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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, Brian Neil, and Julie Carlson, and producer Ann Possis, provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, 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:
Gunflint Trail (Bearskin Lodge/Flickr)

Gunflint Trail and Mesabi Trail documentary to be screened at Voyageur Brewing

A new documentary about the history and use of the Gunflint Trail and the Mesabi Trail will be screened before the film's TV premiere, right here in Grand Marais at Voyageur Brewing on Feb. 27 at 6 pm.  The TV premiere will be Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm on PBS North.

Lance Haavisto, one of the film's producers joined the Roadhouse to tell Brian more about the film.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Lutsen resident Dave Howe on what inspired him to donate a kidney

Folk duo Curtis and Loretta stopped by the Roadhouse back in October.  They are Minnesota musicians who travel the country collecting people's stories and turning them into folk songs.  While talking with host Julie Carlson, they shared one particular story that ended up inspiring Lutsen resident Dave Howe to do something remarkable.


Bryan Hansel (Photo via Facebook)

Photographer Bryan Hansel on life as a landscape photographer

On Wednesday, February 20, local photographer Bryan Hansel is presenting “100 Days on the Road--Life as a Landscape Photographer” at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Bryan is an award-winning professional landscape photographer and outdoor educator. He joined The Roadhouse and gave us a preview of his upcoming presentation.


Craig Blacklock.  Photo by Jon Smithers via Facebook.

Photographer Craig Blacklock on his work in the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers

Craig Blacklock, one of the country’s most distinguished nature photographers, was recently in Grand Marais teaching a class at the Art Colony. While in town, he stopped by the WTIP studios to talk with Roadhouse host Dave about a number of things, including his time spent photographing the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

You can find out more about his book on the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers here


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Local author Mary Ellen Ashcroft on growing our god images

Local author Mary Ellen Ashcroft joined Julie on The Roadhouse to talk about her latest book.


Photo by Dafne Cholet via Flickr and Creative Commons

Scientifically maximize your fun

Did you know there are actually science-based ways to maximize your fun?  With our current deep freeze, we thought it would be a good time to check it out.  Roadhouse host Brian spoke with Dr. Selin Malkoc, associate professor of marketing at The Ohio State University about her recent research on this topic.



Joe Paris of PHO calls in to The Roadhouse

Joe Paris s the guitarist for the funk band PHO.  He called into The Roadhouse just ahead of the group's performance at the recent Lake Effect Music and Ski Festival.  Joe chats with Dave about the history of the group, being noticed by Prince in 2016, and more.

You can learn more about PHO here.


Photo by Mike Linksvayer via Flickr

Thunder Bay Literacy Group hosting 21st annual Scrabble tournament

The Thunder Bay Literacy Group has been working for 26 years to improve literacy in the community.  Their big annual event, a Scrabble tournament, is coming up Feb. 9.  Dan Russell Matthews, executive director of the group, joined Ann on The Roadhouse to fill us in on the details.

You can learn more about the Thunder Bay Literacy Group and the upcoming event here.


Eric Frost and friends. Submitted photo.

Eric Frost and friends play live on WTIP

Eric Frost and friends stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig at Wunderbar. Joining Eric was Travis Wickwire on bass, Jim Elverhoy on harmonica and Bill Hansen on dobro. They played a mix of original and cover tunes and chatted with host Dave about what they've all been up to recently.


NASA Watching Harvey from Satellites and the International Space Station.  Photo from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/ Flickr

The public health impact of climate change

Climate change is having a big public health impact, and public health departments are on the front lines.  Freelance science journalist Dave Levitan joined The Roadhouse to talk with host Dave Tersteeg about how climate change is affecting public health. 

You can find Levitan's article on this topic here.