The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
Genre: 
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 


 
What's On:
Cross country skiing

Longtime competitor Jan Horak shares Birkie stories...race is weekend of Feb. 20

Jan Horak of Tofte, who with his wife Kathy owns and runs Cobblestone Cabins, is a veteran cross-country skier about to ski his 36th Birkebeiner this year. He stopped by Studio A Feb. 13 to share delightfully random stories about the race and the characters he's met there. You can learn more about the race here.


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Author & journalist Damian Fowler on his new book, "Falling Through Clouds"

If you lived in Cook County in 2003, you probably remember the small plane crash that took the lives of the pilot and his sister-in-law, but spared the two little girls in the plane. Journalist Damian Fowler has written a book about the crash and its aftermath, called "Falling Through Clouds." He spoke with Buck Feb. 13 about why he wanted to tell this story, and how Toby Pearson (the girls' father) persisted, after losing his wife and almost losing his girls, to not only recover but to help make changes in aviation insurance law. You can learn more about Damian and his work here.


 
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Eric Frost & Bill Hansen stop by The Roadhouse

Local musicians Eric Frost & Bill Hansen visited Studio A Feb. 6 to play both covers and originals (Eric on guitar, Bill on dobro) and chat with Buck and Dick. Conversation ran the gamut from the recent TV taping at Papa Charlie's to falling through lake ice. 


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George Morrison retrospective exhibit opens Valentine's Day at MN History Center

George Morrison was an Ojibwe artist from the North Shore who became a major figure in the modern art movement. Kristin Makholm is executive director of the MN Museum of Modern Art, which organized the exhibit opening Feb. 14. She spoke with Dick Feb. 6 about Morrison's art and influence, what you can expect to see at the exhibit, and much more. You can learn more about the exhibit here


 
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Dr. Matt Miller mixes talk therapy and exercise in 'running therapy'

Instead of sitting in a room, Minneapolis therapist Dr. Matt Miller runs or walks by a client's side during their session. He talked with Buck Feb. 6 explain why he's doing this unusual form of therapy, why he believes it's so good for mental health to get outside and exercise, and how therapy and exercise enhance each other. You can learn more about Dr. Miller's practice here. 


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Explorer Lonnie Dupre on his successful summit of Denali in January

Lonnie Dupre summitted Denali a few weeks ago after three previous attempts, becoming the first person to ever accomplish this solo in January. He stopped in to Studio A Jan. 30  for a long chat with Buck about what it was like and how he feels about finally making it. You can learn more about Lonnie and his projects here


 
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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 wildriveracademy.com and www.hudsonbaybound.com.


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Matthew Brown reaches 50,000 lifetime sailing miles on Caribbean adventure

WTIP Program Director Matthew Brown had a goal of sailing 50,000 miles by the time he was 50. He just completed the last 3,000 miles, on a sailing adventure from the north coast of Africa to Antigua, sailing with an organization called the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Their mission is to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. Dick caught up with Matthew Jan. 9 to learn all about it.


 
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Jim & Michele Miller make great music in Studio A

Jim & Michele Miller, a husband-wife duo from Hovland, play beautiful music together. They stopped by The Roadhouse Jan. 2 on their way to a gig in Tofte. 


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Gordon Thorne offers fingerstyle guitar workshops through March

Local bluesman Gordon Thorne stopped by Studio A Jan. 9 to talk about the guitar workshops he's offering at Moondance Coffeehouse in Lutsen, Tuesdays through March from 5 to 7 p.m. All are invited to learn to play or just enjoy the music. And mark your calendar for this year's fingerstyle masters weekend, April 11 and 12. Of course Gordon played a few tunes, too.