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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When you go plant shopping, you've got to keep your eye out for a healthy plant.  But GLT's Grow host Patrick Murphy says you need to watch out for other things, too.

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A graphic novel produced by Illinois State University's Publications Unit brings to life the stories of children who have been trafficked along the Thailand-Myanmar border.  "Forget Me Not" was recently part of a presentation at a conference on child rights at the United Nations.  Laura Kennedy has the story.

    

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 It's hard to care for sick patients when they can't speak, other than to bark or meow.  But add in the danger of possibly getting ripped to shreds or eaten alive and you have a whole new angle to veterinary medicine.  Laura Kennedy has more on this edition of Animal House.

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A theatrical work combining dance, singing, drumming and a shocking element of history is coming to the stage of Kemp Recital Hall on the Illinois State University campus.  Laura Kennedy talks with the creator of Walking With My Ancestors.  

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  Neal in Kansas City, Kansas is searching for the perfect conifer for his yard.  The tricky thing is, the soil isn't great and the weather in Kansas City can be brutal.  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some suggestions for just the right tree.

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  A Twin Cities resident turned tragedy to triumph for animals in need.  Laura Kennedy has more on this edition of Animal House.

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  When "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest" debuted on Broadway in 1963 it shocked audiences and critics alike.  Based on a controversial novel by Ken Kesey, the play explores themes of individualism struggling against conformity.  Illinois State University Theater is staging the show, and  Laura Kennedy spoke with the director and lead actor.

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  Homecoming is more than just bonfires and football games these days.  Laura Kennedy talks with Doris Groves from the ISU Alumni Center about what  Illinois State University's Homecoming has to offer the campus and the community.

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  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, deals with two questions this week concerning trees that are doing poorly.  First, Kevin in Normal is worried his neighbor's sick trees will infect his own, and Dave in Kansas needs advice about his sickly Ginkgo.

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Nostalgics, beware! If you're at all sentimental about the past, look away from the current exhibit up at Illinois State University's Milner Library. There's no way to romanticize an era full of guns, gore and gangsters. Laura Kennedy has more about the exhibit, and the book that inspired it.

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The perfectly imperfect moments of family life are the focus of a new exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  A popular website moves off the internet and into the gallery to provide a place for all of us to celebrate the Awkward Family Photo.  Laura Kennedy has more.

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  People of all spiritual beliefs are welcome at the 8th annual Pagan Pride Day at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

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  Brandy in Normal is distraught over her weeping cherry -- there's a strange sap seeping from the trunk!  Does that spell disaster?  Grow host Patrick Murphy has some advice for the gardener.

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  A documentary filmmaker  reflects on his roots as an anchor baby and his father's dream that education brings opportunity in the film, "My Father's Knee," which is currently on view at the Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy talked with the filmmaker about his inspiration and goals for the film that takes the American Dream to heart.

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  A Pulitzer Prize winning drama set on the cusp of the civil rights movement opens Friday night at Illinois State University's Westoff Theatre.  The show examines the personal impact of racial injustice on a man, and how the echo of that bitter reality influences his relationships with his family.  Laura Kennedy has more on "Fences."

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  Cats are lovely, fastidious creatures.  From grooming to bathroom habits, they like to keep everything clean and tidy.  So if your cat starts peeing outside the litter box, it's a bad sign.  Laura Kennedy has the scoop on one of the most common urine related issues that can impact cats on this edition of Animal House.

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  Bryan in La Grange, Illinois has a hibiscus plant that's not thriving and hopes host Patrick Murphy can solve the problem.

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Organizer Mark Nybakke talks about the upcoming Bloomington/Normal Zombie Walk, including what pudding and a crossbow have to do with the fundraiser.

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For some, the body is a temple.  For other, it's a canvas...a way to express a unique point of view.  A new exhibit at Illinois State University's Milner Library explores the various ways people can express themselves with tattoos and piercings, and how body art has gone from the underground to mainstream.

The Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month by displaying works by Mexican-American artists.  During the installation of some of those works, Laura Kennedy spoke with an artist whose prints and sculptures have been inspired by recent tragic events in Mexico...

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There's danger afoot in the garden!  Host Patrick Murphy talks about some noxious plants to avoid.

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  When our plants experience too much rain in the spring, it can be bad news all summer long.  Host Patrick Murphy grosses out sidekick Laura Kennedy with an explanation of what he calls 'plant snot.'

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Host Patrick Murphy has an appreciation for farmers, plus some canning advice.

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  David Davis is 200! Hear about the party to celebrate Judge Davis, plus how the David Davis Mansion is holding the fort in tough economic times.

  Get a preview of "Noises Off," the new show at Community Players in Bloomington.

 

Artist Brian Simpson talks about the new thing in art collecting:  3x5 artist cards.

  Listen up!  Dr. Matt Fraker talks about the most common ear issues that can impact our pets.

  

  Dr. Tim Anderson talks about the dangers of summer heat for our pets.

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Get some pet grooming tips from the pros in this episode of Animal House.

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A new, unique sport is on the rise on college campuses around the world, but it faces a battle to be taken seriously. WGLT's Laura Kennedy has more about the sport for the Harry Potter generation...and perhaps beyond.

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