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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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.
 


 
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Everything you wanted to know about the MN Twins for 2013

Buck chatted Apr. 2 with Kevin Smith, director of communications & broadcasting for the Twins, about the previous day's home opener (at 34 degrees...), the team's chances this year, and much more.


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Peter Smerud on the remarkable peregrine falcon

Cathy Quinn spoke recently with Peter Smerud, executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, about the peregrine falcon. Nearly wiped out by DDT by the 1960s, there are now at least 21 nesting pairs along the North Shore. Peter shares stories about falcons, including his experiences rock-climbing to reach their nests.


 
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The Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide new venture competition, now open for entries until May 17

Buck chatted Mar. 29 with Dan Mallin, co-founder of the MN Cup, about this competition for breakthrough business ideas, now in its ninth year. Dan talks about why it's important, how the competition works, and what's in it for the entrepreneur.


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World Book Night is April 23--learn how one organization is spreading the love of reading, person to person

Carl Lennertz, executive director of World Book Night U.S., spoke with Buck Mar. 29 about World Book Night, held April 23 each year. The night  is a celebration of books and reading, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.


 
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Legal expert Dale Carpenter discusses U.S. Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage

Ann Possis spoke Mar. 29 with Prof. Dale Carpenter of the U of MN Law School, an expert in the areas of constitutional law and sexual orientation and the law. He was in Washington for last week's Supreme Court arguments on two landmark cases regarding the legal recognition of same-sex marriage, and shared his impressions and analysis.


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Duluth musicians Jason Wussow & Tyler Dubla play Studio A

Buck Benson & Dave Seaton welcomed Duluth musicians Jason Wussow (guitar) and Tyler Dubla (drums) for conversation and music on The Roadhouse March 22. The Jason Wussow Band was here to play several gigs around town over the weekend.


 
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NYT best-selling author Mary Roach on The Roadhouse

Dave Seaton chatted recently with the delightful  Mary Roach, author of quirky science books like "Stiff," "Bonk," and "Packing for Mars." Her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," comes out next month.


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Want an excuse to sleep more? You might gain weight easier if you don't get your zzz's

Buck spoke Mar. 22 with Dr. Rachel Markwald, sleep expert and lead author of a recent study showing that less sleep leads to more eating and more weight gain. Find out why, and learn about good sleep hygiene, too.