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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.

Normal Public Library podcast
Normal Public Library

If it seems like everybody is doing a podcast these days, it might almost be true. That includes governments.

As digital technology has made it cheap and easy to deliver anyone's message to the world, WGLT explores how municipalities and other public bodies are using podcasts to communicate with constituents in new ways and wonder if it's making a difference.

Giant Oscars
Danny Moloshock / Invision/AP

The 92nd Academy Awards is Sunday, Feb. 9.

For Sale sign
Staff / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal housing market slowed down in 2019, and real estate agents again pointed the finger at low inventory as a main culprit.

Edith Brady-Lunny / WGLT

The number of people in the U.S. now required to register as sex offenders is edging close to the one million mark.

The Banjo's Roots May Be Further East Than Even Africa

Jan 31, 2020
two people with banjos
Jim McGuire / Bela Fleck

Bluegrass is what drew Béla Fleck to the banjo. He heard the theme song to “The Beverly Hillbillies” and the “Dueling Banjos” as a kid, and said he felt compelled to pick up the instrument. He never put it down, and today is considered one of the world’s foremost banjo players.

Sonja Workman and Aaron King
Eric Stock / WGLT

Managers of an overdose recovery program in McLean County say they are making a difference, despite challenges in getting addicts to participate.

For 67 years, Vladimir and Estragon have been waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Godot. 

exterior of U-High
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 high schools aren’t the only ones rolling out a new grading system.

Acclaimed 37-year-old bluesman Brandon Santini has an award-winning new album and is edging into a newer sound.

Rosenna Bakari
Rosenna Bakari / Facebook

When you’re a parent, things come at you so fast that you’re lucky just to keep up. But a noted psychologist who’s speaking in Bloomington this week said the key to great parenting is intentionality.

Jason Barickman
Seth Perlman / AP

Bloomington state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks this week's State of the State speech from Gov. JB Pritzker will not tackle the major issue facing the state.

Tilton family at McLean County Chamber event
Vicki Tilton

A Bloomington business owner honored for her years of service to the community said she wants to help others the way so many have helped her.

West Bloomington Revitalization Project
Facebook / WBRP

The West Bloomington Revitalization Project wants to build the economy with teeny tiny loans.

ISU President Larry Dietz said he is pleased with the pace of student acceptances of admission during this early part of the college selection season.

artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Working one meticulous stitch at a time, artist Kathryn Leslie utilizes a time-honored tradition to create unexpected images. 

Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra brings the audience music of a living composer Saturday in Bloomington. Charlie Schlenker talked with Music Director Ken Lam about the work "To The Point" by Jennifer Higdon.

1937 NFL championship at Wrigley Field
AP file photo

A sports historian said a Normal native's nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame nearly a century after he helped break the NFL's color barrier shows the league hasn't fully reckoned with the racism that's plagued it for generations.

Hazle Buck Ewing Women's Suffrage Collection
Illinois State University

A Bloomington-Normal woman helped wage the fight for women to get the vote a century ago. Now, a newly digitized archive from Hazle Buck Ewing shows it was a long and bitter struggle.

Bill Brady of Bloomington is the top Republican in the Illinois Senate. When Don Harmon was elected Senate president last weekend, one of the first things Brady did was ask him to support redistricting reform.

Andrew Held
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

When gunfire erupts in Bloomington-Normal, odds are good that Andrew Held will receive a call to help with the aftermath.

flag sculpture
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For hundreds of years, artists have made the sky their muse. 

Two Bloomington-Normal teenagers will be awarded for their commitment to making the town a better place at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Bill Brady
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Illinois Senate’s top Republican said he’s disappointed so far in what he’s seen emerge out of the state’s property tax relief task force.

a stack of books.
Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

Michael and Tammy
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The leaders of a newly combined real estate company are bullish on the housing markets in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria, despite slowing sales and a dip in prices in 2019.

When the McLean County Regional Planning Commission recently finished its national search for a new director, it found the leader it wanted pretty close to home.

Lifeguard on duty
David Kohl / AP

This month over a million Illinois workers who make the minimum wage got a pay increase, with another raise coming July 1. It was Illinois’ first minimum-wage increase in nearly a decade.

Them Coulee Boys play The Castle Theatre Wednesday night
Scotify

Them Coulee Boys frontman Soren Staff wanted the Eau Claire, Wis.-based band’s third album to hang together thematically. Like many bands, their first album was everything they had written prior to forming; their second was mainly leftovers.

Kristin Kendrick-Weickle smiling and talking
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board approved Kristen Kendrick-Weickle as the new superintendent Monday evening. It was not unanimous.

Four young girls in dark and light blue dresses dance with outstretched arms
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

A gathering at Wayman AME Church on West Olive Street in Bloomington was more than a service. It was a Latin American celebration of traditions associated with the feast of the Epiphany.

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