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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"The Wrong Omar" makes Roadhouse music debut

Bob & Buck welcomed Minneapolis musician "The Wrong Omar" (Joey Shaheen) to Studio A Dec. 21 for his WTIP/Roadhouse debut. His songs are original, quirky, and fun.


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Cool new book for kids and their grownups: "Unbored"

Buck chatted recently with Elizabeth Foy Larsen, co-author of "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, " which the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune called “the quintessential guide for today’s tech-savvy and socially engaged kids." Geared to kids ages 8 to 13, it's gotten rave reviews from parents and kids alike for its coverage of fun stuff to think about, make and do, from yarn-bombing to classic pranks to building a remote-controlled water blaster.


 
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Duluth musical duo The Brothers Burn Mountain make Roadhouse debut

Buck & Bob welcomed The Brothers Burn Mountain (Ryan & Jesse Dermody) to Studio A Dec. 14. The Brothers play original Americana and bluegrass, with poetic lyrics, on guitar and drums. They were in town for two performances at the Gun Flint Tavern.


Lake Superior's north shore

Ontario environmental/adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell on his first book, "The Greatest Lake"

Buck visited recently with award-winning environmental & adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell, on his new book, "The Greatest Lake: Stories from Lake Superior's North Shore." They talked about the Canadian north shore, what it's like to be a wilderness guide, environmental threats to the Big Lake, and much more.


 
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Will the world end Dec. 21 in the 'Mayan Apocalypse'? Psychology expert addresses the science of fear

Bob spoke with Prof. Shmuel Lissek of the U of MN department of psychology Dec. 14. Lissek's specialty is the science of fear. They talked about how and why humans react to imagined fearful situations the same as to real ones, and what happens in our bodies and minds when we're afraid. 


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New book of Minnesota know-how, from carving ice sculptures to singing like a voyageur...

Bob was joined by former Pioneer Press outdoors writer (and current communications director for the MN DNR) Chris Niskanen Dec. 7 to talk about his new book, "The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction and More." Those and dozens of other uniquely Minnesotan skills are covered in this 'playful yet practical' how-to guide.


 
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"Books That Shaped America" from the Library of Congress...what would be on your list?

Mark Dimunation, chief of the Library of Congress' rare book & special collection division, joined Bob recently to discuss "Books That Shaped America." Learn how and why the list of 88 books were chosen, and how they affected our history. You can view the entire list here.


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Get the scoop on the royal baby bump from an expert on British history & monarchy

Ann Possis chatted Dec. 7 with Prof. John Watkins, professor of English at the U of MN, who specializes in sovereignty, queenship, and British history. Learn about the royal family, how succession to the British throne works, and changes in British law that will allow a girl baby equal chance to become the monarch. 


 
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Filmmaker Beau Larson & race director Adam Harju, on the new doc film, "Breaking Trail"

Local filmmaker Beau Larson and Lutsen 99er bike race director Adam Harju joined Bob Nov. 30 to talk about a new documentary film, "Breaking Trail," by Beau and filmmaker Carl Hansen, which looks at the history of Lutsen Mountains, biking in Cook County, and the third Lutsen 99er, coming up in June. The film premiered Dec. 1 at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.


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Former state legislator Tom Berg's new book on 1970s state politics, "Minnesota's Miracle," offers lessons for today

Bob visited recently with former state legislator Tom Berg, author of "Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked," about state politics in the 1970s and how significant changes and advances were made through hard work and compromise.