Laura Ellis

Laura is the producer of Strange Fruit, a weekly talk show focusing on race, gender and LGBTQ issues and pop culture (Saturday nights at 10). She also co-produced WFPL's award-winning Defining Fairness series, in 2012, and produces other news and features. Laura was born and raised in Louisville and has been with WFPL since 2004. When she's not making radio, she's on stage making theater, or singing old-fashioned bourbon jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue.

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Strange Fruit: Funding Feminist Art in Kentucky

May 9, 2015

It's Mother's Day, and we're celebrating by talking with Bunmi Laditan, mother of three, and creator of the @HonestToddler Twitter account. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Baltimore Rising, Black Jockeys in the Derby, and Unlearning Childhood Racism

May 2, 2015

This week, we also spoke with author Jim Grimsley about his memoir, "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood." Read Story

Strange Fruit: Juicy Fruit News Round-Up

April 25, 2015

There's a lot going on out there, Fruitcakes, so this week, we give you a whole episode of Juicy Fruit, with special guest co-host, actress, Alexandria Sweatt. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Family Guy’s Kirker Butler says ‘Nothing is Off Limits’

April 20, 2015

Comedy writer Kirker Butler has written for "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show," but his most recent work is a satirical novel called “Pretty Ugly,” about a Southern family whose child is involved in beauty pageants. Read Story


Strange Fruit: David Sedaris on Unwelcome Duck Tongues and Accidental Activism

April 4, 2015

This week we listen back to our 2013 chat with Sedaris, from when he'd just released his book, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls." Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Grassroots Activists Bring Juneteenth Festival Back to Louisville

March 29, 2015

This week we introduce you to a new member of the WFPL newsroom, politics reporter Ashley Lopez. Ashley joins us to talk about Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" act, Louisville's attempt to appeal to LGBT tourists, and a recent poll showing Kentucky's opposition to marriage equality. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: ‘Louisville Diners’ a Master Class in Greasy Spoons

March 21, 2015

Food writer Ashlee Clark Thompson's new book is all about Louisville diners (the places, not the people). She joins us this week to dish about "Louisville Diners" and some of the city's most iconic eateries--trendy brunch places, soul food spots, and a certain streetcar-shaped establishment in Old Louisville whose quirkiness is part of its charm. Read Story

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Ahead of Louisville Screening, ‘Superstar’ Actor Says Jesus Role Helped Shape His Spirituality

March 19, 2015

"I didn't want to get anywhere near the role of Jesus," he said in a recent interview with WFPL. "Everybody in the world knows Jesus. I just figured that if I attempted that role, that everybody in the world would be a critic." Read Story

Strange Fruit: Fairness Updates from Frankfort and Bardstown

March 14, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly just wrapped up its 2015 session, and some LGBTQ-related bills were under consideration. Chris Hartman from the Fairness Campaign joins us this week to talk about the proposed legislation—and what bills passed, and what didn't. Read Story

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In ‘Emigrados’ at the Bard’s Town, Art Imitates Immigrant Life

March 12, 2015

A play opening Thursday night in Louisville sheds light on the experiences and expectations of immigrants. Presented in Spanish with English supertitles, “Emigrados" focuses on two immigrant men with different expectations for their new lives. Read Story

Strange Fruit: Bisexual Visibility in a Non-Binary World

March 7, 2015

Earlier this year, Kate Brown made history by becoming the first openly bisexual governor ever to serve in the U.S. The Oregon governor was also the country’s first bisexual statewide officeholder. But just as President Obama's election doesn't mean we're post racial, Governor Brown's election doesn't mean bisexual people are welcomed with open arms. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Author Frederick Smith’s New Novel Examines Secrets and Intersecting Identities

February 14, 2015

Author Frederick Smith knew he wanted to be a writer since he was a little boy, watching soap operas in Detroit. But folks around him didn't necessarily see him as the writer type. "I had friends say, 'Black boys from Detroit don't write soap operas--we go to work at the auto plant like our dads did.'" Read Story