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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:
Thru-Hike the Superior Hiking Trail

New guide book covers hiking the entire Superior Hiking Trail

The Superior Hiking Trail is right in our backyard and now there's a new guide book out should you want to hike the trail in one go.

Ann spoke with the book's author Annie Nelson about what inspired the book, and some of the information contained in it.


Photo Credit: Ian Corless (via Superior Trail Races) /

WTIP talks with new Superior Hiking Trail executive director

The Superior Hiking Trail Association, based in Two Harbors, has a new executive director, Lisa Luokkala. She began working with the Association last month. Will spoke with Lisa about how things are going this summer, and what she hopes to do in her new role.


Lake Superior. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Can the COVID virus can be found on Lake Superior beaches?

Many people are turning to lakes and beaches in Minnesota for recreation this summer as a way to have fun outside and be safe. Some have wondered, though, if the COVID virus can be found on Lake Superior beaches. (Short answer: not so far.) Ann spoke with two scientists who have been studying that very thing—Dr. Richard Melvin, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus, and Dr. John Downing, of Minnesota Sea Grant. For real-time updates on their research, see


The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant Story

Award-winning author William Durbin joins The Roadhouse

William Durbin is an author and former teacher. He lives on Lake Vermilion in northeast Minnesota. 

Ann spoke with William about his latest book,"The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant Story."


Sunrise Trees by Travis Novitsky

Solitary outdoor activities build strong bonds between children and nature

Researchers on a new study have founds that solitary activities like fishing, hunting, or even exploring outdoors can help kids become closer to nature.  Will spoke with one of the researchers, Rachel Szczytko, to learn more.


Kenna Rose. Photo by Will Moore.

Kenna Rose performs live on Roadhouse

Cook County musician Kenna Rose joins Ann and Will on Roadhouse for a live outdoor performance.



Layne Kennedy.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Acclaimed photographer Layne Kennedy on finding creative outlets during a pandemic

Award-winning photographer Layne Kennedy dropped by The Roadhouse.  Layne spoke with Ann about how he was able to teach a recent class on photography at North House Folk School and also about his interest in bowl turning.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

The environmental movement is not very diverse - how can that change?

As awareness of systemic racism grows, so does the realization that the environmental movement, in particular, is not very diverse.

Will spoke with Ambika Chawla, a freelance journalist who recently wrote an article for Ensia Magazine on this subject, about how environmental groups might create genuine diversity.


Jerry Vandiver, Caitlin Evanson, and Jay Gustafson perform outside WTIP.

Jerry Vandiver and friends join Roadhouse

Jerry Vandiver (guitar), Caitlin Evanson (fiddle), and Jay Gustafson (harmonica) joined Ann and Will for another outside performance on the air.


Lake Superior surface water temperatures are rising in recent decades. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Large Lakes Observatory monitoring for algae blooms on Lake Superior

Scientists are watching out for algae blooms on Lake Superior…it’s warm enough this summer for them to happen.

Bob Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD, spoke with Ann about what algae blooms they are watching for and why.