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Why Bloomington-Normal Still Has Two School Districts

Anyone who’s lived in Bloomington-Normal has probably wondered the same thing: Why are there two different school districts here, and why is one donut-holed inside the other?

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Chris Corkery's CD release party is Saturday night at Keg Grove Brewing Company
Chris Corkery

Chris Corkery's New Album A Deep Dive Into Honky-Tonk

Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery .

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Chris Corkery's CD release party is Saturday night at Keg Grove Brewing Company
Chris Corkery

Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery.

Durand Jones signs
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What is Highway 309? It's the station that plays Neko Case, Durand Jones & The Indications, and Buddy Guy. You never know what you're going to hear on Highway 309. But know that what you hear will be good.

Good Morning Bedlam plays Nightshop in Bloomington Thursday night.
Good Morning Bedlam

Good Morning Bedlam is another young string band more inspired by — than tethered to — traditional bluegrass.

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Pinyo Pukpinyo, 50, remembers the first time he was sent to remove a snake from someone's house. It was a 14 1/2-ft. python, high up in the rafters waiting for its prey 16 years ago.

"There were four of us, and I was really scared," he says. "We didn't have any experience, but we wrestled him down and got the hoop around his neck" — a kind of snare — "but he was very strong. And after we put him in the sack, we had to remove the hoop from his head, and that's the dangerous part, because at any time he's ready to bite you."

The percentage of Americans who favor stricter gun laws is on the rise, though significant partisan divisions persist. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in September found that 60% of Americans say gun laws should be tougher, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

NPR was on the scene when the first genetically modified mosquitoes were released in a lab in Italy.
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"There's a white man at the door."

In the new CBS comedy Bob Hearts Abishola, those words cause a flurry of concern for an immigrant Nigerian family living in Detroit.

"Tell me, when has that ever been good?" demands Auntie Olu, played by Shola Adewusi.

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President Trump announced that he's dropping his plan to host next year's G-7 meeting of the leaders of the world's biggest economies at his Miami-area golf club.

In a series of late-night tweets on Saturday, Trump blamed the reversal on what he described as "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility," following bipartisan claims that he's exploiting his presidency for personal profit.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York officially endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Queens, N.Y., on Saturday.

Addressing an estimated crowd of more than 25,000 supporters, Ocasio-Cortez said she was proud to join the Vermont senator in bringing "a working-class revolution to the ballot box of the United States of America."

A few times a month, Marhana leaves the village of Krui in southern Sumatra and journeys deep into the woods. Then she finds a tree, lined with triangular holes, each hole dripping with crystalized sap.

Marhana (like many Indonesians, she uses only a first name) takes a woven rattan rope and lassos up the tree, climbing higher and higher, chipping away at the sap using a tiny pickaxe.

"This is the damar," she says in Indonesian, as she looks at the golden droppings.

Music Moment: Summer Walker

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And finally today, singer Summer Walker made history this week. Her debut studio album called "Over It" became the most-streamed album by a woman R&B artist ever, breaking Beyonce's record for the album "Lemonade." Summer Walker is 23 years old. She's from Atlanta, Ga., and she is notoriously shy and doesn't give many interviews. But we wanted to hear more about her breakout album and why it's been getting so much buzz lately, so we've called music editor at The New Yorker Briana Younger to walk us through some of the album's standouts.

Book: 'Free Cyntoia'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today, singer Summer Walker made history this week. Her debut studio album called "Over It" became the most-streamed album by a woman R&B artist ever, breaking Beyonce's record for the album "Lemonade." Summer Walker is 23 years old. She's from Atlanta, Ga., and she is notoriously shy and doesn't give many interviews. But we wanted to hear more about her breakout album and why it's been getting so much buzz lately, so we've called music editor at The New Yorker Briana Younger to walk us through some of the album's standouts.

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WGLT is excited to welcome NPR's Korva Coleman to Bloomington-Normal on Oct. 18 for our 15th annual Radio Faces event presented by COUNTRY Financial.