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!
U of MN landscape architecture professor John Koepke recently received a 'mini-grant' from the U of MN Institute on the Environment to plan a trail and bridge to connect the Cloquet Forestry Center and the Fond du Lac Reservation. He chatted with Dave Dec. 4 to explain more about the project and the importance of landscape architecture.
Briand Morrison (guitar) & Roxann Berglund (keyboard, vocals) took time from a gig at Voyageur Brewing to visit with Dave and play some beautiful music. They're performing around the county in the next few weeks--see WTIP's music calendar for details. And on Jan. 30, Briand will join up with gypsy jazz musician Sam Miltich at Beaner's in Duluth. Find Briand's full schedule and more here.
The Butterball Turkey Talk Line fields thousands of calls at this time of year. Dave chatted with turkey expert Rochelle Kirwan to learn her tips for making the tastiest bird, and to hear a few of the funny calls they've received over the years. You can find lots more at www.butterball.com, or by calling 1 800 BUTTERBALL.
Nov. 20-22 was the annual Winterer's Gathering & Arctic Film Festival at North House. One of the featured films was "Maina," an award-winning movie that tells the story of the first encounters between First Nations and Inuits 600 years ago. The film's director, Michel Poulette, joined Dick in studio to talk about the making of the film. Michel was also teaching a workshop the next day. You can see a trailer from the movie here.
A new study shows that cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, are likely to recolonize portions of habitat in the middle part of the U.S. within the next 25 years. Dr. Michelle LaRue, a cougar researcher and executive director of the nonprofit Cougar Network, talked about it with Dave recently. She says that northern Minnesota is fairly attractive cougar habitat.
If everyone hates wasting food, why do we still do it? And how can we stop? Mary Hoff, editor in chief of Ensia, the magazine of the Institute on the Environment at the U of MN, talked with Dick recently about how and why we waste food, and what we can do about it. Mary suggests www.wastedfood.com and www.ivaluefood.com as places to learn more.
On Friday the 13th, we got to thinking about superstitions. Dr. Donald Saucier, a psychology professor at Kansas State University, chatted with Dave about how superstitions work and why people, even psychology professors, have them.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 is the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It's also the only time each year that the Split Rock Lighthouse beacon is lit, and visitors can climb the tower. Site Manager Lee Radzak chatted with Dave Nov. 6 about the lighthouse and about Tuesday's events, from noon to 6 p.m. You can learn more about the events here.
Dave Seaton owns and runs Hungry Jack Outfitters with his wife, Nancy. You may not know that he is also an accomplished luthier, or someone who builds guitars. He stopped by Studio A Nov. 6 to explain how he got started in the craft, and more. You can learn more about Dave and his guitars here.