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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Craftsman Douglas Brooks on traditional Japanese boat building techniques

Vermont boat builder Douglas Brooks joined Bob during the June 22 live broadcast from the 15th annual Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He was a featured speaker on techniques, design secrets, and the apprenticeship process involved in traditional Japanese boat building. 


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Playing for Change founder Mark Johnson on project to bring people everywhere together through music

Bob had an inspiring conversation June 15 with Mark Johnson, Grammy-award winning sound engineer and award-winning filmmaker, about Playing for Change, the multimedia movement he founded to connect and bring peace to the world through music. "Stand by Me," featuring Roger Ridley of Santa Monica, started the project. You can see and hear this performance, and many more, here. The second annual Playing for Change Day happens all over the world Sept. 22.


 
Garden Bounty

Bokashi: a fermenting process that works like compost, but without the smell...and it breaks down meat, dairy, too

Damon DeVito is managing director at Affinity Management, a Virginia company that manages golf courses and country clubs. He spoke with Buck June 15 about his company's adoption of the bokashi method for handling food waste. Affinity manages Ferncroft Country Club, the first country club in the U.S. to implement a Zero Food Waste Initiative using the bokashi process. In just a year they've diverted several tons of food from the waste stream, saved money, used the byproducts to fertilize gardens and more.


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Northern Wilds publisher & Points North columnist Shawn Perich stops by The Roadhouse

Northern Wilds publisher Shawn Perich stopped by Studio A June 15 to talk all things outdoors including the upcoming Minnesota wolf season, a recent trip to Thunder Bay and Canada's North Shore where lots of new things are happening, and more.


 
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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank roll in to Studio A

Buck Benson and Karen Blackburn welcomed roots/folk duo Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (Ian Alexy and Teague Alexy) for some great guitar and harmonica stylings.


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Garden Fresh Farms grows herbs, lettuce, rainbow trout and more...inside a suburban St. Paul warehouse

Buck chatted June 8 with Dave Roeser, owner of Garden Fresh Farms, about this innovative farm that uses aquaponics in an urban warehouse setting to produce food in a sustainable manner year-round. Dave and his wife D.J. started the farm in 2010, which was named Ramsey County Family Farm of the Year for 2012. 


 
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Two Many Banjos plays Studio A once more before going on hiatus

Bob and Buck hosted Duluth folk/bluegrass band Two Many Banjos in studio June 1. It was one of their last appearances before they go on hiatus later this month.


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Meteorologist Paul Huttner talks weird weather, climate change, and more on the North Shore

Buck talked June 1 with Paul Huttner, MPR meteorologist, about weather trends, climate change, and the challenges of forecasting the weather.


 
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Second annual Lutsen 99er bike race is June 23

Bob chatted June 1 with Adam Harju, race director for the Lutsen 99er, about the bike race scheduled for June 23, co-sponsored by the Cook County Visitors Bureau and Lifetime Fitness. There's also a 39-mile version.


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The Thunderheads return to the Roadhouse

Buck and Bob welcomed back The Thunderheads (Steve Blexrud, Craig Paquette and Don Blue) May 25 for rock/blues tunes and lots of laughter.