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!
 
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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As far as we know, it's a didgeridoo debut on The Roadhouse--take a listen

The didgeridoo is a wind instrument that originated with indigenous Australians, still in widespread use both in Australia and all over the world. Local musician Brian Bennett brought two of his instruments to Studio A to talk with Buck & Dick about how the instrument and the music is made, and played a few tunes.


Lake Superior Surf by David Grinstead

Maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse on the storms of November

Nov. 10 was the 38th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, with all 29 lives aboard lost. Frederick Stonehouse, maritime historian and author of more than 30 books, joined Dick Nov. 8 to talk about all things Big Lake & big storm.


 
Deer In Winter by Scott Herrly

"Deerland," a thoughtful exploration of white-tailed deer and their impact on our world

Did you know there are 30 million deer in America today, 100 times more than a century ago? On the eve of deer opener, Buck talked with Al Cambronne, author of "Deerland," about the significant impact the deer has had on our environment, the huge hunting industry, and much more. 


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Fiddle player & songwriter Jim VanCleve visits The Roadhouse

Buck and Dick welcomed acclaimed bluegrass musician Jim VanCleve to Studio A Nov. 1 for great conversation and a few tunes. Jim and his band were in town for the Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Incredible fiddle music!


 
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New study launched on youth football and concussion

Football and concussions have been in the news more and more lately. Dr. Andrew Peterson of the U of Iowa Sports Medicine department joined Buck recently to talk about a new study they're undertaking on youth football and concussion. Find out about what a concussion is, why it's dangerous, and what the study is attempting to learn.


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Following up with Jason Zabokrtsky, who succesfully bushwhacked from Atikokan to Ely in 15 days

Dick checked back in with Jason Zabokrtsky of Ely, who just finished an overland adventure from Atikokan to Ely, 90 miles or so of bushwhacking with the occasional swim thrown in. Learn how he felt, what gear he found most useful, and more.


 
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Fingerstyle master Phil Heywood plays The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick hosted fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood in Studio A Oct. 25 during membership drive. Phil was in town to play a concert with Gordon Thorne the next evening at the ACA.


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Critter du Jour brings music & fun to The Roadhouse

Buck, Dick & Ann welcomed local band Critter du Jour to Studio A during the recent "All Welcome" membership drive. Ken McMillan,  guitar; Barb LaVigne, flute; Tom VanCleve, accordion & fiddle; and Susan Maijala; percussion, made lovely music and lots of laughs.  


 
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Dr. John Smol, one of the world's top Arctic researchers, on learning about climate change from lake sediment samples

Buck spoke Oct. 24 with Prof. John Smol of Queen's University in Ontario about his work in paleolimnology, or the study of lake sediment to study environmental changes, especially climate change. Dr. Smol was recently named by Canadian Geographic magazine as one of the top Canadians making a difference in Canada and the world.


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Kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West...and back? Daniel Alvarez checks in

Daniel Alvarez, a former corporate lawyer, started kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West in June 2012. He liked it so much that when he arrived, he decided to paddle all the way back. Dick chats with Daniel about the adventure and Daniel's lovely writing about it, which you can find here. Daniel joined us Oct. 18 from Baudette, Minn., so his journey is nearly over.