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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Sports
3:26 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. This time, he previews tomorrow's huge men's basketball game between Michigan State and Indiana in East Lansing.

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Economy
3:14 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Detroit's financial woes may lead to drastic action

In response to Detroit's ongoing financial woes, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to appoint an emergency manager.
Credit Courtesy of Patricia Drury (Wikimedia Commons)

State officials and many in southeast Michigan have been keeping a very close eye on financial reports coming out of Detroit.  Sunday's Detroit Free Press reported that an emergency financial report completed late Friday suggests an emergency manager is inevitable.  The report found the city’s deficit continues to grow even after some degree of state oversight for more than 10 months.  

Free Press reporter and columnist Nancy Kaffer joins us to explain one of the biggest, ongoing stories in Michigan.

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Business
2:16 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

MSU economist Charles Ballard on the Michigan economy, minimum wage debate

President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage this week in his State of the Union Address. Michigan legislative Democrats followed up with their own calls for an increase. Republicans at all levels say an increase would be a job-killer.

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

Credit www.bibliovault.org

Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

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Sports
1:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Sports check-in with Joe Rexrode

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. This time, he recaps this week's men's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State and looks ahead to the rest of the Big Ten schedule.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A 'Downton Abbey' music special preview

Credit Richard Munckton

This Sunday night at 9 p.m., WKAR TV presents the two-hour Season Three finale of the hit PBS TV series Downton Abbey. The “Sturm und Drang” of the third season brought us the wedding of Mary and Matthew, the death of Sybil, the near financial ruin of the estate itself and many more joys and heartbreaks. Millions of viewers nationwide will be tuned in to see what this year’s final installment brings and what it may promise for the coming Season Four.

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Environment
12:49 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State seeks public input on Michigan's energy future

What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy?  Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.

This Thursday afternoon in Lansing is the public’s first chance to make its voice heard at a forum being held at the State Library. Next December, the Governor plans to issue a comprehensive set of recommendations based in part on the forums.  

Today on Current State, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.

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Science
12:43 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern

Studies conducted by MSU professors found cyberbullying is just as detrimental to youths as physical bullying.

Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.

Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Latest Lansing City Council squabble, privatizing Water & Light

The Lansing city council is having an intense squabble involving technology and transparency.  Two unresolved issues appear to be at the heart of the dispute.  

First, did a city employee erase information from the city-issued laptop of council person Kathie Dunbar?  

Second, should a full council session involving “computer usage”-- presumably related to the incident -- have been closed to the public and the media?  

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Environment
12:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Lakes Michigan and Huron reach record low water levels

This month Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit record low water levels. The receding water is causing environmental and economic problems in the Great Lakes Basin.

To offset the water levels, Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a $21 million budget to dredge harbors. Patrick Doran, director of conservation for the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and Jon Allan, director of the Office of the Great Lakes, discuss dredging and the future of the Great Lakes’ water levels.

Business
11:55 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Business Leaders for Michigan outline priorities for 2013

Doug Rothwell, CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, says transportation infrastructure is a priority for 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Business Leaders for Michigan

The organization Business Leaders for Michigan calls itself the state’s “business roundtable.”  It’s comprised of the top executives of Michigan’s largest corporations and universities. The organization develops strategy and advocates policy that its members believe can grow the state’s economy.  

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Business
1:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lansing officials move closer to selling Waverly Golf Course

About a year ago, Lansing voters approved a proposal to sell the 120-acre Waverly Golf Course, along with the  adjacent Michigan Avenue Park.  Last night, the Lansing City Council considered the next step -- a formal decision to sell the land.  Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries, who heads the council’s planning and development committee, and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss what this means, along with the larger future involving all that park and green space on Lansing’s Westside.

Music
1:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker plays milestone concert Friday

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker and the Professors of Jazz play at Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The concert happens to coincide with Prof. Whitaker's birthday.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with the musician about the milestone performance.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Founders of Birmingham Urban League recall Alabama in 1960s

The Urban League was just one of many civil rights groups working in Alabama during the 1960s. Above, NAACP attorney Arthur Shores' Birmingham house after it was bombed in 1963.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alabama in the 1960s was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. The bus boycotts, the marches, the sit-ins, the snarling dogs and gushing fire hoses -- many of that era’s iconic moments happened in Alabama.

Under the leadership of Whitney Young, the National Urban League, which is one of our country’s oldest civil rights organizations, joined the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and others in the fight to end Jim Crow segregation in the Deep South.

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Politics & Government
3:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Developer, MSU Trustee Joel Ferguson opens up about business and politics

Joel Ferguson is chair of the MSU Board of Trustees and co-founder of the Lansing-based F&S Development Company.
Credit Courtesy of MSU

Joel Ferguson has been among Lansing’s most influential people in business, politics and community service for many years.  The founder and president of Ferguson Development is also active in Democratic party politics statewide and nationally.  And he currently serves as president of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
3:02 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

#lovelansing: Community-building in the 21st century

A unique community has evolved around the #lovelansing Twitter hashtag. It started as a way for Lansing-lovers to tweet the places they go and things they do. It’s now full of retail and restaurant specials, sure, but also links to Lansing State Journal articles, cultural events, and it’s even been used to rally volunteers during a holiday shortage of meal deliverers.

Early users Robin Miner-Swartz and Belinda Thurston discuss the evolution of the #lovelansing hashtag.

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Sports
2:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Sports check-in with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. This time, he previews tomorrow's huge men's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State in East Lansing. 

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Economy
2:22 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. 

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor Snyder's budget proposal for fiscal year 2014

Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday.  The $50 billion spending plan calls for increases in education funding, as well as in health, public safety and other areas.  The administration also wants to hike gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to help pay for more than a billion dollars in road and infrastructure repairs.  

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Lansing hosts largest LGBT college student conference in nation this weekend

What’s being billed as the nation’s largest gay college student conference will be held this weekend in Lansing.  The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference expects 2,000 people to attend at the Lansing Center. It was organized by students from Michigan State University, and is open to all college students. Erica Shekell, director of marketing and public relations for the conference, discusses the weekend's events.

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Health
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday:  He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.  

The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years.  That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents.  Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay.  Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.

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Sports
11:59 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Grading the football recruiting hauls for MSU, U of M

National Signing Day is a minor secular holiday for college football fans. It's the day when the nation's top-rated recruits announce where they'll be playing football next year. Local sports journalist Jack Ebling breaks down yesterday's announcements and who's joining the Spartans and the Wolverines.  

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Politics & Government
5:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Andy Schor, 68th District

Newly elected State Representative Andy Schor (D, 68th) discusses his career in Michigan politics and outlines his legislative agenda.

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Education
5:35 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Lansing RIF

Each Wednesday on our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place.  This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.

This week we look more closely at the Lansing chapter of Reading is Fundamental, or RIF. RIF is a national program that encourages children around the country to read. Jennifer Otto, the director of Lansing RIF, shares what it's like to open a child's mind with a book.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New report shows economic impact of arts in Michigan

When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.

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Business
5:05 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stroh's Brewery closed its doors 25 years ago this week

The Stroh's Brewery in Detroit was a landmark until it was shuttered 25 years ago this week.
Credit Greg Kacir

This week in 1985, the Stroh Brewery Company announced that it would close its brewery on Detroit's East Side. Chairman Peter Stroh said the facility was obsolete, and it was demolished within a year.

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Business
4:20 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Niowave pole barn draws neighbors' ire, attention to city planning process

Many Walnut Neighborhood residents argue that Niowave's pole barn, which was completed in early 2012, has caused a drop in property values.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

Niowave, the high-tech, particle acceleration company here in Lansing, has been growing. Its success has been a benefit in many ways to the community – more jobs, greater tax revenue, more clout in the tech world for the city.

But the company’s growth has also led to some friction.

Early last year, Niowave built a large pole barn at its headquarters, which is a former school in Lansing’s Walnut Neighborhood.

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Business
4:19 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Ingham County’s fight against mortgage fraud gets boost from settlement

There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage  fraud.  On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette.  The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.  

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Politics & Government
8:14 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Current State's First Guest is Governor Snyder

Mark Bashore with Governor Rick Snyder
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State host Mark Bashore interviews Michigan Governor Rick Snyder this afternoon at the George W. Romney Building in Lansing. Tune in for WKAR's Current State premiere broadcast, Monday at 9am with Governor Snyder...Current State's first guest.

 

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