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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.


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Orca Whale (Ashley Coates/Flickr)

Inukjuak town manager Johnny Williams on trapped whales in Hudson Bay

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The small village of Inukjuak in Nunavut, Canada, has been the site of a lot of media attention in the last few weeks. A family of killer whales had been trapped beneath the ice in Hudson Bay near Inukjuak for several days before finally making it out on Wednesday, January 9. Inukjuak town manager Johnny Williams spoke with hosts Cathy Quinn and Kelly Schoenfelder about how the village got together to help the whales on the January 11 edition of The Roadhouse.


Duluth Light (James Jordan/Flickr)

Filmmaker Vincent Gargiulo on "Duluth is Horrible" film

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Vincent Gargiulo is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been shown around the country. At the beginning of January, Vincent completed a successful kickstarter campaign to fund his next film called “Duluth is Horrible.” The film is "a series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter." Vincent joined host Kelly Schoenfelder on the January 11th edition of The Roadhouse us to tell us more about himself and the film.



Musical favs Michael Monroe & Claudia Schmidt make year-end appearance in Studio A

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Bob & Buck hosted musicians Michael Monroe and Claudia Schmidt Dec. 28, in advance of their Log Cabin Concerts for the holiday weekend. They played and sang together and solo, and made great conversation in between.

Wolf in the wild

Duluth News-Tribune writer Sam Cook looks back at the year in the outdoors

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Buck visited Dec. 28 with Sam Cook, longtime writer for the Duluth News-Tribune, about significant events and developments in the outdoors world in 2012. They covered the new wolf hunt, the resurgence of extraction in our economy, the future of the outdoors in the techno age, and much more.



"The Wrong Omar" makes Roadhouse music debut

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Bob & Buck welcomed Minneapolis musician "The Wrong Omar" (Joey Shaheen) to Studio A Dec. 21 for his WTIP/Roadhouse debut. His songs are original, quirky, and fun.


Cool new book for kids and their grownups: "Unbored"

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Buck chatted recently with Elizabeth Foy Larsen, co-author of "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, " which the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune called “the quintessential guide for today’s tech-savvy and socially engaged kids." Geared to kids ages 8 to 13, it's gotten rave reviews from parents and kids alike for its coverage of fun stuff to think about, make and do, from yarn-bombing to classic pranks to building a remote-controlled water blaster.



Duluth musical duo The Brothers Burn Mountain make Roadhouse debut

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Buck & Bob welcomed The Brothers Burn Mountain (Ryan & Jesse Dermody) to Studio A Dec. 14. The Brothers play original Americana and bluegrass, with poetic lyrics, on guitar and drums. They were in town for two performances at the Gun Flint Tavern.

Lake Superior's north shore

Ontario environmental/adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell on his first book, "The Greatest Lake"

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Buck visited recently with award-winning environmental & adventure travel journalist Conor Mihell, on his new book, "The Greatest Lake: Stories from Lake Superior's North Shore." They talked about the Canadian north shore, what it's like to be a wilderness guide, environmental threats to the Big Lake, and much more.



Will the world end Dec. 21 in the 'Mayan Apocalypse'? Psychology expert addresses the science of fear

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Bob spoke with Prof. Shmuel Lissek of the U of MN department of psychology Dec. 14. Lissek's specialty is the science of fear. They talked about how and why humans react to imagined fearful situations the same as to real ones, and what happens in our bodies and minds when we're afraid. 



New book of Minnesota know-how, from carving ice sculptures to singing like a voyageur...

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Bob was joined by former Pioneer Press outdoors writer (and current communications director for the MN DNR) Chris Niskanen Dec. 7 to talk about his new book, "The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction and More." Those and dozens of other uniquely Minnesotan skills are covered in this 'playful yet practical' how-to guide.