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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:
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?

Linda Chappell

Librarian Linda Chappell is the guest on WTIP’s March edition of Third Thursday

For over 20 years she’s been the Grand Marais Librarian. Now she’s decided to put that book back on the shelf and retire.

Propane burner

WTIP airs “Coping with the Cost of Propane,” on First Thursday

As propane supplies continue low and the price gets higher, some North Shore residents are being faced with tough heating decisions.

Biomass logo

Biomass is Third Thursday topic for December

This month WTIP presents a special Third Thursday Community Conversation call-in program on The Grand Marais District Heating project.