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As France recovers from the ISIS attacks GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with an American in Paris. Bloomington-Normal native Ryan Weisheit is a saxophonist with Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers, a retro jazz group touring in Europe right now.

Poem For the Grandmother 11/19/15

Nov 16, 2015

Jacob Saenz: Poem For the Grandmother, read by Jacob Saenz. Music by Michael Shelley (Winner of the Ebsom Oaks from Jimmy's Corner)

Lesson in Spatial Relations 11/17/15

Nov 16, 2015

Bill Morgan: Lesson in Spatial Relations, read by Bill Morgan. Music by Robert Burns (Bridge of Dreams from Oasis Acoustic 35)

Marriage 11/15/15

Nov 16, 2015

Molly Peacock: Marriage, read by Jody Lisberger. Music by James Brown (To See Your Face from Out of the Silence)

James Naremore / University of Illinois Press

2015 marks the 100th birthday of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles. In honor of that, the University of Illinois Press has released a third edition of "The Magic World of Orson Welles" by film scholar James Naremore.  Laura Kennedy has more with the author, who says despite the great accomplishment of Citizen Kane, Welles's film may be a victim of its own luminous reputation.

Jared Alcorn

For the last decade, Truck the Cat's home was at Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal. The long haired black cat with white cheeks and belly lived in the store. She could often be seen napping under one of the record bins, or walking the aisles, or even behind the counter. 

Veterans Honored At Illinois State University

Nov 11, 2015
Jim Browne / WGLT

Illinois State University remembers and honors soldiers on this Veterans day. Those who served in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf wars were in the audience listening as mayor of Normal Chris Koos told of his struggle adapting after Vietnam. So what do veterans want? To a person every vet asked said, "Respect."

Holiday Lights Going Up On Capitol Dome

Nov 10, 2015

Crews are hanging holiday lights over the Illinois capitol dome today... a week after the Secretary of State Jesse White announced there wouldn't be any because of the budget impasse.

Carrie Schneider

The pure pleasure of sitting down with a good book goes from a private diversion to a public exhibition at the ISU Galleries in Normal.  A new exhibition of works from artist Carrie Schneider is on display, made possible by grant money from the Warhol Foundation.  Laura Kennedy has more.

Some Good Done 11/12/15

Nov 8, 2015

Jennifer Lisa Vest: Some Good Done, read by Jennifer Lisa Vest. Music by James Leva and Danny Knicely (Axe Me from All Over The Map)

Warning 11/10/15

Nov 8, 2015

Jenny Joseph: Warning, read by Joy Luke. Music by Power Tools (Unchained Melody from Strange Meeting)

The King's Breakfast 11/8/15

Nov 8, 2015

A.A. Milne: The King's Breakfast, read by Janice Neuleib. Music by Cafe Noir (La Manouche from Cafe Noir)

Violin 11/5/15

Nov 8, 2015

Joanne Diaz: Violin, read by Joanne Diaz. Music by Aly Bain (Rosemary Brown/Aly's Waltz from Little Bird)

This Tonic 11/3/15

Nov 8, 2015

Jim Plath: This Tonic, read by Jim Plath. Music by Common Strings (Chadwell Hollow from The Rain Came Down)

Monkey Paws, Railway Ties 11/1/15

Nov 8, 2015

Jan Conn: Monkey Paws, Railway Ties, read by Jan Conn. Music by Matthew Montfort (Soul Serenade from Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar)

Rejection has a huge impact on the human psyche, and even a physical one. A documentary film sponsored by the ISU Department of Psychology explores those effects. Ruth Thomas Suh is the director of the film "Reject."  In this interview with Charlie Schlenker, Thomas Suh says her father Herbert Thomas inspired the film.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is honoring the nation's veterans by offering free admission to members of the military on Veterans Day. The Springfield museum also will display portraits of fallen soldiers from Illinois on a screen in the museum's main plaza. The ``Portrait of a Soldier'' exhibit, which features 287 hand-drawn portraits, will be shown alongside quotes about the military from the nation's 16th president. The portraits will be on display next week from Tuesday through Thursday.

Normal Lands Fast Pitch Tournament

Nov 5, 2015

The town of Normal's place as a center for competitive softball tournaments is further cemented with the announcement the Amateur Softball Association will hold it's 2017 Girls National Fast Pitch Championship here. The tournament will be July 30th through August 6, and about 150 teams are expected. The tournament is also an economic benefit, and will have an economic impact of over $1.5-Million, officials say.

"Lower Alabama" High Point for BloNo Songwriter

Nov 3, 2015
Doug Anderson

The man behind the group called Backyard Tire Fire has just released his second solo album. It was produced by Anthony Crawford, longtime collaborator with Neil Young. GLT's Bruce Bergethon caught up with Edward David Anderson, to talk about "Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions."

Cinema Treasures / Wikimedia

Another effort is being made to save the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston. Dave Stevens is a member of the Will Rogers Project. He says the theater should be auctioned at a sheriff's sale in December. Another of the group's members, Earl Halbe, expects the price to be about $100,000. Members hope the price will be lower if it goes to a buyer willing to restore it. A previous restoration attempt failed. The organization is seeking to become a not-for-profit. It is using another nonprofit, the historic Five Mile House, to accept donations in the interim.

Hero Lands In Town For "Evening Of Stars"

Oct 29, 2015
Jim Browne / Staff

The American Red Cross has landed an American hero for their 23rd annual "Evening of Stars" fundraising event, according to Steve Denault of Country Financial.

Mark Garrett Cooper

  Just seven percent of the films coming out of Hollywood today are helmed by women.  There's no doubt that the film industry is dominated by men, but 100 years ago this was not the case.  Lois Weber, Ruth Ann Baldwin and Twin Cities native Cleo Madison were all successful directors.  Laura Kennedy has more with the author of a book that examines a unique era in film history, and a particular studio that, for a time, did not have a celluloid ceiling.

Morton Man Honored For Heroism

Oct 27, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner has honored a 75-year-old Morton chess instructor who fought off a knife-wielding man threatening to kill children at a library. Rauner was in Morton on Monday, when he declared it James Vernon Day, calling Vernon ``a true American hero.'' The Army veteran was instructing 16 children on Oct. 13 when authorities say 19-year-old Dustin Brown entered the room with two knives. The children were able to escape the room after Vernon put himself between Brown and the door. The struggle left him with two slashed arteries in his hand and damaged a tendon in his finger.

Peoria Sister City Program Celebrates

Oct 27, 2015

Peoria is planning a celebration in 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of its sister-city relationship with Friedrichshafen Germany. Officials expect to plan informal and official visits by residents of each city to the other. Eric Hoadley is outgoing president of Friends of Friedrichshafen, a local volunteer group. He says there's great pride in the relationship with the German city because of all the years people have put into building it. Friedrichshafen is in southern Germany, on Lake Constance on the border with Switzerland.

Saint Louis Arch Marks Milestone

Oct 27, 2015
St. Louis Gateway Arch On Summer Day
Daniel Ramirez / Wikimedia

The towering, shimmering Gateway Arch that's St. Louis' famously defining feature is about to celebrate a monumental anniversary. A half-century ago on Wednesday, crews in 1965 installed the final stainless steel section at the apex of the 630-foot-tall tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and the pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West. Mayor Francis Slay and other dignitaries plan to commemorate that moment with a ceremony.

Sebastian Dooris / Flickr user via Creative Commons

A film that combined corsets and fishnet stockings with Sci-Fi/Horror musical parody celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  Laura Kennedy has more on the phenomenon of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Barely Visible 10/29/15

Oct 25, 2015

Roberto Harrison: Barely Visible, read by Roberto Harrison. Music by Michael Shelley (Aranda Alandi from Jimmy's Corner)

Yang 10/27/15

Oct 25, 2015

Patricia McMillen: Yang, read by Patricia McMillen. Music by Roger Espinoza (Ibiz Sol from Cafe Fuego)

Pretty Words 10/25/15

Oct 25, 2015

Elinor Wylie: Pretty Words, read by Robert Sutherland. Music by Peppino D'Agostino (Why Not ? from Close To The Heart)