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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.


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Photo courtesy Billy Johnson Music

Minneapolis musician Billy Johnson rocks The Roadhouse

Minneapolis-based musician Billy Johnson made his Roadhouse debut this weekend in-between a number of gigs across the county.  You can learn more about Billy and his music here.


Photo from University of Minnesota Duluth on Flickr

UMD to host conference on area response to climate change

The University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting a conference aimed at directing Minnesota's next steps for dealing with climate change on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.  Conference organizer Patrick Schoff joined to The Roadhouse to tell us more about the upcoming conference.

More information about the conference can be found here.


Photo from Ann Bancroft Foundation Facebook.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation encourages girls to dream big

The Ann Bancroft Foundation, founded by the groundbreaking polar explorer, encourages girls to imagine something bigger. Over the last 21 years, they’ve granted nearly $1.8 million to girls to help them achieve their dreams.

Sara Fenlason is the executive director of the foundation.  Sara joined The Roadhouse to talk with Brian about the Ann Bancroft Foundation's work.

More information about the Ann Bancroft foundation can be found here.


Karin Flatøy Svarstad. Photo credit:

Karin Flatøy Svarstad talks wool, recent stay at North House

Karin Svarstad has been researching and working with wool for more than 40 years. She has her own cultural center
and gallery on the West coast of Norway. She’s also been a guest instructor at North House for a few weeks recently.  Karin stopped by The Roadhouse and chatted with Julie about all thing wool.   


The Popol Vuh. Photo from Milkweed Editions.

Poet Michael Bazzett talks about - and reads from - his book The Popol Vuh

A poet with Cook County Connections was recently selected by The New York Times as having published one of the ten best poetry books of 2018. 

Michael Bazzett's book The Popol Vuh translates the Mayan creation story into verse.  Michael joined The Roadhouse during the Worldwide WTIP membership drive to read a sample from his book, as well as tell us more about the process behind translating the stories.



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.