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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.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County

Habitat For Humanity of McLean County is giving you two opportunities to support the organization and put a roof over someone's head.

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Right now is a great time to prepare our yards for the wildlife that will stop by in the snowy months ahead.

"Hard Rockin’ Woman" is the second song on “Hurricane” Ruth LeMaster’s latest album “Ain’t Ready for the Grave.” It’s an apt description for the Beardstown native.

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From outer space to inner emotions, a new book delves into the psychology of "Star Trek," using the beloved characters to help us understand more about ourselves.

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The United Way of McLean County has a new strategic plan to address changing giving patterns in the U.S.

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Peoria’s Bret Bunton remembers listening to GLT Blues when he was 6 or 7 years old.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project

Every day starts with a good night's sleep, according to Ryan Heeren. He and Robert Bosquez are with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project's Tool Library and helping to organize the Bed Blitz, a volunteer effort to build and provide beds to kids sleeping on the floor, on furniture, or with family members. 

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The most famous red door in Bloomington-Normal will be closing for the last time next month.

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The future of the McLean County Nursing Home is in question.

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It's a position with a grand title, but no job description, no budget, no staff, and no salary.

Yet, poet and Bradley University Professor Kevin Stein calls being Illinois Poet Laureate one of the best jobs in the state.

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A new center at Illinois State University will try to more purposefully pair students with community organizations that can benefit from their growing knowledge and skills.

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Lead levels that surpass state guidelines have been found in six Unit 5 elementary schools.

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Three people—including two children—were found dead after an early morning house fire that Bloomington police say was intentionally set. A fourth person survived.

Black Lives Matter formed in 2014 as a reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Subsequent shootings of especially young black men by police officers have sparked conversations about race probably not heard and seen in America in decades.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University is entering the public phase of its long-awaited major fundraising campaign.

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New York Times political correspondent and Illinois State University alum Carl Hulse says the Trump administration has put journalism and media in unfamiliar territory.

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The acquittal last week of a white former St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of a 24-year-old African-American suspect has its roots in a 1989 Supreme Court decision.

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The McLean County Heart and Stroke Walk is all about getting fit, staying healthy and fighting back against heart attack and stroke.

Michael Jeffords

Most people would shrink from an opportunity to walk through the woods at night. All that darkness. All those strange insect sounds, not to mention the screeching owls.

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As Netflix is debuting a new documentary this week called "Heroin(e)" about three women battling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis is waging her own one-woman crusade to help educate the community.

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The vulnerability of Earth's biodiversity is a theme that runs through the work of artist Alice Hargrave. 

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Long before he was a professor of psychology, Travis Langley was a budding geek.

The Ronnie Baker Brooks 2017 release “Times Have Changed” is aptly titled. For one, he altered his guitar sound, leaving his coveted guitar pedals at home during the recording of the album.

“I plugged straight into the amp through a Gibson guitar,” said Brooks. “That was an adjustment for me at first, mentally.”

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For many people fleeing mandatory evacuation areas in Florida, it was hard to know the right place to go.

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Proponents of a new Bloomington Public Library combined with a Connect Transit transfer center have a hurdle to overcome—a previous council consensus.

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Former McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen was sentenced Tuesday to a year in federal prison for his role in a billing-fraud scheme against his State Farm, the final chapter in a stunning fall for one of Central Illinois’ most prominent politicians.

A Facebook post goes viral. A Normal mother ends up in jail. And a local business is left scarred by false accusations. Jyl Waller from A Shining Star Learning Center talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about the power of social media in the age of outrage. Plus, the end of summer is a magical time to remember the music of the lazy days just gone by. And playfulness, protest, and puppets in a new art exhibit at ISU.

Heartland Theater

"The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." Well, the suspense is over! Because Oscar Wilde's classic comedy "The Importance if Being Earnest" has arrived at Heartland Theater in Normal.

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He had to teach and didn't have time for a summer vacation, so GLT's Culture Commentator spent some summer time catching up with rock heroes and icons. And he saw a thread in all of the concerts. 

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No, you probably can’t get arrested for lying about someone else on Facebook. If you could, we’d need a lot more jails.

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