Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

Mark Bashore is managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's daily news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark Bashore joined WKAR in May 2007. Prior to his arrival at WKAR, he hosted a talk show on WJIM AM in 2005 and previous to that was morning show host and producer at WFMK in Lansing for 14 years.

Jennifer Granholm photo
Disney | ABC Television Group / flickr creative commons

We talk with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm about the 2016 presidential election. She’s serving on Hillary Clinton’s transition team.


East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.


demolition photo
Michael Gaida / Pixabay

How might the state recycle more home construction materials, especially given the number of blighted homes here? Two Spartans, a researcher and a faculty member, discuss the challenges and benefits of a stronger effort.


Senator Debbie Stabenow
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow about presidential politics.


CATA Bus Rapid Transit image
Courtesy image / Capital Area Transportation Authority

Resistance to CATA’s Bus Rapid Transit project persists in Meridian Township. Residents and business owners say the transportation authority hasn’t answered their questions. We talk with three BRT supporters.


Scott Hagerstrom photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Donald Trump is coming to Lansing to speak today. We speak with Trump's Michigan presidential campaign manager, Scott Hagerstrom.


CATA bus photo
David Shane / flickr creative commons

A proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) line is meeting with particular resistance in Meridian Township. We ask two opponents why they’re resisting CATA’s efforts to move forward with the federally and state-subsidized project.


Michigan is blessed with a lot of water, but how exactly do we use all of it? We talk with MLive reporter Garret Ellison about his recent deep dive into Michigan water use data.


Detroit skyline
haljackey / flickr creative commons

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley discusses the future of the Detroit Public Schools, this year’s extraordinary presidential campaign and more.


Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver addressed the city’s challenges and opportunities in her first State of the City address on Thursday. We get her thoughts on the city’s future.

Alligator gar photo
Florida Fish and Wildlife / flickr creative commons

In parts of the Mississippi valley, scientists are working to reintroduce a fish  they say could prevent the spread of Asian carp. We learn about the role of the fearsome looking alligator gar.


Penelope Tsernoglou photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Some say Ingham county’s 45-year old animal shelter has had it. They’re supporting a millage to pay for a new one. Others say the county has more pressing needs. We talk with Democratic county commissioner Penelope Tsernoglou about why she’s a backer.

WKAR File Photo

Michigan has been watching the nominating conventions. We discuss those and July’s other big news stories in our Month in Review segment with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan.

Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A former oil company executive is awaiting confirmation by the Michigan Senate to become the state’s next director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and an assessment of Enbridge Energy’s controversial Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits is in the works. We talk with Great Lakes environmental reporter Gary Wilson for our Environment Month in Review.


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