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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:

Critter du Jour brings music & fun to The Roadhouse

Buck, Dick & Ann welcomed local band Critter du Jour to Studio A during the recent "All Welcome" membership drive. Ken McMillan,  guitar; Barb LaVigne, flute; Tom VanCleve, accordion & fiddle; and Susan Maijala; percussion, made lovely music and lots of laughs.  


Dr. John Smol, one of the world's top Arctic researchers, on learning about climate change from lake sediment samples

Buck spoke Oct. 24 with Prof. John Smol of Queen's University in Ontario about his work in paleolimnology, or the study of lake sediment to study environmental changes, especially climate change. Dr. Smol was recently named by Canadian Geographic magazine as one of the top Canadians making a difference in Canada and the world.


Kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West...and back? Daniel Alvarez checks in

Daniel Alvarez, a former corporate lawyer, started kayaking from Northwest Angle to Key West in June 2012. He liked it so much that when he arrived, he decided to paddle all the way back. Dick chats with Daniel about the adventure and Daniel's lovely writing about it, which you can find here. Daniel joined us Oct. 18 from Baudette, Minn., so his journey is nearly over.


Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, earth sciences researcher, has found very old water in the Earth's crust

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar of the University of Toronto was recently named by Canadian Geographic as someone making a significant difference in Canada and the world for her work in discovering and analyzing ancient water in the Earth's crust. She joined Buck Oct. 18 to talk about the discovery, and its significance, including what it might mean for the possibility of water and life on other planets.


Norwegian author Vidar Sundstol's "The Land of Dreams," mystery set on the North Shore

Dick chatted with Norwegian author Vidar Sundstol, whose award-winning crime novel, "The Land of Dreams," was just translated into English. The book is set here on the North Shore, and features people and places of our region. Sundstol lived here for a few years while his wife worked for the forest service.


Bushwhack from Atikokan to Ely? Ely outfitter's adventure through the Quetico & BWCAW

Jason Zabokrtsky, owner of Ely Outfitting Company, set off Oct. 11 to bushwhack from Atikokan, Ontario to Ely. No watercraft is involved. Learn how, and why, in this conversation with Dick Swanson. You can follow his progress here.

Lonnie on Denali

Polar explorer Lonnie Dupre discusses his new film about the earth's frozen places, "Cold Love"

Buck chatted with polar explorer Lonnie Dupre about his new film, "Cold Love," an exploration of the beauty of the world's frozen places and why they're so important to the health of the planet. The film debuted in Cook County Oct. 11 & 12.


British adventurer Sarah Outen circling the globe by kayak, rowboat & bicycle

Sarah Outen, a young British adventurer, is circling the globe by herself under her own power. She calls her expedition London 2 London  Via the World, and recently became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska. Buck caught up with her Oct. 7 to learn more about her 2 1/2-year-long project.


Joe Paulik, Max Bichel & Derek Smith play The Roadhouse

Buck & Bob welcomed Joe Paulik (guitar, vocals), Max Bichel (fiddle) and Derek Smith (percussion) for live music in Studio A Oct. 4.


Dream of Wild Health saves seeds traditionally cultivated by Native American communities

Diane Wilson is executive director of Dream of Wild Health, a St. Paul nonprofit working to collect and save seeds once cultivated by Indian communities and, in the process, improve health and teach young people about food and well-being. Buck spoke with her Oct. 4 about what they do and why it's important to Native American health.