Laura Kennedy

Features Reporter/All Things Considered Host

Reporter, content producer and All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. Presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.

Astonishingly pale and a tad goth, Kennedy tends to sizzle if left in the sun too long.

In her spare time Kennedy nurtures her worrisome passion for cashmere, plays zither in her imaginary garage band, Dowager Hump, and sits slack-jawed in front of the television watching Turner Classic Movies.

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A mysterious fungal disease is impacting wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states.

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Runners, cyclists, swimmers and more can find support and comradeship  at the Central Illinois MultiSport Expo in Normal.

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Clubroot is a serious problem in gardens, with broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower vulnerable to its attack.

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An Illinois State University professor's research has earned her an invitation to join a task force that is taking on the music industry.

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The struggles against sexism in the world of science is at the core of the latest production on stage at Heartland Theater in Normal.

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The most popular backyard crop for gardeners is the luscious strawberry. Host Patrick Murphy has some advice.

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The McLean County Museum of History explores local agriculture history in their newest exhibition.

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One great way to help kids get more excited about reading is to pair them off with a furry pal.

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Spring is in the air -- and so is a multitude of colors!

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Don't put those trimmed brush and dried leaves at the curb.  You can repurpose them in your yard to make it a healthier place.

Gamma Phi Circus

Illinois State University is home to two unique and widely admired circus traditions -- Gamma Phi Circus, the 88-year strong circus arts program for students, and the Circus and Allied Arts Collection, part of the Special Collections at Milner Library. Both are keenly feeling the impending loss of The Greatest Show On Earth.

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Mayor Tari Renner won a second term Tuesday over conservative challenger Kevin Lower, as incumbents also held on in three wards across the city.

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The complex relationships between humans and their robot counterparts are at the heart of a film festival at the Normal Theater this week.

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You can find a world of model trains at Heartland Community College with the annual Trains in the Heartland Event.

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If you want your yard to thrive, you need to add plants that are hardy for your particular zone.  But can you actually fudge the rules of the zones?

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Humor is a potent professor when it comes to diversity.  That's according to an advocate and speaker, who says the hit animated TV comedies South Park and Family Guy have a lot to teach us about our culture.

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Jedi and Sith Lords alike are a part of Star Wars Day at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria.

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Gardening is a popular hobby and loads of fun, but beware!  Danger lurks behind every shrub and tree!

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There's been a transformation at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal with a new installation that is slowing evolving through a series of artist collaborations.

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The Illinois State University Creative Writing Program and Department of English present @Salon 2017, which marks the centennial of the birth of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Now's the time to start growing potatoes in your garden.  But don't limit yourself to the usual potato suspects.

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Your cat may have a genetic disease -- there's no avoiding it in some felines.  But there are steps you can take to help your cat battle back against genes.

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You can add shake off the winter blues and add to your art collection at an annual arts festival.

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The serious fungal disease, boxwood blight, has been detected in Illinois, putting thousands of boxwoods plants in danger.

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Through the simplicity of an art installation, a Peoria-based artist has fostered relationships between the nature of found materials and the interpretive impulses of the mind of the viewer.  

Sound of Illinois Chorus

The stalwart men's A Capella group, The Sound of Illinois Chorus, marks its 75th anniversary with a concert at the BCPA.

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Not every yard is all grass and plants.  Hardscaping is often an important part of the landscaping equation.

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From the Hatfields and the McCoys to the Montagues and the Capulets, there's no denying the appeal of a big, juicy feud, especially when it bears the glamorous luster of Hollywood.

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When you get a dog, the canine  comes preloaded with fur, tail wags and love.  Oh, and the possibility of a tricky genetic problem.

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Bloomington High School presents the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof.  Directed by Miranda Buob, herself a graduate of the school, the show is heavy on tradition.

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