Ellie 2.0 Radio

Ellie 2.0 Radio

Mondays 2-3 PM, Replayed 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 Monday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST by airwaves or livestream on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota

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Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 13, 2020

We highlight the late singer Bill Withers, whose music has been said to define “soulful selflessness.” The Big Interview is with Elisabeth Samson Lee, a sexual assault survivor/idealist who is working to make it easier to report sexual assaults by law enforcement personnel. In my C-Block, I share about “sprouts”—the joy of planting wildflower seeds…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 6, 2020

This week’s historical idealist is the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was called the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement,” and who passed at the end of March. The Big Interview is a repeat of my 2018 interview of Bussho Lahn of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. I’m my C-Block, I talk about reaching out to…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 30, 2020

We’re attempting to offer a dose of normalcy, so we start with idealist Catherine Hamlin, who in 1959, answered an ad to create a midwifery clinic in Ethiopia. Catherine would spend the rest of her life in Ethiopia helping women who suffer childbirth injuries. I also share about a NC police officer who befriended a…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 23, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we have a special show. In the A-Block, I talk about facing our fears and how everyone has far more grit and resiliency than they believe; the Big Interview is with Dr. Kurt Nelson, who shares strategies for addressing fear and how to take a breath from all the…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 16, 2020

This week’s featured idealist is Rose Pastor Stokes, a cigar factory worker turned journalist turned union organizer in the early 1900’s. The Big Interview has Nick Alm of the LGBTQ-focused nonprofit Mossier return for an update on his work; did I mention that Nick is only 23 years old? In my C-Block, I talk about…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 9, 2020

Alright, it’s another Ellie’s Talking Head show, but don’t despair—we’ve got great stuff! In the A-Block, I talk about an unexpected—and for some, repulsive—idealist, Larry Flynt, the creator/publisher of Hustler Magazine. Say what you will about Flynt, but he was instrumental in helping to protect First Amendment rights to engage in parody—otherwise, Saturday Night Live…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – March 2, 2020

Our A-Block has me talking about my recent trip to South Dakota where I gave several press interviews and a community training on resetting the conversation about how we “Other” humans and the need to protect younger transgender humans from marginalizing laws. The Big Interview is with Caitlin Rogers of Next Day Animations—you’ll love this…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – February 17, 2020

Ellie 2.0 Radio – February 10, 2020

Our featured idealist is Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates, columnist and author of Between the World and Me. The Big Interview is with Susan Williams, founder and executive director of The Transformation Project SD, which helps families of transgender children/youths and who is fighting South Dakota legislators’ attempts to criminalize health care for trans humans younger than…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – February 3, 2020

This week’s featured idealist is Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA, the animal rights organization. The Big Interview is with Greta Kaul of MinnPost, who talks about Beltrami County MN’s decision to not accept refugees and who shares about being a “realist” rather than an idealist (which doesn’t mean that I didn’t urge her to…