Lifestyle & Recreation

Penguins at home in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center photo
Courtesy photo / Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo officials say their sprawling new penguin exhibit is the largest in the world, enabling visitors to view the birds from 25 feet underwater. Current State talks with Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ron Kagan.

The morel code: tips from a mushroom hunting nun

Apr 18, 2016
Morel mushroom photo
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It's time to head out in search of morel mushrooms in Michigan. Current State talks with Sister Marie Kopin of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club.

Peter Whorf/WKAR

The MSU campus is the setting for countless activities, including the recently arrived sport of Nordic Walking. Peter Whorf talks a walk with Eric Ederer.

Mark Tucker and Shary Brown photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

For an hour this weekend, the streets of Ann Arbor will be flooded with giant papier mache puppets for the 10th annual FestiFools. We talk to the organizers of the event and get a sneak peek at preparations for the foolishness.

Vern Stephens photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Do you know how to attract a Monarch butterfly? Not just any flower will do. To find out how to attract wildlife by growing flowers, grasses and other plants native to Michigan, we hear from Vern Stephens, an expert in the field.

Sap on tap at Fenner Maple Syrup Festival

Mar 18, 2016
woman speaking to group of people in front of red building
April Van Buren / WKAR

The Fenner Nature Center will hold their annual Maple Syrup Festival tomorrow. We have a preview from Current State producer April Van Buren.

Hear, Here: wetland wildlife

Mar 1, 2016
Hear, Here logo
April Van Buren / WKAR

We want to share with you an audio snapshot from Current State’s Hear, Here project. Today’s sonic snapshot comes to us from listener Anne Woiwode, who recorded the spring sounds of a wetland near Powell Road in Okemos. Thanks for sharing that with us Anne!

Nordic Fire Festival photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

The inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Festival is coming up in Charlotte this weekend. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with organizers Bryan Myrkle and William SaintAmour about what will be going on at the festival.

Hannah Menne photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There was plenty of horsing around this weekend at the MSU Pavilion. Thousands of people turned out for the 2016 Spartan Stampede Rodeo. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there too.

Backyard chickens: an egg-cellent hobby

Feb 12, 2016
two chickens outside a cop
Corie Johnson

This weekend the Hunter Park GardenHouse is hosting a workshop to get you started raising chickens in your own backyard. Current State speaks with workshop instructor Corie Jason to find out more.