Ellie 2.0 Radio
Mondays 7:30-8:30 AM
We’re generally aware of hopeless idealists, but how many of us have ever actually heard from one?
Ellie 2.0 is all about idealism and the journey of one particular idealist—Ellie Krug—as she works to make the world a better place.
Only, there’s a slight complicating factor: Ellie’s a 61-year-old transgender woman.
That simple demographic sometimes makes things particularly interesting. Or daunting.
Where does the “2.0” come in?
Because in another life, when Ellie presented as a man and worked for big corporations as a trial attorney—the nickname was “Killer Krug”—there was no place for idealism.
Today, remade as her “true” female self, Ellie’s become a doer and believer in humanity and the common good. As she likes to say, “Ninety-nine percent of us want to do the right thing; it’s just that most are afraid to do what’s right.”
Usually, Ellie’s not afraid and most of the time, she does what’s right. Come along as she tries to lead the way, traveling America to make our country whole and truly great for all and everyone.
Engaging. Imaginative. Fun. And real.
Every Monday morning from 7:30-8:00 a.m. CST by airwaves or livestream on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota
Block A commemorates the 49th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the idealist—Max Yasgur—who made it possible; The Big Interview is with Emily Hunt Turner, an activist-idealist, who founded Four Square, an initiative to give formerly incarcerated humans a second chance; Block C: The challenges of getting out my message about the…
This week’s theme is the intersection of idealism and religion. Block A: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Protestant minister who resisted the rise of Hitler and Nazism and paid for that with his life; Block B, The Big Interview: Zen Buddhist teacher Bussho Lahn, about the similarities between Idealism and Buddhism—both require an awakened heart; Block…
This show’s theme is politics—how it sometimes works with idealism but sometimes not. Block A: Minnesota’s own Paul Wellstone and how he came to fight for those who lack voices; The Big Interview: Richard Painter, candidate for U.S. Senate, and what fueled his need to speak up against greed; Block C: Why I don’t enter…
Our theme is “standing up for those who lack voices.” Block A: Ralph Lazo, a Latino teenager who, as a show of support for his Japanese friends, voluntarily interned himself at the Manzanar interment camp during WWII after the U.S. gov’t dislocated 100K persons of Japanese ancestry. Block B: an interview with Jenny Schulz, founder…
First expanded length show! Block A: Jerome Smith, a Freedom Rider who spoke truth to power when he was part of an informal meeting between Robert F. Kennedy; Block B: An interview with Stephanie Glaros of Humans of Minneapolis; Block C: My desire to do more to help make the world a better place and…
Re-airing of the Montgomery Ala live show from 2/5/18.
Block A: How each of us has some degree of idealism as part of how we approach the world; Block B: My first real shot at being an idealist—getting hired to found a legal access nonprofit.
Block A: Leonard Riggio, the founder of Barnes & Noble and father of mass book retailing. Riggio understood that paperback books represented a way to allow middle class people to assemble libraries; he also subscribes to the theory that a single book can change one’s life; Block B: My experience in encountering people who are…
Block A: James Meredith, the first African American to attend Ole Miss, the University of Mississippi, and his persistence; Block B: My persistence in learning how to “write like a human” (as opposed to writing as a lawyer) and writing/launching my book, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013).