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Learn how a central Illinois meteor crater two and a half miles wide came out of a big bump in outer space. Charles Monson is with the State Geological Survey. Plus, the McLean County Board Finance Committee gets a legal opinion on who sets financial accounting policy the board or the county auditor. Dame Judy Dench talks Shakespeare and Lady Macbeth. And a bit of Hogwarts is happening at a Bloomington elementary school.

One of Rivian's new investors hopes to help the company with more than just money. Cox Automotive mobility group president Joe George talks about the give and take of the company's 350 million dollar stake in Rivian. Plus, Eric Stock reports Bloomington police are seeing the same increases reported nationally in on line child sexual violence crimes. Many Minor League baseball teams are taking a hit as Major League teams drop affiliations. Hear about some of them in Illinois. A remembrance for a long time central Illinois broadcaster who has passed on. And the Mayor of Normal stops by.

GLT Sound Ideas 12/2/19

Dec 2, 2019

As Unit Five ponders how to fix its ongoing bus problems it might look to a bigger district, Elgin for an example which transports more children more miles with a better on time record than Unit 5. Jeff Prowell manages the Elgin School district transportation system. Plus, Mary Cullen tells you about Bloomington Normal's only lynching, in an episode of McHistory. An auto services company that has invested heavily in Rivian tells why. And the Illinois Politics Roundtable tries to untangle a web of lobbyists to understand a federal investigation in Springfield and Chicago.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/29/19

Dec 2, 2019

WGLT's Culture Maven Shari Zeck examines the enduring warmth and appeal of Mr Rogers. He listened to kids and spoke directly to them. Shari Zeck and Laura Kennedy look at the new Mr. Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks. Plus, what Christmas Tree should come into YOUR house. WGLT Podcasters Patrick Murphy and Mike McCurdy help you decide on GROW. And we have stories about a camp for diabetic children, a comparison of Illinois and Missouri medical marijuana laws, and you can hear music and charity come together as the holiday season kicks off with Jon Norton.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/27/19

Dec 2, 2019

Some people don't give a lot of Thanks at Thanksgiving because too much togetherness brings holiday stress. ISU Student Rachel Lawrence says her mom usually keeps her dad in check, but this one time he got into a fight with other family members.  Eric Stock reports on how to avoid dinner table controversy. Plus, the Bloomington Library scales back expansion plans. hear how society can help helping people re-enter and structure life after prison. And musician Dan Hubbard talks about getting ready to walk away from a life in music and why he rethought that in a conversation with Jon Norton.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/26/19

Nov 26, 2019

Rivian and Tesla both have electric trucks coming next year. EV watcher and Journalist Shaun Mitchell says the esthetic reviews favor Rivian. Plus, ISU's Gamma Phi Circus heads to New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Breanna Grow gives us a special paranormal message from a Next to Normal Story Slam. State Senator Jason Barickman figures the odds on passage of mandatory school consolidation. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/25/19

Nov 25, 2019

Republican State Senator Jason Barickman says he hasn't paid too much attention to the house impeachment proceedings, but he does have questions about Hunter Biden's Burisma Board position. A central Illinois GOP lawmakers view of the national moment. Plus, it's the first day of petition filing for candidates in the March Primary. We'll talk with some of them. Ryan Denham reports on the big winners in trade dispute aid payments...and they're not the farmers hardest hit by China Tariffs. And Eric Stock talks with the new Illinois Wesleyan University President about the value of the liberal arts and other higher ed issues.

The 1973 farm bill promoted soybeans and removed habitat for pheasants. This still hurts hunting. Jared Duquette of the Department of Natural resources talks hunting on the first day of deer season. Plus, Laura Kennedy previews the new season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/19/19

Nov 19, 2019

Hear from a McLean County Board candidate who has been convicted of attempted murder. Nathan 'Chiko' Russo says he is more than the 18 year old who shot another man in a gang related incident. Plus the Uptown Underpass Under Discussion in Normal. People Against Caging Children raises their struggle in Bloomington Normal against Trump Administration policy to separate immigrant kids from their families. The Illinois Politics Roundtable looks at the difficulty in predicting who the next Illinois Senate President will be.

The head of the McLean County Republican Party says the GOP is responding to the Democratic Party surge in candidates for next year's election. Connie Beard says she doesn't think efforts to flip McLean County blue will work. Plus, Eric Stock looks at a retirement community that started the evolution of the industry in Bloomington Normal into it's present day appearance. We'll update you on how the county is using sales tax money to bolster mental health and other behavioral health programs. The Cynthia Baker trial is headed to a jury.

The Illinois General Assembly has wrapped up work for the fall veto session. We bring you a special analysis of that. It's Illinois Lawmakers, produced by the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council. The session began with low expectations that not much would happen. But, it turned out to be an interesting period with everything from the corruption investigation to attempts to move Chicago casino legislation. The big news is that Governor Pritzker achieved one of his top priorities, consolidating the state's municipal fire and police pension funds.

The Bloomington Planning Commission recommends the city council allow cannabis cafe's in town. Eric Stock reports. Black Lives Matter Bloomington Normal sees recreational marijuana business location as a matter of drug war reparation. Plus, Laura Kennedy tips her hat to a new group in town...Nomad Theater. Their first production happens this weekend. The falling leaves drift by my 'snow filled' window and into our gardening podcast Grow. And Jon Norton traces the musical line from vaudeville to jazz to funk with performer Michael Mwenso.

GLT Sound Ideas 11/13/19

Nov 13, 2019

Every time our nation goes into a period of torturing opponents, it seems like an extraordinary need. Historian Fitzhugh Brundage talks with Charlie Schlenker about the American tradition of torture. Plus, GLT's Ryan Denham talks with Emmy-winning filmmaker Almudena Carracedo about a core truth; when a country doesn't reckon with its violent past, its people can't move forward in peace. And Breanna Grow interviews a TedX speaker about sex and healthy relationships.

Hear how imprisoned mom Ann Simmons found out about her daughters death. Ryan Denham and Edith Brady Lunny report on the case of eight year-old Rica Rountree. Plus, the group Stand Up for Social Justice has been demonstrating every month for the last three years in Bloomington-Normal. Eric Stock talks to them about protest as lifestyle and the difference they hope to make. The Illinois Politics Roundtable dives into ethics reform measures that might advance. And we'll have a report on electric car range anxiety and a move to address it along a major U.S. interstate.

It's a show full of heroes, fictional and real. An art installation offers a wish for peace as it honors Americans who have fallen in combat. Army Veteran Bob Carney and other tell Laura Kennedy about the healing cranes of Heartland Community College. Eric Stock talks to Veterans about how they reintegrate into civilian society and the reception they get nowadays. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra plans a concert full of Super-heroes with a salute to veterans. And Darnysha Mitchell tells about heroes of a different sort; those with autism and those who teach them.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 11/8/19

Nov 8, 2019

Another pedestrian fatality on Veterans Parkway raises safety concerns. Ryan Denham reports. Plus, the Town of Normal is getting ready to revamp its bicycle and pedestrian plan and the public has shown a lot of interest in trail crossings over the years. Town Engineer Ryan Otto and planner Mercy Davison when their way through a bike plan interview with Mary Cullen. A public radio investigation into Commonwealth Edison showed the utility paid a lobbyist more than $3 million bucks... a lobbyist connected to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

When a Bloomington resident began an abolitionist society before the civil war it did not sit well with community leaders. Susan Hartzold is the curator of a new exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History on times of conflict. She talks with WGLT. Plus, Children's Home and Aid beefs up its Adopt a Family program for the holiday season. Mary Cullen reports on heroes of habitat for humanity, And its a noteworthy anniversary for world famous explorer John Wesley Powell with a Bloomington Normal Connection. The ISU Horticulture center observes it.

Hear the principal songwriter for the Bloomington-Normal pop-rock quintet SHERWOOD FOREST tell a tale of a medieval soldier who dies in war. Clifford Close digs into Sherwood Forest's struggles. Plus, Laura Kennedy takes us inside a new art exhibit that involves music influenced by war. Our gardening podcast Grow lets us know we're not quite done with gardening for the winter...sometimes you garden NOW for the spring. And Correspondent Breanna Grow interviews a TedX Normal speaker about the case for putting out.

Normal Mayor Chris Koos talks about property taxes and the status of the Trail East project. WGLT's Ryan Denham reports on the growth of dual credit classes in McLean County. And Mary Cullen has another episode of McHistory, about one of the area's first female news reporters.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal will be just fine in today's changing media landscape. But no one is talking about the small towns. Emmy winning journalist Soledad O Brien talks with Eric Stock. Plus Normal Town Council member Karyn Smith takes exception to the conventional wisdom on calculating public benefit and outside investment in Uptown Normal. And WGLT Correspondent Breanna Grow tackles artificial intelligence and its potential to transform the future.

Every time our nation goes into a period of torturing opponents, it seems like an extraordinary need. Historian Fitzhugh Brundage talks with Charlie Schlenker about the American tradition of torture. Plus, community college enrollment fell again this year. Ryan Denham talks with the director of the Illinois Community College Board. And Laura Kennedy brings us a story of hedonism, apathy, and totalitarianism that still has legs, Cabaret.

WGLT's Eric Stock visits the new VA outpatient clinic that opens in November in Bloomington. You'll hear from a scientist on the front lines of pushing more representation in the STEM fields. And two writers from Normal are in studio to promote this weekend's Local Author Fair at the Bloomington Public Library.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/30/19

Oct 30, 2019

A lot of people think affordable housing will attract riffraff. Not so much. Larry Pusateri of the Lightengale Group, says $ 50 thousand annual household income could be, well, YOU. WGLT gives you a five part series on affordable housing scarcity, helping felons get housing, housing vouchers, and re-housing. It's a full newsroom effort. Plus, Jon Norton brings us a new live recorded album from Hot Sauce Universe.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 10/29/19

Oct 29, 2019

Music didn't always sound the same as it does today. The ways musicians tuned the notes were different. And it's getting that way again. Author Kyle Gann tells us about the Arithmetic of Music. Plus, Ryan Denham talks cannabis and other issues with Bloomington City council member Julie Emig. And we dive into a new policy treatise on funding municipal government, 'The People's Money.'

Some educators say points based grading might be pointless, that it encourages only enough effort to get the grade. Illinois State University Professor Jay Percell tells WGLT Correspondent Breanna Grow all about his TedX talk. Plus, Plus Ryan Denham reports the next generation of educators -- still in high school themselves -- shrug off talk of a teacher shortage during a conference at ISU. A new restaurant opens today in Bloomington Normal. We talk with the owner. And the Illinois politics roundtable tackles a doom and gloom budget report.

Hear about romance among the thorns of a long simmering feud...It's not the usual courtship of a romantic comedy. Director Don Lacasse tells WGLT's Laura Kennedy all about the new Heartland Theater Company play, 'Outside Mullingar.' Plus, Eric Stock reports on how the company that bought the State Farm building in downtown Bloomington has performed in other communities like Desmoines and Rockford. The once feared childhood virus polio is all but eradicated around the globe. Two central Illinois Rotary members talk about getting so close to that decades long goal.

An ISU researcher looks at how corporate climate change disclosures have changed in the Trump administration. WGLT's McHistory goes back in time with Bloomington's first undertake. And Jon Norton talks to Miles Nielsen ahead of a weekend show in Bloomington.

The case of a nine year old boy from Goodfield charged with murder is a tragic and riveting one. Elizabeth Clarke of the Juvenile Justice Initiative based in Evanston says the case is all the more tragic because of the unusual charge. Plus, the upside and downside of hardscape in gardening with WGLT's podcast Grow. An embarrassing OOPS from the Next to Normal Story Slam folks. Eric Stock reports on road repair projects in Bloomington Normal included in the state Capital plan. And stem cell therapy is not just for humans. There is a study in Bloomington for dogs with arthritis.

GLT Sound Ideas 10/22/19

Oct 22, 2019

State Representative Keith Sommer of Morton says conditions at the state's child welfare agency are slowly improving. Representative Sommer tells WGLT's Ryan Denham that's a great start. Plus, voting trends at ISU are up. Mary Cullen reports on what that means for next year. There's a biography out on the late IWU President Minor Myers Junior. We have a talk with the author. And the mayor of Normal joins us to talk about marijuana and the Blackstone Trails subdivision.

The head of the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District tells why they have to spend a lot of money to remove phosphorus from waste water. Randy Stein says the price tag might be $160 million. Plus, Eric Stock talks with a Bloomington architect just named architect of the state capitol about historic preservation of a massive edifice that is also a working building. Noted Journalist Soledad O'Brien comes to Bloomington Normal and we have an interview. Allen Chambers makes the twin cities making it a more delicious place.