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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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A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

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Stress is not only bad for humans. It can have a negative impact on your trees as well.

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Nine months ago an exciting event took place that made thousands of people wildly exuberant and happily exhausted. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series too. And now, it's a Cubs baby boomlet.

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The latest exhibition in the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College features works by an artists whose brand is Romance, and who believes that art and beauty have the power to evoke change.

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Spaying or neutering your pets can result in great health benefits and longer lives for your animals. But the timing of that operation is crucial.

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The Community Cancer Center in Normal is hosting a release of scores of butterflies as a celebration of hope and peace.

The event is Saturday, July 22. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

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When the heat is on and the rains are not, lawns can shut down. But does dormancy mean death for your grass?

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After almost a decade of dormancy, there's new life on the north Normal hotel landscape.

Holiday Inn failed. So did Sheraton Inn. And Staywood Inn, as well. Now the new Radisson Hotel hopes to rise from their ashes on the north side of Normal to turn the location into a success story.

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"I somehow chose the only profession in the world that has fewer chances of employment than professional wrestler."

Family walks inside Hancock Stadium
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At an upcoming Easter Seals event, you not only get a chance to walk to raise money to help kids with disabilities, you get a chance to walk with a champion.

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With energy, humor and hip hop verse, Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece Romeo and Juliet moves to a new rhythm created by the Q Brothers Collective for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

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Impatiens downy mildew is a growing problem in gardens across America. Defoliation and flower dropping are two signs your plants are infected.

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When Shakespeare first wrote Cymbeline in 1623, it was well received. But by the 18th century, the play had fallen out of favor.

Audiences found it difficult to pin down and classify, plus it was darkly comedic and just had a whole lot going on from curtain up to curtain down. But there's a new adaptation afoot at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival that puts the problems of the play in their place and sets the action under the big top.  

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to helm a bulldozer, your chance has arrived!

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The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents a music-filled version of A Midsummer Night's Dream this season that turns out to be a bit of a family affair.

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Artist Cynthia Kukla has not put her feet up since retiring from teaching in the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts.  Instead, she's put on her traveling shoes and found inspiration on a far shore.

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Author R. T. Wolfe finds inspiration for her romantic suspense novels from the good work done by nonprofit organizations.

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Karen in Normal bid farewell to a massive old maple tree on the west end of her house.  Now that all remains is a stump, she wants to select something new.

Wonder Woman Wows

Jun 22, 2017
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It's about time!  That's the feeling of many Wonder Woman fans as the DC legend finally gets her own blockbuster movie.

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A section of the University Galleries is aglow with the latest works of Dennis French.

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Here's a nasty relative of the tick that you don't want in your yard: the spider mite. It's hard to fight a battle against something you can barely see!

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At the first-ever Illinois Shakespeare Festival -- back when it wasn't even called that yet -- the plays were staged on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor in Bloomington.  Forty years later and the acclaimed festival has its own spiffy theater at Ewing and a great reputation as a local cultural gem.

Malls: Love Gone Cold

Jun 13, 2017
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What was once a ubiquitous part of American consumer culture now seems to be sliding towards extinction.  A recent study suggests 15% of traditional shopping malls will disappear in the next decade.  When we lose the malls, do we  lose something more than just a collection of shops?

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Survivors, caregivers and everyone else who wants to kick cancer to the curb are gathering at NCHS for a 24-hour celebration of life that takes a stand against a terrible disease.

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There's increasing evidence that many pollinators are on the decline, but a few changes in your yard can help pollinators not only survive, but thrive.

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The walls of the University Galleries in Uptown Normal are filled with joyous, colorful works of art.  That's not at all unusual, except that this art was created right in the space where its being exhibited in a celebration of creativity, inclusion and collaboration.

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There's some illnesses that impact humans that can also afflict our pets -- diabetes, arthritis, heart disease are just a few.  Perhaps the most heartbreaking affliction is also one that's difficult to pin down.

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The games people play figures prominently in the latest show from The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club.

Got Ten? See A Play!

Jun 2, 2017
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In just ten minutes, Heartland Theater can give you a play from start to finish.

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You call it a garden. The cat calls it the bathroom. Can they safely be both?

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