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.

John Proos photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan House, and now the Senate, have passed various proposals to reform and modernize the state’s criminal justice system. We talk with the effort’s leader in the Senate, Republican John Proos.


Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.


Peregrine falcon chick
Courtesy photo / Jackson County

A once-endangered bird is again well established in Michigan, commonly in its cities. We talk with a Jackson county official about the peregrine falcons nesting in downtown Jackson and learn how Peregrines are doing in Michigan from DNR bird biologist, Karen Cleveland.

WKAR File Photo

A study conducted in a remote area connecting Michigan and Wisconsin is shedding light on connections between the animal and plant worlds.

Researchers from Notre Dame University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources just released findings from a study involving something they call “trophic cascades.”  

The mysterious phrase refers to the impacts predators --in this case, wolves--have on deer, their natural prey.  That in turn has an impact on plant life.

Lansing is waiting to learn more about the status of a discrimination complaint with HUD involving city officials. We talk with city council member Carol Wood about that and about Jim Smiertka, the appointee awaiting confirmation as Lansing’s next city attorney.


Courtesy National Cherry Festival

Thousands of people from across the country and even around the world flock to Traverse City each July to savor the National Cherry Festival.

Moose photo
Ray Dumas / flickr creative commons

Michigan’s moose population is on the decline. That’s prompting the federal government to consider extending the animal additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. We talk with Drew Youngedyke of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Dan Kennedy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


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Courtesy photo / Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

We hear from two critics of the state’s efforts to remediate dangerous lead levels in homes. They say Michigan should roughly quadruple spending on a remediation program in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed. We talk with one of those opponents.


Michigan author Doc Fletcher has kayaked thousands of miles on rivers across the midwest and written eight books about the experiences. A 2015 book included his enthusiasm for another pastime. We talk with the Northville resident about “Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them.”


Curtis Hertel Jr. photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan State Senate Democrats

The Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing recently fired several counselors when it was discovered that they are registered sex offenders. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is drafting a bill to prohibit registered sex offenders from working as counselors. We talk with Sen. Hertel about the legislation.


Waukesha Lake Michigan diversion image
City of Waukesha, Wisconsin

Great Lakes governors will decide in a couple of weeks whether to approve a diversion of  Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, Wisconsin. That city’s water is contaminated with radium. A Waukesha water official explains why the diversion is justified.


Tom Leonard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A much debated plan to rescue the Detroit Public Schools has passed the Michigan House and is now before the Senate. We talk with Dewitt Republican Rep. Tom Leonard about why he voted for it.

Mert's Meats photo
Courtesy photo / Mert's Meats

Some Meridian Township residents and businesses are speaking out against a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit system extending to Okemos. We speak with two opponents of the BRT proposal.


Brian David Johnson photo
Courtesy Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination

Renowned futurist Brian David Johnson is in Michigan speaking to policymakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference. We talk with Johnson about futurecasting and how he feels about Michigan’s future.


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