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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:

Dave & Amy Freeman back from 2,000-mile expedition Paddle to D.C.

Amy and Dave Freeman just returned from canoeing, portaging and sailing over 2,000 miles from northern Minnesota to Washington, D.C. to observe the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to bring attention to the issue of mining near the Boundary Waters. Dave TerSteeg caught up with them Dec. 12, and they have great stories to tell. You can learn more about their adventure and mission here.


Black River Revue rocks The Roadhouse

Dick Swanson & Bob Carter welcomed all six members of the Black River Revue, a Duluth/Superior-based band, into Studio A Dec. 5. It was a crowded fun time featuring high-energy music mixing bluegrass instrumentation and their own unique sound. You can learn more about Black River Revue and their performance schedule here.


Top food trends for your fav on the list?

Ever wonder about how food trends get started? Bob Carter chatted Dec. 5 with Kelly Hensel, senior digital editor at the Institute of Food Technologists, about what goes into predicting food trends, and what flavors are 'hot' for 2015. You can learn more about their work here.


Is your personal information really private online? Legal expert explains

Facebook is making changes to its privacy policy as of Jan. 1, so we thought we'd look into online privacy from a legal standpoint. Prof. Jane Kirtley, director of the U of MN Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and the Law, spoke with Dick Dec. 5 about what information  Facebook and other companies can legally collect and use. Bottom line? Buyer beware.

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.