Lifestyle & Recreation

Keith Wunderlich Vernors photo
Keith Wunderlich

A Detroit institution in the world of carbonated beverages turns 150 years old this year. Scott Pohl talks with Keith Wunderlich of the Vernors Ginger Ale Collectors Club.


Michigan author Doc Fletcher has kayaked thousands of miles on rivers across the midwest and written eight books about the experiences. A 2015 book included his enthusiasm for another pastime. We talk with the Northville resident about “Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them.”


Clare Welcome Center photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

In Michigan, “up north” is more of a state of mind than a physical orientation. It’s a cultural phenomenon we cherish in the Great Lakes State. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us to what might actually be the “Gateway to the North.”


Canned trantula photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Could insects be the next food craze in America? Advocates say insects are high in protein and nutritious. Current State talks with Dr. Jeff Swada, an assistant professor of food science at Michigan State University.


The natural and man-made beauty of Lake Superior is the subject of an upcoming tour and new article by Lake Superior Magazine editor Konnie LeMay.


Pop-Up Story: ‘Mesmerized by Ms. Right’

May 24, 2016
Ben Pineda photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

At a recent Pop-Up Stories event, Ben Pineda told the tale of how he met his wife.


Michelle Krell Kydd photo
Photo / Andrew Cohen

We meet Michelle Krell Kydd, the “Nose of Ann Arbor.” She’s given a TED talk on the olfactory senses, and runs a Smell-and-Tell with the Ann Arbor District Library.


The beauty of northern Michigan's M-22 is showcased in the book "Vintage Views Along Scenic M-22." We talk with authors Tom Wilson and Christine Byron.


Cadillac-based photographer Phil Stagg is known to chase waterfalls, and he’s turned his favorite pastime into a new book. Peter Whorf talks with Stagg about "Waterfalls of Michigan."


Mark Nixon photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do you feel about Lansing's restaurant options? Is Lansing keeping up with current food trends? Current State speaks with City Pulse contributor Mark Nixon about the changing dining scene in Lansing.


MSU tiny house photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Some MSU students are thinking big and building small with the campus's first tiny house. We talk to Tiffany Pupa about the "Sparty's Cabin" being built inside the MSU Surplus Center.

Whole Foods photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

The long-anticipated Whole Foods in East Lansing opened last week. Current State's Mark Bashore goes to Whole Foods for the very first time to see what all the buzz is about.


Penguins at home in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center photo
Courtesy photo / Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo officials say their sprawling new penguin exhibit is the largest in the world, enabling visitors to view the birds from 25 feet underwater. Current State talks with Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ron Kagan.


The morel code: tips from a mushroom hunting nun

Apr 18, 2016
Morel mushroom photo
LadyDragonflyCC - >;< / flickr creative commons

It's time to head out in search of morel mushrooms in Michigan. Current State talks with Sister Marie Kopin of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club.


Peter Whorf/WKAR

The MSU campus is the setting for countless activities, including the recently arrived sport of Nordic Walking. Peter Whorf talks a walk with Eric Ederer.

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