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.

 


 
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Great blues guitar from Gordon Thorne on The Roadhouse

Buck & Ann welcomed local favorite Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 1 for conversation, laughter and, of course, incredible blues guitar. Gordon's third annual fingerstyle guitar weekend happens this year April 12 & 13--might want to mark your calendar.


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Beer as career: Cook County native Ryan Petz on his Twin Cities brewery, Fulton Beer

Ann Possis spoke recently with Cook County native Ryan Petz who, with three of his friends, founded Fulton Beer. Ryan is president of the company, and talked with us about what it's like to start a brewery, what kinds of beers they've been making, their new tap room, and more. Fulton Beer is available in the Twin Cities and in Cook County, but they plan to expand distribution soon.


 
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Duluth filmmaker Mike Scholtz on his award-winning doc, "Wild Bill's Run"

Buck chatted recently with Mike Scholtz about his award-winning documentary, "Wild Bill's Run." Described as 'part Arctic adventure, part crime caper,' it's the strange but true story of Wild Bill Cooper, his attempt to snowmobile to Moscow during the Cold War, and what happened in the aftermath. The film will be shown again in March or April at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.


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Bump Blomberg & Chris Silver live in Studio A

Bob & Buck welcomed local fav Bump Blomberg, on guitar, & Wisconsin musician Chris Silver, on mandolin and resonator, to the show Feb. 15 for great music. They were performing in several spots around the county for President's weekend.


 
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Spoiler alert! Lake Superor State banished words are trending! Don't kick the can down the road...listen now.

Lake Superior State University recently released their 38th annual Banished Words list. Buck chatted Feb. 15 with John Shibley of the university's PR department about what overused words are on this year's list. Spoiler alert! You can read the list here.


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Gwen Westerman on her new book, "Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota"

Bob spoke Feb. 15 with Dr. Gwen Westerman, co-author with Bruce White of "Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota." The book, from the MN Historical Society Press, details the history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for hundreds of years prior to exile.


 
Kristian Bålsrød and Anton Ligaarden, shown with fellow filmmaker Katinka Hustad at Baragas Cross

Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden update The Roadhouse on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera”

Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 1 to update hosts Ann Possis and Buck Benson on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera.”

You can learn more about their project by visiting their website.


The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

Author Will Schwalbe on his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more

Will Schwalbe has been editor-in-chief at Hyperion Books and has written for many national publications. His best seller, The End of Your Life Book Club, is a memoir of reading with his mother during the last two years of her life after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He's the founder of cookstr.com, a website with recipes from many of the world's best chefs. He spoke with Buck Benson on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse about his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more.


 
Psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley talk about a link between nature & creativity (Chantal Forster/Flickr)

Need a creative boost? Hit the trail, say psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley

University of Kansas psychology professors Ruth Ann and Paul Atchley recently completed a study showing that four days out in the wild, without cell phones or other technology, nurtures hikers’ creativity. The Atchleys joined host Ann Possis on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse to explain more.

Read more about the study Ruth Ann & Paul conducted, along with University of Utah professor David L. Strayer.


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John Wright of Lehto & Wright flies solo on The Roadhouse

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed John Wright, of Celtic-folk-Americana trio Lehto & Wright, to Studio A Jan. 18. He claims it was his first-ever solo performance. In any case, he plays some gorgeous guitar. The trio appeared at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Jan. 19.