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GLT's Sound Ideas is 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 when the phone lines are open.  This hour-long radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Sesame Street? Paul Rudolph doesn't have to guess. He works there.

Rudolph, who grew up in Normal, is the vocal music director of the show. As such, he wears many hats—composing, arranging and recording many of those catchy tunes that stick in the minds of children and not a few adults. He recently won his second Emmy for music editing on the show.

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Occasionally I like to drop in on local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  This week I stopped by Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal, where owner Jared Alcorn was playing an album a little out of left field for the a store named after a Fugazzi album.

Kennedy Slams Rauner For Intentional Damage To State

Jun 20, 2017
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One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor is accusing Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of purposefully wrecking Illinois.

Speaking recently in Normal, Chris Kennedy said Governor Rauner intentionally used the budget deadlock to target social services.

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An injured shoulder derailed country-rocker Joe Stamm from his dream of playing college football. A star quarterback at Metamora High School in the mid 2000's, Stamm signed with Northern Illinois University after initially committing to Illinois State University during the Denver Johnson era.
 

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A section of the University Galleries is aglow with the latest works of Dennis French.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/16/17

Jun 16, 2017

Not only is the state mooching off school districts, now the GOP healthcare bill would cut a half million dollars for Bloomington Normal Schools to care for special needs kids. Unit Five Superintendent Mark Daniel talks about one blow after another. Bloomington Police, community groups, and the city council have hammered out a draft ordinance fora new citizen led oversight board. And another chance to Fly the W.

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Here's a nasty relative of the tick that you don't want in your yard: the spider mite. It's hard to fight a battle against something you can barely see!

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Bloomington police, community groups and the City Council have hammered out a draft ordinance for a new citizen-led police oversight board.

Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

At the first-ever Illinois Shakespeare Festival -- back when it wasn't even called that yet -- the plays were staged on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor in Bloomington.  Forty years later and the acclaimed festival has its own spiffy theater at Ewing and a great reputation as a local cultural gem.

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In McLean County, some 222 children in foster care are currently waiting for the chance to find a permanent home. 

Of those children, 88 are African American. They make up about 40 percent of the children in foster care, but last year accounted for only about 26 percent of the permanent adoptions.

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She was the first African American ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, and first black woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was only the second person to serve as Illinois Poet Laureate, succeeding Carl Sandburg. She was also the state's longest-serving laureate, an unpaid position she held for more than 30 years.

Illinois is pausing this month to celebrate the life and work of this woman of firsts,  who would have turned 100 on June 7.

Crosswinds Flying Club

50 years is a long time for any institution to be around, let alone one that has high expenses and requirements for sustained expertise. But, the Crosswinds Flying Club is celebrating that half century mark this weekend at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/13/17

Jun 13, 2017

A nighttime excursion to measure the health of McLean County's owl population turns up a couple of hoots, but also some concerns. ISU Biologist Angelo Caparella talks with GLT’s Judy Valente about why some nighttime birds are disappearing. Laura Kennedy and Sound ideas Culture maven Shari Zeck lament the passing of the shopping mall. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner talks about a housing project that was tabled, a city Transportation Commission, and redevelopment of the former Bloomington High School.

ISU Scholar Given Prestigious Literature Award

Jun 13, 2017
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An Illinois State University Scholar has won one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Distinguished Professor Roberta Seelinger Trites is a Brothers Grimm honoree for her analysis and criticism in the field.

The International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, Japan gives the award every couple years. This is the 16th award.

It recognizes research and development into children’s literature. Trites said she's overwhelmed and astounded.

Malls: Love Gone Cold

Jun 13, 2017
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What was once a ubiquitous part of American consumer culture now seems to be sliding towards extinction.  A recent study suggests 15% of traditional shopping malls will disappear in the next decade.  When we lose the malls, do we  lose something more than just a collection of shops?

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It’s a perfect night to watch for nocturnal birds. Calm winds, clear sky and waxing moon just above the horizon.

I’m standing at dusk on the Lexington Blacktop, just east of Lake Bloomington. I’m with Angelo Capparella of the biology department at Illinois State University, and Given Harper, another avid bird watcher and professor at Illinois Wesleyan.

We’re on the prowl for owls.

Robert Earl Keen

A conversation with country-folk-rocker Robert Earl Keen is easy and enjoyable. He'll "go on forever" about many topics, including his music, how he lobbies Congress on behalf of musicians, and his friends Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely. But he was especially animated this day talking about children and classical music in his home state of Texas.

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Two organizations are partnering to remember the victims of a terrorist attack and hate crime one year and to look forward with serving their community in the future. 

Relay for Life Mclean County

Survivors, caregivers and everyone else who wants to kick cancer to the curb are gathering at NCHS for a 24-hour celebration of life that takes a stand against a terrible disease.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/09/17

Jun 9, 2017

The First African American Normal Town Council Member says he 2016 election did not make a difference in her decision to run. A conversation about the goals and background of Chemberly Cummings. There's a celebration of creativity, inclusion, and collaboration at the University Galleries. State Representative Dan Brady responds to the suggestion of a boycott of the private businesses of lawmakers until a state budget passes. And the wisdom of healing gardens.

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Like Americans across the country, Twin Cities residents were glued to their televisions, radios, computers and smart phones watching the live broadcast of the historic Senate testimony of fired FBI director James Comey. 

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There's increasing evidence that many pollinators are on the decline, but a few changes in your yard can help pollinators not only survive, but thrive.

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The walls of the University Galleries in Uptown Normal are filled with joyous, colorful works of art.  That's not at all unusual, except that this art was created right in the space where its being exhibited in a celebration of creativity, inclusion and collaboration.

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Thornetta Davis is known as "Detroit's Queen of the Blues." Her childhood was anything but royal.

"My mom raised four girls with the help of my grandmother," said Davis. "It was an upbringing of turmoil .... my father was an alcoholic and quite violent. When my mother got out of that situation, that's when I feel I started to live."

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones front man and songwriter Paul Janeway said his reading of "Just Mercy" by "Equal Justice Initiative" founder Bryan Stevenson played a role in the direction of the band's latest album "Sea Of Noise."

"Being from Alabama, and with the Equal Justice Initiative (which was started by Bryan) being from here in Montgomery, I said 'if I'm going to write a record, these are the things that are moving me,'" said Janeway. "So are we trying to seek out love, is there a possibility of that? So it's been an interesting journey and the record kind of navigates through that.

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There's some illnesses that impact humans that can also afflict our pets -- diabetes, arthritis, heart disease are just a few.  Perhaps the most heartbreaking affliction is also one that's difficult to pin down.

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The games people play figures prominently in the latest show from The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club.

Got Ten? See A Play!

Jun 2, 2017
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In just ten minutes, Heartland Theater can give you a play from start to finish.

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You call it a garden. The cat calls it the bathroom. Can they safely be both?

Hannah Lauber

The 30-something brother team of Page Burkham and Jack Torrey are deep into classic country. Getting there was somewhat accidental, originally stumbling onto the music through thrift shops and libraries in their hometown of Minneapolis. Performing the music came from extended shows as the duo ramped up their performance schedule .

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