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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 Dick Swanson & Dave TerSteeg 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:

Why do we like to be scared? Sociologist & fear expert weighs in

On the day before Halloween we were wondering.....why do we enjoy being scared? Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist, teacher, and researcher, has been studying fear for years, and chatted with Dick about the science and physiology of fear. Learn more about Margee and her research here.



Pete K rocks the Roadhouse

Local blues guitarist Pete Kavanaugh stopped by Studio A Oct. 16 on his way to a gig at Cascade. You can hear and learn more here.


courtesy MNHS

New MNHS exhibit explores Twin Cities suburban culture

A new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center creates a picture of Twin Cities suburban life from after World War II to the 1970s. Dan Spock, director of the center, joined Will Moore Oct. 16 to talk about the exhibit and why the suburbs are and were such an important cultural phenomenon. You can learn more about the exhibit here.


new Arrowhead Co-op community solar array

Community solar: What it is and how it works

Cook County's local electric co-op, Arrowhead, recently installed a community solar array, and members can subscribe to the output. We wanted to learn more, so we talked with Prof. Kathryn Milun of the Institute on the Environment and UMD, who has been studying community solar and developed a project called the Solar Commons. You can learn more about Arrowhead's local project here



Eric Weicht's solo journey kayaking the shores of Lake Superior

Eric Weicht is a former Hungry Jack Outfitters employee and recent college graduate who recently circumnavigated Lake Superior by himself via kayak. He shares stories of his adventure with Ann Possis.


Drones can stress out bears

How can flying drones affect stress levels in bears?

University of Minnesota post-grad researcher Mark Ditmer just completed a study that looked at how drones can agitate bears in the wilderness. He goes over his findings with host Dave Tersteeg.


Don Ness

Duluth Mayor Don Ness talks about his new book "Hillsider"

"Hillsider: Snapshots of a Curious Political Journey" is the new book from Duluth Mayor Don Ness. He joins Ann Possis on the Roadhouse to talk about his experiences as mayor and how they are chronicled in the book.


Heck Yeah Holler String Band

Heck Yeah Holler String Band makes radio debut

The Heck Yeah Holler String Band (Amymarie Schmidt, Andy Schmidt, Tim Dennison, Pat Flack & Bob LaMettry) made its radio debut (minus Bob) on The Roadhouse Sept. 11, the evening before kicking off the eighth annual Radio Waves Music Festival Saturday morning. 


Sam Cook. Duluth News Tribune photo

DNT Outdoors Editor Sam Cook chats with Buck one last time

Duluth News Tribune Outdoors Editor Sam Cook is a longtime favorite Roadhouse guest and friend of Buck's. He called in for Buck's last show, and they reminisced, told great stories, and managed to cover some outdoors topics, too. You can read Sam's work at



Plucked Up String Band makes Roadhouse debut

There's a new band in town, the Plucked Up String Band, and they stopped by Studio A to chat and share their great original music. The band is Elliott Noyce on mandolin, Will Moore on upright bass, Matt Nesheim on banjo, and Bill Hansen on dobro. You can hear more from the band at Radio Waves, Saturday, Sept. 12, and at Unplugged at North House, Sept. 17.