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First and Third Thursday Conversations air at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (killerturnip/Flickr)

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday 7-8pm
On the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of community importance. Guests are invited into the studio and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments, and concerns. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the discussion of public affairs issues that shape our community. To participate in the conversation call 218-387-1070 or email us at

On the third Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP's Jay Andersen hosts a one-on-one discussion with a variety of community members.

What's On:
Operating Levy vote

WTIP's First Thursday broadcast features ISD166 Operating Levy referendum

     Cook County Schools ISD166 will be coming to the voters on November 3rd with an Operating Levy referendum.



WTIP tackles the conversion to Nine-Man football

This fall, Cook County High School sports fans will have a new experience. What does the switch to Nine-Man football mean for coaches, players and the fans in the stands?


Cook County courthouse

First Thursday looks at county discretionary funding

Each year dozens of non-profit organizations, agencies and services approach the Cook County Board of Commissioners for funding not mandated by any government, but none-the-less important to our overa


Fish dinner

WTIP’s First Thursday looks at the FISH Project

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet.  Catching and eating fish are also part of the history and culture of the Great Lakes region.


Published by University of Minnesota Press

North Shore natural history book is WTIP’s Community Conversation

The story of the Lake Superior watershed is now told in a stunning new comprehensive environmental history.


Forest road

Land use is topic for this month’s First Thursday broadcast

Where do we want the county to be in 2035? What should we look like? How will we be the same or different?


Mayor Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux

WTIP’s Third Thursday looks at local progress in business and government

A reinvigorated environment for business and local government is characterized by an almost completely new city government and a focused county-wide chamber of commerce.

Hospital and care center

WTIP’s First Thursday is a special on Care Center 50th

This weekend the Cook County Care Center will celebrate 50 years in the community.

Birch Tree Center

New mental illness facility featured on WTIP’s First Thursday

The mental illness revolving door is a state-wide concern and the emergency room isn’t a good place for people in mental health crises – now, there is a new, much needed alternative.

Maria Nickolay

WTIP’s Fifth Thursday Conversations features poetry and song

Two young Cook County women go beneath the surface to talk about their art and their spirituality on a special edition of WTIP’s Fifth Thursday Conversations.