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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:

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

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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

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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.


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Carol Johnston, expert beaver researcher, on how beavers affect our landscape

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Dr. Carol Johnston is a professor of ecology at South Dakota State University who just received a National Science Foundation grant to compile her years of research on how beavers have affected the ecosystem at Voyageurs National Park. She talked with Dave TerSteeg Oct. 17 about how and why beavers dramatically alter the places they live. 


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Michael Monroe debuts new CD, "Call of the Moose"

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Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local singer-songwriter Michael Monroe to The Roadhouse Oct. 17 for music and chat. Michael just released a new CD, "Call of the Moose." You can learn more about his music and performance schedule here.


The Barley Jacks bring original acoustic sound to Studio A

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Dick Swanson & Bob Carter welcomed The Barley Jacks to The Roadhouse Oct. 10 for great music that combines elements  of bluegrass,  blues, Celtic, and more. The Barley Jacks are Brian Wicklund, Joe Cruz, Kevin Rowe, and Joel Arpin. You can learn more about them and their performance schedule here


MyRain, a U of MN student startup business, wins major international funding

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Steele Lorenz, a 2010 graduate of the U of MN Carlson School of Management, co-founded MyRain, a business that helps small farmers in India become more profitable and use natural resources more efficiently. He talked with Dick Oct. 10 about the company's mobile irrigation system, how the business works, and what the award will enable them to do. You can learn more about MyRain here. 



Ig Nobel Prizes honor research that makes you laugh, then makes you think

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Bob Carter chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of "Annals of Improbable Research, " about the 2014 Ig Nobel prizes recently awarded at Harvard University. Research topics included the physics of stepping on a banana skin, the brain qualities of people who see Jesus in toast, and possible mental hazards of cat ownership. You can learn more about the Ig Nobels and the magazine here. 


Night Sky

Astronomer Bob King talks meteors, the Orionids, photography, and more

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One of our favorite regular guests, Bob King of the Duluth News Tribune, chatted with Dave TerSteeg Oct. 3 about meteors and much more. A lunar eclipse is coming early Wednesday morning, Oct. 8.  You can read Bob's Astrobob blog here



New study shows yoga & meditation may help train the brain

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Dr. Bin He, a biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, spoke with Dick Oct. 3 about his latest research showing that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. This could have major implications for people who are paralyzed or mobility impaired. 


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Pete Kavanaugh rocks The Roadhouse

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Randy Eastlund & Matthew Brown welcomed Pete Kavanaugh to Studio A Sept. 26 for fun chat and great guitar. You can learn more about Pete's music and performance schedule here.