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An ISU historian finds parallels between how Native American children were treated 100 years ago and our current immigration crisis. Kyle Ciani talks to WGLT's Mary Cullen about her new book, "Choosing to Care." Plus, tenant rights advocates are lobbying to lift the long running ban on rent control policies in the state. NPR Journalist Korva Coleman talks about improving diversity in the voices of those who shape the news. Laura Kennedy shows us a new production of Twelfth Night. And Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ken Lam muses about Elgar and Wagner.

WGLT's Ryan Denham explores the fascinating history of why Bloomington-Normal still has two school districts. The Bloomington and Normal Water Reclamation District celebrates its 100th anniversary. And Terri Ryburn previews this weekend's Route 66 conference in Normal.

Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath tells WGLT's Eric Stock what he wants to do about a lack of office diversity. One African American, four Latinos, and five women out of 125 officers. Donath says that should change. Plus, Route 66 is a cultural icon for white middle class Americans...emphasis on white. But there's a tragic side to the historic highway. The head of the Federal Election Commission says Republican Congressman Rodney Davis won't succeed in shutting her up. A long lost civil war memorial in Peoria rises again. Tim Shelly has the story.

Rivian is not the only Bloomington Normal manufacturing plant adding jobs. Hear from Bridgestone plant manager Monte Gruetman about the progress of a 12 million dollar plant upgrade in Normal. Plus, Eric Stock reports on a dispute between the McLean County Auditor and the McLean County Treasurer. Everyone has pressed flowers as a child. But, there's a scientific benefit to doing so as well. Hear from Dwayne Estes, an expert on bio-diversity and herbariums. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

With all the problems with busing, could Unit 5 bring transportation back in-house, instead of using a vendor. Hear from School Board President Barry Hitchins about life MAYBE after First Student. Plus, a recap from Rivian's big event in Uptown Normal and how they plan to find all those workers. An update on getting the Rivian plant ready for production. The Illinois State University speech and hearing clinic has a program of vocal health for trans people who want to find their appropriately gendered voice.

WGLT's three-part series on court fines and fees concludes with a look at national leaders in the field. Ryan Denham speaks with a second Democrat, Stefanie Smith, who's running in the 13th Congressional District. And Tiffani Jackson discusses diversity in healthcare with a local leader of the Black Nurses Association.


WGLT's series on court fines and fees continues, with an explanation about what's not working with a new state law. Plus, Jon Norton talks to Good Morning Bedlam ahead of their show at Nightshop. And WGLT's Grow talks about nut season. Yes, nut season.

WGLT's series on court fines and fees (and the financial burden they place on low-income defendants) begins. Plus, a report on an 8-year-old girl who fell through the cracks at DCFS. And Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about Rivian's recruitment event and cannabis legalization in town.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 10/07/19

Oct 7, 2019

Democratic Candidate for State Representative Chemberly Cummings says she wants to keep people from leaving Illinois. Cummings tells Ryan Denham she hopes to boost education too if voters pick her. Plus, Eric Stock reports on medical assistance in dying. Mary Cullen delves into the whys and the costs of new electric buses Connect Transit is buying.

WGLT's Eric Stock reports from the inaugural Daring Diversity conference in Normal. A new episode of McHistory tells the story of orphaned black children in McLean County. And Laura Kennedy reviews a new exhibition featuring abstract work from local female artists.

Child care is getting more affordable thanks to changing income guidelines for state help. Early Childhood expert Miranda Lynn of ISU has more in Ryan Denham's report. Plus, Eric Stock reports on a growing concern over the effect of travel sports on kids and their families Patrick Murphy and Mike McCurdy look at an effort to re-create a small patch of savannah in Bloomington Normal. Tim Shelley takes us to the place that perhaps most values the famed sculptor Lorado Taft.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 09/30/19

Oct 1, 2019

Hear about the costs of going green. Ed Neaves of the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors says the energy code is part of the reason new construction just isn't happening in the twin cities. Plus, Laura Kennedy reports on MandoLincoln and the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra. We have an audio postcard about a veteran Broadway actor test driving his new musical in Bloomington Normal. And a talk with a scholar about how tying cultural identity to sports can create and hide political problems, in this case in Puerto Rico.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 10/01/19

Oct 1, 2019

Hear how vaping affects the body. In many devices a carrier is formaldehyde. Advocate BroMenn Pulmonologist John Burr tells Eric Stock flavored vaping juice carries additional risks. Bloomington Schools Superintendent Barry Reilly also weighs in on vaping and on the sport of Lacrosse. Republican Congressman Rodney Davis talks Trump and Turmoil with Ryan Denham. We remember the late central Illinois Congressman Paul Findley. And the New CEO of the Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council makes his first impression to elected officials in a joint councils and county board meeting.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 09/27/19

Sep 27, 2019

It's never too early to talk about what you want to have happen as you die. Barbara Coombs Lee of the group Compassion and Choices talks with Eric Stock about Death With Dignity. Plus, the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development celebrates a quarter century of service. We conclude our week long series on the higher education Enrollment Exodus in Illinois. And Laura Kennedy looks back on the life's work of artist Richard Finch.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 09/25/19

Sep 25, 2019

The next episode in our series Enrollment Exodus, delves into why so many Chinese students came to study amid the cornfields. Plus, a conversation with an Illinois teacher of the year nominee from Bloomington. How the twin cities economy is doing. Mary Cullen has Bloomington-Normal by the numbers. And John Norton chats with guitarist Naeim Rahmani.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/23/19

Sep 23, 2019

Colleges and Universities in this state have been struggling to keep enrollment healthy for years because of competition from other states for Illinois high school graduates. It's going to get worse As part of our series Enrollment Exodus, delving into how private colleges and universities are trying to preserve market share, we look at how private colleges and universities are responding. Charlie Schlenker reports. Plus, a lengthy interview with Illinois State University Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Jana Albrecht about how ISU has managed to keep enrollment stable when so many universities have not. And student reporter Darnysha Mitchell talks with legendary sports reporter Dave Kindred.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/20/19

Sep 20, 2019

Ryan Denham gets the analysts' take on the Amazon order for 100,000 Rivian electric vans. Analyst Sam Abuelsamid says Rivian could produce other vehicles on contract as well. Plus, Laura Kennedy brings us a dark comedy in which people get caught up in class warfare and murderous mayhem at the Yellow Inn. The Coalescence Theater Project offers a Walk with My Ancestors to the slave dungeons of Ghana. And Jon Norton waxes nostalgic with an 80s synth sound in What's On Your Turntable.

WGLT's Ryan Denham talks with Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing about how its nurse practitioner program can help patients in rural and underserved areas. Jon Norton previews Jason Hawk Harris' show at Nightshop. And Mary Cullen has another episode of McHistory.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/18/19

Sep 18, 2019

Hear the story of a young woman who got into Harvard on a swimming scholarship and realized she was trans and a he. Schuyler Bailar became the first trans male athlete in division one sports. He talks with Mary Cullen before an ISU appearance. Plus, there are some eerie parallels between the election of 1860 and 2020, according to political scientist Bob Bradley. WGLT Arts Correspondent Laura Kennedy brings us a story that stitches together a communal art experience to give power to those seeking change. And Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy offer ways to avoid pouring money into your lawn in our gardening podcast Grow.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/17/19

Sep 17, 2019

ISU President Larry Dietz has been a happy camper lately: a new dorm project announced, a multi million dollar gift to ISU announced, enrollment up, and things like that. He's telling the campus about it in his state of the university speech. A Bloomington-Normal college professor spent her summer interviewing children about the conditions at U.S. immigration facilities. Kathleen O'Gorman tells WGLT's Ryan Denham about her work with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Plus, the abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth came to Bloomington 140 years ago.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/16/19

Sep 16, 2019

The Illinois Red flag law to prevent dangerous people from keeping guns is not getting a lot of traction. That is what has happened in other states too. More with Marc Jones of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and WGLT's Ryan Denham. Plus, Illinois State University has received a 12 million dollar gift for the arts. That's the largest individual gift ever. We'll hear from the person who made the gift. Reporter Mary Cullen talks with State Senator Jason Barickman about vaping and other statewide issues. And Correspondent Breanna Grow asks a climate change activist if all the green new deal rhetoric is misplaced.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/13/19

Sep 13, 2019

Sometimes high school students who think they want to be teachers don't have a really good idea about what that means. Now, there's a class to help them learn it, before they commit to something they might not like. Normal Community teacher Margherita DiVita tells WGLT's Ryan Denham that the class could help address the teacher shortage. Plus, Laura Kennedy brings us the magic of storytelling in Heartland Theater's new production of Electric Baby. Jon Norton has an episode of What's on your turntable and a profile of  WIplot, the band. And Eric Stock dives into a new report Heartland Community College hopes will keep finances stable.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/12/19

Sep 12, 2019

Normal Community West High School is 25 years old and Principal Dave Johnson says the first principal Jerry Crabtree set out to have a defining personality to the new institution, kindness. More on the Wildcats first 25 years. Plus, WGLT Correspondent Edith Brady-Lunny stops by to tell us about Wednesday's oral arguments in the Alan Beaman case, close to 30 years after the killing of ISU student Jennifer Lockmiller. And the Girl Scouts have lost 39 percent of their membership in the last fifteen years in the U.S. more than a million kids...we'll check in on Central Illinois.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/11/19

Sep 11, 2019

It's getting hot in here. Meghan Hassett of the Union of Concerned Scientists says global climate change will make a big difference in central Illinois. Eric Stock has more. Plus, the Stephenson Center for Community and Economic Development is 25 years old. Mary Cullen looks at the anniversary. And WGLT's gardening podcast Grow looks at food free for the taking. The rules of foraging.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/10/19

Sep 10, 2019

An attorney who works with abused and neglected kids in McLean County says virtually all of them have had childhood traumas.Brenda Tempke says we can do a lot better in helping children who've experienced trauma. Plus, Laura Kennedy talks with an artist whose medium is silk and how politics gets in the way of art. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/06/19

Sep 9, 2019

Small farmers and groups that watch farmers say they are uneasy with aid payments to offset trade war harm to ag producers. It's part 4 of our series on market facilitation payments in central Illinois. Plus, family stories morph and change in their re-telling over the years. Breanna Grow has one such story from a Next to Normal Story Slam. Breanna also reports on what parents don't know...even now, about the dangers of vaping. Laura Kennedy talks with an artists who views the cloud as a landscape to explore digital mortality and sometimes melancholy human connections. And Ryan Denham reports on money management.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/09/19

Sep 9, 2019

Kate Brown of Bloomington is not a small woman and she gets reactions when she tells people she is a runner. Brown has written an article about running while fat. Plus, it's the 25th anniversary of the Children's Discovery Museum - Ryan Denham takes a look at what time has brought. And teachers at the start of  the school year are busy starting lesson plans and drilling kids about what to do in case of an active shooter. Eric Stock reports.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/05/19

Sep 5, 2019

Part three of the WGLT series on trade war farmer aid show this year will likely be similar to last year with more than half the aid going to ten percent of farmers according to the Environmental Working Group. Plus, this is the first year ever that the executive board of the NAACP in Bloomington Normal is all women. A talk with chapter President Linda Foster. Eric Stock catches up with Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton during a stop in the twin cities. And the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is this weekend, by appointment only.

GLT Sound Ideas 09/04/19

Sep 4, 2019

WGLT’s series on the trade relief payments for farmers turns to politics. Political scientist Craig Curtis says the electoral impact of the trade dispute is not big as of yet. Plus, Bloomington Normal favorite son musician Adam Larson has a new album coming. Jon Norton has the deetz. What we think we know about the care of trees just might not be so. Patrick Murphy and Mike McCurdy deal with Tree Myths during WGLT's gardening podcast Grow. Mayor Chris Koos of Normal stops by to unpack the really dense analysis of Tax Increment Financing District performance and whether it's a good deal for taxpayers.

WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the scope and impact of the USDA's trade relief payments on Central Illinois farmers. The Illinois Politics Roundtable discusses the first 100 days of Lori Lightfoot's term in Chicago. And we revisit an interview with a West Market Street Council leader looking to bring a grocery store to her neighborhood.