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The Roadhouse


  • Friday 5-7pm
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:
Michael Monroe performing with a Seaton guitar. Photo: Nick Wosika

Musical favorite Michael Monroe stops in for great conversation & sound

Singer-songwriter Michael Monroe dropped by The Roadhouse Nov. 28 for a delightful visit with Bob Carter and Ann Possis. Hear about his latest projects and log cabin concerts...not to mention some wonderful music.  You can learn more about Michael and his performance schedule here.

Winter 2014 in Cook County

Climatologist Mark Seeley says coming winter not so bad...

Mark Seeley, extension climatologist and professor at the U of MN, stopped by WTIP recently to chat with Ann Possis about climate, weather, and the winter ahead. You might be relieved at what he had to say. You can read his weekly Weathertalk newsletter here.

EverGreen Grass Band

The EverGreen Grass Band rocks The Roadhouse

Dave TerSteeg and Dick Swanson welcomed Eau Claire-based group the EverGreen Grass Band to Studio A Nov. 21 for fast bluegrass picking and great harmonies. They were in town to play at the Gun Flint Tavern. You can learn more about the band's music and schedule here.


"Project: Ice" film director Bill Kleinert stops by The Roadhouse

"Project: Ice" views the Great Lakes through the prism of ice, at the crossroads of history, science and climate change. The film's director and executive producer, Bill Kleinert, was in town for the film's Minnesota debut at North House's Arctic Film Festival. He joined Dave TerSteeg Nov. 21 to talk about why he made the film and why Great Lakes ice is so important. You can learn more about the film here.


Back pain expert Dr. Richard Deyo on his new book, "Watch Your Back!"

Dick talked Nov. 21 with Dr. Richard Deyo about the industry that has sprung up around back pain, and why more invasive intervention might not be effective. They discussed exercise, human touch therapies, and much more. His new book is titled "Watch Your Back! How the Back Pain Industry is Costing Us More and Giving Us Less."


Sawbill Outfitters owner Bill Hansen on unique work credit system that keeps both owners & employees happy

Ann & Dick chatted with Bill Hansen, owner of Sawbill Outfitters in Tofte with his wife Cindy, about their unique work credit system in which employees bid on jobs each week. Bill explained the idea behind it, how it works, and how & why it benefits both employees and the business.


Gratitude: It's good for you

This is a great time of year to reflect on gratitude. Ann spoke Nov. 14 with Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of MN, about why gratitude and its cousin, mindfulness, is good for our well-being. You can learn more about the Center here.


Gary Fiedler on his 7-month Boundary Waters adventure

Gary Fiedler of Hermantown just returned from a seven-month odyssey in the Boundary Waters and Quetico, making 13 trips over every portage and taking over 40,000 pictures. He and his wife Dawn LaPointe spoke with Dick Nov. 14 about why he went and how they worked together to make it happen. You can learn more about their photography gallery here.


Bluesman Gordon Thorne brings great music and conversation to The Roadhouse

Bob Carter, Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed local bluesman Gordon Thorne for an hour of delightful music and chat during WTIP's "Many Thanks" membership drive. Learn about Gordon's  Fingerstyle Guitar Masters weekend coming in April, and lots more.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse observes 39th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Lee Radzak is historic site manager of Split Rock Lighthouse, a position he's held for over 30 years. He spoke with Dick recently about the lighthouse, his work, and the event Nov. 10 to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can learn more about the lighthouse here.