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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Anne Sullivan, renowned teacher to Helen Keller, described her as “a child in a strange country.”

A new Library of Michigan exhibit of the same name explores the innovative tools and techniques that enabled Helen Keller to learn, not just how to communicate, but later about subjects including science, math and geography. 

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As Republicans navigate sharp divisions involving Donald Trump, one Michigan journalist says the party reminds him of K-Mart’s old “blue light special:” tainted and beyond the point of meaningful repair.

Current State’s Mark Bashore finds out why from Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley.

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Flint’s lead tainted water is a source of ongoing concern.  But recent work by a Michigan State University researcher shows we can’t overlook the city’s soil as a source of lead, either.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with professor Rick Sadler of MSU’s College of Human Medicine about his findings.

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When Michigan legislators return from a Spring break, they’ll continue discussions on a financial rescue of the beleaguered Detroit Public Schools. The state Senate and House have differing proposals. We talk with a key figure in the Senate measure, Republican Goeff Hansen, about what lies ahead.


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We catch up on the month’s biggest stories in state government on our Month in Review segment:  more corruption in Detroit schools, more scrutiny of the Flint crisis and more. We talk with Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


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Snyder administration spokesman Ari Adler discusses the extension of FEMA emergency status for Flint and falling approval ratings for the Governor.


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Michigan Municipal League analysis shows the only four states reduced investment in cities during the decade leading up to 2012. We talk with COO Tony Minghine.


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The Lansing City Council has been trying to learn why and how former city attorney Janene McIntyre received a roughly $160,000 severance deal when she left the city recently. City councilperson Jody Washington updates the situation.


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An annual survey of child poverty in Michigan indicates continuing challenges for kids and families struggling to attain economic security.  

The 2016 Kids Count survey was conducted by the Michigan League for Public Policy based in Lansing.

The league is emphasizing a sobering piece of data stemming from this years report.  

It says that since 2006, child poverty has gone up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.  That, it says, leads to struggles in every other area of a child’s life.  

This year’s marks the 25th Kids Count survey in Michigan.   

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The departure of Lansing city attorney Janene McIntyre has not been fully explained. We talk with Judi Brown Clarke, President of the Lansing City Council.


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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is likely the best known medical figure associated with the Flint Water Crisis. Her work confirmed that Flint residents, many of them children, had ingested dangerous levels of lead after 2014’s switch to Flint river water. We talk with her, and also learn more about the governmental roots of the water emergency from MSU political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.


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East Lansing Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh wants greater oversight of oil pipelines criss-crossing Michigan. We ask Singh why, and get his views on the charges facing Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis opens up about fundraising for costly enhancements to the school’s athletic facilities and about what he’s learned after growing up an only child in a family contending with a mental disorder and an authoritative father.


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Yesterday, Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to the MSU campus. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there. We also talk with Matt Grossmann of the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research about the campaigns, the debates and where the process may be headed.


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