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: Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and contemporary idealist whose advocacy has saved 100+ from death row and who’s the architect of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama; Block B: Ellie’s audience-participatory “Identity Game” where people want to be known for being “compassionate.”
Block A: Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis, who could have been our “first gay President” and the best that America had to offer; Block B: Ellie’s experience of speaking/training in “the bubble” of the Twin Cities compared to the greater Midwest re: being a transgender person.
Block A: Marsha P. Johnson, a founder of the modern transgender human movement and a participant in the Stonewall Riots; Block B: Living as a transgender person in the Trump/Pence America and believing in the other, far larger more welcoming and accepting America.
Block A: Viola Desmond, “Canada’s Rosa Parks”; Block B: Ellie as an advocate for women and on the value to mentoring to girls and young women via Big Sisters.
Block A: Ami Dar, founder of Idealist.com; Block B: How a human connection is incredibly important to spur and inspire idealism.
Block A: Parkland Fla. high school students leading our “leaders” on changing the gun rights conversation; Block B: Ellie as a whistleblower in college.
Block A: Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Block B: Ellie’s unexpected acceptance by Mississippians during her South road trip.