Arts & Culture

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"Bidder 70" tells story of Tim DeChristopher's civil disobedience in the name of saving wilderness

Beth & George Gage, directors of "Bidder 70," joined Dick Swanson recently to talk about their award-winning documentary. "Bidder 70" tells the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who entered a BLM oil and gas lease auction in order to save 22,000 acres of wilderness. Tim was indicted on two felony charges, but became a climate justice leader before serving time in federal prison. Hear what Beth & George have to say about Tim's remarkable act of peaceful protest.


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Joe Paulik plays & talks about his recent CD, "Power of Place"

Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Cook County singer-songwriter Joe Paulik to Studio A May 31. He talked about nature as inspiration for his music, and even as actual background on some of his recordings, including "Power of Place." Joe performed several songs from the CD.


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How to get the most from farmers markets, just in time for summer

Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in Minnesota for over 25 years. She joined Matthew Brown May 31 to talk about her latest book, "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook." She talked about why farmers markets and locally grown foods are so good, tips for shopping at a farmers market, and more.


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Author Melody Swenson on her new book about boys' basketball in northeastern MN

Bob chatted recently with Melody Swenson, author of "Champions of Minnesota's Arrowhead: Boys Basketball State Tournament Teams." The book is very thorough, full of interesting stories and facts, and is a must for high-school basketball enthusiasts in our region. You can learn more about it here.


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Grand Marais business owner Kathy Rice on her new "Pie Place Cafe Cookbook"

Kathy Rice stopped by The Roadhouse May 24 to chat with Bob about her new book, "The Pie Place Cafe Cookbook," just released by Lake Superior Port Cities Publishing. It's a wonderful mix of recipes, photos, and stories & memoir. You can learn more about it here.


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Moments in Time: Magnetic Rock

This “Moments in Time” features longtime Gunflint Trail resident Sue Kerfoot.  She spoke at the Cook County Historical Society storytelling event "Stories You've Never Heard


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Anishinaabe Way: Czarina Crow

A conversation with the poet Czarina Crow.


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History Speaks: The Boundary Waters

Today, more than 200,000 people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness each year.


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Percussion artist/educator Mark Powers makes music on everyday objects

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed percussionist and educator Mark Powers to Studio A with buckets, pots & pans, and more in tow. He demoed his 'junk jam' and talked about how you can make music anywhere. Learn more at his website here. Photo courtesy Mark Powers.


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Minneapolis author Sarah Stonich on her wonderful new book, "Vacationland"

Author Sarah Stonich joined Bob May 10 to chat about her new book, "Vacationland," a portrait of an old fishing resort in northern Minnesota, told through intersecting stories. It's beautiful, sad, funny, and you won't want to put it down.