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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: 11/3/2015

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.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/9/15

Oct 9, 2015

This Best Of edition features recent pieces on the Nashville-based bluegrass band The Steeldrivers, performing in Bloomington Oct. 15, on the ISU Milner Library vintage photography exhibit, “Gangsters and Grifters.” The two photojournalists who curated the Chicago crime photos give a talk at ISU Oct. 13. And you’ll hear Judy Valente’s documentation of her journey to Philadelphia with a group of central Illinois pilgrims to see Pope Francis. Host: Willis Kern

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/8/15

Oct 8, 2015

Host Willis Kern welcomes former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood into the studios for a conversation about transit funding, presidential politics and his relationship with Republican leaders. Laura Kennedy talks to the person behind the internet meme of awkward family photos. An exhibition of some of the photos is on display at Peoria’s Riverfront Museum. And Jim Browne visits the Habitat for Humanity McLean County office in downtown Bloomington. Habitat is wrapping up 30 years of service in Bloomington-Normal.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/7/15

Oct 7, 2015

Shannon Fulton of Bloomington’s StraightUp Solar and President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association talks about solar power with GLT’s Jim Browne. You’ll get a preview of tomorrow’s vote that could lead to a new U.S. Speaker of the House. And during GLT’s Blues Next, it’s the words and music of HowellDevine.  Host: Willis Kern 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/6/15

Oct 6, 2015

GLT's Sound Ideas. It's news and newsmakers, petcare, poetry, jazz, and more. Sound Ideas reflects the life you live right here in Central Illinois. Host: Willis Kern.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/5/15

Oct 5, 2015

Host Willis Kern interviews Doctors Without Borders volunteer Ella Stryker. She was among those selected by Time magazine as a “Person of the Year” for helping to control Africa’s Ebola outbreak last year. She spoke recently at ISU. And Jon Norton talks to Michelle Lordi about her new jazz CD “Drive.”

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/2/15

Oct 2, 2015

You'll get a preview of various arts-related events happening this weekend. Laura Kennedy talks with the director of the August Wilson play "Fences" being staged at ISU. Charlie Schlenker interviews Illinois Symphony Orchestra music director Alistair Willis. The ISO fall season is kicking off. And you'll hear from jazz artists Mardra and Reggie Thomas, performing at Jazz UpFront in Bloomington.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 10/1/15

Oct 1, 2015

Accompany central Illinois Catholics on a pilgrimage to see Pope Francis. Your tour guide is GLT’s Judy Valente. Former town of Normal government officials Dave Anderson and Paul Harmon talk about the huge growth in Normal from the 60s to the 90s. It’s a preview of their Normal 1-5-0 talk this weekend. And catch up with 2007 GLT Summer Concert headliner, bluesman Jimmy Burns. Host: Willis Kern

GLT's Sound Ideas: 9/30/15

Sep 30, 2015

City of Bloomington Communication Manager Nora Dukowitz talks about the new “myBloomington” app. It allows users to report problems they may see around town, such as an unmowed lawn or bad street pothole.  Laura Kennedy talks with the director of the ISU production of “Fences.” You’ll hear from Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director Alistair Willis. The new season debuts Friday at the BCPA. And Judith Valente talks with ISU Children’s Literature expert Jan Susina about the 150th anniversary of Alice In Wonderland. Host: Willis Kern.

Sound Ideas, 9/29/2015

Sep 30, 2015

Host Willis Kern talks with Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner about the final report from the city’s budget task force. IPR’s Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky report on the “proxies” being used by Democratic and Republican Party leaders as the state budget impasse drags on. And Laura Kennedy searches for tips on dealing with a feline urinary condition during Animal House.

Sound Ideas, 9/28/2015

Sep 28, 2015

Jim Browne talks with Alfred Lopez, a Cuba scholar who has written a book on Jose Marti’, a Cuban revolutionary and contemporary of Abraham Lincoln. Lopez spoke recently at Illinois State University. Also, you’ll hear from Chris Breu, an ISU English Professor and author of the book Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics. And Jon Norton talks with Mardra and Reggie Thomas ahead of their appearance at JazzUpfront in downtown Bloomington this weekend. 

Sound Ideas, 9/25/2015

Sep 28, 2015

Best of Sound Ideas for the week of 9/21. You'll hear from GLT's Judy Valente , who is traveling with a group of central Illinois Catholics to see Pope Francis speak in Philadelphia this weekend. Plus, hear another segment in the coverage of the Normal 1-5-0 celebrations. Also, you'll get the scoop on Bloomington's sales tax increase from two members of the city's special Budget Task Force.

Sound Ideas, 9/24/2015

Sep 28, 2015

Hear about wearable art. Tattoos date back more than 5-thousand years. Working class Europeans had them and so did the very rich and powerful. Alexis Wollstein with ISU’s Milner Library and Laura Kennedy tour the library's tattoo exhibit, Your Body, Your Canvas." Then, you’ll hear another in our series of Normal 1-5-0 interviews, observing the town’s sesquicentennial this time on a topic not to be celebrated: racial segregation. Later, during an edition of Sound Money, GLT's Jim Browne explores the costs of taking care of a furry friend.

Sound Ideas, 9/23/2015

Sep 28, 2015

You’ll visit the Dickson Mounds museum, which is set to close next week due to state budget cuts. You’ll meet Alan Harn, who’s been studying the Native American remains on the site for more than a half-century. Laura Kennedy takes you to an art exhibit in Bloomington that reflects feelings drawn from the Mexican college students who went missing last year. Aimee Ingalls of the EDC stops by to preview tomorrow’s "BN By The Numbers" event in Normal. And Jon Norton talks with blues harmonica player Bob Corritore during an edition of Talkin Blues. Host: Willis Kern

Sound Ideas, 9/22/2015

Sep 22, 2015

Hear from an astronomer and TED fellow riding her bike 300 miles from Chicago to St. Louis. Her journey is designed to get people excited about space science, technology, engineering and math. Same sex marriage is the law of the land in Illinois, but what's next for the LGBTQ movement? Hear a report on the movement. And during jazz next, you'll hear about the latest album from the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet.