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.

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The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh .

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After nearly 10 years with Type 2 diabetes, one Michigan man turned his health around with a plant-based diet. We talk with Marc Ramirez about his appearance in an upcoming documentary about diet.

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University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.

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School administrators in DeWitt are moving forward with measures to nurture ethnic toleration and respect following harassment incidents last month after the Presidential election. We hear the perspectives of two MSU faculty members who study race and ethnicity in education.

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We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum about recounting Presidential election votes.

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The city of East Lansing faces a projected $100-million pension and retiree health care deficit. A financial health review team is getting ready to make recommendations to the city council about dealing with it and gaining a stronger financial footing. We talk with two members of the team.

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Current State’s Michigan Month in Review looks at November’s biggest governmental news stories with state Capitol reporters Zach Gorchow of Gongwer and Emily Lawler of MLive.

For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”

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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.

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“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” These are the words of Dr. Temple Grandin, who’s sometimes referred to as the best known person with autism in the world. That’s due to her renown in not one, but two, fields. Grandin has done groundbreaking work in animal welfare. She’s best known for designing humane cattle-handling facilities that are used for half the cattle in the U.S. She is also a prolific writer and advocate for people like herself on the...

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City of East Lansing workers have been busy counting deer this month. We ask the city’s environmental services administrator what they learn from the head and antler count.

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Many college students, including a number at Michigan State, have voiced alarm over the election of Donald Trump. It can be easy to overlook that Trump supporters are part of the campus community as well. We talk with two of them.

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East Lansing’s Mark Grebner has served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for decades. After a brief hiatus, Grebner’s been elected to re-join the board. We ask the Democrat what he wants to accomplish on the board and what he expects from a Trump administration in Washington.

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Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.

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Meet MSU’s incoming member of the Board of Trustees. Republican Dan Kelly of Clarkston won election last week.

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