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

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No sense in pining away for spring.  According to Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, you can get planting right now to enjoy from fresh, delicious produce grown by your own hand.

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The Children's Discovery Museum in Normal has a new head who wants to lead the organization onward, and, perhaps, upward.  

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An Illinois State University scholar helped to conduct a study that shows gender doesn't have as big an impact in job performance evaluations.

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We train our dogs to do obedience commands to keep them safe and to make sure they're good canine citizens.  Tricks, however, are the gravy of training -- not necessary, but very nice.  But it's not always easy to teach a dog, old or otherwise, a new trick.

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The artists' studios and galleries of downtown Bloomington are working together to help you be more creative in the new year.

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Gardeners are trapped inside for the winter, and Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow understands that desire to be out in the yard growing things.

Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College hosts CommunityScope, an event that highlights a variety of offerings in continuing education and fitness, Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 AM to noon.

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Beautiful, flowering plants like poinsettias are very popular this time of year.  But what about other times of year?  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has advice on keeping those holiday plants going well into the new year.

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The House of the Mouse has done it again. After the success of The Force Awakens last year, Disney has released a new stand-alone Star Wars movie that's hitting home as it takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away.

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One of the joys of the holidays is decking your home with festive decor.  But those treasured decorations could pose a problem for the family pet.  Dr. Matt Fraker, from the Prairie Oak Veterinary Center, has some advice.

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Before 2016 even ends, The Normal Public Library is filling in their 2017 calendars with a variety of events for young and old...and reasonably limber.

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Time to untangle those Christmas lights and turn your yard into something special.  Host Patrick Murphy has a few ideas to try, ranging from the traditional to a healthy dollop of pop culture.

It's A Wonderful Film

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It's a good thing that the Frank Capra classic, It's A Wonderful Life, was a failure when it was first released in 1946.

As the kids polish their lists to Santa this year, the dogs, cats and other furry and feathered creatures at the Humane Society of Central Illinois have a list of their own.

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Going to the Christmas tree lot can prove overwhelming unless you know your way around the variety of trees there.  Knowing what look you want to achieve is a great place to start, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

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The 2017 season for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival marks the 40th anniversary for the summer theater event, and in order to celebrate the ISF is filling the season with magic.

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Dick Folse ventures into imaginary worlds when he sets out to paint a landscape.  His latest works are currently on display in the show Abstracted Landscapes at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Looking to venture into reptile ownership?  A good place to start is with a corn snake -- a great animal for the first-time snake owner.

Ewing Cultural Center

'Tis the season to tour some fabulously decorated historic homes in the Twin Cities, including Ewing Manor.

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Ron in Normal has a question for Murph.  having heard the host of GLT's Grow espouse the benefits of hardwood mulch, Ron wants to know if it's okay to use pine straw instead.

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The Bloomington-Normal Arts Collective is facing recent turmoil on the political scene with a three-day  exhibition called Art for a Change. 

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The Twin Cities Ballet celebrates 35 years of performing The Nutcracker ballet in Bloomington/Normal.

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We plant trees, we nurture them along, and we watch them grow through the season, putting down roots in our gardens and our hearts.  So when the day comes that the tree fails, we're faced with a painful truth:  It has to come down.

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You can put hours and hours of training into a dog, and still the loveable canine will occasionally misbehave. So what gives?  What does it mean when dogs seem to forget their training to free range their behavior? 

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There's nothing like a movie that can make your mouth water. It's fun to savor movies involving food and cooking, luxuriating  in the morsels created, finding inspiration -- but never paying the price of too many calories.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County ReStore is renovating its current space and has just implemented a project to expand the square footage.

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When the growing season is done, that's the time to make plans for the future of your garden -- that's the time to collect seeds. Careful collection and storage of seeds in the fall ensures new plants for the spring, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

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Photographer Larry Kanfer celebrates the Heartland in his new book, A Prairie State of Mind.  The serene beauty and remarkable contrasts of the prairie cycle through the season's in Kanfer's book. 

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Tom Ashbrook, an award-winning journalist who has covered stories all over the world, came home last week to central Illinois.   Based in Boston at WBUR, Ashbrook was the guest this past Friday for the 2016 GLT's Radio Faces.  He's currently the host of NPR's On Point, though his resume includes forays into  Alaskan oil fields as a surveyor, and a producer of international editions of vintage Chinese Kung Fu movies.  

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Some stunning holiday decor will help the children and families of The Baby Fold in Normal with The 23rd Annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 18 - 20.

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