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Canoeist & educator Natalie Warren inspires people to learn from & about their local rivers

In 2010, Natalie Warren & Ann Raiho were the first two women to paddle 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating Eric Sevareid's route in "Canoeing with the Cree." Since then, Natalie has been involved in a number of efforts to inspire people, especially youth, to learn about and from their local rivers, and to protect them. She stopped by Studio A Jan. 30 to chat all about it with Buck. You can learn more about her efforts at and

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Cook County High School Robotics starts new season

Will Moore talks to Cook County High School's robotics team about their upcoming challenge and building robots. 


Ig Nobel Prizes honor research that makes you laugh, then makes you think

Bob Carter chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of "Annals of Improbable Research, " about the 2014 Ig Nobel prizes recently awarded at Harvard University. Research topics included the physics of stepping on a banana skin, the brain qualities of people who see Jesus in toast, and possible mental hazards of cat ownership. You can learn more about the Ig Nobels and the magazine here. 


Are you addicted to your cell phone? Consumer behavior expert Dr. James Roberts explains

A study just published in the Journal of Behavioral Addiction found that among college students, men spend nearly eight hours a day on their cell phones, while women spend 10. Ann chatted with the author of the study, Dr. James Roberts of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, to learn more about what's happening and how it's affecting academics, relationships, and more.


Urban Boatbuilders creates positive change in youth through building boats

Marc Hosmer is executive director of Urban Boatbuilders, a St. Paul-based nonprofit that works with schools, community organizations, and correction facilities to help young people learn craftsmanship and social skills through building boats. He spoke with Dick Aug. 29 from the State Fair, where they were building a boat on site. Learn more about Urban Boatbuilders here. 

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Co-op Update: July 7

WTIP spoke with Jennifer Stoltz, the general manager of the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op about upcoming classes that will be offered in the month of July.

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UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program fosters active lifestyles & connections to the natural world

Patrick Kohlin, kayak instructor and web specialist for UMD's Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, chatted with Dave Ter Steeg Apr. 18 about the program, what they do, and why it's important for many reasons to connect people to the big lake. This conversation is part of our effort to gather ideas and stories about environmental sustainability along the North Shore.

Sawtooth Mountain Students on a Snowshoe Hike

Sawtooth Elementary Kindergarten Snowshoe Hike

On a warm February day, Sawtooth Elementary kindergarten students spent the afternoon snowshoeing and practicing their five senses in the outdoors.

This year's "Night of the Notorious" takes place Monday, January 13 (Jeremy Marshall/Flickr)

Annual "Night of the Notorious" event takes place Monday, Jan. 13

The "Night of the Notable & Notorious" is the culmination of a semester-long project for the annual College in the Schools Composition class at Cook County High School.


LSSU's 39th annual List of Words to be Banished...#canyousayannoying?

Every year we talk with the word-watchers over at Lake Superior State University about their words to be 'banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness." This year is no exception, and LSSU PR guy Tom Pink joined Buck Jan. 3 to chat and laugh about the latest list. Twerking, anyone?