Pop-Up Stories

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A mobile storytelling project from WKAR Current State, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, and community partners.

2018 Schedule

March 22, 6:30pm 
Capital Region International Airport

April 26, 6:30pm
Impression 5

June 28, 6:30pm
Meridian Farmers' Market

August 23, 7:00pm
Ella Sharp Museum

October 25, 6:30pm
Sparrow Herbert Herman Cancer Center

Nick Neuveau Paul Schmittgall photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Most people roots are determined by family. We learned that at Current State’s most recent Pop-Up Stories event, but we also learned from a Lansing man that livelihood also plays a role.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Roxanne Andrews told her story of putting down roots at WKAR's most recent Pop-Up Stories event.


Pop-Up Stories: The Call of the Wild

Jul 13, 2016
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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

​Wed. Aug. 10 at 7pm at Valley Court Park, East Lansing | The Great Outdoors beckons… have you answered the call? 

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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State brings you a Pop-Up Story from our most recent event at the Allen Marketplace in Lansing, this time from Marissa Thaler.


Sarah Kwilinski photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At a recent Pop-Up Stories event, Sarah Kwilinski told the story of her talk with her three-year-old child about the birds and the bees.


Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

One of our recent live storytelling events, “Pop-Up Stories,” took place at the Robin Theatre in REO Town in May. The theme was “The Birds and the Bees.”

Volunteer storytellers shared their true, first-person stories on that theme.

Today we hear Jay Wagar’s story about a high school sweetheart.

The theme of our most recent Pop-Up Stories event at the Robin Theater was "The Birds and the Bees."

Pop-Up Stories: Putting Down Roots

Jun 8, 2016
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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Wed. Jun. 29 at 5:30pm at the Allen Market Place |  Have you ever picked up and moved to make a home in a new place? Or stayed put because you’ve felt a sense of belonging? 

Dedria Humphries Barker photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

One of our recent Pop-Up Stories events was at the Robin Theatre in Lansing. The theme was “The Birds and the Bees.”


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.


Carol Edmunds photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

In advance of WKAR's next Pop-Up Stories event on May 25th, we have a story from our last event about operating a restaurant in downtown Lansing from Carol Edmunds.


Pop-Up Stories: The Birds and the Bees

May 13, 2016
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Wed. May, 25 at 6 p.m. at The Robin Theatre | “Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above- and a thing called love”... remember that song?

Pop-Up Story: ‘Bad Cop, Worse Cop’

Apr 20, 2016
Chuck Upshaw photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another story from our most recent Pop-Up Stories event, this time from Chuck Upshaw.


Pop-Up Story: ‘Hidden Genius’

Apr 14, 2016
Jeffery Ford
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme of the evening was “lucky break.” Today’s selection is from Jeffery Ford, who showed the world he was something far greater than most people thought. 

Pop-Up Story: ‘The Gate Crasher’

Apr 12, 2016
Al Martin Pop-Up Story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up Story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme was “lucky break.” This one is from WKAR’s Al Martin, and it’s about avoiding trouble at a former workplace.


Pop-Up Story: ‘Bobby Darin in Baghdad’

Mar 25, 2016
Dave Dunckel photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have a Pop-Up Story out of Iraq by Dave Dunckel from our event last night at the Broad Art Museum.


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