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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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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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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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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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.

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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   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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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Our Live Music Friday guests today on Current State are the Zodiac Trio: Kliment Krylovskiy on clarinet, Vanessa Mollard on violin, and Riko Higuma on piano. The group is in Lansing to record at the Blue Griffin Recording Studio, and they’ve been playing for us throughout the show today.

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It shouldn’t be shocking to hear that college students are sexually active. What might come as a surprise is the attitude many of today’s students are bringing to their sexual lives. What’s changed is that what people tend to think of the preferred order of things, getting to know someone well and for a long time before sex, maybe even marriage before sex, seems to be shifting. For some now, the sex comes first, and on a casual basis.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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