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GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/25/16

Jan 25, 2016

There's a new online tool that can help determine where to eat out, and it's one that might carry more weight than Yelp. Hear from Tom Anderson with McLean County Health Department about new online restaurant inspection results. Charlie Schlencker talks with Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis about the FEMA funding formula. Changes could send more money to disaster areas in rural America. Plus, a preview of Hank and Rita, a barroom operetta about the end of a musical marriage.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/22/16

Jan 22, 2016

The congressional budget office's last budget compromise between Congress and the President agreed to add 1 trillion dollars to the national debt in the next ten years. A central Illinois congressman is defending the bipartisan deal. Congressman Rodney Davis and State Senator Bill Brady talk budgets and MAP funding. A new history exhibit is in McLean county. Plus, is 'bingewatching' worth the thrill?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/21/16

Jan 21, 2016

Hear from Senator Bill Brady, who says Governor Bruce Rauner is doing the right thing to negotiate a budget. He does warn, however, things may still have to get worse before they get better. Laura Kennedy talks with culture maven Sheri Zeck about the phenomenon of 'binge watching'. Plus, an update on the community's restaurant scene and 2015 closures from the administrator of the B/N Food Scene Facebook page.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/20/16

Jan 20, 2016

Former Mitsubishi workers have been looking for jobs for a couple of months now. GLT talks with one of them who has found his dream job: giving a full-throated defense for unions. Jon Norton talks with Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater about famous friends and his trademark Indian head-dress. Town of Normal council Member Cheryl Gaines stops by GLT for a conversation on the town's budget.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/19/16

Jan 19, 2016

Painkillers can solve problems, but they're also creating problems. Dr. Ramsin Benyamin, an expert on pain and President of the Millennial Pain Institute based in Bloomington, is working on new CDC guidelines. Charlie Schlenker talks with the Unit 5 schools Superintendent about the "what-if" planning the district is preparing in case lawmakers continue on without a budget. During Animal House, hear about treatments for arthritis that doesn't involve giving your pet medication.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/18/16

Jan 18, 2016

Thousands of children in Bloomington-Normal will be changing the way they get to school starting in the Fall. Unit 5 is trying to cut a million dollars from its transportation budget. Charlie Schlenker explores the various scenarios for bussing with Superintendent Mark Daniel. During Jazz Next, hear about guitarist Frank Kohl's 'a-ha' moment when he saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Also, Mary Kay Holloway is in studio to talk about sugar intake and the negative effects it has on an individual's health.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/15/15

Jan 15, 2016

Hear Bowie history and the impact of his art on culture. Fans are mourning his death, but don't feel deserted. ISU associate professor and culture critic Bill McBride tells GLT the social media outpour is not surprising. Laura Kennedy talks about an unusual art exhibit, and the superintendent of District 87 talks anti-bullying.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/14/16

Jan 14, 2016

District 87 school officials are worried about the 23 year length of a proposed tax increment financing district, but they're also happy to have two school buildings located in the eligible area. GLT's Charlie Schlenker explores the mixed feelings about the proposed economic development with Superintendent Barry Reilly.  Laura Kennedy talks with one of the creators about the new first permanent exhibit in 25 years at the McLean County Museum of History.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/13/16

Jan 13, 2016

WGLT’s Charlie Schlenker joins host Willis Kern to discuss the latest on McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen, who resigned his position Tuesday in the wake of federal wire fraud charges. Also, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz talks about the latest on the lack of a state budget and MAP funding for low-income students. And you’ll hear Jon Norton’s 2015 interview with bluesman Otis Clay, who died late last week after suffering a heart attack in Chicago.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/12/16

Jan 12, 2016

Bloomington is being forced to consider tough decisions on budget issues. Mayor Tari Renner is in studio to talk golf courses and State of the City remarks. Laura Kennedy walks you through a new IWU exhibit called the "Den". Plus, IPR's Amanda Vinicky brings us an update from Springfield.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/11/16

Jan 11, 2016

You might not think top level education administration and the bureaucratic and human resource functions it takes to be good at that job would have much in common with the creative act of classical music composing. Illinois Wesleyan Jonathan Green talks with GLT's Charlie Schlenker about the performance of his musical works at IWU. Find out if the IPR politics roundtable is being too secretive about his whereabouts, and during Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks to a vocalist who has battled with her race from an early age, but not in the way you would think.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/8/16

Jan 8, 2016

Hear about the 1890's bike boom thanks to Central Illinois manufactures' ability to adapt and keep up. Illinois Weslyan  University Historian Chris Sweet talks with Mike McCurdy about the local industry that made a difference nationwide. Find out about the community's newest double-decker food truck. Plus, hear about laws that went into effect the 1st of the year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/7/16

Jan 7, 2016

One state representative from Bloomington says he's "cautiously optimistic" about a budget being passed in Illinois in the coming months. Charlie Schlenker talks with Rep. Dan Brady about the budget deadlock. Hear how ISU is a social media hub for the upcoming State of the Union address. Willis Kern talks with the executive director of the School of Communication. During Talkin' Blues, Jon Norton talks to a longtime session man who is just now getting around to his own record.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/6/16

Jan 6, 2016

Illinois State University Politics and Government Professor Meghan Leonard joins host Willis Kern to talk about public trust in government, one day after news broke that McLean County Board chair Matt Sorensen was indicted on charges of bilking State Farm Insurance of thousands of dollars in his role as a then-State Farm employee. Also, Charlie Schlenker talks with retired McLean County judge Charley Reynard about his career on the bench and as the county’s top prosecutor in the 1990s. And Jon Norton wanders into Reverberation Vinyl for an edition of What’s On Your Turntable?

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/5/16

Jan 5, 2016

Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos is in studio to take your questions about the construction of a new fire station, as well as the federal indictment of the McLean County Board Chairman. Hear about the new exhibit at the McLean County Arts Center celebrating 100 years of working with local artists during GLT's Datebook. Then, a look at the biggest stories in business and finance during 2015.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 1/4/16

Jan 4, 2016

The State of Illinois has been six months without a budget, and some lawmakers still see no immediate path to resolving the crisis. Charlie Schlenker talks with GOP state senator Jason Barickman. Who are the Gypsy Coeds, and how did they become a depression-era sensation? Laura Kennedy answers that question at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Then, during an edition of Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with longtime SNL band member Steve Turre.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/25/15

Jan 2, 2016

Hear a Bloomington-Normal annual tradition, The Sounds of Christmas, recorded live at State Farm Atrium. This is the 33rd year for the performance.  Enjoy this special holiday presentation of Sound Ideas.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/29/15

Dec 29, 2015

Illinois' leading catholic official says faith communities need to do more to curb gun violence in the US. Archbishop Blase Cupich says gun control is a pro-life issue for the Catholic church. Hear from the team behind the first food truck in Bloomington Normal. Plus, Bruce Bergethon talks to a GLT alumnus who writes music when he's not taking on the world of international insurance.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/28/15

Dec 29, 2015

Best of Sound Ideas: a look at the occasional series "Unknown Illinois"

GLT’s Sound Ideas: 12/22/15

Dec 22, 2015

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner and Council member Scott Black join host Mike McCurdy in studio to talk about City of Bloomington business.  WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with retired Bradley University history professor James Ballowe about his book, "Christmas in Illinois."  And on an edition of Animal House, Laura Kennedy details the many moving pieces to get right in a fish tank, including making sure your fish are friendly with each other.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/21/15

Dec 21, 2015

Marriage equality may not be the issue it once was for the Bloomington-Normal gay community, but a survey shows plenty of other priorities. You’ll hear from Prairie Pride Coalition Board President David Bentlin about how his group is meeting needs and responding to differing opinions. You’ll also hear from a representative from the McLean County Leadership program who helped conduct the survey. The curtain doesn’t rise on the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival for more than 6 months…but Laura Kennedy already has a preview of what’s on stage – including a woman playing Hamlet.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars shocked the world with a new cultural phenomenon that is returning to the limelight with the release of The Force Awakens. Laura Kennedy talks with Shari Zeck from ISU's College of Fine Arts about the 'force' of Star Wars. Also hear from a candidate for US senate in Illinois, then it's an audio holiday postcard from GLT's Bruce Bergethon.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/17/15

Dec 17, 2015

Hear about a bump up in suicides last week. McLean County s Coroner says look for the warning signs. Kathy Davis talks with Mike McCurdy about steps you can take to prevent suicide and what her office is doing to reduce self-harm. Judy Valente reports on charitable giving during the holidays and how you can know your money is being put to good use. Then, it's a holiday edition of What's On Your Turntable.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/16/15

Dec 16, 2015

Global Warming has been a hot topic thanks to the global summit in Paris. Rising water temperatures are a concern that often take a backseat to air temperatures, but ISU professor Catherine O'Reilly says it should be just as much of a priority. Her work on climate change has earned her part of a Nobel Peace Prize, and you'll hear about new work done by the group she co-founded. McLean County residents are facing a tax hike next year; board chair Matt Sorensen is in studio to take questions about local government. Then, it's an audio holiday postcard via GLT's Acousticity.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/15/15

Dec 15, 2015

Hear about the cultural phenomenon of Star Wars. ISU cinema studies professor Shari Zeck talks with Laura Kennedy. The newest adventure in a galaxy far, far away is about to hit movie screens everywhere. Mayor Renner is in the studio to talk about boosting the Empire Street corridor, a new contract with the police union, and he takes your phone calls. Plus, Jon Norton talks with Tab Benoit before his return to the Castle Theater this Thursday.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/14/15

Dec 14, 2015

A noted Catholic nun talks about her new book, which takes the sayings of ancient followers of monastic life and applies them to contemporary everyday living.  A young saxophonist talks about his debut CD. You'll hear from Philadelphia-based Sam Taylor during an edition of Jazz Next. Plus, it's an IPR roundtable about the state of Illinois.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/11/15

Dec 11, 2015

Best Of Sound Ideas: hear from members of the Twin Cities-based Indian band "Exit 167" ahead of their holiday concert. And the owners of Bloomington-Normal pawn shops discuss changing customer attitudes that reflect a darker local economy. Host: Charlie Schlenker.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/10/15

Dec 10, 2015

Hear about African American Santas in Bloomington-Normal today and 49 years ago. GLT’s Judy Valente talks with Merlin Kennedy with the NAACP who tried to walk in Bloomington Santa parade 49 years ago. You’ll also hear about African American Santas in Uptown Normal’s Santa Station. Find out how the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s plan to cutting carbon and control global warming will boost the economy and put money in your pocket.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/9/15

Dec 9, 2015

Hear about how more and more people living on the edge in the twin cities are making extra cash by pawning personal items. Jim Browne checks in with Toni Tucker at Bloomington's Ewing Manor to find out about this year's holiday events at Emerson and Towanda. During GLT's Grow, hear just how important native plants are to a successful garden.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 12/8/15

Dec 8, 2015

Hear what to do if there is an active shooter. There’s never much time and sometimes there’s only one option: fight back. Charlie Schlenker talks with the safety director for Unit Five Schools about emergency response planning in the wake of recent mass shootings. Town Mayor Chris Koos is in the studio to take your questions about Uptown signage, hotel redevelopment in north Normal, and the Community Investment Plan. Then, an edition of Animal House with Laura Kennedy.