lifestyle and recreation

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Katie Cook / WKAR

Do you know how to attract a Monarch butterfly? Not just any flower will do. To find out how to attract wildlife by growing flowers, grasses and other plants native to Michigan, we hear from Vern Stephens, an expert in the field.


Sap on tap at Fenner Maple Syrup Festival

Mar 18, 2016
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April Van Buren / WKAR

The Fenner Nature Center will hold their annual Maple Syrup Festival tomorrow. We have a preview from Current State producer April Van Buren.


Hear, Here: wetland wildlife

Mar 1, 2016
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April Van Buren / WKAR

We want to share with you an audio snapshot from Current State’s Hear, Here project. Today’s sonic snapshot comes to us from listener Anne Woiwode, who recorded the spring sounds of a wetland near Powell Road in Okemos. Thanks for sharing that with us Anne!


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Courtesy photo / Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

The inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Festival is coming up in Charlotte this weekend. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with organizers Bryan Myrkle and William SaintAmour about what will be going on at the festival.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There was plenty of horsing around this weekend at the MSU Pavilion. Thousands of people turned out for the 2016 Spartan Stampede Rodeo. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there too.


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Corie Johnson

This weekend the Hunter Park GardenHouse is hosting a workshop to get you started raising chickens in your own backyard. Current State speaks with workshop instructor Corie Jason to find out more.

Japanese ramen “pops up” in Lansing restaurants

Feb 4, 2016
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April Van Buren / WKAR

There’s a new restaurant popping up in the Lansing area. Supu Sugoi is a pop-up ramen shop that’s been partnering with local restaurants to bring Lansing area restaurants authentic Japanese fare. We talk to co-creator Dominic Cochran.


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Courtesy photo / Delta Township District Library

Trivia isn’t just for grown-ups. At the Delta Township District Library, it’s for the whole family. The library kicks off their annual Battle of the Books trivia event tonight. We find out more about it from their Youth Services Librarian Becky Leboeuf.


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Courtesy photo / The Well Armed Woman

President Obama’s recent executive order tightening firearms background checks is spurring a jump in gun sales. Many potential customers are women. We talk with the co-founders of the new chapters of The Well Armed Woman in Jackson.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

You’re locked in a room and need to work with your companions to figure out how to get out within one hour. If that sounds like fun, Escape 20/20 in Okemos is for you. Current State producer Scott Pohl has the story.


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April Van Buren / WKAR

The arrival of snow means it's time for winter activities like snowshoeing. Current State's April Van Buren slipped snowshoes on for the first time at Fenner Nature Center.


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w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

If you’re looking to try out some new recipes this holiday season, Michigan chef and food writer Maureen Abood can give you some inspiration. She joins us to share some of her favorite things to cook this time of year.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Karl Gude is Graphics Editor in Residence in the MSU School of Journalism. You might know him from a humorous instructional YouTube video on how to draw a butt. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Karl Gude about  his latest project, a coloring book for grownups called “Nude.”


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Courtesy photo / Capital City Scuba

We’ve probably all had our picture taken with Santa, but how many of you have taken an underwater picture with him? Current State's Katie Cook did last Friday at Capital City Scuba’s Scuba Dive with Santa.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Turner-Dodge House on Lansing’s north side was built just before the Civil War. It’s one of mid-Michigan’s most popular tourist sites. This weekend, Christmas comes alive as the old mansion hosts its annual Festival of Trees. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes a peek inside.


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