lifestyle and recreation

League of Legends game image
Courtesy photo / Big Ten Network

Televised sports come in all sorts of forms. This time of year, basketball dominates sports broadcasting, but there’s hockey, too, and spring training baseball is getting started. At the Big Ten Network, they’re adding something different to the lineup: League of Legends. Teams from conference schools are competing right now in the popular video game, and the championship will be televised at the end of March.


Mark Buzzitta photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The downtown branch of the Capital Area District Library will close for renovations from the end of the year until sometime in March of 2017. we talk with library assistant Mark Buzzitta about the changes.


En Vie restaurant photo
Allan I. Ross / Lansing City Pulse

Several Lansing-area restaurants have closed in recent weeks. We talk with Allan Ross of the Lansing City Pulse about the new restaurants that are joining Lansing’s dining scene.


Festival of Trees photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Festival of Trees at the historic Turner-Dodge House encourages businesses and individuals to craft Christmas trees that reveal something about their inventors. Current State’s Kevin Lavery tours the 1858 mansion.


Spartan Agate photo
Courtesy photo

Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


Ingham Kennel Club dog show photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Hundreds of dogs will compete for glory and a few snacks this weekend at the Winterland Classic Cluster Dog Show at the MSU Pavillion. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview of this long-running mid-Michigan tradition.


Kurt Kwiatkowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with MSU culinary services corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about your Thanksgiving feast while you still have a couple of days to get ready for Thursday.


Dave Perkins and puppy Daisy photo
Dave Perkins

A bachelor party of Michigan guys went to Tennessee for a few days, and they all came back with some unanticipated love: they all brought home a puppy! Current State talks with one of the groomsmen who adopted the dog and puppies they found in the wilderness, Dave Perkins.


Jessica Lipowski photo
Katalin Szőke

We speak with MSU School of Journalism graduate and author Jessica Lipowski about her book “Flavors of Life” and her time living and working abroad in Amsterdam.


How to Halloween photo
Courtesy photo / How To Halloween

Do you love Halloween but hate the sticker shock of elaborate costumes and decor?  Why not try a do-it-yourself approach? We talk with Steve Sneed, co-founder of How To Halloween, a family friendly event this weekend at the Lansing Center.

Dark Art of Michigan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We look ahead to the Dark Art Show and Party coming to Lansing this weekend.


Michigan Archaeology Day
Courtesy photo / Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

Michigan Archaeology Day takes place tomorrow in Lansing. We learn more from state archaeologist Dean Anderson.


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

Sep 28, 2016
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.


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