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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Joe Paulik brings lovely guitar sound to Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed local singer-songwriter Joe Paulik July 6 for chat and music during North Shore Sights & Sounds membership drive edition of The Roadhouse.


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Local author Bob Olson & his new Gunflint Trail memoir, "Two Bucks and a Can of Gas"

Buck chatted July 6 with Bob Olson, author of "Two Bucks and a Can of Gas," about his new memoir of his adventures as a young man visiting the Gunflint Trail in an old Model A pickup truck.


 
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Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida on damage, cleanup & recovery efforts after the big Duluth flood

Bob spoke with Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida June 29 in the wake of extensive damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Duluth. You can check out their website to follow the recovery progress.


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U of MN law professor Daniel Schwarcz demystifies recently upheld health care law

Buck spoke June 29 with Prof. Daniel Schwarcz about the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding health care reform. He explained what the law does, and how it might affect our pocketbooks and the way we access health care.


 
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Norwegian photojournalists seek stories from Norwegian-Americans for documentary film

Bob chatted June 29 with Kristian Balsrod, Katinka Hustad, and Anton Ligaarden, young Norwegian photojournalists visiting Cook County. They're making a documentary about the Norwegian culture that lives on in Norwegian-Americans along the North Shore. Learn what they're up to and hear some great Sven & Ole jokes, too.


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Leah Thomas plays in honor of National Accordion Awareness Month

Local accordion player & singer Leah Thomas joined Buck and Bob at the Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School June 22 for music, laughter, and yes, more than a few accordion jokes.


 
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Craftsman Douglas Brooks on traditional Japanese boat building techniques

Vermont boat builder Douglas Brooks joined Bob during the June 22 live broadcast from the 15th annual Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He was a featured speaker on techniques, design secrets, and the apprenticeship process involved in traditional Japanese boat building. 


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Playing for Change founder Mark Johnson on project to bring people everywhere together through music

Bob had an inspiring conversation June 15 with Mark Johnson, Grammy-award winning sound engineer and award-winning filmmaker, about Playing for Change, the multimedia movement he founded to connect and bring peace to the world through music. "Stand by Me," featuring Roger Ridley of Santa Monica, started the project. You can see and hear this performance, and many more, here. The second annual Playing for Change Day happens all over the world Sept. 22.


 
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Bokashi: a fermenting process that works like compost, but without the smell...and it breaks down meat, dairy, too

Damon DeVito is managing director at Affinity Management, a Virginia company that manages golf courses and country clubs. He spoke with Buck June 15 about his company's adoption of the bokashi method for handling food waste. Affinity manages Ferncroft Country Club, the first country club in the U.S. to implement a Zero Food Waste Initiative using the bokashi process. In just a year they've diverted several tons of food from the waste stream, saved money, used the byproducts to fertilize gardens and more.


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Northern Wilds publisher & Points North columnist Shawn Perich stops by The Roadhouse

Northern Wilds publisher Shawn Perich stopped by Studio A June 15 to talk all things outdoors including the upcoming Minnesota wolf season, a recent trip to Thunder Bay and Canada's North Shore where lots of new things are happening, and more.