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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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.


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Slinky! Gumby! Barbie! New MNHS exhibit explores toys of years past

Buck spoke May 2 with Adam Scher, senior curator at the MN Historical Society, about their new exhibit, "Toys of the '50s, '60s & '70s," opening May 24 at the MN History Center in St. Paul. You'll recognize many favorites as well as a few you haven't heard of...like the Johnny Horizon Environmental Test Kit? Many of the toys have Minnesota connections. Listen, have fun and learn a few things all at once.


 
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Walking may lead to more creativity than sitting--so get out there and see what happens

Dave TerSteeg spoke May 2 with Dr. Marily Oppezzo, adjunct professor at Santa Clara University and author of a study published recently by the American Psychological Association. Her research shows that when a task requires some imagination, taking a walk may lead to more creative thinking than sitting does. Learn about how and why walking might help you generate more ideas. You can read the full study here.


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Finding spring in the English countryside

Buck turned the tables on Roadhouse producer Ann Possis in this conversation about her recent long-distance (102 miles) walk in England. Ann hiked the Cotswold Way, one of 15 national trails in that country. Read more about those trails here.


 
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The Joe Paulik Band plays Studio A

Buck & Ann welcomed the Joe Paulik Band (Joe Paulik, Jessi Nicholson, John Mianowski & Derek Smith) to The Roadhouse Apr. 25 to play a few tunes and talk about the second annual Cook County Ramble, coming up May 2 at 7 p.m. at Cascade Lodge Pub.


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"Zenith City" offers personal & historical take on the city of Duluth

Michael Fedo has just written a new book, "Zenith City," a collection of essays about his growing up in Duluth. Ann Possis spoke with him April 25 and learned all about it. He reads a brief passage from one very funny essay, as well. You can read more in his blog, here.


 
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Michael Monroe & Prudence Johnson make great music on The Roadhouse

Dave TerSteeg & Buck welcomed local musician & songwriter Michael Monroe and his guest, Twin Cities musician Prudence Johnson, to Studio A Apr. 18. Prudence was in town to appear at Michael's Log Cabin Concert the following evening. Listen for fun conversation and some gorgeous sound.


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UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program fosters active lifestyles & connections to the natural world

Patrick Kohlin, kayak instructor and web specialist for UMD's Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, chatted with Dave Ter Steeg Apr. 18 about the program, what they do, and why it's important for many reasons to connect people to the big lake. This conversation is part of our effort to gather ideas and stories about environmental sustainability along the North Shore.


 
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Folk singer & activist Peter Yarrow visits The Roadhouse

Legendary musician and activist Peter Yarrow joined Buck Apr. 18 for a conversation about his work and music, and the legacy he's working to create. Peter will perform and speak at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Sat., April 26 at 7:30 p.m.


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Fingerstyle guitar masters visit the Roadhouse

Matthew Brown and Deb Benedict get a live in-studio performance from Eric Lugosch of Chicago and Phil Heywood of Minneapolis. Both of them are virtuosos of a type of guitar playing called fingerstyle, and performed at Bluefin Bay in Tofte during Gordon Thorne's fourth Annual Fingerstyle Masters concert. The musicians play covers and originals both solo and together, and discuss their technique, the fingerstyle music scene, and encounters with other famous musicians throughout their careers.