Lifestyle & Recreation

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
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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.

Mark Tucker and Shary Brown photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

For an hour this weekend, the streets of Ann Arbor will be flooded with giant papier mache puppets for the 10th annual FestiFools. We talk to the organizers of the event and get a sneak peek at preparations for the foolishness.


Vern Stephens photo
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
woman speaking to group of people in front of red building
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.


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