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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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Lake Superior waves. Photo by Joe Friedrichs.

Climatologist Mark Seeley talks current drought, looks ahead to summer

Mark Seeley is a longtime climatologist and commentator on MPR. He joined Brian on The Roadhouse to talk about the drought conditions across Minnesota and if any relief could be on the way this summer.

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Sam Cook. Duluth News Tribune photo.

Outdoor writer Sam Cook joins Roadhouse

It’s summer, and that means it’s time to check in with one of our longtime guests, Sam Cook.

Sam is a retired outdoors writer for the Duluth News Tribune, though he still contributes a weekly general column. He joined Dave on The Roadhouse. 

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

U of M expert talks vaccine hesitancy

As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, vaccination rates have slowed down. There are some people who are hesitant to get the vaccine.

Dr. Louis Mansky, an expert in human virology and director of the Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Minnesota joined Brian to talk about vaccine myths, continued hesitancy, and vaccine development.

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Photo from North House Folk School / Facebook

Russian tall ship Pilgrim sails to Grand Marais

Sergey Sinelnik and his twin brother Alexander have traveled and explored all over the world. From 2017 to 2020 they sailed over 12,000 miles and landed in Duluth, the sister city of Petrozavodsk where they had launched their 42-foot wooden boat.

They sailed to North House for this weekend’s wooden boat show this past weekend.  While in town, Sergey and his interpreter Sasha Zavyalova joined Dave on The Roadhouse.

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Duluth wind tower lift photo by Bob Welton

Great Lakes shipping season is in full swing

Now that it’s June and the Great Lakes shipping season is in full swing, we thought we’d check in with Jayson Hron of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Jayson is the communications and marketing director there and he joined Dave on The Roadhouse.

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Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Local photographer Bryan Hansel on his recent canoe expedition following historic route

Local photographer and outdoor educator Bryan Hansel recently completed a canoe expedition following an old route taken in 1879 by state geologist Newton Horace Winchell. Ann spoke with Bryan about the trip.

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Lake Superior waves. Photo by Joe Friedrichs.

New U.S. 30 year climate normals released - here's what's changed in our region

Recently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the new US Climate Normals for 1991 to 2020.

Dave was joined by Josh Sandstrom, a meteorologist with the Duluth office of the National Weather Service, to learn more.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Helping anxious pets adjust as we go back to work away from home

We all know our dogs and cats have been pretty happy to have us at home during this last year. And they might feel anxious as their people go back to work away from home. Julie was joined by Dana Emerson, a certified animal trainer at the Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota.  Dana shared ideas on making the transition for our pets as smooth and happy as possible. 

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

New exhibit at the Minnesota History Center highlights Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis

A new exhibit has opened at the Minnesota History Center about Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis—the first American to win the Nobel prize in literature, and whose work is still very relevant today. Patrick Coleman, the Minnesota History Center’s acquisitions librarian, chatted with Brian about the exhibit and more.

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Photo by Kevin Baird/Flickr (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0)

"Astro Bob" talks upcoming partial eclipse and multiple ways to view it safely

There's going to be a sunrise solar eclipse on Thursday, June 10, and viewers in Grand Marais will see an excellent partial eclipse. Bob King, author of the AstroBob blog, joined Dave to tell us more.

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