Arts & Culture

Deer (Greg Gjerdingen/Flickr)

Magnetic North: Shore lunch observed

Welcome back to Magnetic North, a veritable smorgasbord for the birds and beasts of the field. At least the ones who hang out along the ribbon of highway hugging Lake Superior. 


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Bill & Kate Isles bring their delightful music to The Roadhouse

Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Duluth singer-songwriters Bill & Kate Isles to Studio A Oct. 26. They were in town to play a fundraiser for the North Shore Music Association the following evening. Did you know they met via public radio?


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Mary Casanova on her new book, "Frozen," set in 1920s border country

Ann Possis chatted with author Mary Casanova Oct. 26 about her newest book, "Frozen," from the U of MN Press. Set in the beautiful, wild area near Rainy Lake in the 1920s, it's a historical novel that tells the story of a determined young woman as well as a fascinating time in our past. You can watch a brief book trailer here.


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Gordon Thorne stops by The Roadhouse

Buck & Bob welcomed bluesman and finger-picker extraordinaire Gordon Thorne back to Studio A Oct. 19. Listen in for chat, laughter, and some really great train songs.


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Magnetic North: Migration Station

Welcome back to Magnetic North, migration central for the past month. Despite the hard freeze, gaggles of Canada geese devoured our lawn. Day after day. Frost after frost.


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Minneapolis singer/songwriter Neal Swanger makes WTIP debut

Buck and Bob welcomed Minneapolis singer/songwriter Neal Swanger, along with bass player Dan Olmschenk, Oct. 12, for some great music in Studio A. They were in the county to play a wedding the next day. Neal's new album is called "Broken Ground." He and Dan also play with the band Folk 'n' Thieves.


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Anishinaabe Way: A Sip of Lake

Rick Anderson owns Sweetgrass Cove Guesthouse & Bodywork Studio in Grand Portage, and is a member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Rick shares a poem about Lake Superior.


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Duluth singer/songwriter Mary Bue makes her Roadhouse debut

Mary Bue, Duluth singer/songwriter, visited Studio A with her keyboard to chat and play her original songs on WTIP for the first time. She was joined by local musician Bump Blomberg. Her new album is called "An Apple in the Ocean."


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Musicians Keith Secola & Briand Morrison stop by Studio A for "Dawn and Sea" benefit

Bob visited Oct. 5 with musicians Keith Secola and Briand Morrison about an event to help restore George Morrison's painting, "Dawn and Sea," the artist's gift many years ago to the Cook County Schools. The painting is going on tour with the Minnesota Museum of American Art to museums across the country. Keith, who was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame in 2011, played a few songs and talked about his new album, "Life is Grand."


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Local singer-songwriter Barbara Jean on her blossoming music career

Buck Benson & Dave Seaton welcomed local musician Barbara Jean to Studio A Sept. 28, fresh from her Mountain Stage performance and release of her new album, "The Great Escape." She was joined by David Huckfelt, guitarist for The Pines.