The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
Genre: 
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:
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Study finds using treadmill while working can improve productivity...and health

Buck spoke Mar. 21 with Prof. Darla Hamann of the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the U of Texas, Arlington. She's the co-author of a recent study showing that walking while you work may boost your productivity as well as benefit your health.


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Evidence found for first tremors of the Big Bang

Prof. Clem Pryke is a physics and astronomy professor and experimental cosmologist at the U of MN, and one of the principal investigators on the team that recently discovered evidence of cosmic inflation, proof of the first moments of time after the Big Bang. Prof. Pryke joined Dick Swanson recently to explain what they found and why it's so important.


 
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Gordon Thorne's 'Long Winter Song' from The Roadhouse, March 7, 2014

Deb Benedict and Buck welcomed blues master Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 7 during our "Spring Forward" membership drive f


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Musician Maria Nickolay makes her Roadhouse debut

Buck & Dick welcomed Hovland musician Maria Nickolay to Studio A March 14. Maria is just back from five months in Ireland, Israel, and Palestine, and music played a large part in her adventures. Learn about what she did, and hear some gorgeous vocals.


 
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Longtime Bigfoot researcher Ray Crowe visits the Roadhouse

Ray Crowe, Bigfoot investigator and founder of the Western Bigfoot Society, joined Buck March 14 to talk about his research into Bigfoot. Hear what he believes about where they live and why they're so elusive. Did you know there was a possible sighting last year in northern Minnesota? Ray has written a book titled "Bigfoot Behavior," a collection of anecdotal accounts, available on Amazon.


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Inuit art premiere guests Tom Chapman & Looty Pijamini join gallery owner Jan Sivertson in Studio A

Dick and Buck welcomed Inuit stone carver Looty Pijamini; Tom Chapman, president of Upper Canada Native Art; and Sivertson Gallery owner/founder Jan Sivertson on the eve of the 14th Annual Inuit Premiere weekend at the gallery. They chatted about the challenge of getting art from remote places out to the world, Looty's evolution as a carver, and much more.


 
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Duluth News-Tribune's Sam Cook checks in on our long winter and what's in store for spring

Buck chatted March 7 with Sam Cook during our "Spring Forward" membership drive. They covered lots of ground including ice fishing, fat tire biking, plans for spring outdoor activities, and a coming article in the DNT about Dick Powell, who lives up on Sag.


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Rich Harwood encourages public innovation to tackle community issues

Deb Benedict spoke with community change expert Rich Harwood March 7. Rich is president and founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, which recently announced a plan to train 5,000 new public innovators by 2016. He talked with about  innovation,  change, and WTIP's role developing community here at home.


 
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Local author & artist Kelly Dupre checks in from Anchorage

Buck chatted Feb. 28 with Kelly Dupre, local artist and author who, with her husband Jeff Stork, is spending a year in Anchorage. They caught up on her various book projects, including illustrations for John Hendricksson's new book, "Over the Portage and Into History," and lots more. You can learn more about Kelly and her work here. 


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Grand Marais sailor John Amren offers cautionary tale...maybe winter isn't really that bad?

Local sailor John Amren has joined up with people and sailboats who needed crew for the last two winters now. He shared his adventures and misadventures with Dick Feb. 28. You can check out John's blog here.