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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:

Lonnie Dupre on his latest adventure, Vertical Nepal

Local explorer Lonnie Dupre recently returned from Nepal, where he and his team explored some newly-opened areas for possible climbs in 2016. He sat down with Dick Dec. 11 to share stories of his trip and what's next. You can learn more about Lonnie and his adventures here.



Reduce your stress by practicing mindfulness--expert & teacher explains

Mindfulness has been linked to reduced stress and improved mental clarity, creativity and productivity. Alex Haley, who teaches mindfulness at the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the U of MN, spoke with Dave Dec. 11 about how and why mindfulness works to calm and make us more focused.  



Guitarist Fred Anderson makes Roadhouse debut

Fred Anderson, a local musician, joined Dave and Dick recently to chat and play gorgeous guitar music, including a few originals. We hope to have him back soon!



Building a trail & bridge, literally & figuratively, between two communities in northern Minnesota

U of MN landscape architecture professor John Koepke recently received a 'mini-grant' from the U of MN Institute on the Environment to plan a trail and bridge to connect the Cloquet Forestry Center and the Fond du Lac Reservation. He chatted with Dave Dec. 4 to explain more about the project and the importance of landscape architecture.



Roxann Berglund & Briand Morrison play The Roadhouse

Briand Morrison (guitar) & Roxann Berglund (keyboard, vocals) took time from a gig at Voyageur Brewing to visit with Dave and play some beautiful music. They're performing around the county in the next few weeks--see WTIP's music calendar for details. And on Jan. 30, Briand will join up with gypsy jazz musician Sam Miltich at Beaner's in Duluth. Find Briand's full schedule and more here.



Talking turkey with Butterball expert--the best tips for the best turkey

The Butterball Turkey Talk Line fields thousands of calls at this time of year. Dave chatted with turkey expert Rochelle Kirwan to learn her tips for making the tastiest bird, and to hear a few of the funny calls they've received over the years. You can find lots more at, or by calling 1 800 BUTTERBALL.



Director Michel Poulette discusses his new film, "Maina," which tells story of first encounters between First Nations and Inuits

Nov. 20-22 was the annual Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival at North House. One of the featured films was "Maina," an award-winning movie that tells the story of the first encounters between First Nations and Inuits 600 years ago. The film's director, Michel Poulette, joined Dick in studio to talk about the making of the film. Michel was also teaching a workshop the next day. You can see a trailer from the movie here



Cougars likely to recolonize middle part of U.S.

A new study shows that cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, are likely to recolonize portions of habitat in the middle part of the U.S. within the next 25 years. Dr. Michelle LaRue, a cougar researcher and executive director of the nonprofit  Cougar Network, talked about it with Dave recently. She says that northern Minnesota is fairly attractive cougar habitat.



Why are we wasting so much food? And how can we stop? Science writer Mary Hoff explains

If everyone hates wasting food, why do we still do it? And how can we stop? Mary Hoff, editor in chief of Ensia, the magazine of the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN, talked with Dick recently about how and why we waste food, and what we can do about it. Mary suggests and as places to learn more.



Don't walk under that ladder! Psychologist explains why we're superstitious

On Friday the 13th, we got to thinking about superstitions. Dr. Donald Saucier, a psychology professor at Kansas State University, chatted with Dave about how superstitions work and why people, even psychology professors, have them.