Ellie 2.0 Radio

Ellie 2.0 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

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January 29, 2023 43 min
To commemorate World Holocaust Remembrance Day, we begin with a story about CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments), a nonprofit in Terre Haute IN and the stories of three Holocaust survivors who lived in Terre Haute. It’s quite a collective story about survival and idealism, with the survivors believing that if their personal…
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January 15, 2023 43 min
It’s a live show! We begin with an interview of Lehman Riley, the author of the Papa Lemon children’s books series—stories that seek to teach children the basics about respect, equality, allyship and how not to bully. Lehman is a magnetic personality who goes into the classrooms to help children get excited about learning and…
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January 7, 2023 43 min
We start off the brand new year with our featured idealist, Hakeem Jeffries, the newly elected House Minority Leader, who’s proven to be determined and persistent in his professional and political careers. The Big Interview is with Greg Anderson, the curator of the podcast, Living in Carver County, who talks about the need to get…
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December 20, 2022 43 min
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December 20, 2022 44 min
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December 10, 2022 43 min
Ellie talks about the political scene in Iowa.
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December 4, 2022 43 min
It’s a live show beginning with James Curry of Building Remembrance 4 Reconciliation, a nonprofit that’s working to help Hastings MN and other communities heal from histories of racial intolerance. From there, I talk about how the Respect for Marriage Act, contrary to popular opinion, is not a federal law guaranteeing marriage equality or biracial…
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November 14, 2022 42 min
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November 5, 2022 42 min
A live show where I talk about CNN journalist Jake Tapper’s article in The Atlantic highlighting the injustice of our legal system that appoints incompetent attorneys to represent the indigent. I also share about idealist Chris Stout, a wounded service member who has devoted his life to creating the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City,…
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October 31, 2022 49 min
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October 23, 2022 43 min
(10/22/22)—For this live show, I begin with a Time Magazine piece, “The U.S. is Heading Toward a Second Civil War. Here is How We Avoid It,” by Peter T. Coleman. The solution—surprise—is that we need to talk to each other. I also highlight California Congresswoman Katie Porter’s most recent whiteboard re: how corporate profits are…
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October 17, 2022 43 min
We begin this week’s show by highlighting Rex Chapman, a former NBA superstar turned addict turned Twitter king with 1.5 million followers—he talks about his life’s challenges to help others and in my book that makes him an idealist! The Big Interview is with Dr. Dan Kessler, who’s running for MN’s District 48 senate seat.…
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October 10, 2022 44 min
Our featured idealist is Alfred Nobel, the genesis for the Nobel Peace Prize and other esteemed honors in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics and literature. Nobel’s motivation to be remembered for something good, rather than for inventing dynamite, was grounded in reading his obituary that mistook him (still alive) for his brother who had passed. The…
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September 25, 2022 44 min
(9/24/22)—We begin with highlighting Goldie’s Bagels in Columbia MO and J. Selby’s in St. Paul for their programs of giving a free meal to anyone who asks for one—nice charity! At Goldie’s there’s a “neighbor account” where customers can contribute; what a great idea! The Big Interview is an encore of my October 2021 interview…
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Ellie Krug, host of Ellie 2.0 Radio on AM950, joins Brett to discuss her candidacy for school board in Carver County.
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September 17, 2022 43 min
A live show! I start by reminding about how I resigned from Lavender Magazine in July because of the publisher’s edict banning “political writing” (e.g., me writing about the need to protect queer kids). Today I note that the back cover of the magazine’s most recent issue has a political ad by MN’s GOP candidate…
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September 11, 2022 43 min
(9/10/22)—Our Featured Idealist is Mary Peltola, the congressperson-elect from Alaska, and the first native Alaskan to ever be elected to Congress. The Big Interview is with Katie White, a heart transplant recipient who discovered her artistic bend through a program named, “Art at the Bedside,” while waiting for a new heart at the Mayo Clinic.…
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August 27, 2022 43 min
Ellie talks with David Edgerton Jr about increasing diversity in the professional workforce.
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August 21, 2022 43 min
It’s a live show! The Big Interview is with 13-year-old Grayson Lee White and his mother, Molly; Grayson is the author of Dotson, a book about Grayson’s journey in understanding that he is transgender and his family’s loving support. Our featured idealist is RIP Medical Debt, created by two former debt collectors who now buy…
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