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

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Ellie 2.0 Radio – July 10, 2021

It’s an Ellie’s Talking Head Show! We start with our featured idealist, Lauren Underwood, a second-term congresswoman who represents Illinois’s 14th District who at 32 was the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress. Her political trajectory was unusual—she started as an RN focusing on health care policy but became politically motivated when the ACA…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 26, 2021

This week’s featured idealist is the late Robert Katzmann, a judge who President Clinton appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1999. Judge Katzmann used his imagination and position to innovatively increase legal access, and as well, he gave diverse students a glimpse of how their lives can be different. The Big Interview…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 19, 2021

To commemorate today’s first-ever federal Juneteenth holiday, I talk about Opal Lee, a 94-year-old idealist who began pushing for federal recognition of June 19, 1865 (the date when federal troops ended slavery in Texas) when she was 89. The Big Interview is with Torrie Allen, executive director of Arts Midwest, which just received an $8…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 12, 2021

David Edgerton Jr fills in for Ellie on today’s show!

Ellie 2.0 Radio – June 5, 2021

We start out talking about the 1919 massacre of 200 black men, women and children in Elaine, Arkansas when white-color farmers/townspeople asserted Jim Crow power after black farmers sought to unionize in order obtain fair prices for their cotton crops. The Big Interview is with David Edgerton, Jr. of the DEJ Group, which provides diversity,…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 22, 2021

We begin this week featuring Mercy for Animals (MFA), an international animal protection nonprofit that works to prevent cruelty to farmed animals, and which promotes compassionate food choices and policies. One of the ways that MFA operates is through investigations where people go undercover into factory farms or animal processing sites to document and record…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 15 2021

We have a rock star show this week! We being with the featured idealist: Liz Cheney—yes, I know, that Liz Cheney.  But there’s no getting around the fact that her brave stand against the former president and the Big Lie is about as idealistic as anyone can be. The Big Interview is huge—we have John…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 8, 2021

To begin, I share about how conservative media has coined the phrase “Critical Race Theory” as a way to attack the efforts of many who seek to end  America’s problems with systemic racism. The Big Interview is with Julia Gay of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders. In my C-Block, I talk about a recent…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – May 1, 2021

Our featured idealist is Van Jones, best-selling author, nonprofit creator, and CNN commentator, who’s used his imagination to change the social justice landscape. The Big Interview is with Fawzia Kahn, a physician-turned-artist, whose installation, “Becoming Visible,” highlights the invisible roles that women play. I’m happy to say that I was one of the women featured…

Ellie 2.0 Radio – April 24, 2021

This week’s show begins by highlighting Darnella Frazier, the then-17-year-old who videoed Derek Chauvin as he suffocated the life out of George Floyd. I refer Darnella as a “defacto idealist” who may not have intended to change the world that afternoon, but yet still did so in a way that few could ever seek to…