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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 Dave TerSteeg & CJ Heithoff 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:

Gwen Westerman on her new book, "Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota"

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Bob spoke Feb. 15 with Dr. Gwen Westerman, co-author with Bruce White of "Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota." The book, from the MN Historical Society Press, details the history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for hundreds of years prior to exile.



Kristian Bålsrød and Anton Ligaarden, shown with fellow filmmaker Katinka Hustad at Baragas Cross

Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden update The Roadhouse on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera”

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Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 1 to update hosts Ann Possis and Buck Benson on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera.”

You can learn more about their project by visiting their website.


The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

Author Will Schwalbe on his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more

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Will Schwalbe has been editor-in-chief at Hyperion Books and has written for many national publications. His best seller, The End of Your Life Book Club, is a memoir of reading with his mother during the last two years of her life after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He's the founder of, a website with recipes from many of the world's best chefs. He spoke with Buck Benson on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse about his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more.


Psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley talk about a link between nature & creativity (Chantal Forster/Flickr)

Need a creative boost? Hit the trail, say psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley

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University of Kansas psychology professors Ruth Ann and Paul Atchley recently completed a study showing that four days out in the wild, without cell phones or other technology, nurtures hikers’ creativity. The Atchleys joined host Ann Possis on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse to explain more.

Read more about the study Ruth Ann & Paul conducted, along with University of Utah professor David L. Strayer.



John Wright of Lehto & Wright flies solo on The Roadhouse

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Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed John Wright, of Celtic-folk-Americana trio Lehto & Wright, to Studio A Jan. 18. He claims it was his first-ever solo performance. In any case, he plays some gorgeous guitar. The trio appeared at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Jan. 19.


John & Maddy MacIndoe share stories of Antarctic adventure

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Buck chatted recently with seasonal residents John & Maddy MacIndoe, just back from a National Geographic excursion to Antarctica for their 40th anniversary. They shared wonderful stories about all they saw, including penguins, whales, and much more.



Artist/musician Marlin Ledin captures sounds of Lake Superior's ice

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Ann Possis visited with Washburn, Wisc., musician and artist Marlin Ledin Jan. 18 about his project to record the ice sounds of Lake Superior, both to preserve them and as an inspiration for his music. The interview includes several segments of those recordings. He was in Grand Marais to speak at North House Folk School the next evening. You can learn more about him, his music, and his field recordings here.


Winter plowing (TranBC/Flickr)

County Engineer Dave Betts on winter plowing

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On the January 11 edition of The Roadhouse, host Cathy Quinn got a chance to visit with Cook County Engineer Dave Betts after the county experienced extensive freezing rain.  In this interview, Dave talks about how much last week’s storm cost and what it takes to maintain the county roads in the winter.


Idle No More

Duluth organizer Reyna Crow on Idle No More movement

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Idle No More is a grassroots movement that has recently been sweeping across the country and the world. On the January 11 edition of The Roadhouse, host Kelly Schoenfelder spoke with Duluth Idle No More organizer Reyna Crow about how the movement started and some of the events that have taken place in Duluth as part of the cause.

Photo by andriko.l on Flickr.


A shot of Earth's surface (NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr)

Astro Bob: Asteroid Apophis won't hit us in 2029

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The asteroid Apophis was discovered by astronomers in 2004. Upon its discovery, it appeared that it was going to come pretty close to striking Earth in 2029 when it was passing by in its orbit around the sun. However, upon closer observation, it appears that we might be in the clear after all. Astronomer and blogger Bob King, also known as Astro Bob, joined host Kelly Schoenfelder on the January 11 edition of The Roadhouse to tell us more about the news.