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WGLT's Sound Ideas is newsmakers. It's gardening, science, the arts, and a central Illinois music calendar. It's pet care, blues, poetry, and jazz. It's the sounds of your life and your places.

This hourlong radio news magazine is produced Monday through Friday.

John and Bridget
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Teacher Katie Buckley needed to show her students in LeRoy the many real-world applications of the STEM concepts they were learning about. That made agriculture a no-brainer.

Westminster Village construction
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Westminster Village is planning for the completion of its $62 million renovation campaign.

People at rally holding signs
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

Advocates for immigrant children held in detention centers on the country's southern border are ramping up efforts in Bloomington-Normal to protest the Trump administration family separation policy.

Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
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A new documentary from a filmmaker with ties to Illinois Wesleyan University reveals what happens when a country doesn’t confront its own past atrocities.

Connie Beard
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McLean County’s top Republican said her party is ready to fight off Democratic challenges on several new fronts during the 2020 election.

Connie amd Cristen
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

So, a theater company walks into a bar...

That's not an opening line to a joke. It's actually a new site-specific theater company that's presenting its inaugural production at Nightshop and Fat Jack’s this weekend. The company plans to carve its own niche in the Twin Cities by staging works where the plays are set.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

McLean County is ramping up funding for mental health services as several new programs begin to take shape.

Students having free time in a gym
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

People with autism are often sensitive to outside inputs like loud noises, fast movements, and social interaction, which makes physical education class not a great place for children on the spectrum. But a program at Illinois State University is helping students on the spectrum overcome the challenges of P.E.

Olivia Butts
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

A leader with the local Black Lives Matter chapter is urging the Bloomington City Council to allow cannabis sales as a form of reparations for the drug war’s injustices against people of color.

Michael Mwenso & the Shakes perform "Harlem 100" Thursday night at The Krannert Center in Urbana
Elizabeth Leitzell

Michael Mwenso's music destiny appeared after his mother was deported from their home in London to her native Africa.

Stand Up For Social Justice
Facebook / Stand Up For Social Justice

A progressive group that's been staging vigils in Bloomington every month for the last three years plans to continue its demonstrations because organizers feel their efforts are making a difference.

Smoking plane
Bloomington Fire Department

When disaster strikes, we take it for granted that first responders, public health, schools, and other community agencies will all work together for the common good. But that doesn’t happen on its own.

paper cranes
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted by the gods. 

Eric Stock / WGLT

For many, the holidays are about making wish-lists and buying gifts for family and friends. For some, it’s about the necessities: toothpaste, shampoo, and underwear.

Frances and Jerome Maddox

Sgt. Anthony Maddox lost his life in 2013 after sustaining burns on most of his body in a petroleum incident in Afghanistan.

Constitution Trail
Staff / WGLT

Town of Normal officials are seeking public feedback to update the 2009 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Illinois State University

If it weren’t for the curious mind and adventurous nature of a former professor from Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities, the United States may not have expanded West when it did.

steel mill
Jo Guldi / Flickr/Creative Commons

A shifting economic landscape leads to layoffs and desperation in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Sweat.” 

Bloomington police stand guard
McLean County Museum of History

Local history can be light. A barbershop that has been in business for 90 years. That time a sitting president stopped in town and had breakfast at a diner.

Sherwood Forest's EP release party is Saturday night at the Coffeehouse in Normal
Cedric Wilder

The principal songwriter and lead vocalist for the Bloomington-Normal folk-rock quintet Sherwood Forest said the group's new EP digs into personal struggles both internal and with family, friends, and lovers.

poppies
belkin59 / Flickr/Creative Commons

A collaborative arts event in honor of Veterans Day highlights the creative efforts that emerged from the devastation of World War I. 

architects rendering of the Trail East five story building
Town of Normal

The start of construction on the Trail East project in Uptown Normal has been delayed from this fall to next spring because of financing issues, Mayor Chris Koos said Tuesday.

Charlie Crabtree on public address
Nikki Segobiano

The family of the man killed in the Normal West school bus crash last December has many questions that may never be answered.

Brady and Dave
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A lot of people don’t figure out what they want to do professionally until college—or later. Brady Veal of Bloomington knew when was 8.

Uptown before development.
WGLT / Staff

If the past is prologue, there is disagreement on what the past means for Uptown Normal.

A recent report on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Normal drew praise from some council members who have seen the area go from dumpy and run down to a vibrant district. The report went to the council without a chance for members to read it beforehand because the TIF administrator was still finishing it up.

man smiles at camera
Grant Halverson

America has a long history of torture. From enhanced interrogation during the Iraq War all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, torture has featured prominently in the story of the country.

The question of why it happened is a question of power and fear.

Author at the fair
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The Bloomington Public Library will showcase central Illinois writers this weekend at its third annual Local Author Fair.

Kyle Gann
Kyle Gann

To accommodate the piano keyboard, the Western world created 12 intervals as a mathematical compromise.

cast of Cabaret
Community Players

“This story resonates now more than ever. That’s why I wanted to direct it.” 

Illinois State University

After commonly being the only woman and person of color in STEM circles, Candice Halbert decided to make a change.

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