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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.

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In 1917, when America marched off to join the fight in World War I, it it did so to the rhythm of popular songs.

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Responsible pet parents always get their animals vaccinated when they're young. One common vaccination is for the highly contagious and deadly parvovirus.

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Artist Gary Justis is showing a new collection of his work at the Ramp Arts Gallery in Bloomington.

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In the midst of autumn, it's a great time to prepare for spring and ensure that your landscape is a stunning site with an array of colorful bulbs.

He Hears Dead People

Oct 31, 2017
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You can keep your video games, your knitting, your gardening. Eric Vogel has a hobby that's not your everyday pastime. He records the voices of the dead.

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Following her sister's Dungeons and Dragons map leads a young woman on an epic voyage of discovery in the play "She Kills Monsters."

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As your trees leave you the gift of autumn leaves, you're faced with that age old question: Should I rake or not?

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What's your fearful pleasure? Brain-eating zombies? Vampires? Giant mutant bugs? Or how about that old standby: body cavity invading spiders?

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In 1857, when Illinois State Normal University was founded, it was none other than Abraham Lincoln who drew up the legal documents to help establish the school.

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Community Players in Bloomington is staging the musical "Sister Act," which is based on the popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg.

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As the days get cooler and shorter, nature puts on a gorgeous display of color as the leaves change—red, yellow, orange and, yes, even brown.

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October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. But if you want to help shelter animals without going the adoption route, there's a great alternative that can have a positive impact on the lives of homeless animals.

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Tuesday evenings in warm weather, the Twin Cities Horseshoe Pitchers Club meet, seeking ringers and finding fellowship.

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The wild emotions of childhood and the fragile world around us figure prominently in two shows currently up at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University celebrates Homecoming week Oct. 16-22, with a variety of events to engage the whole community.

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There's an exciting new trend in gardening that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

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The annual Bed Blitz makes sure kids have a place to sleep by making their beds from scratch. But no bed is truly made until it's covered with something warm and comfy. That's where the quilters come in.

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John Stark has deep roots at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

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An advocate for end-of-life options will visit Illinois State University this week to share his wife's story in an effort to help others who face death.

Prairie Fire Theater

The works of Richard Maltby and David Shire take center stage in the revue, "Starting Here, Starting Now."

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It's fun adding decor to our gardens. But go too far and you'll end up in tacky territory.

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Forget Miss America. Miss U.S.A., get out of the way!

With glitz, glam, lots of makeup and some strategically applied duct tape, Miss Gay Illinois USofA is the queen to beat.

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Normal Theater manager Adam Fox has a new role with the Town of Normal that will allow him to help shape the cultural landscape of the community.

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A brand new outdoor fitness challenge takes you out of your comfort zone and aims to put you in the triumph zone.

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Ponds on our property can add beauty and value. They can also add to our to-do list.

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The end of summer marks the end of the worst summer box office for Hollywood in over a decade, thanks to an especially floppy parade of sequels.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County

Habitat For Humanity of McLean County is giving you two opportunities to support the organization and put a roof over someone's head.

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Right now is a great time to prepare our yards for the wildlife that will stop by in the snowy months ahead.

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From outer space to inner emotions, a new book delves into the psychology of "Star Trek," using the beloved characters to help us understand more about ourselves.

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The McLean County Heart and Stroke Walk is all about getting fit, staying healthy and fighting back against heart attack and stroke.

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