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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:
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.

Great Expectations School

School administrators discuss local education challenges on WTIP

Are our local schools becoming more centralized due to state and federal mandates? Do standardized tests help or hinder teachers and their students?

North Shore Hospital

Hospital and Care Center remodeling featured on WTIP’s Third Thursday

As health care needs grow, treatments become more sophisticated and patients require a broader menu of choices, hospitals and care centers grow and change with the demands.


WTIP’s September First Thursday is all about vaccinations

Back to school time means time for students to update their vaccinations. There have been some changes at the state legislative level and some new guidelines as well.

Emergency kit

WTIP’s First Thursday explores emergency preparedness

Emergencies can strike anytime, but summer is a good time to review your preparedness for severe weather, wildfires and other untimely events.

Rep. David Dill

WTIP presents a special mining conversation broadcast

Cook County is a long way from the Iron Range, so why do we reap the benefits of the taconite tax? If non-ferrous mining becomes a reality, who benefits from those taxes?

Book discussion group

Book groups featured on WTIP’s June Third Thursday

At last count there are over a dozen book groups meeting on a regular basis in Cook County. That’s a lot of readers reading and discussing what they’re reading.

Cook County High School

ISD166 board and administration members on WTIP First Thursday

Will the ISD166 Cook County Schools campus be open or closed? How does the schools current policy on bullying match up with the new state legislation?