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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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Mark Lambert tells story of Warren MacKenzie, one of the fathers of American pottery

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Potter/filmmaker Mark Lambert & his crew have created a documentary, "Warren MacKenzie: A Potter's Hands," about the process and work of this remarkable artist. Buck spoke May 30 with Mark to learn more about the film, which is being screened Friday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. You can watch a 2-minute trailer here. 

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Chris Gillis & Gordon Thorne play The Roadhouse

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Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed Chris Gillis (keyboard) and Gordon Thorne (guitar) to Studio A May 23 for a fun set of music and chat.


 
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Eric Larsen on his Last North expedition to the North Pole

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Eric Larsen, formerly of Grand Marais, just completed his "Last North" unsupported & unassisted expedition to the North Pole. He & his teammate Ryan Waters are only the second American team in history to complete the crossing. Ann Possis spoke with Eric May 23 to learn why he traveled to the Pole and what kind of conditions he found. You can read more about Eric's adventures here.

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The WolfGang plays classical music using instruments of Mozart's time

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Four members of the WolfGang, a classical sextet from the Twin Cities, joined Dick May 23 to talk about the music they play, the period instruments they use, and more. Two cuts from their CD are played in part during the interview. They were in Grand Marais to perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 24. Learn more about the Wolfgang here.

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The Thunderheads return to Studio A

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The Thunderheads (Steve Blexrud, Craig Paquette, Brad McDonald) brought their great music to Studio A May 16. They were in town to perform at the Gun Flint Tavern that weekend. The band performs both originals and covers in rock, blues and more.


 
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Chiropractor Claudia Cottrell helps animals lead healthier, happier lives

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Dr. Claudia Cottrell, an animal chiropractor based in Duluth, was in Cook County recently to make a public presentation and to treat some animal patients. Buck spoke with her May 16 about the rewards and challenges of her unique practice. You can learn more about her at the Animal Kingdom Chiropractic website.

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The "Wag Brigade" helps make flying a walk in the park

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Flying these days can be stressful and not very fun. But the folks at San Francisco International Airport are doing something about that with the Wag Brigade, a program that puts trained dogs in the terminals to make flying more enjoyable. Christopher Birch, director of guest experience at the airport, talked with Dick May 16 about the program and how it's helping travelers to be happier campers. You can learn more about the Wag Brigade here.

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Project launched to help tourism industry respond to climate change on North Shore

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Mae Davenport, associate professor in the department of forest resources at the U of MN, has just received a grant to help North Shore community leasers and our area's tourism-based industry better understand the vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities a changing climate could bring to our region. She'll be working specifically with organizations and people in Grand Marais, Lutsen, and Finland. Buck spoke with her May 9 to learn more about the project and why it's important.

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A chat with fishing guide Kelly Shepard on the eve of fishing opener

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It's pretty cold and icy for fishing opener this year...local fishing guide Kelly Shepard joined Buck May 9 to talk about ice-out conditions, fishing prospects, and looking ahead to summer. You can learn more about Kelly's guide service here.

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Fascinating facts & stories about nature in three-minute bites, from scientist/outdoorsman Robert Zink

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Robert Zink's new book, "The Three-Minute Outdoorsman," distills the latest news from the world of science & nature into three-minute tidbits of interesting information for the regular reader. He chatted with Dave TerSteeg May 9 about the book, and tells some great, quirky stories. Did you know that chickadees in our neck of the woods are smarter than most? Can you guess why? Take a listen.

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