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:
Pete Kavanaugh

Pete K. and Eric Meyer bring the blues to Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed Pete Kavanaugh and Eric Meyer Aug. 19 for music and talk in advance of the Pete K. group's weekend appearances at the Gun Flint Tavern.


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Can meditation and mindfulness really make you happier? Jason Marsh of the Greater Good Science Center says yes

Bob chatted Aug. 19 with Jason Marsh, editor-in-chief of Greater Good Magazine, about meditation and mindfulness and how they actually change the structure of our brains. The magazine is published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley, whose mission is to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior.


 
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Hudson Bay Bound expedition: Day 78 for first women to re-create 'Canoeing with the Cree' adventure

Buck spoke Aug. 19 by satellite phone with Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho, members of the Hudson Bay Bound expedition. They are re-creating Eric Sevareid's classic journey in 'Canoeing with the Cree' in an attempt to be the first women to do so, and to raise money for YMCA Camp Menogyn as well.


A Night to Remember by Travis Novitsky

Grand Portage photographer Travis Novitsky shares his approach to his art

Bob visited Aug. 12 with Travis Novitsky, accomplished photographer from Grand Portage, about capturing the northern lights, night photography, and more. Travis' images of the aurora were recently featured on spaceweather.com.


 
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Seduced by smartphones? Psychologist Lisa Merlo on how some people are addicted

Bob spoke Aug. 12 with psychologist & addiction expert Dr. Lisa Merlo of the University of Florida, about how people are becoming increasingly attached and even addicted to their smart phones.


BWCAW scene

Veteran Twin Cities journalist Don Shelby on hardrock sulfide mining proposed for northern Minnesota

Buck spoke Aug. 12 with Don Shelby, veteran journalist and MinnPost.com contributor, about the proposed PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, the involvement of former BP CEO Tony Hayward, and what it could mean for the health of the BWCA Wilderness.


 
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Could there be life on other planets? NYT science reporter Dennis Overbye on the current research

Buck spoke Aug. 5 with Dennis Overbye, science reporter at the NY Times, about his recent article on the search for life on other planets and in the lab.


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Now THIS is a cheeseburger...the Big Kahuna Donut Burger

Bob chatted July 29 with Jeffrey Brick, owner of Big Kahuna Foods and developer of the Big Kahuna Donut Burger, about his creation that will debut this summer at the New York State Fair.


 
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Photographer Layne Kennedy on storytelling with pictures

Photographer Layne Kennedy visited with Buck July 29 while he was in Grand Marais teaching a class at North House Folk School. Learn about his approach to his craft, and about his recent book on the BWCAW, "Paddle North." Photo courtesy Layne Kennedy.


Amanda Hand

Singer/songwriter Amanda Hand makes Roadhouse debut

Amanda Hand, local singer/songwriter, visited Studio A July 22 in advance of her performance the next evening at What's Upstairs? in Grand Marais. Her parents, singer Marilynne Hand and dobro player Cal Hand, joined in.