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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:

Minneapolis couple wins small-town cafe in essay contest

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Seth Lintelman, with his wife Elizabeth, own the Cup N Saucer Cafe in Sherburn, Minn. They acquired it in a rather unusual way--they won it in an essay contest. Learn how the Lintelmans went from losing their Minneapolis home to owning a cafe in southern Minnesota.



Sue Leaf's new book about the father of Minnesota ornithology, Thomas Sadler Roberts

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Dick Swanson chatted with Sue Leaf June 28 about her new book, "A Love Affair with Birds," from the U of MN Press. The book is a wonderful portrait not only of Thomas Sadler Roberts, the father of Minnesota ornithology, but of the state and the Twin Cities in their early history.



"Bidder 70" tells story of Tim DeChristopher's civil disobedience in the name of saving wilderness

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Beth & George Gage, directors of "Bidder 70," joined Dick Swanson recently to talk about their award-winning documentary. "Bidder 70" tells the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who entered a BLM oil and gas lease auction in order to save 22,000 acres of wilderness. Tim was indicted on two felony charges, but became a climate justice leader before serving time in federal prison. Hear what Beth & George have to say about Tim's remarkable act of peaceful protest.


Lake Superior Surf by David Grinstead

Shipwreck hunters find remains of Henry B. Smith nearly 100 years after disappearing on Lake Superior

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Buck chatted June 14 with Cloquet shipwreck hunter Jerry Eliason who, with a team of friends and family, recently located what they believe to be the Henry B. Smith, which went down in a storm in November 1913. Jerry says it was the find of a lifetime.



Move objects just with your thoughts? Sounds like Star Trek, but it’s happening now at the U of MN

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Dr. Bin He, biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, is lead author of a new study showing that people can use their thoughts to move objects, using a noninvasive computer interface. He spoke with Buck June 7 about the technology and its implications, including the potential to help people with disabilities. You can watch a video demo at



Joe Paulik plays & talks about his recent CD, "Power of Place"

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Matthew Brown & Ann Possis welcomed Cook County singer-songwriter Joe Paulik to Studio A May 31. He talked about nature as inspiration for his music, and even as actual background on some of his recordings, including "Power of Place." Joe performed several songs from the CD.


Microfinance through the lens of travel memoir: "The International Bank of Bob"

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Ann Possis chatted recently with Bob Harris, author of "The International Bank of Bob," a delightful book about the world of microlending and the difference it makes in people's lives. Bob traveled the world visiting with people he'd made small loans to through Kiva, an online lending platform. What he found will make you laugh, cry, and be inspired.



How to get the most from farmers markets, just in time for summer

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Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in Minnesota for over 25 years. She joined Matthew Brown May 31 to talk about her latest book, "Minnesota's Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook." She talked about why farmers markets and locally grown foods are so good, tips for shopping at a farmers market, and more.



Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe mixes sports & activism

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe chatted with Buck recently about football, marriage equality, and lots more. He just joined the Raiders after being let go by the Vikes.



Adam Harju, North Shore Bike Guy, talks biking in Cook County

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Adam Harju, the "North Shore Bike Guy," stopped in to Studio A May 24 to talk all things bike. He does bike trail building, event promotion, advocacy for cycling, and more. Pedaling at Pincushion is June 1; the Lutsen 99er race is June 29.