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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Politics
3:00 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Two Days of Walkouts in Shanklin Ethics Hearing

The ethics hearing of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin lasted two days — both days featuring dramatic exits by Shanklin. On the first day, Shanklin invoke her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, then depart at her attorney's request.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Strange Fruit: LGBTQ Election Victories; Big Brother's Wil Heuser

Doc and Jai pose with Wil Heuser in the WFPL studio

This week's election has been widely regarded as a victory for LGBTQ rights. Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin will become the first openly-gay U.S. Senator, and several state passed ballot initiatives legalizing same-sex marriage. This week, we spoke with Constitutional Law Professor Sam Marcosson from UofL's Brandeis School of Law, to find out what the implications of the results could be, and whether we will ever see marriage equality in the Commonwealth.

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Arts and Humanities
5:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

'Voices Inside' Play Series Turns Prisoners into Playwrights

One of the plays in Actors Theatre Apprentice Company's current reading series centers on the victim of a crime, recounting the experience from her point of view. The remarkable thing is, it was written by the crime's perpetrator. "Voices Inside: A Prison Play Series" -- the apprentice company's current creation, is a series of 10-minute plays written by inmates at Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison in Burgin, Ky.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting in the Age of Instagram: Is It Really Illegal to Take a Picture of My Ballot?

This is not okay in Kentucky or Indiana.

If you're into social media, maybe you've noticed them -- photos of other people's ballots from today's election, posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Perhaps you've also noticed the comments that followed, warning that such postings are  illegal. And articles have popped up throughout Election Day saying those posters could be photo-sharing their way to jail.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Strange Fruit: Dr. Yaba Blay's (1)ne Drop Project; Director Kenny Leon

Images from the (1)ne Drop Project


Who is black? That's the question the (1)ne Drop Project seeks to answer. The project, created by Dr. Yaba Blay, features photographs of people who identify as black, African-American, biracial, and other identities—but whose physical appearances may provoke curiosity, or even disbelief, in strangers. Dr. Blay will appear on CNN's Black in America 5 to talk about what it means to be black. But this week she made some time to talk to us about her work.

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Arts and Humanities
8:12 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Byline Arts Segment: Eve Theatre Company, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Slant Culture Theatre Festival

An evening with Edgar Allan Poe, a new women's theater company in town, and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents: WFPL's Erin Keane catches us up on what's new in Louisville's arts scene. Plus, a conversation with Teresa Willis and Alison Huff, the director and producer (respectively) of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Strange Fruit: Dr. Gary Gates, Co-Author of LBGT Population Study

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"Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?" 

That was the question Gallup posed to ​121,290 people June 1 and Sept. 30, 2012. The result is the largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record, revealing data that turns the stereotype of the affluent, white, gay man on its head. For starters, African Americans and other ethnic minorities are more likely to be LGBT than white people. 

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Strange Fruit
7:30 am
Tue October 23, 2012

African Americans More Likely to Identify as LGBT than White Americans

The largest-ever demographic study of America’s LGBT population was released last week, and the data revealed that African Americans and other ethnic minorities are more likely to identify as LGBT than white Americans.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Strange Fruit: The i-Word & the Election; Musician Teneia Sanders

The immigration portion of the second presidential debate got attention for what the candidates said, but also, for how they said it. Undocumented? Illegal? It made us wonder: How much do words matter? How does what we call someone affect how we think about and treat them?

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Strange Fruit: HIV in Our Community

The Louisville AIDS Walk is this Sunday, and for many, it's a time of solidarity and celebration. But AIDS activism in Louisville faces a big challenge: apathy. There are more people living with HIV in Louisville now than ever before, but the disease doesn't make the headlines it once did. 

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