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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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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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The vulnerability of Earth's biodiversity is a theme that runs through the work of artist Alice Hargrave. 

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Long before he was a professor of psychology, Travis Langley was a budding geek.

Heartland Theater

"The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." Well, the suspense is over! Because Oscar Wilde's classic comedy "The Importance if Being Earnest" has arrived at Heartland Theater in Normal.

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Fall brings us the opportunity to enjoy milder weather, which makes working in the yard that much more fun!

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A gigantic witch puppet—both imposing and comical—dominates a new exhibition at the Illinois State University that uses playfulness to explore activism and protest.  

Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure Bloomington-Normal

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Bloomington-Normal raises funds that make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

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One of the joys of summer is biting into fresh melon. It can taste better still when you grow the melon yourself. Patrick Murphy has some advice.

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What at first sounds like a zombie attack is actually a chance for the whole family to get creative with a parlor game that's been around for over 100 years.

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Sometimes cats can display behavior that can be best described as downright kooky. And when that involves litter box habits, pet parents can get frustrated and confused.

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Twenty years ago, the life of an intriguing royal and humanitarian came to an end in a devastating car crash. Yet the impact of Princess Diana can still be felt today as millions remember her for her compassion.

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The Sweet Corn Blues Festival rounds out the summer season this weekend in Uptown Normal, with live blues and more fresh sweet corn than you can shake a stick at ... if shaking sticks at corn is your thing.

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Trees are a beautiful and practical way to screen your property from the wind.

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The Twin City Theater Company in Champaign-Urbana is staging the award-winning music "Billy Elliot," featuring a young performer who goes to school at Metcalf by day and by night dances the title role in the heart-warming musical.

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An ancient invention that was used for spying, rescuing and military communications eventually evolved into a popular toy—the kite. Now that toy is proving it's more that just for fun at an event that allows families to play together while raising money for a good cause.  

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Summer is slowly winding down, and with the approach of autumn it's time to make plans to transplant trees and shrubs in your yard. Host Patrick Murphy has this advice.

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The recent budget crisis in Illinois created real problems for college students across the state, some of whom opted to find less uncertainty in colleges in other states.

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Those who highlight the work of the artists of central Illinois are now taking their turn in the public eye.

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What was once a stopping place on the Mother Road has found new life, thanks to a partnership between a local Route 66 scholar and the Town of Normal.

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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing.

After Hours

Barbershop quartets aren't just for squares and old movies. The music style is alive and kicking in the 21st century, thanks to a recent resurgence and young vocalists like Tim Beutel.

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Artists Jan Brandt and Jeannie Breitweiser have teamed up in a new space that will allow them to create and also celebrate the creativity of others.

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White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

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"It's intense. It's brutal. It's a strong film."

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Prairie Fire Theatre is staging "The Most Happy Fella," a musical set in Napa Valley with a plot that's future forward.

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Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. And, of course, dogs gotta bark. But what does it mean when your pooch barks?

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The first-ever Healthy Pet Expo combines useful, hands-on information with goofy fun.

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