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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’s Sound Ideas: 11/23/15

Nov 23, 2015

Many Mitsubishi plant workers have no idea what will happen to them now that the plant is closing.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/20/15

Nov 20, 2015

Hear from a twin city native who was in Paris when the terrorist attacks hit last week. Musician Ryan Weisheit describes how the region is slowly returning to routine. Laura Kennedy delves into the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. There is a Holmes film being screened this weekend at the Normal Theater. Then, explore the life of Orson Wells thanks to a new biography about the great innovator's life.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/19/15

Nov 19, 2015

GLT News is checking in periodically with three different Mistsubishi workers. Hear from worker Jerry Harcharik about how he and other workers are coping. Less than two weeks of production remain at the plant. Mike McCurdy talks with the organizer of a peace vigil in Uptown Normal organized in reaction to recent terror attacks.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/18/15

Nov 18, 2015

Hear about progress that's been made in the thirty years since "Life CIL" opened its doors in Bloomington, helping people with disabilities gain work and live independently. Laura Kennedy takes you through an exhibit of self-portraits on display at Illinois Wesleyan that documents the ravages of Alzheimers disease. Then, hear about the soundtrack of a German horror film currently playing at a Twin City record store.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/17/15

Nov 17, 2015

Hear from a Bloomington-Normal musician on the ground in Paris. Ryan Weisheit is a saxophonist for Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers. Their gig at a wine bar in the Latin Quarter in Paris for Tuesday night has been canceled because of the attacks. Charlie Schlenker talks with an ISU expert on middle-east security who says ISIS attacked Europe out of desperation. Plus, Mayor Chris Koos and Councilman Kevin McCarthy are in studio to

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/16/15

Nov 16, 2015

Hear an interview with NPR's White House Corrsespondent Tamara Keith, who's in central Illinois as this year's GLT Radio Faces speaker. Plus, GLT's Jon Norton checks in with twin city native and world-renowned jazz musician Adam Larson.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/13/15

Nov 13, 2015

13th district Congressman Rodney Davis talks about presidential politics, immigration and a mental health measure he supports.An interview with pianist Mitchel Forman explores his new album "Puzzle".

And you'll hear from nationally-recognized educator Pedro Noguera who speaks at ISU Monday night.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/11/15

Nov 11, 2015

You’ll hear Willis Kern’s interview with Illinois’ 13th district U. S. Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville. They discuss immigration reform, presidential politics and mental health care. Jim Browne talks with a recently retired ISU history professor who has written a book contrasting wars played out on the big screen against the real impact of combat. And Patrick Murphy offers tips on grasses during Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/10/15

Nov 10, 2015

Hear from one of America’s most important voices for a healthy public education who says kids need the opportunity to learn and if not, the child's civil rights are being violated. Education activist and UCLA Professor Pedro Noguera  talks with GLT’s Jon Norton before he speaks at ISU. During Animal House, GLT's Laura Kennedy talks cuisine for our furry friends. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio following the Bloomington Council meeting to take your questions.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/9/15

Nov 9, 2015

You'll hear about a recent study that points out how judicial races are becoming increasingly politicized. Last year's campaign for the Illinois Supreme Court stands as the poster child. Laura Kennedy talks with a photographer who turned her portraits of 100 women reading, into an exhibition of photos and film currently on display at ISU.  Then, during an IPR roundtable, hear the latest on budget woes from Springfield.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/6/15

Nov 6, 2015

During Best of Sound Ideas, Bloomington-based singer/songwriter Edward David Anderson talks about his new CD "Lower Alabama-The Loxley Sessions." Plus, Judy Valente interviews activist Rudy Lopez about the problem of wage-theft, ahead of an upcoming national rally. Then, Laura Kennedy looks at the power women held in the early years of the film industry.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/6/15

Nov 6, 2015

During Best of Sound Ideas, Bloomington-based singer/songwriter Edward David Anderson talks about his new CD "Lower Alabama-The Loxley Sessions." Plus, Judy Valente  interviews activist Rudy Lopez about the problem of wage-theft, ahead of an upcoming national rally. Then, Laura Kennedy looks at the power women held in the early years of the film energy.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/5/15

Nov 5, 2015

Hear from an urban redevelopment expert who says cities should aim for excellence and not fall victim to the "it'll do" disease. Senior Resident Fellow with the Urban Land Institute, Tom Murphy talks with Mike McCurdy about successful public-private partnerships to redevelop downtowns and the ingredients found in competitive communities. Phone lines will be open. Murphy is in Normal to address an EDC dinner. You’ll hear from John Ginty, a blues organist playing for big acts for years.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/4/15

Nov 4, 2015

Hear a wide-ranging interview with "Nuns on the Bus" activist Sister Simone Campbell. Judy Valente catches up with Sister Simone, who first visited Sound Ideas two years ago. During GLT's Grow, Murph and Laura Kennedy are talking trees, and more specifically, the beauty of the colors changing. Then during Blues Next, you'll hear from pianist Anthony Gerasi about his long career playing with legends BB King, Big Mama Thornton and others.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/3/2015

Nov 3, 2015

Wage theft, where corporations find ways to shortchange employees, is a wide spread but little known problem. Activist Rudy Lopez says wage theft costs workers about $50 billion each year. He speaks with Judy Valente prior to a nationwide protest. Our series of conversations with speakers at an upcoming TED X event in Normal continues; hear about the ability to teach innovation. And Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in studio to talk about an increased property tax levy.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 11/2/2015

Nov 2, 2015

You’ll hear from ISU Criminal Justice Professor Jason Ingram. He speaks on "Police Use of Force: Myths and Policy Considerations," during an appearance at the Normal Public Library Wednesday evening (7 P.M.)  Also, we begin a series of week-long interviews with some of the speakers at the TEDx conference Saturday at the Normal Theater. Charlie Schlenker interviews Jessica Tenuta, who helped found the college textbook company Packback Books. And Jon Norton talks with Darden Purcell, who sings jazz Thursday night at the Iron Post in Urbana.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/29/15

Oct 29, 2015

The McLean County Heath Department suggested cutting nearly half of the drug core treatment money in the budget, and eyebrows went up. Explore the issue with Charlie Schlenker. Springfield believes they have an education bill that both sides of the spectrum will agree on. Then, Jon Norton talks with bluesman Chris O'Leary about his return to Champaign-Urbana.

GLT's Sound Ideas

Oct 28, 2015

It's not ghosts or goblins that make most young adults frightened this time of year, it's affordable housing. Then, hear how surprisingly easy it is for law enforcement to get juveniles accused of serious crimes to confess. Later, Jon Norton talks with members of the Steepwater Band ahead of their Halloween show in Bloomington.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/27/15

Oct 27, 2015

The Bloomington City Council is working to solve decades of budget issues. Mayor Tari Renner and Ward 5 Alderman Joni Painter are in studio to take your questions. Results from the most recent Household Hazardous Waste event seem promising; Charlie Schlenker talks with the director of the Ecology Action Center. Then, Animal House shows you the benefits of adopting an older pet.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/26/15

Oct 26, 2015

It's the first part of an occasional news series on the central Illinois water supply. Judy Valente  traces what happens when you flush that toilet. This is the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Laura Kennedy delves into the cult classic ahead of its upcoming screening at the Normal Theater. Pledge now to help your public radio station at

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/23/15

Oct 23, 2015

Best of Sound Ideas: You'll hear a GLT interview with NPR's Kelly McEvers about her work covering the crisis in Syria and her new role as co-host of NPR's All Things Considered. Then, you'll hear how a Chicago jazz singer became a powerhouse in western swing music. Later, hear how contributing to public radio can help build homes in your community.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/22/15

Oct 22, 2015

Hear from the founder of Bloomington-Normal's first food pantry. Tina Sipula says Clare House will close. Mike McCurdy talks with Sipula about how Clare House mission has changed and what's been called the "war on poor people." During Talkin Blues, hear about Albert Castiglia’s (kah-STEEL-yahs) new album and his early days with playing with Junior Wells. Also, find out how you can build homes for your community and contribute to public radio, all from the comfort of your own home.

NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with GLT’s Charlie Schlenker about her work as a war correspondent in Syria, and her new post as host for NPR’s All Things Considered. You’ll also hear Laura Kennedy’s story of close calls, ironic twists and perseverance called “How Can You Mend a Broken Harp?”  And Jon Norton talks with jazzman Mort Weiss. Host: Willis Kern.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/20/15

Oct 20, 2015

Hear from Mayor Tari Renner on downtown redevelopment plans from two developers. Upgrading Downtown Bloomingtonis a priority for the Mayor. You'll get an update and you can ask Mayor Renner YOUR questions. Then, you’ll hear from Chicago jazz singer Solitaire Miles, whose new album swings western style. If you enjoy the Sound Ideas podcast and other content from GLT producers, hit the donate button and make your contribution now to our "Listen, Pledge, Build" fund drive at

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/19/15

Oct 19, 2015

GLT's Sound Ideas. It's news and newmakers, gardening, petcare, poetry, jazz and more. Sound Ideas reflects the life you live right here in Central Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/16/15

Oct 16, 2015

Best of Sound Ideas. You'll go with GLT's Laura Kennedy to the Peoria Riverfront Museum and check out the exhibit of awkward family photos. Willis Kern talks policy with former transportation secretary Ray LaHood.  Then, Jon Norton talks with an activist for the Black Lives Matter movement.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/15/15

Oct 15, 2015

Phone lines are open for a round of “Can It Be Recycled?” with the Ecology Action Center’s Michael Brown who stops by to talk about this weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste collection event. The music of Pink Floyd is explored during an edition of "What's On Your Turntable?". Then, hear about the drama arising from the hiring of a

University of Illinois professor.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/14/15

Oct 14, 2015

ISU President Larry Dietz talks about the budget stand-off in Springfield and how the university is dealing with not having any state funding. He also discusses the status of Monetary Award Program grants for low-income students. You’ll hear from the President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association about the state of transit funding and transportation infrastructure. And Jon Norton talks with bluesman John Primer about his time working with Muddy Waters’ band. Host: Willis Kern

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/13/15

Oct 13, 2015

The Michael Brown shooting more than a year ago sparked what some civil rights activists are calling a brand new movement for social justice. GLT's Jon Norton talks with Reverend Osagyefo Sekou about Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, and his lecture at Illinois State University Thursday night. During Animal House, hear about a newly established community animal rescue group. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to discuss last night's city council meetings.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/12/15

Oct 12, 2015

ISU Theater is staging the 1963 Broadway classic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Director Lori Adams and actor Kyle Fitzgerald talk about how lead character Randle McMurphy touched a nerve that still stings today.Then, get an update on the state budget, which is still very much up in the air. And during Jazz Next, Eric Alexander talks about his new album, and learning music on the south side of Chicago from the legendary Charles Earland.