Laura Ellis


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.


Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Strange Fruit: Unpacking White Privilege. Plus, Are These Really America's Favorite Desserts?

In the late 1990s, feminist and anti-racist activist Peggy McIntosh described white privilege as "an invisible weightless knapsack of assurances, tools, maps, guides, codebooks, passports, visas, clothes, compass, emergency gear, and blank checks."

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Strange Fruit
7:01 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Strange Fruit: Susan Sarandon on Muhammad Ali’s Legacy; Electric Lady Janelle Monáe

It's been a star-studded week for Team Strange Fruit! We spent some time recently on the red carpet at the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, where we got to chat with celebrities and honorees about the Champ's civil rights legacy.

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IdeaFestival 2014
4:54 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Janelle Monáe on Capturing the Perspectives of Outsiders

Janelle Monáe
Credit Marc Baptiste

Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe says she’s part android—often singing from the point of view of her alter-ego, Cindi Mayweather. She was in Louisville Tuesday for IdeaFestival, addressing a capacity crowd of young people for the Thrivals 7.0 event.

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Local News
5:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Louisville's Local 236 Fought for Racial Integration in the 1950s

International Harvester Co. assembly line and press, 1948
Credit Royal Photo Company Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archive, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Labor historian Toni Gilpin will make two appearances in Louisville Tuesday to tell the little-known story of a local  labor union that was ahead of its time.

A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery workers organized at Louisville's International Harvester plant in the late 1940s, and began advocating for racial equality both inside and outside of the plant. Their efforts would lead to an entire factory of mostly white workers walking off the job to protest the unfair treatment of their African American colleagues.

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7:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Strange Fruit: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family’s Relationship with Slavery

There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be. 

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