lifestyle and recreation

Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.


MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

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MSU Shadows furniture photo
Courtesy photo

“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.


Tailgating: not just hot dogs and hamburgers any more

Sep 20, 2016
Tailgating grill photo
Andrew Sprung / flickr creative commons

We talk with MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about football season tailgating.


Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Hundreds of people are expected at Hawk Island County Park in Lansing Sunday for this year’s Capital City Dragon Boat race. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two of this year’s team captains.


Peter Morris photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Peter Morris of Haslett is well known as a baseball historian, but he has another passion: Scrabble. This month marks the 25th anniversary of his victory in the first-ever world Scrabble championships. He talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about the game he loves.


Jared Bobkin photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

You may recognize him from cooking on TV with Gordon Ramsey. Jared Bobkin chats with Brooke Allen about being a TV celebrity and shares a recipe, too.


The Washington photo
Courtesy photo / Roger Pawlowski

Great Lakes explorers recently discovered the wreckage of a ship thought to have been the first commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. The Lady Washington went down in 1803 and rests on the bottom of Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. We talk with Jim Kennard from the team who made the discovery, and Christopher Gillcrist of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.


Camaro photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

This weekend, General Motors is honoring the Camaro on its 50th anniversary. Current State’s Kevin Lavery gets under the hood to learn more about the venerable muscle car.


The knife, the ax, the compass and the matchbox. Yooper Webster Marble said that’s all you need to go deep into the woods. A new Lansing exhibit “Inventing the Outdoors” takes us on a classic Michigan experience.


Taste of Lansing photo
Courtesy Eat Pomegranate Photography

The Taste of Downtown returns to Lansing this weekend, and we look ahead to this savory event.


Michael Beebe garden photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the inaugural Old Town Garden Tour this Sunday.


State Christmas tree
WKAR photo

Somewhere in our state is a magnificent pine that will stand in full holiday glory later this year in front of the Michigan Capitol building in Lansing. We talk with Steve Doty of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the agency leading the search for Michigan’s official Christmas tree.


Lansing Bike Party photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

If you like riding your bike and you like parties, there’s a local group that might be right up your alley. The Lansing Bike Party meets a few times a week to casually ride through town, explore neighborhoods, and meet people along the way. We hear from some regulars in the group, and let you know how you can join the party.

Livonia library video
Courtesy photo / Livonia Public Library

A Michigan library got global attention when late night talk show host James Corden discovered the video they made to promote their summer reading program. We talk to Livonia Library Director Toni LaPorte to get the whole story.


Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

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