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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 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.

 


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Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo in Studio A

Musical duo Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo make Roadhouse debut

Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo have been writing and performing together since 2012. They made their way up the shore recently to join Dick and Dave for their first Roadhouse appearance. Listen for both originals and covers, as well as beautiful harmonies. You can learn more about them here

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Leaf to Landscape program studies & manages health of the giant sequoias

The iconic giant sequoias are under stress from years of drought and climate change. Wendy Baxter of the Dawson Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, is a scientist studying these trees to find out what's happening and what might be done to save them. The program is called Leaf to Landscape, and Dick talked with her recently. You can check out her website to learn more.

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Plucked Up String Band

Plucked Up String Band revisits Studio A

The Plucked Up String Band made a return appearance on The Roadhouse. The band is, from left: Will Moore, upright bass; Elliot Noyce, mandolin; Matt Nesheim, guitar; Amanda Hand, vocals; and Bill Hansen, dobro. You can learn more about the band and their schedule on their Facebook page.

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new book by Bob King, "Astro Bob" blogger

"Astro Bob" blogger Bob King's new book, "Night Sky with the Naked Eye," tells how to find night sky wonders without a telescope

Bob King, creator of the Astro Bob blog in the Duluth News-Tribune, has written a great new book about how to find planets, constellations, satellites, and more, without a telescope. It's called "Night Sky with the Naked Eye." Bob talked with Dave recently about the book, who it's for, and what it teaches. And get set for the Geminid meteor shower, Dec. 13 & 14.

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"Homemade" by Beatrice Ojakangas

Renowned cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas on her new memoir, "Homemade"

Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of 29 cookbooks and recognized in the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame. Her new memoir, "Homemade," is about growing up in a big Finnish family in northern Minnesota and moving out into the bigger world to become a very successful food writer. She chatted with Ann Possis recently about her experiences growing up, learning to cook and to write, and much more. Did you know she came up with the idea for Jeno's Pizza Rolls?

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Butterball turkey experts standing by for your call...and new this year, for your text, too!

It's Roadhouse tradition to check in with the experts at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line...where you can call 1-800-BUTTERBALL for all kinds of turkey-related advice. Home economist Jan Allen joined Dick to chat about what they do--and this year, you can also text your questions, 24 hours a day through Thanksgiving, to 844-877-3456. Or you can check out www.butterball.com

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Flotilla meets the Freemans upon their return

Adventurers Amy & Dave Freeman on their year in the BWCAW

Amy & Dave Freeman spent the last year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to call attention to the value of wilderness in the face of proposed mining projects nearby. They chatted with Dick the day before appearing at North House Folk School as the featured speakers at Winterers' Gathering. Learn what they found most challenging, most wonderful, and how they feel about being back in civilization. If you missed their North House presentation, they'll do it again at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

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How to promote gratitude in kids all year long

With Thanksgiving around the corner, now's a natural time for parents, grandparents and teachers to promote gratitude in kids. Dr. Giacomo Bono, assistant professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has been studying gratitude in children. He chatted with Dave about why gratitude is important, how it affects children's development, and simple ways to encourage kids to be thankful.

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Floydian Slip in Studio A

Floydian Slip returns to The Roadhouse

South Shore jam band Floydian Slip stopped by Studio A on their way to a gig in Grand Marais. Floydian Slip is Andy Noyes, guitar & vocals; Olaf Kirsten, guitar & vocals; Jeff Kriner, percussion; and Scott McCafferty, bass & vocals. You can learn more about the band and their schedule here

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"Torn in Two" by Michael Schumacher

New book tells story of one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history

Great Lakes historian and author Michael Schumacher spoke with Dave recently about his latest book, "Torn in Two, " which recounts the story of the 1966 sinking of the freighter Daniel J. Morrell, and of its only survivor, Dennis Hale. 

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