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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NewsRoom
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Uber brings ride-sharing service to Lansing-East Lansing

The arrival of Uber could affect Lansing-area taxi companies.
Credit Flickr - Emanuele

The ride-sharing company called Uber is coming to the Lansing area. An announcement is expected today, which comes on the heels of a new regional approach to the regulation of taxis.

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Science & Technology
1:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ag Expo focuses on education, technology

The Michigan Ag Expo is held on the campus of Michigan State University and will host more than 200 exhibitors.
Credit Flickr

Thousands of farmers from all over Michigan will take some time away from the fields next week to visit the Michigan State University campus for Ag Expo. Starting Tuesday, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be joined by MSU AgBioResearch scientists and MSU Extension educators to conduct education programs. And, farm equipment producers always bring the latest in farming technology to display.

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Sports
12:43 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs

Lansing United takes on Minnesota United Reserves in its first ever playoff match on July 19, 2014.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing United

The Lansing United Soccer Club has enjoyed a great first season. Last week, the team clinched the championship of the National Premier Soccer League’s Great Lakes West Conference, and this weekend, the team will host the NPSL’s Midwest Region playoffs.

Team owner Jeremy Sampson joins us to look back at the team's inaugural season and look ahead to this weekend and beyond. 

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Entertainment
1:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Country music with a kick at Faster Horses

Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects played at last summer's Faster Horses country music festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Credit Courtesy - Kristen Leigh Smith

Michigan’s biggest country music festival of the summer is in Brooklyn this weekend. Michigan International Speedway will host the Faster Horses Festival, which includes three days of music, camping, and fun in southern Michigan.

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Events
12:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival

Shawn Pfautsch stars in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Hamlet' at Jackson College through Aug. 17.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Current State #349 | July 14, 2014

Today on Current State: problems at Michigan's human services agencies; Lansing's first distillery; new rules for sign language interpreters; and previewing baseball's All-Star Game.

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

State listens to concerns of hearing impaired

Accurate sign language interpretation is crucial in settings like courtrooms and medical facilities.
Credit Flickr - blueliondowntown

Last week, new regulations took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan.

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Education
11:53 am
Wed July 9, 2014

MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault

Youatt says MSU will remain competitive as online education advances.
Credit Courtesy - MSU Office of the Provost

In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of June Pierce Youatt to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding Kim Wilcox, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside.

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Health
5:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice

Hunter says the voice is a key tool of the trade for 25 percent of the working population.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University

Those of us who work in radio have a natural interest in their voices, but lots of people rely on their voices to make a living. A researcher at Michigan State University is looking into the factors that can damage our voices, and how to avoid them.

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History
5:20 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history

The original state fairgrounds in Detroit later became home to the legendary 24th Michigan Infantry.

A couple of months ago, Current State’s Scott Pohl visited the president of the Michigan Historical Commission Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers

'Count Basie', 1955, was Andy Warhol's first celebrity portrait.
©2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York, NY. Reproduced by permission of Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.

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Education
11:39 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds

As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes.

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority

Consul General Douglas George
Credit http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca

Canada has a new Consul General in Detroit. Douglas George has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s foreign service, including working on the creation of the World Trade Organization and representing his country in places like Jamaica and Kuwait.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Michigan environmentalist champions reforesting with old growth trees

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive travels country by country to archive the genetics of old growth trees.
Credit http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/

This weekend, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will hold its 10th annual Michigan Energy Fair at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. There will be exhibitions and workshops on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable living practices.

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Education
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum"

Credit www.shabazzlearning.com

Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the Juneteenth Freedom Festival is in its 21st year.

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History
11:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Owosso Train Expo celebrates planes, trains and cars

Train Expo coordinator Terry Bush climbs aboard the 1225 locomotive. Hollywood modeled 'The Polar Express' on the 1225.
WKAR/Nicole Strobel

The sound of trains can be commonly heard in Owosso. This weekend, steam whistles will be added to the clickety-clack of steel wheels during the Steam Railroading Institute’s Train Expo 2014.

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions

The $31-million renovation of LCC's Arts and Sciences Building was completed last fall.
Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight arrived six years ago at a time when the college was troubled by strife between the school’s Board of Trustees and the administration. Those days seem to be long gone, as the board works with Knight on projects like the Gannon Building project with a certain amount of unanimity.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Picking apart the Silverdome

This forklift is one of the thousands of items being auctioned off at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Credit RJM Auctioneers

The Pontiac Silverdome hosted the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Pope, Wrestlemania, a Super Bowl, and of course, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions. Largely unused since the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit, the Silverdome was sold in 2009 to the Triple Investment Group for about a half-million dollars. Now its assets are going up for auction.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Summer Circle Theater building a permanent home

Lela Ivey and Mark Schenfisch star in the MSU Summer Circle Theatre production of 'What I Did Last Summer'.
MSU Department of Theatre

This week the Summer Circle Theatre at Michigan State University is entering its 54th season, putting on student productions of plays outdoors around the MSU Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. This summer marks a change for the company as it will be the last season of its nomadic existence. Work has begun on a permanent home for Summer Circle.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: A producer's role on a small-budget film

Richard Jewell is producing the film 'Eastern Market'.
Credit Courtesy - Richard D. Jewell

Current State’s Scott Pohl is following the production of a movie in Michigan. He’s back with our latest installment on the team that’s putting together the Detroit-based film “Eastern Market”.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton

'The Moth Mainstage' comes to the Wharton Center May 28.
Credit themoth.org

A group of outstanding storytellers will be in East Lansing for a show at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center Wednesday night. "The Moth Mainstage" brings a live performance of The Moth Radio Hour program to audiences all over the country.

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Sports
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Lansing United kicks off inaugural season

Earlier this month, Lansing United beat the Ann Arbor Football Club 4-0 in a preseason 'friendly' match.
Credit lanunited.com

Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:24 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A new kind of food court comes to Lansing

Frank Tigninelli has been making pizzas for over 40 years.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

It seems that no matter where you go, grabbing a meal at a food truck is a growing phenomenon. At this point in the Lansing area, if you want to patronize a food truck, there probably is one running somewhere. You just need to figure out where they are from day to day. New to the food truck trend, though, could be the idea of a food truck court. One of them has sprung up in Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

“Oh say, can you see…We stand on guard for thee”: exploring a hypothetical US-Canada merger

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The United States and Canada face a lot of problems, but getting along with each other, for the most part, isn’t one of them. Canada is our biggest trading partner, the border is long and mostly safe, and millions of Americans and Canadians live and work in each other’s countries. But could America and Canada be even closer?

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Lifestyle & Recreation
10:55 am
Fri May 9, 2014

ESSAY: Former local TV personality reflects on motherhood

Mona Shand (center) and her husband Mark are the parents of 4-year-old Cecilia, 6-year-old Noah, and 2-year-old Eli.
Credit Courtesy - Mona Shand

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and when we heard about a program called "The Mommologues: Musings on Motherhood" being performed in Howell last night, we decided to invite one of the participating writers to share her work with us. Former WLNS-TV 6 reporter Mona Shand is a mother of three young children.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Pakistani artist brings projects to Broad Art Museum, streets of EL

Imran Qureshi agreed to create the 'crack art' project called 'Fragmented' on the sidewalks and streets of East Lansing.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

A world-renowned artist from Pakistan got more than he bargained for when he accepted an invitation to display his work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with Imran Qureshi yesterday. Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass has wanted to bring Imran Qureshi to East Lansing practically from her arrival at the museum two years ago.

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Politics & Government
12:31 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Survey aims to bring focus to Michigan election issues

The survey found that Michigan residents want elected officials to focus on education and road funding.
Credit Mark Bashore / WKAR


Yesterday, the Center for Michigan released the results of a seven-month survey of people across the state. The report, issued in conjunction with Bridge Magazine, is called “Michigan Speaks: A Citizens’ Agenda for the 2014 Elections.”

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

After fire seven years ago, Owosso's Lebowsky Center reopens

The Lebowski Center in Owosso has colorful new seats following the 2007 fire.
Courtesy Owosso Community Players

 


Seven years ago, a fire badly damaged the Lebowsky Center, home of the Owosso Community Players. A major refurbishing project has been completed, and on Friday night, there’s a grand opening gala to celebrate the completion of work.

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History
12:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tiny Detroit park home to state's original capitol

There's a small replica of the first state capitol building in the park.
Scott Pohl/WKAR


A new book by Jack Dempsey tells the story of Detroit’s historic Capitol Park. It’s the site of Michigan’s first capitol building, and the state’s first governor is buried there.

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Entertainment
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: rewriting and settling on a title

Michael Mili is a native Detroiter with a background in acting, writing and producing. He's worked extensively with 'Eastern Market' writer Rich Goteri.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Current State’s Scott Pohl has been following the making of a movie in Michigan for our series “Moviemaking in Michigan”. We’ve met a couple of people involved in this project, and it’s time for part three.

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