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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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Keri Huber - State Fair Archivist on the Roadhouse

Keri Huber is the archivist specialist for the MN State Fair. She’ll give a presentation on State Fair History, filled with stories, photos, and tidbits, next Friday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library. She joins us now by phone to give us a preview and talk about what must be a fun job, working to preserve the history of the Fair.

Keri  has worked at the Minnesota State Fair as an archivist for the past six years. With over 22,000 photos in the State Fair’s collection, her background in visual arts has proven useful in finding images that tell a story and bring history to life. She collaborates with the Minnesota Historical Society (History Walking Tour and the State Fair’s History & Heritage Center) and has worked with TPT (State Fair Stories; Lost Twin Cities; Almanac; Gracious Spaces; Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect) and national programs such as Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. She too has been interviewed by local newspapers, television and radio stations about the State Fair, and enjoys sharing fair stories learned through research and by the connections she has made.
 
 

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Best-selling author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on her latest book, "Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places"

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from the African savannah to her own backyard. You may recognize her as the author of the NYT best-seller, "The Hidden Life of Dogs." Now she has written a book about her own life--"Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places." She joined Ann Possis recently on The Roadhouse.

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Maples on the Caribou Trail by Don Davison

Everything you wanted to know about maple syrup--from local producer Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols is part of the Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company in Lutsen--currently the largest sugarbush in Minnesota. He sat down with Dave Seaton recently to explain the intricacies of organic maple syrup production. You can see their Facebook page to learn more.

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Lonnie Dupre

Lonnie Dupre to tackle Begguya (Mt. Hunter) in Denali National Park

Local explorer Lonnie Dupre stopped by Studio A April 8 to chat with Dave about his next adventure--climbing Begguya, the steepest and most technical of the three great peaks in Denali National Park. He talked about his team, the challenges involved, and much more. You can follow his journey, which begins April 22, here.

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Gordon Thorne

Gordon Thorne brings sixth annual Fingerstyle Weekend April 8 & 9

Gordon Thorne stopped by The Roadhouse April 1 to play a few tunes and chat. The main topic of conversation was the sixth annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, coming up April 8 & 9 at Bluefin Bay in Tofte, and featuring guitarist Pat Donohue, along with fiddler Tom Schaefer. You can learn more here.

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What makes a boycott effective? Business professor/sociologist weighs in

In the wake of the Silver Bay City Council  ban of Bent Paddle beer, we wondered...how effective are boycotts anyway? Brayden King is professor of managment and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He talked with Ann Possis about why and when boycotts work, and explained how modern communications have changed the playing field.

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Lake Agnes by Travis Novitsky

MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center's new lab enables deeper study

The MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center has a new lab at the U of MN, St. Paul campus. Dave chatted with Sue Galatowitsch, director of the center, about why this research is so important to Minnesota waters, and what we as individuals can do to protect them.

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Black River Revue in Studio A

Black River Revue brings bluegrass to The Roadhouse

Duluth/Superior-based Black River Revue dropped by The Roadhouse on a recent visit to Grand Marais. They chatted with Dave and Ann and played some great high-energy tunes. Black River Revue is: Adam Stariha, guitar/vocals/harmonica; Ian Kvale, bass/vocals; Tim Leutgeb, banjo/guitar/vocals; and Joe Berg, spoons/washboard/vocals. You can learn more about the band and their upcoming performances here.

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Sure sign of spring--Duluth's shipping season under way

Duluth's shipping season just opened, and it's big business. Adele Yorde, PR director for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, chatted with Dave recently about shipping in Duluth-Superior and what it means to the area. You can go to www.duluthboats.com for ship arrivals and departures--it's updated several times a day. 

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Nearsightedness skyrocketing all over the world--and the reason is probably not what you think

Severe myopia (nearsightedness) is on the rise among youth everywhere, and scientists think they know why. And it's likely not, as might seem obvious, from kids and teens staring at their phones. Dr. Joshua Hou of the department of opthalmology and visual neurosciences at the U of MN talked with Ann Possis recently about this epidemic and the leading theories about it.

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