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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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.


 
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Design professor & toy lover Barry Kudrowitz talks toys, creativity, and why play matters

Ann Possis chatted Nov. 30 with Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor of product design at the U of MN, just in time for the holiday toy season. Barry designs everything from word games to roller coasters, and he believes play is important at every age. You can see his cool inventions here.


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Not your ordinary bike trip...this one's to the South Pole

Ann Possis visited Nov. 23 with polar adventurer, educator, guide, and former Cook County resident Eric Larsen about his upcoming adventure, Cycle South. Eric, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles and Mt. Everest in a single year, will start in mid-December to pedal from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on a fat tire bike. You can follow his adventures here. Outside Magazine has a great article about it, too.


 
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First-ever food history exhibit at Nat'l. Museum of American History opens

Buck chatted Nov. 23 with Paula Johnson, curator at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., about their brand-new exhibit, "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," which features Julia Child's kitchen, among other things. The exhibit examines some of the big changes in food and wine in postwar America.


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Never fear, Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are standing by

Bob chatted recently with Alice Coffey, an 18-year veteran of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, about common turkey questions and tips. You can reach the Butterball experts at 1-800-Butterball, or www.butterball.com. New this year: a Butterball app for your smartphone!


 
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Award-winning Alaska writer Seth Kantner visits The Roadhouse

Buck welcomed Alaska writer, photographer and commercial fisherman Seth Kantner to Studio A Nov. 16. Seth is the highly-acclaimed author of "Ordinary Wolves" and "Shopping for Porcupine," and was in Grand Marais as the featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.


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Mary R. Morgan on the unique difficulties of losing a twin

Bob visited Nov. 16 with Mary Rockefeller Morgan, author of "Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss & Healing." She's a therapist who specializes in working with twinless twins. In this book, she shares her personal story of losing her twin brother at age 23, and how the special bond between twins affects the grieving process.


 
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Edward Schiappa, communication studies expert, on why the anti-gay marriage amendment was defeated in MN

Bob visited Nov. 9 with Dr. Edward Schiappa, chair of the communication studies department at the U of MN, about his theories on why Minnesota reversed a 31-state trend to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.


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Cook County veterans Lennie & Leonard Sobanja visit The Roadhouse for Veterans Day

Bob welcomed local veterans (and husband & wife) Leonard and Lennie Sobanja to the studio Nov. 9 to share stories of their service, in recognition of Veterans Day.