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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.

 


What's On:
Makina Loca

Makina Loca blends Afro-Cuban rhythms, African styles, for unique & joyous sound

Ricardo Lemvo and his band, Makina Loca, play music that's a mix of many styles, cultures, and languages. They visited Studio A to chat about their music and preview their performance the next evening. You can learn more about the L.A.-based band here.

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Ideas for staying safe in the woods

The beginning of summer seems like a great time to revisit safety in the woods. Tom Suter, wilderness trail director for the Border Route Trail Association, joined Ann Possis to discuss what gear to carry, various types of technologies available for location and communication, and more. You can learn more about the Border Route Trail here.

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30th anniversary of the Superior Hiking Trail--celebration & reflection

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Superior Hiking Trail, a 310-mile footpath following the ridgeline above Lake Superior. Superior Hiking Trail Association Director Gayle Coyer chatted with Dick about creating and maintaining this local treasure. You can learn more about the Trail or get involved in the association here.

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Our Shores Run: Three friends run around Lake Superior for the love of the lake

Three young friends, Andy Butter, Evan Flom, and Allissa Stutte, are running around Lake Superior this summer--that's about 1,300 miles. They started May 20 in Ashland, Wisc., and stopped by the WTIP studios when they arrived in Grand Marais June 3. They chatted with Dick and Dave about what they hope to accomplish, how it's going so far, and how a baby carriage makes it all work. You can learn more and follow their trip here.

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Local resident Scott Husby researches, conserves rare books

Cook County resident Scott Husby has spent a lifetime repairing, conserving, and researching rare books, working with such institutions as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and Princeton University. He sat down with Dick recently to share stories about his work and recent projects, just before his presentation at the Grand Marais Art Colony. You can read about one of his projects here.

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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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