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! News flash: Longtime Roadhouse host Buck Benson is on a bicycle trek pedaling from the equator to the tip of South America. To follow his adventure, see www.buckbenson.org He's due to return to the airwaves in December.
 
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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Songwriter Jon Vezner, folk legend Tom Paxton, and guitarist Jonathan Brown, all on The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Tom Paxton, Jon Vezner, and Jonathan Brown to Studio A Sept. 13 for talk and music. The three were in Grand Marais to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage, Friday evening, and Unplugged XII, Saturday evening, both at North House Folk School.


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"Sole Survivor" explores the lives of lone survivors of commercial plane crashes

Ky Dickens has made a powerful new film, "Sole Survivor," which documents the struggles of people who were the only ones to survive deadly plane crashes. Though these people are seen as 'lucky', special challenges come with being a sole survivor. Buck spoke with her Sept. 13.


 
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Mel Duncan of Nonviolent Peaceforce, on peaceful civilian response to conflict around the world

Dick spoke Sept. 13 with Mel Duncan, co-founder and director of advocacy & research of Nonviolent Peaceforce.


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Al Hedstrom, Don Bauer & Bruce Dean play The Roadhouse

Buck & Dick welcomed Al, Don & Bruce to Studio A Sept. 6 for a little preview of their Radio Waves performance. Beautiful guitar!


 
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Marlene Zuk on "Paleofantasy," her new book about what evolution really tells us

Dick Swanson talked Sept. 6 with Dr. Marlene Zuk, professor of ecology, evolution & behavior at the U of Minn., about her recent book, "Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about sex, diet, and how we live." The book addresses the belief that humans were at some point much healthier and more environmentally acclimated that we are today, shows how & why we're different from our ancestors, and lots more. A can't-put-it-down read, especially if you like science.


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Cook County native Tim McDonnell's new memoir about growing up on the Gunflint Trail

Buck welcomed retired teacher Tim McDonnell to Studio A Sept. 6 to chat about his recent memoir, "The Whole Forest for a Backyard: A Gunflint Trail Wilderness Memoir." Tim grew up in a family that ran a resort on the Trail, and has many delightful stories and memories to share.


 
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Singer-songwriter Eric Frost stops by The Roadhouse

Buck and Dick welcomed Eric Frost to Studio A Aug. 23 for great conversation and beautiful music.


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L.A.-based Almighty Dog Entertainment shooting movie on the Range---we talk with the director

Dick Swanson chatted Aug. 23 with L.A. film director Tino Struckmann, who will be shooting an action film (working title: "Sdanka's War") on the Iron Range, North Shore and in Duluth, starting this fall. He visited Minnesota last week scouting locations and doing casting as well. Learn how it all works, and why he thinks northern Minnesota is the perfect place to make a movie.


 
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Marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

Aug. 28 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. But many other important figures spoke that day as well. Dr. Catherine Squires, professor of commmunications studies at the University of Minnesota, joined Buck recently to talk about the march, including people and messages from the event that are often overlooked.


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Warren, Minn. patrol car incident still a mystery...could it have met a UFO?

In 1979, a mysterious incident involving a bright light and a Warren patrol car left unexplained damage to the car, a deputy (Val Johnson) with strange injuries but no memory of the event, and no plausible explanation. Marshall County Historical Society vice president Mike Johnson spoke with Buck Aug. 16 about the incident. Thirty-four years later, the car is still the most popular exhibit at the historical society's museum in Warren.