Ellie 2.0 Radio

Ellie 2.0 Radio

Saturdays 10-11 AM & Sundays 1-2 PM

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 Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and Sunday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CST by airwaves or livestream on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota

Ellie 2.0 Radio
Ellie 2.0 Radio
AM950 Radio

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 whol

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 8, 2024

With the 80th anniversary of D-Day this week, I thought it fitting to have the acclaimed actor and “late historian” Tom Hanks of Saving Private Ryan as our featured idealist of the week. Some of his movies, particularly Philadelphia, are incredibly idealistic. The Big Interview is with Gloria Perez, the President and Chief Executive Officer…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 1, 2024

Another Ellie’s Talking Head show where we begin with this week’s featured idealist, documentarian and filmmaker Ken Burns—you won’t want to miss the clip I share from his recent commencement speech at Brandeis University. I also talk about MN banning gay and transgender “panic defenses” for criminal defendants accused of murdering or assaulting trans or…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 25, 2024

On this week’s show Ellie was joined by High School student, idealist and founder of Sanya’s Hope for Children, Sanya Pirani. Plus Ellie shares updates on her work on the Eastern Carver County School Board and backlash against DEI programs.

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 11, 2024

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 4, 2024

It’s an Ellie’s Talking Head show! In honor of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), this week’s featured idealist is Edward R. Murrow, who famously reported on the London blitz and later took on Senator Joe McCarthy. I also discuss the most recent oppression of transgender people by the state of Utah, which recently launched…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 20, 2024

We start with our featured idealist Ella Baker, who was a “doer” in the civil rights movement of the 1930’s to 1960’s, and who worked behind the scenes to strengthen the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (which orchestrated lunch counter protests). Ella is one of the unsung heroes who made things happen! The…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 13, 2024

Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 6, 2024

With this week’s tragedy of 7 World Central Kitchen workers being killed by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza, we revisit an idealist, Chef Jose Andres, whom I highlighted in April 2020, and the incredible work that WCK is doing across the world. The Big Interview is with Kelsey Waits, who shares about Stardust Farm, an…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 30, 2024

Our featured idealist is Siddharth Kara, the author of Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives (St. Martin’s Press, 2023), a NYT bestseller, and who has journeyed to more than 50 countries to document modern day slavery and human exploitation. You won’t want to miss the clip of Siddharth talking about…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 23, 2024

This show’s featured idealist is unsung hero Clyde Kennard, who the State of Mississippi Sovereignty Commission targeted and framed for a theft crime when Clyde persistently attempted to integrate the University of Southern MS in the late 1950’s. After wrongfully serving two years in prison, and after an outcry from civil rights leaders, including Dr.…