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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:

Gratitude: It's good for you

This is a great time of year to reflect on gratitude. Ann spoke Nov. 14 with Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of MN, about why gratitude and its cousin, mindfulness, is good for our well-being. You can learn more about the Center here.


Gary Fiedler on his 7-month Boundary Waters adventure

Gary Fiedler of Hermantown just returned from a seven-month odyssey in the Boundary Waters and Quetico, making 13 trips over every portage and taking over 40,000 pictures. He and his wife Dawn LaPointe spoke with Dick Nov. 14 about why he went and how they worked together to make it happen. You can learn more about their photography gallery here.


Bluesman Gordon Thorne brings great music and conversation to The Roadhouse

Bob Carter, Dick Swanson & Ann Possis welcomed local bluesman Gordon Thorne for an hour of delightful music and chat during WTIP's "Many Thanks" membership drive. Learn about Gordon's  Fingerstyle Guitar Masters weekend coming in April, and lots more.

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Split Rock Lighthouse observes 39th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Lee Radzak is historic site manager of Split Rock Lighthouse, a position he's held for over 30 years. He spoke with Dick recently about the lighthouse, his work, and the event Nov. 10 to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. You can learn more about the lighthouse here.


The Emory Lester Set brings amazing bluegrass to Studio A

Ann Possis & Will Moore were delighted to welcome the Emory Lester Set (Emory Lester, mandolin; Al Smith, guitar; and Kene Hyatt, bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 31. They were in town for the 24th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. Lester is considered one of the most accomplished mandolin players in the country. You can learn more about Emory Lester here.


Angel Hair Rasta visits The Roadhouse on Halloween

Ann Possis & Will Moore welcomed new local band Angel Hair Rasta to Studio A. They played a Halloween reggae concert at the American Legion in Grand Marais on Halloween night to raise money for the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a nonprofit organization created to support music in Grand Marais.

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Shorter days can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)---psychiatrist explains

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist talked with Ann Possis Oct. 31 about the causes and symptoms of SAD, and what people can do to address and overcome it. 


Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club bring gypsy jazz to Studio A

Ann & Dick welcomed Grand Rapids-based  group the Clearwater Hot Club (Sam Miltich, lead guitar; Mike Miller, rhythm guitar; Matthew Miltich, upright bass) to The Roadhouse Oct. 24 for wonderful music and interesting conversation about the origins and current state of the music known as gypsy jazz. You can learn more about their music here.


Chris Gillis & Max Bichel remember & celebrate jazz musician Frank Gillis

Dick & Ann welcomed Chris Gillis and Max Bichel to Studio A Oct. 24 to talk about the "Frank Gillis Fall Festival Reunion." Frank was a big part of the local music scene for many years. Chris invited two members of Frank's band, plus many local musicians, to join him for two nights of concerts at Betsy Bowen's What's Upstairs, featuring  blues, jazz, and boogie woogie. 

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Can uncertainty be motivating? Psychologist Ayelet Fishbach's research says yes

A new study to appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Consumer Research finds that uncertainty can be rewarding...specifically, that people put more effort into winning an uncertain reward. The lead author of the study, Dr. Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, joined Ann Possis recently to explain.