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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Inuit art premiere guests Tom Chapman & Looty Pijamini join gallery owner Jan Sivertson in Studio A

Dick and Buck welcomed Inuit stone carver Looty Pijamini; Tom Chapman, president of Upper Canada Native Art; and Sivertson Gallery owner/founder Jan Sivertson on the eve of the 14th Annual Inuit Premiere weekend at the gallery. They chatted about the challenge of getting art from remote places out to the world, Looty's evolution as a carver, and much more.


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Duluth News-Tribune's Sam Cook checks in on our long winter and what's in store for spring

Buck chatted March 7 with Sam Cook during our "Spring Forward" membership drive. They covered lots of ground including ice fishing, fat tire biking, plans for spring outdoor activities, and a coming article in the DNT about Dick Powell, who lives up on Sag.


 
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Rich Harwood encourages public innovation to tackle community issues

Deb Benedict spoke with community change expert Rich Harwood March 7. Rich is president and founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, which recently announced a plan to train 5,000 new public innovators by 2016. He talked with about  innovation,  change, and WTIP's role developing community here at home.


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Local author & artist Kelly Dupre checks in from Anchorage

Buck chatted Feb. 28 with Kelly Dupre, local artist and author who, with her husband Jeff Stork, is spending a year in Anchorage. They caught up on her various book projects, including illustrations for John Hendricksson's new book, "Over the Portage and Into History," and lots more. You can learn more about Kelly and her work here. 


 
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Grand Marais sailor John Amren offers cautionary tale...maybe winter isn't really that bad?

Local sailor John Amren has joined up with people and sailboats who needed crew for the last two winters now. He shared his adventures and misadventures with Dick Feb. 28. You can check out John's blog here.


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Meteorologist Mark Seeley on our looooong cold winter

Meteorologist Dr. Mark Seeley joined Buck Feb. 28 to talk about this challenging winter. He believes Minnesota has been at the very heart of the cold that has blanketed North America. But cheer up...he also thinks spring will come earlier than it did last year! Photo, "Lake Superior Ice," courtesy of Don Davison.


 
 

Eric Frost & Bill Hansen play The Roadhouse

Dick & Buck welcomed Eric Frost and Bill Hansen to Studio A on a snowy February night. They played a mix of original music and covers and, of course, there was lots of talk and laughter.


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New study finds iPads, other mobile devices can lead to motion sickness--lead researcher explains

Prof. Tom Stoffregen of the U of MN led a study showing that using iPads & other mobile devices often make people feel sick. He joined Buck Feb. 21 to talk about motion sickness in all its forms, what causes it, and ways you can reduce your chances of developing motion sickness.


 
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How candy moved from luxury good to cheap everyday snack...and why a few jellybeans can be a good thing

Prof. Samira Kawash has written a fascinating cultural history of candy: "Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure." Dick spoke with her Feb. 21 to learn more about how candy has evolved from a rare treat to integral part of our diets, and why people have such mixed feelings about sugar and candy. Check out her website and read more at candyprofessor.com


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Gordon Thorne, a Roadhouse favorite, stops in to play during membership drive

Deb Benedict and Buck welcomed blues master Gordon Thorne to Studio A March 7 during our "Spring Forward" membership drivefor lots of great music, including a wonderful song about spring that Gordon wrote specially for the drive. Take a listen. And don't forget the fourth annual fingerstyle guitar weekend, happening April 12 at Bluefin Bay in Tofte.