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.

Downtown revitalization figured strongly in answers during the GLT Bloomington Mayoral candidates forum. Willis Kern hosted the forum, broadcast live. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/16/17

Feb 16, 2017

While you overdose on leftover Valentine's Day chocolate, keep in mind chocolate actually goes back centuries. It was even a form of currency. Charlie Schlenker talks with an Illinois State University anthropologist about the evolution of chocolate. It's the 50th anniversary of a play based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hear from the director of Illinois State University's production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Also, get caught up on dining out in Bloomington Normal. You'll hear from the man that runs the Facebook page "Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene."

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/14/17

Feb 14, 2017

Famed actor and Illinois State University alumni Jane Lynch made her mark in the Christopher Guest movie parodies of the folk music and dog show worlds: “A Mighty Wind” and “Best in Show.”  Charlie Schlenker has the interview with Lynch who may be best known for the TV show Glee.  Lynch will get an honorary degree on Thursday. Hear from the granddaughter of the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. Judy Valente talks with Kate Hennessy who has written a new memoir about her mother and her grandmother.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/13/17

Feb 13, 2017

Hear from the woman that uncovered the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan's water. Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaks with Judy Valente ahead of her address at Illinois Wesleyan University. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was in Bloomington over the weekend. He tells Charlie Schlenker that Democrats still have the ability to help shape health care policy in an interview. Also hear from Bloomington-Normal native, and now New York City saxophonist, Ryan Weisheit. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/10/17

Feb 10, 2017

About 14% of the waste that goes to the McLean County landfill is organic, and that's worth trying to reduce. Ecology action center director Michael Brown talks about planning the next 20 years of solid waste disposal and recycling, as well as getting ready for a landfill closure. Plus a street car man reflects on his life in Bloomington. Mourning Abraham Lincoln is not a sad thing for some people after the assassination. And how do you tell a rogue tweet from a fake one?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/9/17

Feb 9, 2017

A nondescript West Bloomington chain linked fence is no longer separating people from a vacant lot, but bringing them together. Hear from the creator of The Giving Fence, which is a place to leave and and get free winter gear. Get a preview of a planned parenthood rally in downtown Bloomington on Saturday that could draw 1200 people; Charlie Schlenker talks with an organizer. Willis Kern talks with the host of The Jerry Springer Show about civic engagement. Jerry Springer is on the Illinois State University campus.

GLT's Sound Ideas 2/8/17

Feb 8, 2017

 Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is continuing to oppose many of President Trump's cabinet nominees. He was among the 50 senators voting against Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Durbin sounds off on other nominees and Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, in an IPR interview. Illinois State University and the McLean County Museum of History are teaming up on a community reading program. You'll hear more about anthropologist Sujey Vega's book Latino Heartland: Of Borders and Belonging in the Midwest. And the Parklands Foundation is celebrating its 50th year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/7/17

Feb 7, 2017

The Normal Town Council is continuing to ponder the type of pedestrian rail crossing in uptown Normal. The obstacle is the railroad tracks. Councilman Kevin McCarthy talk about the probable underpass and other town council business. Hear how empowering woman can empower the economy.  Charlie Schlenker talks with feminist economist Yana Rodgers, who is this year's Illinois Wesleyan Eckley Lecturer. During our segment "Animal House," learn how to keep cats off of the counter. Also, we'll tell you about a prestigious national award for GLT Blues. 

GLT's Sound Ideas 2/6/17

Feb 6, 2017

Are social service agencies in Illinois caught in the middle of the state budget crisis or in the crosshairs? Some directors are beginning to wonder if there’s a strategy to eliminate them. In the latest interview in our series "Stretched Thinner," you’ll hear that Life-Cil actually helps save the state money by enabling independent living. The nominee for Education Secretary is a proponent of school vouchers and is scheduled for a senate confirmation vote tomorrow. Hear from the president of the Unit 5 teachers union why vouchers may not be a good idea.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/3/17

Feb 3, 2017

There is the possibility that the governor and state lawmakers have blood on their hands from the state budget standoff. Take, for example, longer waiting lists for treating heroine addiction because the state isn't paying. Hear Ann Campon from the Tazwood Center for Wellness as a part of GLT's series "Stretched Thinner" which examines the effect of the budget standoff. Also hear about the impact of people with disabilities. Plus jazz vocalist Darden Purcell.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/2/17

Feb 2, 2017

Sexual assault victims and senior citizens who use programs at the YWCA continue to be at the mercy of dwindling state funds. During another installment of our interview series "Stretched Thinner," the YWCA's Liz German gives an update on financial problems caused by the state budget impasse, now hitting month 19. Laura Kennedy walks you through the latest exhibit at the McClean County Art Center with an artist who finds the sky to be more than a canvas for clouds. Jon Norton talks with Stone and Snow; the next band at the Duncan Manor Songwriter Series.  

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/1/17

Feb 1, 2017

Caterpillar's stunning announcement that it will relocate its headquarters to Chicago continues to reverberate in Central Illinois. We'll analyze "Big Yellow's pivot north with Kyle Ham, head of Bloomington-Normal's Economic Development Council. Illinois State University's judicial decision-making expert, Meghan Leonard,  examines President Trump's new Supreme Court justice appointment. And you'll hear how Mid-Central Community Action is faring in the face of 19 months without a state budget.  

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/31/17

Jan 31, 2017

Hear how the protracted state budget impasse is affecting Children's Home and Aid and their program "The Butterfly Project," which serves high risk children. GLT's Jon Norton talks with Lisa Pieper for part two of our interview series "Stretched Thinner." You’ll also get an update on the state of the Path Crisis Center. City Manager David Hales is in the studio. We’ll talk about the 5 year Capital Improvement Plan, the budget, and the coliseum. And you’ll hear from Peoria Public Radio on the announcement today that Caterpillar will move its world headquarters from Peoria.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/30/17

Jan 30, 2017

During our interview series "Stretched Thin" in May, you heard from social service agencies struggling because of the state budget stalemate. In "Stretched Thinner" you’ll find out how they and their clients are doing today.Laura Kennedy talks with Melissa Breeden, the director of the YWCA's Young Wonders Early Learning program in part one of the GLT News Series "Stretched Thinner." President Trump would have you believe angry, white, blue-collar men are the most economically disaffected. Actual research show a different group is struggling more.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/27/17

Jan 27, 2017

State senator Bill Brady is welcoming parts of the likely effect of the Trump administration on the state of Illinois. In the GLT interview, hear Brady talk about how problematic the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is for Illinois. Plus the world of game design-Bradley University students are using Kickstarter to fund the creation of the game.  And you'll also hear about the Illinois Attorney General's legal move, stopping the pay of state workers to pressure law makers to reach a budget deal.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 01/26/2017

Jan 26, 2017

Famed actor and ISU alum Jane Lynch made her mark in the Christopher Guest movie parodies of the dog show and folk music worlds Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. Charlie Schlenker has the interview with Lynch who may be best known for the TV show Glee. The McLean County Landfill will close soon. Then what? Michael Brown with the Ecology Action Center has the answers. He’s developing a new 20 year solid waste plan for the County. And meet the band Gay Neighbors. Jon Norton has the interview and some music.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/23/17

Jan 23, 2017

Donald Trump has given his first speech as president and we’ll break it down. How did Trump's inaugural address compare to others? You'll hear from a Vanderbilt University scholar who has studied inaugural addresses and political speech for 30 years. You’ll also hear from two women who marched on Washington. One of them is busy archiving the trip for future research. And get to know the eclectic Mucca Pazza coming to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 

GLT Sound Ideas 01/19/17

Jan 19, 2017

Our series of interviews on a controversial west Bloomington house continues. Find out what a Bloomington Alderman thinks of the property on West Jefferson that some call a community house and others call a police substation. Scott Black says he'll support the house. Check in two ISU political scientists. Erik Rankin and Tom McClure have joined us since last summer's political conventions. They sound off on the transition, ethics, and the Supreme Court. And Charlie Schlenker brings you another in our series of interviews with potential Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Directors. 

GLT Sound Ideas 01/18/17

Jan 18, 2017

Whether it’s called a police substation, or a community house, cops in Bloomington plan to make good use of the west side house the city could approve next week. Chief Brendon Heffner weighs in on the facility, which has received pushback from Black Lives Matter and some neighbors. The new Congress promises to shake up Washington. What’s realistic and what isn’t? You’ll hear from a ISU political scientist Kerri Milita. And a movement is underway to protect the Affordable Care Act. A central Illinois activist states the case for Obamacare.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/16/17

Jan 17, 2017

The issue of  homeless people in downtown Bloomington is public and contentious. Last summer, there was talk of better coordination of services and that continues behind the scenes.  Downtown Bloomington Association director Tricia Stiller talks with Charlie Schlenker about homeless people in downtown. During an edition of the IPR Politics Round Table, find out what may happen with the framework of a budget deal that died with the veto session. Robin Zander with Cheap Trick is turning 64 in a week. You’ll hear from a young fan and her father about what the band means to them.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/17/16

Jan 17, 2017

It’s the first of three interviews on a proposed West Bloomington police substation. Hear from a Black Lives Matter rep who says neighbors are skeptical. Jon Norton talks with Ky Ajayi.  Aldermen could decide on the substation next week. And during Animal House, hear how you can keep your pet's engaged, even when you're away. And Willis Kern talks with the author of a newly published book on the history of Illinois State University football. 

GLT Sound Ideas 01/13/17

Jan 13, 2017

After computer hacking became such a prominent issue in the Presidential campaign, you have to ask if the average home user has a prayer of keeping his or her data private? Information Security worker Seth Pheasant with Illinois State University and the Director of Technology Security for the University, Kevin Krause, join us. District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly forecasts the effect of a Trump Administration on central Illinois schools. And hear what it's like being a hockey migrant and a host to a hockey player in Bloomington.

Those attending the Community Players' production of A Streetcar Named Desire are likely to detect a message from 1947 New Orleans that resonates today. Laura Kennedy talks with the star and director of A Streetcar Named Desire. Hear about streetcars from another era during an edition of McHistory. Bloomington-Normal’s first mass transit system was a horse drawn railway. There’s an update on higher education funding and you’ll hear from a Steven Sondheim scholar about how the playwright and composer’s life influenced his work.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/11/17

Jan 11, 2017

Bloomington's downtown arena has been known as the U. S. Cellular Coliseum since it opened more than a decade about. But that's about to change. The national company's naming rights have expired and the new facility manager is ready to change the sign on the building. Hear from new Coliseum manager Lynn Cannon. She talks with Mike McCurdy. A lot has changed in education over the last 41 years. That's how long Gail Ann Briggs has served on the Unit 5 school board. She reviews her term with Charlie Schlenker. And, Jon Norton introduces you to Bloomington-Normal hip hop artist Brandon Daz.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/10/17

Jan 10, 2017

ISU President Larry Dietz says he is hopeful that a faint flicker of hope for a budget deal will grow into a roaring flame. Dietz talks about financial pressures on higher education, the departure of three ISU Trustees and all they have given the institution, and the effects of a Trump Administration on higher ed. Plus, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner goes over his State of the City address, and GLT talks Sound Money.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/09/17

Jan 9, 2017

Travel back in time 30 years when a quarter bought some fantasy time in front of a pinball machine or gaming console. You'll hear from  John Yates when GLT correspondent Ryan Denham takes you on a trip to McLean, IL and on a trip back in time for a visit to the Arcadia Playable Arcade Museum.  As the state legislature enters its lame duck session and a new year without a budget, get analysis from IPR’s Politics Roundtable. And it’s an edition of What’s On Your Turntable. Get to know the synth sounds of Alex Cameron, on the turntable at Waiting Room Records. 

GLT Sound Ideas 01/06/17

Jan 6, 2017

We listen back to the words and music of some of the central Illinois bands that emerged during 2016. Hear Jon Norton's interviews with members of War Painted Horses, Alex and the XOs, Flaccid, Hot Sauce Universe, and Sherwood Forest.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/05/17

Jan 5, 2017

An economic incentive deal for a much anticipated restaurant is being criticized by a candidate for Mayor of Normal. Marc Tiritilli says sales tax rebates are a bad idea for restaurants. Tiritilli also talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about a potential two tiered pension system for police and firefighters, along with other issues. Laura Kennedy sits down at the Children’s Discover Museum with the organizations new director. Find out where Shelleigh Birlingmair is planning to take the museum. And you’ll hear from the next artist playing the Duncan Manor Songwriter Series.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/04/17

Jan 4, 2017

Health officials are learning more about e-cigarettes and the results aren't encouraging. You'll hear from Dr. John Burr, with the Bloomington-based Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation. He says the vaping process contains cancer-causing agents. A new book from U of I press gives voice to women involved in Mormonism. Holly Welker talked to several women in the faith about their perceptions on marriage, sex and abuse. And you'll hear about a revealing new study by an ISU scholar that hints workplace stereotyping of females is declining.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/03/17

Jan 3, 2017

Hear from two of the organizers of a bus contingent from Bloomington headed to march in Washington DC following Trump’s Inauguration. Colleen Reynolds talks with Vikkie Cossio and Stacy Hardin both helping to organize a trip to the Women’s March on Washington. Hear from Illinois’ Treasurer. The Democrat is not sparing his own party when it comes to criticism over the budget stalemate. And during an edition of Animal House, find out why it may be time to forget teaching your dog to fetch. 

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