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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Will the world end Dec. 21 in the 'Mayan Apocalypse'? Psychology expert addresses the science of fear

Bob spoke with Prof. Shmuel Lissek of the U of MN department of psychology Dec. 14. Lissek's specialty is the science of fear. They talked about how and why humans react to imagined fearful situations the same as to real ones, and what happens in our bodies and minds when we're afraid. 


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New book of Minnesota know-how, from carving ice sculptures to singing like a voyageur...

Bob was joined by former Pioneer Press outdoors writer (and current communications director for the MN DNR) Chris Niskanen Dec. 7 to talk about his new book, "The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction and More." Those and dozens of other uniquely Minnesotan skills are covered in this 'playful yet practical' how-to guide.


 
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"Books That Shaped America" from the Library of Congress...what would be on your list?

Mark Dimunation, chief of the Library of Congress' rare book & special collection division, joined Bob recently to discuss "Books That Shaped America." Learn how and why the list of 88 books were chosen, and how they affected our history. You can view the entire list here.


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Get the scoop on the royal baby bump from an expert on British history & monarchy

Ann Possis chatted Dec. 7 with Prof. John Watkins, professor of English at the U of MN, who specializes in sovereignty, queenship, and British history. Learn about the royal family, how succession to the British throne works, and changes in British law that will allow a girl baby equal chance to become the monarch. 


 
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Filmmaker Beau Larson & race director Adam Harju, on the new doc film, "Breaking Trail"

Local filmmaker Beau Larson and Lutsen 99er bike race director Adam Harju joined Bob Nov. 30 to talk about a new documentary film, "Breaking Trail," by Beau and filmmaker Carl Hansen, which looks at the history of Lutsen Mountains, biking in Cook County, and the third Lutsen 99er, coming up in June. The film premiered Dec. 1 at North House Folk School in Grand Marais.


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Former state legislator Tom Berg's new book on 1970s state politics, "Minnesota's Miracle," offers lessons for today

Bob visited recently with former state legislator Tom Berg, author of "Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked," about state politics in the 1970s and how significant changes and advances were made through hard work and compromise.


 
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Design professor & toy lover Barry Kudrowitz talks toys, creativity, and why play matters

Ann Possis chatted Nov. 30 with Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor of product design at the U of MN, just in time for the holiday toy season. Barry designs everything from word games to roller coasters, and he believes play is important at every age. You can see his cool inventions here.


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Not your ordinary bike trip...this one's to the South Pole

Ann Possis visited Nov. 23 with polar adventurer, educator, guide, and former Cook County resident Eric Larsen about his upcoming adventure, Cycle South. Eric, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles and Mt. Everest in a single year, will start in mid-December to pedal from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on a fat tire bike. You can follow his adventures here. Outside Magazine has a great article about it, too.


 
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First-ever food history exhibit at Nat'l. Museum of American History opens

Buck chatted Nov. 23 with Paula Johnson, curator at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., about their brand-new exhibit, "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000," which features Julia Child's kitchen, among other things. The exhibit examines some of the big changes in food and wine in postwar America.


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Never fear, Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts are standing by

Bob chatted recently with Alice Coffey, an 18-year veteran of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, about common turkey questions and tips. You can reach the Butterball experts at 1-800-Butterball, or www.butterball.com. New this year: a Butterball app for your smartphone!