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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:

Tips and strategies to avoid tick-borne diseases

It's the time of year when ticks have returned.  Reports show that there's more possibility than ever of getting sick from tick bites.  Jonathan Oliver, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Dave about why tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and what we can do to protect ourselves.


Gunflint Burning

Author Cary Griffith on writing "Gunflint Burning"

Author Cary Griffith stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with WTIP's Jay Andersen about his recently published book Gunflint Burning.  The book is a comprehensive account of the dramatic events surrounding the Ham Lake fire of 2007.  Griffith talks about where he got the inspiration to write this book, as well as the writing process.  


new book by Bob King, "Astro Bob" blogger

"Astro Bob" blogger Bob King on his latest book

Bob King, author of the Astro Bob blog in the Duluth News-Tribune, has written a new book,  "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die: The Guide to Extraordinary Curiosities of Our Universe". He recently joined The Roadhouse and spoke with Jay about his new book and some of the wonders of the night sky.


Chris Gillis animatedly playing piano

Chris Gillis on The Roadhouse

Chris Gillis recently stopped by The Roadhouse and brought his keyboard into Studio A to perform a few songs.  Gillis also chatted with hosts Jay and Dave about what he's been up to recently and some of his upcoming gigs.



MN Sea Grant developing a green infrastructure guide for the Lake Superior coast

MN Sea Grant has been holding a series of focus group meetings to support the development of a green infrastructure guide to stormwater management for the Lake Superior coastal zone.  The meetings have been held all along the North Shore, including one in Grand Marais on May 14.  Tom Beery of MN Sea Grant was on The Roadhouse talking about these meetings, as well as the importance of green infrastructure.


Pushing Chain, Boyd Blomberg (l.) & Adam Moe

Pushing Chain on The Roadhouse

Pushing Chain, the duo of Boyd Blomberg (guitar and vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle and vocals) have an Americana roots sound.  They stopped by The Roadhouse to play a few tunes and chat about what they've been up to recently.  More information about Pushing Chain can be found here.


Bob O'Hara

Bob O'Hara on paddling in the BWCA for 60 years

Bob O’Hara is a member of the Explorers Club of New York and the Midwest Mountaineering’s Minnesota Explorers Hall of Fame.
A longtime canoeist, Bob will celebrate 60 consecutive years in the BWCAW / Quetico this year.  Bob recently joined The Roadhouse and spoke with CJ about his trips in the BWCAW and Quetico.


Madeline Ostrander

Impact of black carbon on climate

Madeline Ostrander is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, Wash. Ostrander focuses on writing about the environment, energy, and science. She recently wrote an article about the impact of black carbon, or soot, on climate. 

Ostrander was recently on The Roadhouse and spoke about black carbon.



The Saints of Circumstance

The Saints of Circumstance perform on The Roadhouse

The northern Wisconsin band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse to play their unique blend of music they call "Granolacana", a mix of  Americana/Roots, Country-Blues, Hippie Folk-Rock, and Bluegrass.  They also chatted with hosts Dave and Brian about their music and band.  More information about The Saints of Circumstance can be found here.


Plucked Up String Band in Studio A

Plucked Up String Band release debut album

The Plucked Up String Band recently released their debut album, "Rooftop to Floor" They stopped by The Roadhouse to celebrate the release, chat with host Dave and Brian about the process, and of course play some tunes.