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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,, 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. 


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.

Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson donates family's archaeological collection to Grand Portage National Monument

Over many years, Grand Portage resident Rick Anderson and his family collected thousands of historic artifacts near the Boundary Waters. Now, he has donated this remarkable collection to Grand Portage National Monument so it may be studied and preserved. CJ sat down with Rick recently to hear the story.

Sign along the Gitchi-Gami Trail (image courtesy of GGTA Facebook page)

Gear up for the 17th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Ride Sat., Aug.19

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association will hold its 17th annual trail ride Saturday, Aug.


Duluth News Tribune Astrobob blogger Bob King checks in on Perseids, eclipse

What with the Perseids happening now, and the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, we checked in with a favorite regular guest, astronomer Bob King of Astrobob fame. He gives great tips for observing the eclipse safely. Do NOT look directly at the sun; you will seriously damage your retinas and never know it, since they don't sense pain.