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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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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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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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."

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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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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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Our Great Lakes Month in Review conversation examines the decision to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan, and a new federal law toughening pipeline standards.

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Soon, the Detroit Public Schools will consider hiring classroom teachers who haven’t earned teaching certificates. We hear from two critics of placing uncertified teachers in Detroit classrooms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.