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Lake Superior Basin

Researcher studying climate change's impact on emotional well-being

People living close to the land in Canada's boreal forest are experiencing climate change in ways that directly impact their lives. Kelsey Jones-Casey of Duluth is a visiting researcher at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She's been traveling through the Lake Superior basin, interviewing hunters, anglers, trappers, farmers, and others, about how climate change is affecting their well-being. She talked with Dave about her research and findings. You can learn more from Kelsey at a lunchtime presentation hosted by the Twin Ports Climate Coalition Dec. 19 at the MPCA offices in Duluth.


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Author, adventurer, explorer Jon Turk visits The Roadhouse

Jon Turk was this year's featured speaker at North House Folk School's Winterers' Gathering. He dropped by the studio to chat with CJ about our human disconnect from nature, communicating with animals, and much more. 


Dr. Mark Seeley in Studio A

Meteorologist Mark Seeley stops by The Roadhouse to talk all things weather

Dr. Mark Seeley, a leader in Minnesota's climate community and a regular guest on MPR, stopped by Studio A during membership drive. He was in town for the Lake Superior Storm Festival weekend. Mark talked with CJ about our unusual November, predictions for the coming winter, and much more. You can find his WeatherTalk blog here


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Working dogs help to protect wildlife

Isabelle Groc is an environmental writer and conservation photographer based in Vancouver. She recently wrote an article for Ensia about working dogs that help preserve endangered species and other wildlife. CJ Heithoff chatted with Isabelle to learn more.


Lake Agnes by Travis Novitsky

Why are pharmaceuticals & other chemicals found in remote MN lakes? Scientist weighs in

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals have been found in remote Minnesota lakes, far from any land that would create runoff. Mark Ferrey, a scientist with the MN Pollution Control Agency, joined Dave to explain how this might be happening. You can learn more on the MPCA site.


"A Year in the Wilderness," named one of 20 Big Indie Books of Fall 2017 by Publishers Weekly

Dave & Amy Freeman talk about their new book, "A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters"

Explorers Amy and Dave Freeman spent a year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to bring attention to threats to this area. Now they're out with a book about their experience, complete with gorgeous photos from their journey. They stopped by The Roadhouse to speak with CJ about the book and their experience. You can learn more about the book here. 


Peatlands are very efficient at storing carbon

Don't know much about peatlands? This will get you started

If you're like most people, you don't know a whole lot about peatlands. But it turns out they're very important to the planet's health and to countering climate change. Jeremy Hance of St. Paul, a science writer for Ensia, mongabay.com, and other publications, recently wrote an article about peatlands. He joined Dave to explain what peat is and why it is so important.


Douglas Wood's latest book

Longtime wilderness guide Douglas Wood on his new memoir, "Deep Woods, Wild Waters"

Douglas Wood, longtime wilderness guide, is also a prolific author, perhaps best known for his first book, "Old Turtle." Now he's out with a memoir about the mysteries of the natural world, "Deep Woods, Wild Waters." He talked with CJ about the book and what he hopes to evoke and share with others about canoe country. 


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Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming to Duluth Sept. 14

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. Johan Ehde, on-tour manager for the festival, joined Dave to talk about the festival's mission and goals. Selections from this year's festival will be shown in Duluth at Clyde Iron Works Sept. 14. You can click here for more info and tickets.


Walking is beneficial in numerous ways

Walking expert Jay Walljasper on benefits of walking; national summit coming to Minnesota

We've all heard walking is great for us...and good for community and the environment, as well. Jay Walljasper, writer, speaker, and authority on vital communities, chatted with Dave about what walking does for a person both physically and mentally. The National Walking Summit is Sept. 13-15 in  St. Paul.