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New Local Series!

What does it take to make your way Up North? Meet creative artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs honing their skills, following their passions, and building our communities. Every episode of this brand-new WDSE•WRPT program taps how talented people are helping unlock the keys to success while making good in a changing economy.

Air dates / times:

Sundays at 5:30pm beginning January 7, 2018 (repeated Thursdays) on PBS North

Visit the Making It Up North Website


Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Making it 101:

The Art of Making It: In this episode consider what it takes to make it in today’s creative economy from four perspectives. Eric Faust, founder of Duluth Coffee Company shares his story. Breakout examples include working artist Kirsten Aune, musician Christopher David Hanson in Babbitt, and hatmaker Patti Berg in Embarrass.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Making it 102:

Take a Chance: Making it is risky business. Consider the experience through the lens of Duluth’s intrepid glass artist Dan Neff expanding Lake Superior Art Glass to a second location; Glenn and Emily Swanson launching a jazz club in Carlton; writer and radio host Aaron Brown steps into live radio theater and more.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Making it 103:

Recalculating: When your career takes a dramatic turn, how do you navigate the next chapter? In this episode see four different transformations: a musician turns playwright, chemist becomes a woodturner, manufacturing mogul refocuses on bikes & coffee, and former pharmacy tech Dudley Edmundson cycles through wildlife photography, guiding and filmmaking.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Making it 104:

Learning the Craft: How do you gain the knowledge and skills needed to make it in a chosen field? Meet Josh Rude, a dedicated custom paddlemaker, Birchbark Beth Homa Kraus pushing the boundaries of traditional basket weaving and see what else we come up with!