Laura Ellis

Producer

Laura has been with WFPL since 2004. During her time with the station she has booked talk shows, produced news specials, engineered remote broadcasts, shaped the minds of impressionable interns, and even changed diapers for guests whose babies accompanied them to the studio.

When she's not making radio, she's making a spectacle of herself on stage (or making theatrical sound design) for any number of local theatre companies—most frequently Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. When she's not making theatre or radio, she might be found making Prohibition-Era jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue, while burlesque dancers shake what their mamas gave 'em.

When she's not making any of the previously-mentioned things, she's usually making tiny dogs shake her hand in exchange for cookies.

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Strange Fruit
5:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville

Credit Cirque du Soleil

 

For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.

"When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I pulled the car over at a gas station and I started bawling, crying. And he thought my dad had died," Dr. Story says. "Michael Jackson was very symbolic to me of my childhood - listening to his music with my dad when I was a little girl, and I just didn't expect him to die like that."

When we heard Cirque du Soleil had put together a stage production based on the King of Pop's music and dance, we wanted to find out more. So this week we spoke to Laura Silverman who does publicity for the group about how the show came together, and the challenges of bringing such a legendary life to the stage. The show will be at the KFC Yum Center on April 25th and 26th.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

University of Kentucky Explains Purpose of Study Asking Whether Being Gay is a Mental Illness

The main building on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.
Credit Creative Commons

Yesterday we reported that the University of Kentucky administered a survey asking students whether they agree or disagree with statements about LGBTQ people—including whether being gay is a mental illness.

UK has issued a statement explaining the survey's purpose:

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Local News
4:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The University of Kentucky Asked Students If Homosexuality is a Mental Illness

The main building at the University of Kentucky.
Credit Creative Commons

Conservative watchdog group Campus Reform is reporting that the University of Kentucky conducted a survey focusing on attitudes about LGBTQ students.

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Local News
12:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Streaming Update

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Strange Fruit
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville

Djuan Trent as Miss Kentucky in 2010 & Today
Credit misskentuckypageant.com & 2life7.blogspot.com

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Strange Fruit
2:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville

Urvashi Vaid
Credit Jurek Wajdowicz, All Rights Reserved

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Podcast
1:53 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Strange Fruit: A Chat with the Attorneys on Ky.'s Same-Sex Marriage Case; Jordan Davis Murder Trial

In the studio with attorneys Dan Canon and Laura Landenwich

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