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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:
2018 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

28th Ig Nobel Prizes awarded at Harvard - science that makes you laugh, then think

The 28th Ig Nobel Prize ceremony took place on September 13 at  Harvard University. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor scientific achievements that make people laugh, and then think. You can find out more about the Ig Nobel Prizes and a list of this year's winners here.

Marc Abrahams, the editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, joined Julie to talk about this year's winners.



Jim McGowan stops by The Roadhouse

Regular Roadhouse guest Jim McGowan was one the performers at the 2018 Radiowaves Music Festival.  Before his performance there, he stopped by The Roadhouse to chat and play a few tunes.


Photo courtesy North House Folk School

WTIP talks with one of the Unplugged performers ahead of this year's festival

This weekend North House Folk School hosts Unplugged. Singer Prudence Johnson will be one of the performers there Saturday night, and she stopped by The Roadhouse to give us a preview of what we can expect from her performance.  You can also learn more about her work here.


Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins, APL/Steve Gribben, UofM College of Science and Engineering

NASA spacecraft to fly closer to the sun than ever before

University of Minnesota physicists are part of a NASA mission to understand coronal heating and the solar wind. The researchers make up one of the four teams chosen to design experiments for the Parker Solar Probe that launched from Cape Canaveral on August 12.  Keith Goetz of the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy stopped by The Roadhouse to tell us more about this amazing feat.  You can also find out more here, as well as track the Parker Solar Probe during its mission here.



Maria Nickolay performs live on The Roadhouse

Local singer and songwriter Maria Nickolay stopped by The Roadhouse to play some original songs from her album.  Maria also spoke with hosts Ann and Matthew about her experiences living in Northern Ireland for two years.  You can find out more about Maria and her music here.


Superior Ice (by Roger Linehan)

Science writer describes one of the ways the Great Lakes are being protected

We all know the Great Lakes are a precious source of fresh water…and lots of people around the world are desperate for water. An interstate compact protects the lakes from distant people taking our water, but will it be enough?  Ron Seely, an award-winning freelance science and environment writer, joined The Roadhouse to tell us more about the Great Lakes Compact.


Photo by the National Society of Genetic Counselors

What's behind the increasing popularity of genetic testing?

Genetic testing has become very popular in recent years. How can we be more informed consumers of these products? Dr. Heather Zierhut, assistant professor and associate director of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota, joined The Roadhouse to tell us more.


Jerry Vandiver & Lacie Carpenter

Jerry Vandiver and Lacie Carpenter perform on The Roadhouse

Nashville performer and Roadhouse favorite Jerry Vandiver was accompanied by fellow Nashville performer Lacie Carpenter during another wonderful performance on The Roadhouse.  You can learn more about Jerry and his music here.


Peter Mayer

Singer songwriter Peter Mayer stops by The Roadhouse

Minnesota based singer Peter Mayer recently performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.  Prior to that performance, he joined Dave and Brian on The Roadhouse.  He talked about how he balances family with a music career, and about his unique guitar he brought along for this performance.



Thunderheads rock The Roadhouse

The Thunderheads made a return stop to The Roadhouse while they were recently in Grand Marais for a couple gigs.  The group played some original tunes and spoke with Roadhouse hosts Julie and Dave about the band has been up to.   The Thunderheads are Steve Blexrud; lead guitar and voice,  Don Blue; bass guitar, Bill Boyce; drums. Find out more about the band and future performances here.