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.

Medical marijuana photo
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There’s a growing call to do something about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing. We talk with an proponent of a marijuana moratorium and ordinance in Lansing, city councilwoman Carol Wood, and the owner and CEO of one of the city’s newest dispensaries, Michael Mayes of Greenwave.


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This month, criminal charges were filed in the Flint water crisis and high ranking state officials appeared before a Flint legislative panel. State capitol reporters Susan J. Demas and Kyle Melinn review those and the rest of April’s most significant political news in our Month in Review segment.


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Courtesy photo / Melissa Mays

Melissa Mays has been one of the busiest and most vocal activists in the Flint Water Crisis. Current State speaks with her about how she and her city are doing two years after her family’s health issues began.


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A new study has found Michigan will feel an economic squeeze if and when the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is implemented. We look at that and other findings in the study with analyst Traci Taylor of East Lansing’s Anderson Economic Group.


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Courtesy photo / Detroit Public Television

For three decades, Detroit radio legend J.P. McCarthy dominated the airwaves of southeast Michigan and beyond. A nostalgic new public television documentary explores McCarthy’s impact and legacy. We talk with Detroit Public TV producer Oliver Thornton.

Shanna Draheim and Peter Kageyama photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do we improve the cities and towns we live in, and how do we make those spaces richer and more rewarding? We consider those questions with placemaking expert Peter Kageyama and East Lansing city council member Shanna Draheim before a workshop called "Love EL."


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

MSU forecasters say tourism in Michigan should be strong in the 2016 season after a good 2015. We break down the numbers with Associate Professors Sarah Nicolls and Dan McCole of the Dept of Community Sustainability.


Whole Foods photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

The long-anticipated Whole Foods in East Lansing opened last week. Current State's Mark Bashore goes to Whole Foods for the very first time to see what all the buzz is about.


Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Back in February, a state audit revealed serious deficiencies in care, staffing and record keeping at the state run Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. We talk with the recently appointed interim director of Michigan’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, James Redford.


Lansing City Hall
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing City Council recently declined to offer a tax break to a developer wanting to create low income housing in Old Town. We ask a city council member why she voted against the tax break and about the possibility of legal action. 

For years, images of Flint have captured the city’s various challenges: joblessness, poverty, and crime. And that was before the city’s water crisis. Meet the Hermans, a family who still proudly calls Flint their home town.


Brian Green photo
courtesy photo / Brian Greene

What do courage and perseverance have to do with science? Lots, according to renowned theoretical physicist and author Brian Greene. He’ll explain in an address that opens the MSU Science Festival.


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Millions of Americans have serious doubts about globalization.

Jeffery Rothstein is a Michigan scholar whose new book “When Good Jobs Go Bad,” explores the declining job quality that he says is also a result of globalization.  

After several decades of globalization, American critics of the phenomenon have become a force to be reckoned with.  They says globalization's economic and social benefits have been oversold.  

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Last year, the State of Michigan ordered a study of Enbridge Energy’s ‘Line 5,’ which carries up to 500,000 barrels of light crude and natural gas liquids daily under the Straits of Mackinac.  We talk with James Clift with the Michigan Environmental Council about the study and his concerns about Enbridge Energy's Line 5.

How safe are the oil and gas pipelines running beneath the Mackinac Straits?

For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and natural gas liquids have travelled through the lines daily without incident.

Mark Bashore, WKAR

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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