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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: 4/24/18

Apr 24, 2018

GLT’s Ryan Denham talks to Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner about street resurfacing, changes to city liquor laws, and downtown development. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks to McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre. And GLT’s Laura Kennedy previews the Arts Tech Film Festival at the Normal Theater.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/23/18

Apr 23, 2018

GLT's Ryan Denham recaps the latest court filings in the Coliseum fraud case. Illinois political reporters discuss the latest entrant into the race for governor. GLT's Judy Valente talks to noted environmental writer Douglas Tallamy ahead of his Tuesday visit to Heartland Community College. And GLT's Jon Norton details the happy accidents that created Boston-based punk band OC45. They play at Nightshop this week.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/20/18

Apr 20, 2018

A special broadcast of GLT’s environmental panel discussion, hosted by Mike McCurdy, at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo (ISLWE) at Illinois Wesleyan University. It was sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness Program and the Ecology Action Center.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

A conversation about crime rates with Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner. Gun violence fell last year in the city of Bloomington, from 39 shootings in 2016 to 24 last year. Chief Heffner also talks about a rise in sexual assault reports and the rollout of body cameras. Plus, another student led anti-gun violence rally is coming in Normal. And, button, button, whose got the button?


GLT Sound Ideas 4/18/18

Apr 18, 2018

Los Angeles Times editor Jim Kirk returns to his alma mater, Illinois State University, to talk about the media business in the age of trump. Local community leaders recap their trip to Rivian’s facility in Michigan. And a special rebroadcast of a 2008 interview with NPR newsman Carl Kasell, who died this week. Plus, GLT’s Grow with Laura Kennedy.


GLT Sound Ideas 4/17/18

Apr 17, 2018

It's tax day...and the start of a series on the effect of the Trump tax bill. Bloomington's Andy Strenz is mixed about it.  Listen to Ryan Denham's report as GLT follows four households through the tax year. It will be different as the new tax law  begins to take hold. Meet a painter of presidents talk about the character he finds in their portraits. Judy Valente interviews Chas Fagan whose exhibit is at Eastland Mall. And Jon Norton tracks down a jazz dignitary playing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/16/18

Apr 16, 2018

It's a look at how the venerable Lincoln College is reinventing itself. President David Gerlach says they're succeeding by returning to 150 year old roots. Gerlach tells Ryan Denham that includes growth in Normal as well as Lincoln. You'll also hear from the incoming president of HCC. Charlie Schlenker talks with Keith Cornille who’s currently Executive Vice President and Chief Student Services Officer at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. And the circus isn't coming to town. But circus fans are. Laura Kennedy explains.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/13/18

Apr 13, 2018

Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne talks to GLT’s Charlie Schlenker about the future of his bus system and the prospects for a new downtown transfer center. Two lawyers preview next week’s employment law summit in Normal, including many headline-making issues facing businesses. And celebrity chef Roy Choi chats with GLT’s Laura Kennedy about his upcoming Illinois State University visit.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/11/18

Apr 11, 2018

It's the first announced candidate for the Bloomington municipal elections in 2019. Community Organizer Jenn Carrillo says she's running for Bloomington Alderman in Ward 6. Hear the interview. Plus, GLT’s Grow, Jon Norton reports on a new jazz combo in the twin cities, “Chow 4 Piece,” and  the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene has some developments.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

The new Bloomington Budget includes no property tax increase again. But, Aldermen Diana Hauman says that might not be true next year. GLT spoke with three aldermen about the new budget. GLT's Ryan Denham reports. Find out what it takes to move from city to "smart city". The Chief Information Officer for Kansas City, speaking in Normal tomorrow, says most cities are already surprisingly close. And GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks about the city budget, the Welcoming City ordinance, and boat docks on Lake Bloomington with Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/9/18

Apr 9, 2018

Hear the story of a young couple with troubled pasts stumbling into a fatal confrontation at a Bloomington trailer park. But was it murder? GLT and The Pantagraph partner to explore the death of Cullen Hedrick (HEAD-rick) and the controversial murder law used to charge his girlfriend. The Bloomington City Council has been weighing a Welcoming City ordinance for 16 months. Ward 6 Alderman Karen Schmidt talks with Charlie Schlenker about when and if the council will vote on a measure offering some protections for undocumented immigrants.

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/6/18

Apr 6, 2018

Town of Normal's new Cultural Arts Director Beth Whisman makes a case for investing in Arts programs and the Children's Discovery Museum. Whisman talks with GLT's Ryan Denham about the future of the children's museum and bringing together the pieces in Uptown Normal.  It’s another edition of Ask an Expert. With the help of ISU experts, we debunk myths about vegetarianism and protein. And find out what two public radio reporters found out when they went digging into documents related Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/5/18

Apr 5, 2018

Illinois State University Professor Chris Wellin says the way the nation cares for older people at home hurts women economically. Women have historically had the most responsibility in delivering such care and are forced to cut back on employment to stay at home. Wellin talks about a new book on Critical Gerontology. Plus, GLT's Ryan Denham reports on a lawsuit against Illinois State University filed by a person accused of sexual misconduct. And Jon Norton talks with Billy Strings.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

GLT marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Laura Kennedy sends an audio postcard from an MLK multimedia presentation at the McLean County Museum of History. Mayor Tari Renner previews his MLK-themed open house this week. And GLT’s Judith Valente talks with an ISU professor about whether King’s vision of economic equality has ever been fully realized.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/3/18

Apr 3, 2018

Hear from the Illinois State University professor who’s pushing for a required course on cultural diversity. GLT's Ryan Denham talks with Rocio Rivadeneyra who’s heading a committee proposing the new requirement. Loyola’s number one fan and top team expert calls Bloomington Normal home. GLT’s Jon Norton talks with John Thomas about the Ramblers’ amazing season. And Laura Kennedy previews the latest play from Heartland Theater, “The Ghost of Floyd Collins.”

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/2/18

Apr 2, 2018

Hear how a Trump administration roll back of consumer financial protections could harm people in central Illinois. GLT's Judy Valente talks with consumers and advocates like Don Carlson of Illinois People's Action. During an edition of GLT’s Datebook, get a preview of the Central Illinois Figure Skating Club’s spring show this coming weekend. And hear the story of how the lead singer of a Chicago area cover-band became the new lead singer of the band rock band Kansas. Jon Norton has the story. Kansas plays Bloomington’s arena on Thursday. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/30/18

Mar 30, 2018

On average, a college student has died every year for the past 30 years in a hazing related incident. Last year there were 4 high profile deaths.  Illinois Wesleyan University Greek Life Coordinator Alanna Hill says anti-hazing polices are important, as long as people follow the rules. Hear how IWU and Illinois State University work to educate sorority and fraternity members to prevent hazing.  Today marks Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson’s last day on the job.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/29/18

Mar 29, 2018

Illinois State University Athletic Director Larry Lyons talks about the final four success of Loyola and how that’s helping ISU and all the institutions in the Missouri Valley. Learn more about sharing the money from big time college basketball. Discover how a trade war with China could affect the market for Illinois grown pork and soybeans. Ryan Denham talks with a farmer who’s the vice president of the Illinois Farm Bureau board. And it’s a one on one with Bloomington-Normal’s top exporter of funk.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/28/18

Mar 28, 2018

When Dorothy Kennett flew into Cape Town South Africa she saw a beautiful city and something else, the largest shack village she had ever encountered. Kennett built a library there and is creating more in Africa. Laura Kennedy has the interview. Plus, how we make and recall memories is not a fixed process. ISU Scholar Dawn McBride talks about false memories with Charlie Schlenker. And we have GLT’s Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/27/18

Mar 27, 2018

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to recap Monday’s city council meeting, including votes on future library expansion and closing the budget gap. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker interviews Rep. Rodney Davis about school safety and his new graduate student legislation. And GLT’s Jon Norton visits Waiting Room Records to learn about a post-punk band from LA called Moaning.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/26/18

Mar 26, 2018

Find out what recently obtained documents say about Bloomington Coliseum Business practices. It confirms what former Alderman Judy Stearns had been saying. GLT's Ryan Denham also found out there were a lot of verbal agreements between Coliseum management and former City Manager Tom Hamilton. Find out why a scholar of graphic novels thinks she’s bringing new readers to the genre. And find out why out of state kids might be welcomed to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/22/18

Mar 22, 2018

The head of the McLean County Board tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker that a Blue Ribbon panel studying the county nursing home may have eliminated its closure. County Board Chair John McIntyre also answers questions about wind farms and reflects on the election results. Get an update on the three men from eastern Illinois accused of setting off a pipe bomb at a mosque outside Minneapolis last August. You'll hear from a reporter in the courtroom. And it's an edition of Ask an Expert.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/21/18

Mar 21, 2018

IPR’s Tony Arnold recaps Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary election results. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker rounds up the results of all major local races, including Dan Brady’s win and Paul Segobiano’s loss, before talking to GLT’s Ryan Denham for analysis about what it all means going into November. And GLT’s Judy Valente speaks with Illinois Wesleyan University speaker Valarie Kaur, an attorney, filmmaker, activist and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project at the University of Southern California.


GLT Sound Ideas 3/20/18

Mar 20, 2018

Find out what Illinois State University graduate students hope to gain by getting union representation. Eric Zdansky is a Sociology student working on his master’s thesis. He says grad student working conditions affect the learning conditions for undergraduate students. GLT’s Jon Norton talks with the man behind the new nightspot called Night Shop. It’s offering a full menu and cutting edge, underground music in Downtown Bloomington. And Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/19/18

Mar 19, 2018

Hear from the social conservative warrior who was inspired to run for governor because of abortion. She says what she really wants to talk about are wonky economic issues. State Representative Jeanne Ives talks is in studio talking with GLT's Ryan Denham about her run against Governor Bruce Rauner in Tuesday's primary election.  In our continuing coverage of the opioid crisis, you'll also hear the story of one man's struggle to overcome addiction. And get a preview of a multi-arts event coming up at ISU's University Galleries called At-Salon.

GLT Sound Ideas 3/14/18

Mar 14, 2018

Airline consolidation continues to put pressure on Bloomington's Central Illinois Regional Airport. Executive Director Carl Olson unpacks the latest trends at CIRA -- including why more freight is moving in and out of Bloomington-Normal.  GLT's Ryan Denham previews next week's hotly contested Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District. And you'll hear from LOCAL students participating in today's national walkout demonstrations to stop school violence.  

GLT Sound Ideas 3/13/18

Mar 13, 2018

Get a peek of a new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History showing off one of the largest collections of mini vintage vehicles in the country. Kevin Callis talks about his father Bruce's collection of pedal cars with GLT Correspondent Colleen Reynolds. Laura Kennedy walks you through a new exhibit at University Galleries. It’s a blinged-out objection to violence and injustice. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is in the studio, talking about funding for road repairs, a search for a new city manager, and a clearing the way a key position at the BCPA.

GLT Sound Ideas 3/12/18

Mar 12, 2018

Hear about Illinois pension system issues, including the proposal to have universities and school districts pay the price. Charlie Schlenker talks with with the head of the State Annuitants Association, Larry Alferink. Find out what he thinks of a proposal for the state to borrow 109 Billion dollars to help fund the pension system. Discover how you can help fund Big Brothers-Big Sisters, one frame at a time. Laura Kennedy has more in an edition of the GLT Datebook.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/9/18

Mar 9, 2018

Bloomington Normal students want to have the same pointed conversations about guns with lawmakers as Florida teens did. Maddie Bierne is one. Plans for a school walkout mount. Ryan Denham reports. Plus, ISU Theater student Francoise Battiste never needed his backup plan. Laura Kennedy talks about the art of acting with the acclaimed performer. And World War One destroyed much, but also gave central Illinois the Caterpillar Tractor Company. Ryan Denham talks with a historian a hundred years on.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 3/8/18

Mar 8, 2018

Hear from Illinois State University scholar who says even ranking police officers say there is more progress to make for women cops. Cara Rabe-Hemp talks with GLT's Jon Norton about her new book, "Thriving in an all boys club, female police and their fight For equality". Hear part 2 on the report of the 3 minute thesis contest, Illinois State University grad students make their work exciting and accessible. Also, its a profile of a west side county board race. Ryan Denham reports on the race between Paul Segobiana and Shayna Watchinski.