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.
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
Our featured idealist is Dr. James Whitfield, a Colleyville TX high school principal (the first black high school principal) who in June 2020 wrote an impassioned letter to his school colleagues about the need to fight white supremacy; 14 months later, after only getting tremendous supportive responses to his letter, he was fired. Someone claimed…
I begin the show by sharing about how 9/11 changed my life twenty years ago—it was the day that I realized I would die a coward if I didn’t accept my true gender as female. The Big Interview was a return visit with Michael Rexford (who I first interviewed in November 2019); we talked about…
We begin this week’s show by featuring George McLaurin, who in 1948 at age 61 decided he would be the one to desegregate Oklahoma University, proving that idealism is ageless. The Big Interview is with Kevin Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Humanities Center, who talks about how—with wonderful imagination—the MHC is working to…
It’s a rare live show! We start out with the Big Interview featuring Marcus Pope with Youthprise, a Twin Cities youth empowerment and advocacy nonprofit, and Dan Haugen, a board member of Youthprise. Together, they talk about the value of mentoring and highlight their 20+ year relationship of mentoring to each other in a variety…
Ranae Lenor Hanson is the author of the new book Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress and she speaks with Ellie about the rural and urban cultural and political divides in Minnesota.
Ann Hopkins is Ellie’s Featured Idealist profile this week; Ellie talks about the rural/urban divide in Minnesota with Northern Minnesota-based author Ranae Lenor Hanson in the Big Interview.
Ellie’s featured idealist is seminarian and activist Jonathan Daniels; Ellie’s Big Interview is an encore presentation of her August 2020 conversation with author Michael Fosberg; Ellie has a lot of updates for us in her C-block this week.
Ida B. Wells is Ellie’s featured idealist, the Big Interview is with Jennifer Halpus, parent of a transgender student who filed suit against the Anoka-Hennepin school district for discrimination; Ellie speaks about her recent advocacy.
With this being Pride Weekend in the Twin Cities, our theme is “Pride and Puppies.” We begin by highlighting the recent executive order of Governor Walz that directs health insurers in MN to attest that they don’t provide coverage for conversion therapy—the practice of trying to counsel LGBTQ youth to suppress their sexual or gender…