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The Roadhouse

  • Friday 5-7pm
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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 by Eli Sagor via Flickr and Creative Commons (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

How goat grazing is helping the fight against invasive species

Goat grazing is gaining popularity as a way to help remove invasive species. However, there are concerns that goats may actually be spreading the invasive species they graze on via their feces.  University of Minnesota researchers recently studied this topic.  Will spoke with study lead Katherine Marchetto, a postdoctoral associate in the  College of Veterinary Medicine to find out what they learned.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Climatologist Mark Seeley talks climate, weather, and upcoming spring

Mark Seeley is a longtime climatologist and commentator on MPR.  Ann spoke with Mark to talk about spring weather.

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Ship anchored near the Duluth harbor (Photo by Stephan Hoglund)

Great Lakes shipping season underway with COVID-19 precautions

The 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season opened last week, and we wondered how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting it.
Will chatted with Jayson Hron, director of communication and marketing for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, to find out more.

For more great info about shipping traffic on the Great Lakes, see duluthport.com, boatnerd.com, and marinetraffic.com.

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Photo courtesy Bill Hansen

Bill Hansen on returning home from Uganda after Peace Corps volunteer evacuation

Community leader Bill Hansen has been on a Peace Corps stint in Uganda.  Recently due to COVID-19, Peace Corps made the unprecedented move to evacuate all of their volunteers, which included Bill.

Bill spoke with Ann and Will about his adventures in Uganda, and the process of getting home.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

How a crowd-sourced supercomputing project is helping the fight against COVID-19

We might be stuck at home, but if we have a personal computer we might be able to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Dr. Greg Bowman is the leader of a crowd-sourced supercomputing project called Folding @ Home.  He joined Will on The Roadhouse to tell us more about the project and how we can get involved.

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Moose cow and twins on the Gunflint - Photo by Colin Smith

New research shows importance of environmental factors in Minnesota moose decline

New research from a team in Minnesota has shed light on the importance of environmental factors in the Minnesota moose population decline. Mark Ditmer, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota's College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, joined Will on The Roadhouse to tell us more.

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Photo courtesy Buck Benson

How you can stay mentally healthy while staying home due to COVID-19

Many of us are staying home or working from home due to the coronavirus. That has a big impact on our mental health. Dr. Tonya Hansel, a psychologist at the Tulane University University School of Social Work, joined Ann to talk about ways to stay healthy during this time.

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Jim McGowan in Studio A in July 2019.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Jim McGowan performs on The Roadhouse

Jim McGowan recently joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse - for the entire show!

 


 
L to R: Philip Rampi, Josh Cleveland, Dustin Smith.  WTIP file photo from 2018.

Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band perform on Roadhouse

Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band returned to WTIP to perform on The Roadhouse this weekend before playing a pair of gigs at the Gunflint Tavern.  Dave and Ann chatted with the group in between tunes to find out what they are up to.

The band is:
Josh Cleveland - lead vocals, guitar
Dustin Smith - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Philip Rampi - double bass and vocals (upright)
Eric Smith - drums (kick, snare, hi-hat)

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Clock. Photo by Michos C via Flickr and Creative Commons.

Tips and tricks on sleeping well from an expert

This weekend we "sprang forward," marking the beginning of daylight saving time.  We thought this would be a good time to talk with a sleep expert about what happens to our body's rhythm during the time change and get some other sleep tips.

Dave was joined by Dr. Michael Howell, associate professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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