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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.

Liz German (left) and Tiffany Lawson-Grant
YWCA McLean County

YWCA McLean County has named administrator Liz German its president and CEO.

Daughter and mother pose with a social media backdrop for Night in a Car.
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Michael Gregg has two gym memberships. The 68-year-old has run five marathons and wearing a dark henley shirt, jeans, and fashionable black-rimmed glasses, you would never see him as homeless. But, for the past two months, Gregg’s address has been the Billy Shelper shelter at Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Bone Student Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University is looking to address what educators say is a severe shortage of early intervention specialists for infants and toddlers who are blind or deaf.

Niall Kennedy / Licensed under Creative Commons

We think of chocolate as an unalloyed good. People rhapsodize over it. They say they would sooner go without, well, many things, than chocolate. Some even call it a religious experience.

Musicians on a dock fishing.
NOW Ensemble

Many people might think of classical music as a genre largely filled with works popular with audiences hundreds of years ago, or difficult-to-access current music hard for non-musicians to "get." Illinois State University hopes to dispel that misconception next week at the RED NOTE New Music Festival.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Many factors influence how much rent the Town of Normal charges tenants of town-owned property, according to the mayor of Normal.

Tracy Cook...with horns
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

If music be the food of love, play on... 

Stan Lewis and Wendy Smith at WGLT studios
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two of Bloomington-Normal's longest serving school athletic directors are calling it quits after this school year.

Iowa caucus voting
Erik House

Heartland Community College journalism student Erik House said he decided on a whim Monday to drive to Iowa City to witness the political spectacle. He saw how messy democracy can be.

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.

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.