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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:

Editor of Ely Timberjay explains latest news on PolyMet mine environmental impact statement

Marshall Helmberger, editor of the Ely Timberjay, has been closely following and reporting on PolyMet's proposed NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes. He recently learned that the lead agencies that have overseen preparation of the mine's environmental impact statement may be wrong about where potential contaminants would flow. Dick spoke with Marshall Aug. 28 to learn more. You can read more in the Timberjay



Joe Paulik brings original music to The Roadhouse

Local singer/songwriter Joe Paulik's work is heavily influenced by nature and conveys his sense of connectedness to the Earth. He joined Dick and Dave Aug. 21 to talk about his music and play several tunes. You can learn more about Joe and his music here.


Moon, with the constellation Auriga

Bob King, "Astrobob" blogger, checks in on all things celestial

Bob King ("Astrobob" blogger for Duluth News Tribune) is a favorite regular guest because he always shares such interesting, cool stuff about the stars. His conversation with Dave TerSteeg Aug. 21 is no exception. Learn about the mission to Pluto, how you can send your name to Mars (really!), the lunar eclipse predicted for Sept. 27, and lots more. You can read Bob's delightful blog here.



Dan Hansen's art exhibit, "Sofia," opens Aug. 27 at North House

Dan Hansen, a Duluth digital artist and son of Mark & Wendy Hansen of Grand Marais, has been delving into the history and meaning of numbers. His art exhibit, "Sofia," is a work of historical fiction presented as an archaeological find of the lost writings of Pythagoras. It opens Thursday, Aug. 27 (opening reception 7 p.m.) at North House Folk School and runs through Sept. 7. Dick spoke with Dan Aug. 21 to learn more about the exhibit and what inspired him to create these pieces. 


Timmy Haus

Timmy Haus plays The Roadhouse

Buck Benson and Dave TerSteeg welcomed local musician Timmy Haus to The Roadhouse Aug. 14 for fun chat and great sound. 



First data from neutrino experiment based in northern Minnesota: Physicist explains

Physicists just released the first data from the neutrino experiment based at the NOvA lab near International Falls. Prof. Dan Cronin-Hennessy of the U of MN joined Dave TerSteeg Aug. 14 to explain the study and why neutrinos are so important. You can see a 7-minute overview of the experiment by watching this video. And visit the Fermilab website here.


courtesy Chris Polydoroff

Gratitude practice may help recovering alcoholics stay sober

Dr Amy Krentzman of the U of MN School of Social Work and the Center for Spirituality and Healing has been studying the practice of gratitude in addiction treatment and recovery. She talked with Buck Aug. 14 about what she's found in her research on how a gratitude practice supports the process of recovery...which can be as simple as finding three things to be thankful for each day.


Jerry Vandiver in Studio A, Aug. 2015

Nashville singer-songwriter Jerry Vandiver makes annual stop at The Roadhouse

Grammy award-winner Jerry Vandiver stops by Studio A every summer when he's in town for his annual BWCAW canoe trip. Dick & Ann welcomed him Aug. 7 for lots of fun talk and great tunes. You can learn more about Jerry and his music here.



Rendezvous Days re-enactors, fiddler stop by Studio A

Rendezvous Days was Aug. 7 to 9 at Grand Portage National Monument. Two of the historical re-enactors, Ray and Kelly James,  joined Dick Aug. 7 to explain how the encampment and re-enactment work. And fiddler Carrie  Dlutkowski played some amazing tunes of the period. 


courtesy Ryan Salm Photography

"Kharma Bums" follows 130-mile stand-up paddleboard journey down the Ganges River

On Aug. 28, North House Folk School will host a screening of the adventure travel documentary "Kharma Bums" with filmmaker Ryan Salm. Ryan, Jeremiah Kent, and Martin Cavada joined Ann Possis Aug. 7 to talk about what it was like to travel and work in a place where 100 million people gathered. You can learn more here