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.

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As Republicans navigate sharp divisions involving Donald Trump, one Michigan journalist says the party reminds him of K-Mart’s old “blue light special:” tainted and beyond the point of meaningful repair.

Current State’s Mark Bashore finds out why from Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley.

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Flint’s lead tainted water is a source of ongoing concern.  But recent work by a Michigan State University researcher shows we can’t overlook the city’s soil as a source of lead, either.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with professor Rick Sadler of MSU’s College of Human Medicine about his findings.

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When Michigan legislators return from a Spring break, they’ll continue discussions on a financial rescue of the beleaguered Detroit Public Schools. The state Senate and House have differing proposals. We talk with a key figure in the Senate measure, Republican Goeff Hansen, about what lies ahead.


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We catch up on the month’s biggest stories in state government on our Month in Review segment:  more corruption in Detroit schools, more scrutiny of the Flint crisis and more. We talk with Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


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Snyder administration spokesman Ari Adler discusses the extension of FEMA emergency status for Flint and falling approval ratings for the Governor.


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