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Noticing

Noticing

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Marcia Hyatt is a leadership and life coach who provides a weekly feature on WTIP's North Shore Weekend titled "The Best of Ourselves," which explores how we can be resilient and creative in these turbulent times.

Paul Barry’s Blues Synthesis Builds on the Work of His Mentors

Paul Barry’s Blues Synthesis Builds on the Work of His Mentors

Paul Barry, Twin Cities Blues Harp Player Combines blues band influences from Chicago and West Coast in live shows by the Ace Tones. In a conversation with Phil Nusbaum, Paul expressed his gratefulness to the past blues masters who set him in the right direction.

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The EXTENDED Untold, Enlarged, NSFW (Seriously), Huge, All-Encompassing, Epic Story of the Veranda Variety Hour, Ten Years of Silly Stupid at the Pioneer Place Theater

The EXTENDED Untold, Enlarged, NSFW (Seriously), Huge, All-Encompassing, Epic Story of the Veranda Variety Hour, Ten Years of Silly Stupid at the Pioneer Place Theater

In this extended podcast of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits with members of a surprising institution in the St. Cloud theater scene that has just dropped its final curtain.

The Veranda Variety Hour was a late night, adult comedy variety show that made its home at the Pioneer Place Theater for the past ten years. With a myriad of rotating and returning cast members, many of which were SCSU Theater students at some point, the show hit the stage about every other month as a mixture of part Muppet Show, part Saturday Night Live, and part avant-garde experimental theater.

Yet, as with all good things, it has come to an end.

Due to the vast amount of material produced, remembered, and recorded in the process of creating this story, it felt right to include as much of it as possible . . . so here it is!

Seriously, though, the VVH was rude, crude, and lewd. This podcast is Not Safe For Work (which is what NSFW means for those not quite on fleek), so proceed with caution!

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The EXTENDED Untold Story of Iron and Water, a New book by Minnesota Environmental Icon Grant Merritt

The EXTENDED Untold Story of Iron and Water, a New book by Minnesota Environmental Icon Grant Merritt

In today’s extended installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack talks with pioneering environmental lawyer, author, grandson of the man who was first able to mine the Iron Range, and past director of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from 1971, Grant Merritt.

In his new book Iron and Water, Merritt talks about the history of pollution control in Minnesota, the struggles between his family and John Rockefeller during the early years of mining, and how every individual can be their own undeniable political force.

This extended podcast contains about 12 more minutes of our conversation . . . although we could have chatted for much, much longer! If you read the book, you’ll know why

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Author Jack Blackwell on “Boundary Waters Boy”

Author Jack Blackwell on “Boundary Waters Boy”

After his father died, 17-year-old Jack Blackwell joined his grandfather, Alec Boostrom, on his trapline here in northern Minnesota’s canoe country, and heard many stories about this grandfather’s past. Now, Jack tells his grandfather’s stories in a new book called “Boundary Waters Boy,” published by Northern Wilds Media. Jack and his friend Bill Hansen joined The Roadhouse to chat with Dave and Jay about some of the stories included in the new book.

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Adventurer Lonnie Dupre on his most recent book

Adventurer Lonnie Dupre on his most recent book

Grand Marais, Minnesota based Arctic adventurer Lonnie Dupre recently stopped by The Roadhouse to talk with Jay about his recently released book, “?Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter”.

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International filmmaker Christina Macgillivray on The Roadhouse

International filmmaker Christina Macgillivray on The Roadhouse

Christina Macgillivray is an international film and online video producer who works all over the world. She also has a special Cook County connection and will be producing a new travel feature for WTIP called “To Minnesota with Love.” She stopped by The Roadhouse to talk about her work and give a preview of the new WTIP feature.

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Michael Schumacher, The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul

Michael Schumacher, The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul, published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

The book explores that tumultuous year with an in-depth look at the key players in the 1968 political landscape: the politicians, the activists, and the press.

Michael Schumacher is the author and editor of many books, including biographies of Eric Clapton, Phil Ochs, Francis Ford Coppola, and Allen Ginsberg.

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The Story of ‘Abdi American’

The Story of ‘Abdi American’

Growing up in Mogadishu, Abdi Nor Iftin’s friends called him “Abdi American.” After all, he loved U.S. movies. He spoke English. And now, he’s a newly published American author. KFAI’s Emily Bright reports he’s got things to say about his new home.

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The No Man’s String Band’s Evolved Musical Style and Band Philosophy

The No Man’s String Band’s Evolved Musical Style and Band Philosophy

In an old bluegrass band there was a leader with sidemen. But today there are many other arrangements, and the name No Man’s String Band reflects that the band is a cooperative venture. The group’s mandolin player Nic Hentges told Phil Nusbaum how the co-op nature affects its sound.

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The Untold Story of the Great River Regional Library’s First Annual Comic-Con

The Untold Story of the Great River Regional Library’s First Annual Comic-Con

In today’s installment of the Untold Stories of Central Minnesota, Arts & Cultural Heritage Producer Jeff Carmack visits the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud for their first annual Comic-Con.
This all ages event featured comic book artists and writers, cos-players, D&D, Pokemon, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Magic, and much more. It also welcomed over 500 guests and wrapped up with an inspirational artists’ panel focused on braving the world through the development and creation of art.

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