Lifestyle & Recreation

Michiganders preserve ancient art of falconry

Feb 16, 2015
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

From ancient China to modern day Michigan, the history of falconry spans both continents and centuries.

In medieval Europe, hunting with birds of prey was known as “the sport of kings,” with certain breeds reserved for the aristocracy.

While you don’t have to be royal to be a falconer anymore, it’s still a pretty exclusive club.

There are only about 130 licensed falconers in the state of Michigan.

"Fifty Shades" sparks MSU domestic abuse study

Feb 13, 2015
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Today, the 100-million-plus purchasers of the erotic romance novel “Fifty Shade of Grey" can  see the movie adaptation of the story by E.L. James. Actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star as a couple whose relationship is focused on pushing sexual boundaries. The controversial story led to some interesting research at Michigan State University.

Midwest mushers head to UP

Feb 12, 2015
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From "Iron Will" to "Balto", American pop culture is full of books and movies about the Iditarod. The 1000 mile race through Alaska is probably the most famous sled dog race in the world. But it’s not the only one. This weekend, mushers from across the Midwest and Canada will gather in Marquette for the UP 200, Midnight Run, and Jack Pine 30 races.

Mr. Right vs. Mr. Right Now

Feb 11, 2015
https://natsci.msu.edu/

Evolutionary biologists at MSU have determined that a spouse in the hand is better than one that might be more suitable down the road.

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“It’s as if a well has been sunk deep into the sediment of my life, an artesian well drilled into the stratified, impermeable bedrock of the past, and every memory that is forced to the surface breeds another ten in front of my eyes.” Those provocative words come from Sting’s 2003 memoir, "Broken Music." They recall his 1987 experience with a South American psychotropic brew called ayahuasca.

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In recent years, we’ve asked MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski to whip up a new idea for your Thanksgiving table. Our premise is that it’s Thanksgiving morning, you have out all the stuff you’ve purchased for the meal, and you decide you want to do something different with it. Being a busy morning, and maybe your favorite grocery store isn’t open, you’re limited to what you have on hand.

Can't get to California? Surf the Great Lakes

Nov 7, 2014
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When you think about surfing, your imagination probably takes you to places like Hawaii or California. You think palm trees, lots of sunshine, and bright blue water. Lake Michigan in November probably doesn’t cross your mind. But while the rest of us are raking leaves and breaking out our winter coats, Michigan surfers are making their way to the beach.

MSU ghost hunters scare up fun

Oct 30, 2014

Most of us are up for some spooky fun this time of year. You might break out the Ouija board or watch a classic horror movie. But for some Michigan State University students, seeking out supernatural thrills is a year-round activity.

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Just in time for Halloween week, Current State’s Peter Whorf brings us this monstrous tale. It's a tale of competitive pumpkin growing in Michigan.

MSU study indicates yoga may help combat vets

Oct 27, 2014
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Yoga’s popularity has skyrocketed in America in recent years. Once thought of as mostly a spiritual practice, it has grown into a multi-billion dollar exercise industry. It’s also gotten the attention of mental health experts who are increasingly interested in yoga’s potential to help treat depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

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There are 83 counties in Michigan, and a local author thinks there's something interesting about every one of them.  In fact, Barbara VanderMolen has written a two-volume set of books called "Discovering Michigan County by County: Your A-Z Guide to Each of the 83 Counties in the Great Lakes State."

Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with the author, who says it's for anyone who likes to explore every nook and cranny of the state.

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If you’ve ever attended an auction, you know how entertaining they can be. It’s fun to see items go on the block, with competing bidders trying to one-up each other. A big part of that is to watch and hear a skilled auctioneer wielding the microphone and the gavel. One thing you may not know about auctioneers is that the best have been enshrined in a have a Hall of Fame.

Dragon boat races return to Lansing's riverfront

Sep 12, 2014
capitalcitydragonboat.com

This weekend in Lansing, boaters and rowers enact an ornate tradition dating back millennia: dragon boating. Dragon boats are long, decorated watercraft with up to 20 paddlers.

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Thousands of people flocked to the Straits of Mackinac yesterday for the 57th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. It’s one of those things that truly brings a cross-section of our state together at one time.

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A once vibrant green space in Lansing shuttered nearly 30 years ago has come back to life. Yesterday, Mayor Virg Bernero and others stood on a new boat dock on a 15-acre lake to cut the ribbon re-opening Ralph W. Crego Park.

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