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
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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Strange Fruit Podcast
2:32 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Kentucky's Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Ruling; Essay Explores James Baldwin's Paris

Credit James Baldwin in 1962 by Carl Mydans/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; Kentucky graphic by American Foundation for Equal Rights

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Strange Fruit
3:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Strange Fruit: African-American Voices in Classical Music

Strange Fruit
1:59 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Strange Fruit: The Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month Begins

The seldom-told story of African Americans in Appalachia has been on our minds since a few weeks ago when we spoke to Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, who coined the term 'Affrilachian.' 
 

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Strange Fruit
2:21 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Strange Fruit: Trans* Students in Louisville; Historical Context for the "Black Woman Chair"

Devin, Makuthi and Mwende in Kenya

 

This week, we're joined by WFPL's Devin Katayama. Devin covers the education beat for the station, and he sat down with us to talk about his newest project, focusing on the experiences of trans* high school students in Louisville.

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Strange Fruit
12:03 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Strange Fruit: Keith McGill Directs Comedy on Sex in Middle Age; Trans Leaders on Katie Couric

Credit Disney/ABC

Louisville comedian Keith McGill has been one of our favorite people since he was first on the show last year to talk about his work in a local production of Top Dog/Underdog. That play explored themes of black masculinity through the fractured relationship of two brothers struggling with instability and poverty.

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