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.

Vacant buildings in downtown East Lansing.
Mark Bashore / WKAR-MSU

Although particular challenges remain, East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows remains hopeful about the latest proposal to develop a decaying portion of the city’s downtown.

 

 


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


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WKAR Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins explains some changes being made to WKAR's radio programming schedule.


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What’s it like to take your first ride in a self-driving car? Detroit reporter Carol Cain recalls her recent white knuckle maiden voyage in a car driven by a computer.


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The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State’s College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift ever, for over $10 million. We learn about the work in genetics the money will be used for and about its extraordinary donor.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh.


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Courtesy photo

After nearly 10 years with Type 2 diabetes, one Michigan man turned his health around with a plant-based diet. We talk with Marc Ramirez about his appearance in an upcoming documentary about diet.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need  replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

School administrators in DeWitt are moving forward with measures to nurture ethnic toleration and respect following harassment incidents last month after the Presidential election. We hear the perspectives of two MSU faculty members who study race and ethnicity in education.


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Courtesy photo

We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum about recounting Presidential election votes.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The city of East Lansing faces a projected $100-million pension and retiree health care deficit. A financial health review team is getting ready to make recommendations to the city council about dealing with it and gaining a stronger financial footing. We talk with two members of the team.


WKAR File Photo

Current State’s Michigan Month in Review looks at November’s biggest  governmental news stories with state Capitol reporters Zach Gorchow of Gongwer and Emily Lawler of MLive.


For our Great Lakes Month in Review, we update a pair of November’s top stories: Nestlé's request for more groundwater from Mecosta County and Michigan’s declaration of Lake Erie as “impaired.”


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


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