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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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

East Lansing tinkerers get new maker spaces

Meg Croft of Woven Art, with East Lansing Public Library director Kristen Shelley, in the library's new Maker Studio.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

For a long time, libraries have embraced change, becoming much more than simply a place to find a book. Music, movies, you name it. Libraries try to keep up with the demands of their visitors. The East Lansing Public Library’s newest effort is a maker studio.

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Education
11:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

New NEA president promotes 'Degrees Not Debt' initiative

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Credit http://www.nea.org/

The 3-million member National Education Association has a new president, and she was in East Lansing yesterday. Lily Eskelsen Garcia took office on September 1st. Her trip to East Lansing was devoted to pushing for not only organized labor, but also for making higher education affordable.

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Education
12:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Downtown Lansing library celebrates 50 years

The downtown Lansing library opened 50 years ago.
cadl.org

The downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library opened 50 years ago. To celebrate, there’s a 50th birthday event Sunday afternoon at 1:30. You’ll be able to meet with staffers past and present, learn about its architecture, and see what’s been changed over the years if you haven’t been there in a while.

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Community
12:25 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Neighbors in Action: City Rescue Mission | WKAR

Credit http://guyonthecorner.org/

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the City Rescue Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the mid-Michigan area. It offers beds to around 160 people every night. But shelter administrators says that they are at capacity, especially when it comes to their men’s shelter. They’ve been working for the past several years on an expansion of that program. Over the next month, City Rescue Mission plans to add around 40 additional beds for homeless men.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Current State #384 | September 19, 2014

Today on Current State: modernizing some Lansing schools; Latino experimental art at the MSU Library; Lansing Catholic High School's Pew Crew; and live music with Twyla Birdson, Elden Kelly and Louie Leager.

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Community
12:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Pew Crew helps furnish new chapel at Lansing Catholic HS

The Pew Crew works on pews for Lansing Catholic High School's new chapel.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Lansing Catholic High School is building a new chapel, and the project is getting an unusual boost from a team of volunteers. They call themselves the Pew Crew, and they're building all of the pews that will be installed in Lansing Catholic’s new chapel. These pews won’t cost the school a dime.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Summer Circle Theatre dedicates new performance space

Friends of Theatre president Jackie Babcock and MSU Department of Theatre chairman Kirk Domer
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Today, the MSU Department of Theatre will dedicate the new home of Summer Circle Theatre. If you've ever attended a Summer Circle Theatre performance at MSU, the experience wasn’t always pleasant. Being near the Red Cedar River next to the MSU Auditorium, Summer Circle was often plagued by water, mosquitoes, and traffic noise. The new space will be much more comfortable and will host events beyond these student productions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Current State #382 | September 17, 2014

Today on Current State: flaws in Michigan's court funding system; audiobook narrator George Guidall; a new online news service in East Lansing; and Neighbors in Action: Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Audiobook superstar comes to Okemos

George Guidall
Credit georgeguidall.com

Tonight, an Audie-Award winning audiobook reader will visit Okemos to talk about his craft. George Guidall has read the audiobook versions of titles like John Irving’s “A Widow for One Year” and Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much Is True”. He’ll be at the Okemos Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Guidall has narrated 1,200 unabridged books.

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Education
11:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program helps MI vets re-enter civilian workforce

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is launching a new program aimed at helping veterans re-enter the work force.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ten Pound Fiddle's 40th season features Yarrow, Mabus

Peter Yarrow will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert on March 6, 2015.
Credit www.tamulevich.com

The Ten Pound Fiddle concert series that starts this weekend is the 40th for the East Lansing acoustic music institution. Pretty much everybody who’s anybody in folk music has performed for Ten Pound Fiddle over the years, many of them coming to town numerous times.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

LSO kicks off season with Tchaikovsky

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik performs with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra tonight.
Credit yevgenykutik.com - Corey Hayes

Tonight’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert launches their 85th season. The program includes works by Gandolfi, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.

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Education
12:09 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

How journalists learn to report from the world's hotspots

MSU journalism professor Eric Freedman
Credit cas.msu.edu/

Today is September 11th, the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. Observations to honor the victims and first responders are being held in places like Wentworth Park in Lansing, where “Lansing Remembers” started at 8:30 this morning, “Mason Cares” at the fire station on Ash Street from 1 to 7 p-m today, another at the Williamston fire station tonight at 6 p-m, and probably others in your town. While we reflect on what happened that day 13 years ago, we also consider how the effects of the 9-11 attacks linger in the world today. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the beheadings to two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, bringing to light the danger faced by journalists around the world today.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

One-woman plays honors 'world's first superstar'

Carol Dunitz brings 'Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical' to East Lansing on Saturday.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Actress and writer Carol Dunitz calls Sarah Bernhardt “the world’s first superstar”. Dunitz brings her one-woman show inspired by the turn-of-the-last century stage and silent film star to East Lansing. “Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical” will be at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing at 7:30 p-m Saturday.

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Environment
11:41 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Keeping drugs out of Michigan's water supply

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Today, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Pharmacists Association will accept unwanted, unused or outdated prescription medications for safe disposal. The event is at the state capital in Lansing from 10:30 a-m to 1 p-m. The idea is to keep these medications out of the state’s water supply.

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Economy
11:36 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Lansing-made Cadillacs to feature vehicle-to-vehicle technology

The 2017 Cadillac CTS will be enabled with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.
Credit gm.com

The 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Detroit heard a keynote address on Sunday from General Motors CEO Mary Barra, in which she announced how GM plans to integrate automated driving technology into Cadillacs in a couple of years.

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Education
1:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Eastern High School parents anticipate make or break year

Lansing Eastern High School
Credit WKAR file photo

If Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul has her way, students, faculty and staff returning to Eastern High School are in for a year of “seismic change.” Recent test scores put Eastern among the bottom 5% of Michigan schools in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. District leaders fear a state takeover unless scores improve.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Documentary focuses on 'Reel Bad Arabs'

Dr. Jack Shaheen
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“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” is a documentary film inspired by the book of the same title by Dr. Jack Shaheen. It chronicles the stereotypical depiction of Arabs in movies and on television. Next week, on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Shaheen will attend a screening of the film on the MSU campus.

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Sports
12:28 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hamtramck Stadium recognized for Negro League heritage

Murals adorn the cinder block walls at Hamtramck Park.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Longtime fans of the Detroit Tigers cling to their memories of Tiger Stadium. Many still visit the old site at Michigan and Trumbull in the Motor City to stand on that hallowed ground or run the base paths.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Renegade Theatre Festival offers first glimpse of new works

Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero say spoken word artists and soap box performances are a small sample of what will be at the Renegade Theatre Festival this weekend in Old Town.
Credit Courtesy - Renegade Theatre Festival

The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.

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Business
12:11 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Riding along with Uber in Lansing

Uber is Jeremy Kittle's first experience as a taxi driver. Kittle says he enjoys the scheduling flexibility and innovation the service provides.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The ride-sharing service called Uber has been in the Lansing-East Lansing market for a couple of weeks now. Current State’s Scott Pohl took a ride with Uber driver Jeremy Kittle to learn about the new service from both the rider and the driver's point of view.

Entertainment
12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NPR defector finds niche as podcaster

Former NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca left the network to seek out a new avenue in podcasting with Slate.com
Credit Mike Pesca/twitter

NPR is a top-level platform for any radio reporter. But for some, leaving NPR has led to projects in the online world of podcasting.

One of those reporters who left NPR to launch a podcast is Mike Pesca. He’s hosting a daily show for the Slate website. It’s called “The Gist."  The show typically includes one or two interviews on subjects in
the news and topics that interest Pesca, and then Mike wraps up each episode with a monologue he calls “The Spiel."

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Health
12:15 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U of M expert assesses Ebola risk

Wells says the possibility of an Ebola outbreak occurring in the United States is very small due to our health care system.
Credit Flickr - European Commission DG ECHO

An outbreak of Ebola in Africa has health officials worried. Since February, almost 900 people have died in four west African countries. Two medical workers infected with Ebola have been brought to the United States for treatment amid concerns that Ebola could break out in the U.S.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Tuesday's primary ballot: Reading, roads and recreation

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Tomorrow is primary election day in Michigan, and along with important party primaries for congress and the state legislature, a number of funding issues go before voters.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Novel: Murder on the MSU campus

McGiveron says the project took two years of diligent writing to complete.
Credit www.rafeeqmcgiveron.com

Rafeeq McGiveron is not just a counselor at Lansing Community College, he is also the author of new book about a murder set on the MSU campus titled "Student Body."

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History
11:36 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Future of Detroit's Fort Wayne tied to new international bridge

A layout of Detroit's Fort Wayne.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

    

Current State’s Scott Pohl has been meeting historian Jack Dempsey at historic sites around Detroit this summer, and he’s back with another installment today. This time around, they stopped by Fort Wayne in Detroit.

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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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