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
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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 whol

Ellie 2.0 Radio – August 18, 2023

Our featured idealist is the late Father Charles Strobel, a Nashville priest who conceived of “Room in the Inn,” where houses of worship provide safe sleeping spaces for those who are experiencing homelessness. His idea has rippled to hundreds of congregations across the U.S. The Big Interview is a reprise of my July 2022 interview…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – August 12, 2023

We begin by talking about Ohio’s rejection of Issue 1, which would have raised the threshold for passage of citizen-initiated ballot measures from 50% to 60%. An architect of that victory was the idealistic Red, Wine, and Blue, which works to mobilize suburban women to vote left. The Big Interview is with Deepinder Mayell, the…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – August 5, 2023

This week’s idealist is someone you would never suspect—the one and only recently passed Tony Bennett. You’ll have to listen to the show to understand why—and you’ll get a musical reward as well! The Big Interview is with writer and journalist Rod Farlane,who talks about his work in giving voice to those who are often…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – July 22, 2023

This week’s featured idealist is Cornel West, who’s a prime example of idealism in a vacuum—his quest for the presidency via a third party could siphon off just enough votes to give Donald Trump the White House for the second time. Ugh. The Big Interview is with James Finn, author of, “My Neighbors Ended Free…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – July 15, 2023

We start with James Barlow, who posted on TikTok about encountering a transgender woman at the Landmark truck stop in Clyde Texas—his message was affirming and kind, and incredibly idealistic! The Big Interview is with Marissa Held-Nordling, the owner of Little Roos children’s boutique in Chaska MN, which held a Drag story time on July…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 24, 2023

Our featured idealist organization is ProPublica, an online news source, which in 16 years of existence, has won 6 Pulitzers for quality, in-depth reporting. Most recently, ProPublica journalists have broken stories about S. Ct. Justices Thomas and Alito and their “trips” funded by billionaire conservatives who have business before the Court. Ugh. The Big Interview…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 17, 2023

It’s Pride Month and I start with a historical overview of how June came to be the month of Pride. The Big Interview is with Sarah Hempel, a married lesbian mother of twins who, along with a straight cisgender ally, started a LGBTQIA+ social group in Waconia, MN. In my C-Block, I talk about my…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 10, 2023

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Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 13, 2023

Our featured idealist is Pussy Riot, the Russian music/performance group that is a big thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side. The Big Interview has me speaking to Bethany O’Neil and Cresston Gackle, attorneys who wrote about how MN’s system of selecting juries, which often fails to reflect the diversity of the community, perpetuates bias against criminal…