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GLT’s local news magazine airs weekdays at noon and 6 PM. Subscribe to the Sound Ideas podcast in feature-story format or listen to complete episodes using the links on the right.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/21/19

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Activist Charlene Carruthers says various social movements are coming together, feminists, African Americans, and LGBTQ movements. Carruthers talks with GLT's Mary Cullen ahead of an MLK teach-in at IWU. Plus, an ISU professor of ethnomusicology takes a spiritual journey to African slave dungeons in Ghana and shares it as part of a Ted X Normal address. Correspondent Colleen Reynolds reports on poverty in the twin cities. And Arts Correspondent Laura Kennedy presents us with a look into the lives of Native Americans in a new exhibit.

(1:27) The defense attorney for the lead Coliseum defendant breaks his silence after a transcript of the grand jury proceedings becomes public. Steve Beckett talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about why he thinks the Coliseum fraud case is a business dispute, not a criminal matter. (25:35) Plus, Bloomington Council candidate Chip Frank lays out his priorities as GLT continues its series of candidate interviews. (41:29) And Jon Norton brings you the band Sunday Afternoon.

(1:23) GLT's Eric Stock talks to a National Weather Service meteorologist who's still keeping central Illinois safe, despite not being paid because of the partial government shutdown. (27:16) You'll hear from McLean County Board chairman John McIntyre about why he thinks a new blue-ribbon panel will help find the right county administrator. (39:46) And Jon Norton previews a new album from Hoosier Daddy.

lllinois State University Police Chief Aaron Woodruff says Governor JB Pritzker's goal of legalizing recreational marijuana use won't help college and university leaders do their jobs.  Mary Cullen also reports on other college complications from legalized pot including federal funding risks. Plus, it might be snowy out, but Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy tell you how green it will get during GLT’s Grow. And GLT talks with a State Farm representative about the big changes of the year past and how 2019 will go.

Brandt Industries McLean County Plant Manager Hans Rasmussen says it's not your typical dirty manufacturing facility. GLT's Eric Stock takes a tour of the Brandt shop with Hans Rasmussen. Plus Jon Norton brings you the music of C.J. Chenier. Ryan Denham reports on the insurance industry labor shortage. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

There's a new gubernatorial administration in the state of Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and Attorney General Kwame Raoul give their first official speeches in office during IPR Special coverage of inauguration day.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/11/19

Jan 11, 2019

Climate change expert Naomi Oreskes says deniers are stoking confusion the same way the tobacco industry denied science for decades. GLT's Eric Stock talks with the science historian and author about trusting science. Plus, State Senator Jason Barickman talks about financial disclosure and blind trusts for soon to be Governor JB Pritzker, salaries for some of Pritzker's people, and looks at Pritzker policy proposals. And Laura Kennedy has a profile of the new exhibit at the ISU Galleries.

GLT's Ryan Denham talks to a central Illinois farmer about how the trade dispute with China is impacting his bottom line. IPR's Brian Mackey previews the Pritzker administration agenda. GLT's Mary Cullen talks to a local birding expert about the latest bird census. And Jon Norton catches up with the bluegrass group Trampled by Turtles ahead of their show at the Castle Theatre.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/09/19

Jan 9, 2019

U-high senior and League of Legends gamer Caleb Gonzalez says he thinks of video games as a way to get college scholarships. GLT's Eric Stock previews the first E-sports tournament coming to Grossinger Motors Arena this weekend. Plus, a furniture salesman taps his poetic muse and versifies about McLean County. Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy talk about the ups and downs of squirrels on GLT's Grow. And Arts Correspondent Laura Kennedy chats with GLT Culture Maven Shari Zeck as we head into movie awards season...the word of the day for them is 'REMAKE.'

GLT Sound Ideas 01/08/19

Jan 8, 2019

Normal Police Detective Nicole Bruno says consent education should focus on what sexual assault is rather than what it is not. She says excuses she has heard include 'we were flirting at the bar before hand.' She says the idea it turned into sexual assault the moment there was no consent seems hard to get through to come people. Mary Cullen reports it's also often difficult to change minds on the definition of consent. Plus, Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has hired a new Deputy City Manager, a diverse hire, and one he's worked with before.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/07/19

Jan 8, 2019

Bloomington Council Candidate Julie Imig says the city should allocate taxpayer dollars based on need so residents can enjoy the same quality of life. She also tells GLT's Ryan Denham older neighborhoods like those in her ward have lots of infrastructure needs. GLT continues its series of council candidate interviews. Plus, the jazzy soulful folk trio Sarah & the Underground has released its debut album. Jon Norton reports.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/04/19

Jan 4, 2019

Normal City Manager Pam Reece says the town might ask former tenants of an artists co-op to pay for preservation or a mural located on land slated for a five story multi use development. One of those former tenants argues federal law protects the mural. Reece also talks with Charlie Schlenker about 2018 and the new year...and a new Assistant City Manager hire. Plus, Eric Stock reports on police body camera implementation. And Laura Kennedy dives into a twin cities theater group presentation of Little Women.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/03/19

Jan 3, 2019

GLT takes a last lingering visit to the holidays with a Next To Normal Story Slam episode. Central Illinois people think back about holiday memories such as ornaments, food, candles, pine needle smell, and wood smoke. Story Slam producer Devon Lovell also asked storytellers to reflect on those themes as well as the genre of tale known as holiday weird. Elena Wieczack, Bruce Boeck, Abby Scott, Lynda Straw, and Lynda Reddick told their stories during the slam held at the McLean County Arts Center.

GLT Sound Ideas 01/02/19

Jan 3, 2019

At year end, GLT brings you encore editions of some of the significant stories of 2018 including efforts in the twin cities to limit food waste, the lack of child psychiatric services in the region, a decade of smoke free public indoor spaces, efforts to coordinate opioid addiction services in Bloomington-Normal, pandemic drills, and training on how to respond to a shooter.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/31/18

Jan 3, 2019

As we approach the end of the year and all the football bowl games, we're using Sound ideas to reflect back on the year in Sports in Bloomington Norma including the future of Football, a marathoner who has run at least one such race in all fifty states, growing popularity of Lacrosse, a baseball player who has beaten cancer twice, and wheelchair tennis.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/28/18

Jan 3, 2019

As we approach the end of the year, GLT looked back on some of the notable stories and interviews from 2018 with a musical Chapter of Sound Ideas, courtesy of Jon Norton and his coverage of the Bloomington Normal Music Scene. This includes encore presentations of stories on Chicago Farmer, Edward David Anderson, The Something Brothers, Leah Marlene, and Flaccid.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/27/18

Jan 3, 2019

2018 was a huge year of uncertainty for people at Bloomington Normal's largest employer. But,company representatives told GLT's Charlie Schlenker the pace of change in 2019 will be far less rapid in Bloomington Normal. GLT's Jon Norton and Ryan Denham go over the list of best of music and stories on the GLT web site in 2018. Eric Stock reports on a pilot program incorporating aspects of yoga to help children get ready to learn and take charge of their own social and emotional health.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/26/18

Jan 3, 2019

As we approach the end of the year, GLT is looking back on some of the stories and interviews from 2018. Today, we bring you our show on the advent of autonomous vehicles including what the state of Illinois is doing to promote testing of them, and the cultural, ethical, insurance, and public reception aspects of autonomous vehicles. 

As we approach the end of the year, GLT is looking back on some of the stories and interviews from 2018. Today, we bring you a selection of books and authors of local interest. Laura Kennedy talked with an award-winning children's book author who fought back against a triple threat of learning disabilities at a time when schools were little able to cope with kids who were different. The gender columnist for the Washington Post visited her home town of Bloomington Normal to accept a distinguished alumni award from University High School and talked with Charlie Schlenker about her new young adult novel 'The War Outside.' Jon Norton interviewed Frank Cicero about the slave legacy of Illinois at its founding. Political Scientist Bob Bradley also tackled the Illinois Bicentennial and court cases that have shaped the state. And ISU Professor Cara Rabe-Hemp wrote about women in policing and how far they have come.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/20/18

Dec 20, 2018

It has been a decade since Newspaper Photographer David Proeber took an iconic photo of a serial bank robber in the median of an interstate. GLT's Ryan Denham talks to Proeber about that dangerous day -- and his surprising view of Sylvester's life. Plus, some high schools are not at all thrilled with the new centralized scheduling process for football games. Eric Stock reports. And a new study is out on how to implement the Complete Streets plan in Bloomington Normal. Ryan Denham interviews Jennifer Sicks of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/19/18

Dec 19, 2018

Normal Town Council Candidate Dave Shields says he's satisfied with current management and council representation, but wants to see Uptown development advance even more. Shields also tells GLT's Mary Cullen that the economic development organ BN advantage is not reaching its full potential as part of a series of interviews of council candidates. Plus, McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre says video psychiatric services might be the wave of the future. Eric Stock has the interview. The freeze thaw cycle is bad for roads, but maybe good for gardens...Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy Grow our knowledge on that. And as people prepare to fly home for the holidays. A former flight attendant recalls air travel the way it used to be, during a Next To Normal Story Slam.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/18/18

Dec 18, 2018

Mary Cullen reports on an ISU fraternity education campaign on the meaning of consent in sexual relations. Eric Stock checks in with the EDC about reorganization efforts and how that is shaping the search for a new executive Director. And Mayor Chris Koos of Normal stops by to reflect on a Mayoral pay raise, a capital plan, and how Normal is supposed to compete with big cities for talent.

McLean County nursing home administrator Cindy Wegner says some things have changed to help reduce budget deficits at the care center. Cindy Wegner tells GLT's Eric Stock the county also had to spend some money on the facility to accomplish that. Plus, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense held a vigil over the weekend to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School Massacre. We'll have a report. And The Prairie Pride Coalition, an LGBTQI plus advocacy group, is endorsing the local efforts of the Salvation Army Homeless services, in spite of the anti LGBTQI Plus stance of the Salvation Army national group. Prairie Pride Board member David Bentlin talks about that move.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/14/18

Dec 14, 2018

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner reportedly tried to get multiple people to run for governor instead of him, even talking to potential substitutes as late as last summer, in the middle of the campaign. State Senator Jason Barickman finds this baffling. He tells Charlie Schlenker that's not the way the process works. More from Senator Barickman about the GOP recovery from Governor Rauner's four years. Plus, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra has its pops concert Friday night in Bloomington. Eric Stock reports on Bloomington Schools Lacrosse possibilities and property tax rates. And Mary Cullen looks at why a small business advocacy group is big into political redistricting reform.

GLT's Ryan Denham talks to those who've preordered Rivian's vehicles over the past two weeks about what attracted them to the young electric automaker. Eric Stock interviews Travis Wilson, one of the candidates vying to succeed Alderman Diana Hauman on the Bloomington City Council. And IPR reports on changes to college admission applications and about the mysterious causes of deaths in Illinois prisons.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/12/18

Dec 12, 2018

Economist Mike Doherty says the Bloomington Normal workforce is recovering to within shouting distance of its peak six years ago. Doherty takes us through Bloomington Normal by the numbers. Plus, Jon Norton talks with Blues Hot Thang Mathew Curry about a new direction for the homegrown guitar and vocal prodigy. And Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy delve into seasonal giving of house plants and matching greenery to the recipient's abilities to avoid killing the plant.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/11/18

Dec 11, 2018

OSF Trauma Services Manager Julie Matson says the difference between a Level one Trauma Center and a level two center as in Bloomington Normal, is money, services, and staff. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the costs and benefits of providing a Level One Trauma Center. Plus, junior high language arts teacher Susie Hutton shares part of her life in a Next to Normal Story Slam segment on how people resist changes, share  them, and come to accept them. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/10/18

Dec 10, 2018

Larry Carius of the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Season says it takes a lot for a successful business to build in a brand new location and close the old one. Hear more about Outback Steak House, and new restaurants opening on the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene. Plus, we say goodbye to a notable landscape artist in central Illinois who passed away over the weekend. Laura Kennedy has that archive interview. Laura also gives us a different artist profile, a photographer who looks at landscape from above with drone photography. And Ryan Denham connects the dots; worms, magnetic fields, and the planet Mars.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/7/18

Dec 7, 2018

GLT's Ryan Denham and Mary Cullen dig into speeding tickets in Bloomington-Normal and find local police departments approach enforcement very differently. Eric Stock talks to experts about why the Mikey Cadena custody case has gone viral. Jon Norton previews the Bottle Rockets' show at the Castle Theatre. And IPR's Brian Mackey marks 10 years since Rod Blagojevich's arrest.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/6/18

Dec 6, 2018

You'll hear from a 20-year-old Illinois State University who's running for Normal Town Council. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to ISU President Larry Dietz about his work on Gov.-elect JB Pritzker's transition team. The McLean County Chamber of Commerce's top lobbyist weighs in on the potential for legalized marijuana in Illinois. And GLT's Grow talks about forest management and wildfires.