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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

Tyler Lotz and sculpture
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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is currently showing the works of sculptor Tyler Lotz in the exhibition entitled, “Traverse.” The show is currently up through Feb. 15.

Jerry Antonini and Jodi DeCremer
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You’ve been astonishing your friends with your knowledge of movie trivia for years. Now put that cinematic knowledge to good use to help the next generations of actors, singers, painters and more. 

Meg Miner and Karen Schmidt look at touch screen.
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A new exhibit at IWU’s Ames Library allows a comprehensive look into the lives of Native Americans, exploring the connections between wellness and cultural life.

Josh Roach video
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The future of art is currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Jay Maidment / Disney

Remake is a word with power in Hollywood. 

A glance at what’s playing at your local multiplex shows that everything old is new again as Hollywood’s close, personal relationship with remakes is stronger than ever. Audiences line up to see remakes and reboots of treasured favorites, like “Mary Poppins,” “Batman” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” Even recent failures like “Ben Hur” and “Tarzan” haven’t dampened the film industry’s lust for remakes.

Marcia Weiss, director
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Casually drop a mention of Louis May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” into a conversation and watch dreamy smiles begin to glow with nostalgia.

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Famed central Illinois artist Ken Holder has passed away at the age of 82.

Ron Frazier
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Fine art photographer Ron Frazier had hit rock bottom with his inspiration. After photographing the Illinois landscape for many years, he felt his enthusiasm waning until, finally, he put down his camera.

Basim Magdy
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The films of Basim Magdy depict curious and unlikely narratives through images wrapped in original sound. His unique storytelling is captured in the latest exhibition at University Galleries in Uptown Normal. “To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness” is currently up through Dec. 16. 

Creating encaustic art
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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is trying something new in conjunction with its annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale.

classic car
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a special episode of GLT’s Sound Ideas focused entirely on autonomous driving. It aired Nov. 21. Read more stories in the series.

Christmas trees
The Baby Fold

Silver bells have a double meaning at The Baby Fold's Festival of Trees this year. The organization is celebrating 25 years of the popular holiday fundraiser. 

Child creating art
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A new grant to the Children's Discovery Museum has allowed it to throw open the doors to let the kids go out and about to find new artistic experiences and spark a little creativity.

John Stark
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A fresh look at classic stories will drive the 2019 Illinois Shakespeare Festival season.

John Koch conducts
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A venerable Bloomington-Normal choral group has spent 50 years in a town and gown endeavor that unites singers across the generations.

Nick Benson and Cristen Monson
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A Roman slave hatches a complicated plot to help his young master win the girl-next-door, as well as win freedom for himself. The plan quickly spirals into farce in the classic musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.”

Kristin Schoenback
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Wellington the dog is dead. Cristopher Boone is on the case, and the search for the killer takes him on an adventure that leads to some surprising revelations.

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
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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.

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