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
1:57 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Strange Fruit: 'Furious Cool' Co-Author David Henry on the Life of Richard Pryor

This week we spoke with David Henry, co-author of Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him, about Pryor's work, and why it was so groundbreaking. "He had this sort of vulnerability about himself that just made him irresistible," David says. "He didn't pull any punches."
 

 Throughout their research for the book, David and his co-author (and brother) Joe Henry, learned about how Richard honed his craft, sometimes working the same comedy club every night for a week, each night with an improved version of the previous night's material.

We talked about Pryor's surprising comments on his sexual experiences with other men, his openness about his drug use, and why audiences of all races found him so relatable.

"When he was on stage by himself with just a microphone, he seemed to understand everything about being a human being," David said. "He seemed to have such a clear-eyed view of life, and seemed to understand how people work—in ways that he couldn't really apply to his own life when he was offstage."

[Note: As you might expect from an interview about Richard Pryor, there is some frank language in this interview!]

In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talked about the upcoming video game Ultimate Gay Fighter, billed as the first-ever gay video game.

We also talked about Dayna Morales, the server who says a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip. This week, the family in question came forward with their copy of the receipt which shows they did tip, and now Morales' story is suspected of being a hoax.

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Local News
4:06 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Gay Marriage Activists Fined One Penny for Louisville Marriage License Protest

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A protest in which a gay couple refused to leave a Louisville government building until they were granted a marriage license has resulted in a one-cent fine and no other punishment.

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Strange Fruit
1:46 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

Strange Fruit: Legendary Ballroom Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin

Gerard H. Gaskin

"My images try to show a more personal and intimate beauty, pride, dignity, courage, and grace that have been painfully challenged by mainstream society."

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Strange Fruit
1:35 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Strange Fruit: 'Eenie Meanie' Examines Baby Boomer Racism & Louisville Busing Riots

"These buses came back from the West End with these little kids on them, and they were crying, there were windows knocked out. They had been beaten with baseball bats, they had been called every horrible racial name you can expect, right here in this town."
 

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Strange Fruit
2:19 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Strange Fruit: 'Tracking Fire' Documentary Tells Story of Deadly Anti-LGBTQ Attack in 1973

It's one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in U.S. history - and even if you're an activist or scholar, there's a good chance you've never heard of it.
 

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Strange Fruit
1:13 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

Strange Fruit: Stephen Jimenez, Author of the Controversial 'Book of Matt'

Stephen Jimenez and Jaison Gardner at Carmichael's Bookstore

Stephen Jimenez went to Laramie, Wyo., in 2000, to write a screenplay about the murder of Matthew Shepard. He expected to be researching fairly open-and-shut case which had almost immediately become the national symbol for anti-gay hate crime.

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Strange Fruit
1:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

'Book of Matt' Author Stephen Jimenez Speaks Tonight at Carmichael's

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Author Stephen Jimenez will speak with Jaison Gardner, co-host of WFPL's Strange Fruit, tonight at Carmichael's bookstore. 

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Strange Fruit
11:44 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Conversation with Trans Activist Janet Mock

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