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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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.


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The social behavior of chimps and other primates, and what it tell us about ourselves

Prof. Michael Wilson, assistant professor of anthropology and of ecology, evolution, and behavior at the U of Minn., joined Buck May 17 to talk about research on chimps and other primates, and what it might tell us about our human ancestors and who we are today. Prof. Wilson's blog, Monkey Business, can be found here. Photo courtesy Michael Wilson.


 
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Creating a global tapestry of climate stories from around the world

  Buck chatted May 10 with Prof. Aaron Doering of the Learning Technologies program at the U of MN. He recently returned from a two-week expedition in the Canadian Arctic, leading a crew of five whose mission is to work with Arctic communities to tell their climate change stories. The project is called North of Sixty.


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Minneapolis author Sarah Stonich on her wonderful new book, "Vacationland"

Author Sarah Stonich joined Bob May 10 to chat about her new book, "Vacationland," a portrait of an old fishing resort in northern Minnesota, told through intersecting stories. It's beautiful, sad, funny, and you won't want to put it down. 


 
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Mindfulness therapy as a way to help veterans with PTSD

 

Bob spoke May 10 with Dr. Anthony King, research assistant professor of psychiatry at the U of Michigan, about his recent study showing that mindfulness therapy might help vets with combat-related PTSD. Mindfulness techniques emphasize focus and attention to positive experiences and nonjudgmental acceptance to one’s thoughts and emotions. Listen to learn about PTSD, mindfulness, and more.


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Duluth News-Tribune's Sam Cook on this year's (icy?) fishing opener

Buck welcomed Duluth News-Tribune outdoors editor Sam Cook to The Roadhouse May 3, where they talked about fishing openers past and present, and lots more.


 
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Update: The state of renewable energy in Minnesota

Ann Possis spoke May 3 with Erin Stojan Ruccolo of Fresh Energy, and Amanda Bilek of the Great Plains Institute, about the outlook for renewable energy in Minnesota. Thirteen percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewables. Erin and Amanda talk about ideas and initiatives for making renewables a larger part of our energy base. They were in Grand Marais for the Northern Sustainability Symposium May 3-5.


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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.