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WGLT's Sound Ideas - Friday 10/29/21

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The FBI has said it doesn't have the power to take over the Jelani Day investigation from local authorities. That's not - quite - true. One scholar points to civil rights era murders as an exception. He also says the feds are really reluctant to do that! It used to be said no middle class no democracy. But as democracies have weakened in nations middle classes haven't kicked back much. ISU political scientist Ali Riaz says that's because in countries like Turkey, and Bangladesh, they have benefitted from the rise of the autocrats. And Arts Correspondent Lauren Warnecke dives into a rousing Rachmaninoff performance and the premiere of a new work by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.