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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Local singer-songwriter Barbara Jean on her blossoming music career

Buck Benson & Dave Seaton welcomed local musician Barbara Jean to Studio A Sept. 28, fresh from her Mountain Stage performance and release of her new album, "The Great Escape." She was joined by David Huckfelt, guitarist for The Pines.


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Astronomer Bob King on spotting northern lights, Zodiacal light, comets, and more this fall

Dave Seaton chatted Sept. 28 with Bob King, Duluth News-Tribune photographer, astronomer, and author of the Astro Bob blog. They covered everything from northern lights (fall's the best time to see them) to Mars Curiosity to getting enough sleep while working days and stargazing at night.


 
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Scat-sniffing dogs help researchers study & protect wildlife

Buck chatted Sept. 28 with Dr. Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the U of Washington, about an amazing group of dogs that assist in wildlife research by sniffing out scat for study.


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Singer-songwriter Eric Frost plays The Roadhouse

Local singer-songwriter Eric Frost dropped by Studio A Sept. 21. He chatted with Buck and Bob and played several original tunes, accompanied by local musician Bill Hansen.


 
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Can pregnancy test dispensers in public restrooms help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome?

Jody Allen Crowe, longtime educator and founder of Healthy Brains for Children, joined Buck Sept. 21 to talk about the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome and the devastation caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.  Learn about his experiences, and his efforts to educate people and encourage women to find out if they're pregnant before they take a drink.


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Artist Betsy Bowen & birding expert Laura Erickson on their newest book, "Hawk Ridge"

Bob chatted Sept. 21 with Laura Erickson, producer of "For the Birds," and Betsy Bowen, woodcut printmaker and painter, about their newest collaboration, "Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey." The book includes every hawk that's ever been reported at Hawk Ridge in Duluth.


 
 

Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Timothy Lineberry on the epidemic of military suicides, and what can be done to help

Bob spoke recently with Dr. Timothy Lineberry, Mayo Clinic psychiatrist & suicide expert for the Army, about the alarming increase in the military suicide rate, and what can be done to stop this trend. You can read his full article in the September edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, here.  


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Cook County's Denny Fitzpatrick shares experience as national political convention delegate

Bob chatted Sept. 14 with Denny Fitzpatrick of Grand Marais, who recently served as a delegate from Minnesota to the Democratic National Convention. Hear what it's really like to work behind the fanfare and speeches.


 
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New collaboration between Google & U of MN lets you visit Antarctica without leaving home

Brad Herried, cartographer & web developer at the U of MN Polar Geospatial Center, chatted with Buck Sept. 7 about the new joint project with Google that allows people to see special places in the Antarctic and Arctic without ever leaving home. The pic at left shows Brad capturing Google Street View imagery at the South Pole November 2011. Click here to go to the Street View page where this shot was taken.


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Am. Diabetes Assoc. Midwest state advocacy director Jim McGowan on diabetes prevention

Bob chatted Sept. 7 with Jim McGowan, Midwest state advocacy director for the American Diabetes Association, about the epidemic of diabetes and obesity, and what can be done to prevent and manage diabetes. Jim is also a musician who was here to perform at Cascade Lodge Pub in Lutsen, and he combined his two passions by writing and performing the "Stop Diabetes Blues."