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:
Canoe on Gunflint Lake (Maury Landsman/Flickr)

Canoeist Natalie Warren on her new venture, Wild River Academy

Natalie Warren, one of the first two women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, has a new venture, Wild River Academy, to connect young people with the land, the water, and themselves, through canoeing. Dick Swanson chatted with her Aug. 9 about that, and about her upcoming three-month canoe journey down the Mississippi from the headwaters to New Orleans.


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What can camping teach us about better sleep?

Ann Possis spoke Aug. 9 with Evan Chinoy, a grad student at the U of Colorado-Boulder who does most of his work in the Sleep & Chronobiology Lab. He conducted a study recently showing that a week out camping, away from all artificial light, adjusts a person's internal clock and helps them get up earlier.


 
Jerry Vandiver & host Dick Swanson

Grammy award-winner Jerry Vandiver plays The Roadhouse

Nashville songwriter Jerry Vandiver joined Dick Swanson & Ann Possis in Studio A Aug. 9 to chat about his work and share his delightful music. You can see a video of Jerry performing "Me & Molly," his song about a canoe dog, here.


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Roxann Berglund & Briand Morrison play The Roadhouse

Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed Roxann Berglund (keyboard, vocals) and Briand Morrison (guitar) to Studio A recently to learn about their new collaboration and hear some great music.


 
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Should we treat drug use as a crime or a public health issue?

Naya Arbiter, vice president of the Amity Foundation, a nonprofit that provides drug treatment services, and Sarah Gordon, HIV counseling coordinator with the MN Dept. of Health, joined Dick Swanson Aug. 2 to discuss the possibility that approaching drug use as a public health issue rather than a crime would save money and lives. The conversation was prompted by a recent documentary film. "Breaking the Taboo." You can watch the 52-minute film at hulu.com. See a brief trailer here.


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Grad student at Institute on the Environment challenges students to get creative

Ann Possis chatted Aug. 2 with Joey Reid, grad student at the U of M's Institute on the Environment, about the 'environmental hackathon' he conducted recently, bringing students of diverse backgrounds together to try to solve big environmental problems through creative play and thinking. You may want to try the marshmallow challenge at home!


 
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Gordon Thorne plays Studio A

Fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne stopped by The Roadhouse July 26 for chat, laughs, and, of course, great music.


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New model of iceberg behavior suggests major breakage potential in Antarctica, Greenland

Dr. Jeremy Bassis, assistant professor of atmospheric, oceanic & space sciences at the Univeristy of Michigan, joined Dick recently to discuss icebergs. Bassis is lead author of a paper on a new model of iceberg calving & formation that shows that stretches of ice on the coasts of Greenland & Antarctica are in danger of rapidly breaking apart and falling into the sea. Learn more about how this model works, and what the effect might be on global sea levels.


 
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Shawn Perich shines light on new generation's influence on Grand Marais, Cook County

Buck & Dick spoke recently with Shawn Perich, publisher of North Shore Highway 61, about the "Grand Marais renaissance" he sees taking place with a creative new generation in the community. Twenty- and 30-somethings are making their way and revitalizing Cook County in the process. You can read his full article here.


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The EverGreen Grass Band makes Roadhouse debut

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed the EverGreen Grass Band to Studio A July 19. The four-piece group (banjo, mandolin, guitar & bass guitar) from Wisconsin plays high-energy bluegrass influenced by punk, rock n roll, jam, and more. They were in town for performances at the Gun Flint Tavern Friday and Saturday night.