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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New study shows yoga & meditation may help train the brain

Dr. Bin He, a biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, spoke with Dick Oct. 3 about his latest research showing that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. This could have major implications for people who are paralyzed or mobility impaired. 


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Pete Kavanaugh rocks The Roadhouse

Randy Eastlund & Matthew Brown welcomed Pete Kavanaugh to Studio A Sept. 26 for fun chat and great guitar. You can learn more about Pete's music and performance schedule here. 


 
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Renowned sculptor Wayne Potratz visits The Roadhouse

Matthew Brown had the opportunity to speak with artist and educator Wayne Potratz Sept. 26. Wayne recently retired from the U of MN after 45 years of teaching, and was named the 2013 Outstanding Art Educator by the International Sculpture Center. He's guest artist at Last Chance Gallery during Crossing Borders, which runs every day from 10 to 6 through Oct. 5. You can learn more about Wayne and see his work here


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Minn. & Wisc. Sea Grant programs' award-winning research protects Duluth-Superior harbor infrastructure

Jeff Gunderson, director of Minnesota Sea Grant, spoke with Randy Eastlund Sept. 26 about work they did with  Wisconsin Sea Grant to identify and mitigate corrosion to the port of Duluth-Superior's infrastructure, thereby saving millions of dollars in future repair and replacement costs. You can learn more about the work of Sea Grant here. 


 
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Briand Morrison launches new original CD, "Spiral"

Dick & Ann chatted with local musician & composer Briand Morrison on the eve of the CD release party for "Spiral." Briand partnered with the North Shore Music Assosication, with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, to write 12 original blues, rock and jazz pieces for guitar with backing instruments and vocals. The CD includes performances of 17 local musicians, and several songs are sampled in this interview. You can learn more about Briand's music here.


The Pines, David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey

The Pines bring unique indie-roots sound to The Roadhouse

Dick & Ann welcomed The Pines (Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt) to Studio A Sept. 19 to chat and play a few songs. Listen for beautiful melodies and haunting lyrics. They were in town to wind up their summer touring season at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs. You canlearn more about The Pines here.


 
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Are you addicted to your cell phone? Consumer behavior expert Dr. James Roberts explains

A study just published in the Journal of Behavioral Addiction found that among college students, men spend nearly eight hours a day on their cell phones, while women spend 10. Ann chatted with the author of the study, Dr. James Roberts of Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, to learn more about what's happening and how it's affecting academics, relationships, and more.


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Fingerstyle guitar master Pat Donohue stops by The Roadhouse

Bob Carter & Dick Swanson were delighted to welcome Pat Donohue, one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world, to Studio A Sept. 12. Pat is the guitarist for the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band of MPR's A Prairie Home Companion, and was in town to play North House's Unplugged concert the next evening. You can learn more about Pat's music and his performance schedule here.


 
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MN Forest Resources Council executive director Dave Zumeta & member Shawn Perich explain the council's mission & work

Dick spoke Sept. 12 with Dave Zumeta, executive director of the MN Forest Resources Council, and Shawn Perich, member representing game species management, about the council, what it does, and how it affects our forests and businesses locally. The council is meeting Sept. 17 at North House Folk School in Grand Marais beginning at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. You can learn more about the work of the MN Forest Resources Council here.


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Best-selling author Lorna Landvik on her latest novel, "Best to Laugh," and her own career in comedy

Ann Possis had the chance to speak with Minnesota author Lorna Landvik recently about her new book, "Best to Laugh."  It's loosely based on her real-life experiences living in Hollywood and being a comedian, and in this interview she shares stories from her time there. Lorna is signing her book Wednesday, Sept. 17  from 2 to 4 p.m. at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. Learn more about Lorna and her work here.