Mark Bashore

Host, All Thing Considered and Current State

Mark Bashore is WKAR local host for All Things Considered, and managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's weekly 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.

MSU students in lab studying lettuce processing
Kurt Stepnitz / MSU Photography & Videography

MSU lands $1 million NSF grant to educate students in fields including animal science, crop and soil sciences and other fields involving food production.

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What are the takeaways from Michigan news in January? That’s what we attend to every 30 days on Current State’s Month in Review.

image of Lansing City Council member Carol Wood
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing City Council has been spinning its wheels recently, stuck over who its President and Vice-President will be for 2017.

WKAR’s Mark Bashore got to wondering what council members are most eager to get to work on now that the matter is settled. 

He spoke with long-time council member, and newly elected council Vice President,  Carol Wood.

The Obama years are now behind us. How did the Great Lakes fare as a result?


Bob Trezise portrait
David Trumpie / Lansing Economic Area Partnership

WKAR recently sat down for a conversation with Lansing’s top economic development official, Bob Trezise.

The conversation began with his update on Lansing's multi-million dollar 'Red Cedar Renaissance' project.


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A leader in the effort to update aging infrastructure in Lansing’s state capitol building says he’s confident the legislature will act in the next few months.  

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A long-time Michigan advocate of school choice recommends caution over the expansion of education vouchers that would allow taxpayer funds to go to private and religious schools.  

Richard McLellan helped write the state’s 23-year old charter school law.

He says more needs to be learned about the impact of public money on religious schools.

“I think that would lead to more government intrusion on private and religious schools,” he says.

Confirmation hearings of Michigan’s Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education begin Tuesday.

Arlene McDaniel Quartet
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Current State’s monthly live music segment features the music of Weather Report.

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An East Lansing resident is preparing to attend her fifth Presidential inauguration.

Donald Trump is sworn into office next Friday at the U.S. Capitol. 

Marilyn Fine backed Trump in the primary and general elections, mainly because of his business background.

"People in business don’t always say the right things," she says. "Um, he’s not a politician. I knew that he would have an effect on the business climate of this society.”

Front of Lansing's Radisson Hotel
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Lansing's top economic developer calls it a "10 on a scale of 10."

Bob Trezise--CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP--is referring to a unique opportunity.

In a year, an agreement limiting competition for downtown's Radisson Hotel comes to an end.

WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with Trezise about what it means.


Marlene Webster and Samantha Ardelean of Walls of Warmth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Neighbors in Action, we learn about Walls of Warmth, a new program helping the homeless in Shiawassee County.


Aerial view of urban highways
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"Michigan will lead the nation in creating 21st Century infrastructure systems."

Those ambitious words begin a summary of a recent report from Gov. Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission.

WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with commission member Dr. Janice Beecher of Michigan State University.


Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza performing
Courtesy / Bob Baldori

Veteran Lansing musician Bob Baldori talks with Mark Bashore about singing cashier Lucas Holliday, 'Boogie Stomp' at the Robin Theatre, and his career with Chuck Berry.

Ingham County courthouse building
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Some top Ingham County officials will be getting raises in 2017.

City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers with ties to Lansing.

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