GLT's Sound Ideas - Full Episodes

GLT’s local news magazine airs weekdays at noon and 6 PM. Subscribe to the Sound Ideas podcast in feature-story format or listen to complete episodes using the links on the right.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/27/17

16 hours ago

A candidate answers the question: do Democrats need a billionaire of their own to beat Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's election? Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about where he stands -- and his middle-class credentials. School starts soon. Some parents are already buying school supplies. Others are trying to figure out how to afford those supplies Charlie Schlenker talks with the Chair of the Back To School Alliance.  And Laura Kennedy and our own Culture Maven talk about a female Dr. Who.  

GLT Sound Ideas 07/26/17

Jul 26, 2017

In the 1970s, Illinois played a pivotal role in the defeat of an equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Now the nation's eyes are on Illinois once again as a key state in the fight to revive the ERA. ERA activist Sally Pancrazio talks with GLT’s Judy Valente about local organizing efforts for the ERA. That's later today at noon/six on GLT's Sound Ideas. Hear about a craft distillery in DeKalb, IL. The CEO of whiskey acres is a keynote speaker at todays Illinois Farm Bureau Conference.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/25/17

Jul 25, 2017

Flat demand and new openings are increasing competition in the Bloomington-Normal hotel scene. Ray Ceresa from the Bloomington-Normal Hotel and Lodging Association tells GLT's Ryan Denham that there may be too many hotel rooms in town. Mayor Tari Renner’s reacts to a soft hotel market. He’s been working on attracting a hotel to Downtown Bloomington for several years. You’ll also hear about council action to establish a citizen led police advisory board. And hear about the battle farmers are fighting over the perception of how food is produced.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

Domestic violence caseworkers see patterns.. They say they see the things reported in the Sarah Mellor murder case all the time. For instance,  Mellor did not leave her husband in spite of abuse. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Senna Adjabeng of Countering Domestic Violence about the patterns of response to abuse. The effort to establish a police citizen review board has created a community debate. You’ll hear some of those comments from the last Bloomington council meeting as the council could vote to establish the board tonight. And Dawes is headed to the Castle Theater.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Dividing downtown Bloomington into three separate zoning districts might improve walkability and the amount of time spent in downtown. Currently downtown is just one large zone. GLT's Mike McCurdy talks with Bloomington Community Development Director Tom Dabareiner about the city core and progress on a city wide zoning overhaul. Plus, Laura Kennedy looks at the future of nursing with the Dean of ISU's Mennonite College of Nursing, and Unit Five's concerns about keeping schools open in the absence of state funding.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/20/17

Jul 20, 2017

Hear about a craft beer maker in Normal making a name for itself. White Oak Brewery and its new taproom is a big hit with beer lovers. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on how a nascent beer tourism industry may be brewing in Bloomington-Normal.  Get to know Downers Grove native Scott Marek. The aspiring country singer-songwriter with a just-released first original single and plays Six Strings in Downtown Bloomington on Saturday. And hear how a momentous event for The Cubs and Cubs fans nine months ago is leading to some momentous events for families nine months later.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/19/17

Jul 19, 2017

The Sarah Mellor murder case in Woodford and McLean Counties attracted a lot of public attention. GLT's Ryan Denham was in the courtroom for the sentencing. Plus, the latest from the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene, Summer Theater in the Twin Cities, and GLT's Grow.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/18/17

Jul 18, 2017

Hear from a couple of the first openly gay women to win local positions in the last municipal election. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Normal Township Trustee Samantha Quigle and District 87 Board member Elizabeth Fox Anvick. Home sales are rebounding in Bloomington-Normal. Ryan Denham reports why low inventory is leading to some quick decisions. And today is day one of the Red Bull Trans- Siberian Extreme – 57-hundred miles in 24 days across Russia. You’ll hear from a Twin City athlete who hopes to be the first woman to finish the race.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/17/17

Jul 17, 2017

Parents in Unit Five, Bloomington-Normal Schools will be happy with this news: Superintendent Mark Daniel says the district is cancelling plans to redraw school boundaries. Daniel also gives Charlie Schlenker a picture of growth including Towanda Elementary and NCHS. Get a preview of a new grocery delivery service available in Bloomington-Normal. Instacart will deliver more than groceries, too. And hear how a Community Cancer Center butterfly garden and butterfly release is helping more than pollinators and plants, bringing beauty to those who need it. 

GLT Sound Ideas 07/14/17

Jul 14, 2017

The YWCA of McLean County is cutting another program because of the state fiscal mess, home care services this time. Operations Vice President Liz German says not only are a couple hundred people losing service, the Y is losing 50 staff. More on how the YWCA is trying to stabilize. Plus District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly says not everything is great for his institution either after passage of the state budget.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/13/17

Jul 13, 2017

State lawmakers slipped a surprise into the budget for home rule cities and municipalities, an unpleasand and costly one. It's a two percent collection fee on sales tax receipts. GLT's Ryan Denham gets the irate reaction from Bloomington and Normal leaders.

A tragic event in the life of ISU Volleyball Coach Melissa Myers rocked her world and caused her to quit last month. Gaining hard won perspective and doing things for the right reason, hear more in Bryan Bloodworth's interview with Melissa Myers.

Plus Laura Kennedy's walk through of a long dormant hotel in the twin cities now restored to life after a troubled history of redevelopment. And making a movie in McLean County; Colleen Reynolds has a report.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/12/13

Jul 13, 2017

The police Chief of Heyworth recently had a Facebook post of his go viral. But, Mike Garretts says even lost dogs are worth doing. How small town law enforcement is leveraging technology; a report from GLT's Ryan Denham. Plus, a Chicago playwright offers a workshop in Bloomington Normal, and a new book on the wonders of nature in Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/11/17

Jul 11, 2017

A new State Supreme Court ruling puts the kibosh on county prosecutors having investigators that start their own cases. McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers talks about the implications for drug asset forfeitures elsewhere in the state. Chambers tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker he would rather spend money on lawyers to clear cases than on investigators. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner and Alderman Amelia Buragas of Bloomington stop by. And hog farms continue to make a big news stink in the state.

Hear about the Bloomington’s green spaces and the department that manages them.  The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is developing a new blueprint for the next 15 years and examining trends, like "no-mow." Director Jay Tetzloff talks about the process for developing a new parks master plan and how you can provide input. The state has a budget. But how did it come together and what happened behind the scenes. The IPR Politics Roundtable dissects the budget agreement. And Delbert McClinton plays Decatur this weekend.

GLT Sound Ideas 07/07/17

Jul 7, 2017

Another Democrat tosses a hat in the ring in the 13th Congressional District. Meet Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield. Plus ISU President Larry Dietz said the state budget is a relief, though it offers the university $7 million less than the budget of two years ago and the lowest amount since the early 1990s. And, I Heart Juliet, the costumes, the rap, the experience of Shakespeare's classic writ modern.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/29/17

Jun 29, 2017

A gay, married Catholic from the Springfield diocese is reacting to restrictions his bishop has placed on gay parishoners. Springfield church member John Freml ponders his future in the Catholic Church. Get a preview of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's opening night. We observe the centennial of a street car strike in Bloomington – find out what this labor action is important. And Jon Norton talks with Sarah Shook. Her band The Disarmers are headed to central Illinois.   

GLT Sound Ideas 06/28/17

Jun 28, 2017

Bloomington is considering making Urbana's civilian police review board a model for a similar review board here. But has the Urbana board made a difference in that community? GLT's Judy Valente talks with Urbana's Deputy Police Chief Bryant Seraphin. Get a preview of  B-N by the numbers presentation from the Economic Development Council and hear about the small business development center at Illinois Wesleyan University, following the closure of ISU’s center. And GLT’s Laura Kennedy walks you through a new exhibit from artist Cynthia Kukla. 

GLT Sound Ideas 06/27/17

Jun 27, 2017

Contamination in the single-stream recycling is threatening recycling as we know it. Education – including a new smart phone app – may be the key. Mike McCurdy talks with Michael Brown with the Ecology Action Center. You’ll also hear from Todd Shumaker with the Midwest Fiber, the company sorting recycling in central Illinois. GLT’s Jon Norton checks in with a husband and wife jazz group, headed to Jazz Upfront in Bloomington. Find out what Mardra and Reggie Thomas have been up to.

A central Illinois business leader is mourning the lost opportunity in President Trump's reversal on Cuba policy. Former State Treasurer Dan Rutherford talks with GLT's Colleen Reynolds about his Cuba experience and Trump trade policy. The Illinois Public Radio Politics Roundtable is monitoring progress toward a state budget. Hear the latest. And during an edition of What’s On Your Turntable, Jon Norton stops by Waiting Room Records for some music you might not expect to hear there. 

GLT Sound Ideas 06/22/17

Jun 22, 2017

Wonder Woman is the hit movie of the summer. GLT’s Laura Kennedy gets two takes on the iconic heroine from a fan and our own Sound Ideas Culture Maven,and from two researchers and authors of a book on Wonder Woman. The Southern Baptist Convention has condemned white supremacy in a halting and awkward fashion. Judy Valente gets reaction from a Southern Baptist pastor serviing Bloomington normal who had to confront his own racist family background. And Jon Norton previews an upcoming Castle Theater show from the Hen House Prowlers. 

One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor says he believes Governor Bruce Rauner has really low regard for people who are poor, have disabilities, or mental illness. Chris Kennedy tells GLT’s Charlie Schlenker he thinks damage to the state social services is intentional. Find out what it takes to move a canine rescue operation. Colleen Reynolds has an update on  Wish Bone Canine Rescue, that helped place nearly 800 dogs last year. And Town of Normal Council member Jeff Fritzen is in for the traveling Mayor Koos to talk about the Uptown underpass, and the town budget. 

GLT Sound Ideas 06/16/17

Jun 16, 2017

Not only is the state mooching off school districts, now the GOP healthcare bill would cut a half million dollars for Bloomington Normal Schools to care for special needs kids. Unit Five Superintendent Mark Daniel talks about one blow after another. Bloomington Police, community groups, and the city council have hammered out a draft ordinance fora new citizen led oversight board. And another chance to Fly the W.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/15/17

Jun 15, 2017

Hear about a conference to help families who might want to adopt the many African American children in McLean County currently in foster care. GLT's Judy Valente talks with Doris Houston  of the ISU Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies. Get previews of the new seasons of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Bloomington Center For the Performing Arts. And find out how you can benefit pollinators in your own backyard.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/14/17

Jun 14, 2017

A mass shooting at a Virginia park. In the crosshairs, people tossing around baseballs. The victims – members of the baseball team who may have been targeted specifically because of who they are. Republican members of Congress.  GLT’s Charlie Schlenker has reaction from Illinois congressional representative Rodney Davis, the teams catcher. Hear about the 50th anniversary of a flying club, based at the central Illinois regional airport - -theyv’e been teaching people to pilot airplanes since the 60’s and GLT’s Judy Valente reports on Gwendolyn Brooks.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/13/17

Jun 13, 2017

A nighttime excursion to measure the health of McLean County's owl population turns up a couple of hoots, but also some concerns. ISU Biologist Angelo Caparella talks with GLT’s Judy Valente about why some nighttime birds are disappearing. Laura Kennedy and Sound ideas Culture maven Shari Zeck lament the passing of the shopping mall. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner talks about a housing project that was tabled, a city Transportation Commission, and redevelopment of the former Bloomington High School.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/12/17

Jun 12, 2017

The Bloomington-Normal LGBTQ+ community gathers to remember those lost one year ago in a terrorist attack and hate crime in Orlando. David Bentlin says the Prairie Pride Coalition and Not in Our Town is honoring those who died with action, rolling out a new gay friendly business directory.  Illinois courts have weighed in on which State of Illinois bills must be paid first and now the state is running out of money to pay THOSE  bills. The IPR Politics Round Table has more. And Jon Norton talks with Country-Folk-Rocker Robert Earl Keen playing The Castle Theater Thursday night.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/09/17

Jun 9, 2017

The First African American Normal Town Council Member says he 2016 election did not make a difference in her decision to run. A conversation about the goals and background of Chemberly Cummings. There's a celebration of creativity, inclusion, and collaboration at the University Galleries. State Representative Dan Brady responds to the suggestion of a boycott of the private businesses of lawmakers until a state budget passes. And the wisdom of healing gardens.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/08/17

Jun 8, 2017

Hear from the headliner of this Saturday's GLT Summer Concert. She says she had a tumultuous childhood. You’ll Meet Thornetta Davis, the Queen of Detroit Blues and hear our conversation with Edward David Anderson who opens the Summer Concert on Saturday.  On stage tonight, the first of Normal Parks and Recreation's musical-theater productions: the 2005 Tony Award-winning show, Spamalot.  And Charlie Schlenker talks about the state budget with Representative Dan Brady.

GLT Sound Ideas 06/07/17

Jun 7, 2017

The job of Illinois comptroller used to be regarded as perfunctory. But the budget impasse has changed that. Listen for an interview with Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza. Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to talk about climate change. When President Trump pulled out of the U.N. Paris Climate Accord, Bloomington-Normal’s Mayor’s jumped in on the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda. And the Tony Awards are Sunday night. Judy Valente has a preview of Broadway’s big night. 

GLT Sound Ideas 06/06/17

Jun 6, 2017

Peoria's airport manager is not a fan of President Trump's proposal to privatize air traffic control. Hear from Gene Olson about the dangers of private control of air traffic control. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. Colleen Reynolds tells you about the McLean County Diversity project and the students who will see history first hand this summer at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. And GLT’s Jon Norton previews an upcoming show at the Castle Theater with St. Paul & the Broken Bones.  

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