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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.

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

As the Normal CornBelters baseball team prepares to begin its 10th season, minor league baseball is facing new financial challenges created by federal regulations. 

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

One of the keys to minimizing financial losses at the McLean County Nursing Home will be forming partnerships with hospitals.

Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 4:25 p.m. | Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday that a change to the city’s liquor laws could have unintended consequences on economic development.

Gamers playing Halo.
Matt Sayles / AP

Rick Valentin would like you to join him at the intersection of film and video games.

Courtesy of Douglas Tallamy

Environmentalist Douglas Tallamy believes every person with a patch of front or back yard can be a conservationist.

OC45: A Happy Accident

Apr 21, 2018
OC45, left to right: Nick Tanzi, Adam Femino, Ken Bousquet, Derek Rossi
Bombs Away Photography

On the day before the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, OC45 guitarist Derek Rossi was explaining “Keep Your Guns” from their 2017 album “Happy Accidents.”

John Poling
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Community Players in Bloomington is staging a biting comedy/drama of family relations.

Prairie verbena flowers.
Sonal Patil

Sonal in Texas has the right idea about using native plants in her yard. She's tempted to transplant the prairie verbena she sees on the roadside right into her garden. Is that a good idea?

Jar of buttons
Vintage Fairy Tale / Flickr via Creative Commons

For as long as humans have needed to keep clothing fastened, we've counted on buttons to do the heavy lifting. But more than being simply useful, buttons have become highly collectable.

Jon Norton / WGLT

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, Bloomington-Normal students are still working for change.

John D'earth playing his trumpet
Bob Travis / Wikipedia

It’s odd hearing the director of a university jazz program argue that he is NOT an educator.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Having grown up in Brussels, Belgium, American artist and illustrator Chas Fagan says he was keenly interested in U.S. history, particularly its presidents.

Courtesy / Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council

Two community leaders who got a peek behind the Rivian curtain Monday say they returned from Michigan more optimistic about the EV startup's future.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Tuesday is Tax Day, the deadline for Americans to file their federal taxes.

Circus performer's rings.
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For the very first time, the Circus Fans Association of America is holding its annual convention this week in Bloomington-Normal, a community that was once called the Trapeze Capital of the World, owing to the number of flyers who originated in the Twin Cities.

Michael Dabin, courtesy of Jim Kirk / New York Daily News

The nation's largest newspapers are seeing digital subscriptions soar during President Donald Trump's administration. The newly named editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times said during a Sound Ideas interview that readers are willing "to pay for good content" about the current administration.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Ten years ago, Lincoln College was a junior college in a small town.

Mike McNeil and Madonna Courtright
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The Golden K Kiwanis organization is planning a fundraiser to help kids on our community.

Foxtail barley
Matt Lavin / Flickr via Creative Commons

If you want a garden that's true to its American roots and flourishes no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, then you need to add native plants to your yard.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A potential Connect Transit transfer center in Downtown Bloomington is still on the table.

Chef Roy Choi
Amy Harris / AP

Be honest and live your truth. That's the advice of award-winning and groundbreaking chef and restaurateur Roy Choi.

Associated Press

Sexual harassment claims. Nondisclosure clauses. Gender discrimination in the workplace. All have been in the news lately.

Dennis Mackrel at this drumset
Andrzej "Andre" Pilaczyk

From virtually the time he emerged from his mother’s womb, Dennis Mackrel was exposed to a steady diet of jazz.

A head and chest image of a smiling Keith Cornille
Heartland Community College

The new Heartland Community College president will be Keith Cornille.

Chow 4-Piece at Jazz UpFront in Bloomington April 5.
Jon Norton / WGLT

Trombonist Mason Riedel laughed when asked how his Illinois State University Jazz Combo acquired its name. He had just been called by Jazz Up Front owner James Gaston about filling in last minute on a Thursday night.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Community organizer Jenn Carillo said she wants more than to have people at the table listen to her. She wants a seat at the table.

Courtesty of YWCA McLean County

Women earn on average 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Because more women head households than ever before, the continuing gender pay gap has become a "family issue," says Kyle Ciani, a women's and gender studies professor at Illinois State University.

Fans in front of theater.
Jim Cooper / AP Photo

In 1980, the movie musical "Xanadu" bombed in a big way. But it didn't slink off into dark ignominy.

Jason Doss / Wikimedia Commons

Kansas City is poised to become the smartest of smart cities in the next five years, according to the city employee leading that effort.

Staff / WGLT

Bloomington aldermen balanced the new city budget without a significant increase in property taxes, but it’s unclear if they’ll be able to do that again a year from now.

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