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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.

David McClister

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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There's another candidate in the Democratic race for Congress in the 13th District. He is Ben Webb, an English and Drama teacher at University High School in Normal. Webb said he has been frustrated at the lack of listening done by the current Congressman, Republican Rodney Davis, and believes he brings a different approach.

Webb said he sees a lack of attention to scientists, experts, and scholars in politics.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/02/17

Jun 2, 2017

A new Democratic Party candidate for Congress in the 13th District takes aim at sham test votes on proposals in Washington meant to flush out lawmaker positions for later attack. Meet University High School Teacher Ben Webb. Heartland Theater opens a festival of ten minute plays. Hate crimes are rising in Illinois. And get an

Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has chosen its new music director. He is Ken Lam, currently the director of the symphony in Charleston, South Carolina.

Merlin Mather

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis said the U.S. can still be a climate change leader without the Paris accords.

Critics of the idea of pulling out of the accords on limiting global emissions say they U.S. needs to be engaged with the international community on the issue.

Baby Fold

The Baby Fold's Residential Treatment Center for children and teens who suffer emotional difficulties due to abuse and neglect will close at the end of the month -- another casualty of the Illinois budget impasse.

The Pritts Family

A once in a lifetime trip for most people has rolled to a stop for the Pritts family.

In June 2016, Jeff, the former manager of the Uptown Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center and Marci,who worked for a non-profit foundation, headed east on a 13,000 mile, 10-month trip that took them, their kids, a Great Dane, a second dog, and a cat  through 30 states with 70 stops.  

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There's continuing forward momentum  in Bloomington-Normal toward creating a multi-sports complex. The idea could make good economic sense according to Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson. However, Peterson said he wouldn't use the term "public-private partnership" to describe the effort.

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The Penguin Project of McLean County is staging the musical James and the Giant Peach, Jr. this weekend in U-High's Stroud Auditorium.

Lincoln, NE Police Department

Community groups in the Twin Cities are advocating for a citizen-led review board to monitor and weigh in on the actions of the Bloomington Police Department.  Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner has resisted the call, saying citizens don't understand the intricacies of police work.

But there are many citizen led review boards across the country, including in Illinois. Perhaps the oldest is in Lincoln, Nebraska. That state's capital city with a population of just over 270,000 has had some aspect of a citizen led police advisory board since the 1970's.

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Like many Americans, Gretchen Snow  was horrified at the photos of a drowned Syrian refugee child who washed up on the shores of Greece. Then there were the images of African families fleeing violence in their villages, walking on dirt roads, children in tow and their  belongings on their backs.

Snow decided she had to act. She was not alone.

GLT Sound Ideas 05/29/17

May 29, 2017

A Memorial Day tribute to the love of music. This is a special edition of 'What's On Your Turntable' featuring the music of Pentangle, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, Allen Stone, and Merchandise.

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The 26th Annual  Champagne British Car Festival is highlighting the DeLorean -- the car that was transformed into a time machine in Back to the Future.

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Forty years ago this week, the lines began to form around the block for Star Wars—a film that went on to explode not just box office records, but make a profound impact on culture.

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Throw some particles at an atom and what do you get? That's what Dr. Allison Harris wants to know.

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Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge.

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Walking along Shady Hollow Trail at Comlara Park, Sherrie Snyder spots a small flowering plant in the underbrush that contains a series of delicate deep purple blossoms. She stoops to snap a photograph of it on her cell phone.

"I'm going take a picture of this little guy, the dwarf larkspur," she says.

It's all part of a citizen-science project called Flora of Comlara Park. She and other volunteers—you might call them plant Sherlocks—observe and photograph the current plant life so that botanists can compare the plants growing today with those that grew a hundred years ago in central Illinois. 

Connect Transit is staring at eight thousand hours of service cuts. Among them are two trippers to give city access to residents of Ironwood Gardens on the north side of town and Danbury Court on the south side. Connect Transit Manager Isaac Thorne unpacks the policy issues. Plus, Colleen Reynolds talks with the Interim Director of the BCPA, a science fiction anniversary, and the science fact of smashing atoms together.

GLT Sound Ideas 5/25/17

May 25, 2017

Destihl Brewery is banking on its sour ales for future growth as it opens its new facility in north Normal. But, formerly explosive double digit growth in craft beer slowed last year to six percent. Talking about beer taste trends with Destihl. Plus, plastic mats for the homeless, Sergeant Pepper hits 50, and immigration stories.

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Recent political rhetoric aside, the majority of immigrants living in the US. come here legally, and each has a compelling story to tell. Those are among the messages members of Bloomington-Normal's immigrant communities hope to convey at a conversation Thursday evening at Bloomington Public Library.

East Indian, Mexican, Caribbean and Latin American immigrants will share their personal stories.

GLT Sound Ideas 5/24/17

May 24, 2017

New Bloomington Alderman Jamie Mathy says the city is not all that user friendly for small business startups. But, he says the city of no is starting to turn into the city of, how can we help you? Plus home is where the RV is, the final chapter of a ten month travel odyssey. And getting rid of a couple of garden pests.

Destihl

Destihl Brewery has cut the ribbon on its new  $14 million production facility in north Normal.

The grand opening Saturday at the brewery north of Menards comes at a time craft brewing growth has begun to slow in the U.S. But, Giotto Troia of Destihl said his company's position remains enviable.

GLT Sound Ideas 05/23/17

May 23, 2017

A march from Chicago to Springfield demanding a state budget. One of those marchers joins us, advocating a progressive income tax. The head of the Ecology Action Center lays out plans for a household hazardous waste collection event and business support for it. Plus, the Mayor of Bloomington stops by.

GLT Sound Ideas 05/22/17

May 23, 2017

IWU Women's Basketball Coach Mia Smith looks at the intangibles of young talented basketball players. Her new gig is selecting players for the USA Basketball 16 and under national team. Plus, saying goodbye to a gentle man and WGLT colleague, and what's new (or rather old) in Springfield.

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Once the excitement of adopting a new pet settles down, you have a big decision ahead of you:  what to name your new friend.

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