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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.

Ways to Connect

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Eighteen colorful pairs of hands reach out from the walls of Illinois State University's Milner Library in a new exhibition that draws visitors in for a closer look.

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Spring is on the way, bringing with it a chance to begin afresh in the garden. Now's the time to scope out seeds of flowers you've never tried before.

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When things get bad ... really bad ... at least we have each other and our stories.  

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If your pet ventures outside, even for a short time each day, then your furry friend is at risk for a zoonotic disease that has the potential to kill you both.

Special Olympics Illinois

Normally, dashing pell-mell into a lake in the middle of February would be considered simply bonkers. Not so when it's for a good cause.

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Japanese Beetles are the bane of every gardener. These voracious insects are tough to get rid of, but can milky spore come to the rescue?

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An exhibition of posters in Bloomington showcases the work of artists who are taking a stand for human rights by challenging gender inequality.

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The works by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Art are on currently on view at the University Galleries.

Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater takes a provocative and unconventional look at loyalty within a no-win situation in the new production of "For the Loyal."

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The wind has two faces. It can be a friend or it can be a bitter foe.

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"An educator today who had me in their classroom, I think, would be pretty worried."

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Storytelling and loving to hear a story is just in our blood. That's according to a storyteller that's coming to the Bloomington Public Library.

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The icy embrace of winter can be brutal, but it's a necessary part of garden life.

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Two Normal Community High School juniors are organizing a benefit concert for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and learning the benefits of civic engagement.

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There are lots of reasons why we have to cut down trees. Understanding those reasons can help us face the cruelest cut.

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Who can resist those furry faces when it comes to giving our dogs a treat? Well, think twice before you treat your dog to a bone.

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The Circus and Allied Arts Collection at ISU's Milner Library has hit the mother lode of sequined costumes, rare poster art, classic photos and a paper mache frog head in a donation of 250,000 items from the collection of a circus superfan.

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You've invested a lot into the furniture in your yard. Make sure it lasts.

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The humble cookie can build confidence, teach leadership and help girls around the world.

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It's awards season in Hollywood, a time to celebrate the best the film industry has to offer. As for the other end of the cinematic spectrum—bad movies—well, they're always in season, and always fresh. No matter how much they stink.

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Alissa Palmer and Whitney Johnson share a visual vocabulary ... and now share gallery space in their exhibition, "Sensing Synonyms."

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Community Players in Bloomington takes 37 Shakespeare plays, adds three actors, a little audience participation and comes up with a hilarious romp for a cold, winter's night.

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Things are quiet in the garden right now, so it's a good time to reflect on making some resolutions for becoming a better gardener.

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The GLT Psych Geeks have contributed to a new book that delves into the psychological underpinnings of a popular TV show.

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Shari Zeck, GLT's Culture Maven and Illinois State University's interim dean of Milner Library, came away from seeing the new "Star Wars" film with a strong impression. No worries, no spoilers.

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Tricia in Bloomington fears for her newly planted magnolia tree. It looks like a critter has been nibbling at it.

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The dark underbelly of corruption is exposed in a new book from two Illinois State University professors.

Humace Society of Central Illinois

The Humane Society of Central Illinois (HCI) is fighting the pet over-population problem with a series of spay/neuter clinics. Plus its doors are open to young people who want to help out by volunteering.

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The Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce make fine Christmas trees. But how about breaking out of the traditional mold and trying something new?

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Extreme rhetoric has turned political discussions in America ugly. But Illinois State University professor Joseph Zompetti believes there's hope for future discourse.

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