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:
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Meteorologist Mark Seeley on our looooong cold winter

Meteorologist Dr. Mark Seeley joined Buck Feb. 28 to talk about this challenging winter. He believes Minnesota has been at the very heart of the cold that has blanketed North America. But cheer up...he also thinks spring will come earlier than it did last year! Photo, "Lake Superior Ice," courtesy of Don Davison.


 

Eric Frost & Bill Hansen play The Roadhouse

Dick & Buck welcomed Eric Frost and Bill Hansen to Studio A on a snowy February night. They played a mix of original music and covers and, of course, there was lots of talk and laughter.


 
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New study finds iPads, other mobile devices can lead to motion sickness--lead researcher explains

Prof. Tom Stoffregen of the U of MN led a study showing that using iPads & other mobile devices often make people feel sick. He joined Buck Feb. 21 to talk about motion sickness in all its forms, what causes it, and ways you can reduce your chances of developing motion sickness.


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How candy moved from luxury good to cheap everyday snack...and why a few jellybeans can be a good thing

Prof. Samira Kawash has written a fascinating cultural history of candy: "Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure." Dick spoke with her Feb. 21 to learn more about how candy has evolved from a rare treat to integral part of our diets, and why people have such mixed feelings about sugar and candy. Check out her website and read more at candyprofessor.com


 
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Gordon Thorne, a Roadhouse favorite, stops in to play during membership drive

Deb Benedict and Buck welcomed blues master Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 7 during our "Spring Forward" membership drivefor lots of great music, including a wonderful song about spring that Gordon wrote specially for the drive. Take a listen. And don't forget the fourth annual fingerstyle guitar weekend, happening April 12 at Bluefin Bay in Tofte.


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Cal Hand & Amanda Hand play The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed steel guitar and dobro master Cal Hand, and his singer-songwriter daughter Amanda Hand, to The Roadhouse Feb. 14. Cal, longtime performer on A Prairie Home Companion, was in town for a new North Shore Music Association event, "The Grand Marais Ole Opry." They chatted and played some gorgeous music.


 
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New study shows too much sugar is bad for your heart--cardiologist explains

It's appropriate that on Valentine's Day, Buck spoke with Dr. Daniel Duprez, an interventional cardiologist at the U of MN, about a study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that consuming too much sugar increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Learn all about it here...but rest assured, a bit of dark chocolate is still good for you.


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Gordon Thorne warms a winter night with great blues

Dick & Ann welcomed local musician Gordon Thorne to Studio A Jan. 31 for fun conversation and wonderful blues guitar. Gordon is offering guitar workshops every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. through March at Moondance Coffee in Lutsen. And April 12 is the fourth annual Fingerstyle Masters weekend at Bluefin Bay in Tofte.


 
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Nationally-known life coach & O Magazine columnist Martha Beck on being happy

Martha Beck is a life coach who helps people create their 'right life' through workshops, individual coaching, a website, and more. She chatted with Dick Jan. 31 about her work, including small steps people can take to feel happier, and her new workshops especially for men, "Escape From the Man Cage."


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MN Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman on the propane shortage & what's being done to address it

 There's a major shortage of propane and other home heating fuels in Minnesota, causing prices to skyrocket. Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman spoke with Ann Possis Jan. 31 to explain how the shortage happened, how the state and industry are responding, and how people can get help. Check out Stay Warm Minnesota for more resources.