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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:
The Inconvenient Indian

Native author Thomas King on his latest work, "The Inconvenient Indian"

"The Inconvenient Indian" from the U of MN Press is an unconventional, subversive account of Indian-White relations in North America since initial contact. The book's award-winning author, Thomas King, spoke with Jay about his ideas and his hope for charting a new way forward for Indians as well as non-Indians.  



Walk like a penguin: Staying safe in a Minnesota winter

We all know someone who's fallen and injured themselves on the ice...maybe it's happened to you, too. Older people are especially vulnerable. Jessica Finlay of the Center on Aging at the U of MN has been studying this problem, and chatted with Dave about how older people feel about and deal with winter. 


Leah Thomas plays accordion live on The Roadhouse by Annela Rova

Local musician Leah Thomas wins songwriting award

Local musician & songwriter Leah Thomas is well-known for her distinctive voice, killer accordion and clever lyrics, and has played with and fronted many groups, including the SplinterTones. Her talent was recognized by the SongDoor 2017 International Songwriting Competition, with an honorable mention for her song "Slick Back," which was recorded by the SplinterTones for their 2017 release "SplinterTones II." Leah joined Jay to talk about her songwriting process, including the inspiration she gets from travel. 


Briand Morrison

Briand Morrison stops by Studio A

Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison stopped by The Roadhouse on his way to a gig at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. He shared his smooth jazz music, as well as some very interesting conversation about music, math, and more. You can learn more about Briand and his music and schedule here. 


Wild rice lake: MnDNR

Researchers studying wild rice in lakes & streams learn about health of water

By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the U of MN has discovered harmful effects of sulfate in waterways, on wild rice as well as other species. One of the lead researchers, Amy Myrbo, joined Tracy to explain what sulfates and sulfides are, why they're harmful, and much more. You can learn more about this topic on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website. 


courtesy U of MN

Discover the world below when you fly, with new mobile app

Shane Loeffler is a grad student in the Earth Science department at the U of MN, as well as a Finland, Minn. native. He recently came up with a mobile phone app called Flyover Country, that tells you about the world below you along the path of your flight. Shane chatted with Dave about Flyover Country, what it does, and how it works. You can learn more wherever you get apps for your phone.


Rich Mattson & the Northstars

Rich Mattson & the Northstars return to Studio A

A few of our favorite musical guests, Rich Mattson & the Northstars, stopped by Studio A to share some cosmic folk and chat about what they're up to recently at Sparta Sound. The band is Rich, vocals & guitar; Germaine Gemberling, vocals & guitar; and Kyle Westrick, bass. You can learn more about them here


courtesy Ensia/LEEDCo.

All about offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes

Offshore wind projects on the Great Lakes have been discussed for years, and the first one will likely happen soon, on Lake Erie. Andy Balaskovitz, a freelance reporter in Michigan, joined Dave to chat about the pros, cons and challenges of offshore wind. You can read Andy's full article about it here


"The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen" by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley

Sean Sherman, author of "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," on The Roadhouse

Sean Sherman is an Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. His new cookbook, "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," shares award-winning recipes, stories and wisdom, and was named one of the best cookbooks of 2017 by NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. Jay spoke recently with Sean about his book and his work. 


Jim McGowan in Studio A

Jim McGowan wraps up 2017 with great music on The Roadhouse

One of our favorite musical guests, Jim McGowan, stopped by Studio A for the last show of 2017. He shared delightful music to start your new year off right.