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Sound Ideas - Full Episodes

WGLT’s local newsmagazine 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.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/18/20

Mar 18, 2020

The McLean County Health Department updates the public on the coronavirus in central Illinois. Illinois State University has canceled face to face classes the rest of the semester and will refund part of the room and board fees. ISU President Larry Dietz tells you about absorbing a 15 million dollar hit and other coronavirus matters. Plus, there was an election yesterday. Hear an update on primary results. And at least for now, there is actually some new home construction in Bloomington Normal. 

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/17/20

Mar 17, 2020

Illinois State University is about to find out what happens to an IT system when the number of simultaneous users increases five fold. ISU Chief Technology Officer Charley Edamala tells you what might happen when on line classes start. District 87 leaders talk about e-learning capacity too. Plus, the Mayor of Normal says police should enforce state restaurant and bar closure orders. And Bloomington schools have hired just the second Latina administrator in their history. 

WGLT's Sound Ideas 3/16/20

Mar 16, 2020

Bloomington Normal churches came together by staying apart. Hear how separation is thinking of the common good. Central Illinois restaurants pivot to survive the state ordered closure to resist the pandemic. Teachers dig in to get ready for prolonged on line instruction. Hear how they'll do it. Construction workers have a higher than usual suicide rate. Chestnut Health Systems Behavioral Health Clinical Director Beth Hilling tells you about a new program to find construction workers who might be in trouble. And tomorrow is an election day and black voters in the twin cities will try to change lower Bloomington Normal turnout from four years ago.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 3/13/20

Mar 13, 2020

The cascade of effects from the pandemic continues. One hotel has lost a hundred thousand dollars worth of business travel business already. Arts venues have begun to suffer too. Hear about Bloomington's work to refresh its Community Preservation Plan. City Planner Katie Simpson says old architecture is sometimes really cool. Plus, if you're in the mood for a story that does not have to do with the coronavirus, catch an ethereal whimsical fantasy tale; Big Fish the musical heads to a Bloomington Normal stage, briefly.

Illinois State University spokesperson Eric Jome explains the decision to close the dorms and shift to online classes because of the coronavirus. Plus, WGLT's Jon Norton talks to a Bloomington-Normal native who's returned for a stand-up set at Nightshop.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 3/11/20

Mar 12, 2020

The workforce in the insurance industry is getting younger. And companies are struggling to find workers. Greg Jacobson from the Chicago-based Jacobson Group tells you about the insurance labor market. Bloomington Normal retirement communities are like everyone else in planning for the arrival of the Coronavirus, except with more urgency because older people are more vulnerable. Healthcare facilities are saying Coronavirus challenges are not just from a potential flood of people in respiratory distress...there are softer impacts too....like the blood supply.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/10/20

Mar 10, 2020

McLean County health leader look back to 2009 for an indication of what the area might face this year with the Coronavirus. Health Department Assistant Director Kathy Coverston Anderson says remember H1N1? Yeah, could be like that. Plus, women get over looked in many fields not just politics....Ryan Denham reports it happens even in toy making. How a Serbian native and woman overcame doubt to crash the male dominated blues music scene. Eric Stock reports on proposals to fill the gap in police training funding. And Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner stops by.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 3/9/20

Mar 9, 2020

Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Jontry games out school district procedures as the Coronavirus edges in. Plus, you will hear a story of a Coronavirus caused shortage. Dawn Dannenbring of Illinois People's Action tells you about efforts to green the future economy, the clean energy jobs act which would create 13 regional jobs centers. The Chair of the McLean County Republican Party tells you why she is vaccine hesitant.

State Farm is far from the only insurance company to get out of banking. The one-stop-shopping convergence strategy never lived up to its promise industry-wide. Economist Steve Weisbart of the Insurance Information Institute looks at industry trends as State Farm gets rid of its bank. Plus, a fact check of tax increase campaign claims in the Dan Brady - David Blumenshine State House Primary race. Learn what Democratic 13th District Congressional candidate Stephanie Smith wants to see in healthcare changes. And art answers the call of the wild in a new exhibit Laura Kennedy will share.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/05/20

Mar 5, 2020

A Bloomington City Council member pitches for a new sick-leave policy that doesn't let workers accumulate as much time.  Plus, a former farmer creates a mobile play space for kids.  And WGLT's Jon Norton previews a local jazz show happening Friday.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/04/20

Mar 4, 2020

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage takes issue with the Governor's proposal to eliminate cash bail. Sandage and other law enforcement leaders say there are other ways to address problems identified by the Governor. Plus, the Democratic Candidates for McLean County Board in District 8 tell you why you should vote for them. Peoria musician Jared Grabb talks about how his love of art and music affect his work on stage. And WGLT's gardening podcast Grow explores the reasons for the rising price of trees.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/03/20

Mar 3, 2020

Partisanship seems to increase even on the McLean County Board, but one candidate says you can prevent a breakdown of comity and dialog. Democratic County Board candidate George Gordon takes his turn during political candidates week on Sound Ideas. Plus, two McLean County School districts are asking voters for tax increases for building projects. The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois talks about the techno arms race in child exploitation and pornography. And the redeveloper of the old State Farm headquarters goes in a new direction.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 03/02/20

Mar 2, 2020

A new law to make court fines and fees fairer has the unintended consequence of removing the revenue source for state required police training. Police Departments have to eat the cost for now. Police Chief Rick Bleichner of Normal says it's not clear how or who can fix the issue. Plus, it's political candidate interview week on WGLT. Republican primary McLean County Auditor challenger Tricia Malott is up first. Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren has a connection to Bloomington Normal. Ryan Denham tells you who they are.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/28/20

Feb 28, 2020

It's possible to live a full life with HIV in central Illinois, but challenges include a lack of specialists in Bloomington Normal. Pam Briggs of Positive Health Solutions says it's tough for some to get a treatment plan if they can't get to the only HIV specialty clinic in the region - in Peoria. Plus, some business owners in Bloomington are grumbling about the way video gambling licenses are handed out and their place in line for a limited number of licenses.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/27/20

Feb 27, 2020

The head of the Central Illinois Regional Airport talks about passenger traffic trends. Eric Stock reports on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for McLean County. And a mathematician from Bloomington-Normal is breaking barriers at Johns Hopkins University.

Emily Riehl
Johns Hopkins University

Bloomington-Normal native Emily Riehl found her passion early on. Before graduating University High School, her teachers recognized her gift in mathematics.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/26/20

Feb 26, 2020

Congressional Candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan says all the argument among presidential candidates about healthcare misses a key point. Listen to Londrigan's vision in a Ryan Denham interview. Plus, Bloomington Normal Economic Development Council CEO Patrick Hoban tells you about smart cities and the one voice trip to D.C. You can hear the organ and soul of Neal Francis. And Mike McCurdy and Patrick Murphy offer the enticing prospect of no more lawn mowing.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/25/20

Feb 25, 2020

As part of Black History Month in Mclean County, find out about a late 1800s brain drain of minority residents. Museum of History archivist and librarian Bill Kemp also introduces you to omnibus driver Absolom Hawkins in an episode of McHistory. Plus, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner drops by. Ryan Denham tells you about a rural shortage. It's not internet connections or doctors. It's lawyers. And you will hear a folk-blues-rock mix of music from Taylor Steele and the Love Breakers.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/24/20

Feb 24, 2020

There is a nice, but unintended consequence from Governor Pritzker's big funding release for the Illinois Innovation Network. ISU's Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies John Baur [bower] also talks about a new ISU maker space. Plus, the winners of Illinois State University's three minute thesis competition tell you about their research...in ways you will find fun and interesting. Project Guardian focuses on gun crimes. It calls for closer coordination between federal prosecutors and their state, local, and federal partners. The U.S.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/21/20

Feb 21, 2020

Future teachers of history say black history month is crucially important. And ISU history major Christian Johnson says the movements surrounding historic figures matter just as much as the individuals. Plus, how math and art can work together. McLean County Board Chair John McIntyre talks about how to spend tax revenue from marijuana sales. And the All American rejects are not something you'd want to reject. Jon Norton offers you their music.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/20/20

Feb 20, 2020

A leader at State Farm talks about taking the next steps toward policymaking on autonomous vehicles. You'll get a taste of Hot Sauce Universe ahead of their album release party Thursday night. And a McLean County Board member proposes establishing political caucuses in county government.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/19/20

Feb 20, 2020

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has laid his $42 billion proposed budget on the table for legislative review. Listen to his 2nd annual budget speech to the General Assembly.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/18/20

Feb 18, 2020

Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath says he's working to change department culture to embrace the idea mental health service is better than jail for many. Chief Donath updates the community six months into the job. Plus, the nation is short millions of people to fill tech based jobs. A federal education department official visits Heartland Community College and lays out a road map to address the deficit. Guitar legend and singer songwriter Eric Johnson looks thirty years back for today's inspiration.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/17/20

Feb 17, 2020

Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis agrees with most Democrats something has to be done about the 4 billion dollars in student loan defaults. But, Davis would rather see private sector incentives for repayment plans than loan forgiveness. Plus, three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate come to town. A Bloomington high rise for low income seniors has some problems. Illinois State University creates a new high level position to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts. And a legal pleading hand written by Abraham Lincoln comes to the McLean County Museum of History.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 2/14/20

Feb 17, 2020

A candidates forum with State Representative Dan Brady and challenger David Paul Blumenshine who are contesting the 105th State House GOP nomination.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/13/20

Feb 13, 2020

You'll hear from the chair of the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board about its first two complaints. Jon Norton previews the DeFrance show at Jazz UpFront. And the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's music director talks about the melodies of Russian composers. 

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/12/20

Feb 12, 2020

Four out of five Rivian Pre-order customers WGLT talked to haven't seen a vehicle in person. Find out what kind of person is first in line to buy a Rivian truck or SUV. Plus learn about the African American Dance Experience with the Lula Washington company. Sports teams are turning to brain scans to improve player performance. An Illinois Wesleyan University scholar is involved. WGLT's gardening podcast Grow teaches you the winter waiting game. And Chicago Farmer has a new album coming out. Jon Norton shares with you.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/11/20

Feb 11, 2020

The only way to really find out how many homeless there are in Bloomington Normal is to go where they hang out in underpasses and so on. Kimberly Maddox is one of the volunteers doing the annual homeless headcount on a drizzly winter night. Plus, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner drops by. Learn about discrimination in Bloomington during Black History Month with a new episode of McHistory. And the YWCA of McLean County has a new director.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/10/20

Feb 10, 2020

Here's a message for parents of hearing and vision impaired children. Their kids can have regular lives with regular education and employment trajectories. ISU's Mary Beth Lartz says a big new federal grant will help create early intervention specialists. Plus Laura Kennedy gives you an opera valentine. Colleen Reynolds highlights the challenges of the invisible homeless in Bloomington Normal. And LGBTQ acceptance is only as firm as the teachers that emphasize it. Ryan Denham talks with a speaker who addresses those issues, when school districts let her.

WGLT's Sound Ideas 02/07/20

Feb 7, 2020

The head of the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors has a checkup on the local housing market. Charlie Schlenker previews ISU’s Red Note New Music Festival. And two retiring athletic directors share their view of the youth sports world.

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