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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Maria Nickolay brings both covers & original music to The Roadhouse

Buck & Ann welcomed local singer-songwriter Maria Nickolay to The Roadhouse July 25 for fun conversation and beautiful music. She's playing at several venues around the county this summer.


Buck gets ready to ride the zipline by Chris Polydoroff

Roadhouse host & avid athlete Buck Benson sets off on South American bicycle adventure

Roadhouse producer Ann Possis turned the tables on Buck to learn about his upcoming adventure biking  from the equator to the tip of South America. The trip will take 4 1/2 months and require biking 6,875 miles. You can follow Buck through his blog, and we'll also provide regular updates on The Roadhouse. 


 
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How North Shore rivers show us their geologic history

Ann Possis spoke July 25 with Dr. Karen Gran, a geology professor at UMD, about North Shore rivers and their history. She explained what can be seen and how that history affects these rivers today. She gave a presentation the next day at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center in Schroeder.


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Musical duo Cherry Dirt makes Roadhouse debut

Buck & Dick welcomed Staci Stringer (vocals) & Ryan Cihlar (vocals & ukulele), the duo known as Cherry Dirt, to the studio July 18 for wonderful music.. including some great yodeling. You can learn more about them on Facebook.


 
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Wilderness preservationist Ernest Oberholtzer's legacy lives on

Dick welcomed the executive director of the Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation, Beth Waterhouse, to the show July 18.  She told the story of how Ober came to know and love the border wilderness area, and how he fought to protect it. His island in Rainy Lake, Mallard Island, is now a study and retreat center. To learn more about Oberholtzer, the foundation and the island's retreat center and programs, click here.


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Dan Quick & Leslie Quick Pedersen remember their father, artist & Grand Marais Art Colony founder Birney Quick

Leslie Quick Pedersen & Dan Quick stopped by The Roadhouse July 18 to talk with Buck about their dad, Birney Quick, an artist and instructor who founded the Grand Marais Art Colony, Minnesota's longest-lived art colony. They share delightful stories about the early days of the art colony, their dad's special way with people and, of course, the famous fish fries. An exhibit of Birney Quick's work, some of which has not been seen by the public before, opens with a reception  Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery in Grand Marais.


 
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The Wrong Omar makes the right music

The Wrong Omar joined Buck & Dick July 11 during membership drive for great music, fun conversation, and general hilarity. You can find the band's website here.


Northern Lights by Tom Spence

Colliding galaxies, choosing a telescope, Perseid meteor showers, & much more...from Bob King, Astrobob blogger

One of our favorite Roadhouse guests, Bob King (aka Astrobob), joined Dick July 11 to catch up on what's new in the sky and how best to see it. You can find his blog (on the Duluth News Tribune website) here. 


 
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It's not rocket science...it's food science for rockets! Feeding people on deep space missions

How do you feed a six-person crew on a three-year mission to Mars? Buck spoke July 11 with Dr. Grace Douglas, project scientist on Advanced Food Technology at NASA, about the challenges and considerations in creating and optimizing food for people working and living in extreme environments. 


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Annie Mack's powerful voice fills Studio A

Buck and Dick welcomed Annie Mack to The Roadhouse July 4. Her music mixes gospel, blues, roots, country and soul to tell rich stories. Her husband Paul O'Sullivan accompanied her on guitar. Annie performed the next evening with her entire band at the ACA in Grand Marais. You can learn more about her music here.