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

Researchers are calling for the end of daylight saving time

We just changed our clocks back to standard time last weekend.  A growing number of scientists and other experts are urging the U.S. to not change the clocks again and to abolish daylight saving time for good. Erik Herzog is a chronobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis and he joined Dave to talk about the research that backs staying with standard time all year.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Do 'green' products on the market today really make a difference?

We’ve all seen the many ‘green’ products available on the market today—from tote bags to reusable straws to clothing made of recycled plastic bottles. Do they really make a difference, or at some level are they just an excuse to buy more stuff? Stephanie Parker, a freelance environmental writer, just wrote a piece about this for Ensia, the media outlet of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.  Stephanie joined Dave on The Roadhouse to tell us more.

Below is the audio of the interview.  Read Stephanie's article here.



Photo from Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats on Facebook.

Michael and Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats join Roadhouse

Michael & Jennifer McLain & the Banjocats were a part of the North Shore Music Association's Bluegrass Masters Weekend this past weekend.  They took some time from jamming in Lutsen to stop by the WTIP studios.  The group chatted with Dave and Julie about their travels around the country playing music, and of course, played a few songs for us as well.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Two frightening interviews on The Roadhouse during Fearless Radio member drive

On a special Fearless Radio membership drive edition of The Roadhouse, we thought it would be fun to have guests in to talk about scary and frightening things.

Up first, Julie spoke Professor Francis McAndrew, professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois, about coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns.  

Later in the program, Brian was joined by Brad Blair.  Brad is one of the founders of the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.



Rootz Within full band.  Photo by Brian Neil.

Rootz Within perform on Roadhouse

Rootz Within is an "Island jam reggae fusion" band from Detroit Lakes.  While in Grand Marais for a couple of nights playing at the Gunflint Tavern the group joined Brian and Dave on The Roadhouse.   You can learn more about Rootz Within on their Facebook page.

Rootz Within is:
Tyler Renney - vocals, guitars
Jonah Bowe - vocals, guitars
Ryan Engberg - bass
Scott Thompson - drums


Bill Hansen.  Submitted photo.

Community member Bill Hansen calls in from Uganda with update on Peace Corp stint

Cook County community member Bill Hansen is currently in his fourth month of a 27-month stint in Uganda with the Peace Corps. 

Roadhouse Producer Annie Possis recently spoke with Bill.


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

How can we protect our data and privacy while using personal devices?

Have you ever had the experience of talking about a product or place, then suddenly there are ads for it on your Facebook feed or in your email? You’re probably not being paranoid in thinking your phone could be listening to you because it might be. Professor Ragib Hasan, associate professor of computer science at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, joined Brian on the Roadhouse to tell us more. 


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

New U of M project aims to detect canine cancer earlier

A project called “Shine On” at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking to create a blood test to detect a certain kind of canine cancer that can affect any dog of any breed or age. Dr. Jaime Modiano, lead researcher on the project, joins The Roadhouse to tell us more about the project.


Easy Riders. Photo by Brian Neil.

Easy Riders remember Robert Hunter on The Roadhouse

Easy Riders are a group from Peoria, Illinois playing rock and blues.  They were in Grand Marais for a few gigs over the weekend, including stopping by the WTIP studios to join Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse.  Easy Riders performed a few songs, including a one a tribute to the late Robert Hunter.

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


Photo courtesy Buck Benson

Wilderness guide and author Garrett Conover on his new book, “Sauna Magic”

Garrett Conover, a well-known wilderness guide, author and photographer, has a new book just out: “Sauna Magic”.

He’s coming to Grand Marais on Monday, October 14 and will be at North House Folk School from noon to 1 pm.

Garrett also joined Dave on The Roadhouse to talk all things saunas.