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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:
Rob Ickes

Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, bluegrass masters, perform live on the Roadhouse

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Rob Ickes & Mike Compton, in town from Nashville for the 19th Annual Bluegrass Master's Weekend at Lutsen Resort, performed in-studio Nov. 13. Listen to the music and interview.



Ed Wood Jr., WW II veteran, to appear on PBS special about veterans and their war experiences

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Ed Wood Jr., World War II veteran, spoke with Buck and Bob Nov. 6 about his war experiences and how they affected the rest of his life. Listen to the interview.


Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse centennial and Edmund Fitzgerald commemoration

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Lee Radzak, historic site manager for Split Rock Lighthouse, joined Roger Linehan and Ann Possis Oct. 30 to discuss the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting as well as the upcoming centennial of the lighthouse in 2010. Learn more  Listen to the interview.



Sue Leaf, author of "The Bullhead Queen," chats about her new book

20091023thebullheadqueen.mp341.29 MB

Bob and Buck talked with Sue Leaf Oct. 23. She's the author of "The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake,"  a collection of meditations on places she sees every day on Pioneer Lake near Center City, Minnesota. Listen to the interview.


Ole & Lena

"Coffee, Kringla, Ole & Lena: Samples from Scandinavian America" screened at NHFS

20091016coffeekringlaolelena.mp336.14 MB

"Coffee, Kringla, Ole, & Lena: Samples from Scandinavian America" is a light-hearted educational exploration of contemporary Scandinavian America. William Beyer, former education, collections, and  programs director for the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, spoke with Buck and Bob Oct. 16 about the film and its screening at North House Folk School. The film includes an insightful discussion with 100-plus-year-old Grand Marais resident Gunnar Erickson. Listen to the interview.


Our Neck of the Woods

"Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places," new from U of MN Press

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Dan Philippon, editor of "Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places," joined the Roadhouse hosts to talk about his new book and why it's important to appreciate and preserve our wild places. Learn more about the book. Listen to the interview.



U of MN team competes in Solar Decathlon to design energy-efficient home

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Ann Johnson, faculty advisor to the U of MN student team competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, talked with Buck and Bob Sept. 25 about the project. For more information about the Solar Decathlon, go to  Listen to the interview.