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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 Dave TerSteeg, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, 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:
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MN Sea Grant developing a green infrastructure guide for the Lake Superior coast

MN Sea Grant has been holding a series of focus group meetings to support the development of a green infrastructure guide to stormwater management for the Lake Superior coastal zone.  The meetings have been held all along the North Shore, including one in Grand Marais on May 14.  Tom Beery of MN Sea Grant was on The Roadhouse talking about these meetings, as well as the importance of green infrastructure.


Pushing Chain, Boyd Blomberg (l.) & Adam Moe

Pushing Chain on The Roadhouse

Pushing Chain, the duo of Boyd Blomberg (guitar and vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle and vocals) have an Americana roots sound.  They stopped by The Roadhouse to play a few tunes and chat about what they've been up to recently.  More information about Pushing Chain can be found here.


Bob O'Hara

Bob O'Hara on paddling in the BWCA for 60 years

Bob O’Hara is a member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Midwest Mountaineering’s Minnesota Explorers Hall of Fame.
A longtime canoeist, Bob will celebrate 60 consecutive years in the BWCAW / Quetico this year.  Bob recently joined The Roadhouse and spoke with CJ about his trips in the BWCAW and Quetico.


Madeline Ostrander

Impact of black carbon on climate

Madeline Ostrander is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, Wash. Ostrander focuses on writing about the environment, energy, and science. She recently wrote an article about the impact of black carbon, or soot, on climate. 

Ostrander was recently on The Roadhouse and spoke about black carbon.



The Saints of Circumstance

The Saints of Circumstance perform on The Roadhouse

The northern Wisconsin band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse to play their unique blend of music they call "Granolacana", a mix of  Americana/Roots, Country-Blues, Hippie Folk-Rock, and Bluegrass.  They also chatted with hosts Dave and Brian about their music and band.  More information about The Saints of Circumstance can be found here.


Plucked Up String Band in Studio A

Plucked Up String Band release debut album

The Plucked Up String Band recently released their debut album, "Rooftop to Floor" They stopped by The Roadhouse to celebrate the release, chat with host Dave and Brian about the process, and of course play some tunes.


Tom Ogren courtesy Allergy-Free Gardening

Pollen-allergy researcher Tom Ogren talks allergy friendly gardening

Thomas Ogren is an allergy researcher and horticulturist​ and he recently stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Dave about what we can do to make our gardens and the world safer for those with asthma and allergies.


Border Country

"Border Country" tells stories of early 20th century canoeing adventures

"Border Country" covers eight canoe adventures taken by Howard Greene and others between 1906 and 1916.  Greene wrote about the trips with great detail in his journal.  Martha Greene Phillips compiled the journals and authored the book detailing the trips. She stopped by The Roadhouse and chatted with Jay about those camping and canoe trips her father embarked on.


Dave and Amy Freeman

Dave and Amy Freeman on upcoming "Pedal to DC"

Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will be traveling over 2,000 miles and across nine states during their "Pedal to DC"  They stopped by The Roadhouse just before the local send-off party in Grand Marais on April 13, 2018, to talk with hosts Dave and Tom about the trip.


Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota hosts open house in Grand Marais

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is holding an open house at the Lower Conference Room in Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Tuesday, April 17, from noon to 7 pm.  This opens house provides an opportunity to learn about the programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.  

If you can't make it to the open house or missed it, Lisa Peterson with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota recently stopped by The Roadhouse and opened up to Tom about her journey with epilepsy, as well as talk about resources for those who have, or who know someone affected by epilepsy.