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The Roadhouse


  • Friday 5-7pm
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:

Which dietary supplements can you really trust? Mayo Clinic dietitian weighs in

Recently the NY Attorney General's office uncovered what seemed to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry, accusing four big retailers of selling supplements that were either contaminated or didn't contain what was listed on the label. So how do we know who to trust? Lisa Dierks, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, talked with Buck Feb. 27 about dietary supplements and how to make informed choices. You can see the Mayo's information on individual dietary supplements here

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Light pollution: What it is and why it matters

Recently the Cook County board voted to keep two proposed MN/DOT towers short enough so they wouldn't have to be lighted, and Cook County is one of the darkest locations in the lower 48 states. John Barentine, program director of the International Dark Sky Association, talked with Dick Feb. 27 about light pollution and the benefits of a dark sky.


Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman make great music in Studio A

Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman were in town to play the Gun Flint Tavern and stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 13. Listen for great tunes and fun conversation, including info on more upcoming appearances on the north shore.

Cross country skiing

Longtime competitor Jan Horak shares Birkie stories...race is weekend of Feb. 20

Jan Horak of Tofte, who with his wife Kathy owns and runs Cobblestone Cabins, is a veteran cross-country skier about to ski his 36th Birkebeiner this year. He stopped by Studio A Feb. 13 to share delightfully random stories about the race and the characters he's met there. You can learn more about the race here.


Author & journalist Damian Fowler on his new book, "Falling Through Clouds"

If you lived in Cook County in 2003, you probably remember the small plane crash that took the lives of the pilot and his sister-in-law, but spared the two little girls in the plane. Journalist Damian Fowler has written a book about the crash and its aftermath, called "Falling Through Clouds." He spoke with Buck Feb. 13 about why he wanted to tell this story, and how Toby Pearson (the girls' father) persisted, after losing his wife and almost losing his girls, to not only recover but to help make changes in aviation insurance law. You can learn more about Damian and his work here.


Eric Frost & Bill Hansen stop by The Roadhouse

Local musicians Eric Frost & Bill Hansen visited Studio A Feb. 6 to play both covers and originals (Eric on guitar, Bill on dobro) and chat with Buck and Dick. Conversation ran the gamut from the recent TV taping at Papa Charlie's to falling through lake ice. 


George Morrison retrospective exhibit opens Valentine's Day at MN History Center

George Morrison was an Ojibwe artist from the North Shore who became a major figure in the modern art movement. Kristin Makholm is executive director of the MN Museum of Modern Art, which organized the exhibit opening Feb. 14. She spoke with Dick Feb. 6 about Morrison's art and influence, what you can expect to see at the exhibit, and much more. You can learn more about the exhibit here


Dr. Matt Miller mixes talk therapy and exercise in 'running therapy'

Instead of sitting in a room, Minneapolis therapist Dr. Matt Miller runs or walks by a client's side during their session. He talked with Buck Feb. 6 explain why he's doing this unusual form of therapy, why he believes it's so good for mental health to get outside and exercise, and how therapy and exercise enhance each other. You can learn more about Dr. Miller's practice here. 

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Explorer Lonnie Dupre on his successful summit of Denali in January

Lonnie Dupre summitted Denali a few weeks ago after three previous attempts, becoming the first person to ever accomplish this solo in January. He stopped in to Studio A Jan. 30  for a long chat with Buck about what it was like and how he feels about finally making it. You can learn more about Lonnie and his projects here


Canoeist & educator Natalie Warren inspires people to learn from & about their local rivers

In 2010, Natalie Warren & Ann Raiho were the first two women to paddle 2,000 miles from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay, recreating Eric Sevareid's route in "Canoeing with the Cree." Since then, Natalie has been involved in a number of efforts to inspire people, especially youth, to learn about and from their local rivers, and to protect them. She stopped by Studio A Jan. 30 to chat all about it with Buck. You can learn more about her efforts at and