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
2:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New documentary explores sexualization of youth

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A documentary filmmaker will bring his latest movie to East Lansing tonight. It’s the third installment of Darryl Roberts series called “America the Beautiful”.

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Music
11:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

(Almost) LIVE MUSIC: The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle | WKAR

Dylan Rogers fronts the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle.
Credit Ariel Vida

In its earliest days, The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle was just one guy. Dylan Rogers was performing as a one-man band on street corners about four years ago, and since then, his group of musicians has grown to a total of 11, and that isn’t including a few other people who work with the group on costumes and even puppets. They’ve recently put out a new album called “Dream Machine”, and they’re becoming a big part of the revival of REO Town in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ELECTION 2014: the race for two seats on the LCC board

The November election will result in adding two new members to the LCC Board of Trustees.
Credit lcc.edu

We have another look at the 2014 election today. This time, we consider the race for the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. The board will have two newcomers next year.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Author finds something special in every Michigan county

Barbara VanderMolen is the author of "Discovering Michigan County by County: Your A-Z Guide to Each of the 83 Counties in the Great Lakes State."
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

There are 83 counties in Michigan, and a local author thinks there's something interesting about every one of them.  In fact, Barbara VanderMolen has written a two-volume set of books called "Discovering Michigan County by County: Your A-Z Guide to Each of the 83 Counties in the Great Lakes State."

Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with the author, who says it's for anyone who likes to explore every nook and cranny of the state.

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Politics & Government
9:14 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lansing City Pulse's Mickey Hirten on local elections

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Election day is November 4th, and voters have lots of decisions to make. We have an important state senate race, several local state house races, and there are some important proposals to be decided.

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Science & Technology
12:34 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New MSU planetarium technology improves stargazing

MSU Abrams Planetarium director Shannon Schmoll.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan State University opened the Abrams Planetarium 50 years ago.  That's five decades of giving kids and adults from all over the state a glimpse of the solar system and the universe.  As you might expect, the equipment to do that has improved a lot in those 50 years.  Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with planetarium director Shannon Schmoll about the upgrades.

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Economy
1:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Distressed Detroit houses: prices low, strings attached

Building Detroit is auctioning this home on Rutland Street today. The program is selling two houses in the city every day for prices starting at $1,000.
Credit http://auctions.buildingdetroit.org/home

One of the biggest challenges faced by new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is the poor condition of thousands of houses in the city. People won’t choose to live in a city where they can’t get a decent house. The Detroit Land Bank Authority hopes a new system of auctioning off vacant houses will spur a wave of movement into the city. It’s called “Building Detroit”.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

ELECTION 2014: former MSU Trustees lend perspective on this year's race

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Alex

Voters in Michigan will elect members of the governing boards of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University on November 4th. At MSU, incumbent democrats George Perles and Faylene Owen are running to keep their seats for another eight years. Republicans have nominated Melanie Foster and Jeff Sakwa; Foster was on the board for ten years, but lost her bid for re-election two years ago, and Sakwa also ran unsuccessfully in 2012. There also are candidates from the Green, Libertarian, U.S. Taxpayers and Natural Law parties on the ballot.

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

MSU alum instrumental in Fukushima cleanup

Joe Sopko is working on a project to freeze the area around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. His company, Mortrench, hopes to contain water contaminated with nuclear material.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Engineering

In March of 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan resulted in a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Three of the plants six reactors melted down, and substantial amounts of radioactive material was released. That includes contaminated water that escaped from the three units. Containing that water has proven to be an ongoing problem confronting those who are working to clean up Fukushima.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Lansing community group celebrates one year of soup and service

Credit Courtesy of Soup Grant Lansing

You may recall a community group featured not long ago on Neighbors in Action. Soup Grant Lansing works to fund micro-grants in our city and gather members of the greater Lansing area for a delicious, homemade, and healthy soup and bread meal. Soup Grant Lansing turned one year old a few weeks ago.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Job Discrimination, 4th Amendment highlight SCOTUS session

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has begun its new session, and the cases the court has decided not to hear have been getting a lot of attention. The cases the court will hear are highlighted by issues related to unreasonable searches and seizures, and employment discrimination.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Farewell, Current State producer Joe Linstroth

Joe Linstroth
Credit WKAR

Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

A thousand (more) places to see before you die

Travelers across the country and around the world have been using the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” as a guidebook for more than a decade now. The book is author Patricia Schultz’s effort to encourage people to get out there and see the great big world around us. Now, there’s a second edition of the book, and she will talk about the new edition of her book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall.

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Arts & Culture
11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local artist's provocative work in ArtPrize finals

Henry Brimmer's ArtPrize entry this year is called 'there’s something happening here…'
Courtesy - Henry Brimmer

ArtPrize is probably Michigan’s top arts event. It began in 2009 in Grand Rapids as what organizers describe as a “radically open international art competition”. The event takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days each year and draws hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

MI Justices Young, McCormack on courts' roles

The Michigan Supreme Court chambers
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The seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are hearing oral arguments this week in cases ranging from public school employee pensions to rules governing damages awarded for personal injuries. Most of the time, the justices do their work away from the media spotlight, re-surfacing to announce their  decisions. Earlier this week, Current State spoke with two members of the High Court: Chief Justice Robert Young and Justice Bridget McCormack.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:28 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Fast talk lands Mason auctioneer in Hall of Fame

Bill Sheridan of Sheridan Auction and Realty Company in Mason was enshrined in the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Credit http://www.auctioneers.org/

If you’ve ever attended an auction, you know how entertaining they can be. It’s fun to see items go on the block, with competing bidders trying to one-up each other. A big part of that is to watch and hear a skilled auctioneer wielding the microphone and the gavel. One thing you may not know about auctioneers is that the best have been enshrined in a have a Hall of Fame.

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Environment
11:18 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Grand Haven considers climate change in master plan

Grand Haven is one of several Michigan communities taking part in the 'Resilient Michigan' planning process.
Credit www.resilientmichigan.org

In several Michigan communities, planning for a future affected by climate change is beginning. Monroe, East Jordan, Ludington, St. Joseph and Grand Haven are all taking part in a new program called “Resilient Michigan”.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MSU students produce Bollywood film in India

MSU's 'Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media' study abroad program made a Bollywood film in India this summer.
Courtesy - Amol Pavangadkar

India has one of the most vibrant filmmaking communities in the world. The Indian movie industry is often referred to as Bollywood. Their movies are known for elaborate musical productions and eye-grabbing colors. What better place to send MSU students who want to learn about the craft of movie-making?

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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

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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
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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.
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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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