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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Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan and publisher of Gongwer News in Lansing John Lindstrom about August's biggest news stories.

At the end of every month, Current State takes a few minutes to review all that’s worth reviewing in state government and politics. 

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Michigan government leaders continue to weigh in on the peculiar twists and turns in the Courser-Gamrat scandal.  

Current State talks with House Minority Leader Rep. Tim Greimel, who has called for Attorney General Bill Schuette to lead an investigation into whether blackmail or other crimes were committed. 

Also joining us is Mlive reporter Jonathan Oosting, whose reporting this week explored who may have been behind a series of threatening text messages sent to people involved in the scandal or its cover up. 

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Back in January, Midland Republican John Moolenaar replaced veteran U.S. Congressman Dave Camp in Michigan's fourth congressional district. Current State talks to the Harvard and Hope College graduate about his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, immigration and other issues. 

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In Lansing we’ve all heard of the River Trail--the 20-mile plus network of paved trails alongside the Grand and Red Cedar rivers.  Thousands of walkers, runners and bikers use it yearly.  

Is it time for a Grand River ‘water trail?’

A number of river and paddling enthusiasts would say ‘yes.’

A water trail offers canoeists and kayakers a more guided paddling experience, with better-marked access points and other amenities.  Proponents say water trails can also generate tourism for communities along its route.

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In late 2014, a new grassroots organization formed to try to improve the quality of life in south Lansing. ‘Rejuvenating South Lansing’ was founded by Elaine Womboldt, who’s lived in that part of the city since 1971.  

Womboldt says the group’s aim is to create positive changes in the quality of life for residents and businesses, and to create a safe environment. One focus has been eliminating blight and attracting more quality businesses to the area.