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WGLT's The Leadoff

Daily Podcast
  • Hosted by Ryan Denham

WGLT's The Leadoff is a daily dose of Bloomington-Normal news, arts and culture, and music. Every day on WGLT'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.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the latest efforts to protect the old State Farm Headquarters. Plus, a look at The Union of Concerned Scientists new report on climate change. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about new leadership at Unit 5. Plus, a discussion about childhood trauma before tomorrow's Women to Women Giving Circle Fall forum. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington's city council considering creating a task force to figure out how to handle recreational marijuana. Plus, pop culture writer Kate Browne talks about different ways to reach a marathon goal. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how McLean County's smallest producers are faring in the USDA's trade relief program. Plus, a new installment of "More Of That, Please" visits a west Bloomington nonprofit that helps people manage their money.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the future of Uptown Normal, after Trail East. Plus, WGLT continues its four-part series on how the USDA's trade relief payments are impacting central Illinois.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Midwest Food Bank sending truckloads of disaster relief food boxes to residents affected by Hurricane Dorian. Plus, a look at the ongoing trade war with China that continues to affect the agricultural economy.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about state Rep. Dan Brady's role on the state's new Property Tax Relief Task Force. Plus, WGLT begins a four-part series on how the USDA's trade relief payments are impacting central Illinois.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5 school board members' concerns about their bus company's communication with parents. Plus, WGLT Music Director Jon Norton previews weekend shows in Bloomington, Normal, and Peoria.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about new Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath. Plus, a report on a new music video shot in Bloomington that authorities say has links to recent gun violence in the community.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about dozens of potential business owners that are interested in opening a marijuana dispensary in Bloomington. Plus, an interview with Illinois State University's new student government leaders. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about State Farm being a top patent producing company in Illinois. Plus, an interview with an African American leader in mentorship. 

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about examples from other cities that could inspire efforts to save Bloomington's State Farm building. Plus, hear from a Bloomington-Normal dog trainer who is helping farmers in Uganda protect their property.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a panel discussion about equal panel hosted at Illinois State University. Plus, hear from a community sex educator and registered nurse about how to talk about consensual touch with your children.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Normal Mayor Chris Koos calling on the Trump administration to reverse plans to cut food assistance for the poor. Plus, hear from the new president and CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis both pushing reauthorization of the highway bill during a stop in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, hear about emergency aid requests from Illinois State University students who've been abandoned after coming out to their families.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Bloomington City Council's discussions about video gambling and legalized marijuana. Plus, an interview with the director of the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about an Illinois Wesleyan University professor's work interviewing migrant children on the border. Plus, an interview with a Bloomington barber who's part of new literacy program at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about what residents want to see develop in a vacant stretch of land north of downtown Bloomington. Plus, an interview with a Central Illinois hog producer who's worried about the African Swine Fever in China.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a parent's concerns with Unit 5's handling of the allegations against first-grade teacher Jonathan Hovey. Plus, a preview of the Bruegala charity beer, wine, and musical festival that begins Friday in Normal.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about three new restaurants coming to Bloomington. Plus, Mayor Tari Renner has an update on efforts to save the State Farm in downtown Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a community group's efforts to find a new life for the State Farm building downtown. Plus, step inside central Illinois' first "rage room," which recently opened in Bloomington.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a Bloomington-Normal youth soccer organization planning for the future. Plus, one of the longest-running plays in the U.S. announces it's returning to Bloomington for its 97th year.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Bloomington City Council member Jenn Carrillo's efforts to gather public feedback on the State Farm downtown building's future. Plus, an interview with the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health about STDs in McLean County.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Democratic McLean County Board members questioning Republican County Clerk Kathy Michael at a heated Finance Committee meeting. Plus, an interview with Twin City restauranteur Bob Dobski about his newest venture.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about Unit 5's bus drivers getting ready for the first day of school next week. Plus, an interview with the executive director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association, which counts State Farm and Rivian among its founding members.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the Illinois State Rifle Association's expectation for legislative reaction to recent mass shootings in Ohio, Texas, and California. Plus, WGLT Student Reporter Tiffani Jackson talks to retiring Bloomington Housing Authority resident services director Gloria Hursey about her 29 years in public housing.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about federal prosecutors looking to work with McLean County on reducing violent crime. Plus, a Bloomington-Normal psychotherapist shares advice for parents who want to talk to their kids about the allegations against a Unit 5 first-grade teacher.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about the rising cost of election administration across the country, including McLean County. Plus, a look at back at two deaths from 2013 that have left Bloomington-Normal families without closure.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about a rise in Hepatitis A cases in McLean County amid a statewide outbreak. Plus, an American Farm Bureau economist briefs Illinois farmers on the outlook for exports.

It's what you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Our Leadoff story is about how the Town of Normal is preparing for the legalization of marijuana in 2020. Plus, a State Farm research executive talks about their latest survey on distracted driving.

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