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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:

Poet Bart Sutter talks about and reads from his new book

Bart Sutter is an award-winning author and a past Poet Laureate of Duluth.  He recently published a new book titled, " Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood".  He stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Jay about his new release, and read a few poems as well.  


sPARKit! mobile trailer

sPARKit! comes to Cook County

sPARKit! is a project sponsored by Springboard for the Arts in the Twin Cities. The “sPARKit” mobile trailer invites the public to come, play games, and engage in conversation and will be at various sites in Cook
County the week of June 18-22, courtesy of the Grand Marais Public Library. Soozin Hirschmugl is the creative force behind sPARKit, and she called into The Roadhouse to speak with Dave about sPARKit.



Newly formed group WunderDogs on The Roadhouse

Newly formed group WunderDogs stopped by The Roadhouse to play a few songs and talk with hosts Dave and Brian about how the group came to be.  The WunderDogs are Thomas Stamps (Drums), John Mianowski (Bass), and Pete Kavanaugh (guitar).


Web Watching: A Guide to Webs & the Spiders That Make Them

Larry Weber talks his latest book and love of spiders

Larry Weber is a naturalist, author, and award-winning teacher. You may know him as a regular guest on WTIP's North Shore Weekend.  Larry recently joined The Roadhouse to talk about his latest book, "Web Watching: A Guide to Webs and the Spiders That Make Them."


Bernd Heinrich courtesy HarperCollins Publisher/Rachel Smolker

A conversation with renowned naturalist Bernd Heinrich

Leading naturalist and author Bernd Heinrich was the featured speaker at North House Folk School during their 2018 Northern Landscapes festival, and while in Grand Marais, he stopped by The Roadhouse. He’s written 21 books, is an expert on ravens among other things and is a world-class runner to boot. 


Jon Kallberg on the harp guitar

Jon Kallberg performs on three different guitars

Lutsen guitarist Jon Kallberg joined The Roadhouse again, this time with three unique guitars.  Jon performs some covers and original songs on each guitar, as well as talks about the history of them.  


Briand Morrison

Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund join The Roadhouse

Briand Morrison (guitar) & Roxann Berglund (vocals) took time ahead of a busy summer to stop by The Roadhouse and play a few tunes together.  Find Briand's full schedule for the summer and more here.



Cooking icon Beatrice Ojakangas on her latest cookbook, “Breakfast with Beatrice”

Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of 31 cookbooks, and has been a food writer and columnist for many publications including Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.   She joined The Roadhouse to talk about her latest cookbook, "Breakfast with Beatrice." 


Photo courtesy Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing

Manage stress with mindfulness-based stress reduction

How can we manage stress and enjoy the present moment more of the time?  One way is using mindfulness-based stress reduction.  Dr. Douglas Kennedy, assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, joined The Roadhouse and spoke with Dave about this method for handling stress.  



Robert Hunter

Singer-songwriter and novelist Robert Hunter on The Roadhouse

Robert Hunter is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and author.  He recently stopped by The Roadhouse to chat with hosts Dave and Jay about his journey getting to where he is now with multiple albums released and a recently published novel, Relapse.  More information about Hunter can be found here.