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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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Ahead of East Lansing show, local grower talks orchids

Bill Porter, with his prize winning cymbidium volcano queen orchid.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Greater Lansing Orchid Society’s annual show and sale is coming up this weekend. Current State’s Scott Pohl met up with a leading local orchid grower to learn more about these beautiful flowering plants. Bill Porter would say that successfully growing orchids isn't terribly hard as long as you treat them right.

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Community
12:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

MSU considers on-campus interment site for burial ashes

A columbarium for human cremains, like this one, could be coming to the MSU campus.
Credit Flickr - Daniel Ramirez

The Michigan State University Alumni Association has begun asking its members a delicate question: if they could, would they like to have their remains interred on the MSU campus when they die? Their survey is designed to see if there’s enough interest to justify construction of such a place. Their description paints a picture of a peaceful garden, “complete with strolling walkways and reflection benches”, and a columbarium.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Vincent Bowens

(Left to right) Saxophonist Vincent Bowens performs with Pierre Charles, Adam Olszewski and Ryan McMahon in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s a Live Music Friday again here on Current State, and today, we’ve been enjoying the saxophone of Vincent Bowens. This week, Bowens has been spending time with students in the MSU College of Music Jazz Studies program as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program, along with drummer Tim Froncek.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Local author pens novel set in East Lansing and Afghanistan

Susan Froetschel's new novel 'Allure of Deceit' is a follow-up to 'Fear of Beauty'.
Credit www.froetschel.com

East Lansing novelist Susan Froetschel has published “Allure of Deceit”, a tale that takes place in Afghanistan and East Lansing. It’s the sequel to her well-received “Fear of Beauty”.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Loving "Lucy" at Wharton

Euriamis Losada (left) plays Ricky Ricardo in 'I Love Lucy On Stage' with Thea Brooks as Lucille Ball.
Credit http://www.ilovelucylive.com/

One of the icons of TV’s early days is Lucille Ball. Her shows, most notably “I Love Lucy”, have endured for decades. This weekend, a stage production based on the smash hit sitcom will be at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu February 12, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on Lord Huron, Grammys, upcoming concerts

Okemos native Ben Schneider (second from left) leads Lord Huron.
Credit Josh Sanseri

Every month here on Current State, we get an update on the Michigan music scene, with the latest news on upcoming releases and concerts. Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with Lansing State Journal Things To Do reporter and music columnist Anne Erickson about the upcoming release of the second Lord Huron album, Beck's surprise Album of the Year Grammy Award, and the big Michigan concerts for January.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Michigan native, former Navy Seal remembers 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

Ryan Parrott of Sons of the Flag. He knew 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle well.
Credit courtesy Ryan Parrott

“American Sniper” has set box office records over the last few weeks. It tells the story of Chris Kyle, known as America’s most lethal Navy Seal sniper. The film is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Chris Kyle. The movie has generated lots of discussion, both pro and con, about Kyle’s legacy.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri February 6, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Betty Joplin

Betty Joplin at the piano in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

On Sunday, the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan will hold its sixth annual JAMM Tribute Concert. This year’s honoree is Grammy-award nominated singer Betty Joplin. The show is from 3 to 6 p.m. at Troppo in Lansing, and it is sold out.

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Community
11:08 am
Wed February 4, 2015

MSU project explores diversity of Lansing's religious institutions

A class in the Michigan State University School of Journalism has produced a collaborative book exploring the Lansing area’s many religious institutions. Over the span of just a few days, a team of students spent time at churches around mid-Michigan, talking with clergy and parishioners, and they’ve written about their experiences. It’s called “One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Belief”.

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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Tue February 3, 2015

MSU students take project from stage to screen

Director Mark Colson on the set of 'Theatre2Film'
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre has launched an ambitious project involving students, faculty and several other departments on campus. A student-led production in being staged on campus through this weekend, and later, the same story will become a movie.

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Community
11:23 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Lansing updates snow emergency

Lansing was buried under a fresh blanket of new snow on Sunday. Residents have been urged to keep streets cleared so snowplows can get around.
Credit April Van Buren/WKAR

The city of Lansing today is bringing residents up to date on the winter storm that blasted the area yesterday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Chad Gamble, the city of Lansing’s director of Public Service, for a look at how Lansing has responded to the storm and what lies ahead.

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Arts & Culture
11:17 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Headphones reveal hidden gems in Beatles songs

There are hundreds of books about the Beatles, but a Michigan author has published a new book that’s different from all the rest. In its pages, you’ll discover the tiniest of audio treats you’ve never heard before, no matter how many times you’ve heard these classic rock songs.

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Sports
11:11 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Recapping Spartan hoops and the Super Bowl with Al Martin

MSU men's basketball coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans beat Michigan in overtime on Sunday.
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Never mind the Super Bowl, the Spartans beat Michigan in men's basketball yesterday. It took overtime for MSU to defeat the Wolverines 76-66.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Sally Potter

Sally Potter performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today’s Live Music Friday guest on Current State is Sally Potter, a well known folk musician and promoter in mid-Michigan. Sally has the big job of scheduling all of the acts that come to town for Ten Pound Fiddle concerts most Friday evenings.

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Sports
11:14 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Popularity of pickleball moves north

Pickleball is being played at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center three times a week this winter.
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There’s a new sport catching on in the Lansing area. Its appeal lies in its reliance on physical activity that isn’t too strenuous. Already popular with retirees in the south, pickleball is moving north with indoor play in colder climes.

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Business
11:40 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: Printed cars and Cadillacs

The Local Motors printed car at the Detroit Auto Show.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

All this week, we’ve been taking you to the Detroit Auto Show to see what’s new, what’s groundbreaking, and what’s just plain fun. On the main floor of the auto show, you can see a massive 3D printer, and it’s printing a car. And if you venture to Hall E in the Cobo Center, you can see the finished product.

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Lee Herge, Chief Operating Officer of the Chandler, Arizona based Local Motors.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri January 23, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Rev. Robert Jones | WKAR

Rev. Robert Jones performing live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and all this hour we’ve been enjoying hearing from Rev. Robert Jones. Along with Josh White Jr., he'll perform at tonight's Ten Pound Fiddle concert. It’s called “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Josh White and Leadbelly”. The show includes the songs of these two pioneering artists, with Josh and Robert in character…Josh as his father.

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Business
11:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: the transformation of Cobo

New video boards grace the Cobo Center exterior.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

If you’ve been going to the Detroit Auto Show over the years, you know that Cobo Center has undergone an enormous transformation. A $279-million dollar multi-year renovation is nearing its end. Inside, the changes have included new uses for the former Cobo Hall, the former home of the Detroit Pistons and numerous rock concerts. Fixing Cobo up was crucial to keeping the Auto Show in Detroit, but lots of other convention business is heading to the Motor City as a result.

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Business
11:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Startup Grind Lansing aims to give entrepreneurs a boost

Michael Labriola of Digital Primates is Startup Grind Lansing's first speaker this week.
Credit http://www.digitalprimates.net/

A national organization designed to inspire and educate entrepreneurs is coming to Lansing. It’s called Startup Grind. The Lansing Startup Grind will hold its first meeting on Thursday night. Startup Grind was formed in 2010 and has grown to 150 cities in 65 countries.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices of Experience: 57 year MSU professor Mordechai Kreinin | WKAR

Professor Mordechai Kreinin retires this week after 57 years on the MSU faculty.
Credit http://econ.msu.edu/

We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience. This week, long-time Michigan State University economics professor Mordechai “Max” Kreinin officially retires, ending a 57-year career on the MSU faculty.

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Community
11:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New Imam hopes to be a bridge between faith communities

Imam Sohail Chaudhry serves Muslims at the Islamic Center of East Lansing.
Credit http://lansingislam.com/

Lansing area Muslims are being led by a new Imam. Sohail Chaudhry comes to the Islamic Center of East Lansing from West Virginia.

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Community
11:21 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Remembering Rev. Michael Murphy

Rev. Michael Murphy
Credit http://peopleschurchucc.org/

The Reverend Michael Murphy is being laid to rest today. Murphy spent more than 20 years in Lansing as founder of St. Stephen’s Community Church. He also served as a Lansing city council member and state Representative. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle of David Church in Lansing.

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Sports
12:09 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Rexrode, Martin pick Buckeyes to win NCAA football crown

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, site of tonight's national college football championship game.
Credit Flickr - bobbyh_80

College football’s first ever national championship game is set for tonight. Ohio State and Oregon vie for the honors beginning at 8:30 on ESPN. The Oregon Ducks are six-point favorites, although both teams share identical 13-and-one season records.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Chris Rollins | WKAR

Chris Rollins (left) and Lauren Lancaster performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s a Live Music Friday again here on Current State, and today, our guest is guitarist Chris Rollins. He’s one of many music instructors and music students who will be at an open house at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Music School of Music in Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on 2015 concerts

The Duhks will be in East Lansing on Friday, January 16th for the first Ten Pound Fiddle concert of the year.
Credit Flickr - Sooz

Some interesting concerts are coming to Michigan in 2015. Ten Pound Fiddle is starting 2015 with an award-winning group from Canada next week.

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History
11:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

New book chronicles visual history of downtown Ann Arbor

Credit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/

The Arcadia Publishing series of books about cities and towns around Michigan now has a book devoted to the city many in East Lansing think of as its top rival.

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Sports
11:21 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Hometown hero makes Baseball Hall of Fame

After spending most of his career with Atlanta, Lansing native John Smoltz played for Boston and St. Louis in his final season.
Credit Flickr - Barbara moore

The Baseball Writers Association of America has voted Waverly High School graduate John Smoltz into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in his first year of eligibility.

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Comedy returns to Lansing's night club scene

Lansing has been without a comedy club since Connxtions closed last April. Over the weekend, a new comedy venue opened up for business at Tripper’s in Frandor. Touring comics will be performing in Lansing every week, bringing laughs to an audience that’s been starved for funny stuff for a while.

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Critically acclaimed novel set in post-apocalyptic Michigan

'Station Eleven' author Emily St. John Mandel
Credit www.emilymandel.com

The novel “Station Eleven” is about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan. It's the story of a flu epidemic that wipes out almost all of the earth’s human population. The pre-pandemic story is set in Toronto and other places around the world. Michigan, mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, is where the story of survivors takes place.

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Sports
12:08 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Controversial call taints Lions' playoff defeat

The Detroit Lions lost their wild card NFL playoff game at Dallas yesterday, 24-20. A controversial penalty on the Cowboys was reversed by officials, leaving Lions fans frustrated.

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