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
12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Schindler says the ruling may have some unanticipated consequences in the future.
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

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June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion.

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools

Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods)
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For over a week, The Detroit Free Press has been exploring the impact of Michigan’s two decades with charter schools. 

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Health
2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow.
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Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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Politics & Government
1:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
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Among Detroit’s many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population. The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home. 

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Economy
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit

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Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced that it plans to study the viability of a passenger rail service that would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The study has been mandated in the state’s 2015 budget.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences

Pluta says republican primary voters are being asked to make a choice between a classic 'bring home the bacon' legislator and a more ideological congressman.
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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail

The Great Lakes Coastal Trail is designed to span 7000 miles of Lake Michigan's coastline.
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Throughout the Great Lakes region there are many wonderful biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Imagine if all these pathways were connected into a giant international trekking system, a Great Lakes Coastal Trail.

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Education
2:16 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls

2020 Girls hopes to involve 100 girls per year in programs that inspire interest in STEM subjects.
Credit Courtesy of 2020 Girls

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature 2020 Girls, a Lansing-based program that aims to grow the next generation of professional women in the STEM fields by introducing young girls to the wonders of robotics, game design, and more.

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Education
12:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions

Amber Arellano and Brian Shaughnessy discuss transparency and other issues at the heart of the charter school debate.
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The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the Detroit Free Press which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools.

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Environment
12:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues

Wilson says Great Lakes oil transport is one of the many issues being discussed at the meeting.
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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we focus on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. The group includes 114 mayors of cities throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

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Science
12:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life

Curator Frank Telewski (left) and Peter Carrington, assistant curator, await the stench of the soon-to-bloom corpse flower from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Credit WKAR/Marie Steinbock

The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America.

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Sports
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why do Americans call it 'soccer'?

Is this a soccer ball or a football?
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Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British. 

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History
11:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education

Pauline Adams with a portrait of her husband, former MSU president Walter Adams.
Credit WKAR/Nancy Kelly

 

 We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce. Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.”

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
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Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

Credit Flickr-Janet Sharp

It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees?

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Environment
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Provenzano: heavy rain a prelude to a 'normal' summer

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The Lansing area is expected to get a break from yesterday’s stormy weather that triggered flooding and weather warnings.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Could Michigan learn from Minnesota's high tax success?

Minnesota's gas tax formula differs from Michigan's.
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As Michigan works to recover from the economic downturn and the decline in its manufacturing base, there have been plenty of debates over which policies will set Michigan on a long-term path toward more prosperity.

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Education
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Superintendent: Lansing Shabazz Academy "not just a school, it's a living museum"

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Juneteenth is a celebration marking the anniversary of the ending of slavery in America. In Lansing, the Juneteenth Freedom Festival is in its 21st year.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Read Comics

Kids Read Comics is a free event and offers a variety of activities such as workshops and panels about reading and making comics.
Credit http://mlatcomics.com

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Kids Read Comics, a Michigan nonprofit that promotes comics for building youth engagement and creativity. This weekend marks their fifth annual Kids Read Comics celebration at the Ann Arbor district library.

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Health
11:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Classifying obesity as medical condition alters treatments, perceptions

Former Governor Tommy Thompson says that treating obesity as a disease can better treat patients and reduce healthcare costs.
Credit Flickr - Paola Kizette Cimenti

One year ago today, the American Medical Association made news when it said that obesity should be considered a ‘disease.’

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Business
1:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager and CEO J. Peter Lark
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The discussion over reforms to the Lansing Board of Water and Light has continued in recent days. One topic up for debate is whether or not to extend the contract of embattled General Manager J. Peter Lark. A BWL committee has recommended another year for Lark. However, some critics have repeated their view that Lark should leave after the utility’s botched response to last December’s widespread, storm-related power outages.

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Environment
1:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The other greenhouse gas, how farming impacts nitrous oxide levels

A new MSU study shows that using more precise measurements in fertilizer could help slow global warming.
Credit Flickr - Ken Hawkins

Most people are aware of the “sexy” greenhouse gas CO-2. Fewer know of its co-culprit nitrous oxide. The third-largest greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide and methane, nitrous oxide is released in soil during a natural process. However, the increased use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has resulted in a rise of nitrous oxide emissions.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Remembering the Freedom Summer of '64 with Lynn Jondahl

Preview the documentary 'AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Summer' Wednesday June 18 at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
Credit George Ballis/Take Stock

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic and historic turning point in the fight for civil rights. The night of June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were shot and killed near the community of Philadelphia, Mississippi.  They were there organizing and working to register African-Americans to vote during 10 violent and controversial weeks remembered as the “Freedom Summer.” 

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions

The $31-million renovation of LCC's Arts and Sciences Building was completed last fall.
Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight arrived six years ago at a time when the college was troubled by strife between the school’s Board of Trustees and the administration. Those days seem to be long gone, as the board works with Knight on projects like the Gannon Building project with a certain amount of unanimity.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling

Michigan is famous for being the Great Lake state, but is also permeated by hundreds of rivers and streams.  According to the state Department of Transportation, there are 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

After marathon session, MI senate takes final shot at road funding

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The Michigan Senate struggled late into the night Wednesday, working on a comprehensive road funding measure.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance"

One of the offerings from the B. Nektar Meadery, Kill All the Golfers.
Credit Aaron Young/WKAR

Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still.

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Politics & Government
1:05 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Report denounces 'outdated' juvenile justice laws

'Youth Behind Bars' co-author by Michelle Weemhoff thinks current juvenile justice laws do more harm than good.
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“Michigan’s outdated approach to youth justice does little to rehabilitate children, protect public safety or wisely invest taxpayer dollars.” This quote is among the provocative conclusions of a new report, co-authored by Michelle Weemhoff and her organization the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.

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Sports
12:52 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Beyond sport, the underlying politics of the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Brazil.
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Once every four years, hundreds of millions of soccer fans get swept up in the excitement of the World Cup.  The month-long spectacle begins play tomorrow in Brazil.

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