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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Economy
11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Cadillac unveils Lansing-built ATS-V at LA Auto Show

Cadillac's new ATS-V will be built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.
Credit Courtesy © General Motors

Cadillac has unveiled the next model that General Motors will build in Lansing. GM is showing off the new ATS-V at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

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Health
1:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Enroll America assists ACA signups

Credit Flickr - Adrian Clark

Open enrollment for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act has begun again. Michiganders without health coverage can enroll in plans offered by 16 different insurance carriers. The enrollment period runs through February 15, but anyone wanting coverage by the beginning of the year needs to enroll by December 15.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Flooding causes a setback

Rich Goteri of the Michigan Actor's Studio in Ferndale wrote 'Eastern Market' and plans to star in the independent film.
Credit http://michiganactorsstudio.com/

This year, we’ve been following a project by a team of filmmakers hoping to make a movie called “Eastern Market” in Detroit. We’ve met the writer, co-writer, producer and director, with hopes of being a part of the action from start to finish.

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Sports
11:37 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Winning weekend for MSU football, basketball

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. His Spartans beat Maryland on Saturday.
Credit WKAR

The Michigan State football team got back on the winning track Saturday, beating Maryland 37-15. The win moves MSU’s record to 8-2, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Next Saturday, the Spartans will play their final home game of the season, hosting Rutgers.

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Canadian First Nations take lead on clean energy

Chris Henderson, author of 'Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples'.
Credit www.aboriginalpower.ca

In recent years, Canada has included its First Peoples populations in its efforts to expand renewable, clean energy projects. Lumos Energy president Chris Henderson has spent the last two-and-a-half decades working, as his website states, “at the intersection of clean energy, sustainable development, environmental action, economic development, and Aboriginal communities”.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Folksinger Cris Williamson headlines EL Women in the Arts Festival

Singer-songwriter Cris Williamson performs live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Cris Williamson has enjoyed a remarkable career in music. Back in 1975, she recorded an album called “The Changer and The Changed”, and released it on her own label, Olivia Records. Olivia was the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. To this day, “The Changer and The Changed” remains one of the best-selling independent records of all time.

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History
10:56 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Historic Turner-Dodge House repaired in time for holidays

Michael Beebe (L) and Brett Kaschinske compare original wallpaper in the boys room at the Turner-Dodge House to wallpaper made to match it.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Turner-Dodge House in north Lansing is one of the city’s most historic structures. It’s almost 160 years old, and over the years, it has hosted hundreds of events ranging from tours and music events to wedding receptions. Last January, a burst pipe caused extensive water damage at the Turner-Dodge House, and things are only now getting back to normal.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ex-CIA official talks Turkey, Arab Spring at MSU

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, a former senior political scientist at RAND, and a current adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of the new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East".

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Economy
11:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

In Flint, it takes a village to raze a house

This burned-out house on Parkbelt Drive in Flint was torn down yesterday with funding from a crowdsourcing effort.
Credit Courtesy Parkbelt Drive residents

Back in August, we brought you the story of an online fundraising effort aimed at bringing in enough money to pay for the demolition of a single burned-out house in Flint. Gordon Young is a Flint expat and author of “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City”. His idea was simple: while Flint has hundreds of abandoned homes, and some neighborhoods suffer mightily from such blight, he wanted to find a house that needed tearing down in an otherwise well maintained neighborhood, one where the demolition would improve the neighborhood’s chances of thriving into the future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Current State #419 | November 11, 2014

Today on Current State: state Senator-elect Curtis Hertel Jr.; actor Julian Sands; EPA jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act; and a veterans history project story for Veterans Day.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Actor Julian Sands brings Pinter poetry to Wharton

Julian Sands appears in 'A Celebration of Harold Pinter' at MSU's Wharton Center on Sunday.
Credit http://www.whartoncenter.com

British actor Julian Sands is known for films like “A Room With a View” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. On Sunday, he’ll bring his one-man show “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” to MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Sports
11:02 am
Mon November 10, 2014

MSU football loses shot at post-season playoff

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. His Spartans lost to Ohio State Saturday night.
Credit WKAR

The Michigan State football team lost to Ohio State Saturday night, and with the 49-37 defeat, the Spartans have now lost twice and will not make it into the NCAA’s four-team playoff at the end of the season. MSU has fallen to #12 in the AP college football poll.

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

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

The Flatliners will appear at Mac's Bar in Lansing November 29.
Credit http://www.theflatliners.com/

There’s always a lot of good music to consider in Lansing and elsewhere around the state. Some of the big names coming through Michigan in November are Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for music lovers.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LCC actor brings rich pedigree to "A Room With A View"

Michael Boxleitner stars in the LCC production of "A Room With A View" at Dart Auditorium.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A young actor with deep theatrical roots is starting to get noticed in Lansing. Michael Boxleitner has only been a student at Lansing Community College for a few months, but he’s already had one lead role at LCC, and he has another this weekend and next in "A Room With A View".

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Ballenger recaps Snyder, Peters victories

Cong. Gary Peters declares victory in Michigan's U.S. Senate race in front of hundreds of Democratic supporters in Detroit on Tuesday.
Credit Jake Neher/MPRN

With some exceptions, Michigan Republicans have reason to celebrate the 2014 mid-term election. Several major statewide offices, as polls ususally suggested, went to GOP incumbents including Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. But Democrats are celebrating the election of Congressman Gary Peters to the U.S. Senate and a victory on Michigan’s conservative leaning Supreme Court.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Andromeda Community Theatre part of Charlotte's "arts revival"

In December, a new theatre company will stage its first show at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. It’s called Andromeda Community Theatre, and they’ll put on a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

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Community
11:32 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Michigan producer on reaction to viral catcalling video

Actress Shoshana Roberts in the video '10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman'
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XGPvbWn0A

Look up the word “catcall” in the dictionary and it reads “a shrill, whistle-like sound or loud raucous shout made to express disapproval at a theater, meeting, etc.”  But the word’s come to mean a lot more in 2014. That became clear last week, after a video of a woman getting catcalled by men in New York City went viral and triggered days of discussion.

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Arts & Culture
11:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Broad Art Museum features contemporary Chinese Art

Shanghai artist Jin Yangping has two works in the Broad Art Museum's 'Future Returns' exhibition. They're called 'Mirror of the City No. 1' and 'No. 2'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A major exhibition of Chinese art is opening at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China” includes works from 21 Chinese artists in a variety of media.

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Music
11:26 am
Fri October 31, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Adrian and Meredith preview tonight's show in Lansing | WKAR

Adrian and Meredith performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Live Music Friday on Current State, and today we welcome Adrian and Meredith to Studio S. Adrian Krygowski is a Nashville-based artist who has performed solo and with a band; these days, he’s playing with Meredith Brown, late of the Bard Owls, a group that has played for us on a Live Music Friday a couple of times.

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Politics & Government
11:14 am
Thu October 30, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Running as a third-party candidate

Terry Link is a Green Party candidate for the MSU Board of Trustees.
Credit http://gogreengolink.org/

Five days before a mid-term election, the media is full of political news involving  candidates, Democratic and Republican. In reality of course, the political landscape is more diverse. On Tuesday, Michigan voters will, for example, face at least five choices for Governor, including little known candidates from the Libertarian, Green and U.S. Taxpayers parties.

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Business
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

GM, suppliers expanding Lansing area operations

GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant
Credit Flickr - Betsy Weber

General Motors is making news in Michigan this week. The Detroit automaker is planning a $40-million investment at its transmission plant in Warren to build the new drivetrain for the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt. The announcement is the latest in a string of high-profile plans G-M has unveiled this year. Those include assembly plant expansions in the Lansing area.

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Arts & Culture
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

EL Film Festival director discusses must-see movies

'Pie Lady of Pie Town' is a short documentary on this year's East Lansing Film Festival schedule. It was made by Michigan native Jane Rosemont.
Credit kubygirlproductions.com/

The East Lansing Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through November 6th. This marks the 17th year of the East Lansing Film Festival, with lots of feature-length movies, documentaries, and shorts. The Thursday night opening film is a documentary about legendary jazzman Clark Terry, and his work counseling a young musician.

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History
10:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hall of Fame inductees discuss women who influenced them

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is coming up later this week. Four of the Hall’s eight contemporary inductees have local ties, including Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets and long-time educator Barbara Roberts Mason. Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the other two local contemporary inductees.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New documentary explores sexualization of youth

Credit http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com/

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

Credit Flickr - Vox Efx

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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