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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Look out! The Axe Giant is coming!

Bob chatted recently with Jeff Miller, producer of the new horror movie, "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan." Why didn't anyone think of this angle to Paul Bunyan before? Learn all about the movie and suggest places to screen it, here.


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Boundary Waters/South Kawishi River #6 on Most Endangered Rivers list

Buck spoke Apr. 19 with Amy Kober, senior director of communications at American Rivers. They just released their annual report on America's Most Endangered Rivers, and the South Kawishiwi/Boundary Waters is sixth on the list, due to threats from proposed copper and nickel mining.


 
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Fingerstyle guitarists Jim Ohlschmidt & Gordon Thorne play Studio A

Bob & Buck welcomed Jim Ohlschmidt and Gordon Thorne to The Roadhouse Apr. 12. Jim was in town for the third annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, a celebration of guitar that Gordon conceived and stages, with the proceeds going to WTIP. Amazing guitar work--take a listen.


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North House founder Mark Hansen on learning with your hands and heart

Buck welcomed Grand Marais resident and North House Folk School founder Mark Hansen to Studio A Apr. 12. They talked about North House's philosophy of learning, how it works, and why it matters.


 
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Local nurse Teresa Borak shares her latest medical mission to Guatemala

Bob chatted Apr. 12 with Teresa Borak of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais about her recent trip to Guatemala with the organization Partner for Surgery, which provides medical care to impoverished Guatemalans in remote locations. Teresa has been volunteering with Partner for Surgery for 10 years.


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Mermaids do exist. Buck speaks with one on The Roadhouse

Buck chatted Apr. 5 with Linden Wolbert, who quit her full-time job a few years back to be a professional mermaid. With skills in free diving, SCUBA, and snorkeling, plus videography, it's been the perfect choice. She does everything from underwater modeling to pool parties to teaching children about ocean conservation. Check out her website here.
 


 
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Everything you wanted to know about the MN Twins for 2013

Buck chatted Apr. 2 with Kevin Smith, director of communications & broadcasting for the Twins, about the previous day's home opener (at 34 degrees...), the team's chances this year, and much more.


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Peter Smerud on the remarkable peregrine falcon

Cathy Quinn spoke recently with Peter Smerud, executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, about the peregrine falcon. Nearly wiped out by DDT by the 1960s, there are now at least 21 nesting pairs along the North Shore. Peter shares stories about falcons, including his experiences rock-climbing to reach their nests.


 
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The Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide new venture competition, now open for entries until May 17

Buck chatted Mar. 29 with Dan Mallin, co-founder of the MN Cup, about this competition for breakthrough business ideas, now in its ninth year. Dan talks about why it's important, how the competition works, and what's in it for the entrepreneur.


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World Book Night is April 23--learn how one organization is spreading the love of reading, person to person

Carl Lennertz, executive director of World Book Night U.S., spoke with Buck Mar. 29 about World Book Night, held April 23 each year. The night  is a celebration of books and reading, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.