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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:

The Emergency Bra: Besides looking good, it could save your life.

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Buck spoke Oct. 19 with Dr. Elena Bodnar, founder and President of the Trauma Risk Management Research Institute in Chicago, about her invention, the Emergency Bra, which can be converted into two face masks without removing any clothing. Dr. Bodnar's experience as a young doctor with Chernobyl victims led her to create the EB, which won the 2009 IgNobel Award in Public Health. The Ig Nobels honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think.



"Minnesota Railroads" provides photographic history of rail transport over past 70 years

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Bob visited Oct. 19 with Steve Glischinski, author of "Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012," from the U of MN Press. They chatted about about rail service in Minnesota then and now, the future of rail transport, and the restoration of the historic St. Paul Depot to once again serve as a transportation hub. Steve is a correspondent for Trains Magazine; this is his sixth book about railroading.



Why is Antarctic ice growing if the planet is warming? Scientist from Nat'l. Snow & Ice Data Center explains

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Walt Meier, research scientist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center at the U of CO, Boulder, joined Buck Oct. 12 to help explain how it is that ice cover in Antarctica is growing, even as Arctic ice is melting and the planet is warming.



Otters make art! Otter keeper at the Great Lakes Aquarium tells how

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Otters are painting at the Great Lakes Aquarium! Bob chatted recently with Tara Lieberg, otter keeper at the aquarium in Duluth, about how the otters, Zhoosh & Anang, are making art with childrens' finger paints. Their paintings are for sale at the aquarium and online.



Duluth singer/songwriter Mary Bue makes her Roadhouse debut

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Mary Bue, Duluth singer/songwriter, visited Studio A with her keyboard to chat and play her original songs on WTIP for the first time. She was joined by local musician Bump Blomberg. Her new album is called "An Apple in the Ocean."


Musicians Keith Secola & Briand Morrison stop by Studio A for "Dawn and Sea" benefit

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Bob visited Oct. 5 with musicians Keith Secola and Briand Morrison about an event to help restore George Morrison's painting, "Dawn and Sea," the artist's gift many years ago to the Cook County Schools. The painting is going on tour with the Minnesota Museum of American Art to museums across the country. Keith, who was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame in 2011, played a few songs and talked about his new album, "Life is Grand."


Open Arms Minnesota's volunteer-powered organic farm supports its meal services for those with serious illness

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Buck spoke Oct. 5 with Ben Penner, farm director at Open Arms MN, about the organic farm they started three years ago to supply their kitchens with fresh, nutritious food. Open Arms is a nonprofit that serves people with serious illness like multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, and others, by delivering healthy meals right to their homes.


Barbara Jean - photo by Melissa Koch

Local singer-songwriter Barbara Jean on her blossoming music career

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Buck Benson & Dave Seaton welcomed local musician Barbara Jean to Studio A Sept. 28, fresh from her Mountain Stage performance and release of her new album, "The Great Escape." She was joined by David Huckfelt, guitarist for The Pines.

Northern Lights by Stephan Hoglund

Astronomer Bob King on spotting northern lights, Zodiacal light, comets, and more this fall

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Dave Seaton chatted Sept. 28 with Bob King, Duluth News-Tribune photographer, astronomer, and author of the Astro Bob blog. They covered everything from northern lights (fall's the best time to see them) to Mars Curiosity to getting enough sleep while working days and stargazing at night.



Scat-sniffing dogs help researchers study & protect wildlife

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Buck chatted Sept. 28 with Dr. Sam Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the U of Washington, about an amazing group of dogs that assist in wildlife research by sniffing out scat for study.