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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:
Photo courtesy Buck Benson

May is skin cancer awareness month

We're all probably a little anxious to get outside and enjoy the sunshine after our long winter, but there are some risks involved with doing so.  To learn more about how we can protect our skin when we're outside, we invited Dr. Megan Rogge on The Roadhouse.  Dr. Rogge is a dermatologist with UTHealth in Houston.


Lunch Trays. Photo by Anthony Easton via Flickr/Creative Commons

Finding solutions to school food waste

A huge amount of food ends up in school trashcans around the country every day. So, what can be done about it?

Freelance journalist Lela Nargi explored this issue in a recent article in Ensia, which can be found here.  Lela joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about some of the solutions being found across the country. 


The Lost Forest.  Image from University of Minnesota Press

Betsy Bowen on recently published book she illustrated

Local illustrator Betsy Bowen partnered with author Phyllis Root on a new children's book that tells the story of a lucky error that preserved 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine in Minnesota.  Betsy spoke with Roadhouse host Dave about the story and how she came to be the illustrator for it.


Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund (photo courtesy of Berglund)

Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund stop by The Roadhouse

Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund join The Roadhouse to us what they've been up to recently and what they have coming up.  Briand also brought his guitar to play a few songs for us, including one "impromptu jam".  You can learn more about Briand and Roxann here.


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Insitute on the Environment director on how we can align sustainability with the good life

Jessica Hellmann is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.  She joined The Roadhouse just ahead of Earth Day to tell us what we can do to preserve our only home.

Hellmann's article mentioned throughout the interview can be read here.


Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen on joining the Peace Corps, upcoming trip to Africa

Local community leader Bill Hansen stopped by The Roadhouse to talk with Julie about how he's fulfilling his dream of becoming a Peace Corps volunteer.


Waters Beneath My Feet

Jerry Pushcar on his canoe journey from New Orleans to Alaska

Jerry Pushcar recently authored the book, "Waters Beneath My Feet: New Orleans to Nome … My 3-Year Canoe Odyssey.” about his canoe trip that took place over 40 years ago. 

Jerry joined The Roadhouse and spoke with Brian about his adventure. 



Michael Gulezian in Studio A

Michael Gulezian performs on The Roadhouse

Michael Gulezian brought his unique guitar styling to The Roadhouse for a live performance ahead of a gig at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  

You can learn more about Michael and his music here.


Easy Riders in Studio A. Staff photo.

Easy Riders make Roadhouse debut

Easy Riders are a group from Peoria, Illinois playing rock and blues.  They were in Cook County for a number of gigs over the weekend, including stopping by the WTIP studios to perform a set live on The Roadhouse. 

Easy Riders are:
Mike Miller - guitar, vocals
Aaron Miller - bass
Bob Kelly - drums, vocals


Photo credit: Christopher Gannon via

How wishing others well can improve your own mood

What do you do when you’re in a bad mood—have a piece of chocolate, maybe, or a glass of wine?

Psychology professor Douglas Gentile suggests that maybe the best thing you can do for yourself is to wish others well.  Professor Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State
University.  He joined The Roadhouse to tell us about his recent study.