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GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/24/16

Feb 24, 2016

The Zika Virus has mostly been a threat for parts of South America. But new cases in the US have health care officials on guard. Melissa Graven of the McLean County Health Department says mosquitos that carry the disease have been identified in central Illinois. Hear about the Zika virus. Plus, the annual one voice trip to Washington DC is coming up....striking a chord not only for community development, but barbershopping, and an audio gem from the 1970s on the turntable.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/23/16

Feb 23, 2016

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner discusses the proposed FY16 budget, discussed at last night’s council meeting. It is balanced, and closes the city’s structural deficit—for now. Also, coverage of the LGBT Legacy Wall, on display this week at ISU’s Milner Library. Tour the exhibit with its creator, you’ll  hear from Ithaca College’s Carlos Figueroa, who’s writing a biography of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, featured on the Wall. And Mike McCurdy speaks with the McLean County Museum of History’s Bill Kemp about a transgenderd civil war soldier who later lived in Saunemin, IL.  

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/22/16

Feb 22, 2016

Illinois State University Politics and Government Professor Kerri Milita analyzes the results of the South Carolina GOP presidential primary and Democratic Nevada caucuses. Judy Valente talks with a representative of the McLean County League of Women Voters about a registration drive aimed at high school students. You’ll also hear from a student who volunteered at the Iowa caucuses. And Jon Norton talks with rock/roots pioneer Dave Alvin, who plays Bloomington’s Castle Theatre on March 5. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/18/16

Feb 18, 2016

After choosing a new County Board Chair, things in the McLean County government are getting back to normal. Charlie Schlencker talks with the new Chairman. Find out what's new at New Root Theater, including their latest project highlighting diversity. Plus, Laura Kennedy talks Oscars with Sound Ideas culture maven Shari Zeck.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/16/16

Feb 16, 2016

Town debt, the possibility of a TIF district and development in the downtown area of neighbor Bloomington are topics you'll hear Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos speak about during a live interview. Plus, Animal House explores Black Dog Syndrome. Then, Normal native and  saxophonist Ryan Weisheit returns
to the Twin Cities to play Jazz UpFront in downtown Bloomington tomorrow night.  And he brought with him another New York City Hot Jazz band: "Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess."

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/15/16

Feb 15, 2016

Pope Francis is in the midst of his second trip to the Americas in less than a year. After touching down briefly in Cuba on Friday, he traveled on to Mexico. His trip there will conclude with an outdoor Mass Wednesday near the U.S.-Mexico border. Judy Valente has more on the impact of this visit. Bloomington city council is considering plans to change the look of the downtown area, and Jeff Giebelhausen will speak at this evening's meeting about possibilities. It's a conversation with Giebelhausen live on Sound Ideas.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/12/16

Feb 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a time for love, but a County Financial advisor says couples should use the day to discuss their finances. Laura Kennedy talks with a George Gershwin biographer on this, the 92nd anniversary of the composer’s best-known song, “Rhapsody In Blue.” And Jon Norton talks with British Blues-rocker Davy Knowles ahead of the musician’s concert tonight at Bloomington’s Castle Theatre.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/11/16

Feb 11, 2016

It’s a recap of and reaction to President Obama’s speech to the Illinois legislature in Springfield. Plus, Charlie Schlenker talks with Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner about last year’s crime statistics and police body cams. You’ll hear about this weekend’s premiere of ISU Theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. And Jon Norton talks with The Sirens Records founder Steven Dolins.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/10/16

Feb 10, 2016

Hear a Central Illinois perspective on the New Hampshire primary results. Host Charlie Schlenker is joined by ISU Politics and Government Professor Kerri Milita . Also, get a preview of the upcoming BCPA show, Ragtime, and an introduction to a Republican candidate for Congress in the 13th district who says God chose him to run for office.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/9/16

Feb 9, 2016

Water is a resource we all need, but something we hardly think about, until a situation like Flint, Michigan. Hear about a new survey about attitudes in McLean County. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to talk about local water supplies and to take your questions. Plus, an archived interview with Pokey LaFarge ahead of his show at the Castle.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/8/16

Feb 8, 2016

The number of traffic tickets dropped 30% in Normal thanks to a law banning ticket quotas. Written warnings, however, rose. Hear Charlie Schlencker's conversation with Normal's Police Chief about crime rates in the city. Laura Kennedy walks you through an exhibit at ISU's University Galleries, featuring ISU's own artists. Plus, Talkin' Blues brings you a conversation with Davy Knowles.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/5/16

Feb 5, 2016

For GLT's 50th anniversary, hear archived audio from throughout the decades, and hear interviews from community leaders about the station's contribution to Central Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/4/16

Feb 4, 2016

One of the twelve-hundred Mitsubishi workers laid off spent twenty-seven years in the paint shop at the plant. Adjusting to the classroom has been challenging. You'll hear an interview in our series of conversations with former Mitsubishi workers. Hear about an opportunity to get a first hand Muslim experience, and get questions answered at one of Bloomington-Normal's mosques. During Talkin' Blues, Jon Norton talks with J.W. Jones.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/3/16

Feb 3, 2016

In his sculptures, Doug DeWitt uses objects that stand the test of time, including material his daughter used. DeWitt explains his relationship to art and the natural world, plus man-made material. Hear an IWU professor break down religious rhetoric in this year's Presidential campaign. Flashback to the sounds of the 1970s on an edition of What's on Your Turntable?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/2/16

Feb 2, 2016

The Town of Normal is looking at a new way to get pedestrians across the train tracks in Uptown Normal. Mayor Koos in studio to answer questions. Bruce Bergathon talks with Dan Hubbard about his new album and the release party at The Castle this weekend. Plus, Laura Kennedy explores pet odors during Animal House

GLT's Sound Ideas: 2/1/16

Feb 1, 2016

Three months after the Mitsubishi plant in Normal closed, many workers are still struggling to find full time employment. GLT has another interview with a former employee about the difficulties of finding work without a college degree. Listen as the IPR politics roundtable dissects the Governor's State of the State address, and during Talkin' Blues, Karen Lovely talks about overcoming stage fright and turning it into a commanding stage presence.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/29/16

Jan 29, 2016

A former Mitsubishi employee finds a new passion in union activism. How sugar may poison you if consumed too often. Plus, Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater talks blues with GLT's Jon Norton.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/28/16

Jan 28, 2016

A complete wrap up of Governor Rauner's State of the State address includes conversation on the missing budget and grants for in-state college students. 30 years ago the space shuttle Challenger blew up as it was reaching for the sky, killing its crew. Charlie Schlenker talks with Stacey Shrewsbury, the Director of the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College, and Libby Norcross, the Flight Director at the center about the anniversary.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/27/16

Jan 27, 2016

Host Willis Kern is joined by McLean County United Way Co-chair Scott Preston, who gives and update on the campaign, which is short of goal and is being extended by several weeks. Also, Jim Browne talks with a student and professor who are a part of the “Breaking Barriers” program at Illinois State University, designed to boost the number of females in law enforcement. And Jon Norton talks with Kim Nalley during an edition of Jazz Next.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/26/16

Jan 26, 2016

About 1,000 Mitsubishi workers are no longer working at the plant, due to lay offs when the plant closed. Heartland Community College hasn't seen too many of them take advantage of free job search training. HCC Customized Training Coordinator Lindsay Thompson talks about efforts to help ex-production workers. Hear how light, time, and nature play into the artwork of Melanie Scott-Dockery. Laura Kennedy walks through a piece that utilizes items from the artist's backyard. Mayor Tari Renner addresses ground water contamination and the fate of the BCPA.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/25/16

Jan 25, 2016

There's a new online tool that can help determine where to eat out, and it's one that might carry more weight than Yelp. Hear from Tom Anderson with McLean County Health Department about new online restaurant inspection results. Charlie Schlencker talks with Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis about the FEMA funding formula. Changes could send more money to disaster areas in rural America. Plus, a preview of Hank and Rita, a barroom operetta about the end of a musical marriage.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/22/16

Jan 22, 2016

The congressional budget office's last budget compromise between Congress and the President agreed to add 1 trillion dollars to the national debt in the next ten years. A central Illinois congressman is defending the bipartisan deal. Congressman Rodney Davis and State Senator Bill Brady talk budgets and MAP funding. A new history exhibit is in McLean county. Plus, is 'bingewatching' worth the thrill?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/21/16

Jan 21, 2016

Hear from Senator Bill Brady, who says Governor Bruce Rauner is doing the right thing to negotiate a budget. He does warn, however, things may still have to get worse before they get better. Laura Kennedy talks with culture maven Sheri Zeck about the phenomenon of 'binge watching'. Plus, an update on the community's restaurant scene and 2015 closures from the administrator of the B/N Food Scene Facebook page.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/20/16

Jan 20, 2016

Former Mitsubishi workers have been looking for jobs for a couple of months now. GLT talks with one of them who has found his dream job: giving a full-throated defense for unions. Jon Norton talks with Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater about famous friends and his trademark Indian head-dress. Town of Normal council Member Cheryl Gaines stops by GLT for a conversation on the town's budget.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/19/16

Jan 19, 2016

Painkillers can solve problems, but they're also creating problems. Dr. Ramsin Benyamin, an expert on pain and President of the Millennial Pain Institute based in Bloomington, is working on new CDC guidelines. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Unit 5 schools Superintendent about the "what-if" planning the district is preparing in case lawmakers continue on without a budget. During Animal House, hear about treatments for arthritis that doesn't involve giving your pet medication.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/18/16

Jan 18, 2016

Thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal will be changing the way they get to school starting in the Fall. Unit 5 is trying to cut a million dollars from its transportation budget. Charlie Schlenker explores the various scenarios for bussing with Superintendent Mark Daniel. During Jazz Next, hear about guitarist Frank Kohl's 'a-ha' moment when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Also, Mary Kay Holloway is in studio to talk about sugar intake and the negative effects it has on an individual's health.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/15/15

Jan 15, 2016

Hear Bowie history and the impact of his art on culture. Fans are mourning his death, but don't feel deserted. ISU associate professor and culture critic Bill McBride tells GLT the social media outpour is not surprising. Laura Kennedy talks about an unusual art exhibit, and the superintendent of District 87 talks anti-bullying.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/14/16

Jan 14, 2016

District 87 school officials are worried about the 23 year length of a proposed tax increment financing district, but they're also happy to have two school buildings located in the eligible area. GLT's Charlie Schlenker explores the mixed feelings about the proposed economic development with Superintendent Barry Reilly.  Laura Kennedy talks with one of the creators about the new first permanent exhibit in 25 years at the McLean County Museum of History.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/13/16

Jan 13, 2016

WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker joins host Willis Kern to discuss the latest on McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen, who resigned his position Tuesday in the wake of federal wire fraud charges. Also, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks about the latest on the lack of a state budget and MAP funding for low-income students. And you’ll hear Jon Norton’s 2015 interview with bluesman Otis Clay, who died late last week after suffering a heart attack in Chicago.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/12/16

Jan 12, 2016

Bloomington is being forced to consider tough decisions on budget issues. Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to talk golf courses and State of the City remarks. Laura Kennedy walks you through a new IWU exhibit called the "Den". Plus, IPR's Amanda Vinicky brings us an update from Springfield.