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:
Lake Superior

Native American activist Sharon Day on the importance of fresh water

Bob spoke March 2 with Sharon Day, an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, in Minnesota in the Marten Clan, who holds a 2nd degree designation as a M’dewiwin water keeper for her tribe. She discussed the role of women in protecting the precious resource of fresh water, and her role last year in the Mother Earth Water Walk.


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What's it like to be in the U.S. illegally? New book shares stories of real people behind the issue

Bob spoke March 2 with Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt, author of "Living 'Illegal': The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration," a new look at the real people behind this complex issue.


 
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The Thunderheads play Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed Twin Cities band The Thunderheads (Steve Blexrud, Craig Paquette & Don Blue) to The Roadhouse Feb. 24 for plenty of chat, laughter and music.


Garden Bounty

Dietitian Bonnie Brost on the challenges and rewards of healthy eating

Bob chatted recently with Bonnie Brost of the Heart to Heart Lifestyle Management Program at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic about obesity, eating more healthfully, and why it's often so hard to make the right food choices. She's giving several seminars in Grand Marais Wed. and Thurs. Feb. 29 and Mar. 1. See the events page on our website for more info.


 
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Sled Dogs to St. Paul: Musher Frank Moe talks sulfide mining

Bob talked with musher and former state legislator Frank Moe Feb. 24 about "Sled Dogs to St. Paul," the effort to bring attention to the perils of sulfide mining proposed for NE MN, in advance of the Grand Marais send-off rally Thursday Mar. 1 in Harbor Park.


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Local explorer Lonnie Dupre on his recent Denali attempt and his newly-published memoir

Local explorer Lonnie Dupre stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 10 to chat with Buck about his second attempt to summit Denali in winter, and about his newly-published memoir, "Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration."


 
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The Ojibwe People's Dictionary: a new searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary from the U of MN

Bob spoke Feb. 10 with Prof. Brenda Child, chair of the department of American Indian Studies at the U of MN, about the new online Ojibwe People's Dictionary. Click here to browse the dictionary, hear pronounciations from native speakers, and see visual links to related collections of the MN Historical Society.


 
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Gar Alperovitz discusses current crises in the U.S. political & economic systems

Bob spoke Jan. 20 with Gar Alperovitz, author of "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy," about possible approaches and solutions to the current state of affairs in American society.


Garden Bounty

Feeding the planet without ruining the environment: Can it be done?

Buck spoke Jan. 20 with Prof. Jonathan Foley of the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN, about an innovative four-point plan for increasing agricultural production while reducing environmental degradation.