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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Politics & Government
11:40 am
Wed May 20, 2015

MI film commissioner discusses filmmaker incentives, new strategic plan

Michigan Film Commissioner Jenell Leonard.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

State lawmakers are again looking for ways to pay for road repairs in Michigan, and that means subsidies for the film industry are again being targeted. That has amounted to $50-million a year in recent years. 

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Ex-Navy sniper from MI shares veterans’ stories in new book

Former Navy Seal sniper Ryan Parrot has released a new book on his and other veterans' stories.
Credit Courtesy of Ryan Parrott

In February, we brought you the story of Ryan Parrott. He’s a former Navy Seal sniper from Michigan who now runs “Sons of the Flag”, an organization that helps veterans with burn injuries. Parrott is coming back to Michigan from Dallas, where he lives now, to serve as the grand marshal of Dearborn’s Memorial Day parade on Monday. With a name like Parrott, you know he picked up a nickname in the Navy Seals--he’s called Birdman.

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Sports
12:55 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Daughter of Spartan football legend honors dad with documentary

Gene Washington was a track and football star at Michigan State University in the 1960s.
Credit http://www.throughthebanksoftheredcedar.com/

In the 1960s, MSU football coach Duffy Daughterty made the first major recruiting efforts to bring African-American players from the deep south into the sport…players who could not be admitted to segregated schools. That pool of talent wound up bringing championships to East Lansing. Maya Washington is the daughter of one of those players, Gene Washington. She’s making a documentary film about her dad called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.”

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Fri May 15, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Ben Fuhrman

Ben Fuhrman performs in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Ben Fuhrman. In recent years, Ben has been a member of the local group Wisaal. Tonight, he’ll perform a solo mandolin recital at the MSU Community Music School on South Hagadorn Road in East Lansing, starting at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Peppermint Creek bringing stories of vets to stage

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is teaming up with a national organization that gathers stories from veterans and their families for an upcoming project. “The Telling Project” wants to hear from Michigan people with military ties for what Peppermint Creek will call “Telling: Lansing”. It will be staged in November.

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Health
11:40 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Documentarian makes case to ban vaccine preservative

Filmmaker Eric Gladen will screen 'Trace Amounts' in East Lansing on Wednesday.
Credit http://traceamounts.com/

The filmmaker behind a new documentary on vaccines and exposure to mercury will be in East Lansing this week to talk about his project. Eric Gladen's movie is called “Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth.” He points to the use of a preservative containing mercury called thimerisol in vaccines as being the reason for the growth in cases of autism and other conditions.

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Fri May 8, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Jackalope

Jackalope is Mike Lawrence (left), Charlie Richardson (center) and David Stowe (right).
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and we’re happy to welcome Jackalope to WKAR’s Studio S. The guys in Jackalope are Charlie Richardson, David Stowe and Mike Lawrence. They played their country, blues, and western Americana music throughout the show.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Mighty Uke Day returns to Lansing with flash mob, Capitol strum

Ben Hassenger (right) is the organizer of Mighty Uke Day. He was joined by Steve Szilagyi in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Mighty Uke Day 5 is Friday through Sunday in Old Town Lansing. It’s promoted as a celebration of the “diminutive yet dynamic” instrument and its ties to Michigan culture. There will be performances by professionals, and opportunities for beginners to try their hand at playing the ukulele.

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Economy
12:02 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

500 million cars and counting: GM reinvests in Delta, other U.S. plants

GM CEO Mary Barra (right) and Chevrolet's Alan Batey (left) presented veteran Trent Brining with the keys to a 2016 Malibu to celebrate the automaker's 500-millionth vehicle.
Credit Courtesy © General Motors

General Motors has been around for 106 years, and they’ve built a lot of vehicles. In fact, that number has recently surpassed 500-million. Half a billion Chevys, Cadillacs, and, of course, Lansing-built Oldsmobiles, and others. It's an amazing number. That’s far more than any other car company.

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Pianos decorated by artists head to Lansing, East Lansing

When you’re walking around Lansing and East Lansing this summer, one of the new attractions you’ll be seeing will be pianos. Not indoors, in entertainment venues where you might expect them, but outdoors, and they won’t be ordinary pianos, either. Each will have been decorated by a local artist. It’s all part of a new project from the Capital Area Blues Society called Keys in the Cities.

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Sports
11:44 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Lansing United soccer hopes to build on first-season success

Lansing United went all the way to the national semifinals in 2014. Their second season begins on Saturday.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing United

In its first season, the Lansing United soccer team won its conference championship and then moved through a national playoff system, making it all the way to the semifinals before losing.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Thu April 30, 2015

EL voters face proposals on marijuana, city property sales

East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett (center) and attorney Jeff Hank (right) talk with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Along with Proposal 1 to increase the state sales tax to fund road repairs going before voters in Michigan next Tuesday, East Lansing is presenting a couple of proposals to voters. One would allow for the use, possession and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property by people over the age of 21. The other would amend the city charter to allow for the sale of certain city properties with the approval of a simple majority of voters rather than the current requirement of approval by three-fifths of votes cast.

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Community
11:44 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Neighbors in Action: ePIFany Now

Bob Hoffman is the man behind ePIFany Now.
Credit epifanynow.org/

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we look at ePIFany Now, an event coming up on Sunday. Participants will be given ideas on ways to pass kindness forward to others. Later that day, people will get back together to tell the stories of the things they did and the reactions of those they helped along the way.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Wed April 29, 2015

British actor lampoons “Downton Abbey” at MSU

Luke Kempner created and stars in 'America's Got Downton' Thursday at the Wharton Center.
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“Downton Abbey” is the biggest hit show on PBS in many years. So popular, in fact, that a one-man show poking gentle fun at “Downton Abbey” is touring the country, including a stop at MSU’s Wharton Center this week.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Rob Klajda of The Lash

Rob Klajda sings and plays the citern today in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

For 20 years, Lansing music fans have enjoyed what’s been described as the “celtic mayhem” of The Lash. Tonight, the group will perform for the last time. They’re calling the show “One Last Paycheck”. It’s at The Avenue Café in Lansing. Jen Sygit will open the show at 9 p.m.

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Science & Technology
11:33 am
Tue April 21, 2015

MSU scientists busy as Europe’s Large Hadron Collider re-starts

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest machine in the world.
Credit Courtesy CERN

The Large Hadron Collider is one of the world’s major research facilities. 27 miles in circumference and spanning the French-Swiss border, the LHC has been shut down for two years of planned maintenance. Before the shutdown, the collider had run for three years, and the discoveries there have included the long-sought Higgs boson. This month, the facility re-opened, and researchers from Michigan State University have a prominent role in the work being done there.

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Arts & Culture
11:27 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Wharton schedule includes “Book of Mormon,” “Sound of Music”

'The Sound of Music' will be at the Wharton Center next February on its way to Broadway.

There’s always a lot of excitement when MSU’s Wharton Center announces its schedule for the coming season, and today, the slate of shows for 2015-16 is being released. The Broadway schedule always leads the way at Wharton, and the shows coming to East Lansing include some that are new to town, one major program that will be here before heading to Broadway, and the return of “The Book of Mormon.”

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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

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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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