Lifestyle & Recreation

Scott Pohl and Karl Gude photo
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.”


Santa scuba photo
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.


Michael Beebe photo
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.


One county at a time, ex-MI couple scours America

Dec 1, 2015
photo of the Riehls
Richard Riehl

A pair of recent Michigan college graduates will remember 2015 for a unique reason. It’s the year they finished their quest to travel to all 3,108 counties in the contiguous 48 states. Meet Jonathan and Jennifer Riehl and hear about their odyssey.


catfé photo
Courtesy photo / Catfé

If you’ve ever thought your local coffee shop would be better with some furry friends, you’re in luck! The Ferndale Cat Shelter has opened the state’s first “cat café.” We talk to the shelter’s volunteer coordinator Deanne Iovan about the Catfé's first weeks in business.


Kurt Kwiatkowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There’s still time to consider a new recipe for the dressing you’ll serve with your turkey tomorrow. Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski shows us a family favorite that includes Italian sausage.


Tom Daldin photo
Courtesy photo / 'Under the Radar'

The public televison show "Under the Radar" features the people, places, and things that make Michigan great, and it’s hosted by Michigan’s biggest fan, Tom Daldin. We speak with Daldin about his favorite Michigan destinations, and what it’s like to host the Emmy award-winning show.


Making it in Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Product Center

If you like specialty foods and supporting Michigan-made products, the Making it in Michigan trade show is right up your alley. The MSU Product Center hosts the event, which will be at the Lansing Center tomorrow. We find out more from director Chris Peterson.


Depression glass photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State speaks with members of the Michigan Depression Glass Society on the eve of their annual show in Dearborn. It’s one of the oldest and largest glass showcases in the U.S.

Michigan Avenue Tower photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There’s an old, rundown wooden building in mid-Michigan that’s part of local train lore, and the Lansing Model Railroad Club wants to save it from destruction. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


Baskets photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Basketmakers from around Michigan are in Lansing this week for their annual convention. Current State’s Scott Pohl takes us there to see what’s in store.


Lansing Maker recaps weekend of ideas and innovation

Oct 12, 2015
Lansing Maker Week photo
Joe Carr / East Lansing Public Library

Lansing Maker Week has wrapped up. Current State talks with 3-D printing expert Joe Carr about what Makers are doing in Lansing.


Hear, Here: Sandhill cranes heading south

Oct 5, 2015
Hear, Here logo
April Van Buren / WKAR

We have another installment of Current State’s "Hear, Here" project today. This one happens to tie in nicely to our discussion of the sandhill cranes’ fall migration.

Steve Sneed and Jerry Jodloski with spaceship photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

If you’d like to plan a Halloween display that’s a bit more elaborate than store-bought skeletons and cardboard gravestones, “How to Halloween” in Lansing on Saturday is the place to pick up some tips. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Robot Pumpkin co-founders Steve Sneed and Jerry Jodloski about do-it-yourself Halloween projects.


A group of MSU alumni spent a month this summer traveling the country in search of stories about death, religion, and the supernatural. Then, they turned those stories into the first season of "The Looncast." We talk with two of the creators of the new Detroit podcast about what they learned along the way.


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