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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Bluesman Bob Bingham releases new CD, "New Ground"

Local bluesman Bob Bingham joined Buck & Dick in Studio A June 13 to celebrate 50 years in the music business as well as the release of his fifth self-produced album, "New Ground." Bob was one of the founding members of the now-legendary Lamont Cranston Band. Fun stories abound in this interview, which also includes three cuts from Bob's new CD.


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Cloquet shipwreck hunter searches for first German U-boat sunk by U.S. in WWII

Jerry Eliason is a shipwreck hunter who, most recently, discovered the Henry B. Smith in Lake Superior. Now he's embarking on a new project, to find U-656, the first German U-boat sunk by U.S. forces in World War II. He spoke with Dick June 13 to explain why and how they're conducting the search. You can learn more about the Kickstarter project to fund it here.


 
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Advances in telemedicine benefit patients and health care providers alike

Telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology, has grown dramatically in recent years. Dr. Joel Gordon of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato joined Buck June 13 to discuss recent developments in the field, and how the technology helps doctors and patients alike.


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Musician Jim McGowan stops by The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed singer/guitarist Jim McGowan to Studio A June 6. Jim was in town to perform at Cascade Lodge Pub the next evening. They talked about music as well as Jim's new job as executive director of the MN Alliance of YMCAs, and Jim played some great tunes.


 
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Grand Marais native Phil Bowen named Coach of the Year in 2014 Ultiworld College Awards

Carleton College Ultimate coach Phil Bowen was recently named Coach of the Year by Ultiworld, the news site dedicated to ultimate (a team sport played with a flying disc). Dick spoke with Phil June 6 to learn about the season and how he and his team dealt with the tragedy of losing three team members in a car accident. You can read more about ultimate here.


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It's down to Duluth vs. Provo, Utah, in Outside Magazine's Best Towns contest

Duluth has beat out 62 other towns and is up against just Provo, Utah, in the Outside Magazine Best Towns Tournament. Outside Associate Editor Jonah Ogles chatted with Buck June 6 about the contest and about what makes a town a great place to live and play. You can vote for Duluth here.


 
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Geologist Richard Ojakangas shares fascinating geological history of the North Shore

Dick chatted May 30 with Dr. Richard Ojakangas, retired UMD geology professor, about how the geology of the North Shore  makes our area the unique place it is. Dr. Ojakangas was featured speaker at North House Folk School's Northern Landscapes Festival May 31.


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Cooking Science Guy offers tips to start your grilling season right

Is  high heat or a low slow burn better? What should you put in your marinade for the tenderest meat? What about grilling fish? Dr. Guy Crosby, food scientist, spokesperson of the Institute of Food Technologists, and science editor for America's Test Kitchen, joined Buck May 30 to talk all things BBQ and the science behind them. Listen and make this summer's BBQs the best ever. You can learn more about Dr. Crosby's work here.


 
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Mark Lambert tells story of Warren MacKenzie, one of the fathers of American pottery

Potter/filmmaker Mark Lambert & his crew have created a documentary, "Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands," about the process and work of this remarkable artist. Buck spoke May 30 with Mark to learn more about the film, which is being screened Friday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. You can watch a 2-minute trailer here. 


 

Chris Gillis & Gordon Thorne play The Roadhouse

Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed Chris Gillis (keyboard) and Gordon Thorne (guitar) to Studio A May 23 for a fun set of music and chat.