Lifestyle & Recreation

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.


Lansing Derby Vixens photo
Courtesy photo / Rhonda Morse Photography

Break out those old roller skates and elbow pads! It’s time to learn about roller derby in the Capitol City. We stop by Lansing Derby Vixens bootcamp to figure out what it takes to win on the roller derby rink.


The Art of Brewing series at MSU's Broad Art Museum is wrapping up with a session on coffee. Current State's Peter Whorf talks with Cara Nader of Strange Matter Coffee Company.


Samantha and Todd Kennedy photo
Courtesy photo / Samantha and Todd Kennedy

Most people spend Labor day relaxing or resting, but not East Lansing couple Samantha and Todd Kennedy. They swam across the Straits of Mackinac on Labor day, fighting wind and rain to complete the 4-plus mile swim. Current State talks with the Kennedys about the Mighty Mac Swim.


Holland Live Mannequin Night image

How long can you stand still? This Friday in Holland, Michigan, all of 8th street will be filled with living statues for the 10th annual Live Mannequin Night. We speak with a few of the competitors for this family-friendly event.


lake photo
Flickr/Jim Sorbie

Even with the recent cool snap, there’s still plenty of good weather left to explore Michigan and the Great Lakes Region.

Of course, upper Midwest winters don’t stop Michiganders from exploring the best our area has to offer any time of year.

Konnie LeMay knows all about that.

She’s editor of Lake Superior Magazine, based in Duluth, Minnesota.

MI has gold in them thar streams...but not much

Aug 12, 2015

Michigan’s not likely to see anything quite like the California Gold rush in the 1800s, but it turns out, there is some gold to be found in Michigan streams. Current State talks with hobbyist Nick Straffon about panning for Michigan gold.


Dream Cruise photo
Petey / flickr creative commons

Classic car buffs from all over Michigan and the world will converge in metro Detroit this weekend for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with one attendee, Capital Area Muscle Car Club president Al Wilson.


Headlands Dark Sky Park night sky photo
Courtesy Headlands International Dark Sky Park

The Perseid meteor shower is back this month. A prime viewing spot is close to the Mackinac Bridge. Current State talks with Mary Stewart Adams of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.


wine glass photo
Liza Lagman Sperl / Flickr Creative Commons

It’s a red, white and rose tradition in our state:  the annual Michigan Wine Competition. About a thousand bottles of the state’s best vintages have come case by case to Lansing in advance of the August 11 event. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview.


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