GLT's Sound Ideas - Full Episodes

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GLT Sound ideas 12/15/16

Dec 15, 2016

One proposal for higher ed funding is for a multiyear guarantee at certain levels in return for benchmarks at institutions. ISU President Larry Dietz says those benchmarks are already being met. ISU president Dietz talks with Willis Kern about funding, his recent meeting with Governor Rauner, and the concept of Sanctuary campuses. Charlie Schlenker continues a series of conversations with  Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director Finalists; get to know Hong Kong native Ken Lam was born in Hong Kong.  And hear a musical preview of a Toys for Tots fundraiser at the Castle Theater.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/14/16

Dec 15, 2016

While state legislative leaders and the governor continue to be at odds again over a budget agreement, the result of past disagreements continues to take a toll. You'll hear from the head of the Illinois Manufacturer's Association Greg Baise. He's the featured speaker at this quarter's "BN By the Numbers" event at ISU Thursday. You'll also get the latest numbers from Mike Doherty. The Illinois Farm Bureau's senior economist updates housing and employment figures ahead of tomorrow's event. And it's a preview of Friday night's Toys for Tots Silver Ball fundraiser at the Castle Theatre.

GLT Sound ideas 12/13/16

Dec 13, 2016

As taxing bodies consider an economic incentive package for an auto-start up planning to occupy the former Mitsubishi plant, you’ll hear from the CEO and founder of Rivian automotive: R.J. Scaringe. He talks with Mike McCurdy  about his history in the auto industry, how Rivian may be positioned in the car market, and what it expects to accomplish in Normal. You’ll hear first hand how rock and roll is not a young persons game; Laura Kennedy introduces you to the the grannies band. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio.

Kicking someone off the ballot is not the only goal of a nominating petition challenge. The motive for challenging can be part of a longer game and involve attrition. Illinois State University political scientist Lane Crothers talks with Charlie Schlenker about challenges. Hear from political scientist Lane Crothers about challenges and off OFF year primary elections. Get a preview of the 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival Season. Hear how fake news may be deepening the political divide in Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/9/16

Dec 9, 2016

After months of silence and behind the scenes effort the former Mitsubishi plant issue took a big and public leap forward with the announcement of a potential purchase by Rivian Automotive, a tech startup focusing on sustainable mobility in transportation. The Town of Normal has a proposed development agreement including a million dollar grant and a five year tax abatement.  Joining us to talk about this prospect is Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos and Kyle Ham, the CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. Plus, Karl Denson's Tony Universe "New Ammo" album, and the joys of freshening zoning rules.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/08/16

Dec 8, 2016

Automated External Defibrillators save lives. Now there's an effort to put more AEDs in rural areas of McLean County. Kathi Franklin with the Illinois Heart and Lung Association -- based in Normal -- says the faster the heart can circulate blood, the better the chance for survival, and reduced damage. She talks with GLT Correspondent Colleen Reynolds. On the eve of his second annual “Fender Bender” at the Castle Theater Jon Norton catches up with blues-rock-guitarist Matthew Curry. And you’ll hear from one of the five candidates for Bloomington Mayor.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/7/16

Dec 7, 2016

In civil court cases, victims of abuse are often left legally vulnerable. In Illinois, that's where Prairie State Legal services can step in to help. You'll hear from Bloomington attorney Adrian Barr, who's been awarded a prestigious fellowship. The new exhibit at McLean County Arts Center focuses on abstracted landscapes. Laura Kennedy takes you on a tour with the exhibit’s artist and curator. And blues icon Tab Benoit is making his regular December trek to Bloomington’s Castle Theatre. He talks with GLT’s Jon Norton.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/6/16

Dec 6, 2016

A tax break for a new restaurant isn't the only thing occupying Normal council members. They're also prioritizing a list of Community Improvement Plan projects. Mayor of Normal Chris Koos has the latest ranking of town spending priorities and the details on the Portillo’s tax rebate.  It’s one of our regular interviews with the community’s mayors.  Find out if a particular reptile is the right pet for you. Laura Kennedy has the latest edition of Animal house. And ISU is reimagining the beloved holiday story of the trials and tribulations of everyman George Bailey.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/5/16

Dec 5, 2016

Our series of interviews with Bloomington Mayoral candidates continues. Ian Bayne shares his views on government and the way the city is operating. Bayne tells Charlie Schlenker he’s for spending and service cuts, but provides few specifics.  Discover the difference in how rural and urban LGBTQ people consider themselves "supported" in their communities. Jon Norton talks with an LGBTQ researcher who is screening her documentary at ISU.  And Laura Kennedy tells you how the family who occupied Ewing Manor celebrated Christmas.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/2/16

Dec 2, 2016

In central Illinois in the mid 1700s, society was surprisingly diverse, British, French, Spanish, and Native Americans living in many cases side by side with far less intergroup violence than in other places at the time. Find out the difference in an interview with historian John Reda about his new book  on the change from 'Furs to Farms'. Plus, McHistory, a mid-term report on the Multicultural Leadership Program, and a look at the spread of the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/1/16

Dec 1, 2016

The head of Unit five schools has a concern over a new program with heartland community college to allow high school students to get computer science degrees, but it's not about the coursework. Charlie Schlenker has the interview with Mark Daniel about the new cooperative venture.  Following Election 2016, McLean County Democratic Party leaders are ready to listen and consider new ideas. Colleen Reynolds has more on a meeting of Democrats tonight. And hear the next musician in the Duncan Manor songwriter concert series. Jon Norton introduces you to Rebecca Rego.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/30/16

Dec 1, 2016

The right to a fair trial may be colliding with the right to public access in a Bloomington murder case. Hear GLT and Pantagraph Attorney Don Craven talk about a motion to close the courtroom and keep certain motions secret in the Kirk Zimmerman case. Also, a story of office care and heroism from GLT Correspondent Maria Henneberry, GLT's Grow, and what happened when an ISU sociologist met Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/29/16

Nov 29, 2016

Ohio State University officials told students and workers to run-hide-fight within minutes of an active shooter alert on campus. Illinois State University has the same sort of process with near street-level discretion of when to issue an alert. ISU's Emergency Manager talks with Charlie Schlenker in the wake of the butcher knife and car attack that hurt nine in Ohio. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/28/16

Nov 28, 2016

As World AIDS day approaches, one central Illinois HIV-AIDS activist reminds everyone the virus is 100% preventable. Chris Wade speaks at Illinois State University Thursday, alongside panels from the National AIDS quilt that are on display there this week. Hear how area artists are reacting to recent political events and hoping to demonstrate how art and artists can bring about change.  And get a preview of a Castle Theater show on Wednesday. Jon Norton talks with one of the members of the alt-rock, soul-inflected, blues-tinged, Americana group Delta Rae.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/25/16

Nov 25, 2016

Today we're taking you back to Summer 2016 and relive some of the great times had at the annual GLT Free Summer Concert, held on a Saturday night in June on the square in downtown Bloomington, featuring boogie woogie pianist Eden Brent, the latin-fusion sounds of Peoria-based The Brazilionaires, and headliner Lee Rocker, one of the founding members of The Stray Cats. And to top it off, you'll hear from blues guitarist Coco Montoya, who electrified the riverfront audience at the annual Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival over Labor Day weekend.


GLT Sound Ideas 11/23/16

Nov 23, 2016

Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in McLean County 45 to 44 percent, but his support in the rural areas was solid. You'll hear from two McLean County Trump voters, Brandon Hepner and Brian Taylor, who say there are things about Trump they don't like, but more importantly, his election signals a new wave of conservatism. Adam Nielsen with the Illinois Farm Bureau says the new Congress presents some new opportunities to create a nuanced immigration system. ISU's football team is getting ready for its third straight national tournament appearance.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/22/16

Nov 22, 2016

President-elect Trump has proposed a trillion-dollars in infrastructure spending. The question is how to pay for all of it. Find out what one central Illinois congressman is thinking when the bill comes due. Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis talks funding options with Charlie Schlenker. The Town of Normal is raising property taxes to fund pensions. Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to talk about that and brewery tap rooms. And just in time for Thanksgiving, our recommendations for films about food. 

GLT Sound Ideas 11/21/16

Nov 21, 2016

Downtown Bloomington's Abundant Life in Christ Church is expanding its offerings for the homeless to include the very needy.  Pastor Charles Ahrens tells Willis Kern low-income residents living in and near downtown are the fastest growing group now served at the Church. Hear what Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is building for itself after years of building for others. And hear from the founding members of the band Poster Children, currently doing some reunion gigs…while mentoring another band Alex and the XOs. 

GLT Sound Ideas 11/18/16

Nov 18, 2016

We've heard many anecdotes of worried immigrant, minority, and religiously diverse children following the vitriolic Presidential campaign. They are in Bloomington Normal too. Hear from NCHS government teacher Kelly Keogh about how he's had to help kids since the election, defusing fear of deportation and other issues. Plus, the Illinois Symphony orchestra plays holiday pops with the second of its Music Director candidates, folksinger Carrie Newcomer has new work out, an uplifting take of life-saving sacrifice, and GLT's Sound Money.


GLT Sound Ideas 11/17/16

Nov 17, 2016

Hear from one of the four announced candidates for Bloomington Mayor. Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Lower says he's running because the current administration isn't focused on the needs of city residents. Lower discusses city spending, economic incentives, and all of those “no” votes.  Laura Kennedy talks with the photographer behind the new collection of landscapes called “A Prairie State of Mind.” And Jon Norton goes one on one with Edward David Anderson.  He’s on stage at the Castle theater this weekend.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/16/16

Nov 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's comments about Muslims during the presidential campaign continued to resonate long after he spoke them. But now that he is headed to the White House, those words take on added meaning for many. You'll hear from a member of the Bloomington-Normal Muslim community, and others who belong to groups impacted by comments Trump made during the campaign. Potential new wind farms in McLean County will have to watch out for wildlife and save extra money for when they may be to be torn down. That's after action by the county board.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/15/16

Nov 15, 2016

Go live to Downtown Bloomington for a gathering of elected officials to reassure the community they're working together to mend the wounds of the Presidential election. Ward 7 alderman Scott Black organized the event at the Convergence of Purpose statue outside the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. GLT's Willis Kern is there and Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio for reaction and to share what he thinks about increased tax levies for the city and the Bloomington Library.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/14/16

Nov 14, 2016

On Point host and Radio Faces Guest Tom Ashbrook talks about Donald Trump’s attitude toward the news media. He also reveals some secrets of his career, dubbing vintage Kung Fu movies. Laura Kennedy has the interview. There are 16,000 foster children in Illinois and less than seven percent of them will go to college. Charlie Schlenker talks with a former foster kid who’s now in college and a social worker. And just before Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials appear on Conan tomorrow night, Jon Norton talks with Ed about the band’s 30 year run on Alligator Records.   

GLT Sound Ideas 11/11/16

Nov 11, 2016

On Veterans Day some former soldiers need more than the honor we accord them. They need help. Hear about a Bloomington Normal founded group Healing Outside of a Hospital, or Hooah. Listen about military memorabilia from the teachers regiment in the civil war and other students turned soldiers from ISU. And, an in depth chat with an Illinois State University political scientist who studies globalization, applying pushback in other countries to what happened here this week.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/9/16

Nov 9, 2016

Donald Trump's stunning victory in the presidential election is being felt in many ways. Pundits and pollsters are trying to figure out how his electoral vote totals were underestimated. You'll hear from Illinois State University political scientists Erik Rankin and Tom McClure, who analyze the results, and deliver parting shots to both parties. A new exhibit at the University Galleries in Normal takes a close-up look at what inspires female contemporary artists. And an event this weekend in Bloomington seeks to help girls build self esteem. Maria Henneberry has the interview.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/08/16

Nov 8, 2016

Some faculty perceptions about how ISU administrators want classes taught are unfounded, according to the university's president. Larry Dietz weighs in on the letter some faculty members signed last month that raises concerns about shared governance at ISU. And we’ll look into future with Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos and council member Kevin McCarthy. The Town Council has received the forward looking 2040 vision report. 

GLT Sound Ideas 11/07/16

Nov 7, 2016

Shifting from Daylight to Standard time might be a good excuse for sleepiness, but only for a day. More and more science says the best way to combat sleep disorders is through adjusting behaviors.  Mennonite College of Nursing's Teresa Valerio talks with Laura Kennedy about the latest studies and trends for treating sleep disorders. Explore the differences in Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington redevelopment efforts with an Urban Historian. Illinois State’s Alan Lessoff tells Charlie Schlenker that downtown Bloomington is on the right track.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/04/16

Nov 4, 2016

Hear interviews with some of the candidates running in contested races for seats on the McLean County Board. There are both Republican and Democratic candidates on the ballot in districts 3, 5 and 7. In district 3, Incumbent Republican George Wendt faces off against Democratic challenger Jessielee Hinshaw. Another incumbent, Dave Selzer is the Republican candidate running against democrat Kimberly Pfeifer in district 5. And in district 7, the Democrat is the incumbent board member Victoria Harris. She is challenged by Republican Jacob Beard.

GLT News sought the assistance of the McLean County League of Women Voters in helping draft the questions for our interviews, so you'll hear a distinct thread. The League is a non-partisan political organization that does not endorse or oppose any political party or any candidates.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/03/16

Nov 3, 2016

Some fed up with the major presidential choices are turning to write-in candidates. One option is an attorney who works in Bloomington. Meet central Illinois presidential write in candidate James "Matt" Anderson, and hear how the write in candidate tabulation process works. And there was some sort of ball game last night. Hear a recap of the Cubs season and the world series win.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/2/16

Nov 2, 2016

Wind energy pumps $6 billion into the local economy. That's according to Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy. But Director David Loomis says wind farms remain controversial. Hear about the economic benefits of wind energy, and its place--or lack of it--in the current political debate. An upcoming event called Chairs for Change benefits two groups--YWCA Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women, and Recycling Furniture for Families. You'll hear from representatives of both organizations.