Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

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

Mark is well-known to WKAR listeners as mid-Michigan host of All Things Considered for several years prior to hosting Current State.  

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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Education
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Study pegs Eastern HS rehab at $45 million

Lansing Eastern High School
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Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are looking over an interesting and potentially important new study. A national real estate firm, Jones Lang Lasalle, has just submitted an analysis of key buildings in the district. It will be used to determine how to right-size and modernize school facilities in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
12:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

More questions about Aramark contract after hearing, arrest

Aramark Logo
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There’s been more controversy this week involving Aramark. That’s the beleaguered food service company contracted to serve Michigan prisons. Yesterday at a meeting of the state civil service commission, one member said he felt mislead when told of a $98,000 dollar fine against the company that had actually been dropped.

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Community
11:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

East Lansing honors immigrants with 'peace pole'

East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett
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The city of East Lansing is taking time tomorrow for a special acknowledgement of the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the community. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., officials and guests will celebrate the unveiling of a ‘peace pole’ at the intersection of Abbot and Albert Avenues, downtown.

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Community
11:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Lansing police chief details ongoing violent crime initiative

Lansing Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings. Over the course of eight days in August, the city logged nine shootings. Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski has referred to the shootings as an anomaly, especially since department data show double digit decreases in both violent crime and homicides from 2013 to this year.

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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Outgoing state health leader reflects on eventful career

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James Haveman has enjoyed a long career in public health in Michigan, including several in key leadership positions. Twice the director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Haveman’s last day in that position is next Monday.

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Economy
11:43 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Lansing affordable housing advocates unveil five-year plan

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Federal officials consider housing “affordable” when it costs less than 30-percent of its residents’ income. By that measure, affordable housing is outside the reach of more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of this morning, there’s a new game plan for to increase quality, affordable housing in the Lansing area.

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Education
1:27 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

MSU president Simon reflects on fundraising, sexual assault, athletics

MSU president Lou Anna Simon
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon recently welcomed the 12th Freshman class to East Lansing since taking over the top spot at MSU. In what’s become a late summer ritual, she spent much of the weekend travelling the campus in a golf cart, greeting, assisting and talking with new and returning students and their families.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Spartan loss part of rough weekend for Big Ten football

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The Michigan State football team had its hands full with the University of Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, with the Ducks coming out with a solid 46-27 victory over MSU.

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Education
1:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Eastern High School parents anticipate make or break year

Lansing Eastern High School
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If Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul has her way, students, faculty and staff returning to Eastern High School are in for a year of “seismic change.” Recent test scores put Eastern among the bottom 5% of Michigan schools in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. District leaders fear a state takeover unless scores improve.

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History
12:40 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New book explores historic Michigan luminaries

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If you were asked to name someone from Michigan who’s “made a difference,” who would you name? Novelist Elmore Leonard perhaps? Businessman Mike Ilitch? How about Dr. Jack Kevorkian? Bill Haney focuses on Michigan “difference makers” in his latest book.

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Education
12:23 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Charter authorizers get proactive with new standards

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Michigan’s charter school authorizers have been in the news a lot recently. They’re the roughly 40 institutions, often colleges, that ensure oversight and accountability at the state’s 300 publicly funded charter schools. About 130,000 young people will attend a charter school in Michigan in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Month in Review: August's biggest news stories | WKAR

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With August just about behind us, Current State takes a look back at Michigan’s biggest statewide stories with our monthly reporter roundtable.

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Business
11:07 am
Wed August 27, 2014

BWL's Lark responds to complaints, updates reforms

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark
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After months of repercussions stemming from December’s ice storm and power outages that affected thousands of people, the Lansing Board of Water and Light continues to generate headlines. Some customers complain of overly aggressive tree trimming by the city-owned utility. Others question the justification for a proposed rate hike. In June, the BWL Board appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.

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Health
11:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Breast cancer forges bond between Israeli from MI, Palestinian

Ruth Ebenstein
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What is sisterhood? One Michigan woman’s experience suggests the path to acquiring a loving sister can be unexpected and extraordinary. Ruth Ebenstein belongs to a diverse group of breast cancer survivors whose mission is to support women with the disease who live in conflict zones.

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Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

New Wharton season: From classics to contemporary ... 2CELLOS

Broadway performers prefer the Wharton Center's continental seating layout because it creates more intimacy, says Bob Hoffman, communications director.
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Four weeks from tonight, East Lansing’s Wharton Center opens its new season.  It features a rich array of live music, theater, dance and speakers. Highlights include the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roseanne Cash, Blue Man Group, Michelle Norris, 2CELLOS and many more.  Up first, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Masterworks opener featuring violinist Yevgeny Kutik.

Wharton Center is just about ready to offer single ticket sales.  Wharton’s Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman joins us.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environmental group gives MI legislature an 'incomplete' grade

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An established Michigan environmental organization recently graded the state legislature on its performance in the 2013-2014 session. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters gave legislators an "Incomplete" for Michigan’s environmental score.

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Education
12:25 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Charter school authorizer alleges secret evaluation process

Jared Burkhart says the system currently implemented by Superintendent Flanagan does not follow current law.
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Michigan’s charter school operators are coming under closer scrutiny. On Monday, State Schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan released a list of 11 charter school authorizers that he says need to improve oversight of their schools.

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Science & Technology
12:21 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

What's in a mosquito's meal plan?

Certain smells, humidity and amount of carbon dioxide given off by a person are some of the items mosquitoes look for when choosing a meal.
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As summer winds down and people try to make the most out of the beautiful Michigan environment, many may be fighting off nature’s age-old enemy: the mosquito. But what makes mosquitoes more attracted to some people than others? Many myths have circulated about the cause of this rather annoying phenomenon, but scientific research is also out there about what factors make mosquitoes swarm to certain people (Hint: It has to do with a lot more than blood).

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Community
12:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lansing area officials aim to raise quality of affordable housing

Katherine Draper says the number of affordable homes is less of an issue than the quality of the housing available to lower-income families.
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Federal officials define housing as affordable when it costs 30 percent or less of a household’s income. By that measure, more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties do not live in affordable housing, according to recent MSU research.

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After journey, child migrants face U.S. legal system

The tens of thousands of child migrants coming from Central America face a complex legal system if they want to remain in the United States.
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Uncertainty continues to surround tens of thousands of Central American children seeking asylum in the United States.  

Federal officials including the President and Congress, along with the states, are grappling with how to respond to the 57,000 people --many of them children -- who have arrived at the U.S. border since last October.  

The refugees are mainly fleeing drug and gang violence.   

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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Fait accompli: BWL rate hike precedes public hearing

Lansing City Council President A'Lynne Boles weighs in on proposed changes at the Lansing Board of Water and Light, including an upcoming rate increase.
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A’Lynne Boles is currently serving as president of the Lansing City Council.  It’s her third tenure as president, and she's in her seventh year on the council.

Boles represents the city’s third ward, which covers the southwest part of Lansing.

Lately, the city council has been more frequently involved in changes at the city-owned Board of Water and Light.

On Friday, A'Lynne Boles joined us to talk about those changes and other city issues.  Voters will decide whether to expand the board by three non-voting members.  That proposal could be approved in November.

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Health
1:27 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

UM researchers developing app for bipolar disorder

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In a world where there seems to be an app for anything and everything, smartphone technology may now be expanding into the realm of mental health treatment. A team of University of Michigan researchers is developing a smartphone app that would help people living with bipolar disorder.

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Politics & Government
12:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Primary recap: Prop 1 passes easily and a few surprises

There were only a few surprises in last night's primary election results.
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Current State's Mark Bashore recaps yesterday's primary election results with Kyle Melinn from MIRS News and Bill Ballenger from the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

EL considers special fee to foster public art

East Lansing boasts of abundant public art, like 'Cassiopeia' on Grand River Avenue.
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The city of East Lansing bills itself as the "City of the Arts." City officials are considering a measure that some say could strengthen that image. On Wednesday, the city council is expected to take up a proposal dubbed the "Percent for Art."

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Education
12:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Lansing District's school building analysis part of crucial year

Eastern High School is Lansing's oldest high school building.
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The Lansing School District has a new road map. After several months of opinion and data gathering and more than a dozen public meetings, the nine-member school board recently adopted a new five-year Strategic Plan. The plan includes goals and a framework to reach those goals. Specifically, it lists five broad priority areas.

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Education
3:17 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Charter school exec: Free Press got nothing right

Quisenberry says charter schools will continue to be an important part of the public education landscape in Michigan.
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Michigan education stakeholders met with state officials this week, including Superintendent Michael Flanagan. Discussions included toughening the oversight of the state’s charter schools. On Monday, Flanagan met with charter school authorizers.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Month in Review: July's biggest news stories

Pluta, Demas and Oosting discuss the upcoming primary, Central American children in Michigan and more.
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Current State's Mark Bashore revisits several of July's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta, Jonathan Oosting and Susan Demas.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Snake bite incident rekindles awareness of Michigan rattlesnake

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: Sistrurus Catenatus is the only rattlesnake native to Michigan.
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We recently reported on a snakebite incident in Lower Michigan. A young, barefoot visitor to an Ann Arbor botanical garden was bitten by an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only rattlesnake native to our state. The young girl was hospitalized and recovered. The incident has triggered an advisory from a group of Michigan naturalists of the risk of an encounter with this species of snake in our state.

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Education
12:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Charter school official addresses accountability and transparency

Central Michigan University is Michigan's largest university charter school authorizer, and one of the nation's largest.
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Several Michigan charter school authorizers from around the state journeyed to Lansing yesterday. They met with state schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan about more vigorous oversight of the state’s charter schools. 

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Environment
12:55 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Detroit water shut-offs and Asian carp litigation

People standing before one of the largest bodies of water in the world in solidarity with the people of Detroit as they shut off water to some citizens and businesses in the city.
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At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. 

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