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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Artist-designer Taylor Baldry on The Conversationalist

Buck chatted Dec. 23 with Taylor Baldry, a Minneapolis artist-designer, about The Conversationalist, his project to promote face to face interaction in the digital age. They touched on many of his other creative ideas, as well, which you can read about here.


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Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison plays Studio A

Bob and Buck welcomed Grand Portage musician Briand Morrison back to The Roadhouse Dec. 16 for more of his gorgeous jazz guitar.


 
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Artist Betsy Bowen on her latest projects, including "Twelve Owls" with birder Laura Erickson

Buck and Bob welcomed Grand Marais artist Betsy Bowen Dec. 16 to talk about her recent projects, including "Twelve Owls," "Burr and Hamilton," the winter solstice pageant, and more.


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Organizer & activist John Maher on his new book, "Learning From the Sixties"

Bob spoke Dec. 16 with John Maher, longtime political activist and author of "Learning From the Sixties,"  about how the lessons of those times might be applied today.


 
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The IgNobel Awards: Research that makes you laugh, then think...

Ever thought of a wasabi-based fire alarm? One of the 2011 IgNobel Award winners did. Buck chatted Nov. 25 with Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about the awards.


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Gabriel Ayala, 2011 Native American Artist of the Year, on his unique guitar style

Bob spoke Nov. 25 with Gabriel Ayala, recently named 2011 Artist of the Year at the Native American Music Awards for his album “Passion, Fire and Grace.” Ayala is a classical guitarist and has developed a new genre he calls ‘jazzmenco’.


 
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Moose/wolf expert Dr. Rolf Peterson visits Studio A

Buck spoke Nov. 25 with Dr. Rolf Peterson, a biologist who has been conducting research on moose and wolves on Isle Royale for many years. He was in town to teach and speak at North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.


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Don't panic...Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are standing by

Caitlin O'Rourke, Butterball Turkey Talk-Line expert, joined Bob and Buck by phone Nov. 18 to talk all things turkey as Thanksgiving  approaches. You can reach the turkey experts at 1-800-288-8372 or www.butterball.com Hint: Do not attempt to thaw your turkey by swaddling it in an electric blanket.


 
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Explorer Lonnie Dupre plans second attempt to summit Denali in January

Buck chatted with Lonnie Dupre Nov. 18 about his upcoming attempt to summit Denali and about his soon-to-be-published memoir, "Life on Ice."


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Two Many Banjos plays Studio A

Marc Gartman, bouzouki & banjo, Lefty Johnson, percussion, and Matt Mobley, upright bass, make up Two Many Banjos. They joined Buck and Bob Nov. 11 during membership drive.