Scott Pohl

News Reporter and Host

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews for Current State. He's also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Scott has been working for WKAR since 1984. Previously, he was employed by the Michigan News Network, WFMK, WKHM in Jackson and WALM in Albion.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Remembering Bill Bonds

Longtime WXYZ-TV anchor Bill Bonds played a TV newsman in 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'. Bonds died of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 82.

Legendary Detroit TV news anchor Bill Bonds died over the weekend. He led the WXYZ-TV newscast from 1963 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 1995.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Symphony in D" to feature the sounds of the Motor City

Composer Tod Macover is writing 'Symphony in D' for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://www.dso.org/

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: John Dale Smith | WKAR

John Dale Smith is director of music at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Friday, and here at Current State, that means live music. Today, we’ve invited noted local pianist John Dale Smith to join us for some music marking the approaching Christmas holidays.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on December concerts

Flatfoot will headline the Punks vs. Pokes concert Friday at Mac's Bar in Lansing.
Credit http://www.macsbar.com/

It’s time for another look at the local music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with some concert and gift-giving ideas for December. He talked with Anne Erickson, the Lansing State Journal’s Things to Do reporter.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ann Arbor's UMS partners with NY Phil

Michigan classical music fans received big news recently as Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society announced a new five-year residency partnership with the New York Philharmonic, beginning in 2015.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Protest planned for MSU Commencement address by George Will

Washington Post columnist George Will will address MSU graduates on Saturday. A student protest against his views on campus sexual assault is being planned.
Credit http://www.washingtonpost.com/

The selection of newspaper columnist George Will to speak to MSU graduates this weekend is drawing the ire of students angered by his position on campus sexual assaults.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Arts Chorale holiday concert features Dvořák, Rutter

The Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing’s holiday concert is tonight. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. at River Terrace Church on River Terrace Drive in East Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Phil Denny | WKAR

Phil Denny's annual holiday concert is Saturday night. He performed live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny. On Saturday night, the Phil Denny and Friends Christmas Collective will present his third annual holiday concert in the Pattengill Auditorium on Marshall Street in Lansing, starting at 7:30.

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Politics & Government
12:10 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bernstein hopes to bring "blind justice" to state's highest court

Richard Bernstein will become a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in January.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last month, 40-year-old Richard Bernstein was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court. He’s widely known for his work with his father’s Michigan-based law firm. His brother and sister are also part of the Sam Bernstein team, and all are well known from the firm’s television advertising.

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Sports
12:11 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MSU football looks to bowl season

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio
Credit MSU Sports Information

The Michigan State football team wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 34-10 win at Penn State. The Spartans wind up with a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play and a 10-2 overall record, the fourth time in the last five seasons reaching ten victories. They won’t be playing in the Big Ten championship game; that will be Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, but a choice bowl invitation awaits for MSU.

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Politics & Government
10:54 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Month in Review: November's biggest news stories | WKAR

Credit Flickr - lehooper

A mid-term election with a challenging post-mortem for state Democrats, a highly anticipated lame duck legislative session, and a new direction for Detroit and many of Michigan’s undocumented immigrants. All of those developments made news in November here in Michigan.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
10:39 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Dress up your turkey with this cranberry glaze

MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski
Scott Pohl/WKAR

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Williamston Theatre: Four founders, fifty shows

Emily Sutton-Smith, John Leppard, Tony Caselli, and Chris Purchis of Williamston Theatre.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

On Friday night, the Williamston Theatre will stage the first preview performance of their 50th show. “Miracle on South Division Street” runs through December 28th.

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Politics & Government
11:04 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Iraq war vet Tom Barrett prepares to serve in the House

Tom Barrett (R) will represent Eaton County in the state House next year.
Credit http://tomformichigan.com/

Eaton County voters have chosen a different state Representative in four straight elections. Rick Jones won his last House term in 2008; fellow Republican Deb Shaughnessy won in 2010; she lost her re-election bid in 2012 to Democrat Theresa Abed; and a few weeks ago, Abed lost her shot at another term to Republican Tom Barrett of Potterville.

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Community
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bible with a beer chaser at The Loft

Noah Filipiak
Credit http://www.churchattheloft.com/

Beer, rock bands, and spoken word poetry probably aren’t the first things that pop into your mind when you think about church. But that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Upper Room, a new ministry from Crossroads Church. The project hopes to bring people into the church by getting them to the bar.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Singer-songwriter Melissa Greener at the Pump House

Melissa Greener in WKAR's Studio S. Her Pump House concert tonight starts at 7 p.m.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Melissa Greener. Melissa is in East Lansing to perform at tonight’s Pump House concert. She’s a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who grew up in the Detroit area before moving on to music Meccas like Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, which has been her base for about five years now.

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Economy
11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Cadillac unveils Lansing-built ATS-V at LA Auto Show

Cadillac's new ATS-V will be built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.
Credit Courtesy © General Motors

Cadillac has unveiled the next model that General Motors will build in Lansing. GM is showing off the new ATS-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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Health
1:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Enroll America assists ACA signups

Credit Flickr - Adrian Clark

Open enrollment for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act has begun again. Michiganders without health coverage can enroll in plans offered by 16 different insurance carriers. The enrollment period runs through February 15, but anyone wanting coverage by the beginning of the year needs to enroll by December 15.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Flooding causes a setback

Rich Goteri of the Michigan Actor's Studio in Ferndale wrote 'Eastern Market' and plans to star in the independent film.
Credit http://michiganactorsstudio.com/

This year, we’ve been following a project by a team of filmmakers hoping to make a movie called “Eastern Market” in Detroit. We’ve met the writer, co-writer, producer and director, with hopes of being a part of the action from start to finish.

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Sports
11:37 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Winning weekend for MSU football, basketball

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. His Spartans beat Maryland on Saturday.
Credit WKAR

The Michigan State football team got back on the winning track Saturday, beating Maryland 37-15. The win moves MSU’s record to 8-2, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Next Saturday, the Spartans will play their final home game of the season, hosting Rutgers.

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Canadian First Nations take lead on clean energy

Chris Henderson, author of 'Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples'.
Credit www.aboriginalpower.ca

In recent years, Canada has included its First Peoples populations in its efforts to expand renewable, clean energy projects. Lumos Energy president Chris Henderson has spent the last two-and-a-half decades working, as his website states, “at the intersection of clean energy, sustainable development, environmental action, economic development, and Aboriginal communities”.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Folksinger Cris Williamson headlines EL Women in the Arts Festival

Singer-songwriter Cris Williamson performs live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Cris Williamson has enjoyed a remarkable career in music. Back in 1975, she recorded an album called “The Changer and The Changed”, and released it on her own label, Olivia Records. Olivia was the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. To this day, “The Changer and The Changed” remains one of the best-selling independent records of all time.

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History
10:56 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Historic Turner-Dodge House repaired in time for holidays

Michael Beebe (L) and Brett Kaschinske compare original wallpaper in the boys room at the Turner-Dodge House to wallpaper made to match it.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Turner-Dodge House in north Lansing is one of the city’s most historic structures. It’s almost 160 years old, and over the years, it has hosted hundreds of events ranging from tours and music events to wedding receptions. Last January, a burst pipe caused extensive water damage at the Turner-Dodge House, and things are only now getting back to normal.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ex-CIA official talks Turkey, Arab Spring at MSU

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, a former senior political scientist at RAND, and a current adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of the new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East".

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Economy
11:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

In Flint, it takes a village to raze a house

This burned-out house on Parkbelt Drive in Flint was torn down yesterday with funding from a crowdsourcing effort.
Credit Courtesy Parkbelt Drive residents

Back in August, we brought you the story of an online fundraising effort aimed at bringing in enough money to pay for the demolition of a single burned-out house in Flint. Gordon Young is a Flint expat and author of “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City”. His idea was simple: while Flint has hundreds of abandoned homes, and some neighborhoods suffer mightily from such blight, he wanted to find a house that needed tearing down in an otherwise well maintained neighborhood, one where the demolition would improve the neighborhood’s chances of thriving into the future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Current State #419 | November 11, 2014

Today on Current State: state Senator-elect Curtis Hertel Jr.; actor Julian Sands; EPA jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act; and a veterans history project story for Veterans Day.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Actor Julian Sands brings Pinter poetry to Wharton

Julian Sands appears in 'A Celebration of Harold Pinter' at MSU's Wharton Center on Sunday.
Credit http://www.whartoncenter.com

British actor Julian Sands is known for films like “A Room With a View” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. On Sunday, he’ll bring his one-man show “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” to MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Sports
11:02 am
Mon November 10, 2014

MSU football loses shot at post-season playoff

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. His Spartans lost to Ohio State Saturday night.
Credit WKAR

The Michigan State football team lost to Ohio State Saturday night, and with the 49-37 defeat, the Spartans have now lost twice and will not make it into the NCAA’s four-team playoff at the end of the season. MSU has fallen to #12 in the AP college football poll.

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on November concerts

The Flatliners will appear at Mac's Bar in Lansing November 29.
Credit http://www.theflatliners.com/

There’s always a lot of good music to consider in Lansing and elsewhere around the state. Some of the big names coming through Michigan in November are Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for music lovers.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LCC actor brings rich pedigree to "A Room With A View"

Michael Boxleitner stars in the LCC production of "A Room With A View" at Dart Auditorium.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A young actor with deep theatrical roots is starting to get noticed in Lansing. Michael Boxleitner has only been a student at Lansing Community College for a few months, but he’s already had one lead role at LCC, and he has another this weekend and next in "A Room With A View".

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