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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:
US Bank Stadium holds up to 70,000 people. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Why are some so obsessed with sports? An expert weighs in

We all probably know at least one person who is all about sports.  But, just why are some of us so into sports?  To answer that question, WTIP invited  Doug Hartmann, professor, and chair of sociology at the University of Minnesota, to join The Roadhouse.  WTIP volunteer Brian Neil spoke with Hartmann about the psychology of being an avid sports fan.


Saints of Circumstance in Studio A

Saints of Circumstance return to The Roadhouse

Northern Wisconsin band The Saints of Circumstance stopped by The Roadhouse before a recent gig on the North Shore.  The group is a quartet of David Blong (guitar), Olaf Kirsten (guitar), Jeff Kriner (drums), and Scott McCafferty (bass).  More information about the group can be found here.


Robert Jones and Matt Watroba

Detroit duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba join WTIP for two special in-studio sessions

Detriot Duo Robert Jones and Matt Watroba were in Grand Marais for a concert organized by the North Shore Music Association on Friday, October 12.  Prior to the concert, they stopped by the WTIP studios for a special Thirsty Boots hosted by Carl Solander, on Thursday, October 11.  Then on Friday, they joined Ann and Brian on The Roadhouse.   You can learn more about the duo here.


Photo by Stanley Zimny via Flickr and Creative Commons

The science behind fall color changes

We are in the middle of peak fall color season along the North Shore.  Have you ever wondered why the leaves change colors?  To answer that question, we invited Eric Singsaas, director of the Wood and Bioeconomy Initiative at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, to join us on The Roadhouse.  


Photo by Thomas Kohler via Flickr

Minnesota's only solar panel factory opens on the Iron Range

Canadian company Heliene has recently opened a new solar panel manufacturing facility in Mountain Iron, Minn. Scott McLorie is the vice president of business development for Heliene, and he joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about the new solar panel factory.


Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy performing in Studio A

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy bring their "Brass 'n' Grass" sound to The Roadhouse

Witchita, Kansas-based group Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy recently made a trip to Grand Marais, and while here, they stopped by The Roadhouse.  They performed their unique blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and Dixieland that they call "Brass 'n' Grass."  The group consists of Dal Bulkley (upright bass), Bryce Abood (drums), Jarrod Starling (vocals & guitar), Josue Estrada (trumpet), and Tyler Grubb (trombone and mandolin).  You can find out more about them here.



Photo from University of Minnesota Duluth on Flickr

Institute on the Environment opening a new hub at UMD

The Institute on the Environment is a project of the University of Minnesota, and this fall they established a presence on the University's Duluth campus.  Dr. Julie Etterson, a UMD science and engineering professor, was on The Roadhouse to tell us more about the new hub and what it means for the region.


The Great Neighborhood Book

How can we learn to be better neighbors?

Friday, Sept. 28 was National Good Neighbor Day.  Jay Walljasper, an author, speaker, and Minneapolis-based authority on vital communities, joined The Roadhouse on that day to fill us in on the day, and how we can be better neighbors. 


Photo courtesy North House Folk School

WTIP visits with more of this year's Unplugged performers

Before this year's unplugged at North House Folk School, performers Kevin Kling, Simone Perrin, Dan Chouinard, and Bradley Greenwald stopped by The Roadhouse.  They chatted with hosts Ann and Dave and even played a song for us.


Iron and Water

Author Grant Merritt on the history of protecting Minnesota's environment

Grant Merritt, author of  "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment" was recently in Grand Marais and gave a presentation at the library about his book.  Grant is a long-time Minnesota environmentalist and a major player as head of the Pollution Control Agency in the Reserve Mining dumping case in the 1970s.  

He joined Dave on The Roadhouse to talk about that case and more from his lifetime of fighting pollution in Minnesota.