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GLT Culture Maven: Oscar Is Slow To Change

Mar 2, 2018
Statue of Oscar
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Criticism regarding the lack of racial and gender diversity in the nominees for the Oscar has dogged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years.

Black Panther poster
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The latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe clawed its way to the top of the box office for a second week in a row. That's unsurprising, according to GLT's Psych Geeks, because "Black Panther" is a film that's fulfilling a deep need for audiences.

Allerton Park Masters A Plan For The Future

Feb 22, 2018
Fu Dog statue at Allerton Park.
Courtesy of Allerton Park

Allerton Park has seen the future, and it does not include funding from the State of Illinois. 

GLT Datebook: 'Hands' Exhibition Invites Interaction

Feb 17, 2018
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Eighteen colorful pairs of hands reach out from the walls of Illinois State University's Milner Library in a new exhibition that draws visitors in for a closer look.

Dark Comedy Shines A Light On Storytelling

Feb 16, 2018
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When things get bad ... really bad ... at least we have each other and our stories.  

Poster Exhibition Challenges Gender Inequality

Feb 6, 2018
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An exhibition of posters in Bloomington showcases the work of artists who are taking a stand for human rights by challenging gender inequality.

Heartland Theater Tests The Limits Of Loyalty

Feb 2, 2018
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater takes a provocative and unconventional look at loyalty within a no-win situation in the new production of "For the Loyal."

Children's Author Conquered Challenges To Find Success

Jan 30, 2018
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"An educator today who had me in their classroom, I think, would be pretty worried."

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McLean County Museum of History Librarian Bill Kemp's new book is his second collection of stories written for The Pantagraph. The 77 stories in this edition reveal issues from the county's past that still reverberate today, albeit in different form.

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The Circus and Allied Arts Collection at ISU's Milner Library has hit the mother lode of sequined costumes, rare poster art, classic photos and a paper mache frog head in a donation of 250,000 items from the collection of a circus superfan.

Psych Geeks: Why Bad Movies Make Us Feel So Good

Jan 11, 2018
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It's awards season in Hollywood, a time to celebrate the best the film industry has to offer. As for the other end of the cinematic spectrum—bad movies—well, they're always in season, and always fresh. No matter how much they stink.

James Plath

Poet James Plath says some contemporary poetry can seem overly academic, inaccessible and off-putting to readers. He wants none of that. 

Courtesy of the Television Academy

One of the nominees at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards traces the roots of his acting career to the student stage at Illinois Wesleyan University.

GLT Culture Maven: 'The Last Jedi' Feels Like A Setup

Dec 22, 2017
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Shari Zeck, GLT's Culture Maven and Illinois State University's interim dean of Milner Library, came away from seeing the new "Star Wars" film with a strong impression. No worries, no spoilers.

Courtesy / Lane Howard

The original “Star Wars” in 1977 changed movies forever. It changed Lane Howard too.

Mansion Tour Highlights Christmas Past

Dec 8, 2017
Ewing Cultural Center

The halls of three historic homes are decked with holiday cheer for the annual Christmas at the Mansions Tour.

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Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. And now, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor.

ISU Historian Uncovers Sympathy For The Devil

Nov 27, 2017
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Attitudes toward criminals have changed a great deal in the United States, and Illinois State University historian Amy Wood is using a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to further her research into those remarkable changes.

What We Value Is Crucial To Understanding Poetry

Nov 22, 2017
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A pair of English professors have teamed up to help readers find new ways to evaluate poetry.

Festival Of Trees Sparkles As It Supports Kids

Nov 15, 2017
Sara Gardner / The Baby Fold

You can find some original holiday decor this weekend, plus help kids and families in central Illinois at an annual event hosted by The Baby Fold.

In 1917, when America marched off to join the fight in World War I, it it did so to the rhythm of popular songs.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

For those of us who are too scared to skydive or not rich enough to buy a Corvette, there’s still one thing on life’s bucket list that’s well within reach—writing your own book.

He Hears Dead People

Oct 31, 2017
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You can keep your video games, your knitting, your gardening. Eric Vogel has a hobby that's not your everyday pastime. He records the voices of the dead.

GLT's Psych Geeks Know What Scares You

Oct 27, 2017
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What's your fearful pleasure? Brain-eating zombies? Vampires? Giant mutant bugs? Or how about that old standby: body cavity invading spiders?

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The popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” returns for Season 2 on Friday, and there’s an Illinois State University student who’s got some serious spoilers. But she’s not telling.

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In 1857, when Illinois State Normal University was founded, it was none other than Abraham Lincoln who drew up the legal documents to help establish the school.

Judith Valente / WGLT

There are some new faces in the prairies around McLean County—ceramic faces, that is.

Horseshoes Is More Than Just Ringers

Oct 17, 2017
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Tuesday evenings in warm weather, the Twin Cities Horseshoe Pitchers Club meet, seeking ringers and finding fellowship.

Laura K Kennedy / WGLT

The wild emotions of childhood and the fragile world around us figure prominently in two shows currently up at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

Quilters Have Kids Covered

Oct 12, 2017
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The annual Bed Blitz makes sure kids have a place to sleep by making their beds from scratch. But no bed is truly made until it's covered with something warm and comfy. That's where the quilters come in.

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