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 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.  

GLT Sound Ideas 06/05/17

Jun 5, 2017

Even the members of President Trump's own party don't much like his budget. Congressman Rodney Davis is particularly opposed to cuts to agriculture spending. The Taylorville Republican talks with GLT’s Charlie Schlenker and says budgets are visions from Presidents, not meant to be taken literally. The state legislative session is over and observers are left with more questions than answers. You’ll get analysis during an IPR politics roundtable. And it’s the classic country of the Cactus Blossoms. They’re playing the Castle Theater tonight.

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

GLT Sound Ideas 06/01/17

Jun 1, 2017

The Baby Fold in Normal is closing its 24-hour Residential Treatment Center for children and teens who've suffered emotional trauma. Aimee Beam  talks with GLT's Judy Valente about how the state budget impasse is affecting residential care. Charlie Schlenker talks with U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis about the Paris Climate Change Accord. President Trump announcing his intentions regarding the plan today. And get a preview of GLT’s Summer Concert with Edward David Anderson.

GLT Sound Ideas 05/30/17

May 30, 2017

As Bloomington considers a citizen review board for police, the Chief of a department that pioneered community policing says he is a big advocate for that kind of body. Jeffrey Bliemeister is the police chief of Lincoln, Nebraska. He talks with GLT’s Jon Norton. Judy Valente has the story of Congolese family and their immigration story. She talks with those in Bloomington-Normal who helped the family find a home. And Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson is in the studio talk about Uptown, cooperation with Bloomington, and a mulit-sports complex.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

GLT Sound Ideas 05/19/17

May 19, 2017

A piece of the proposed multi-sport complex on Bloomington Normal's west side could be another ice rink. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks with real-estate developer Katie Kim who’s promoting the sports complex. Laura Kennedy talks with circus people as the iconic Ringling Brothers Circus prepares its final show this weekend, and Jon Norton talks with an African American feminist from Peoria about her new book. 

Hear about current and former Bloomington High School girls possibly exploited on line. There's a web site claiming to trade nudes of those students. District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly talks with CS and you’ll hear from an isu expert on these deplorable instances. Throw away that microwave popcorn and find how to grow your own. Laura Kennedy and Patrick Murphy have the tips on an edition of Grow. And the McLean County Behavioral Health Community Forum is underway today. You’ll hear from one of the presenters about faith based mental health care.  

GLT Sound Ideas 05/17/17

May 17, 2017

Mental health service advocates say there can be big savings from coordinated treatment and support of those with mental illness. Targeting who needs important services is key.  Charlie Schlenker talks with John Fallon Senior Program Manager for the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Fallon is one of several presenters interviewed for a special edition of Sound Ideas and speaking at McLean County's Behavioral Health Forum underway on May 18. 

GLT Sound Ideas 05/16/17

May 16, 2017

Get an update on police body cams. Pilot projects are on the street in Bloomington-Normal. Bloomington Police are trained to create a narrative arc, verbally,  on the recording. Sergeant Clayton Arnold talks with Charlie Schlenker about the importance of context.  Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio and discusses a proposed citizen review board for the police department. He’ll also answer questions about east side development vs city core redevelopment.

GLT Sound ideas 05/15/17

May 15, 2017

The Bloomington City Council will discuss this evening whether the city should have an independent citizen police review board. GLT's Judy Valente talks with a Bloomington couple who filed a complaint against the police. The Bloomington City Council will discuss police-community relations during a meeting this evening at 5:30. Get a preview of a Behavioral Health forum. I’s tied to an effort to improve mental health care in the area. Charlie Schlenker talks with McLean County Administrator Bill Wasson.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/12/17

May 12, 2017

Actor Gary Cole says sometimes theater becomes more than theater. That's when an Illinois State University alum took a play about the Vietnam War. Hear Colleen Reynold's interview with Cole. Plus, Mother's Day is approaching; we consider the complicated position of moms in children's literature. And a Nashville country rocker is in the twin cities this weekend. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/11/17

May 11, 2017

In an update from Black Lives Matter, the group still has concerns about police relations. Cinnamon Porter talks with GLT's Judy Valente about a continued Black Lives Matter push for a citizen review panel. You'll also hear from two Illinois State University leaders. Charlie Schlenker talks with President Dietz about the budget and more. Jon Norton reports with the Illinois State University athletic director about outsourcing comprehensive multi media rights. As Wonder Woman hits the big screen, find out what makes her an enduring character. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/10/17

May 10, 2017

Hear about a new study on racial and income equality in Bloomington Normal. It finds disparities in policing, environmental pollution, discrimination, and affordable housing. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Illinois State University student researchers about the data. You’ll hear from Mike Matejka with Not In Our Town, the group which commissioned the study. What happens now that President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey? Find out what ISU Political Scientist Meghan Leonard thinks. Discover what you need to do to keep a star of your garden shining bright.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/9/17

May 9, 2017

Rules governing the internet and data are changing. Find out what that means for users. You'll hear from Illinois State University School Of Communication Assistant Director of Convergent Media Nate Carpenter on the steps needed to protect browser history and data and what's at risk.  Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and Alderman Amelia Buragas are in the studio following Monday's Council meeting. You'll hear about a new downtown task force and a transportation commission. We remember Ralph Smith; he helped create GLT more than 50 years ago. His memorial service is today.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/8/17

May 8, 2017

The body camera pilot program in the town of Normal has turned up an unanticipated benefit for officers. Police Chief Rick Bleichner talks with Charlie Schlenker about the time savings body cams can provide. The spring legislative session is coming to a close. Will anything get done? The IPR politics Round table will try to answer that question. And get a preview of a weekend event celebrating the Parklands Foundation Merwin Peserve.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/5/17

May 5, 2017

The town of Normal saw an 8% drop in its crime rate last year, but it wasn't easy. Hear about the annual crime report from police chief Rick Bleichner. Plus the Illinois Symphony strums with a Grammy-winning guitarist.