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The Roadhouse


  • Friday 5-7pm
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:

NYT best-selling author Mary Roach on The Roadhouse

Dave Seaton chatted recently with the delightful  Mary Roach, author of quirky science books like "Stiff," "Bonk," and "Packing for Mars." Her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," comes out next month.


Want an excuse to sleep more? You might gain weight easier if you don't get your zzz's

Buck spoke Mar. 22 with Dr. Rachel Markwald, sleep expert and lead author of a recent study showing that less sleep leads to more eating and more weight gain. Find out why, and learn about good sleep hygiene, too.

The Si!vertones. Photo by Timouth Young.

The Si!vertones bring charmingly eclectic repertoire to Studio A

Cathy Quinn & Ann Possis welcomed the Si!vertones (Liz Sivertson on sax & clarinet, John Gruber on guitar & vocals) for fun and music during WTIP's "15 Reasons" membership drive.


Inuit throat singers Lydia Etok & Nina Segalowitz perform on The Roadhouse

Cathy Quinn welcomed Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz & Lydia Etok to Studio A Mar. 15 for conversation, laughter, and demos of the traditional Inuit women's art of throat singing. Nina & Lydia were in Grand Marais for Sivertson Gallery's annual Inuit Premiere Weekend. Take a listen--you don't hear this amazing & unusual art form every day.


Filmmaker Emily Haddad on her documentary about the first woman MN Supreme Court justice, "Girl from Birch Creek"

Filmmaker Emily Haddad joined Ann Possis recently to talk about her latest documentary, "Girl from Birch Creek," the inspiring story of Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to be appointed to the MN Supreme Court. Emily talks about why she came to filmmaking, how she chose to tell Rosalie's story, and why it's important.


Mediterranean diet shown to be good for, it's delicious!

Ann Possis spoke Mar. 15 with Dr. Mark Pereira, professor of epidemiology & community health at the U of MN School of Public Health, about a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that a Mediterranean-style diet is very beneficial to one's health. So beneficial, in fact, that the study was ended early because the control group not eating this way was missing out on its good effects. Learn what the foods are, what the research showed, and how you might make changes to your eating habits.


Mary Bue & Kyle Maclean play The Roadhouse

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed Duluth musicians Mary Bue (keyboard) and Kyle Maclean (guitar) to Studio A Mar. 8. They played and sang their original music, before appearing later that evening at Cascade Lodge & Pub.


Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre on his third attempt at Denali & his recently published memoir, "Life on Ice"

Buck chatted Mar. 8 with  explorer Lonnie Dupre, recently back from his third unsuccessful attempt to summit Denali solo in January. Lonnie talks about what went wrong, what he might do differently on a fourth try, and more. His memoir, "Life on Ice," is up for a MN Book Award and a NE Minnesota Book Award.


Historian & author Prof. Elaine Tyler May on International Women's Day

Ann Possis spoke with Prof. Elaine Tyler May of the U of Minn. on International Women's Day, Mar. 8. Prof. May is a historian whose work focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, domestic culture and politics. She reflected on what has been accomplished by and on behalf of women, as well as what still needs to be done to bring women into full equality with men.


Great blues guitar from Gordon Thorne on The Roadhouse

Buck & Ann welcomed local favorite Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 1 for conversation, laughter and, of course, incredible blues guitar. Gordon's third annual fingerstyle guitar weekend happens this year April 12 & 13--might want to mark your calendar.