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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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Friends of the Arts

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?

ParkLands Foundation

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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One great way to help kids get more excited about reading is to pair them off with a furry pal.

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Spring is in the air -- and so is a multitude of colors!

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Don't put those trimmed brush and dried leaves at the curb.  You can repurpose them in your yard to make it a healthier place.

Gamma Phi Circus

Illinois State University is home to two unique and widely admired circus traditions -- Gamma Phi Circus, the 88-year strong circus arts program for students, and the Circus and Allied Arts Collection, part of the Special Collections at Milner Library. Both are keenly feeling the impending loss of The Greatest Show On Earth.

Tari Renner speaks at podium
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Mayor Tari Renner won a second term Tuesday over conservative challenger Kevin Lower, as incumbents also held on in three wards across the city.

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The complex relationships between humans and their robot counterparts are at the heart of a film festival at the Normal Theater this week.

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You can find a world of model trains at Heartland Community College with the annual Trains in the Heartland Event.

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If you want your yard to thrive, you need to add plants that are hardy for your particular zone.  But can you actually fudge the rules of the zones?

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Humor is a potent professor when it comes to diversity.  That's according to an advocate and speaker, who says the hit animated TV comedies South Park and Family Guy have a lot to teach us about our culture.

Fondulac District Library

Jedi and Sith Lords alike are a part of Star Wars Day at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria.

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Gardening is a popular hobby and loads of fun, but beware!  Danger lurks behind every shrub and tree!

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