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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. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/4/17

May 4, 2017

Hear from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; she has a big worry about the effect of deregulation on the internet. Madigan talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about net neutrality. On Cinco de Mayo 2017, the Western Avenue Community Center is expanding its tamale festival to honor the service of its Hispanic outreach director. Judy Valente has that story. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of Unit 5's former neighborhood schools. Eugene Field School was converted to offices in 2004. The staff and families remember the school in a report from GLT correspondent Colleen Reynolds. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/3/17

May 3, 2017

Illinois State University is receiving a big grant to create a program to mentor foster children and prepare them for college. It's a huge need. Charlie Schlenker talks with a former foster kid and now researcher Loretta Schaeffer about the barriers to success. As Green Top Grocery nears an opening in Bloomington, GLT Correspondent Ryan Denham take you inside. Hear about Children's Opera from Prairie Fire Theater and get a preview of New Route Theater’s 2nd Annual Voices of Pride staged readings.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/2/17

May 2, 2017

A huge drop in contributions to the United Way of McLean County is forcing a reassessment of how best to serve the community. United Way CEO David Taylor talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about how to move forward. There's an edition of "Unknown Illinois." Listen as Judy Valente takes you to the banks of the Mackinaw River to visit a family of bald eagles. Mayor Kris Koos is in the studio to talk about the uptown underpass and a demolition delay at the former Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. 


GLT Sound Ideas 05/01/17

May 1, 2017

Hear about the protest over clothing guidelines at a Unit 5 Junior high and get the school districts reaction. Parents and residents are critical of the principle’s voice mail message they say is aimed at girls only. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with a spokesperson for the parents and a Unit 5 official.  During an edition of GLT’s Datebook find out how students involved in their community are being recognized…you’ll hear about the YICU Youth Service Awards. And you'll get a better understanding the important work of a cancer center chaplain.      

GLT Sound Ideas 04/28/17

Apr 28, 2017

An indie film maker and ISU graduate is about to scare the pants off movie goers. Zakk Fairly said he tries to let the audience create the fear for itself, not dispel the uncertainty by showing too much. Fairly talked with Laura Kennedy about his new premier Saturday at the Normal Theater and his first short film, "Beyond Normal." Plus, the end of a storied broadcasting career. GLT says goodbye to Willis Kern. And we'll explore, the tough job of a hospice chaplain. Hip Pocket rides again as well.

GLT Sound Ideas 04/27/17

Apr 27, 2017

Illinois is preparing a law that could legalize recreational use of marijuana. That leaves one nationally-recognized illegal drug researcher stunned. ISU Criminal Justice Scientist Ralph Weisheit on legalizing pot in Illinois. Plus, lessons not learned from the Vietnam War, what's in your wallet?, and Cornelius Eady during National Poetry Month.

GLT Sound Ideas 04/26/17

Apr 26, 2017

Last year, Heartland Community College had to return $35,000 in state funds back to Springfield because it came retroactively for a program that had been cut. Heartland Vice President Doug Minter says it wasn't so much the loss of funds, but the uncertainty. Hear about Heartland's multiyear strategic budgeting plan, which administrators hope can keep reserve funds in check. Shallow arctic pools are a troubling indicator of the effects of global warming. That's according to a Canadian-based climate change expert speaking at ISU this week. Charlie Schlenker has the interview.

GLT Sound ideas 04/25/17

Apr 25, 2017

The Trump administration is taking aim at Planned Parenthood and central Illinois Congressmen Davis and LaHood are on board. Planned Parenthood of Illinois' Julie Lynn says defunding the organization could have a devastating impact on women's health in McLean County. Judy Valente reports on the future of Planned Parenthood in McLean County. Get an update on the Zimmerman murder case from the Pantagraph reporter covering the court proceedings. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. And Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio to talk about brick streets, bike lanes and parking lots. 

GLT Sound Ideas 04/24/17

Apr 24, 2017

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth took some risks during a town hall style meeting at Illinois Wesleyan University. She told a largely progressive crowd they should not immediately work toward a single payer healthcare system and that a public option on insurance exchanges is, perhaps, more achievable. The Illinois Democrat also told the crowd that certain GOP proposals for healthcare reform are red herrings and traps. She said those include: making birth control over the counter instead of by prescription which would allow insurance companies to avoid paying for it, and the Republican definition of pre-existing conditions. She said putting people with medical conditions into high risk pools would price them out of insurance .

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/20/17

Apr 20, 2017

What is Community Policing depends largely on who you ask. Illinois State University criminal justice Professor Cara Rabe Hemp says it starts with a philosophy that citizens will co-produce crime control. You'll hear about the wide variations of how police departments go about community policing. Questions about police intent arose during the debate over whether the Bloomington Police department should operate a sub-station on the city’s west side.

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/19/17

Apr 19, 2017

A law professor speaks at Illinois State University tonight about his advice to anyone encountering police. James Duane's Youtube video "Don't Talk to the Police" has millions of views. He'll talk to GLT's Judy Valente ahead of his appearance. Here's something you don't hear much about at Bloomington's land-locked District 87 schools: expansion. That's what's on tap; Superintendent Barry Reilly lays it all out in an interview with Charlie Schlenker.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/18/17

Apr 18, 2017

Hear from an authority on redevelopment, downtown districts, and the importance of distinguishing downtowns as a unique or special place. Ed McMahon is with the Think Tank the Urban Land Institute. He’ll talk about the placemaking dividend and the trouble with shopping malls. Find out why inclusion matters from a racial equality consultant. The former Illinois Wesleyan professor speaks with GLT’s Jon Norton before she addresses the latest Multi-Cultural Leadership graduating class.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/17/17

Apr 17, 2017

An Illinois State University communication professor is working with the American Psychological Association to combat the negative effects of sexualized popular music. Megan Hopper and her colleagues study videos by Beyonce, Hillary Duff, and Fergie. Laura Kennedy checks into the group's findings. Hear how people convicted of crimes are the money makers for the state and local government, paying for everything from prosecutors' offices to new police cars. You'll hear the IPR interview.