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GLT's Sound Ideas - Full Episodes

GLT’s local news magazine airs weekdays at noon and 6 PM. Subscribe to the Sound Ideas podcast in feature-story format or listen to complete episodes using the links on the right.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/15/18

May 16, 2018

Hear about the drug sometimes called synthetic marijuana or spice. Twenty year-old Alejandro is an addict who says the drug is nothing like marijuana. GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the deadly spike in spice deaths in central Illinois. Charlie Schlenker talks with a longtime central Illinois TV host who gets to sleep in. For years, Garry Moore was the first news staffer on the job and on the air at WEEK-TV. And Mayor Tari Renner is in studio. He'll answer questions about about early council support for a new Boys and Girls club facility on city owned land and a new police chief.   

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/14/18

May 14, 2018

Democratic Congressional Candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan says GOP claims of success with the tax bill are misplaced. Ryan Denham talks with Dirksen Londrigan about her campaign against incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis in the 13th district. Get an update from Normal’s top cop on a body cam pilot project. The project is coming to an end and Chief Rick Bleichner talks with CS about what’s next. And you’ll meet singer-songwriter David Berchtold. He talks with GLT’s Jon Norton just before his show at Nightshop tomorrow night.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

Hotel and Lodging Association head Ray Ceresa says the average room rate in Bloomington Normal is now below 90 bucks a night. Even slight declines make a difference. Ryan Denham talks with Ceresa about the dismal hotel occupancy rate. Can the Illinois General Assembly pass a budget. Former governor Jim Edgar thinks so. Find out what Bloomington State Senator Jason Barickman thinks. Charlie Schlenker has the interview. And there's no shortage of material for the Capital Steps musical, political satire troupe.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/10/18

May 10, 2018

Retired Town of Normal City Manager Mark Peterson is sounding a warning about the unwillingness of elected officials to compromise. He's concerned big decision will be driven by a crisis. Find out how dysfunction on the state and federal level is affecting local government ability to deliver services. It's graduation weekend. Jon Norton talks with a journalism student, who also just happened to be the first African American Illinois State University homecoming queen. And find out how so-called zombie raccoons could be a threat to your pet during an edition of Animal House. 

GLT Sound Ideas 05/09/18

May 9, 2018

It's an examination of healthcare. Crystal balls all over the nation are remarkably cloudy when it comes to healthcare. Colleen Kannaday is the CEO of Advocate BroMenn Healthcare in Normal. Also hear from Kannaday about the effects of a merger between the Advocate and Aurora health systems in Illinois and Wisconsin. Plus, It's time to say good bye to Laura Kennedy. Jon Norton talks with GLT's retiring Diva. And it's GLT's Grow.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

It's an examination of the effect of the Welcoming City ordinance in the Town of Normal. Police Chief Rick Bleichner says it's not a ban on communication with federal authorities. Chief Bleichner and Mayor Chris Koos talk with Charlie Schlenker about the Town's new Welcoming City ordinance in Normal. Besides caffeine, find out what it takes to create 48 websites for 48 non profits in 48 hours. Ryan Denham reports on the United Way Hackathon, which helps non profit agencies communicate online. And it's a a conversation with black, queer activist Charlene Carruthers.

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/7/18

May 7, 2018

State Farm's exit from downtown Bloomington is affecting some of the businesses that remain. You'll hear from a County Board member, Bloomington Alderman, city officials and business owners about proposals on the table to revitalize the city's downtown. Judy Valente and Colleen Reynolds report. During the GLT Date Book, Laura Kennedy tells you how a Phantom of the Opera themed event will raise money for the arts. And you'll hear from former Fugazi drummer Brandon Canty.  GLT's Jon Norton talks with him about Messthetics, the new band Canty and former Fugazi bassist Brendan Canty formed.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

Hear from democratic activist Susan Cortesi as she discusses why the first flush of democratic party enthusiasm and involvement after the election of President Trump is over.  GLT's Ryan Denham reports on the maturing indivisible movement. And The Psych Geeks are in for another conversation with Laura Kennedy talking about Night of the Living Dead. Plus, Jon Norton talks with some of the central Illinois bands and artists entered in the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. 

GLT's Sound Ideas 5/3/18

May 3, 2018

Find out how the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal is keeping people out of the emergency room. Director Angie McGlaughlin says the clinic is saving a million bucks a year in hospital costs.  GLT's Colleen Reynolds also explores the start of dental services at the clinic. Low income McLean County residents facing foreclosure are losing a key resource that has been keeping many of them in their homes. Judy Valente the interview.  And hear two stories on the gun control debate in Springfield.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/2/18

May 2, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin talks about the dangers of e-cigarettes during a visit to Bloomington-Normal. GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks to state Sen. Jason Barickman about politically engaged young people. Laura Kennedy chats with GLT's Culture Maven about the legacy of the classic film "Rosemary's Baby." And Jon Norton previews this month's Capitol Steps show at the BCPA.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

It's an update on the trail east project with Normal City Manager Pam Reece, who says buildings on east Beaufort would require a substantial investment if they are NOT torn down. One of those buildings includes a popular mural.  GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Normal City Manager Pam Reece. You'll hear from an Ameren Illinois worker helping to restore infrastructure in Puerto Rico. Ameren's Erik Eskra talks with GLT's Jon Norton about the hurricane devastation and restoration efforts. And Bloomington State Senator Jason Barickman has an update on the spring legislative session.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/30/18

Apr 30, 2018

It's a conversation about how to preserve strong public universities in an era of falling enrollment. ISU President Larry Dietz says a lot of things have been tried in other states. Charlie Schlenker talks with President Dietz about what DOES work: expanding financial aid to students who need it to attend college. You'll hear from two ISU graduate students about the importance of early childhood intervention...and on the availability of intervention programs in McLean County.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/27/18

Apr 27, 2018

It's an exploration of how people with autism view the world. Marty Murphy says her life is very different from neuro-standard people. Charlie Schlenker talks with Muprhy and Chuck Hartseil of Autism McLean. GLT's Laura Kennedy profiles a Bloomington-Normal mandolin group. Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra plays at the Normal Theater this weekend. And Jon Norton talks with Bloomington-Normal grown blues musician Mathew Curry about life on the road. He's been touring off and on for the last four years. His next stop is the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night.

GLT, Sound Ideas: 4/26/18

Apr 26, 2018

As State Farm makes big changes to its workforce, it's not just the Geicos and Progressives bringing competition to Bloomington's largest employer. State Farm vice president Laurette Stiles talks to GLT's Ryan Denham about emerging "insurtech" startups that are shaking up her industry.  You'll also hear an in-depth report with industry watchers on the changing landscape...and how State Farm is reacting and adapting.  And Laura Kennedy talks with the woman who has led the LIFE Center for Independent Living for 21 years.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/25/18

Apr 25, 2018

The Normal Cornbelters are among the many many minor league teams that will have to pay players more under a new federal law. Bryan Bloodworth reports. A treatise on change and justice from a south side Chicago community organizer. Charlene Carruthers talks with Judy Valente about getting the story straight about injustice. Carruthers is the graduation speaker for this year's Multicultural Leadership program in McLean County. And the importance of learning the history of Human Rights. Charlie Schlenker talks with Lynn Hunt, a historian from UCLA and the ISU Bone Lecturer this year.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/24/18

Apr 24, 2018

GLT’s Ryan Denham talks to Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner about street resurfacing, changes to city liquor laws, and downtown development. GLT’s Charlie Schlenker talks to McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre. And GLT’s Laura Kennedy previews the Arts Tech Film Festival at the Normal Theater.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/23/18

Apr 23, 2018

GLT's Ryan Denham recaps the latest court filings in the Coliseum fraud case. Illinois political reporters discuss the latest entrant into the race for governor. GLT's Judy Valente talks to noted environmental writer Douglas Tallamy ahead of his Tuesday visit to Heartland Community College. And GLT's Jon Norton details the happy accidents that created Boston-based punk band OC45. They play at Nightshop this week.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/20/18

Apr 20, 2018

A special broadcast of GLT’s environmental panel discussion, hosted by Mike McCurdy, at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo (ISLWE) at Illinois Wesleyan University. It was sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness Program and the Ecology Action Center.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

A conversation about crime rates with Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner. Gun violence fell last year in the city of Bloomington, from 39 shootings in 2016 to 24 last year. Chief Heffner also talks about a rise in sexual assault reports and the rollout of body cameras. Plus, another student led anti-gun violence rally is coming in Normal. And, button, button, whose got the button?


GLT Sound Ideas 4/18/18

Apr 18, 2018

Los Angeles Times editor Jim Kirk returns to his alma mater, Illinois State University, to talk about the media business in the age of trump. Local community leaders recap their trip to Rivian’s facility in Michigan. And a special rebroadcast of a 2008 interview with NPR newsman Carl Kasell, who died this week. Plus, GLT’s Grow with Laura Kennedy.


GLT Sound Ideas 4/17/18

Apr 17, 2018

It's tax day...and the start of a series on the effect of the Trump tax bill. Bloomington's Andy Strenz is mixed about it.  Listen to Ryan Denham's report as GLT follows four households through the tax year. It will be different as the new tax law  begins to take hold. Meet a painter of presidents talk about the character he finds in their portraits. Judy Valente interviews Chas Fagan whose exhibit is at Eastland Mall. And Jon Norton tracks down a jazz dignitary playing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/16/18

Apr 16, 2018

It's a look at how the venerable Lincoln College is reinventing itself. President David Gerlach says they're succeeding by returning to 150 year old roots. Gerlach tells Ryan Denham that includes growth in Normal as well as Lincoln. You'll also hear from the incoming president of HCC. Charlie Schlenker talks with Keith Cornille who’s currently Executive Vice President and Chief Student Services Officer at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. And the circus isn't coming to town. But circus fans are. Laura Kennedy explains.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/13/18

Apr 13, 2018

Connect Transit General Manager Isaac Thorne talks to GLT’s Charlie Schlenker about the future of his bus system and the prospects for a new downtown transfer center. Two lawyers preview next week’s employment law summit in Normal, including many headline-making issues facing businesses. And celebrity chef Roy Choi chats with GLT’s Laura Kennedy about his upcoming Illinois State University visit.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/11/18

Apr 11, 2018

It's the first announced candidate for the Bloomington municipal elections in 2019. Community Organizer Jenn Carrillo says she's running for Bloomington Alderman in Ward 6. Hear the interview. Plus, GLT’s Grow, Jon Norton reports on a new jazz combo in the twin cities, “Chow 4 Piece,” and  the Bloomington Normal Restaurant Scene has some developments.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

The new Bloomington Budget includes no property tax increase again. But, Aldermen Diana Hauman says that might not be true next year. GLT spoke with three aldermen about the new budget. GLT's Ryan Denham reports. Find out what it takes to move from city to "smart city". The Chief Information Officer for Kansas City, speaking in Normal tomorrow, says most cities are already surprisingly close. And GLT's Charlie Schlenker talks about the city budget, the Welcoming City ordinance, and boat docks on Lake Bloomington with Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner. 

GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/9/18

Apr 9, 2018

Hear the story of a young couple with troubled pasts stumbling into a fatal confrontation at a Bloomington trailer park. But was it murder? GLT and The Pantagraph partner to explore the death of Cullen Hedrick (HEAD-rick) and the controversial murder law used to charge his girlfriend. The Bloomington City Council has been weighing a Welcoming City ordinance for 16 months. Ward 6 Alderman Karen Schmidt talks with Charlie Schlenker about when and if the council will vote on a measure offering some protections for undocumented immigrants.

GLT's Sound Ideas 4/6/18

Apr 6, 2018

Town of Normal's new Cultural Arts Director Beth Whisman makes a case for investing in Arts programs and the Children's Discovery Museum. Whisman talks with GLT's Ryan Denham about the future of the children's museum and bringing together the pieces in Uptown Normal.  It’s another edition of Ask an Expert. With the help of ISU experts, we debunk myths about vegetarianism and protein. And find out what two public radio reporters found out when they went digging into documents related Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/5/18

Apr 5, 2018

Illinois State University Professor Chris Wellin says the way the nation cares for older people at home hurts women economically. Women have historically had the most responsibility in delivering such care and are forced to cut back on employment to stay at home. Wellin talks about a new book on Critical Gerontology. Plus, GLT's Ryan Denham reports on a lawsuit against Illinois State University filed by a person accused of sexual misconduct. And Jon Norton talks with Billy Strings.

GLT Sound Ideas 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

GLT marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Laura Kennedy sends an audio postcard from an MLK multimedia presentation at the McLean County Museum of History. Mayor Tari Renner previews his MLK-themed open house this week. And GLT’s Judith Valente talks with an ISU professor about whether King’s vision of economic equality has ever been fully realized.


GLT's Sound Ideas: 4/3/18

Apr 3, 2018

Hear from the Illinois State University professor who’s pushing for a required course on cultural diversity. GLT's Ryan Denham talks with Rocio Rivadeneyra who’s heading a committee proposing the new requirement. Loyola’s number one fan and top team expert calls Bloomington Normal home. GLT’s Jon Norton talks with John Thomas about the Ramblers’ amazing season. And Laura Kennedy previews the latest play from Heartland Theater, “The Ghost of Floyd Collins.”