Ken Dunlap with one of his Michigan maps.
Katie Cook / WKAR

In 2011, Ken Dunlap of Okemos had an idea. He would set out to visit every city, town, village and hamlet in the state of Michigan.

Three years and two cars later, he had completed his mission… well, almost.

But he’s got nearly 1,500 photos- one from each Michigan town- to show for his travels.

He tells us about his trips, and where the idea for the whole thing came from.

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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.

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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.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Every summer, artists are invited to spend a couple of weeks in a cabin deep in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Barbara Hranilovich of Lansing, who participated in the Friends of the Porkies Artist in Residence program this year, about how the trip influenced her work.

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April Van Buren / WKAR

It's time again for another installment in our new series, "Hear, Here" where we bring you the distinctive sounds of places around Michigan. 

Travelers across the country and around the world have been using the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” as a guidebook for more than a decade now. The book is author Patricia Schultz’s effort to encourage people to get out there and see the great big world around us. Now, there’s a second edition of the book, and she will talk about the new edition of her book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall.

Lake Superior Magazine’s September issue will includes its annual Best of the Lake list. The article highlights reader favorites in dozens of categories, from best spectacular views to best boat ride to best fish sandwich.

"Oddball Michigan: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places" is a recently published book which seeks to catalog all of the oddball tourist destinations throughout our state, and there are plenty of them.

courtesy of Ana Luisa Cardona

MSU Global is featuring the photography of Ana Luisa Cardona, a Michigan-based artist. Part of the exhibit features an exploration in visual communication between her and the late Bay Area artist and photographer, Daniel del Solar.

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Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel The Great Lakes Book Project. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring the powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes. Current State's Emanuele Berry speaks with the books publisher and editor Walter Blake Knoblock.