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

Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.


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A former oil company executive is awaiting confirmation by the Michigan Senate to become the state’s next director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and an assessment of Enbridge Energy’s controversial Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits is in the works. We talk with Great Lakes environmental reporter Gary Wilson for our Environment Month in Review.


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Public officials are working with the residents of Lansing’s South Washington Park Apartments, trying to improve living conditions there. We learn more about the challenges from two members of the Lansing Housing Commission, Patricia Baines-Lake and Tony Baltimore.


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Monica Stephens is a Republican candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor. The assistant Michigan Attorney General says she’d focus on crimes involving violence, sex and drugs. We talk with the former assistant Jackson county prosecutor.


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The Republican party has nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. Current State talks with a Michigan delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland, state Sen. Joe Hune.

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Every Tuesday, Current State takes a closer look at the environment and environmental news in Michigan.

Today we learn about an organization that for more than 20 years has advocated legally for environmental causes. 

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Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

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Republican and Democratic nominating conventions are days away. The focus is on uniting delegates, platforms and potential vice presidential running mates. We talk with MSU Associate Professor of Political Science Matt Grossmann.


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Twice in the 20th century, the Michigan Supreme Court heard cases involving red flags.  One man was at the center of both cases.

Fahle Burman was an American of Scandinavian descent living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  He was a socialist and activist supportive of labor unions and learned the hard way about the importance people assign to flags, in this case, red flags.  

John Beck is an Associate Professor in MSU’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations and is a student of labor history.  

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Courtesy photo / Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools will get more than $600-million to begin paring down debt and to launch a new debt-free district. Current State talks with interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.


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Courtesy photo / Catherine Smith Photography

Acclaimed children’s author Kate DiCamillo visits East Lansing on Saturday. We talk with her about "Flora and Ulysses," the Mercy Watson stories, and her latest book, "Raymie Nightingale."


Logan Rowe
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Around the country, many growers contend with too few bees for pollinating their crops. An MSU scholar has been working on ways to get both wild bees and human-managed honeybees to be more effective. We learn more with Entomology professor and researcher Rufus Isaacs.


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Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


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Lansing Police Department

Todd Heywood was assaulted and robbed in his home last year, possibly targeted because he’s gay. He writes about the attack in the Lansing City Pulse newspaper this week. Current State talks with Heywood about his story.


R.J. Fox has written of his trip to Ukraine to propose marriage to a woman he had only met once in "Love and Vodka." We talk with him about the experience.


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