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! News flash: Longtime Roadhouse host Buck Benson is on a bicycle trek pedaling from the equator to the tip of South America. To follow his adventure, see www.buckbenson.org He's due to return to the airwaves in December.
 
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:
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"Fifty Lakes One Island," a gorgeous personal exploration of Isle Royale

Chicago filmmaker George Desort spend a total of 80 nights on Isle Royale NP in 2011, traveling solo with his camera equipment, food & gear in his kayak. Dick spoke with George Nov. 22 about his adventure and the resulting film, "Fifty Lakes One Island,"  which was shown at North House Folk School that weekend. To see a special video clip just for WTIP listeners, click on the link above, then click on the logo in the upper left corner of the home page. Enter the word cookies when you get the password box.


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Little Free Library: Sharing books & building community

Rick Brooks is co-founder and program director of the nonprofit organization Little Free Library. Little Free Libraries are little buildings, sort of like a birdhouse but bigger, in people's front yards or other public spaces, that hold books for the taking. The idea is to share books and the love of reading...and draw the community closer along the way. Since the idea's start in 2009, nearly 12,000 Little Free Libraries have been put into use around the world. Buck spoke with Rick recently to learn all about them and why people are loving the idea.


 
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Palliative care helps people with chronic or terminal illness feel as comfortable as possible

Kay Grindland is director of Care Partners in Cook County, which works to support people with serious illness or those at end of life, as well as their caregivers. She and her colleague Debi LaMusga joined Dick Nov. 15 to talk about palliative (or comfort) care, how it works, why it's important, and more. November is National Palliative Care Awareness Month.


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As far as we know, it's a didgeridoo debut on The Roadhouse--take a listen

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that originated with indigenous Australians, still in widespread use both in Australia and all over the world. Local musician Brian Bennett brought two of his instruments to Studio A to talk with Buck & Dick about how the instrument and the music is made, and played a few tunes.


 
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Maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse on the storms of November

Nov. 10 was the 38th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, with all 29 lives aboard lost. Frederick Stonehouse, maritime historian and author of more than 30 books, joined Dick Nov. 8 to talk about all things Big Lake & big storm.


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"Deerland," a thoughtful exploration of white-tailed deer and their impact on our world

Did you know there are 30 million deer in America today, 100 times more than a century ago? On the eve of deer opener, Buck talked with Al Cambronne, author of "Deerland," about the significant impact the deer has had on our environment, the huge hunting industry, and much more. 


 
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Fiddle player & songwriter Jim VanCleve visits The Roadhouse

Buck and Dick welcomed acclaimed bluegrass musician Jim VanCleve to Studio A Nov. 1 for great conversation and a few tunes. Jim and his band were in town for the Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Incredible fiddle music!


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New study launched on youth football and concussion

Football and concussions have been in the news more and more lately. Dr. Andrew Peterson of the U of Iowa Sports Medicine department joined Buck recently to talk about a new study they're undertaking on youth football and concussion. Find out about what a concussion is, why it's dangerous, and what the study is attempting to learn.


 
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Following up with Jason Zabokrtsky, who succesfully bushwhacked from Atikokan to Ely in 15 days

Dick checked back in with Jason Zabokrtsky of Ely, who just finished an overland adventure from Atikokan to Ely, 90 miles or so of bushwhacking with the occasional swim thrown in. Learn how he felt, what gear he found most useful, and more.


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Fingerstyle master Phil Heywood plays The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick hosted fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood in Studio A Oct. 25 during membership drive. Phil was in town to play a concert with Gordon Thorne the next evening at the ACA.