Mark Bashore

Host, All Thing Considered and Current State

Mark Bashore is WKAR local host for All Things Considered, and managing editor and host of Current State, WKAR's weekly 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.

Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


Dan Kelly photo
Courtesy photo

Meet MSU’s incoming member of the Board of Trustees. Republican Dan Kelly of Clarkston won election last week.


Michigan Capitol
File Photo / WKAR

More than a year after beginning the legislative process, the Michigan Senate has passed a pair of comprehensive energy bills.


The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will include one new member beginning in 2017. Results show Republican Dan Kelly of Clarkston was the top-vote getter in the six way contest for a pair of openings.

The long-time Oakland University trustee says he will focus on the university budget and keeping tuition affordable.

Voters have returned incumbent Democrat Dianne Byrum to the MSU board. Incumbent Democrat Diann Woodard will leave the body after serving 8 years.
 

Mark Bashore / WKAR

Current State talks with Kyle Melinn of MIRS and Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics about Donald Trump's victory in Michigan and nationwide, along with other election results.


Meridian Township's Precinct 11 polling location in Okemos.
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Voter turnout was steady this morning at Meridian Township's Precinct 11 polling location in Okemos.

Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their votes.

José Badillo and Miguel Cabañas photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

More than two years have passed since 43 young adults were abducted and disappeared in southwest Mexico. Two family members connected to the incident, which involved drug gangs and authorities thought to be corrupt, visit Michigan State University today. We learn about their visit and problems facing Mexico.


Andrea Ragan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Information Technology insiders say the Lansing area has hundreds of IT jobs that need filling. Current State talks about careers in IT with Andrea Ragan of the Capital Area IT Council.


Christopher Taylor photo
Courtesy photo / City of Ann Arbor

For years, Ann Arbor has been cleaning up a potential carcinogen that was detected in parts of its groundwater. Last Thursday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality toughened standards for the chemical 1,4 Dioxane. We ask Ann Arbor’s mayor for his response to the DEQ’s change and what it means going forward.


polling site sign
Courtesy / flickr/Sharon M. Leon

Next Tuesday, Michigan voters will choose all 16 members of our U.S. House delegation, as well as all 110 members of the Michigan House and many other offices.


Tony Minghine photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For months,  the Michigan Municipal League has been saying the state needs to reverse billions of dollars of cuts to revenue sharing to avoid a “perfect storm” for cities and other local governments. It claims the state’s model for funding local governments is broken. We find out from the MML’s Tony Minghine.


Julie Brixie photo
courtesy / www.juliebrixie.com

In Meridian Township, where CATA’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit plan has encountered resistance, voters can choose between candidates for Treasurer who disagree on the BRT. We ask candidates Julie Brixie and Erik Lindquist why they support or oppose, and why residents should vote for them.


NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr Creative Commons

Did the EPA drop the ball by delaying an emergency order in the Flint water crisis? A report from the U.S. Inspector General says it did. We review the story with Current State’s Great Lakes reporter-commentator Gary Wilson.


Ande Durojaiye and Jessica Norris photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In the first ever report of its kind, Michigan State University recently detailed data about campus sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and resulting investigations. We talk with two University officials involved in the effort to reduce sexual violence.


Cemetery class photo
Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.


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