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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:
Cook County courthouse

Courthouse security is topic for WTIP’s April First Thursday

In response to the dramatic rise in local courthouse violence across the nation, Minnesota’s U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar have introduced the Local Courthouse Safety Act.

Bob Carter

Bob Carter is interviewed on WTIP’s First Thursday

He’s one of Cook County’s most active volunteers, a long-time WTIP radio host, community advoc

Sexual Violence ribbon

“Intimate Abuse” is topic for March First Thursday program

According to a new national survey by the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of Minnesota women experience some kind of sexual abuse.

Community Healing

Community Healing is First Thursday topic for February

Late last year Cook County was shaken by shootings at the courthouse, followed by a subsequent death. In 2007 the huge Ham Lake fire traumatized much of the North Shore, followed by a suicide.

Rick Anderson

WTIP’s Third Thursday features world traveler Rick Anderson

He’s a world traveler who’s sailed on the biggest ships, sipped strong coffee in small Turkish street cafes, floated the Amazon, roamed the Holy Land, stood on the Great Wall of China&hell

Calvin and Hobbs

Resolutions: This month’s First Thursday Community Conversation on WTIP

It’s traditional to make resolutions for the New Year. It’s also a tradition to quickly break them.

Rita Plourde

WTIP’s Dec. Third Thursday broadcast features Clinic CEO Rita Plourde

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic is a not-for-profit Community Health Center that has called Grand Marais home since 1979. For most of that time one woman has been at the helm.

Gray wolf howling

Delisting the wolf population is topic on WTIP’s First Thursday

Wolves are about to be taken off the federal endangered species list and will be managed by state and tribal authorities.

Amy and Dave. Photo: Bryan

Dave and Amy Freeman on WTIP’s Third Thursday

On Earth Day, April 22, 2010, two educator-adventurers from Cook County began an 11,000 mile expedition, traveling across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled.

Calculator tax keys

WTIP’s November First Thursday tackles taxes

Rural communities across Minnesota are struggling to keep property taxes low and public services steady. Local Government Aid for cities and County Program Aids have been consistently cut for years.