GLT's Sound Ideas

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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.

album art by Solitaire Miles

You might associate "Western swing" with Texas dancehalls and Oklahoma honky-tonks. But a great new take on the classic American idiom comes from a Chicago jazz singer.

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Comedian Tig Notaro has a new HBO comedy special "Boyish Girl Interrupted" and the documentary "Tig" is streaming on Netflix. WGLT's Mike McCurdy spoke with the comedian before her appearance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in January of 2014.

Brenda Cardenas: Psalm (for Roberto), read by Brenda Cardenas. Music by Paul Moore (Laura from Mandolin Magic)

Photo courtesy of Flickr user F.D. Richards via Creative Commons

  Neal in Kansas City, Kansas is searching for the perfect conifer for his yard.  The tricky thing is, the soil isn't great and the weather in Kansas City can be brutal.  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some suggestions for just the right tree.

Marilyn Stringer

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of blues legend Muddy Waters. In the late 1970's through 1982, John Primer was a guitarist in the last incarnation of the Muddy Waters Band.  In this edition of Talkin' Blues, Primer talks with GLT's Jon Norton about Waters, as well as the Rolling Stones.  Primer also talks about the new tribute album "Muddy Waters 100" which features a number of guest artists, and Primer on vocals and guitar on most of the tunes.

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The Ecology Action Center's Michael Brown plays "Can It Be Recycled" with WGLT's Mike McCurdy and listeners. Just what do you do with a Lava Lamp? Find out as Michael and Mike also talk about this weekend's household hazardous waste collection event.

Salaita’s Hope Of Teaching At U Of I Continues

Oct 15, 2015
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Steven Salaita was back on the U of I campus this week for the first time in a year. He’s teaching now at the American University of Beirut. But he says he’d rather be teaching at the University of Illinois.

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Some officials at public universities in Illinois are at least floating the idea of taking legal action against the governor and the Illinois legislature over the absence of a state budget. During an appearance on GLT's Sound Ideas, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said it's not likely that will happen, but admitted some educators are considering going to court.

Devyn Corp., Tarter Construction, Farnsworth Group

The potential developer of a boutique hotel in downtown Bloomington has a complex legal history with the city. David Bently has extensive holdings in the downtown area and recently bought the Pantagraph Newspaper building. But, speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Mayor Tari Renner says the city would have to be cautious in entering into an agreement with Bently.

Bently has so far been unsuccessful in a suit over the city's distribution of Tax Increment Financing District money, though that has been appealed to the state supreme court.

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East Peoria Developer Jeff Giebelhausen will meet with the Bloomington City Council next week to present another proposal for the Front and Center building in Downtown Bloomington. Downtown property owner David Bentley will also present to the Committee of the Whole meeting regarding a proposal to turn the Pantagraph building into a boutique hotel. During Sound Ideas, Mike McCurdy talked with Mayor Tari Renner about  downtown redevelopment plans, police body cams, an uptick in city revenue, and solid waste services.

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Quiet unsexy policy priorities can shape a city. In GLT's final interview focusing on the Normal 1-5-0 celebration, we unravel some of the choices made in recent decades that are shaping the town's present and future. Charlie Schlenker talks with the town's Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich who says the 1-2% annual population growth the town experienced posed challenges and presented opportunities.

Heather Wilson

Reverend Osagyefo Sekou has been front and center in the ongoing protests in Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown and thinks the incident was the tipping point in the tense relationship between police and minorities.  Sekou gives the annual Hibbert R. Roberts Lecture at Illinois State University Thursday night. 

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  A Twin Cities resident turned tragedy to triumph for animals in need.  Laura Kennedy has more on this edition of Animal House.

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It's the 100th day Illinois has been without a budget. The state has without a budget before -- but going this long is unprecedented.

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  When "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest" debuted on Broadway in 1963 it shocked audiences and critics alike.  Based on a controversial novel by Ken Kesey, the play explores themes of individualism struggling against conformity.  Illinois State University Theater is staging the show, and  Laura Kennedy spoke with the director and lead actor.

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  Homecoming is more than just bonfires and football games these days.  Laura Kennedy talks with Doris Groves from the ISU Alumni Center about what  Illinois State University's Homecoming has to offer the campus and the community.

Dave Tanner

  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, deals with two questions this week concerning trees that are doing poorly.  First, Kevin in Normal is worried his neighbor's sick trees will infect his own, and Dave in Kansas needs advice about his sickly Ginkgo.

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The perfectly imperfect moments of family life are the focus of a new exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  A popular website moves off the internet and into the gallery to provide a place for all of us to celebrate the Awkward Family Photo.  Laura Kennedy has more.

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Ray LaHood spent more than two decades in Congress and served another 4 1/2 years as President Barack Obama's first Secretary of Transportation. Next month, his book, “Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics” is being released.

He spoke in Normal Wednesday to the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association state conference. But before that, he stopped by the GLT studios to discuss transit funding, politics and life after governmental service with WGLT's Willis Kern.

Future Of Solar Power Bright

Oct 7, 2015
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As politicians stake out their most advantageous positions on Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, some are staking out the most profitable positions. That includes coal mine owners, oil companies, and those interested in solar power. WGLT's Jim Browne has more with Shannon Fulton of StraightUp Solar in Bloomington, who is also President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

Illinois State University

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The information age has opened new possibilities of both establishing relationships with other people and abusing them. The Virtual Enemy is a new book co-authored by Shelly Clevenger of Illinois State University. It focuses on the relationships of intimate partners and cyber-crime.

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The town of Normal could generate more than $6 million in additional revenue once the 1% sales tax increase goes into effect next year. A quarter of that is earmarked to community-wide mental health improvements. The remainder is up for grabs.

Joanne Mathiasen

Vocalist Michelle Lordi grew up listening to the great jazz combos in the clubs of her hometown of Philadelphia.  B3 great Trudy Pitts was a particular favorite. But she was also enamored with jazz legends Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie.  On this edition of Jazz Next, Lordi talks with GLT's Jon Norton about her new album "Drive," the sometimes tense relationship between vocalists and instrumentalists, and how she approaches her craft.

Justin Niguchi

Hot on the heels of their fourth album, "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," The Steeldrivers return to Bloomington's Castle Theatre on Thursday, October 15. The hard-driving bluegrass/Americana band is growing its audience through relentless touring and distinctive original music. GLT's Bruce Bergethon spoke with founding member, fiddler/singer/songwriter Tammy Rogers.

Illinois State University

Time magazine named the many volunteers fighting last year's Ebola outbreak in western Africa their "Persons of the Year." One of the volunteers selected to literally be the "face" of this effort was Ella Stryker, a New Jersey native and public educator who began volunteering only last year with Doctors Without Borders.

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  People of all spiritual beliefs are welcome at the 8th annual Pagan Pride Day at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

Photo: Brandy Hansen

  Brandy in Normal is distraught over her weeping cherry -- there's a strange sap seeping from the trunk!  Does that spell disaster?  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some advice for the gardener.

Pope Francis' historic visit to Philadelphia this past weekend drew more than a million people. Among them was WGLT's Judy Valente, who accompanied a group of pilgrims from central Illinois. They drove through the night in a van to get there, hoping for a glimpse of the man in white. They got that and much more.

Photo: Mario Contreras

  A documentary filmmaker  reflects on his roots as an anchor baby and his father's dream that education brings opportunity in the film, "My Father's Knee," which is currently on view at the Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy talked with the filmmaker about his inspiration and goals for the film that takes the American Dream to heart.

There was an unprecedented sustained level of growth in the Town of Normal between 1967 and 1993. As part of the Normal 1-5-0 celebration, GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with two of the leaders who oversaw that era, retired City Manager Dave Anderson and former Mayor Paul Harmon about the several causes of that boom.

The panel discussion about the boom years of Normal will be Sunday afternoon at Uptown Station (2p)
 

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