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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Amy Shaw on community engagement by public media, and why it matters

Amy Shaw, senior VP at Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis, visited Grand Marais recently. Bob spoke with her July 27 about what community engagement is, and why it's essential for public radio and TV to keep community engagement at the center of all they do.


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Surveillance by unmanned aircraft...is our privacy at stake?

Buck spoke July 27 with Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the MN chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which recently released a report on the growing domestic use of unmanned aircraft for surveillance. They discussed how this increasing use of drones to watch and collect information on American citizens could affect our privacy and liberties.


 
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Jerry Vandiver, with guest Shy Anne, plays beautiful music in Studio A

Nashville songwriter & musician Jerry Vandiver stopped by The Roadhouse July 20 before his performance at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs that evening. He brought along Shy-Anne, an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer from Northwestern Ontario, and the two chatted with Buck and played a few songs.


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Sarah Weeks, former Cook County resident, on winning the women's Ultimate (frisbee) 2012 world championship

Sarah Weeks, former Cook County resident, is part of the U.S. women's team that won the World Flying Disc Federation 2012 world championship in Japan. She spoke with Ann Possis July 20 about the games, the unique self-refereed nature of Ultimate, and about the special ethic behind the game.


 
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Headstones enter the 21st century with Interactive Memorial you can scan with your smartphone

Buck chatted July 20 with Norman Taple, president of Katzman Monument Co., which offers traditional monuments as well as high-tech interactive memorials in their 'virtual storefront' online. They're bringing the memorial business into the Internet age.


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Michael Monroe stops by Studio A on eve of Grand Marais Arts Festival weekend

Grand Marais singer-songwriter Michael Monroe stopped in July 13 to chat with Bob and play a few songs, including one from his very first album, "Summer Rain."


 
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Ultrarunning champion Scott Jurek on his best-selling new book, "Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness"

Buck spoke July 13 with elite athlete & vegan Scott Jurek on his new best-selling book, "Eat & Run," about his journey from a northern Minnesota childhood to winning the most grueling competitions--on a plant-based diet. Scott recently set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—that's 6.5 marathons in one day.


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Ernestine Shepherd, 76-year-old bodybuilder, on how and why she got fit

Ernestine Shepherd  is a 76-year-old bodybuilder and self-described former couch potato who started working out in her mid-50s and lifting weights at age 71. She chatted with Bob July 13 about her quest to remain fit and healthy as she ages, and her mission to inspire other women to do the same.


 
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Beryl Singleton Bissell on her new North Shore memoir, "A View of the Lake"

Ann Possis spoke July 6 with Beryl Singleton Bissell, author of a new memoir, "A View of the Lake," about what inspires and draws her to Lake Superior.


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Towering Pines Canopy Tour opens at Gunflint Lodge

Buck chatted with Gunflint Lodge owner Bruce Kerfoot July 6 about their new Towering Pines Canopy Tour zipline, which opened to the public on July 4.