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Laura Kennedy

Correspondent

Reporter, content producer and former 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.

Kennedy retired from GLT in 2018 and later returned as a correspondent.

Ways to Connect

Rhys Lovell directs Bob Kinsella and Connie Blick
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It was the door slam heard around the world.

When Nora, the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” walked out on her husband, her children, and the sham of a life she’d been leading, the closing of the door ended the play, but opened greater opportunities for women in theater to play a rich, dynamic character.

A flatscape of land from the air, vibrantly colored.
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Noted Midwestern landscape artist Harold Gregor of Bloomington has died. He was 89.

Artist Grace Sheese
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In Grace Sheese’s artwork, rabbits, squirrels and other animals frolic around ceramic cups. Yet under the whimsy, the artist has a powerful message about connection to share.

Walter White from Breaking Bad
AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote

Pop culture once idolized the hero—the white knight who took the high road to the rescue. But lately our tastes have changed, taking a darker turn toward what we seem to find irresistible.

Tim Hunt
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Concerts from long, long ago are more than just memories for scholar and poet Tim Hunt. 

Laverne Cox
AP

Is just being an actor enough to play the role of a gay or trans character?

Connie de veer with her book
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The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Photo of woman in hall
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"I just wanted to spend time with family and friends, trying to figure out what kind of relationship could happen if I put a camera between us."

Sandra Zielinski
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Kindred spirits gather in a neighborhood bar in Philly and get something stronger than a shot of whiskey. It's a place where everybody knows your name. But do they know your heart?

Opera performers
Midwest Institute of Opera

The Midwest Institute of Opera is gearing up for the 2018 season with pirates on the prowl and the love lessons of a poet.

Actresses around a cauldren.
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater in Normal presents the 10-Minute Play Festival, debuting not only new, short works of theater, but a new listening system for the hearing-impaired.

Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

Steampunkers
taymetayme / Flickr via Creative Commons

Cogs and Corsets: A Central Illinois Steampunk Happening is back for a second year of elaborate costuming, outrageous gadgetry and history—both real and imagined.

Child reading Harry Potter.
Seth Wenig / AP

Twenty years ago, a bespeckled young boy captured the imaginations of readers young and old, becoming a cultural force that influenced the idealism of a generation.

The Penguine Project of McLean County

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Pengin Project of McLean County.

Row of palm trees.
David Prasad / Flickr via Creative Commons

Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

University Galleries Director Barry Blinderman
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After 31 years guiding the University Galleries, the director is heading into retirement.

Dog on couch.
jqpubliq / Flickr via Creative Commons

As medical marijuana becomes more accepted across the country, some are finding the substance can help not only humans, but their companion animals.

Sprinkler on lawn.
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr via Creative Commons

Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

Trees and prairie grasses.
ParkLand Foundation

The ParkLands Foundation is hosting an open house event to highlight the delights of Letcher Basin.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

This season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival deftly combines the thrill of both a battle and a heart won, familiar faces revisiting cherished roles, and a chance to imagine "what if" about The Bard.

Nancy Steele Brokaw
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Prairie Fire Theater teams up with theater students from Illinois Wesleyan University to stage an original children's opera that aims to be fun as well as thought-provoking.

seed pod
Annelieke B / Flickr via Creative Commons

A great way to preserve genetic diversity of plants is with a seed bank.

Cute puppy
cvatrok77 / Flickr via Creative Commons

Reports of raccoons behaving strangely in Illinois and Ohio this spring revealed a problems that can kill both wildlife and domestic pets.

Zombies
Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

When George Romero brought "Night of the Living Dead" to the screen 50 years ago, he kicked off a trend for zombie narratives that viewers can't get enough of.

 Sarah Smelser and Jerry Antonini
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You can celebrate art, music, theater, and dance at the annual Gala at the Gallery fundraiser.

Spring flowers
Robbie Sproule / Flickr via Creative Commons

Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

Actors Ruth Gordon (L) and Mia Farrow
AP

"Rosemary's Baby" is not your everyday monster-on-the-loose kind of horror film. Actually, it may not even be a horror film at all.

Kite flying at Hancock Stadium
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Kite Fest 2018 on Sunday, May 6, combines family fun with raising awareness of nonprofits in the community.

Mandolin players rehearsing.
WGLT

Just over 100 years ago, mandolin mania swept across the United States, inspiring people of all ages to pick up the instrument and even form their own amateur groups.

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