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!
 
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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Author and theologian James Douglass on his new book, "Gandhi and the Unspeakable"

Bob spoke May 18 with James Douglass, theologian, teacher, and author of "Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth," about Gandhi's remarkable life and what made his non-violent practice so powerful.


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Adventurer Jon Turk on his latest expedition, 1,500-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island by kayak

Buck spoke May 11 with Jon Turk, environmental scientist and adventurer, about what drives him to undertake extreme adventure, what it takes to succeed, and pushing one's body to these limits at age 66. Jon recently completed a 1,500-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island by kayak with his expedition partner Erik Boomer; it's believed to be the first ever.


 
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Julia Herz of the Brewers Association & craftbeer.com on craft beer...it's American Craft Beer Week May 14-20

Buck chatted May 11 with Julia Herz, craft beer program director at the Brewers Association, and publisher of craftbeer.com, about the huge rise in popularity of craft beers, which beer to serve with what food, and lots more.


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Author, publisher, small homes guru Lloyd Kahn on his latest book, "Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter"

Bob chatted May 4 with Lloyd Kahn, founder of Shelter Publications, in town for the North House sustainability weekend, about his new book, 'micro-housing,' fitness and more.


 
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Organic farming consultant & author Atina Diffley on local food production and her new book, "Turn Here Sweet Corn"

Buck chatted May 4 with Atina Diffley, organic consultant and author of "Turn Here Sweet Corn," her memoir about life as a Minnesota organic farmer. Buck found the book to be both suspenseful and moving. Listen and find out why.


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Artist Hazel Belvo on her creative process and inspiration

Dave Seaton spoke Apr. 13 with artist, master teacher and mentor Hazel Belvo, who is serving as artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, about her artistic influences, vision, and process.


 
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Michael Gulezian brings gorgeous & unique guitar stylings to The Roadhouse

Buck Benson and Ann Possis welcomed Michael Gulezian and local favorite Michael Monroe to Studio A Apr. 27 in advance of their joint Log Cabin Concert near Grand Marais that evening.


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Local writer & life coach Berta Bauer talks about writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle"

Buck chatted recently with local writer Berta Bauer about the process and challenges involved in writing her first novel, "Genie's Bottle." There's a book reading and signing by Berta May 1 at 7 p.m. at Cook County Higher Education.


 
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Relatives of Titanic sinking victim recount memorial cruise 100 years later

 

Ann Possis spoke Apr. 27 with Jane and Frank Allen of Devon, England, about their recent experience on the Titanic memorial cruise. The ship retraced the 1912 route of the Titanic, arriving at the sinking site exactly 100 years later, where a special service was held. Jane's great-uncle Thomas Pears, who was on his honeymoon on the Titanic, perished in the disaster.


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Mayo Clinic climbs Mt. Everest to study effects of altitude

Buck spoke Apr. 20 with Andy Miller, senior research technologist at Mayo Clinic, about a research project under way to study the effects of altitude on respiration, metabolism, sleep patterns and more, in order to gain knowledge to apply to regular folks back home. Six researchers from Mayo are traveling up Mt. Everest to do it; you can follow their progress here.