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The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
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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.

 


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Mike's bike in Peru

Local craftsman Mike Senty on his six-week tour of Peru by motorbike

Local craftsman Mike Senty spent six weeks this winter touring Peru by motorbike. He joined Dick to chat about his adventure with the roads and people of Peru.

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Grand Marais Recreation Park

Snowbirds are on their way back--what is it like to live seasonally?

We know that real snow birds migrate to follow food and nesting patterns. But what about their human counterparts? Ron Vance, a summer resident at the Grand Marais campground, chatted with Dave recently about the hows, whys and wheres of living seasonally.

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Pete Kavanaugh in Studio A

Pete K back on the Roadhouse

Local guitarist Pete K is back on the Roadhouse with more signature rocking tunes.

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Fred Anderson

Fred Anderson: Cook County Guitar Wizard

Fred Anderson of Lutsen makes his return to the Roadhouse with a new set of virtuostic guitar performances.

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Lee Bergstrom

Lee Bergstrom on biking across New Zealand

Cook County Resident Lee Bergstrom has just returned from a trip biking across New Zealand from northern to southern tip with her husband, Scott. She speaks with Dick Swanson on the Roadhouse.

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Greg Schweser

Greg Schweser on Deep Winter Greenhouses

Growing fresh produce is not only good for your health and budget, it's also great for Mother Earth. But, what if you live in the land of 10,000 lakes with short growing seasons. Fear not, Deep Winter Greenhouses may be here to help. Utilizing stored radiant heat from the sun and built to site specific specs, a deep winter greenhouse extends the growing season, while minimizing external energy inputs. Here to tell us more is Greg Schweser,Associate Director of Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture of the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

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Itasca grapes

"Itasca": a new cold-hardy wine grape from the U of M

The University of Minnesota just released its latest cold-hardy wine grape, named Itasca, which will be used to make dry white wines. Here to tell us more is U of M grape breeder Matt Clark. 

His research focuses on using both traditional and molecular plant breeding approaches to develop improved grape cultivars for cold climate wine production. One key area of research is studying the genetics behind the unique resistances to common grapevine pests such as powdery mildew, phylloxera, downy mildew, and black rot in our hybrid germplasm. Our goal is to develop new grape varieties with multiple resistances so that growers can reduce the amounts of pesticides applied in a season.
 

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Keri Huber - State Fair Archivist on the Roadhouse

Keri Huber is the archivist specialist for the MN State Fair. She’ll give a presentation on State Fair History, filled with stories, photos, and tidbits, next Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library. She joins us now by phone to give us a preview and talk about what must be a fun job, working to preserve the history of the Fair.

Keri  has worked at the Minnesota State Fair as an archivist for the past six years. With over 22,000 photos in the State Fair’s collection, her background in visual arts has proven useful in finding images that tell a story and bring history to life. She collaborates with the Minnesota Historical Society (History Walking Tour and the State Fair’s History & Heritage Center) and has worked with TPT (State Fair Stories; Lost Twin Cities; Almanac; Gracious Spaces; Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect) and national programs such as Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. She too has been interviewed by local newspapers, television and radio stations about the State Fair, and enjoys sharing fair stories learned through research and by the connections she has made.
 
 

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Best-selling author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on her latest book, "Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places"

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from the African savannah to her own backyard. You may recognize her as the author of the NYT best-seller, "The Hidden Life of Dogs." Now she has written a book about her own life--"Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places." She joined Ann Possis recently on The Roadhouse.

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Maples on the Caribou Trail by Don Davison

Everything you wanted to know about maple syrup--from local producer Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols is part of the Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company in Lutsen--currently the largest sugarbush in Minnesota. He sat down with Dave Seaton recently to explain the intricacies of organic maple syrup production. You can see their Facebook page to learn more.

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