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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:
Michele & Jim Miller

Jim and Michele Miller bring great harmonies to Studio A

Hovland duo Jim and Michele Miller stopped by to share their beautiful harmonies on both cover and original tunes. 


Country Bug

Bughouse rocks The Roadhouse

Local faves Bughouse! (Al Oikari, piano & slide guitar; Rod Dockan, guitar; John Mianowski, bass) called themselves Country Bug and were joined in Studio A by Nashville singer-songwriter-actress Caitlin Nicol-Thomas for a delightful session of music and laughter. 


Dusty Heart in Studio A

Dusty Heart brings gorgeous harmonies to Studio A

Songwriters Barbara Jean and Molly Dean make up the recently-formed duo, Dusty Heart. They stopped by The Roadhouse on their way to perform at the ninth annual Radio Waves Music Festival. 


courtesy The Sutter Brothers

The Sutter Brothers bring special blend of music & storytelling to Grand Marais

The Sutter Brothers (Bart and Ross Sutter) blend Bart's poems and stories with Ross's music from the Scandinavian, Celtic, and American folk traditions for a delightfully fun and unique show. They stopped by The Roadhouse recently before performing at the Grand Marais Public Library. You can learn more about them here. 


Lake Superior waves

Is the Earth really running out of water? A better way to measure water scarcity

We've all heard the Earth is running out of water... but how is that measured? Is there a better way to gauge water scarcity? Dr. Kate Brauman thinks so. She's lead scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN. She talked with Dick about her ideas on more accurate and useful ways to determine water scarcity.


The Thunderheads in Studio A

The Thunderheads return to The Roadhouse

The Thunderheads, Minneapolis blues/rock/jam band, joined Dave and Dick for great music in Studio A. You can learn more about the band's music and schedule here



Happy 100th to the National Park Service! Researcher discusses the intangible value of our parks

Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Dick spoke with Professor Michael Tarrant, who believes the parks are significant because they add to our Gross National Happiness. Tarrant studies natural resources and suggests that there are other important  indicators of social progress besides the traditional economic measures.


courtesy North Star Press

Tim McDonnell's latest book, "The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion," is a 'why-do' manual for paddling

Tim McDonnell grew up on the edge of the Boundary Waters and has been writing about wilderness for years. He joined Dick to talk about his latest book, "The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion," which he calls a 'why-do' guide exploring the spiritual side of the paddling experience. You can learn more about this book of essays here; it's available at many stores in Cook County as well.


Pete Kavanaugh

Pete K rocks the Roadhouse

Favorite local musician Pete K stopped by the studios to share a great mix of originals and covers. You can learn more about Pete's music and schedule here.



Circular economy's goal moves way beyond recycling

The basic idea of the circular economy is that in production, nothing should be wasted, and everything at the end of its life should be made into something else. Dave talked with Nathaniel Springer, an economist in the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, to learn more. Here's a great article about it from the Institute on the Environment (U of MN). Nat also recommends the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a place to learn more.