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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Community change expert Rich Harwood on moving forward after tragedy

In the wake of the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., Buck spoke Sept. 27 with Rich Harwood, founder and president of the D.C.-based Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of community change and crisis. Rich talked about what happens to communities in the aftermath of a crisis, and ways to start and help the healing process.


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Heart of the Continent Partnership works to promote Canadian-American border lakes region

St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell spoke with Ann Possis Sept. 20 about the Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP), an American/Canadian coalition of land managers and local stakeholders working together on cross-border projects. Their next meeting is at Camp Menogyn, off the Gunflint Trail, Oct. 3 & 4. For more information on the HOCP, or to sign up to attend the meeting, click here.


 
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Delightful new book assembles stories from the Boundary Waters--plus trivia to boot

Boundary Waters lover Barry Johnson has put together a book of essays about his favorite place, the "BWCA Reader." Several dozen stories from different writers run the gamut from fish tales to honeymoons to canoes gone missing. Barry shares how and why he decided to publish this book, why it's important to him, and more, in this conversation with Ann Possis Sept. 20.


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Marc Abrahams on the 23rd First Annual IgNobels, awards for wacky/fun research that makes you think

Buck chatted and laughed with Marc Abrahams of Improbable Research, which publishes a magazine and awards the IgNobel Prizes for research that "makes people laugh, and then think." Learn about the origin of karaoke (it's not what you might think), very important cow research, and...what the heck is a Blonsky device? (see drawing at left)


 
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Songwriter Jon Vezner, folk legend Tom Paxton, and guitarist Jonathan Brown, all on The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Tom Paxton, Jon Vezner, and Jonathan Brown to Studio A Sept. 13 for talk and music. The three were in Grand Marais to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage, Friday evening, and Unplugged XII, Saturday evening, both at North House Folk School.


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"Sole Survivor" explores the lives of lone survivors of commercial plane crashes

Ky Dickens has made a powerful new film, "Sole Survivor," which documents the struggles of people who were the only ones to survive deadly plane crashes. Though these people are seen as 'lucky', special challenges come with being a sole survivor. Buck spoke with her Sept. 13.


 
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Mel Duncan of Nonviolent Peaceforce, on peaceful civilian response to conflict around the world

Dick spoke Sept. 13 with Mel Duncan, co-founder and director of advocacy & research of Nonviolent Peaceforce.


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Al Hedstrom, Don Bauer & Bruce Dean play The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Al, Don & Bruce to Studio A Sept. 6 for a little preview of their Radio Waves performance. Beautiful guitar!


 
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Marlene Zuk on "Paleofantasy," her new book about what evolution really tells us

Dick Swanson talked Sept. 6 with Dr. Marlene Zuk, professor of ecology, evolution & behavior at the U of Minn., about her recent book, "Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live." The book addresses the belief that humans were at some point much healthier and more environmentally acclimated that we are today, shows how & why we're different from our ancestors, and lots more. A can't-put-it-down read, especially if you like science.


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Cook County native Tim McDonnell's new memoir about growing up on the Gunflint Trail

Buck welcomed retired teacher Tim McDonnell to Studio A Sept. 6 to chat about his recent memoir, "The Whole Forest for a Backyard: A Gunflint Trail Wilderness Memoir." Tim grew up in a family that ran a resort on the Trail, and has many delightful stories and memories to share.