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.

Cemetery class photo
Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.

Oil sheen photo
Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection / flickr creative commons

As Michigan officials consider how to update environmental cleanup criteria, some environmental advocates say the DEQ needs to better incorporate new science into its operation. Noted environmental policy expert James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council explains.

lehooper / flickr creative commons

A joint investigation finds over a third of Michigan’s state legislators have had connections to so-called 527 accounts. The accounts enable politicians to accept cash that’s often difficult to trace. Mlive’s Emily Lawler and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Craig Mauger join us to explain how it works.

Keri Webber and Mark Brewer photo
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.

Jack White and Dominic Davis photo
David James Swanson

Dominic Davis spent years in the Lansing-area performing with roots band Steppin’ In It. Now in Nashville, Davis talks about his appearance this Saturday with Jack White on the relaunch of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Keith Creagh photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A species of invasive snail has now been identified in three Michigan rivers. Some anglers who fish Michigan’s legendary Au Sable River have accused state officials of an inadequate response to the New Zealand mud snail. Michigan DNR director Keith Creagh responds to the criticism and explains what the agency’s doing.

White House photo
Diego Cambiaso / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with the women who make up the Two Chicks Speakers Bureau, Kathy Hoestra and Susan Demas, about the upcoming election.

CATA Bus Photo
David Shane / Flickr Creative Commons

Ingham County Circuit Judge Bill Collette is a Haslett resident who’s also a member of the group Stop CATA’s BRT. We ask Collette about the agency’s new, alternative Bus Rapid Transit Plans and why he’s recommending an audit of CATA and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.

Mike Bishop photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Republican Mike Bishop wants to return to Washington to represent Lansing and East Lansing for a second term in the U.S. House. We ask the former state legislator about his record and why he thinks he deserves another term representing the 8th district.

Suzanna Shkreli photo
Courtesy photo / Suzanna Shkreli for Congress

We discuss the race for congress in Michigan’s 8th district with Suzanna Shkreli. She’s the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.

New Zealand mud snails photo
Robyn Draheim / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An invasive snail, the New Zealand Mud Snail, appears to be spreading quickly in Michigan’s Au Sable River. An organization representing Michigan anglers is unhappy with the state’s response. We talk with Tom Baird of the Au Sable Anglers.

Uber phone app photo / flickr creative commons

A prominent Detroit journalist explains the impact he thinks ride-sharing and self-driving cars could have on Michigan’s auto industry. We talk with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News.

Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Flint may be in line for millions of dollars of federal help with lead water infrastructure. We review that development and others in September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.

Pat and Scott Gillespie
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For years, siblings who grew up on Lansing’s east side have played a leading role in development in the area. We talk with Pat and Scott Gillespie about the current development climate.

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A University of Michigan researcher says the environmental benefits of biofuels are exaggerated, so much so that he says burning fossil fuels is better. On our Tuesday environmental segment, a biofuels industry spokesman responds.