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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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"Let's Go Fishing!"

"Let's Go Fishing!" -- it's a keeper

Eric Dregni's latest book, "Let's Go Fishing! Fish Tales from the North Woods," is a celebration of the sport of fishing in the northland. Dave chatted with Eric recently about the book, which features dozens of photos and historical images, and many great stories. You can find it at bookstores everywhere. Eric will talk about and sign his book June 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Grand Marais Public Library.

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Photo courtesy of Ellie Ballantine

Bluegrass band The Thirsty River makes Roadhouse debut

Twin Cities-based bluegrass band The Thirsty River (Jake Jungbauer, guitar; Mike Store, bass; Evan Jungbauer, banjo; Ben Jungbauer, mandolin; Dave Anderson, keyboards/percussion) made their first appearance on WTIP last week. Listen for great original tunes and stories of how the band came to be. You can learn more about The Thirsty River here. Their new CD comes out in June.

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Four women canoeing from Seagull Lake to Hudson Bay--learn all about Journey 4 Renewal

Four women (Steph Branchaud, Chelsea Froemke, Tessa Larson & Whitney Vogel) set out May 29 from Seagull Lake with plans to canoe all the way to Hudson Bay, about 1,239 miles over some very tough terrain. Dick caught up with them a few days before they left to learn more about their hopes for this trip to benefit Wilderness Canoe Base--and about challenges as well. You can follow Journey 4 Renewal here.

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Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood stops by The Roadhouse

Fingerstyle guitar master Phil Heywood was in Grand Marais recently for a performance with Tim Sparks. Phil stopped by The Roadhouse with his guitar to chat and play. You can learn more about Phil and his music and schedule here.

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U of MN Bell Museum launches online biodiversity atlas

The U of MN Bell Museum of Natural History just launched an online, searchable interface providing access to all of its biodiversity collections. Dr. Keith Barker, part of the project team that developed the atlas, talked with Dave about what's available online and why it's important to preserve and make available these records of the historical distribution of life. You can see the atlas here. 

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Dr. Anton Treuer touring state answering questions, dispelling myths on Indian people and culture

Dr. Anton Treuer is professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, and author of 14 books, including "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask." He stopped by the studio on his way to the Grand Marais Public Library to give a talk based on the book. He chatted with Dick about common cultural myths, and about the importance of creating a safe space for people to ask questions. You can learn more about Dr. Treuer and his work here.

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Floydian Slip in Studio A

Floydian Slip rocks the Roadhouse with original jam music

South Shore jam band Floydian Slip made a return appearance on the show May 13 with great original tunes. They've been working on a new album, set to come out this summer, and they'll be back in town for Fisherman's Picnic. Floydian Slip is Andy Noyes, Jeff Kriner, Olaf Kirsten, and Scott McCafferty. You can learn more about the band and their schedule here.  

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"You Must Only to Love Them"

Cook County resident Ann Marie Mershon's new memoir on teaching and traveling in Turkey

Cook County teacher and writer Ann Marie Mershon spent nine semesters teaching in Turkey. She's written a memoir of her time there, "You Must Only to Love Them: Lessons Learned in Turkey." She chatted with Dick recently about what it was like to live and teach there, what she learned about Turkish culture, and much more. The book is available locally and on Amazon. You can learn more about Ann and her work here

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Duluth News Tribune outdoors editor Sam Cook talks chilly fishing opener

Sam Cook, outdoors editor at the Duluth News Tribune and a regular Roadhouse guest, chatted with Dave on the eve of this year's fishing opener. 

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Plucked Up String Band

Plucked Up String Band plays The Roadhouse

The Plucked Up String Band (Bill Hansen, dobro; Amanda Hand, guitar & vocals; Matt Nesheim, banjo & vocals; Elliot Noyce, mandolin & vocals; Kieran Scannell, drums; and Will Moore, upright bass & vocals) stopped by Studio A shortly after their big tour. Listen for great original music and fun stories about being on the road.

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