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As one of the top blues harmonica players in the world, Chicago area native Bob Corritore travels the world playing the music he learned to love as a teenager growing up in Wilmette.  Now living in Phoenix, Corritore also owns "The Rhythm Room," a club specializing in blues and roots music.  Corritore also has a regular blues show on a Phoenix radio station, and is an enthusiastic blues ambassador and historian.  On this edition of GLT's Talkin' Blues, Corritore talks to Jon Norton about hearing the blues as a teen. 

Photo: Mario Contreras

  A documentary filmmaker  reflects on his roots as an anchor baby and his father's dream that education brings opportunity in the film, "My Father's Knee," which is currently on view at the Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy talked with the filmmaker about his inspiration and goals for the film that takes the American Dream to heart.

Alice In Wonderland Turns 150

Sep 30, 2015
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most influential children's books of all time, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The book has inspired numerous films, plays and songs, and gave rise to an industry of children's toys. Illinois State University English Professor Jan Susina recently returned from England's Cambridge University where he lectured on the enduring legacy of Alice and her memorable companions, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat.

Photo: Shandon Youngclaus

  A Pulitzer Prize winning drama set on the cusp of the civil rights movement opens Friday night at Illinois State University's Westoff Theatre.  The show examines the personal impact of racial injustice on a man, and how the echo of that bitter reality influences his relationships with his family.  Laura Kennedy has more on "Fences."

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

The new season of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra kicks off this weekend with a focus on Russians. And it will be the last one with Music Director Alastair Willis. Audiences and board members have said they are happy with the work. Willis, though, asked to be let out of the final year of his five year contract. Although no one expected the ISO to be Willis's last stop GLT's Charlie Schlenker asked him why he wanted to move on.

City of Bloomington

The work of the City of Bloomington Task Force is complete. The panel designed to help aldermen come up with a workable plan to eliminate a $7 million structural deficit released its final report last week, the same day the city council approved by a wide margin a 1% increase in the sales tax rate. WGLT's Willis Kern talks with Mayor Tari Renner.

There is a lot of repetition going on at the state capitol these days.  And it has a political purpose.

Photo courtesy Flickr user Wonderlane

  Cats are lovely, fastidious creatures.  From grooming to bathroom habits, they like to keep everything clean and tidy.  So if your cat starts peeing outside the litter box, it's a bad sign.  Laura Kennedy has the scoop on one of the most common urine related issues that can impact cats on this edition of Animal House.

Excitement is still building as the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. continues with a mass in Philadelphia tomorrow. GLT's Judy Valente is on the way to Philadelphia with a group of Catholics from Central Illinois. The trip began with the rising of the moon over Roanoke, Illinois. Valente tells us they are tired and excited after traveling all night. There are ten in a van for twelve and she says they saw the sun rise in Pennsylvania this morning.

Experimental fiction is emerging from the thickets of post modernism. ISU English Professor Chris Breu has a new book out addressing this shift, Insistence of the Material. In this conversation with GLT's Charlie Schlenker, Breu argues for the value of attending to the material world and how that physical world sets limits on social and individual life.

As the Normal Sesquicentennial celebration kicks off, GLT begins a series of interviews with the people who are offering lectures as part of Normal 150 events. Today, the topic is the early years of Normal. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with retired ISU Historian Paul Holsinger and asks why Normal was a good place for settlement in the first place. Holsinger says the answer was not obvious.

Mark Nybakke

Organizer Mark Nybakke talks about the upcoming Bloomington/Normal Zombie Walk, including what pudding and a crossbow have to do with the fundraiser.

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For some, the body is a temple.  For other, it's a canvas...a way to express a unique point of view.  A new exhibit at Illinois State University's Milner Library explores the various ways people can express themselves with tattoos and piercings, and how body art has gone from the underground to mainstream.

Today Is Her Turn: Rhiannon Giddens Talks Trad

Sep 23, 2015
The Guardian

Rhiannon Giddens performed at Bloomington's Castle Theatre on September 18th. She's touring behind her new CD, "Tomorrow is My Turn," produced by T Bone Burnett. Giddens is the co-founder of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Her first solo CD is a convincing collection of diverse American styles, from country to gospel to blues. From her home in southern Ireland, Giddens spoke with GLT's Bruce Bergethon.

The Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month by displaying works by Mexican-American artists.  During the installation of some of those works, Laura Kennedy spoke with an artist whose prints and sculptures have been inspired by recent tragic events in Mexico...

Adler Planetarium

Riding a bicycle from Chicago to St. Louis is a long ways on a bike. But it’s no comparison to the vast distances in the galaxy or universe, distances measured in light years or the distance light travels in a year. Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz is an astronomer with Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and a TED Senior Fellow. She’s also in the middle of a 300 mile bike ride, designed to bring some perspective to the universe.

David Davis Mansion Foundation

  David Davis is 200! Hear about the party to celebrate Judge Davis, plus how the David Davis Mansion is holding the fort in tough economic times.

  Get a preview of "Noises Off," the new show at Community Players in Bloomington.