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The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
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Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Dave TerSteeg & CJ Heithoff 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.

 


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Gillis & Thorne play The Roadhouse

Local favorites Gordon Thorne (guitar) and Chris Gillis (cornet, scratchboard)  stopped by Studio A to chat and play some great music, including Christmas tunes, before their gig at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais.

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Lake Superior Basin

Researcher studying climate change's impact on emotional well-being

People living close to the land in Canada's boreal forest are experiencing climate change in ways that directly impact their lives. Kelsey Jones-Casey of Duluth is a visiting researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She's been traveling through the Lake Superior basin, interviewing hunters, anglers, trappers, farmers, and others, about how climate change is affecting their well-being. She talked with Dave about her research and findings. You can learn more from Kelsey at a lunchtime presentation hosted by the Twin Ports Climate Coalition Dec. 19 at the MPCA offices in Duluth.

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Space Monkey Mafia in Studio A

Space Monkey Mafia makes Roadhouse debut

Twin Cities band Space Monkey Mafia made their Roadhouse debut recently, playing a great mix of music influenced by ska, punk, rock, pop, blues and more. Band members in studio: Blake Foster, guitar; Dante Leyva, sax; and Joe Barron, bass. You can learn more on their Facebook page.

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Consider replacing some toys with activities

Psychologist weighs in on toys vs. experiences for kids at the holidays

You've seen it before...too many toys for kids at holiday time can result in overstimulation and tantrums. Dr. Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, chatted with Dave about how to combat the 'too much stuff' scenario, including offering fun experiences to replace some of those toys. 

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Chuck Gould, director of the International Co-operative Alliance, on The Roadhouse

Chuck Gould is the director of the International Co-operative Alliance, based in Brussels, and a part-time resident of Cook County. He joined CJ recently to talk about the international co-operative movement and why it's important. We have two co-ops here that are integral to the community: Arrowhead Electric, and Cook County Whole Foods Co-op.

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Author, adventurer, explorer Jon Turk visits The Roadhouse

Jon Turk was this year's featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterers' Gathering. He dropped by the studio to chat with CJ about our human disconnect from nature, communicating with animals, and much more. 

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U of MN students win the Bayer-Big Ten Alka Rocket challenge

Engineering students at the U of MN took a classic science experiment a bit further to win a $25,000 prize and a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Student and rocket team leader Kevin Schrader joined Dave to share the story of winning the Bayer-Big Ten Alka Rocket Challenge with a super-lightweight rocket, powered by fizzy tablets. 

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Talking turkey with a Butterball expert--get all the tips to make your best turkey ever

Just in time! Christopher Clem, Butterball Turkey Talk Line expert, joined Dave to talk all things turkey--thawing, stuffing, portion size per person, and much more. You can find lots more info on their website, or call the hotline (til Dec. 24) at 1-800-288-8372. They've got live chat and texting service, too.

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Plucked Up String Band in Studio A

Plucked Up String Band in the house for member drive

Local faves the Plucked Up String Band (Will Moore, bass; Matt Nesheim, banjo; Elliot Noyce, mandolin; Amanda Hand, guitar; Bill Hansen, dobro) joined the Roadhouse crew during membership drive to up the energy and get people pledging. Go to their new website here for more info, including upcoming performances.

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Dr. Mark Seeley in Studio A

Meteorologist Mark Seeley stops by The Roadhouse to talk all things weather

Dr. Mark Seeley, a leader in Minnesota's climate community and a regular guest on MPR, stopped by Studio A during membership drive. He was in town for the Lake Superior Storm Festival weekend. Mark talked with CJ about our unusual November, predictions for the coming winter, and much more. You can find his WeatherTalk blog here

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