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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Author Dmitry Orlov on why he believes the U.S. is on the brink of collapse...and how to survive it

Buck spoke May 3 with Dmitry Orlov, author of  the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, and of the forthcoming The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit. Born in Russia, he moved to the U.S. while a teenager, and traveled back repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late '80s and mid-'90s. He talked about why the thinks the U.S. is headed for collapse, and how people must change their lives to survive. 


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New invention makes using your iPad on airplanes a whole lot easier

Buck chatted recently with Twin Cities businessman Anton Jachim, inventor of the Arctic Flight, an articulated stand for the iPad that lets you use it easily on airplanes and everywhere else, too. Learn more about it here.


 
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Lucy Kaplansky visits The Roadhouse

Bob chatted recently with singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky. She, along with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson, make up the folk trio Red Horse, which performed in Grand Marais Apr. 27.


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Great Lakes increasingly threatened due to pollution from plastics

Bob spoke recently with Dr. Lorena M. Rios Mendoza, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, about her research into pollution by plastic particles in the Great Lakes. The particles not only affect water quality, they present dangers to fish and birds who ingest them.


 
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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.