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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:

Former state legislator Tom Berg's new book on 1970s state politics, "Minnesota's Miracle," offers lessons for today

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Bob visited recently with former state legislator Tom Berg, author of "Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked," about state politics in the 1970s and how significant changes and advances were made through hard work and compromise.



Design professor & toy lover Barry Kudrowitz talks toys, creativity, and why play matters

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Ann Possis chatted Nov. 30 with Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor of product design at the U of MN, just in time for the holiday toy season. Barry designs everything from word games to roller coasters, and he believes play is important at every age. You can see his cool inventions here.



Not your ordinary bike trip...this one's to the South Pole

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Ann Possis visited Nov. 23 with polar adventurer, educator, guide, and former Cook County resident Eric Larsen about his upcoming adventure, Cycle South. Eric, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles and Mt. Everest in a single year, will start in mid-December to pedal from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on a fat tire bike. You can follow his adventures here. Outside Magazine has a great article about it, too.



First-ever food history exhibit at Nat'l. Museum of American History opens

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Buck chatted Nov. 23 with Paula Johnson, curator at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., about their brand-new exhibit, "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," which features Julia Child's kitchen, among other things. The exhibit examines some of the big changes in food and wine in postwar America.



Never fear, Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are standing by

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Bob chatted recently with Alice Coffey, an 18-year veteran of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, about common turkey questions and tips. You can reach the Butterball experts at 1-800-Butterball, or New this year: a Butterball app for your smartphone!



Award-winning Alaska writer Seth Kantner visits The Roadhouse

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Buck welcomed Alaska writer, photographer and commercial fisherman Seth Kantner to Studio A Nov. 16. Seth is the highly-acclaimed author of "Ordinary Wolves" and "Shopping for Porcupine," and was in Grand Marais as the featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.



Mary R. Morgan on the unique difficulties of losing a twin

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Bob visited Nov. 16 with Mary Rockefeller Morgan, author of "Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss & Healing." She's a therapist who specializes in working with twinless twins. In this book, she shares her personal story of losing her twin brother at age 23, and how the special bond between twins affects the grieving process.



Edward Schiappa, communication studies expert, on why the anti-gay marriage amendment was defeated in MN

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Bob visited Nov. 9 with Dr. Edward Schiappa, chair of the communication studies department at the U of MN, about his theories on why Minnesota reversed a 31-state trend to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.



Cook County veterans Lennie & Leonard Sobanja visit The Roadhouse for Veterans Day

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Bob welcomed local veterans (and husband & wife) Leonard and Lennie Sobanja to the studio Nov. 9 to share stories of their service, in recognition of Veterans Day.



J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy & polar explorer Lonnie Dupre discuss climate change

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Buck was joined Nov. 9 by J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, and Lonnie Dupre, polar explorer. They discussed how climate change might be influencing severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy, changes that have been noted in sea levels and other indicators around the world and in the Arctic, and what can be done to address climate change.