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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Local News
3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists

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The Louisville Forum's July discussion will tackle the issue of growing up transgender in Louisville—though none of the four panelists are transgender.

The move has prompted criticism from some LGBTQ and transgender activists and writers.

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland

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Last week we were invited by the Muhammad Ali Center to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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Strange Fruit
2:20 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA

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Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.

Brian has spoken to us before about his theater work, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.

In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by a little horse race), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, was recorded telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to post pictures of herself with black people on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's roster. And their coach.

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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

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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.
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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.
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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

We're working to restore our live streaming service after a malfunction, possibly related to the stormy weather. In the meantime, streaming may be spotty or unavailable. Thanks for your patience as we try to get things back online.

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
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