12:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
With the World Cup about to get underway, it seems central Illinois has soccer fever. You’ll hear from a twin city high school player, youth coach and international fan of what the world calls football. Listen for the first of two IPR reports on an aftercare pilot program for juvenile offenders. During Animal House, you’ll learn how to know whether your vet is being straight about pet care. And Bruce Bergethon talks to a Peoria-based pub owner and singer about his new CD of WWI tunes. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, June 9, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/09/2014 01:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear all about the McLean County Diversity Project. This year, they studied the diversity of politics. Mike McCurdy talks with two high school senior scholars and the Diversity Project's director Jeff Schwartz on the eve of an exchange trip to Costa Rica. During Dishing It Up, Jim Browne stops by Anju Above in Bloomington to see how Chef Mike Mustard cooks up his Rustic Pizzeria offerings there. Laura Kennedy previews the twin city's first-ever Inside Out Arts Arts Fair, and jazz pianist Monty Alexander discusses his early days listening to music in his home of Kingston, Jamaica. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, June 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/06/2014 01:43 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin made national news during his interview with GLT’s Willis Kern. You’ll hear that, and Durbin’s thoughts about giving a break to those owing student loan debt. Healing Touch is an alternative medical therapy that tries to balance a patient's invisible energy fields. Does it work? Judy Valente visits a local practitioner. Laura Kennedy has the skinny on the wide variety of films showing at The Normal Theater this month. And you’ll hear what musicals are, are not - and possibly should have been - nominated for the 68th annual Tony Awards, which is this Sunday in New York City.

Sound Ideas, June 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/05/2014 12:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
For decades, farmland succession has occurred through inheritance. But that's changing. Charlie Schlenker talks with Tera Brockman with the Land Connection about an upcoming roundtable discussion on new ways old farmers are finding new replacements. You’ll hear about the seed library at the normal public library. There’s an edition of Poetry Radio. And Jon Norton reports on the close connection between tap dance and jazz.

Sound Ideas, June 4, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/04/2014 12:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Bloomington Republican State Representative Dan Brady talks about the recently-concluded session of the Illinois General Assembly. The Democratic-controlled legislature passed a budget relying heavily on borrowing. Brady voted against the plan and he explains why. You’ll hear from a central Illinois artist inspired by the Tyvek wrap you find on homes under construction or being remodeled. And GLT’s Judy Valente gets the lowdown on this weekend’s Tony Awards with ISU Professor Sally Parry. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, June 3, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/03/2014 12:34 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The Peoria area economy is improving. More people are working, but spending is not up. Jim Browne talks with Bernard Goitein about the Statistical Composite of the Peoria Economy, or SCOPE report which shows increases in employment. Judy Valente undergoes a "healing touch" session to find out if the alternative therapy works for her. And you’ll find out what’s showing up soon on the Normal Theater marquee.

Sound Ideas, June 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/02/2014 01:38 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from an ISU political scientist about how legislative policy also serves as election strategy. WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with Lane Crothers about some issues can front load enthusiasm for the fall election. You’ll hear from cyclists with PeopleForBikes about what they’re doing to get people ON bikes. It's a preview of the Old House Society Tour of Homes, this time in North Normal. During Jazz Next, Jon Norton talk with tenor saxophonist Jeff Hackworth.

Sound Ideas, May 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/30/2014 12:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Illinois 4th District Appellate Court Justice Lisa Holder-White talks about the court, race, and the importance of maintaining an independent judiciary. Holder-White is only the second African-American woman outside of Cook County to be an appellate judge in Illinois. Charlie Schlenker talks with the head of the YWCA-USA on the eve of the annual Women of Distinction Awards Program. And we’ll head to North Street Records in uptown Normal to get a preview of Neil Young’s new album.

Sound Ideas, May 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/29/2014 01:42 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear about the struggle some of the 1.7 million Illinoisans face in trying to pay back student loans from Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. WGLT's Willis Kern talks with Durbin about loans, transportation funding, Veteran’s Administration leadership and more. There’s a preview of the next season at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts with its director Tina Salamone. And Jon Norton talks with colorful bluesman James "Super Chikan" Johnson about his music and his name.

Sound Ideas, May 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/28/2014 01:37 PM
Run Time: 50:00
It's been six months since a deadly tornado ripped through the small town of Washington in Tazewell County. Now residents there are trying to restore many of the silent casualties of that storm. GLT’s Judy Valente reports on an effort to restore Washington’s trees. You’ll hear from a retired judge and co-chair of the Boys and Girls Club fundraising campaign about how the club can keep kids from standing in front of a judge later in life. And during an edition of What’s On Your Turntable, you’ll hear the new one from Neil Young, released this week.

Sound Ideas, May 27, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/27/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Your pets may be covered in fur, but that won't protect them from skin cancer. During Animal House, veterinarian Tim Anderson talks about pets, cancer and ways to treat the disease. You’ll hear an interview with Lisa Holder-White, the first African-American Appellate Court Justice from the 4th District that serves McLean County. And Laura Kennedy previews the summer programs planned at Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, May 26, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/26/2014 10:15 AM
Run Time: 50:00
On this Memorial Day, we explore death and dying with three interviews, including an author who says how we die is changing. Charlie Schlenker talks with an Illinois Wesleyan alum who has written a book on the new social landscape left behind by longer lives. Judy Valente talks with a representative of Compassion and Choices about end of life decisions. And we'll hear from a Western Illinois professor who has studied how cemeteries continue to change.

Sound Ideas, May 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/23/2014 12:51 PM
Run Time: 50:00
On Best of Sound Ideas, host Willis Kern visits with manager Brooks Carey and team President Steve Malliet of the Normal CornBelters. The Frontier League season is underway and the CornBelters have high hopes they’ll finally make the playoffs this year. Charlie Schlenker takes you on a tour of a central Illinois whiskey distillery, and Judy Valente introduces you to the first hand written and hand drawn bible produced over the past 500 years. Also, you’ll hear an interview with 1991 U of I grad Mike Hopkins, who spent six month on the International Space Station, returning in March.

Sound Ideas, May 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/22/2014 01:41 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A lot of time and money has been invested in fighting domestic violence and working toward a culture change. The head of the nation's largest provider of domestic violence services says results are mixed. Charlie Schlenker talks with the CEO of the YWCA USA , in Bloomington Normal for the Women of Distinction banquet. You’ll hear from the director of a stage play at IWU, exploring gender identity. And during an edition of Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks blues with Canadian blues man J.W. Jones.

Sound Ideas, May 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/21/2014 12:35 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Students at Normal Community High School are taking part in a contest called the "Euro-Challenge." An example--students give a briefing to a room full of Federal Reserve economists about problems in the European Union. You’ll hear Charlie Schlenker’s interview. Plus a couple of astronauts talk about the challenges involved with going to Mars, including vision issues caused by extended weightlessness. The man behind the "Bloomington-Normal Restaurant Scene" Facebook page checks in, and blues guitarist Matt Baxter and singer/bassist Jake Sampson talk about their original Delta Blues record called "Haunted." Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, May 20, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/20/2014 12:59 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The first hand-lettered, hand-painted Bible in 500 years is on display today at Illinois Wesleyan's Evelyn Library. WGLT's Judy Valente talks with Sister Roberta Bussan about the ancient arts that went into making the St. John's Bible one of the most famous. Charlie Schlenker reports on the fast growing field of craft distilling with a trip to a small central Illinois distillery. And Laura Kennedy takes you to a glass exhibit featuring works honoring two glass sculpture masters.

Sound Ideas, May 19, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/19/2014 01:55 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Death and how we deal with it continues to evolve in America. The Puritans, for example, would never be caught grieving in a graveyard. Laura Kennedy talks with an Illinois Western University professor about our complex relationship with cemeteries, and how they're no longer just for the dead. IPR’s politics round table tries to get to the bottom of the pension situation in the state. A judge has put a hold on Illinois' pension reform law. And Jon Norton has an edition of Jazz Next saxophonist Gary Smulyan.

Sound Ideas, May 16, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/16/2014 12:46 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Automatic transfers of juveniles to adult courts can cause a higher repeat offense rate. Elizabeth Clark with the Juvenile justice initiative says automatic transfers are often applied before all the facts are known, and not applied fairly. You’ll also hear from 11th Judicial Circuit Court judge and former McLean County prosecutor Charles Reynard about his experience with Juvenile justice. And Bruce Bergethon talks with a Nashville singer/songwriter, who also happens to be a doctor, about his debut acoustic release.

Sound Ideas, May 15, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/15/2014 12:36 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Normal’s CornBelters open their 5th Frontier League season at home against the Evansville Otters tomorrow night, and hope to build on last year's successes. Team president Steve Malliet and manager Brooks Carey are in the studio to discuss the outlook for this year's team. You’ll hear how a Peoria cardiologist is building a library of hearts using 3D digital technology. And, during "What’s On Your Turntable?" Jon Norton drops the needle on the band Against Me's latest offering. They play the Castle Theater tonight. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, May 14, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/14/2014 01:26 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Hear about the life and public service of Carol Reitan. Charlie Schlenker reports on the lasting impact of the Town of Normal’s first woman mayor. Reitan died Monday evening. Nancy Steele Brokaw knows how to keep kids from squirming through an opera - make it fun and make it fast. She’s written a new show for kids and Laura Kennedy has the interview. And Jon Norton talks with Chicago blues man Ronnie Baker Brooks, returning to the Castle Theater next week.

Sound Ideas, May 13, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/13/2014 01:30 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Birdwatchers are out in force these mornings, looking for migrating birds traveling across McLean County. WGLT's Judy Valente accompanies an avian ecologist and group of binocular-toting birders at Ewing Park and they encounter few rare finds. During an edition of Animal House hear how you can pass along some good manners to your dog. And Bruce Bergethon talks with a Nashville singer-songwriter, who also happens to be a doctor, about his debut acoustic release.

Sound Ideas, May 12, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/09/2014 12:39 PM
Run Time: 50:00
National Geographic’s Digital Nomad started traveling Route 66 three weeks ago. He’s now reached the end of the line. You’ll hear from Andrew Evans about what saw and learned about America during his trip, a trip he shared on social media. Charlie Schlenker has the exit interview with Marcia Young, who’s retiring from managing the David Davis Mansion historic site. And it’s an edition of Jazz next with drummer Jae Sinnett.

Sound Ideas, May 8, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/08/2014 01:01 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Automatic transfer of juveniles to adult courts can cause a higher repeat offense rate. Elizabeth Clarke with the Juvenile Justice Imitative also says automatic transfers are often applied before all the facts are known and not applied fairly. You’ll also hear from 11th Judicial Circuit Judge and former McLean County Prosecutor Charles Reynard about his experience juvenile justice. There’s an edition of McHistory, with a look back to an alcohol treatment sanatorium in Danvers. And during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton Talks with Albert Castiglia.

Sound Ideas, May 7, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/07/2014 01:14 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Constitution Trail is turning 25 years old this week. Garrett Scott and Keith Rich helped lead the establishment of Bloomington-Normal’s walking and biking path. They remember those early days in advance of this weekend’s Trail Anniversary Ceremony (Sat 5/10 at 10:30 AM at Connie Link Amphitheater.) A new exhibition of photographs at the McLean County Arts Center documents three planned communities created by the government during the Great Depression. Laura Kennedy talks with artist Jason Reblando about New Deal Utopias. Charlie Schlenker checks in on the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene, and Jon Norton asks Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington What’s On Your Turntable? (Host: Willis Kern)

Sound Ideas, May 6, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/06/2014 01:10 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Visit another part of "Unknown Illinois." During our continuing series, Judy Valente takes you to a part of the state that’s often called a "living museum." It’s a tour of the Dickson Mounds Indian burial sites in west-central Illinois and a restoration effort to return some of the surrounding landscape to its original state. You’ll hear from a colony collapse expert about what’s happening with bees. And find out what Star Wars and the Miller Park Zoo have in common

Sound Ideas, May 5, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/05/2014 01:26 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Funding for drug prevention services in McLean County has dropped 87%. One education provider says if a temporary tax expires the situation could become dire. Project Oz's Peter Rankaitis tells WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker the organization's school-based programs are the first threatened. You’ll find out what it’s like to prepare a recipe from a 17th century cook book. And you’ll hear from pianist Mike Longo about his latest release and his direct connections to Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson.

Sound Ideas, May 2, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/02/2014 01:29 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Edward David Anderson has gone from Backyard Tire Fire's front-man to working closely with a member of the multiple-Grammy winning group Los Lobos. Steve Berlin of Los Lobos produced Anderson's latest CD, and Anderson plays tonight (5/2) at Bloomington's Castle Theater. He sits down with Acousticity’s Bruce Bergethon. Jon Norton takes you inside a Unit 5 choral music classroom where the future of jazz is being formed. And you’ll hear from one central Illinois author who says Pope John Paul the second’s canonization should not come without some criticism. HOST: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, May 01, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/01/2014 01:26 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Find out how you can be prepared for disaster from expert Eddy Weiss. His goal is to get you prepared to buy time for first responders to deal with a community disaster. He’s speaking Saturday in Bloomington at a disaster preparedness event. You’ll hear from from a couple of Bloomington-Normal home brewing leaders about the upcoming Big Brew Day, also on Saturday. And during Talkin’ Blues, Jon Norton talks with Karen Lovely.

Sound Ideas, April 30, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/30/2014 12:54 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Catch up with National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, now at the half way point of his live twitter trip across the U-S on Route 66. Andrew Evans is capturing the highway’s history before it disappears. It’s part three of IPR’s series Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois and report on mental health care for children. And Bruce Bergethon checks in with Edward David Anderson, who’s moving on after Backyard Tire Fire. His new release is produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.

Sound Ideas, April 29, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/29/2014 01:02 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A U of I professor and author of a new book on workers and economic crises says we're in for a long, long recovery after the Great Recession. Leon Fink says there’s evidence employment following the recession is recovering four times slower than it did as the Great Depression waned. Fink talks with GLT’s Charlie Schlenker. You’ll hear the second part of the series on mental health. One central Illinois man and his mom discuss how he’s for years battled hearing voices. And Animal House sheds light on diseases you might be contracting from your pets. HOST: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, April 28, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/28/2014 03:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
A media critic and writer says that a new brand of sexism is sending all the wrong messages to young women. Laura Kennedy talks with author Susan Douglas about how feminism has been subverted by the media. You’ll hear from a Unit 5 choral director is working to expand her students' jazz vocabulary. It’s the last part of series during Jazz Appreciation Month and you’ll hear the first part of an IPR series: Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.

Sound Ideas, April 25, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/25/2014 01:58 PM
Run Time: 50:00
In the third of our four part series on the Future of Jazz, we go into the classroom with District 87’s Mark Day as he introduces jazz to 3rd graders at Bent Elementary. We’ll also drop in on Day directing the Bloomington Junior High Jazz Band. You’ll hear Judy Valente’s conversation with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman about some recent rulings and about the barriers she faced as a woman entering the law field in the 1960s. Plus, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans. His latest assignment is blogging about his project, traveling Route 66.

Sound Ideas, April 24, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/24/2014 01:00 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from ISU Professor of Communication John McHale, who has co-authored a book on sex and gender issues within the Catholic church. He’s tempering the celebration of Pope John Paul II’s upcoming canonization. Plus, you’ll hear how a central Illinois organization wants to increase the amount of philanthropy by young people. During Sound Money, you’ll hear about a new Country Financial survey that shows financial illiteracy is on the rise, while knowledge about how to save for retirement on the decline. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, April 23, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/23/2014 01:09 PM
Run Time: 50:00
You’ll hear from a Bloomington-Normal elder statesman who says changing federal and state funding climates will continue to pressure cities. Charlie Schlenker talks with Paul Harmon, who is easing out of 34 years of public service on the town council and airport authority. Grapevines and vineyards are recurring images in sacred Scripture. Judy Valente talks with a Catholic nun and author who says she learned all she needed to know about spiritual life from the grapevine. And Laura Kennedy reports on the tough questions and lack of easy answers in the play Iron, on stage at Heartland Theater.

Sound Ideas, April 22, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/22/2014 12:40 PM
Run Time: 50:00
The City of Bloomington is addressing a budget shortfall. Most of the gap is personnel related. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has the option to veto all or part of the budget. WGLT’s Mike McCurdy talks with the mayor about revenue approved by Aldermen and the one tax that failed, that would have addressed a pension shortfall. Judy Valente has part two of her conversation with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman. And we celebrate Earth Day with Poetry and a report on artist saving landscape in his own way.

Sound Ideas, April 21, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/21/2014 01:49 PM
Run Time: 50:00
Explore the intersection of geography and social media with National Geographic’s Digital Nomad. You’ll hear from Andrew Evans about his tweets from all over the world and in central Illinois as he travels all of Route 66. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman about current cases and legal issues. Kal Penn is an actor turned Obama aide. He’s returning to acting and visiting ISU this week. And we continue our Jazz Appreciation Month series. Jon Norton talks with educators inspiring a new generation with jazz.

Sound Ideas, April 18, 2014 (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/18/2014 01:53 PM
Run Time: 50:00
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
What's coming up on the next Sound Ideas? Take a quick listen!

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
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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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