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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Eric Larsen on his Last North expedition to the North Pole

Eric Larsen, formerly of Grand Marais, just completed his "Last North" unsupported & unassisted expedition to the North Pole. He & his teammate Ryan Waters are only the second American team in history to complete the crossing. Ann Possis spoke with Eric May 23 to learn why he traveled to the Pole and what kind of conditions he found. You can read more about Eric's adventures here.


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The WolfGang plays classical music using instruments of Mozart's time

Four members of the WolfGang, a classical sextet from the Twin Cities, joined Dick May 23 to talk about the music they play, the period instruments they use, and more. Two cuts from their CD are played in part during the interview. They were in Grand Marais to perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 24. Learn more about the Wolfgang here.


 
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The Thunderheads return to Studio A

The Thunderheads (Steve Blexrud, Craig Paquette, Brad McDonald) brought their great music to Studio A May 16. They were in town to perform at the Gun Flint Tavern that weekend.


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Chiropractor Claudia Cottrell helps animals lead healthier, happier lives

Dr. Claudia Cottrell, an animal chiropractor based in Duluth, was in Cook County recently to make a public presentation and to treat some animal patients. Buck spoke with her May 16 about the rewards and challenges of her unique practice. You can learn more about her at the Animal Kingdom Chiropractic website.


 
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The "Wag Brigade" helps make flying a walk in the park

Flying these days can be stressful and not very fun. But the folks at San Francisco International Airport are doing something about that with the Wag Brigade, a program that puts trained dogs in the terminals to make flying more enjoyable. Christopher Birch, director of guest experience at the airport, talked with Dick May 16 about the program and how it's helping travelers to be happier campers. You can learn more about the Wag Brigade here.


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Project launched to help tourism industry respond to climate change on North Shore

Mae Davenport, associate professor in the department of forest resources at the U of MN, has just received a grant to help North Shore community leasers and our area's tourism-based industry better understand the vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities a changing climate could bring to our region. She'll be working specifically with organizations and people in Grand Marais, Lutsen, and Finland. Buck spoke with her May 9 to learn more about the project and why it's important.


 
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A chat with fishing guide Kelly Shepard on the eve of fishing opener

It's pretty cold and icy for fishing opener this year...local fishing guide Kelly Shepard joined Buck May 9 to talk about ice-out conditions, fishing prospects, and looking ahead to summer. You can learn more about Kelly's guide service here.


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Fascinating facts & stories about nature in three-minute bites, from scientist/outdoorsman Robert Zink

Robert Zink's new book, "The Three-Minute Outdoorsman," distills the latest news from the world of science & nature into three-minute tidbits of interesting information for the regular reader. He chatted with Dave TerSteeg May 9 about the book, and tells some great, quirky stories. Did you know that chickadees in our neck of the woods are smarter than most? Can you guess why? Take a listen.


 
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Transportation expert discusses Rep. Oberstar's legacy

Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented the Eighth congressional district in Minnesota for 36 years, died last week at age 79. Lee Munnich, director of the national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety at the Humphrey School of Public Afffairs in Minneapolis, joined Dave TerSteeg May 9 to talk about Mr. Oberstar and his legacy in transportation. There are a few fun personal stories here, as well.


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All about microhousing, living spaces under 100 square feet, with Mark Hansen

Mark Hansen, one of the founders of North House Folk School, has had a life-long interest in microhousing--homes smaller than 100 square feet.  He joined Buck May 2 to talk about both the philosophy and the practical aspects of tiny house construction and living, as well as lots of other interesting topics, including 'how much is enough?' Mark custom builds  small structures from his workshop in Grand Marais.