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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Around the world by motorcycle with Tofte native Noah Horak

Noah Horak, a 29-year-old electrical engineer from Tofte, quit his job, sold his stuff, and set off on a round-the-world adventure on a motorcycle. Dick caught up with Noah in Hawaii, where he met his family for the holidays. Learn about his travels and where he's off to next. You can follow his blog and see pictures and video here.


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Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund make holiday music for your listening pleasure

Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison & vocalist Roxann Berglund joined Buck & Dick in Studio A Dec. 20 for a delightful session of chat, laughter, and music. You'll eventually learn how to roast a chestnut along the way, too...


 
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Psychologist's advice: This holiday season, shoot for being present rather than perfect

Dick chatted Dec. 20 with Dr. Mary Doheny, clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, about why striving for perfection never works....and what you can do instead to have a happy, lower-stress time this holiday season. 


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Acclaimed photographer Layne Kennedy talks photography in general & his newest book, "Light over Iceland"

Buck chatted recently with internationally-known photographer & North House instructor Layne Kennedy, who's just out with "Light over Iceland: Photography at 66 Degrees North." They talked about Layne's philosophy on photography, how shooting pictures has changed with the switch from film to digital, and lots more. You can see a preview of his new book at http://www.blurb.com/books/4759092-light-over-iceland 
 


 
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Author Tom Kizzia on "Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith & Madness on the Alaska Frontier"

Buck spoke recently with Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News reporter and author of "Pilgrim's Wilderness." Billed as "Into the Wild meets Helter Skelter," it's the true story of a modern-day family with a cult-leader-like patriarch who moves to a remote area of the Alaskan wilderness. Named one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year for 2013.


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"November's Fury" recounts the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history

Michael Schumacher, author of 12 books on Great Lakes shipwrecks and lighthouses, joined Dick Nov. 29 to discuss his latest, "November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913." The four-day storm damaged or sank dozens of boats and killed more than 250 sailors. Could it happen that way again today?


 
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Polar explorer Paul Schurke follows in the steps of Shackleton

Buck spoke with polar adventurer & Ely business owner Paul Schurke about his 2012 expedition to retrace Ernest Shackleton's amazing adventure across South Georgia (Antarctica). In addition to his other talents, Paul is an excellent storyteller, and this piece includes his recounting of the famed Shackleton expedition, in which he eventually brought his entire crew home safely.


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Never fear! The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is here!

It's the time of year when we check in with the experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. Home economist Alice Coffey joined Dick Nov. 22 to talk all things turkey. And as Alice says, people do incredibly unusual things with their turkeys. You can reach Butterball at 1 800 288 8372 (1 800 BUTTERBALL) or at their website.


 
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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.