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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:

Ernestine Shepherd, 76-year-old bodybuilder, on how and why she got fit

Ernestine Shepherd  is a 76-year-old bodybuilder and self-described former couch potato who started working out in her mid-50s and lifting weights at age 71. She chatted with Bob July 13 about her quest to remain fit and healthy as she ages, and her mission to inspire other women to do the same.


Beryl Singleton Bissell on her new North Shore memoir, "A View of the Lake"

Ann Possis spoke July 6 with Beryl Singleton Bissell, author of a new memoir, "A View of the Lake," about what inspires and draws her to Lake Superior.

Buck gets ready to ride the zipline by Chris Polydoroff

Towering Pines Canopy Tour opens at Gunflint Lodge

Buck chatted with Gunflint Lodge owner Bruce Kerfoot July 6 about their new Towering Pines Canopy Tour zipline, which opened to the public on July 4.

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Joe Paulik brings lovely guitar sound to Studio A

Buck and Bob welcomed local singer-songwriter Joe Paulik July 6 for chat and music during North Shore Sights & Sounds membership drive edition of The Roadhouse.


Local author Bob Olson & his new Gunflint Trail memoir, "Two Bucks and a Can of Gas"

Buck chatted July 6 with Bob Olson, author of "Two Bucks and a Can of Gas," about his new memoir of his adventures as a young man visiting the Gunflint Trail in an old Model A pickup truck.


Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida on damage, cleanup & recovery efforts after the big Duluth flood

Bob spoke with Lake Superior Zoo CEO Sam Maida June 29 in the wake of extensive damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding in Duluth. You can check out their website to follow the recovery progress.


U of MN law professor Daniel Schwarcz demystifies recently upheld health care law

Buck spoke June 29 with Prof. Daniel Schwarcz about the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding health care reform. He explained what the law does, and how it might affect our pocketbooks and the way we access health care.


Norwegian photojournalists seek stories from Norwegian-Americans for documentary film

Bob chatted June 29 with Kristian Balsrod, Katinka Hustad, and Anton Ligaarden, young Norwegian photojournalists visiting Cook County. They're making a documentary about the Norwegian culture that lives on in Norwegian-Americans along the North Shore. Learn what they're up to and hear some great Sven & Ole jokes, too.


Leah Thomas plays in honor of National Accordion Awareness Month

Local accordion player & singer Leah Thomas joined Buck and Bob at the Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School June 22 for music, laughter, and yes, more than a few accordion jokes.


Craftsman Douglas Brooks on traditional Japanese boat building techniques

Vermont boat builder Douglas Brooks joined Bob during the June 22 live broadcast from the 15th annual Wooden Boat Show at North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He was a featured speaker on techniques, design secrets, and the apprenticeship process involved in traditional Japanese boat building.