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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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.


 
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DNR parks & trails director checks in on the 'start of summer' weekend

Courtland Nelson, director of parks and trails for the Minnesota DNR, talked with Buck May 25 about what's new for the summer season at our state parks. You can learn more at their website here.


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Dictionary of American Regional English? As we say in these parts...uff da!

Bob spoke May 25 with Dr. Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English, about the completion of the final volume of text (slab-zydeco), the upcoming electronic edition, and how people in different walks of life can use this unique resource. Check out their great websites at www.dare.wisc.edu and http://dare.news.wisc.edu/ for audio clips,  words unique to Minnesota and any number of other regions, and lots more cool stuff.


 
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Titambe Dance Ensemble brings West African drum rhythms to Studio A

Buck and Bob hosted four members of the Titambe Dance Ensemble May 18 for chat and music. Director Christian Adeti and his group drummed and danced at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais the next evening.


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Study aims to help smokers stop by finding out why quitting's so painful

Buck spoke May 18 with Dr. Mustafa al'Absi, professor of behavioral medicine at UMD and director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute, about a study he's conducting on why people who quit smoking have increased sensitivity to pain. Dr. al'Absi specializes in how stress affects the brain. To learn more about the study, you can call 218 726 8896.


 
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Author and theologian James Douglass on his new book, "Gandhi and the Unspeakable"

Bob spoke May 18 with James Douglass, theologian, teacher, and author of "Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth," about Gandhi's remarkable life and what made his non-violent practice so powerful.


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Adventurer Jon Turk on his latest expedition, 1,500-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island by kayak

Buck spoke May 11 with Jon Turk, environmental scientist and adventurer, about what drives him to undertake extreme adventure, what it takes to succeed, and pushing one's body to these limits at age 66. Jon recently completed a 1,500-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island by kayak with his expedition partner Erik Boomer; it's believed to be the first ever.


 
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Julia Herz of the Brewers Association & craftbeer.com on craft beer...it's American Craft Beer Week May 14-20

Buck chatted May 11 with Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, and publisher of craftbeer.com, about the huge rise in popularity of craft beers, which beer to serve with what food, and lots more.


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Author, publisher, small homes guru Lloyd Kahn on his latest book, "Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter"

Bob chatted May 4 with Lloyd Kahn, founder of Shelter Publications, in town for the North House sustainability weekend, about his new book, 'micro-housing,' fitness and more.