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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Wilderness preservationist Ernest Oberholtzer's legacy lives on

Dick welcomed the executive director of the Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation, Beth Waterhouse, to the show July 18.  She told the story of how Ober came to know and love the border wilderness area, and how he fought to protect it. His island in Rainy Lake, Mallard Island, is now a study and retreat center. To learn more about Oberholtzer, the foundation and the island's retreat center and programs, click here.


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Dan Quick & Leslie Quick Pedersen remember their father, artist & Grand Marais Art Colony founder Birney Quick

Leslie Quick Pedersen & Dan Quick stopped by The Roadhouse July 18 to talk with Buck about their dad, Birney Quick, an artist and instructor who founded the Grand Marais Art Colony, Minnesota's longest-lived art colony. They share delightful stories about the early days of the art colony, their dad's special way with people and, of course, the famous fish fries. An exhibit of Birney Quick's work, some of which has not been seen by the public before, opens with a reception  Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery in Grand Marais.


 
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The Wrong Omar makes the right music

The Wrong Omar joined Buck & Dick July 11 during membership drive for great music, fun conversation, and general hilarity. You can find the band's website here.


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Colliding galaxies, choosing a telescope, Perseid meteor showers, & much more...from Bob King, Astrobob blogger

One of our favorite Roadhouse guests, Bob King (aka Astrobob), joined Dick July 11 to catch up on what's new in the sky and how best to see it. You can find his blog (on the Duluth News Tribune website) here. 


 
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It's not rocket science...it's food science for rockets! Feeding people on deep space missions

How do you feed a six-person crew on a three-year mission to Mars? Buck spoke July 11 with Dr. Grace Douglas, project scientist on Advanced Food Technology at NASA, about the challenges and considerations in creating and optimizing food for people working and living in extreme environments. 


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Annie Mack's powerful voice fills Studio A

Buck and Dick welcomed Annie Mack to The Roadhouse July 4. Her music mixes gospel, blues, roots, country and soul to tell rich stories. Her husband Paul O'Sullivan accompanied her on guitar. Annie performed the next evening with her entire band at the ACA in Grand Marais. You can learn more about her music here.


 
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Local writer Jim Boyd's history of Hedstrom Lumber, now celebrating its 100th year

Hedstrom Lumber Company of Grand Marais is celebrating its 100th year in business. Jim Boyd has written a wonderful history of this resilient company and family, "Sawdust in Their Blood," weaving personal stories of the Hedstroms with business and area history. He spoke with Buck July 4 about his experiences and observations researching and writing the book. "Sawdust in Their Blood" is published locally by Northern Wilds Media and can be found at local stores. 


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Duluth bluegrass band Tin Can Gin rocks Studio A

Duluth bluegrass band Tin Can Gin made their Roadhouse debut June 27 with great tunes and the stories behind them. You can learn more about the band and where they're playing here.


 
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Would you like a side of crickets with that? The future of insects as 'people food'

Biochemist and entomologist Dr. Aaron Dossey is the founder/owner of All Things Bugs, a Georgia company dedicated to insect-based applications including insect-based foods. He spoke with Dick June 27 to explain why he believes insects are the food of the future, enabling us to feed our growing population efficiently. You can read more about his ideas and his company here. 


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Pretzel curds, chicken in the waffle, & beer gelato...just a few of the new foods at this year's Minnesota State Fair

Buck chatted June 27 with Dennis Larson...he's the guy who gets to choose the new foods offered each year at the Minnesota State Fair. With 300-400 applications each year for only a few spots, it's tough competition. Listen and learn about some of the yummy new offerings this summer, and how the selection process works. The fair runs Aug. 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1. You can see the complete list of new foods here.