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The Roadhouse


  • Friday 5-7pm
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:

Eric Weicht's solo journey kayaking the shores of Lake Superior

Eric Weicht is a former Hungry Jack Outfitters employee and recent college graduate who recently circumnavigated Lake Superior by himself via kayak. He shares stories of his adventure with Ann Possis.


Drones can stress out bears

How can flying drones affect stress levels in bears?

University of Minnesota post-grad researcher Mark Ditmer just completed a study that looked at how drones can agitate bears in the wilderness. He goes over his findings with host Dave Tersteeg.


Don Ness

Duluth Mayor Don Ness talks about his new book "Hillsider"

"Hillsider: Snapshots of a Curious Political Journey" is the new book from Duluth Mayor Don Ness. He joins Ann Possis on the Roadhouse to talk about his experiences as mayor and how they are chronicled in the book.


Heck Yeah Holler String Band

Heck Yeah Holler String Band makes radio debut

The Heck Yeah Holler String Band (Amymarie Schmidt, Andy Schmidt, Tim Dennison, Pat Flack & Bob LaMettry) made its radio debut (minus Bob) on The Roadhouse Sept. 11, the evening before kicking off the eighth annual Radio Waves Music Festival Saturday morning. 


Sam Cook. Duluth News Tribune photo

DNT Outdoors Editor Sam Cook chats with Buck one last time

Duluth News Tribune Outdoors Editor Sam Cook is a longtime favorite Roadhouse guest and friend of Buck's. He called in for Buck's last show, and they reminisced, told great stories, and managed to cover some outdoors topics, too. You can read Sam's work at



Plucked Up String Band makes Roadhouse debut

There's a new band in town, the Plucked Up String Band, and they stopped by Studio A to chat and share their great original music. The band is Elliott Noyce on mandolin, Will Moore on upright bass, Matt Nesheim on banjo, and Bill Hansen on dobro. You can hear more from the band at Radio Waves, Saturday, Sept. 12, and at Unplugged at North House, Sept. 17.



Editor of Ely Timberjay explains latest news on PolyMet mine environmental impact statement

Marshall Helmberger, editor of the Ely Timberjay, has been closely following and reporting on PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes. He recently learned that the lead agencies that have overseen preparation of the mine's environmental impact statement may be wrong about where potential contaminants would flow. Dick spoke with Marshall Aug. 28 to learn more. You can read more in the Timberjay



Joe Paulik brings original music to The Roadhouse

Local singer/songwriter Joe Paulik's work is heavily influenced by nature and conveys his sense of connectedness to the Earth. He joined Dick and Dave Aug. 21 to talk about his music and play several tunes. You can learn more about Joe and his music here.


Moon, with the constellation Auriga

Bob King, "Astrobob" blogger, checks in on all things celestial

Bob King ("Astrobob" blogger for Duluth News Tribune) is a favorite regular guest because he always shares such interesting, cool stuff about the stars. His conversation with Dave TerSteeg Aug. 21 is no exception. Learn about the mission to Pluto, how you can send your name to Mars (really!), the lunar eclipse predicted for Sept. 27, and lots more. You can read Bob's delightful blog here.



Dan Hansen's art exhibit, "Sofia," opens Aug. 27 at North House

Dan Hansen, a Duluth digital artist and son of Mark & Wendy Hansen of Grand Marais, has been delving into the history and meaning of numbers. His art exhibit, "Sofia," is a work of historical fiction presented as an archaeological find of the lost writings of Pythagoras. It opens Thursday, Aug. 27 (opening reception 7 p.m.) at North House Folk School and runs through Sept. 7. Dick spoke with Dan Aug. 21 to learn more about the exhibit and what inspired him to create these pieces.