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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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At a time when government fails to address the big problems—gun violence, racial injustice, economic inequality—the contributions of individual difference-makers are even more worthy of recognition.

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Alissa Palmer and Whitney Johnson share a visual vocabulary ... and now share gallery space in their exhibition, "Sensing Synonyms."

Illinois State University Athletics

The Illinois State University men's basketball team had high expectations going into this season.

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One of the nominees at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards traces the roots of his acting career to the student stage at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Fresh off their first major legislative victory since President Donald Trump took office, Republican lawmakers went on a bit of a victory tour back home during the holiday break.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that he’s not concerned by the president’s tweet sizing up America’s “nuclear button” and that he thinks the Trump’s “strong stance” on North Korea is working.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/03/18

Jan 3, 2018

In reading Poetry, it's important to be generous and open hearted.  One person can say the poem doesn't appeal because it does not address an elevated topic. Another might say it's great because it addresses something outside their experience, like making hamburgers. And two central Illinois authors say there's no reason to argue because both takes on the poem are valid. Interpreting poetry, Laura Kennedy's interview, plus more of the books of 2017 including works on Greenbelt communities, a Holy Roman Emperor of eight centuries ago, and a look at criminals in the American imagination.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/02/18

Jan 2, 2018

Books Books Books. GLT gave you a number of interview on Sound Ideas in 2017 about books, including ISU Scholar Karen Coates about the role of Mothers in literature.Plus, Wonder Woman's archetype analyzed, the celebrations of the Cubs world series championship are flowing. And Jon Norton talks with an author about the Windy City Blues Scene.

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Community Players in Bloomington takes 37 Shakespeare plays, adds three actors, a little audience participation and comes up with a hilarious romp for a cold, winter's night.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/29/17

Dec 29, 2017

Convicted Murderer Barton McNeil is trying to pin the killing of his daughter Christina on his ex, Misook Nowlan. Nowlan has written a letter denying it and saying police looked at receipts and witnesses to her alibi at the time. Illinois Wesleyan University social psychologist and true-crime buff Amanda Vicary joins journalists Scott Reeder and Willis Kern on the next edition of Suspect Convictions. Plus, we recap more of the top accessed stories of 2017 on GLT.

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Things are quiet in the garden right now, so it's a good time to reflect on making some resolutions for becoming a better gardener.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/28/17

Dec 27, 2017

The pastor of one of Bloomington-Normal's largest congregations ignited controvesy in 2017 with a sermon that criticized non-traditional families and suggested homosexuality is a choice. The pushback to Pastor Mike Baker of Eastview Christian Church was one of the top stories listened to on GLT this year. Others include the investigative series Landlord V Tenant, The struggle to improve police and resident relations with a Citizen Review Board, Criminal Charges against former Bloomington Coliseum Managers, and more.

Bluegrass legend Sam Bush was not all that enchanted when he was growing up on a farm. He was interested in hanging around and riding his bike with the kids in town. But, now he's grateful for that farm and work centered upbringing. Bush tells GLT's Jon Norton he is fortunate his parents supported Bush's music. Hear about the year in central Illinois music with Sam Bush, the Henhouse Prowlers, the Something Brothers, Sarah Qua, and more.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/26/17

Dec 26, 2017

George Thorogood got his start in accoustic blues, though he's better known for a rockin blues electric sound. But, Thorogood says he's not unique. Listen to George Thorogood return to his roots as well as Black Violin, Chicago Farmer, John Till, and more in a Sound Ideas review of music in central Illinois in 2017.

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The GLT Psych Geeks have contributed to a new book that delves into the psychological underpinnings of a popular TV show.

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Shari Zeck, GLT's Culture Maven and Illinois State University's interim dean of Milner Library, came away from seeing the new "Star Wars" film with a strong impression. No worries, no spoilers.

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Tricia in Bloomington fears for her newly planted magnolia tree. It looks like a critter has been nibbling at it.

Emmy Holmes-Hicks

Emmy Holmes-Hicks caught the fiddle bug by age 4.

“An older cousin would visit from Thunder Bay, Ontario,” said Holmes-Hicks. “She played Canadian-style fiddle. There was something that just drew me to that music, so much I was just glued to her and I think my parents noticed that.”

Tracy McCoy

For a moment, let’s skip the idyllic version of Christmas—the milk and cookies, the stockings hung from the chimney with care, the turkey feast straight out of a Norman Rockwell piece.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/20/17

Dec 20, 2017

Continuing a trend begun last spring in Normal Township elections, more first-time women candidates are running as Democrats for McLean County office.  GLT's Judy Valente talks with county board candidates Elizabeth Johnston and Sharon Chung. Ryan Denham tracks down and talks with two central Illinois Congressman in the middle of voting on the GOP tax overhaul bill. And student Reporter Baylee Steelman takes a look at holiday need.

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Bloomington-Normal’s two Republican congressmen said Wednesday that their vote in support of the GOP tax bill will help middle-income earners in Central Illinois, denying that the measure disproportionately benefits wealthier Americans and companies.

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Continuing a trend that began last spring with the Normal Township election, a number of first-time candidates who are women are running for local office.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

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The dark underbelly of corruption is exposed in a new book from two Illinois State University professors.

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Sherri served food for nearly three decades. Now, she's on the receiving end.

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Illinois State and other colleges and universities appear to have dodged an unfavorable measure that has now been removed from the GOP tax plan.

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The Midwest Food Bank is teaming up with Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee to provide food to the youth who attend programs at the community center she founded in her hometown of East St. Louis.

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It’s a Sunday morning service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington. About 200 people gather before a simple, unadorned altar to sing hymns, pray, listen to a sermon and share communion in a long tradition of Lutheran worship.

Humace Society of Central Illinois

The Humane Society of Central Illinois (HCI) is fighting the pet over-population problem with a series of spay/neuter clinics. Plus its doors are open to young people who want to help out by volunteering.

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The Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce make fine Christmas trees. But how about breaking out of the traditional mold and trying something new?