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

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The Penguin Project of McLean County is staging the musical James and the Giant Peach, Jr. this weekend in U-High's Stroud Auditorium.

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The 26th Annual  Champagne British Car Festival is highlighting the DeLorean -- the car that was transformed into a time machine in Back to the Future.

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Forty years ago this week, the lines began to form around the block for Star Wars—a film that went on to explode not just box office records, but make a profound impact on culture.

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Throw some particles at an atom and what do you get? That's what Dr. Allison Harris wants to know.

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Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge.

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Instead of letting old plastic shopping bags clog our landfill or flutter around on the whims of the wind, one local group is upcycling them to help folks in need.

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Once the excitement of adopting a new pet settles down, you have a big decision ahead of you:  what to name your new friend.

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Downtown Bloomington is set to go steampunk with Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening, June 2 - 4.

The jumping worm and the gypsy moth are two pests you need to keep an eye out for -- they're bad news for plants and gardeners.

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Technology is increasingly removing barriers for those seeking help with behavioral health issues.

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At a time when student debt continues to escalate, the annual Gala at the Galleries event takes some of the sting out of paying for a fine arts education at Illinois State University.

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The Knapp Burn Foundation's Trial By Fire 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, May 20 in Bloomington's Tipton Park.

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What better way to enhance movie night than with a big bowl of  your own home-grown popcorn!

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One of the most enduring characters in comic book history is Wonder Woman, and a new book lets us take a look behind the cuffs and tiara to gain a deeper understanding of the popular superhero,

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After losing a beloved pet, it's only natural to want to have your buddy back again. And with cloning technology available, it's very tempting to do just that. But is it a good idea?

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Put on your hiking shoes for an event that celebrates one of the natural gems of central Illinois.

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The huge flower heads of the hydrangea bring a burst of color—pink, blue, lavender—to your garden.

Community Players

A classic thriller jumps from the screen to the stage in the latest production from Community Players.  Based on the film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps takes a comedic twist in the footlights, but it still has Hitchcock's fingerprints all over it. 

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In a dusty old bookshop, three tech obsessed young people face a perilous task to save all the books in the world from a dark force known as The Blank.

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For a Better Tomorrow is looking to honor the young people of McLean County who are making their mark on our community.

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This weekend,  Normal Theater hosts the debut of the latest short film from Vigilant Studios -- Black Book.

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Sure, you could go to the grocery store to buy fruits to bake into a lovely pie or tart.  But wouldn't it be more satisfying to grow your own fruits for your baking needs?

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A mysterious fungal disease is impacting wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states.

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Runners, cyclists, swimmers and more can find support and comradeship  at the Central Illinois MultiSport Expo in Normal.

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Clubroot is a serious problem in gardens, with broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower vulnerable to its attack.

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An Illinois State University professor's research has earned her an invitation to join a task force that is taking on the music industry.

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The struggles against sexism in the world of science is at the core of the latest production on stage at Heartland Theater in Normal.

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The most popular backyard crop for gardeners is the luscious strawberry. Host Patrick Murphy has some advice.

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The McLean County Museum of History explores local agriculture history in their newest exhibition.

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