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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:

Meteorologist Mark Seeley on his updated best-seller, "Minnesota Weather Almanac"

Mark Seeley, climatologist, meteorologist, and MPR commentator, is just out with the revised edition of his best-selling book, "Minnesota Weather Almanac," full of both facts and fun information about weather history. He chatted with Buck May 1 about the book and all things weather. 


U of MN sustainability minor encourages big-picture thinking

The sustainability studies minor available at the U of MN allows students to make sustainability part of any academic program, helping students recognize the conflicts and trade-offs between economic growth, social equity, and environmental health. Beth Mercer-Taylor, coordinator of sustainability education at the U, spoke with Will Moore Mar. 27 about the program and why it's important. Learn more about sustainability studies at the U.


The Great Northern Radio Show is coming to Grand Marais

Aaron Brown is producer and host of the Great Northern Radio Show, a live variety show from KAXE in Grand Rapids. He chatted with Will Moore Mar. 27 about the show and how he puts it together. During April, WTIP will air archived editions of the Great Northern Radio Show during the regular Roadhouse slot, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Aaron and his crew bring the show to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Sat., June 13. Learn more about Aaron here and the Great Northern Radio show here.

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EPA ends funding for Lake Superior Binational Forum

Lissa Radke, the Lake Superior Binational Forum's U.S. coordinator, spoke with Ann Possis Mar. 27 about their loss of funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The future of the forum, which has been working since 1991 to protect the world's largest lake, is in question. Lissa explained what the forum has accomplished and how its work might proceed without the help of the EPA. To learn more, go to


David Treuer's latest novel, "Prudence," about love and loss in WWII-era America

 David Treuer, Ojibwe from Leech Lake, now lives in southern California, writing and teaching at USC. He joined Buck Mar. 20 to discuss his latest book, "Prudence," which explores issues of love, desire, and race against the background of World War II. You can learn more about David and his work here


Michael Monroe's new album pays homage to folk heroes of the 1960s

Michael Monroe has just released his 12th album, "Folk Legends," a tribute to the heroes of folk who inspired him to make music. He stopped by Studio A Mar. 20 to chat with Bob about it and play a few cuts off the CD. A CD release party is scheduled at the Chanhassen Fireside Theater April 10 & 11. You can learn more about Michael's music here


Inuit throat singers perform in Studio A

Bob Carter & Buck welcomed Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Mrs. Partridge to the Roadhouse Mar. 20 for a wonderful demonstration of this ancient singing technique, as well as discussion of its history and purpose. Kate Vasyliw of Dorset Fine Arts and Jan Sivertson, owner of Sivertson Gallery, were also there. The 15th annual Inuit Premiere took place at the gallery March 20 & 21.


Briand Morrison makes music to accompany father George Morrison's art

Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local jazz guitarist and composer Briand Morrison to Studio A March 13. He's working on a new project called "Briand Morrison Presents Musical Impressions, The Art of George Morrison," in which he composes and performs music to accompany a series of slides of his father's work. In this interview he explains the project and share three of the 12 songs. You can learn more about Briand and his work at


Karen Babine discusses her new book, "Water and What We Know"

Karen Babine, an English professor who grew up in northern Minnesota, is just out with a book of essays exploring the meaning of place and identity: "Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life." She spoke with Ann Possis Mar. 13 about the book and why she feels place is so important in our lives. You can learn more about Karen and her writing at

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Dr. Seth Moore on the state of moose and moose research

Minnesota's moose are on the decline. Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talked with Ann Possis recently about what's affecting the moose, what researchers seek to learn by collaring both adults and calves, and much more.