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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Many Michigan supporters of medical marijuana are hailing new regulations passed by the state Senate. They would allow both retail dispensaries that sell pot and so-called medibles. We talk with MI Legalize attorney Jeff Hank and Willie Rochon of the Michigan Cannabis Development Association.

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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press about the legislature's return to Lansing.

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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We speak with representatives from the groups Flint Rising and Progress Michigan. both are calling for Department of Environmental Quality director nominee Heidi Grether to be rejected by the legislature.

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A recent University of Michigan study suggests biofuels are worse for the environment than fossil fuels. We speak with the lead researcher at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, John DiCicco.

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A Presidential candidate visited Lansing in August. Current State looks back at the impact of the Trump visit on our Month in Review segment, and anticipate his Detroit appearance this weekend, with capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Emily Lawler.

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A bi-national group of Great Lakes mayors wants its governors and premiers to reverse a decision to allow Waukesha Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. We review that environmental story and others coming up on Current State’s Great Lakes Month in Review.

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Courtesy photo / Lansing State Journal

This week, serial killer Donald Miller meets with the parole board about a possible release from prison. Miller confessed to killing four people. We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Beth LeBlanc and with Randy Gilbert, who survived one of the attacks.

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

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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.

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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.

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April Van Buren / WKAR

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

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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.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

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

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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.