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The Roadhouse

  • 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 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.

 


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The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life

The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life

Lee Radzak served for 36 years as the resident site manager at the Minnesota Historical Society's Split Rock Lighthouse before retiring in 2019.

Lee is now out with a book, "The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life," all about the everyday experiences and seasonal round of the life of a lighthouse keeper at Split Rock.  He joined Brian to tell us more about the book, and the process of writing it.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Cryptocurrencies - what are they and what are they for?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are in the news again, and we’re still wondering exactly what they are and how they work.  To make this more understandable, Dave spoke with Professor Vivian Fang, associate professor of accounting at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

How wildfire and smoke affect our mental health

With this summer’s severe drought, fire danger, and the frequent haze and smoke from nearby wildfires, we were intrigued to learn that someone has been looking into the mental health impacts of it all. Dr. David Eisenman, professor of medicine and public health, and director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, in Los Angeles, joined Dave to tell us about his research into just that.

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For the Love of Cod

For the Love of Cod - what makes Norwegians so happy?

Norway and other Scandinavian countries often rank the highest in happiness surveys, but why is that?  Author Eric Dregni attempts to answer that question with the comic travelogue "For the Love of Cod."  Brian was joined by Eric to learn more about the book.

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Jim McGowan in Studio A.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Jim McGowan live on The Roadhouse

Roadhouse regular Jim McGowan joined us in the studio to play a few songs and chat with Brian and Dave.

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Kenna Rose. WTIP file photo by Will Moore.

Kenna Rose joins The Roadhouse

Cook County musician Kenna Rose joined Dave and Julie for a live in-studio performance.

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Rich Lewis Band

Rich Lewis Band performs live on WTIP

The Rich Lewis Band hails from the Twin Cities and combines rock, blues, R&B, and soul into their eclectic sound.  Lewis and several of the other members have been playing together, and with other notable Minnesota musicians, for over 50 years.

The group joined Dave and Julie on the back porch during a weekend playing at the Gunflint Tavern.

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Josh Cleveland Band

Josh Cleveland Band on The Roadhouse

The Josh Cleveland Band joined the Roadhouse crew for an outdoor performance during our Rock Steady membership drive.

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Photo by Rhonda Silence

Naturalist Kurt Mead shares thoughts on building rock cairns

During our Rock Steady membership drive, we thought we’d look into the topic of stacking rocks, or making cairns. Kurt Mead, interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park, joined Brian to discuss the ongoing debate.

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Sashimi tuna tacos from Scenic 61 by New Scenic Café.  Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair.

New foods coming to the state fair this year

After losing a year of the Minnesota State Fair to COVID, the fair is on track to open again this summer as usual. And of course, that means…new foods! Nikki Hines is the person that books the food vendors for the fair.  She joined Julie to give us a preview of what we can expect.

WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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