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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:
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.


Tom Ogren courtesy Allergy-Free Gardening

Pollen-allergy researcher Tom Ogren talks allergy friendly gardening

Thomas Ogren is an allergy researcher and horticulturist​ and he recently stopped by The Roadhouse and spoke with Dave about what we can do to make our gardens and the world safer for those with asthma and allergies.


Border Country

"Border Country" tells stories of early 20th century canoeing adventures

"Border Country" covers eight canoe adventures taken by Howard Greene and others between 1906 and 1916.  Greene wrote about the trips with great detail in his journal.  Martha Greene Phillips compiled the journals and authored the book detailing the trips. She stopped by The Roadhouse and chatted with Jay about those camping and canoe trips her father embarked on.


Dave and Amy Freeman

Dave and Amy Freeman on upcoming "Pedal to DC"

Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman will be traveling over 2,000 miles and across nine states during their "Pedal to DC"  They stopped by The Roadhouse just before the local send-off party in Grand Marais on April 13, 2018, to talk with hosts Dave and Tom about the trip.


Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota hosts open house in Grand Marais

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is holding an open house at the Lower Conference Room in Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Tuesday, April 17, from noon to 7 pm.  This opens house provides an opportunity to learn about the programs and services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.  

If you can't make it to the open house or missed it, Lisa Peterson with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota recently stopped by The Roadhouse and opened up to Tom about her journey with epilepsy, as well as talk about resources for those who have, or who know someone affected by epilepsy.


Siama (Photo by Dallas Johnson)

Siama and his Congo World Quartet on The Roadhouse

Before a gig and a couple workshops here in Grand Marais, Siama and his Congo World Quartet stopped by The Roadhouse.  The group features Siama, singer Dallas Johnson, global music drummer Tim O'Keefe, and renowned cellist Jacqueline Ultan.  Learn more about Siama and his music here.


Courtesy MN Sea Grant and Chris J. Benson

What is Food-Fish Aquaculture, and is it possible in Minnesota?

Don Schreiner is a Fisheries Specialist with Minnesota Sea Grant, and he recently stopped by The Roadhouse and he spoke with Matthew about Food-Fish Aquaculture, and some of the challenges facing aquaculture in Minnesota.


Courtesy EPA

Superfund sites are being repurposed, a science journalist describes how and why

Across the U. S., Superfund sites are being repurposed as recreational areas, renewable energy facilities and more.  May offer lessons for the future.  Freelance science journalist Lynne Peeples joined the roadhouse and spoke with Jay about these sites.