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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.

Creating Space For Women, People Of Color in STEM

Nov 1, 2019
Illinois State University

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

 Raj Ramesh
Breanna Grow / WGLT

In many a popular science fiction film set sometime in the future, humans find themselves at odds with the very technology they developed.

Larry Pusateri speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Nancy, Marketta, and Maria
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Housing conference in Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Speakers at the conference
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Editor's note: This is part of a five-story series reported at the Housing Action Illinois conference in Bloomington on Oct. 24-25. The stories ran Wednesday, Oct. 30, on WGLT's Sound Ideas.

Hot Sauce Universe during the live recording of 'According to Lore'
Erin B

Intentionally recording a studio album in front of a live audience can be perilous. What if the audience doesn't respond? What if the performers aren't in synch musically that night?

Julie Emig
Staff / WGLT

A Bloomington council member who served on the Cannabis Task Force says she’ll support allowing sales in her city—but so-called “cannabis cafes” may be a bridge too far.

VA outpatient clinic in Bloomington
Eric Stock

The new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic that will open in Bloomington next month is emphasizing mental health services in addition to primary care and other medical services to veterans.

Jay Percell
Breanna Grow / WGLT

What’s the point of points-based grading?

Jay Percell found himself asking that question a lot during his decade as a high school teacher.

Panelists at ISU event
Ryan Denham / WGLT

There are lots of good reasons to become a teacher. It’s rewarding. Kids need you. And because of a teacher shortage, the state needs you too.

But Shamaine Bertrand has an even better reason: Teachers are powerful.

Barickman on the Senate floor
senatorbarickman.com

State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

Chris Koos
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A close vote to ratify the previously approved plans for the Blackstone Trails subdivision in Normal is a risky one for the town’s reputation, according to Mayor Chris Koos.

People sit beside a podium
Rotary, International

The polio virus is present in only two countries in the world now. There were fewer than 40 cases last year in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only a few decades ago the virus paralyzed tens of thousands in more than 130 countries.

actors at table
Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theater

A strip of land and the love between misfit farmers are at the heart of the Tony award-winning play “Outside Mullingar,” opening Oct. 31 at Heartland Theatre in Normal.

Former State Farm building in downtown Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

Government and community leaders are breathing a sigh of relief now that State Farm has finished the sale of its historic headquarters in downtown Bloomington. But it’s likely their work to save the skyscraper is just getting started.

Trump speaks to reporters
Andrew Harnik / AP

Climate change has been a hot-button issue for years, made even hotter by President Trump’s move to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and roll back Obama-era policies concerning greenhouse gas emissions and coal.

The Woodford County courthouse in Eureka
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One day after a 9-year-old was arraigned on murder charges, a juvenile justice advocate on Tuesday questioned the Woodford County prosecutor’s decision to try and hold the boy criminally responsible for his alleged actions.

Staff / WGLT

A recent study of Illinois State University shows the number of students who voted in the 2018 midterm election rose 13% from 2014.

Keith Sommer speaks
Staff / WGLT

A Central Illinois lawmaker said he’s encouraged by first steps taken by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the its director’s pledge to “re-focus on safety.”

Soledad O'Brien
Keppler Speakers

Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, the guest speaker for Illinois State University's Latino Cultural Dinner next month, said many of her journalism colleagues struggle with reporting on diversity issues.

NPR's Korva Coleman On Diversity In Media

Oct 18, 2019
NPR's Korva Coleman speaks
Staff / WGLT

After nearly 30 years, NPR newscaster Korva Coleman thinks public media has taken great strides towards creating a more diverse workforce.

Children in cages
Cedar Attanasio / AP

A history professor from Illinois State University says children today are being ignored.

nic mcminn
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Tempest-tossed twins crash in a strange land, only to rush into adventure, romance and gender confusion in Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” 

Randy Stein / BNWRD

About 100 years ago, Sugar Creek running through Bloomington-Normal was "pretty disgusting," according to Randy Stein, the director of the Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District.

Inside Illinois Capitol building
Seth Perlman / AP

A Bloomington architect is taking her passion for historic architecture to one of the state's most iconic structures: the Illinois Capitol building.

Chris Corkery's CD release party is Saturday night at Keg Grove Brewing Company
Chris Corkery

Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery.

Terri Ryburn at Ryburn Place
Eric Stock / WGLT

Route 66 advocates from across the Midwest will gather in Normal this weekend looking for ways to help the historic highway bring more tourism to their communities.

Anyone who’s lived in Bloomington-Normal has probably wondered the same thing: Why are there two different school districts here, and why is one donut-holed inside the other?

Dan Donath
Eric Stock / WGLT

New Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath said he's making diversity on the police force a priority.

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