Arts & Culture

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Anishinaabe Way: Susan Zimmerman

Susan Zimmerman is a Grand Portage band member who spent her early childhood on Hungry Jack Lake.  She is an avid hunter, fisherwoman, and wild ricer who also makes baskets and decorative gourds that are rooted in traditional crafts. Anishinaabe Way series producer Staci Drouillard met with her last fall in Grand Portage, where she was in the final days of her annual moose hunt.


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Duluth musical duo The Brothers Burn Mountain make Roadhouse debut

Buck & Bob welcomed The Brothers Burn Mountain (Ryan & Jesse Dermody) to Studio A Dec. 14. The Brothers play original Americana and bluegrass, with poetic lyrics, on guitar and drums. They were in town for two performances at the Gun Flint Tavern.


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Ontario environmental/adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell on his first book, "The Greatest Lake"

Buck visited recently with award-winning environmental & adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell, on his new book, "The Greatest Lake: Stories from Lake Superior's North Shore." They talked about the Canadian north shore, what it's like to be a wilderness guide, environmental threats to the Big Lake, and much more.


Part of the shipwrecked Madeira (Todd Murray/Flickr)

Moments in Time: Mataafa Storm of 1905

When you think of Lake Superior shipwrecks, probably the Edmund Fitzgerald comes to mind. But there was another storm, one that was much more devastating, that took place 70 years earlier.


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New book of Minnesota know-how, from carving ice sculptures to singing like a voyageur...

Bob was joined by former Pioneer Press outdoors writer (and current communications director for the MN DNR) Chris Niskanen Dec. 7 to talk about his new book, "The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction and More." Those and dozens of other uniquely Minnesotan skills are covered in this 'playful yet practical' how-to guide.


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Moments in Time: The Beaver House

In this edition of WTIP's ongoing historical series, Moments in Time, we hear the story of The Beaver House, a mom and pop bait and tackle shop that's been a fixture on the corner of Broadway


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First-ever food history exhibit at Nat'l. Museum of American History opens

Buck chatted Nov. 23 with Paula Johnson, curator at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., about their brand-new exhibit, "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," which features Julia Child's kitchen, among other things. The exhibit examines some of the big changes in food and wine in postwar America.


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Anishinaabe Way: Wendy Quade

Wendy Quade has taught Anishinaabemowin and American History at Cloquet Sr. High School for ten years. In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Ms. Quade and her students share their hard work in learning how to speak the Ojibwe language.

Ms. Quade also discusses the importance of indigenous language retention and cultural history curriculum in our schools.


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Award-winning Alaska writer Seth Kantner visits The Roadhouse

Buck welcomed Alaska writer, photographer and commercial fisherman Seth Kantner to Studio A Nov. 16. Seth is the highly-acclaimed author of "Ordinary Wolves" and "Shopping for Porcupine," and was in Grand Marais as the featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.


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Mary R. Morgan on the unique difficulties of losing a twin

Bob visited Nov. 16 with Mary Rockefeller Morgan, author of "Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss & Healing." She's a therapist who specializes in working with twinless twins. In this book, she shares her personal story of losing her twin brother at age 23, and how the special bond between twins affects the grieving process.