Uncommon Knowledge Archive

GLT’s Grow: Irrigation Irritation? Not Anymore

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:45:09 +0000

All great looking landscaping has one thing in common: accurate and adequate water. During this edition of GLT's gardening program Grow, Mike McCurdy talks with ISU's Patrick Murphy about how to automate watering.

At Their Lowest Point, Music Lifts Up Harmonious Wail

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 02:01:04 +0000

The husband-wife team behind the Madison, Wisconsin-based Harmonious Wail says their resolve to play uplifting music was tested when their son died three years ago.

Chizmar 6-17-18

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:17:36 +0000

Today's programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsors Jen and John Chizmar, celebrating their son’s 9th birthday today. Happy Birthday, Zach!

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/14/18

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:08:47 +0000

Hear how social media is making it easier to interfere with the justice system. In McLean County three people are facing charges in connection to a witness intimidation Facebook page. GLT's Ryan Denham talk with legal scholar John Browning and others as he reports on outing confidential informants on Facebook. Black Lives Matter BloNo bailed a mom out of jail in time for Mother's Day, and they're trying to do the same for a dad on Father's Day. Hear how the bail system works against people without money. And GLT's Jon Norton talks with one of the bands playing the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Summer Solstice concert who talks about how hard it is to play uplifting music with a broken heart.

Black Lives Matters Pushes For Bail Reform With Father's Day Campaign

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:42:41 +0000

Black Lives Matter BloNo is continuing an awareness campaign spotlighting how the bail system disproportionately affects the poor, and especially people of color.

Local Cases Shed Light On Witness Intimidation In Digital Age

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000

For police and prosecutors, it’s never been easy to get witnesses to testify, especially in cases involving violent crime where retribution is a real concern. Social media has made it even harder.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/13/18

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:44:23 +0000

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal. Ron Hardy tells us a story about the time many years ago when he tried LSD at his own New Year's Eve party. Christy Zimmerman shares a trip to Mexico which is about being afraid and overcoming fear. Marc Austal has a story of leading an everyday reasonable life of lunacy. Karla Bailey Smith speaks of losing love and finding new affection under the light of the full moon, and Devon Lovel shares a mystical moonlight experience from a Next to Normal Story Slam held at the McLean County Arts Center.

Next To Normal Story Slam: The Moon And Lunacy

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:43:03 +0000

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

Alderman Mulls New Bulk Waste Rules For Landlords

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:02:55 +0000

A Bloomington alderman who owns rental property herself said she thinks the city should set some rules for landlords in hopes of reducing unsightly bulk waste being left on the curb.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/12/18

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:48:05 +0000

Hear where healthy food and economic development meet. An advocacy group suggests the local food market can grow the local economy. GLT's Eric Stock talks with Elissa Bassler of the Illinois Public Health Institute on the heels of a healthy food summit in Bloomington. Find out what the City of Bloomington is doing to add diversity to its staff. Ryan Denham reports on the new Diversity Enhancement Group initiative. And you'll hear from Bloomington Mayor Pro Tem and Ward 6 Alderman about a change to the city's Cultural District Commission, bulk waste pick up, and the process to choose a City Manager.

Zaleschuck-Hillabold 6/29/18

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:12:52 +0000

Today’s programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsors Jim Zaleschuck and Susan Hillabold who are celebrating their thirty-third wedding anniversary today. Susan and Jim want to thank GLT and NPR for cutting through the clutter by providing unbiased, professional coverage of real news.

Bloomington Summit Ties Healthy Food to Economic Development

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000

A health advocacy group suggests healthy food can do more than help us live longer —i t can be an economic development engine. Illinois Public Health Institute CEO Elissa Bassler said the group aims to encourage more businesses to invest in ways to improve access to healthy food, something farmers, restaurateurs and grocers can help. "We want to look for more of those entrepreneurial initiatives and figure out ways that our economic development systems in communities (will) value that and invest in the development of that," Bassler said. Bassler added a lack of access to health food is more than just an inner-city problem. "That can be in very dense, urban communities that are low incomes and that can also be in rural communities where it's 20 or 30 miles to the closest grocery store," Bassler said. The institute held a summit with local business and health leaders in McLean County last week to outline ways to expand access to local foods through urban farming, more full-service

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/11/18

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 19:08:47 +0000

State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington isn't celebrating too much over the on-time delivery of a state budget this year. State lawmakers are still mindful of voter outrage over the last several years of budget standoff. Erick Stock talks with Senator Barickman. The summit with North Korea is underway. You'll find out from an ISU expert on East Asian politics about what to watch for. And during an edition of the GLT Datebook, you'll hear about Relay for Life. Organizers are trying to keep the cancer fundraiser the 2nd largest in the state.

ISU Expert: Take The Long View On North Korea Summit

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:02:17 +0000

It will take years before we can judge the success—or failure—of Tuesday's historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea , according to an expert at Illinois State University.

GLT's Grow: Quieter, Cleaner, and Battery-Powered

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:53:41 +0000

Almost any gasoline tool can be replaced by a more environmental friendly battery-powered tool. What are you waiting for?

Libert 6/22/18

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:46:22 +0000

Today's programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsors Anne and John Libert celebrating their grandson's 8th birthday today. They say his active, ready mind energizes their continued life learning and his lively enjoyment of sports, water play, and many games with friends - and with his grandparents - brings daily joy.

Action Research Center 6/17/18

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:43:49 +0000

Today's programming is made possible in part by GLT Day Sponsor, the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University, thanking Elizabeth Weir for over 50 years of effective civic engagement in McLean County.

Barickman: Harassment Culture Plagues State Government

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:36:42 +0000

State Sen. Jason Barickman said the latest string of sexual harassment allegations within the Illinois Democratic Party provides one more reason why longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan should lose his leadership post.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/7/18

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:49:46 +0000

Sound Ideas Podcast Text: Illinois State University scholar Katherine Ellison says the history of codes, and ciphers is about more than spies. Ellison talks with Charlie Schlenker about her new book on the the history of cryptography. Hear about an important McLean County legal case that helped shape Illinois. It's a bicentennial interview with ISU political scientist Bob Bradley. And get to know the opening musician at the GLT Summer Concert. Based on some good advice from a long time music professional, Dan Hubbard is now focusing on more story telling in his music.

GLT's Sound Ideas: 6/6/18

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:31:27 +0000

Blues Diva Shemekia Copeland says she had a relationship with Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor. Taylor would often call and talk for fifteen minutes or so. and then talk with her mom for an hour and a half to find out how she was really doing. Jon Norton talks with the new Queen of the Blues and GLT Summer Concert Headliner. Plus, GLT's Eric Stock introduces you to the three finalists for Bloomington City Manager. And a bicycle advocacy group is hoping to improve safety on area roads.