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GLT's The Leadoff

Daily Podcast
  • Hosted by Ryan Denham

GLT's The Leadoff is a daily dose of Bloomington-Normal news, arts and culture, and music. Every day on GLT's daily podcast, we'll deep-dive into one local story. Then we'll get you ready for the day (or the weekend) with a look ahead with GLT reporters and guests from the community. Available by 7 a.m. every weekday, starting May 6.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, reacting to President Trump's comments about accepting campaign help from a foreign government. Plus, an exit interview with longtime Pantagraph courts reporter Edith Brady-Lunny.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the public's first opportunity to provide feedback on Bloomington's search for a new police chief. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock talks to the Miller Park Zoo director about how they navigated the death of a flamingo.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner rejecting calls for Connect Transit's budget to be rejected. Plus, GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, about the Russia investigation.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington City Council member Jeff Crabill calling for Connect Transit's budget to be rejected, in hopes of preventing service cuts and fare increases. Plus, GLT's Mary Cullen reports on how marijuana legalization will affect local police dogs.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about state Rep. Keith Sommer's reaction to the spring legislative session in Springfield. Plus, another installment of "More of That, Please," featuring Illinois JusticeCorps advocate Tameka Newman.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, June 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. rep. Rodney Davis' opposition to tariffs on Mexico. Plus, you'll meet some of the performers at Saturday's GLT Summer Concert presented by CEFCU.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, June 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how an increase in funding for the arts could help Bloomington arts organizations. Plus, you'll hear why things are looking up in Downtown Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is Normal Mayor Chris Koos' reaction to the state's new $45 billion capital bill and the legalization of marijuana. Plus, a preview of GLT's story about Steak n Shake's uncertain future.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what the new state budget and capital bill mean for Illinois State University building projects. Plus, a preview of GLT's exit interview with retiring Marcfirst CEO Laura Furlong.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, June 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Illinois Wesleyan University's search for a new president. Plus, the latest installment of "More Of That, Please," about a local hockey legend, Joe Olson of Bloomington, who passed away Friday.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 31, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the final day of the legislative session in Springfield, featuring reaction from McLean County lawmakers. Plus, GLT Music Director Jon Norton joins us for a weekend music scene preview.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 30, 2019. Our Leadoff story from GLT's Mary Cullen builds on reporting from ProPublica and WBEZ about state Sen. Bill Brady's ties to the video gambling industry. Plus, Bloomington-Normal medical cannabis users share why they want marijuana legalized for recreational users too.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about new reporting on state Sen. Bill Brady's financial stake in the video gambling industry. Plus, local advocates discuss the changing business model for global recycling.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Our Leadoff story is a preview of Tuesday night's Bloomington City Council meeting. Plus, a local Red Cross board member and super-donor says blood donations are urgently needed.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 24, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about storm damage in central Illinois. Plus, the head of the Illinois Manufacturers Association talks about his industry's outsized role in the downstate economy.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 23, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Rivian's role in legislative debate over a new capital bill in Illinois. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock explains his reporting for a story about vaccination rates in McLean County schools.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a new social media policy for McLean County government. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock gets an update from Sheriff Jon Sandage about the now fully operational jail expansion.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Town Council member Stan Nord inching closer to a lawsuit with his own town. Plus, GLT visits a new brewery in Fairbury.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Mayor Chris Koos weighig in on a resident concern about those "Welcome Your Neighbor" signs. Plus, Mary Cullen talks to Coalescence Theatre Project about how their show will soon find a national audience.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 17, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington-Normal small-business owner who's being impacted by Trump administration trade policy. Plus, a preview of great weekend music with GLT Music Director Jon Norton.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a new demolition review process in Bloomington to potentially avoid the loss of historic building. Plus, a preview of For A Better Tomorrow's annual Kite Fest on Sunday at ISU's Hancock Stadium.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Tuesday night's GLT Community Conversation about the legalization of marijuana. Plus, go inside the expansive archives at State Farm's corporate headquarters.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a troubling trend in public health in McLean County. Plus, our second installment of the More Of That, Please, about some super foster parents, Brenda and Mike Brady.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is a preview of tonight's Bloomington City Council meeting (the first for four new council members). Plus, GLT's Charlie Schlenker digs into the details of the marijuana legalization bill with a key Republican negotiator, state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a training exercise to help stop a troubling trend in maternal mortality. Plus, GLT Music Director Jon Norton previews a Castle Theatre show that blends hip hop and bluegrass.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, May 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a proposal to raise the federal tobacco-buying age to 21. Plus, state Sen. Jason Barickman shares concerns about the latest version of a plan to legalize recreational marijuana.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the changing dynamics on the Normal Town Council. Plus, a preview of a Sound Ideas story about an Illinois Wesleyan University alum who was just nominated for a Tony Award.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the verdict in the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial. Plus, a preview of a Sound Ideas story about a staffing shortage that's affecting rural fire departments across the U.S., including McLean County.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, May 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about jury deliberations in the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial. Plus, our first installment of "More Of That, Please," about unsung community servants in McLean County.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, May 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about closing arguments in the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial. Plus, GLT's Jon Norton previews the weekend music scene.

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