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.

Red Cedar Renaissance photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Dozens and possibly hundreds of mature trees have been cut down earlier than planned at the site of an impending Lansing development, the Red Cedar Renaissance. The cutting was moved up to prevent endangered bats from nesting in them. We talk about the development with Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann.


Gretchen Whitmer photo
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Former Democratic state legislator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing will become Ingham County’s interim prosecutor in July. We ask what it’ll take to restore integrity to the office, about any other future plans and get her thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Primary campaign.


Saul Anuzis photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan Republicans include quite a few critics of presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump. We talk with former GOP state chairman Saul Anuzis and Gov. John Kasich’s Michigan campaign director Jeff Timmer about that criticism.


Current State speaks with Gold Medal-winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt about her life after deciding to stop competing.

    


ReLeaf Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / ReLeaf Michigan

An Ann Arbor-based organization has been planting trees all over Michigan since 1988. ReLeaf Michigan helps property owners learn about trees and how to plant them, citing their numerous benefits. We hear the group’s story from Executive Director Melinda Jones.


Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing City Councilperson Kathie Dunbar plans to vote against a proposal for the council to hire an outside attorney to look into a murky separation agreement for  ex city attorney Janene McIntryre. We find out why and hear her thoughts about a proposed medical marijuana moratorium and ordinance for Lansing.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR file photo

A leading figure on the Lansing City Council wants the body to hire its own attorneys to get to the bottom of a generous separation agreement involving former city attorney Janene McIntyre. Current State talks with council President Judy Brown Clarke and Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy.


Busfield Bashore photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is an Emmy winning actor who’s appeared in more than 30 feature films and TV movies. We talk with Busfield about how technology and other forces are changing the art of storytelling.


Hamilton Dam in Flint
Courtesy photo / Flint River Corridor Alliance

Water infrastructure isn’t the only thing getting restored in Flint. There’s also a multi-million dollar effort to upgrade and restore Flint’s riverfront. Government and non-governmental participants are collaborating on the Flint River Redevelopment Project.


WKAR illustration

We talk with Engagement Editor Matt Hund about recent Lansing State Journal opinion page columns.


Medical marijuana photo
Dank Depot / flickr creative commons

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.


WKAR File Photo

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.


Melissa Mays photo
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.


Washington State House Republicans / flickr creative commons

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.


J.P. McCarthy photo
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.

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