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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 Dick Swanson & Dave TerSteeg 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:
The Pete K Group in Studio A

Pete K Group rocks The Roadhouse

Pete Kavanaugh and his Minneapolis band, The Pete K Group, (Pete on guitar & vocals, Eric Meyer on bass, and Mike Dubois on drums) stopped by Studio A on their way to a gig at Grandma Rays in Grand Marais. Fabulous music to start the weekend!  You can learn more about the band and their schedule here.



"How to Move to Canada" by Andre du Broc

Thinking about escaping it all and moving to Canada? Humorist offers helpful guide

Fed up with the election? Threatening to move to Canada? A new book, "How to Move to Canada: A Discontented American's Guide to Canadia Relocation," will inform you and make you laugh at the same time. Dave caught up with the book's author, Andre du Broc, to learn more. Andre is a creative & editorial director, author, copywriter, content developer, and word monkey at large... not to mention a very funny guy.


"180 Days" by Stan Kusunoki

Teacher & poet Stan Kusunoki visits The Roadhouse during MEA

Stan Kusunoki is a high-potential elementary teacher who is also a published poet. He stopped by The Roadhouse to chat with Dick about his midlife career switch to teaching, poetry, and the pleasures and challenges of working with children. 



Ginstrings bring great bluegrass to Studio A

Bluegrass band Ginstrings was in Grand Marais recently to perform. Several of the band's members, Gavin Haskin (mandolin), Eli Bentley (guitar), and Edward Hou (fiddle), stopped by The Roadhouse to chat and play a few tunes. You can learn more about their music and their schedule here.


Taqralik Partridge (l.) & Nina Segalowitz

Visiting Inuit throat singers stop by The Roadhouse

Last weekend marked the 16th annual Inuit Premier at Sivertson Gallery. Inuit throat singers Taqralik Partridge (left) and Nina Segalowitz (right) traveled to Grand Marais to be part of the celebration. They, along with gallery director Abby Tofte, stopped by The Roadhouse to talk about throat singing and what it means, and to demonstrate this amazing vocal form. 



Extreme rock climber who thrives on risky behavior might have different brain than most of us

We ran across a fascinating article about a famous free solo (unroped) rock climber, Alex Honnold, and how his brain works. Dave chatted with the article's author, Canadian independent journalist J.B. MacKinnon, about why JB became interested in finding out about Alex's brain, and what he learned.


Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble

Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble concert to feature local performers, original music

The Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble (the version in studio was Mike DeBevec, keyboard; Eric Hahn, sax; Karina Roth, vocals; Barb LaVigne, flute; Mike Roth, bass) stopped by Studio A recently to preview their upcoming concert. It's called "All Our Own Jazz," Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and will feature local musicians playing original compositions.


Fall on the Gunflint Trail by Bryan Hansel

Duluth News Tribune outdoors editor Sam Cook visits as fall sets in

We caught up recently with one of our favorite guests, Sam Cook, outdoors editor for the Duluth News Tribune. He and Dave talked grouse hunting, nuisance bears,  new regulations, and much more. You can read Sam's articles and columns here.


2016 IgNobel Awards

2016 IgNobel prizes awarded--research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think

The IgNobels are awarded every year at Harvard University for research that first makes people laugh, then makes them think. Mike Reeves chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about this year's awards, the incredible prizes involved, and why the whole thing got started. Nature (magazine) calls the IgNobel awards "the highlight of the scientific calendar." Celebrating research like the effect of wearing trousers on the sex life of rats, or assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, who could argue?



Our Shores Run: Three friends ran around Lake Superior this summer

Three friends from Northland College, Andy Butter, Evan Flom, and Allissa Stutte, set out to run all the way around Lake Superior this summer. The team joined Dave to talk about their trip's success, highs and lows along the way, and what they learned about the world and themselves. You can read more about their adventure here.