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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.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/11/16

Jan 11, 2016

You might not think top level education administration and the bureaucratic and human resource functions it takes to be good at that job would have much in common with the creative act of classical music composing. Illinois Wesleyan Jonathan Green talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about the performance of his musical works at IWU. Find out if the IPR politics roundtable is being too secretive about his whereabouts, and during Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks to a vocalist who has battled with her race from an early age, but not in the way you would think.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/8/16

Jan 8, 2016

Hear about the 1890's bike boom thanks to Central Illinois manufactures' ability to adapt and keep up. Illinois Weslyan  University Historian Chris Sweet talks with Mike McCurdy about the local industry that made a difference nationwide. Find out about the community's newest double-decker food truck. Plus, hear about laws that went into effect the 1st of the year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/7/16

Jan 7, 2016

One state representative from Bloomington says he's "cautiously optimistic" about a budget being passed in Illinois in the coming months. Charlie Schlenker talks with Rep. Dan Brady about the budget deadlock. Hear how ISU is a social media hub for the upcoming State of the Union address. Willis Kern talks with the executive director of the School of Communication. During Talkin' Blues, Jon Norton talks to a longtime session man who is just now getting around to his own record.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/6/16

Jan 6, 2016

Illinois State University Politics and Government Professor Meghan Leonard joins host Willis Kern to talk about public trust in government, one day after news broke that McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen was indicted on charges of bilking State Farm Insurance of thousands of dollars in his role as a then-State Farm employee. Also, Charlie Schlenker talks with retired McLean County judge Charley Reynard about his career on the bench and as the county’s top prosecutor in the 1990s. And Jon Norton wanders into Reverberation Vinyl for an edition of What’s On Your Turntable?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/5/16

Jan 5, 2016

Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in studio to take your questions about the construction of a new fire station, as well as the federal indictment of the McLean County Board Chairman. Hear about the new exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center celebrating 100 years of working with local artists during GLT's Datebook. Then, a look at the biggest stories in business and finance during 2015.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/4/16

Jan 4, 2016

The State of Illinois has been six months without a budget, and some lawmakers still see no immediate path to resolving the crisis. Charlie Schlenker talks with GOP state senator Jason Barickman. Who are the Gypsy Coeds, and how did they become a depression-era sensation? Laura Kennedy answers that question at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Then, during an edition of Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with longtime SNL band member Steve Turre.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/25/15

Jan 2, 2016

Hear a Bloomington-Normal annual tradition, The Sounds of Christmas, recorded live at State Farm Atrium. This is the 33rd year for the performance.  Enjoy this special holiday presentation of Sound Ideas.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/29/15

Dec 29, 2015

Illinois' leading catholic official says faith communities need to do more to curb gun violence in the US. Archbishop Blase Cupich says gun control is a pro-life issue for the Catholic church. Hear from the team behind the first food truck in Bloomington Normal. Plus, Bruce Bergethon talks to a GLT alumnus who writes music when he's not taking on the world of international insurance.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/28/15

Dec 29, 2015

Best of Sound Ideas: a look at the occasional series "Unknown Illinois"

GLT’s Sound Ideas: 12/22/15

Dec 22, 2015

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and Council member Scott Black join host Mike McCurdy in studio to talk about City of Bloomington business.  WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with retired Bradley University history professor James Ballowe about his book, "Christmas in Illinois."  And on an edition of Animal House, Laura Kennedy details the many moving pieces to get right in a fish tank, including making sure your fish are friendly with each other.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/21/15

Dec 21, 2015

Marriage equality may not be the issue it once was for the Bloomington-Normal gay community, but a survey shows plenty of other priorities. You’ll hear from Prairie Pride Coalition Board President David Bentlin about how his group is meeting needs and responding to differing opinions. You’ll also hear from a representative from the McLean County Leadership program who helped conduct the survey. The curtain doesn’t rise on the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival for more than 6 months…but Laura Kennedy already has a preview of what’s on stage – including a woman playing Hamlet.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars shocked the world with a new cultural phenomenon that is returning to the limelight with the release of The Force Awakens. Laura Kennedy talks with Shari Zeck from ISU's College of Fine Arts about the 'force' of Star Wars. Also hear from a candidate for US senate in Illinois, then it's an audio holiday postcard from GLT's Bruce Bergethon.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/17/15

Dec 17, 2015

Hear about a bump up in suicides last week. McLean County s Coroner says look for the warning signs. Kathy Davis talks with Mike McCurdy about steps you can take to prevent suicide and what her office is doing to reduce self-harm. Judy Valente reports on charitable giving during the holidays and how you can know your money is being put to good use. Then, it's a holiday edition of What's On Your Turntable.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/16/15

Dec 16, 2015

Global Warming has been a hot topic thanks to the global summit in Paris. Rising water temperatures are a concern that often take a backseat to air temperatures, but ISU professor Catherine O'Reilly says it should be just as much of a priority. Her work on climate change has earned her part of a Nobel Peace Prize, and you'll hear about new work done by the group she co-founded. McLean County residents are facing a tax hike next year; board chair Matt Sorensen is in studio to take questions about local government. Then, it's an audio holiday postcard via GLT's Acousticity.