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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Health
12:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks in Lansing to discuss her medical legacy

Jeri Lacks Whye (left) and David Lacks Jr. will be in Lansing on Tuesday to discuss their grandmother's story.
Credit Courtesy David Lacks Jr.

The Lansing Community College “One Book One LCC” initiative this year has focused on a community read of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, and it concludes Tuesday night with a chance to hear from two of her grandchildren. Lacks died in 1951, and cells from her tumor, taken for research without her consent, have led to ethical debates. Jeri Lacks Whye and David Lacks Jr. will be at LCC on Tuesday.

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Sports
11:47 am
Mon April 20, 2015

MSU linebacker Riley Bullough dreams of a country music career

MSU linebacker Riley Bullough plays guitar, sings and writes music in his East Lansing apartment.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Brad Cole, Chris Edrington and Erin Sax

Chris Edrington (left) and Erin Sax (center) join Brad Cole (right) in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Brad Cole is our Live Music Friday guest today on Current State. We’ve heard from him and his friends Erin Sax and Chris Edrington during the show today. The trio performed yesterday at the Broad Art Museum and at a Pump House concert in East Lansing last night.

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Essayist Jack Lessenberry to keynote Rally of Writers

Jack Lessenberry keynotes A Rally of Writers in Lansing this weekend.
Credit Courtesy Michigan Radio

The 28th Rally of Writers is Saturday in Lansing. The annual one-day conference will bring together leading Michigan writers like “Bootstrapper” author Mardi Jo Link, author and WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael and others with audiences who love reading and aspire to write themselves. The keynote speaker will be Jack Lessenberry, whose essays on Michigan politics are seen in publications across the state and heard on our Michigan Public Radio Network sister station in Ann Arbor, Michigan Radio.

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Education
12:11 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

“Dinosaur Train” host highlights MSU Science Festival

Dr. Scott Sampson speaks at events Friday and Saturday during the MSU Science Festival.
Credit Courtesy Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Dinosaurs are the focus of the PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train”. The host is Scott Sampson of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Known as “Dr. Scott” on the show, Scott Sampson is coming to East Lansing for a couple of public events during the MSU Science Festival.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Live Music Friday: Ryan Shadbolt & The Weathermen

Credit Courtesy Ryan Shadbolt

Our Live Music Friday guests today are Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen.

Ryan has performed extensively as a solo artist, and he’s also been the frontman of the Lansing band Delicious Bass.

The lineup also includes bassist Nathan Smathers, and Ryan Eggebrecht on djembe.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New curator brings international experience to Broad Art Museum

Caitlin Doherty is the new curator of the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
Credit Courtesy Caitlin Doherty

A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum.  Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Bay City native stars in "Phantom" at Wharton Center

Bay City native Katie Travis and Storm Lineberger perform in "The Phantom Of The Opera" now running at MSU's Wharton Center.
Credit Courtesy Wharton Center for Performing Arts

"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

On opening day, Free Press reporter looks at 2015 Tigers

The Detroit Tigers kick off the 2015 season with a home opener today against the Minnesota Twins.
Credit George Thomas / Flickr

Spring only arrived a couple of weeks ago, but spring training baseball is over and it's time for the games to count!

It's Opening Day in Detroit, with the Tigers hosting the Minnesota Twins.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Detroit Free Press sportswriter Shawn Windsor.

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Sports
11:37 am
Fri April 3, 2015

From EL to Indy: MSU in the Final Four

Credit Flickr - hilaryhiggins

Michigan State will play Duke Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. This team has had an impressive run through the latter stages of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten tournament and now the NCAA tournament. Can MSU beat the Blue Devils and then, either Kentucky or Wisconsin in the championship game on Monday night?

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Fri April 3, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Brendan Doherty

Brendan Doherty (right) was joined by Jen Sygit to perform in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Brendan Doherty. He’s an Irish guitarist-folk singer who’s new to East Lansing, after a life of performing all over the world. He’s joined today by a local favorite, Jen Sygit.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Tue March 31, 2015

MSU exhibit features ArtPrize finalist

The exhibition 'More or Less' includes pieces from Henry Brimmer's first Art Prize entry, 'Touch Wood'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

MSU assistant professor of Advertising and Public Relations Henry Brimmer has gained some notoriety for his entries in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize. Brimmer was an ArtPrize finalist last year for a work called “There’s Something Happening Here”, made up of silhouettes on the roofs of downtown buildings. It later came to Old Town Lansing for a while. An exhibition of his works is opening today at the MSU Nisbet Building.

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Sports
11:56 am
Mon March 30, 2015

After nail-biting games, MSU bound for Final Four

Fans poured onto the streets of East Lansing after MSU's win over Louisville earned the Spartans another trip to the Final Four.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Michigan State won two more games over the weekend, including yesterday’s thrilling 76-70 overtime win over Louisville to win the East regional of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Tom Izzo is taking the Spartans to the Final Four for the seventh time in his 20 years as head coach.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Current State #505 | March 27, 2015

Today on Current State: Longtime Kellogg's lobbyist George Franklin on his book "Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars"; Bob Downes talks about his book "Biking Northern Michigan"; a study indicates that fast food might be addictive; Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press previews MSU's Sweet 16 basketball game tonight; and Live Music Friday with Abbey Hoffman.

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Sports
11:36 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sweet 16: Rexrode with Spartans in Syracuse

A berth in the Elite Eight is on the line tonight when Tom Izzo's Spartans face Oklahoma in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Credit Flickr - hilaryhiggins

The Michigan State men’s basketball team beat Georgia and Virginia last weekend to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans have now made it to the Sweet 16 in seven of the last eight seasons. Tonight, MSU will try to advance against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game will be played in Syracuse, New York shortly after 10 p.m. tonight.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri March 27, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Abbey Hoffman

Abbey Hoffman performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is singer-guitarist-songwriter Abbey Hoffman. If you were listening a couple of weeks ago when Donny Brown was our Live Music Friday guest, Abbey was here to accompany him. She’s here today as a solo artist. She’s released a solo album called “This Too Shall Pass”.

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Health
11:26 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU grad student authors personal account of sexual assault and PTSD

Apryl Pooley will talk about her book 'Shadow Brain' at 7 p.m. tonight at Everybody Reads in Lansing.

A Michigan State University doctoral student in neuroscience has written a book about sexual assault and how post traumatic stress disorder affects women. Apryl Pooley is the author of “Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood”.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Steppin’ In It frontman Joshua Davis steps out on “The Voice”

Joshua Davis of the band Steppin' In It is a contestant this season on NBC's 'The Voice'.
Credit joshuadavismusic.com

One of Lansing’s top bands in recent years has been Steppin’ In It. For a long time, they played a weekly gig at The Green Door. Now, fans are following the exploits of singer Joshua Davis. He’s competing on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon March 23, 2015

EL exhibit features Spike Lee movie posters by MSU grad

'Movies and Messages: The Movie Posters of Art Sims' can be seen at the MSU Museum through April 30th.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

When a new movie comes out, one of the crucial marketing elements is the poster. The images, the words, even the fonts can be crucial to the studio’s hopes of getting moviegoers into the theatres. The MSU Museum currently has an exhibition of posters designed by Art Sims, a native Detroiter who has worked extensively with filmmaker Spike Lee on posters for his movies. Along with the posters, you can see books filled with Sims’ earliest visions for each of the projects, and how those ideas evolved into the final product.

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Sports
11:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Izzo takes another Spartan team to the Sweet 16

Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans have knocked Virginia out of the NCAA tournament two years in a row.
Credit Flickr - hilaryhiggins

The MSU men’s basketball team has beaten Georgia and Virginia to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. MSU will play Oklahoma in the next round of the tournament. The game will be Friday night in Syracuse, New York.

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Arts & Culture
11:49 am
Fri March 20, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Randy Napoleon

Randy Napoleon plays guitar with drummer Nick Bracewell and bassist Joe Vasquez live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is guitarist Randy Napoleon. He’s recorded a couple of CD’s, “Between Friends” and “The Jukebox Crowd”, he’s played on dozens of other recordings and has toured extensively, notably with Freddy Cole.

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Arts & Culture
11:17 am
Thu March 19, 2015

National Book Award winning author devotes career to young readers

Jacqueline Woodson's speech is at 7 p.m. in MSU's Erickson Hall KIVA.
Credit http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/

An award-winning author of books for young readers is coming to East Lansing this week. Jacqueline Woodson's 30 books for young adults, middle graders and children have won a multitude of awards including a National Book Award in 2014 for “Brown Girl Dreaming”. The MSU Department of Teacher Education is bringing her in for a talk tonight.

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Sports
11:04 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Spartan hockey team preps for B1G tournament

The surging MSU hockey team is heading into the Big Ten Tournament in Detroit this weekend with a number 2 seed. That earned them a bye into the second round, where they’ll play tomorrow against the winner of today’s Michigan-Wisconsin game.

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Music
1:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Donny Brown

Donny Brown, former drummer for the Verve Pipe, in Studio S. Accompanied by Abbey Hoffman on vocals and Kay Rinker O'Neil on flute and vocals.
Credit WKAR/April Van Buren

 

   One of Michigan’s top recording and touring acts over the last 20 years was The Verve Pipe. Their highest charting single was “The Freshman”, which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. record charts in 1996.  The drummer in those days was Donny Brown. Now, Donny's stepped out from behind the drum set and taken up the guitar for his solo act. His new E.P. “Hess Street”, which was named after the Saginaw street he grew up on, came out late last year. 

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Thu March 12, 2015

MI Film Office director weighs in on subsidy fight

Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Many Republicans in Lansing are calling for an end to film industry subsidies. They say the program hasn’t been effective in creating jobs in Michigan, and the money would be better spent elsewhere. For instance, eliminating the subsidies is one idea being considered as an alternative to the plan going before voters in May that would increase the state sales tax to raise money for road repairs. Yesterday, the state House approved a bill eliminating the video industry tax incentives in October.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 11, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ’s Anne Erickson on Joshua Davis, March concerts

Joshua Davis lives in Traverse City now, but Lansing fans remember him from his time with the band Steppin' In It. Davis is competing on NBC's 'The Voice'.
Credit joshuadavismusic.com

It’s time for our monthly look at the Michigan music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is back with Lansing State Journal Things to Do reporter and music columnist Anne Erickson about concerts around the state including Maroon 5 and Heart.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Hatchet Man and The Frog

Hatchet Man is Dave Matchette (right), and Frog is S.J. Forgey.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests today are Hatchet Man and the Frog. Hatchet Man is Dave Matchette, and the Frog is S.J. Forgey. You know them from their local bands Frog and the Beeftones and The Uptown Band. Both of them work at Elderly Instruments in Lansing.

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Education
11:44 am
Wed March 4, 2015

TEDxMSU brings student focus to storytelling series

Another TEDx event is on tap tonight in East Lansing. For tonight's TEDxMSU, MSU students have played a lead role in organizing the storytelling event, and many of the speakers are also scheduled to be students. It’s at 6 p.m. in the Cobb Great Hall of MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

"Seeing Differently" through Chinese advertising art

The 'Seeing Differently' exhibit at MSU includes works from the self portrait series of Wei Da, a student at Shanghai Normal University.

A new art exhibition on the MSU campus has brought works done by top advertising students from China to East Lansing. The exhibition is called “Seeing Differently: Solving Communication Problems From Two Sides of the World”, and the art includes some interesting works. It’s here on the ground floor of the MSU Communication Arts Building for the next three months.

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Sports
12:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Spring is on the way - for the Detroit Tigers

Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.
Credit Flickr - Catch Central Florida

For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.

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