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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Edward Schiappa, communication studies expert, on why the anti-gay marriage amendment was defeated in MN

Bob visited Nov. 9 with Dr. Edward Schiappa, chair of the communication studies department at the U of MN, about his theories on why Minnesota reversed a 31-state trend to defeat the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.


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Cook County veterans Lennie & Leonard Sobanja visit The Roadhouse for Veterans Day

Bob welcomed local veterans (and husband & wife) Leonard and Lennie Sobanja to the studio Nov. 9 to share stories of their service, in recognition of Veterans Day.


 
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J. Drake Hamilton of Fresh Energy & polar explorer Lonnie Dupre discuss climate change

Buck was joined Nov. 9 by J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, and Lonnie Dupre, polar explorer. They discussed how climate change might be influencing severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy, changes that have been noted in sea levels and other indicators around the world and in the Arctic, and what can be done to address climate change.


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Bill Emerson & Wally Hughes bring amazing bluegrass to Studio A

Legendary banjo player Bill Emerson & fiddle player Wally Hughes stopped by The Roadhouse Nov. 2 to chat and play some foot-tappin' tunes. They were in town with the rest of Bill's band, Sweet Dixie, for the 22nd annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.


 
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Michael Schumacher, author of "Mighty Fitz," on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Michael Schumacher, author of "Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald," visited with Bob Nov. 2 about writing the book and why this particular shipwreck fascinates so many people. The anniversary of the disaster is Nov. 10.


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Dave & Amy Freeman of Wilderness Classroom report on their adventure from New Jersey & Hurricane Sandy

Buck spoke by phone Nov. 2 with Dave & Amy Freeman of Wilderness Classroom. They're on a 2 1/2-year, 11,000+ mile journey by dogsled, canoe and kayak, and just happened to be in New Jersey as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast.


 
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Bill & Kate Isles bring their delightful music to The Roadhouse

Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Duluth singer-songwriters Bill & Kate Isles to Studio A Oct. 26. They were in town to play a fundraiser for the North Shore Music Association the following evening. Did you know they met via public radio?


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Lake Superior diver Mark Wick tells stories of steamship America, which sank off Isle Royale nearly 100 years ago

Matthew Brown visited with diver Mark Wick Oct. 26 about the steamship America. His third cousin was first mate on the ship when it sank off Isle Royale after hitting a submerged reef; everyone aboard was saved. The wreck is a popular dive site today, as it is in fairly protected water, and the bow is just a few feet from the surface. Mark speaks at this year's Gales of November conference in Duluth, Nov. 2 & 3.


 
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Mary Casanova on her new book, "Frozen," set in 1920s border country

Ann Possis chatted with author Mary Casanova Oct. 26 about her newest book, "Frozen," from the U of MN Press. Set in the beautiful, wild area near Rainy Lake in the 1920s, it's a historical novel that tells the story of a determined young woman as well as a fascinating time in our past. You can watch a brief book trailer here.


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Gordon Thorne stops by The Roadhouse

Buck & Bob welcomed bluesman and finger-picker extraordinaire Gordon Thorne back to Studio A Oct. 19. Listen in for chat, laughter, and some really great train songs.