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Northern Lights by Tom Spence

Bob King of "Astrobob" blog fame talks spring equinox, falling space stations, and more

Bob King, who writes the Astrobob blog for the Duluth News Tribune, joins us regularly to talk all things celestial. This time, he chatted with Ann Possis about the spring equinox, northern lights, star-planet conjunctions, and much more. You can read his column here. 


Walk like a penguin: Staying safe in a Minnesota winter

We all know someone who's fallen and injured themselves on the ice...maybe it's happened to you, too. Older people are especially vulnerable. Jessica Finlay of the Center on Aging at the U of MN has been studying this problem, and chatted with Dave about how older people feel about and deal with winter. 

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All about offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes

Offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes have been discussed for years, and the first one will likely happen soon, on Lake Erie. Andy Balaskovitz, a freelance reporter in Michigan, joined Dave to chat about the pros, cons and challenges of offshore wind. You can read Andy's full article about it here

Snowy road

Road salt is increasingly ending up in our fresh writer explains

Winter is here and that means salt on our roads. Where does all that salt go? Jay Andersen chatted with science and nature writer Greg Breining about the effects of salt on our waters, as well as some ways we can reduce the runoff. You can read Greg's full article on this topic here. 

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Adventurer Eric Weicht paddles the Mississippi from Minnesota to Memphis

Eric Weicht is a former Cook County resident known for adventuring on bodies of water. He chats here with Will Moore about his most recent trip--canoeing down the Mississippi from northern Minnesota to Memphis through the month of November. 

Lake Superior Basin

Researcher studying climate change's impact on emotional well-being

People living close to the land in Canada's boreal forest are experiencing climate change in ways that directly impact their lives. Kelsey Jones-Casey of Duluth is a visiting researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She's been traveling through the Lake Superior basin, interviewing hunters, anglers, trappers, farmers, and others, about how climate change is affecting their well-being. She talked with Dave about her research and findings. You can learn more from Kelsey at a lunchtime presentation hosted by the Twin Ports Climate Coalition Dec. 19 at the MPCA offices in Duluth.

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Author, adventurer, explorer Jon Turk visits The Roadhouse

Jon Turk was this year's featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterers' Gathering. He dropped by the studio to chat with CJ about our human disconnect from nature, communicating with animals, and much more. 

Dr. Mark Seeley in Studio A

Meteorologist Mark Seeley stops by The Roadhouse to talk all things weather

Dr. Mark Seeley, a leader in Minnesota's climate community and a regular guest on MPR, stopped by Studio A during membership drive. He was in town for the Lake Superior Storm Festival weekend. Mark talked with CJ about our unusual November, predictions for the coming winter, and much more. You can find his WeatherTalk blog here

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Working dogs help to protect wildlife

Isabelle Groc is an environmental writer and conservation photographer based in Vancouver. She recently wrote an article for Ensia about working dogs that help preserve endangered species and other wildlife. CJ Heithoff chatted with Isabelle to learn more.

Lake Agnes by Travis Novitsky

Why are pharmaceuticals & other chemicals found in remote MN lakes? Scientist weighs in

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals have been found in remote Minnesota lakes, far from any land that would create runoff. Mark Ferrey, a scientist with the MN Pollution Control Agency, joined Dave to explain how this might be happening. You can learn more on the MPCA site.