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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

Library book stacks.
David Mulder / Flickr via Creative Commons

Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
Keith Srakocic / AP

An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

Photographer Rana Young
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Photographer Rana Young is currently showing her work at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal. "The Rug's Topography" navigates intimacy and separation in the face of transitions.

Compost bins in backyard.
Chelsea Wa / Flickr via Creative Commons

Your can turn your garden into fertile ground with the addition of compost. And what better place to create it than in your own backyard?

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State Rep. Dan Brady successfully fought off a Republican primary challenge from Twin City real estate agent David Paul Blumenshine on Tuesday.

Drag performer
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Naomi Smalls may not live up to her name, but she lives up to her fierce reputation.

Duriel E. Harris / Illinois State University

Artists and audience members will engage in an afternoon of conversation, poetry, music and more in @Salon.

Freshly dug soil.
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Rosa in Utica, Illinois, wants to know the best way to test her soil to get great results in her butterfly garden.

photos of sleeping men
University Galleries

Photographer Terttu Uibopuu draws parallels between her homeland of Estonia and her new home in America in a collection of photos currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Collection of coffin sculptures.
University Galleries

A new exhibition of art at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal is actually more than just art. It's a blinged-out protest against violence and injustice.

Jim Pennucci / Flickr via Creative Commons

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County is hosting a fun fundraiser that helps kids in our community.

Francois Battiste

Illinois State University honored one of its own by inducting Francois Battiste into the College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Hand holding earthworms
USDA NRCS South Dakota / Flickr via Creative Commons

Gardeners love to care for things—and that extends past plants.

Author Paul Allen
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At the age of 8, Paul Allen was perusing the stacks at the Bloomington Public Library when he discovered a book that ignited his imagination and, years later, resulted in a biography of the acclaimed author, Eleanor Cameron.

Cantus Novus singing.
Cantus Novus

The local choral group Cantus Novus mixes seldom-heard classical music with contemporary pieces in their upcoming spring concert.

Statue of Oscar
Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

Criticism regarding the lack of racial and gender diversity in the nominees for the Oscar has dogged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years.

Ben J. Gibbs / Flickr via Creative Commons

The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for the plant.  And it all starts with mastering some tree lingo.

Black Panther poster
Mark Lennihan / AP

The latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe clawed its way to the top of the box office for a second week in a row. That's unsurprising, according to GLT's Psych Geeks, because "Black Panther" is a film that's fulfilling a deep need for audiences.

View from Milner Library.
Lyndsie Schlink / ISU

The senior photographer at Illinois State University focuses on campus life in a new show up at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

Fu Dog statue at Allerton Park.
Courtesy of Allerton Park

Allerton Park has seen the future, and it does not include funding from the State of Illinois. 

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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.

Matt Lavin / Flickr via Creative Commons

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.

Jackey W. / Flickr via Creative Commons

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.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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."

Gar Knight / Flickr via Creative Commons

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

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