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GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/18/18

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ISU Theater Professor Connie DeVeer has a new book to coach stressed out actors. GLT's Laura Kennedy has more with DeVeer. Plus, Mary Cullen reports on how to stay alive in an active shooter situation. ISU president Larry Dietz gives an update on the university's 150 million dollar fundraising campaign. And Bloomington Alderman Scott Black joins us to talk about eminent domain, raising revenue to fund downtown improvements, and a new way for issues to come before the council.  

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/17/18

Sep 17, 2018

Green Top Grocery is reporting to its owners about progress toward financial stability, though much remains to be done for the co op to remain in business. Mary Cullen talks with Green Top Board President Michael Gorman. Larry Carius tells us about three new places to eat as we hear about the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene. Eric Stock reports on Food Waste and how to reduce it. And find out from Ryan Denham about young farmers and the impact they hope to make on the local food scene.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Wrongfully convicted man Alan Beaman says he's trying to sue the Town of Normal and former police officers because he wants to have faith in police. Beaman's appeal of his suit for damages is before the State Supreme Court. Plus, State Senator Jason Barickman tells Ryan Denham why he thinks it's reasonable to ask for details on a Democratic Party graduated income tax proposal, even though that is not yet legislation. A stump speech from Illinois Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold. And Laura Kennedy takes us inside an intimate new photography exhibit at the University Galleries.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

GLT looks back at the year since prosecutors filed criminal charges against former managers of the coliseum in Bloomington. The FDA wants measures to prevent kids from becoming addicted to nicotine through vaping. Colleen Reynolds looks at the problem in the twin cities. Illinois Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul gives voters his case in GLT's effort to bring you stump speeches. And Bloomington native Jeni-B releases her folky debut album. Jon Norton reports.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/12/18

Sep 12, 2018

Ryan Denham reports on the changing retail landscape that includes moves to smaller stores and shorter shopping experiences. Kohl's District Manager Kristin Lee says the layout of Bloomington’s Eastland Mall is just awful and not current.Plus, Jon Norton reports on a band that's a cross between Van Morrison and Johnny Cash. It's Matt Garrison and the Robber Barons. There's a new exhibit and a leadership structure change at the Children's Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal. And the Democratic candidate for Governor gives his stump speech.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/11/18

Sep 11, 2018

Unit 5 high school choral music teacher Ben Luginbuhl is an Illinois teacher of the year nominee. But, even he has role models, his own social studies teacher. GLT's Mary Cullen talks about teachers connecting with students. Plus, Heartland Theater puts on Stella And Lou...about a warm friendly place, where everybody knows your name, though it's not clear how much they know about you inside. Laura Kennedy reports. And the city of Bloomington takes steps toward more affordable housing for seniors. Ryan Denham chats with Mayor Renner.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/10/18

Sep 10, 2018

Recording studio owner Eric Nelson says he has been worried for years that cheap home recording technology would kill his business. But, he's busier than ever. Jon Norton reports on the thriving twin cities recording industry. Plus, everyone knows, zoning is important. But, GLT's Ryan Denham achieves the impossible in his report on the zoning overhaul in Bloomington. He makes it interesting. And teachers unions in the twin cities assess the impact of the Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court forcing unions to stop charging dues to teachers who are not members of the unions.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/7/18

Sep 7, 2018

Jewel Upshaw was watching her son's basketball game on the internet when he collapsed. Hear more about Upshaw's fight to expand defibrillator use and training with GLT's Eric Stock. Plus, the twin cities has a weekend of drama offerings. Community Players opens Peter and the Starcatchers. And the Coalescence Theater Project opens 'The Dying Breed,' with the help of the prairie pride coalition at the Normal Theater. Hear from the directors of both works, Brian Artman and Joe McDonnell. And student reporter Dania De La Hoya steps into the world of competitive video gaming.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/6/18

Sep 6, 2018

GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Illinois State University President Larry Dietz about the big new freshman class. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist visits Illinois Wesleyan to talk about her chronicle of a transgender youth. You'll meet two young community servants being honored at Sunday's Why I See You service awards. And Eric Stock visits a new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History that tells the story of local working men and women.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/5/18

Sep 5, 2018

An Illinois Issues Forum...Solutions for the State of Illinois. The panel discussion is on helping Higher Education meet its challenges. It took place in Normal. The forum is supported by AARP of Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/4/18

Sep 4, 2018

Listen to the four-part GLT series Skipping School, about the state's teacher shortage. We explore why teachers are leaving the profession, the financial hardship faced by new teachers, how the job has changed through the years, and how today's students have different, more demanding needs.

GLT Sound Ideas 9/3/18

Sep 1, 2018

In this Labor Day edition of Sound Ideas we bring you the autobiographical stories of people who stood up in the most recent Next to normal Story Slam. The theme of the evening organized by Devon Lovell and held at the McLean County Arts Center was Re, as in remember, rewrite, rethink, and any other RE word you'd care to think.John Poling from Clinton gives us aremembrance of a career past. Chris Kauffman remembers a story about her first day of marriage to Mark Austill and the comedy and tragedy it entailed. Devon Lovell realized she was really lucky to recover something over and over again. Sometimes mistakes make the best stories. Rhys Lovell recounts a couple of times he should have, or did rethink something. And the most painful incidents in our lives can offer us an opportunity to reconsider the relationships we thought we knew all about. Connie Blick's story is about reawakening and reflection.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/31/18

Aug 31, 2018

NPR Illinois news director Sean Crawford hosts an Illinois Issues forum in Carbondale, focused on the November election. The event is supported by AARP Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/30/18

Aug 30, 2018

GLT's Eric Stock talks to McLean County officials ahead of an event that will mark International Overdose Awareness Day. We talk to retiring Project Oz leader Peter Rankaitis about his decades of service to community youth. And GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to Illinois Wesleyan President Eric Jensen about fall enrollment and the new school year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/29/18

Aug 29, 2018

Healthcare futurist Jeff Bauer says the Affordable Care Act has missed the point. Bauer tells GLT's Ryan Denham the U.S. isn't spending too much on healthcare, but is spending it on the wrong things. Plus, State Representative Dan Brady talks about the prospects for a higher education funding formula. And Chris Kauffman tells her personal story of tragedy and hilarity on the first day of her wedded life. It's a Next To Normal Story Slam entry.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/28/18

Aug 28, 2018

Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel says his district will be asking voters to approve a property tax hike. Daniel explores the potential for a 2020 referendum with GLT's Mary Cullen. Plus, fiscal conservative Bloomington Council candidate Donna Boelen says she wants to cut city personnel costs without cutting the number of employees. Boelen talks about her ward two race with Ryan Denham. IWU President Eric Jensen says the institution has made some progress on recouping enrollment. And the Mayor of Bloomington drops by.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/27/18

Aug 27, 2018

Bloomington Schools Superintendent Barry Reilly says there's a lot of new energy in District 87...partly because there are a lot of new teachers. More on the State Farm effect on District 87 and the start of the new school year with Eric Stock. Plus, the early political trends just after statehood in Illinois still linger today. IWU Political Scientist Jim Simeone talks about independent producerism. A new food pantry targets one segment of the community that might not have access to nutritious foods...some ISU students. Ryan Denham reports.

GLT Sound Ideas 8/24/18

Aug 24, 2018

An Illinois Issues forum on the problems facing the state of Illinois and possible solutions to them. This forum took place in Rockford.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/23/18

Aug 23, 2018

GLT's Ryan Denham goes over some frequently asked questions about dissolving the Bloomington Election Commission. Eric Stock talks to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocate about the upcoming Saturation Saturday campaign. Mary Cullen visits the new Epiphany Farms restaurant in downtown Bloomington. And meet another storyteller from the Next to Normal Story Slam.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/22/18

Aug 22, 2018

Laurel Sutton founder of the naming company Catchword says finding a name for your new business might be the toughest part of any startup. Ryan Denham reports on the quirks of the business name game. Plus, State Senator Jason Barickman says he's encouraged by republicans coming together and can see a path to victory for Governor Rauner, though the Governor has to do more than bash house speaker Mike Madigan. County Board Chair John McIntyre talks with Eric Stock about naming a new state's attorney and solar farms. And it's GLT's Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/21/18

Aug 21, 2018

Erika Harold says the last thing Illinois needs is another attorney general who will do the bidding of environmental activists. The Republican talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about comments to a coal energy conference in southern Illinois and her plans to fight public corruption. Plus, Jeff Crabill says he's running for Alderman in Bloomington's 8th ward, setting up a contest with Josh Barnett. And Don Knapp is the new McLean County State's Attorney. Eric Stock reports.

GLT Sound Ideas 8/20/18

Aug 20, 2018

Illinois Issues Forum on solutions for the State of Illinois. IPR hosts a panel discussion from Alton about the problems facing the state, and potential remedies, supported in part by AARP of Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/17/18

Aug 17, 2018

Skipping School, GLT's series on the teacher shortage, wraps up with a look at how children and culture are changing, and how that's making the job harder for teachers. Ryan Denham talks to ag historian Don Meyer about his upcoming Illinois Bicentennial Speaker Series talk in Springfield. And Jon Norton previews upcoming performances from Chicago bluesman Billy Branch and Mali-born Cheick Hamala Diabate.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/16/18

Aug 16, 2018

Normal Community High School Special Ed teacher Claire Rybarczyk says constant changes in teaching models overwhelm many educators. Part 3 of GLT's Skipping School series focuses on how the role of a teacher has changed in recent years, and the stress it creates. Plus, the legendary singer Aretha Franklin has died. Jon Norton has an appreciation. Bloomington Alderman Karen Schmidt wants a sixth term. And it's GLT's Grow.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/15/18

Aug 15, 2018

GLT's Skipping School series continues with a look at how teachers make ends meet, and the obstacles to raising teacher starting salaries. Mary Cullen talks to an Illinois State University professor about her research into helicopter parenting and political engagement. Eric Stock introduces you to the candidates to become McLean County's new state's attorney. And Jon Norton previews a documentary about jazz musician Thelonious Monk showing Friday at the Normal Theater.

GLT Sound Ideas 08/14/18

Aug 14, 2018

Illinois is trying to stop a teacher shortage, and teachers leaving the state is only part of the problem. Derek Sieg and other former teachers talk about why they left the profession -- and what school districts and policymakers can do to stop it. It's the first of a 4-part series this week on Sound Ideas about the teacher shortage. Plus, Planned Parenthood of Illinois decides it might as well be hung for being a sheep as a lamb. Mary Cullen interviews a Planned Parenthood leader ahead of the Democrats Baldini Dinner. And Mayor Tari Renner drops by.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/13/18

Aug 13, 2018

A special rebroadcast of the GLT Community Conversation about local journalism in the era of fake news. Panelists include Illinois State University alum Jim Kirk (former editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and Los Angeles Times), GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker, Pantagraph Editor Mark Pickering, WJBC News Director Katherine Murphy, and Illinois News Broadcasters Association President (and TV-10 educator) Laura Trendle Polus. The Aug. 8 event was moderated by GLT Program Director Mike McCurdy.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/10/18

Aug 10, 2018

ISU Political Scientist Kerry Milita says voter security means different things to different parties. Republicans tend to focus on vote registration rolls and vote fraud. And Milita says in Mary Cullen's report that Democrats are more worried about Russian hacking because President Trump won. Plus, a tale of a pyromaniac from a Next to Normal Story Slam. A new Art Exhibit at the University galleries needs public input. And Jon Norton reports on a new bronze at a central Illinois Sculpture walk.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/9/18

Aug 9, 2018

Normal Town Council member Kathleen Lorenz says she wants another term and will be a good steward for the public: that includes pulling back on a library project. Lorenz says in a GLT interview that she does favor economic development projects. Plus, Ryan Denham looks at the student apartment business as ISU and IWU prepare to go back into session with move-in happening next week. And Jon Norton gives us the punk sound of the music of City Mouse.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 8/8/18

Aug 8, 2018

Homebuilder Tom Armstrong says he's just a cog in the economic wheel and that he can't build homes if there are no jobs for potential customers. Ryan Denham reports on why new home construction across the country has slowed to its lowest pace since the 1980s. It has been a decade since public smoking bans took effect in Bloomington-Normal. How's that working out? Eric Stock reports. Mary Cullen reports on resources to help those who have been affected by domestic violence. Plus, home cooked pesticides and herbicides: Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy rate them on GLT's Grow.