Mark Bashore

Host, Current State

Mark Bashore is host of Current State, WKAR's daily news show focusing on community issues, arts and culture, music and more.

Mark is well-known to WKAR listeners as mid-Michigan host of All Things Considered for several years prior to hosting Current State.  

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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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:26 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Are you running correctly?

John Benedict says Curt Munson got him back into running following an injury, and was pain free within two weeks.
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It’s not that often that individuals from the Lansing area can claim to have had an impact around the world.  Curt Munson and John Benedict are members of that fraternity. Thanks to them, runners everywhere have been able to prevent injuries.

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Education
11:27 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Funding vote crucial for Grand Ledge, Lansing schools

Lansing Eastern High School.
Credit Lansing School District

Voters will make important school funding decisions tomorrow in Lansing and a number of other mid-Michigan districts. Those include Grand Ledge, Eaton Rapids, Williamston and others.

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Economy
1:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants

Scott Woosley says the EB-5 Center will have offices in Lansing and Detroit.
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Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized  his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Month in Review: April's biggest news stories

Among many important topics this past month, student evaluations were being reconsidered. Should students be evaluated using the MEAP test?
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At the end of every month, Current State takes a look back at the biggest news stories of the previous 30 days. To help us put it in context, Current State talks with the host of Off The Record on WKAR-TV and other Michigan public TV stations Tim Skubick, M-Live Capitol reporter Jonathan Oosting, and editor of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, Susan Demas.

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Environment
1:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones

Bratton says Wild Ones programs are educational: they explain the importance of different soils, plants, and landscape design. These programs are open to the public at the Fenner Nature Center.
Credit courtesy of wildoneslansing.org

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Red Cedar chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices and environmental education.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:59 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Harsh winter leaves Michigan putting greens in the rough

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As the warmer weather arrives, we’re just starting to get a more complete picture of the winter’s repercussions. For many Michigan golf courses, especially in the eastern half of the state, the winter has been one of the worst on record.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:44 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UP rite of spring involves a submerged pick-up

Kuivinen says for the first time, someone guessed the exact minute when the truck fell into Little Bay for the Icebreaker Competition in Escanaba.
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Escanaba Michigan’s “icebreaker contest” is becoming a rite of Spring in the Upper Peninsula community. Organizers haul a stripped down pickup truck out onto the frozen surface of Little Bay De Noc and the wagering begins. When will the ice give way? When will this stripped-down Ford be sent to the bottom?

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Education
2:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

School reformers: zero-tolerance not the answer

Peri Stone-Palmquist of the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan says she has seen cases where a child who brought a knife to school to cut an apple for lunch has been severely punished.
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Last week, students and advocates rallied at the Michigan Capitol after marching from Detroit to Lansing on foot. Students' marching hoped to raise awareness about the state’s school discipline policies. At the rally, they asked lawmakers to remove  legislation that requires zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools.

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Sports
1:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Spartans re-load at Green & White scrimmage

Al Martin hosts 'Current Sports' on WKAR-TV and WKAR-AM 870.
Credit file photo

About 35,000 football fans took in MSU's annual Green and White scrimmage on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. By many accounts, Michigan State showed a lot to be excited about.

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Politics & Government
1:13 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Independent 8th District candidate proposes end to zero sum political solutions

Brooks says like the roads, we cannot keep just refilling the potholes in the 8th District with the same speed bumps.
Credit Courtesy of Preston Brooks


“Big money is corrupting our political process.”   

Those are the words of an Oakland County business owner and entrepreneur who, for the second time, is in the race to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, which includes Lansing and East Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
1:02 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Notable Books author returns home to celebrate Michigan letters

Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series currently includes ten volumes; Hamilton discusses letting the character 'rest' while he develops works that do not include Alex.
Credit Courtesy of Steve Hamilton


On Saturday, the Library of Michigan Foundation will hold its annual Night for Notables event, honoring the authors of books that were named Michigan Notable Books for 2014. The keynote speaker at tomorrow’s event is Steve Hamilton.  His book “Misery Bay” was a Michigan Notable Book for 2012.

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Science and Technology
2:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology

Connected cars can talk wirelessly with each other and with other parts of the traffic system to adjust to road conditions and avoid accidents.
Credit Flickr - Sherman Mui

If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David Hasselhoff riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. It was cutting edge TV sci-fi at the time, but so-called “smart cars” are not that far away (minus the flying, of course).

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History
1:54 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New book chronicles Lansing's First Family

The Turner-Dodge house is the only 19th century residence in the greater Lansing area open to the public.
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Take a drive through Lansing Township north of the Capitol, and you’re likely to pass by a stately Classical Revival-style mansion.  Beginning in 1855, the  Turner-Dodge House on North Street was home to several generations of one of  Lansing’s most prominent families.  Today, it’s an interpretive center with its own spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:53 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Lansing area marks World Tai Chi Day

In Studio S, Bob Teachout talks Current State host Mark Bashore through some tai chi movements.
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On the last Saturday of every April, people around the world celebrate World Tai Chi Day.The event, which started in 1999, celebrates the ancient Chinese martial art.

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Politics & Government
12:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

SCOTUS upholds Michigan's race admissions ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that Michigan voters have the right to decide if Michigan's public universities use race conscious admission policies.
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette spoke yesterday at a press conference about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment which prohibits affirmative action at the State’s public universities. In the 6-2, ruling, the judges offered five separate opinions showcasing drastically different views.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Neighbors in Action: An update on Art for Charlie

'Where the River Cleaves' by Sam Knecht is the winner of the first annual Spirit of Michigan competition as a part of Art for Charlie Foundation.
Credit Courtesy of artforcharlie.com

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we have an update on Art for Charlie, the East Lansing-based non-profit that works to improve hospice care for children and bereavement services for families who have lost a child.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Local municipalities turn to public art for placemaking

'Meridius Prime' by metalsmith artist Tim Higgins is the latest in a series of public art projects being unveiled in mid-Michigan communities.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

If you live, work or just drive through Meridian Township, you’ve probably noticed the large metal sculpture in the roundabout at Marsh and Hamilton Roads. The work, entitled “Meridius Prime,” is a 14-foot tall piece commemorating the Michigan Meridian, the north-south baseline by which the state was surveyed in the 19th century. The sculpture is part of a plan to install public art that relays a community’s “sense of place.”  The artwork is a project of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Pension reformer urges shift to 401k-style plans

Dan Liljenquist says lasting pension reform would put workers in control of their own retirement.
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Fewer Americans enjoy the benefits of a pension in retirement. The recession wiped out so much invested wealth, enough of it earmarked for public workers’ pensions, that states fell much further behind in funding them. A period of transition continues, with state and local governments switching more workers to 401k style retirement plans.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Advocate responds to bolstered Michigan recycling plan

Gov. Snyder hopes to increase the amount of recycling done in Michigan.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Earlier this month Gov. Snyder released a plan to increase recycling in the State of Michigan. At 15 percent, the state has one of the worst residential recycling rates in the nation.

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Environment
12:12 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fungus threatens Michigan's bat population

White nose syndrome has been detected in bats in 25 states.
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Since 2006, a deadly bat fungus called white nose syndrome has spread its way throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, decimating bat populations. This April, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed that the disease has been detected in Michigan.

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Business
12:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

BWL ice storm report delayed again

Louney attributes delays to a desire by the Community Review Team to dig deeper into the issue.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

There will been another delay in the release of the report reviewing the response of the Lansing Board of Water and Light to last December’s huge ice storm.

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Health
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Autism's mysterious, complex past

Dr. Jeffrey Baker says autism appeared on the medical scene in 1943.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments. 

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Business
12:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Entrepreneur rolls out green, three-wheeled delivery service

Yvonne LeFave says she decided to launch her business because she wanted to show people what's possible.
Credit Courtesy of Go Green Trikes

A new eco-friendly business will hit the ground peddling tomorrow. Go Green Trikes will employ electric-assisted bikes  to make deliveries in the greater Lansing area.

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Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

With soaring costs, Michigan struggles to control prison spending

Michigan has around 43-thousand prisoners in its state system. They reside in 31 state prisons and affiliated health care facilities.
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A host of challenges associated with Michigan’s prison system make corrections one of the state’s biggest and most persistent issues. No discussion of Michigan corrections lasts long without the topic of its dollar cost coming up.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world

MSU Engineering students (L to R) Grant Golasa, Scott Oldham, and Shenli Pei with their recently developed water purification device. The mechanism includes a small, battery powered mercury bulb and switch. Its light neutralizes impurities.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

Earlier this year, Current State welcomed John Barrie from the Appropriate Technology Collaborative to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative  creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities. This year, a team of Michigan State Engineering students worked to build a water purification system for low income countries.

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Politics & Government
1:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy

The state is offering to sweeten its proposal to contribute 350-million to Detroit's plight.
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Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark  bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly. Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions.  Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans

Holm served in the Marine Corps for 25 years and has been awarded numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.
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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund.

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Health
1:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to play a key role in addressing Michigan’s physician shortage, which is expected to rise to at least four to five thousand physicians by the year 2020.
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Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded Osteopathic Medical School in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Mustang celebrates 50 years of pony car evolution

More than 8 million Ford Mustangs have been sold since April 1964.
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Fifty years ago today, America’s historic journey with the automobile took an adventurous detour. On April 17, 1964, Detroit’s Ford Motor company unveiled the Mustang at the New York World’s Fair, trading stamps not included.

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan stakeholders rely on non-partisan ‘Tax Outline’

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan recently released its Michigan Tax Outline, a report that summarizes tax data.
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There are 59 different taxes yielding nearly $40 billion in public revenue. That is a snapshot of current Michigan tax levies contained in a comprehensive new report. The money is used to pay for police and fire protection, Medicaid coverage, state employee salaries, schools, roads and lots more.

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