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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:
Ginny Sims

New artist in residence at Grand Marais Art Colony

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Ginny Sims, a potter, is the new artist in residence at the Art Colony in Grand Marais. She will be working and living at the colony for the next two weeks. On Friday she stopped by the Roadhouse to talk to Buck and Dave Seaton about her residency, including the inspiration and functionality of her work, as well as her travels and working in pottery studios abroad.


Lake Superior

Bringing two nations together for environmental stewardship on the Great Lakes

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Lissa Radke, U.S. Coordinator for the Lake Superior Bi-National Forum, calls in to the Roadhouse from Ashland, Wisconsin to talk with Buck about the Forum, which brings people together from all over the Great Lakes region to discuss environmental issues. She also talks about continuing the environmental stewardship legacy left by Sigurd Olson.


Sarah Laskow

Why we love online quizzes

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Versatile New York-based freelance writer Sarah Laskow stops by the Roadhouse to talk to Dave Seaton about her latest article "In Search for the Ur-Quiz" for the Columbia Journalism Review, where she delves into why online quizzes on sites like Facebook and Buzzfeed are so popular.


Bald eagle on the DNR's eagle cam

DNR's eagle webcam enters a second year with success

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Buck and Ann speak with Lori Naumann, Information Director of non-game wildlife with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, about the DNR's webcam documenting the lives of two bald eagles and their young. Neumann discusses past failures with the webcam and this year's successes, including how the camera was set up in the nest's secret location in St. Paul.


Kenneth Newhams, founder of Duluth Shipping News

Duluth Shipping News founder weighs in on winter and troubled ships

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Buck talks with Kenneth Neuhams, the founder and publisher of the Duluth Shipping News. Newhams speaks on how he fell into such a unique career, the daily ship traffic in Duluth, the ice on Superior from an unusually cold winter, and how it is affecting ships on the Lake such as U.S. Coast guard icebreakers and the Presque Isle.


Kurt Carlson of Georgetown University

Study finds three reasons are more persuasive than four

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Ann Possis speaks with Kurt Carlson, Professor of Marketing at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and blogger for Psychology Today, about his new study which finds that the number three is very important when making a persuasive argument, along with how creative decision making can lead to a better life.



The Clearwater Hot Club brings gypsy jazz to The Roadhouse

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Buck & Dick welcomed the Clearwater Hot Club to Studio A March 21 for some hot jazz on a cold night. The band is Sam Miltich, Matthew Miltich, Mike Miller & Gary Schulte. They were in town to perform at the DuLutsen Music & Ski Festival at Lutsen Mountain.


Study finds using treadmill while working can improve productivity...and health

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Buck spoke Mar. 21 with Prof. Darla Hamann of the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the U of Texas, Arlington. She's the co-author of a recent study showing that walking while you work may boost your productivity as well as benefit your health.


Night Sky

Evidence found for first tremors of the Big Bang

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Prof. Clem Pryke is a physics and astronomy professor and experimental cosmologist at the U of MN, and one of the principal investigators on the team that recently discovered evidence of cosmic inflation, proof of the first moments of time after the Big Bang. Prof. Pryke joined Dick Swanson recently to explain what they found and why it's so important.


Gordon Thorne

Gordon Thorne's 'Long Winter Song' from The Roadhouse, March 7, 2014

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Deb Benedict and Buck welcomed blues master Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 7 during our "Spring Forward" membership drive for lots of great music, including a wonderful song about spring that Gordon wrote specially for the drive. Take a listen!