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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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.


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Organic farming consultant & author Atina Diffley on local food production and her new book, "Turn Here Sweet Corn"

Buck chatted May 4 with Atina Diffley, organic consultant and author of "Turn Here Sweet Corn," her memoir about life as a Minnesota organic farmer. Buck found the book to be both suspenseful and moving. Listen and find out why.


 
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Artist Hazel Belvo on her creative process and inspiration

Dave Seaton spoke Apr. 13 with artist, master teacher and mentor Hazel Belvo, who is serving as artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, about her artistic influences, vision, and process.


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Michael Gulezian brings gorgeous & unique guitar stylings to The Roadhouse

Buck Benson and Ann Possis welcomed Michael Gulezian and local favorite Michael Monroe to Studio A Apr. 27 in advance of their joint Log Cabin Concert near Grand Marais that evening.


 
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Local writer & life coach Berta Bauer talks about writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle"

Buck chatted recently with local writer Berta Bauer about the process and challenges involved in writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle." There's a book reading and signing by Berta May 1 at 7 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education.


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Relatives of Titanic sinking victim recount memorial cruise 100 years later

 

Ann Possis spoke Apr. 27 with Jane and Frank Allen of Devon, England, about their recent experience on the Titanic memorial cruise. The ship retraced the 1912 route of the Titanic, arriving at the sinking site exactly 100 years later, where a special service was held. Jane's great-uncle Thomas Pears, who was on his honeymoon on the Titanic, perished in the disaster.


 
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Mayo Clinic climbs Mt. Everest to study effects of altitude

Buck spoke Apr. 20 with Andy Miller, senior research technologist at Mayo Clinic, about a research project under way to study the effects of altitude on respiration, metabolism, sleep patterns and more, in order to gain knowledge to apply to regular folks back home. Six researchers from Mayo are traveling up Mt. Everest to do it; you can follow their progress here.


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Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson come to Minnesota in series from U of MN Press

Ann Possis chatted Apr. 20 with Larry Millett, former reporter and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. His books, published by the U of MN Press, feature Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solving mysteries right here in Minnesota. He talks about the joys and challenges of writing about one of the world's most well-known and beloved fictional characters.


 
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MPCA & U of MN begin research study to determine effects of sulfates on wild rice

Ann Possis spoke Apr. 20 with Shannon Lotthammer, manager of the water assessment and environment section of the MPCA, about a new study to determine the effects of sulfates on wild rice. Shannon explains what sulfates are, where they come from, and what the study will look for.


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Fabulous fingerstyle guitarist Mary Flower plays The Roadhouse

Carah Thomas and Dave Seaton welcomed Portland fingerstyle guitarist Mary Flower to Studio A Apr. 13. She was here for the second annual Fingerstyle Guitar Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay in Tofte, and was joined in studio with musician and organizer of the event, Gordon Thorne.