Ellie 2.0 Radio

Ellie 2.0 Radio

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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.

Ellie 2.0.

Engaging. Imaginative. Fun. And real.

Every Monday morning from 7:00-8:00 a.m. CST by airwaves or livestream on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota

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Ellie 2.0 Radio – January 20, 2020

We start the show by talking about Bono, of the U2 rock group, who turns out to be quite the idealist for his work to eliminate the debt of 20+ African nations and who’s worked to combat AIDS. The Big Interview is with Rob Greenough and Jim Scheibel of Hamline University, who talk about unsuccessful…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – January 13, 2020

Our featured idealist is Native American Rosalie Fish, who as a high school long distance runner ran with a red handprint over her face to bring attention to the plight of murdered and missing Indigenous women. By all means, please listen to the show, but also check out an interview that Rosalie gave last year:…

Ellie 2.0 – January 6, 2020

As we start the new year, our featured idealist is Nancy Pelosi—we all know the woman, but what’s the story behind her? The Big Interview is with Michael Mader and Sam Harper, founders of Hippy Feet, which puts homeless young people to work finishing sock products. In the C-Block, I share some resolutions for 2020…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – December 16, 2019

This week’s featured idealist is Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood; it turns out he was about as idealistic as a human can be. The Big Interview is with Sarah Drake of herARTS in Action, a St. Cloud nonprofit working to provide clean water and personal hygiene resources in Burkina Faso in West Africa. In…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – December 9, 2019

It’s show number 100 of Ellie 2.0 Radio! Ellie takes your calls and also speaks with Dr. Kurt Nelson of Behavioral Grooves.

Ellie 2.0 – Radio 12.2.19

The featured idealist this week is Irene Morgan, who was arrested in 1944 for refusing to give up her bus seat in favor of white-color persons in Virginia. She kicked the sheriff who tried to take her off the bus and tore up the citation he gave her. Eventually, she was arrested but she took…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – 11.18.19

This week’s featured idealists are the Gulabi Gang (which isn’t a gang at all but an organization) which mobilizes women and some men in India to press for reforms around domestic violence and unprosecuted rapes of women. The Big Interview is with Michael Rexford, a Los Angeles attorney and idealist who’s founded LightHopeLife.org, a suicide…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – November 4, 2019

Our highlighted idealist is Bayard Rustin, who began trying to change the world while in college and went on to be one of the most important civil rights organizers of the 20th century. The Big Interview is with me, moi, Ellie Krug; my producer Brett Johnson asks me about idealism and keeping hope in 2019…

Ellie 2.0 Radio 10/28/19

An Ellie’s Talking Head Show, we start out recognizing Brittany Spencer, a Fond du Lac, WI restaurant server who refused to wait on the table of two older customers who were making disparaging comments about a transgender customer in the restaurant—it was “morals vs. money.” We shift to the life and legacy of Elijah Cummings,…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – October 14, 2019

We start out featuring Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi civil rights activist who suffered a horrific beating as she worked to register African Americans to vote in the early 1960’s. The Big Interview is with Benjamin Saulsberry of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, who shares about how the death of Emmett Till has been called…