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:
 

French Voyageur music live from the Wooden Boat Show at North House

Tom Van Cleve (fiddle) and Ken McMillan (guitar) braved chilly conditions to make some great toe-tappin' music June 20 at the Wooden Boat Show at North House, where The Roadhouse was broadcasting


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Dan Blessing on his trip from Lake Superior to the Pacific in a birch bark canoe

Dan Blessing and his canoe partner Mark Vangrinsven paddled nearly 4,000 miles from Lake Superior to the Pacific Ocean in a birch bark canoe they built themselves. Buck spoke with Dan June 20 at the Wooden Boat Show down on harborside North House campus about how they did it, what they carried and ate, and lots more, including the special recipe for birch bark canoe sealant made with bear fat. You can read more at their website here.


 
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Julie Buckles tells of her 1,700-mile canoe honeymoon in a canoe she & her husband built themselves

In 1999, Julie Buckles and her new husband built a wood and canvas canoe and set off on a 1,700-mile canoe honeymoon on the Voyageur Highway from Lake Superior to Wollaston Lake. She recently wrote a book about their adventure, "Paddling to Winter," available in bookstores and online. Julie spoke with Dick June 20 live at the North House Wooden Boat Show on the harbor.


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Local writer Andy Keith on his three-watershed canoe adventure

Local writer Andy Keith paddled downstream through the three different watersheds that originate in northern Minnesota. He joined Dick live at the North House Wooden Boat Show June 20 to talk about his adventure and give a little preview of his next day's presentation. The book he wrote about this experience, "Afloat Again, Adrift" is available on Amazon.


 
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Bluesman Bob Bingham releases new CD, "New Ground"

Local bluesman Bob Bingham joined Buck & Dick in Studio A June 13 to celebrate 50 years in the music business as well as the release of his fifth self-produced album, "New Ground." Bob was one of the founding members of the now-legendary Lamont Cranston Band. Fun stories abound in this interview, which also includes three cuts from Bob's new CD.


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Cloquet shipwreck hunter searches for first German U-boat sunk by U.S. in WWII

Jerry Eliason is a shipwreck hunter who, most recently, discovered the Henry B. Smith in Lake Superior. Now he's embarking on a new project, to find U-656, the first German U-boat sunk by U.S. forces in World War II. He spoke with Dick June 13 to explain why and how they're conducting the search. You can learn more about the Kickstarter project to fund it here.


 
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Advances in telemedicine benefit patients and health care providers alike

Telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology, has grown dramatically in recent years. Dr. Joel Gordon of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato joined Buck June 13 to discuss recent developments in the field, and how the technology helps doctors and patients alike.


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Musician Jim McGowan stops by The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed singer/guitarist Jim McGowan to Studio A June 6. Jim was in town to perform at Cascade Lodge Pub the next evening. They talked about music as well as Jim's new job as executive director of the MN Alliance of YMCAs, and Jim played some great tunes.


 
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Grand Marais native Phil Bowen named Coach of the Year in 2014 Ultiworld College Awards

Carleton College Ultimate coach Phil Bowen was recently named Coach of the Year by Ultiworld, the news site dedicated to ultimate (a team sport played with a flying disc). Dick spoke with Phil June 6 to learn about the season and how he and his team dealt with the tragedy of losing three team members in a car accident. You can read more about ultimate here.


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It's down to Duluth vs. Provo, Utah, in Outside Magazine's Best Towns contest

Duluth has beat out 62 other towns and is up against just Provo, Utah, in the Outside Magazine Best Towns Tournament. Outside Associate Editor Jonah Ogles chatted with Buck June 6 about the contest and about what makes a town a great place to live and play. You can vote for Duluth here.