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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Politics & Government
11:33 am
Thu November 6, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Congressman-elect Mike Bishop on 8th district victory

Congressman-elect Mike Bishop
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Tuesday evening, Lansing and East Lansing residents learned who their next U.S. Congressman would be. Former Republican State Senator Mike Bishop will become part of a GOP majority Congress in January.

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Community
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

East Lansing Episcopalians debate gun control resolution

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Some mid-Michigan members of the Episcopal Church are disagreeing with each other over a recent resolution on guns. At a late October convention in Lansing, The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan passed a resolution supporting stricter gun control. It includes calls for background checks on all gun sales and a ban on certain military style, semi-automatic weapons.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Ballenger recaps Snyder, Peters victories

Cong. Gary Peters declares victory in Michigan's U.S. Senate race in front of hundreds of Democratic supporters in Detroit on Tuesday.
Credit Jake Neher/MPRN

With some exceptions, Michigan Republicans have reason to celebrate the 2014 mid-term election. Several major statewide offices, as polls ususally suggested, went to GOP incumbents including Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. But Democrats are celebrating the election of Congressman Gary Peters to the U.S. Senate and a victory on Michigan’s conservative leaning Supreme Court.

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Community
11:03 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Lansing BWL appoints first emergency operations manager

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (left) with Trent Atkins as he accepts his new position as the Emergency Operations Manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Eleven months ago, the Lansing Board of Water and Light came under intense criticism for its response to a historic power outage just days before Christmas. About 40-percent of the BWL’s customers lost electricity for several days. The incident sparked a detailed,  independent review of the agency’s procedures. Now, the Lansing Board of Water and Light has named Lansing Assistant Fire Chief Trent Atkins as its first-ever Emergency Operations Manager.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: NEO Center's Tom Stewart

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin
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Today, we’re launching a new segment on Current State. “Desert Island Downloads” gives people a chance to talk about music they consider indispensable, what they’d want with them on the proverbial desert island.

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Politics & Government
10:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

ELECTION 2014: 8th district Congressional candidate Democrat Eric Schertzing

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing (D) hopes to replace Mike Rogers in Congress.
Credit http://www.ericschertzing.com/

Current State’s coverage of the 2014 mid-term election continues this week. Yesterday, we heard from the Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional district, Mike Bishop. While the 8th, which includes Lansing and East Lansing, has been reconfigured to the GOP’s advantage, Democrat Eric Schertzing says he’s confident heading into the contest, which is now one week away.

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Politics & Government
2:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

ELECTION 2014: 8th district Congressional candidate Republican Mike Bishop

Former state Senate majority leader Mike Bishop (R) hopes to replace Mike Rogers in Congress.
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Next Tuesday, Ingham county voters will help determine who will represent them in the U.S. Congress. Today and tomorrow, Current State visits with both of the major party candidates. Many observers favor Republican Mike Bishop to win in the 8th district, which comprises Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland counties.

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Politics & Government
11:51 am
Fri October 24, 2014

ELECTION 2014: Republican AG Bill Schuette

Attorney General Bill Schuette
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In eleven days, Michigan voters will decide who will hold a handful of statewide offices, one of them, Attorney General. The race pits incumbent Republican Bill Schuette against Democratic challenger Mark Totten, who was a guest on Current State last week.

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Politics & Government
12:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Election 2014: Democratic 7th district candidate Pam Byrnes

Pam Byrnes is the Democratic nominee for Michigan's 7th congressional district. She's vying to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Walberg on November 4.
Credit Courtesy Pam Byrnes for Congress

Democrat Pam Byrnes is running to unseat Republican Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which includes Eaton County.

Byrnes says she's running because Washington is broken and not serving Michigan families.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Election 2014: Democratic AG candidate Mark Totten

Democrat Mark Totten is challenging incumbent Bill Schuette to become Michigan attorney general.
Credit Courtesy Mark Totten for Attorney General

If the flyers, phone calls and door knockers haven't tipped you off yet, it's election season in Michigan.

But before you hit the polls, you need to know a little bit about what and who is on the ballot.

As part of Current State's "Election 2014" series, we speak with the Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general, Mark Totten.

Totten is a former federal prosecutor and a professor of criminal law and ethics at Michigan State University.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:36 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Cast member: "Once" role requires stamina, versatility

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the "Once" Tour Company
Credit Courtesy Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of "Once" is running at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University this weekend.  It's a contemporary love story involving a pair of young musicians in Ireland.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with cast member Evan Harrington, who has a plum supporting role in the cast as "Billy."

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local politico says we ask too much of voters

Along with his decades of service as an Ingham County Commissioner, Mark Grebner runs Practical Political Consulting in Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Much of the interest in next month’s mid-term election involves our national politics. There’s interest in whether the GOP will regain a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the hundreds of millions of dollars of outside spending across the country, often by anonymous groups. It may be good to remember the dictum often attributed to former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill:  "All politics is local." So, do voters pay enough attention to local issues? How important are local and regional matters?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Farewell, Current State producer Joe Linstroth

Joe Linstroth
Credit WKAR

Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.

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Politics & Government
1:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In only debate, Snyder, Schauer address familiar themes

"Monday Morning Quarterbacking" around the state involves more than football today. Michigan’s main Gubernatorial candidates squared off in a town hall style debate last night. Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer appeared before a TV studio audience of undecided voters in Detroit. Viewers in mid-Michigan saw the town hall on WKAR-TV.

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Science & Technology
10:46 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Lansing Maker Week encourages ingenuity

Dreamers. Inventors. Tinkerers. Builders. In the 21st century, they’re often called  “makers.” This creative impulse runs deep in Michigan and in America. “Lansing Maker Week”, a series of events that runs through Sunday, is meant to nurture that tradition.

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Science & Technology
11:20 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Michigan-born astronaut recalls his three space missions

Col. Michael Bloomfield
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Beginning in the late 90’s, Colonel Michael Bloomfield was a part of three space shuttle missions to the International Space Station, the third as commander. He grew up in Lake Fenton in Genesee County.

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Economy
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Planners seek public input on Lansing region's transportation future

What are the Lansing area’s future transportation needs? Three times this week, that’s been the topic of public forums in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Tri County Regional Planning Commission is holding a fourth forum this evening in Lansing.

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Education
12:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Study pegs Eastern HS rehab at $45 million

Lansing Eastern High School
Credit WKAR file photo

Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are looking over an interesting and potentially important new study. A national real estate firm, Jones Lang Lasalle, has just submitted an analysis of key buildings in the district. It will be used to determine how to right-size and modernize school facilities in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
12:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

More questions about Aramark contract after hearing, arrest

Aramark Logo
Credit Aramark

There’s been more controversy this week involving Aramark. That’s the beleaguered food service company contracted to serve Michigan prisons. Yesterday at a meeting of the state civil service commission, one member said he felt mislead when told of a $98,000 dollar fine against the company that had actually been dropped.

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Community
11:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

East Lansing honors immigrants with 'peace pole'

East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett
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The city of East Lansing is taking time tomorrow for a special acknowledgement of the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the community. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., officials and guests will celebrate the unveiling of a ‘peace pole’ at the intersection of Abbot and Albert Avenues, downtown.

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Community
11:39 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Lansing police chief details ongoing violent crime initiative

Lansing Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings. Over the course of eight days in August, the city logged nine shootings. Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski has referred to the shootings as an anomaly, especially since department data show double digit decreases in both violent crime and homicides from 2013 to this year.

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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Outgoing state health leader reflects on eventful career

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James Haveman has enjoyed a long career in public health in Michigan, including several in key leadership positions. Twice the director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Haveman’s last day in that position is next Monday.

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Economy
11:43 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Lansing affordable housing advocates unveil five-year plan

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Federal officials consider housing “affordable” when it costs less than 30-percent of its residents’ income. By that measure, affordable housing is outside the reach of more than 60,000 families in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of this morning, there’s a new game plan for to increase quality, affordable housing in the Lansing area.

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Education
1:27 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

MSU president Simon reflects on fundraising, sexual assault, athletics

MSU president Lou Anna Simon
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon recently welcomed the 12th Freshman class to East Lansing since taking over the top spot at MSU. In what’s become a late summer ritual, she spent much of the weekend travelling the campus in a golf cart, greeting, assisting and talking with new and returning students and their families.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Spartan loss part of rough weekend for Big Ten football

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The Michigan State football team had its hands full with the University of Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, with the Ducks coming out with a solid 46-27 victory over MSU.

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Education
1:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Eastern High School parents anticipate make or break year

Lansing Eastern High School
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If Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul has her way, students, faculty and staff returning to Eastern High School are in for a year of “seismic change.” Recent test scores put Eastern among the bottom 5% of Michigan schools in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. District leaders fear a state takeover unless scores improve.

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History
12:40 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New book explores historic Michigan luminaries

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If you were asked to name someone from Michigan who’s “made a difference,” who would you name? Novelist Elmore Leonard perhaps? Businessman Mike Ilitch? How about Dr. Jack Kevorkian? Bill Haney focuses on Michigan “difference makers” in his latest book.

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Education
12:23 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Charter authorizers get proactive with new standards

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Michigan’s charter school authorizers have been in the news a lot recently. They’re the roughly 40 institutions, often colleges, that ensure oversight and accountability at the state’s 300 publicly funded charter schools. About 130,000 young people will attend a charter school in Michigan in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Month in Review: August's biggest news stories | WKAR

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With August just about behind us, Current State takes a look back at Michigan’s biggest statewide stories with our monthly reporter roundtable.

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Business
11:07 am
Wed August 27, 2014

BWL's Lark responds to complaints, updates reforms

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager J. Peter Lark
Credit WKAR

After months of repercussions stemming from December’s ice storm and power outages that affected thousands of people, the Lansing Board of Water and Light continues to generate headlines. Some customers complain of overly aggressive tree trimming by the city-owned utility. Others question the justification for a proposed rate hike. In June, the BWL Board appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Act.

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