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MPR host Cathy Wurzer on embracing illness and death to live more fully

Journalist and MPR host Cathy Wurzer and educator Bruce Kramer embarked on a series of broadcast conversations as Bruce dealt with ALS, about how facing death can transform one's outlook on life. "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying," is the remarkable book that came out of these conversations and their resulting friendship. Cathy spoke with Buck recently about getting to know Bruce at the same time she struggled with her own losses, including her father's decline into dementia. Click here for the archived conversations between Cathy and Bruce. You can learn more about the book here.


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Local Music Project: Gordon Thorne and the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend

Gordon Thorne is a fingerstyle blues guitarist living in Finland, MN.

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Stage Door: Parents

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists...and parents of the artists...involved in our local theater. 

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The Great Northern Radio Show is coming to Grand Marais

Aaron Brown is producer and host of the Great Northern Radio Show, a live variety show from KAXE in Grand Rapids. He chatted with Will Moore Mar. 27 about the show and how he puts it together. During April, WTIP will air archived editions of the Great Northern Radio Show during the regular Roadhouse slot, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Aaron and his crew bring the show to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Sat., June 13. Learn more about Aaron here and the Great Northern Radio show here.


Stage Door: Growing up with the Playhouse

‘Stage Door’ takes us behind the scenes at the Grand Marais Playhouse. It’s a chance to meet the artists involved in our local theater.


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David Treuer's latest novel, "Prudence," about love and loss in WWII-era America

 David Treuer, Ojibwe from Leech Lake, now lives in southern California, writing and teaching at USC. He joined Buck Mar. 20 to discuss his latest book, "Prudence," which explores issues of love, desire, and race against the background of World War II. You can learn more about David and his work here


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Michael Monroe's new album pays homage to folk heroes of the 1960s

Michael Monroe has just released his 12th album, "Folk Legends," a tribute to the heroes of folk who inspired him to make music. He stopped by Studio A Mar. 20 to chat with Bob about it and play a few cuts off the CD. A CD release party is scheduled at the Chanhassen Fireside Theater April 10 & 11. You can learn more about Michael's music here


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Inuit throat singers perform in Studio A

Bob Carter & Buck welcomed Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Mrs. Partridge to the Roadhouse Mar. 20 for a wonderful demonstration of this ancient singing technique, as well as discussion of its history and purpose. Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts and Jan Sivertson, owner of Sivertson Gallery, were also there. The 15th annual Inuit Premiere took place at the gallery March 20 & 21.


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Briand Morrison makes music to accompany father George Morrison's art

Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local jazz guitarist and composer Briand Morrison to Studio A March 13. He's working on a new project called "Briand Morrison Presents Musical Impressions, The Art of George Morrison," in which he composes and performs music to accompany a series of slides of his father's work. In this interview he explains the project and share three of the 12 songs. You can learn more about Briand and his work at www.briandmorrison.com.


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Karen Babine discusses her new book, "Water and What We Know"

Karen Babine, an English professor who grew up in northern Minnesota, is just out with a book of essays exploring the meaning of place and identity: "Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life." She spoke with Ann Possis Mar. 13 about the book and why she feels place is so important in our lives. You can learn more about Karen and her writing at www.karenbabine.com.