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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Move objects just with your thoughts? Sounds like Star Trek, but it’s happening now at the U of MN

Dr. Bin He, biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, is lead author of a new study showing that people can use their thoughts to move objects, using a noninvasive computer interface. He spoke with Buck June 7 about the technology and its implications, including the potential to help people with disabilities. You can watch a video demo at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHy-fUyXYk
 


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Joe Paulik plays & talks about his recent CD, "Power of Place"

Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Cook County singer-songwriter Joe Paulik to Studio A May 31. He talked about nature as inspiration for his music, and even as actual background on some of his recordings, including "Power of Place." Joe performed several songs from the CD.


 
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Microfinance through the lens of travel memoir: "The International Bank of Bob"

Ann Possis chatted recently with Bob Harris, author of "The International Bank of Bob," a delightful book about the world of microlending and the difference it makes in people's lives. Bob traveled the world visiting with people he'd made small loans to through Kiva, an online lending platform. What he found will make you laugh, cry, and be inspired.


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How to get the most from farmers markets, just in time for summer

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in Minnesota for over 25 years. She joined Matthew Brown May 31 to talk about her latest book, "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook." She talked about why farmers markets and locally grown foods are so good, tips for shopping at a farmers market, and more.


 
 

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe mixes sports & activism

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe chatted with Buck recently about football, marriage equality, and lots more. He just joined the Raiders after being let go by the Vikes.


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Adam Harju, North Shore Bike Guy, talks biking in Cook County

Adam Harju, the "North Shore Bike Guy," stopped in to Studio A May 24 to talk all things bike. He does bike trail building, event promotion, advocacy for cycling, and more. Pedaling at Pincushion is June 1; the Lutsen 99er race is June 29.


 
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Author Melody Swenson on her new book about boys' basketball in northeastern MN

Bob chatted recently with Melody Swenson, author of "Champions of Minnesota's Arrowhead: Boys Basketball State Tournament Teams." The book is very thorough, full of interesting stories and facts, and is a must for high-school basketball enthusiasts in our region. You can learn more about it here.


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Grand Marais business owner Kathy Rice on her new "Pie Place Cafe Cookbook"

Kathy Rice stopped by The Roadhouse May 24 to chat with Bob about her new book, "The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook," just released by Lake Superior Port Cities Publishing. It's a wonderful mix of recipes, photos, and stories & memoir. You can learn more about it here.


 
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Percussion artist/educator Mark Powers makes music on everyday objects

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed percussionist and educator Mark Powers to Studio A with buckets, pots & pans, and more in tow. He demoed his 'junk jam' and talked about how you can make music anywhere. Learn more at his website here. Photo courtesy Mark Powers.


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Katherine Loflin, the "City Doctor," on what attaches people to a place, and why it matters

Dr. Katherine Loflin joined Ann Possis May 17 to talk about her work in "placemaking". She advises elected officials, planners, businesspeople, and community leaders who are trying to improve their cities and towns. Learn about the three main qualities that attach people to a place, why they're important, and how they relate to business, tourism, and more.