Lifestyle & Recreation

Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

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.