The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/ Mike Nowak, co-host Peggy Malecki and members of the show's green team discuss important gardening and environment topics with authorities in the field. Podcast Generator 2.6 - http://podcastgen.sourceforge.net Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:50 -0700 en Your copyright notice http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/images/itunes_image.png The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/ Mike Nowak, co-host Peggy Malecki and members of the show's green team discuss important gardening and environment topics with authorities in the field. gardening, the environment, green living and a lot of humor Mike Nowak Mike Nowak mike@mikenowak.net no February 11, 2018 – Healing Agriculture, Healing Earth Dr. John Ikerd, Craig Watts, and activist-farmer Karen Hudson talk about how to change industrial agriculture. Dr. Michael Schuck and Dr. Nancy Tuchman from Loyola University Chicago discuss their open source online textbook called Healing Earth. Agricultural economist Dr. John Ikerd, former North Carolina contract poultry producer Craig Watts, and activist farmer Karen Hudson of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW) discuss the rise of "agroecology," and the continuing fight against concentrated animal feeding operations in America.

Dr. Michael J. Schuck and Dr. Nancy C. Tuchman from Loyola University Chicago talk about their online environmental textbook Healing Earth, which is being viewed in high schools and colleges around the world and which earned them an audience with Pope Francis.

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Dr. John Ikerd, Craig Watts, and activist-farmer Karen Hudson talk about how to change industrial agriculture. Dr. Michael Schuck and Dr. Nancy Tuchman from Loyola University Chicago discuss their open source online textbook called Healing Earth. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-17_2-11-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-17_2-11-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:55 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, John Ikerd, agroecology, CAFOs, Loyola University Chicago, Healing Earth, Pope Francis, McHenry County College, Bioneers no Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:04:26 -0700
February 4, 2018 – Saving the Monarch, Round 2: Pessimists v. Optimists Kylee Baumlee, author of The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, visits the WCGO studios, along with Carol Niec and Kerrie Rosenthal from The Seed Keeper Company. On a snowy day, Pat Skach fills in for meteorologist Rick DiMaio. Kylee Baumlee, author of The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, visits the WCGO studios to discuss the future and fate of this iconic species. She is joined by Carol Niec and Kerrie Rosenthal, the founders and proprietors of The Seed Keeper Company. , which is in the middle of The Seed Keeper Project, which annually recognizes school gardens throughout the country.

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Kylee Baumlee, author of The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly, visits the WCGO studios, along with Carol Niec and Kerrie Rosenthal from The Seed Keeper Company. On a snowy day, Pat Skach fills in for meteorologist Rick DiMaio. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-09_2-4-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-09_2-4-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, monarch butterfly, habitat loss, Kylee Baumlee, milkweed, extinction, The Seed Keeper Company, seed germination no Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:36:34 -0700
January 28, 2018 – Solar Speed Bump, Healthy Parks Solar energy expert Lisa Albrecht comments on a tariff on imported solar panels to the U.S. Steve Neumann of Logic Lawn Care and Jeff Swano of Dig Right In Landscaping promote natural lawn care to Illinois park districts. Lisa Albrecht of he Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) comments on a decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels to the U.S. Steve Neumann from Logic Lawn Care and Jeff Swano of Dig Right In Landscaping explain why they are working to get Illinois park districts to adopt natural lawn care programs.

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Solar energy expert Lisa Albrecht comments on a tariff on imported solar panels to the U.S. Steve Neumann of Logic Lawn Care and Jeff Swano of Dig Right In Landscaping promote natural lawn care to Illinois park districts. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-02_1-28-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-02-02_1-28-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:50 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, solar energy, Lisa Albrecht, Logic Lawn Care, Dig Right In Landscaping, pesticides, soil food web no Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:11:20 -0700
January 21, 2018 – Soil Secrets, Flowertales Soil scientist Mary Tiedeman explains what’s happening in your soil beneath the snow. Zhenwei Zhu talks about the new Loyola Environmental Testing Laboratory (LETL). Tony Abruscato previews the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Mary Tiedeman from the Soil Science Society of America talks about how roots and soil organisms respond to snow and freezing weather. Zhenwei Zhu, of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago, promotes the new  Loyola Environmental Testing Laboratory (LETL). Tony Abruscato, President and Show Director of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, previews the 2018 edition of this classic Chicago event.

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Soil scientist Mary Tiedeman explains what’s happening in your soil beneath the snow. Zhenwei Zhu talks about the new Loyola Environmental Testing Laboratory (LETL). Tony Abruscato previews the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-27_1-21-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-27_1-21-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, soil science, SSSA, snow cover, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Tony Abruscato no Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:37:59 -0700
January 14, 2018 – The Threat to Organics Janie Maxwell of the Illinois Farmers Market Association on winter farmers markets; gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi on containers and foodscapes; former NOSB member Francis Thicke on why he thinks the organic label is at risk. Janie Maxwell, executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA), reports on winter farmers markets and new ways to connect farmers to markets to consumers. Garden expert Charlie Nardozzi previews his presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and has advice about winter gardening and containers. Francis Thicke, PhD, is leaving the National Ogranic Standards Board (NOSB) and comments on his statement about what he perceives as a threat to the organic label in America.

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Janie Maxwell of the Illinois Farmers Market Association on winter farmers markets; gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi on containers and foodscapes; former NOSB member Francis Thicke on why he thinks the organic label is at risk. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-18_1-14-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-18_1-14-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:15 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Illinois Farmers Market Association, fresh food, Charlie Nardozzi, container gardening, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Francis Thicke, NOSB, organic standards no Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:23:24 -0700
January 7, 2018 – Happy Solar Energy and Food Justice! The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) wants to teach you how to install solar energy systems. Robert Nevel previews the 9th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Hyde Park. Julie Brazeau from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) promotes their upcoming Solar Training Academies with instructors Clay Sterling and Alex Jarvis. KAM Isaiah Israel's Robert Nevel comes to the studio to preview their 9th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend.

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The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) wants to teach you how to install solar energy systems. Robert Nevel previews the 9th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Hyde Park. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-11_1-7-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-11_1-7-18_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:54 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, MREA, solar energy, clean energy, Robert Nevel, KAM Isaiah Israel, Hyde Park, Barack Obama no Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:27:08 -0700
December 31, 2017 – See Ya, Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya Jennifer Molski of HF Christmas Tree Recycling and Kay McKeen of SCARCE explain to recycle trees, lights and other holiday jetsum. Then Mike, Peggy and Rick DiMaio discuss the environmental stories of 2017. On the final show of 2017, Mike and Peggy talk to Jennifer Molski from hfchristmastreerecycling.com and Kay McKeen from SCARCE about the best ways to keep Christmas trees, lights and other holiday trimmings from ending up in landfills. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio drops by to talk about Chicago's cold snap and the year in climate and weather.

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Jennifer Molski of HF Christmas Tree Recycling and Kay McKeen of SCARCE explain to recycle trees, lights and other holiday jetsum. Then Mike, Peggy and Rick DiMaio discuss the environmental stories of 2017. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-03_12-31-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2018-01-03_12-31-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:42:18 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Christmas tree recycling, Jennifer Molski, SCARCE, Kay McKeen, climate change, polar vortex, California wildfires no Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:04:51 -0700
December 24, 2017 – It’s a Wonderful Slice! It’s a Wonderful Slice of It’s a Wonderful Life makes its return to the airwaves featuring the Not Even Ready for Weekend Smart Talk Players, after bird conservationist Judy reports on the annual Christmas Bird Count. Bird conservationist Judy Pollock stops by the studio to talk about how citizen scientists play a key role in the annual Christmas bird count. Then it's Katy bar the door, as the Not-Even-Ready-for-Weekends-Smart-Talk-Players, featuring Bill Turck from Playtime with Sid & Bill, Featuring Kerri Kendall, Ron Cowgill from Mighty House Home Improvement Radio, and our very own Peggy Malecki, help Mike perform the 10-minute It's a Wonderful Slice of It's a Wonderful Life.

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It’s a Wonderful Slice of It’s a Wonderful Life makes its return to the airwaves featuring the Not Even Ready for Weekend Smart Talk Players, after bird conservationist Judy reports on the annual Christmas Bird Count. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-28_12-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-28_12-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:02 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Judy Pollock, Audubon Society, Christmas bird count, It's a Wonderful Slice, William Turck, Ron Cowgill no Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:46:38 -0700
December 17, 2017 – The Gutting of America’s Natural Areas Adam Federman of The Nation Magazine on his investigative series, The Plot to Loot America’s Wilderness, Beth Vercolio-Osmund on why she’s running for Congress and Whitney Richardson on the The Kitchen Community and the Logan Square Winter Farmers Market. Adam Federman of The Nation Magaine reports on his investigative series, The Plot to Loot America’s Wilderness about how our natural areas are in danger of being turned over to mining and oil interests. Friend of the show, farmer and activist Beth Vercolio-Osmund talks about her decision to run for the Illinois 16th Congressional District seat. She is joined in studio by Whitney Richardson, co-director of the Logan Square Farmers Market, regional development manager for The Kitchen Community Chicago.

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Adam Federman of The Nation Magazine on his investigative series, The Plot to Loot America’s Wilderness, Beth Vercolio-Osmund on why she’s running for Congress and Whitney Richardson on the The Kitchen Community and the Logan Square Winter Farmers Market. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-28_12-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-28_12-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:17 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, The Nation Magazine, Bears Ears National Monument, fossil fuels, Bureau of Land Management, Beth Vercolio-Osmund, Illinois Congress, The Kitchen Community Chicago no Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:56:15 -0700
December 10, 2017 – Snow Leaves and Ponzetters Doris Taylor from the Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic on why trees have been reluctant to drop their leaves this fall, Kate Green from Lurvey Garden Center on holiday plants, and meteorologist Rick DiMaio on California wildfires. Doris Taylor, manager of the Plant Clinic at the Morton Arboretum explains why trees in the Midwest have been reluctant to drop their leaves this fall, and whether that will harm them going into winter. Kate Green from Lurvey Garden Center in Des Plaines, has advice on keeping your indoor holiday plants healthy. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio makes a special studio visit to talk about devastating wildfires in California and their relationship to climate change.

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Doris Taylor from the Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic on why trees have been reluctant to drop their leaves this fall, Kate Green from Lurvey Garden Center on holiday plants, and meteorologist Rick DiMaio on California wildfires. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-16_12-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-16_12-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:00 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Doris Taylor, The Morton Arboretum, fall leaf drop, Lurvey Garden Center, poinsettias, Rick DiMaio, California wildfires, climate change no Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:51:40 -0700
December 3, 2017 – Glyphosate: Why the Controversy Won’t Die Chris VanCleave, 'The Redneck Rosarian,' talks winter rose care. Carey Gillam discusses her important new book, Whitewash, about why the weed killer glyphosate (in Roundup) is still controversial. 'Redneck Rosarian' Chris VanCleave has advice for winter rose care and promotes his upcoming Rose Kings Sustainability Tour with fellow rosarian Brian Puckett. Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash: The Story of Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science explains that there are still unanswered questions about the world's most popular weed-killer.

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Chris VanCleave, 'The Redneck Rosarian,' talks winter rose care. Carey Gillam discusses her important new book, Whitewash, about why the weed killer glyphosate (in Roundup) is still controversial. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-16_12-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-16_12-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:54 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Chris VanCleave, winter rose care, rose cones, Carey Gillam, glyphosate, Roundup, Monsanto no Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:27:37 -0700
November 26, 2017 – The Good, The Bad and The Wha? of Holiday Gifts Michelle Byrne Walsh returns to share her annual list of The Good, The Bad and The Wha? of holiday garden and environmental gift giving. Polly McGann and Victor Zaderej present an update of their Happy Leaf LED grow lights. Michelle Byrne Walsh, editor at State-by-State Gardening, Inc., returns to the show to join with Mike and Peggy in presenting the Good, the Bad and the Wha? of horticultural and environmental holiday gifts. Polly McGann and Victor Zaderej from Happy Leaf LED talk about growing plants indoors with their sophisticated grow lights.

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Michelle Byrne Walsh returns to share her annual list of The Good, The Bad and The Wha? of holiday garden and environmental gift giving. Polly McGann and Victor Zaderej present an update of their Happy Leaf LED grow lights. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-12_11-26-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-12-12_11-26-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:42:36 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, State By State Gardening, holiday gifts, garden gnomes, Happy Leaf LED, grow lights, indoor gardening no Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:13:47 -0700
November 19, 2017 – The Science Desk: Permafrost Losing Its “Perm” Mitch McNeil from Surfrider Chicago reports on two threats to Lake Michigan water. Bird City Wisconsin’s Director Bryan Lenz talks protecting bird populations. Michele Hoffman and Dr. R. Eric Collins of the University of Alaska discuss melting permafrost. Mitch McNeil reports on how the Surfrider Foundation is suing U.S. Steel for “repeated Clean Water Act violations at their Portage, Indiana facility.” Bird City Wisconsin Director Bryan Lenz talks about how this program is making a difference in local bird conservation efforts across his state. Michele Hoffman is back at the Science Desk and introduces us to Dr. R. Eric Collins of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who explains why the loss of permafrost is so consequential.

 

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Mitch McNeil from Surfrider Chicago reports on two threats to Lake Michigan water. Bird City Wisconsin’s Director Bryan Lenz talks protecting bird populations. Michele Hoffman and Dr. R. Eric Collins of the University of Alaska discuss melting permafrost. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-23_11-19-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-23_11-19-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:06 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, green living, Surfrider Foundation, US Steel, hexavalent chromium, Bird City Wisconsin, bird conservation, migratory routes, permafrost, carbon sinks, greenhouse gases no Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:26:05 -0700
November 12, 2017 – Chicago’s Hot Recycling Mess Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID, explains how they are helping victims of natural disasters by supplying portable, inflatable solar lights. Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack talks about why Chicago still can’t recycle. Anna Stork is co-founder of LuminAID, which supplies portable, inflatable LED solar lanterns for disaster relief around the world. She explains how the lanterns work and how they are helping people affected by natural disasters around the world. Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack comments on the City's inability to raise its recycling rates. 

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Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID, explains how they are helping victims of natural disasters by supplying portable, inflatable solar lights. Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack talks about why Chicago still can’t recycle. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-19_11-12-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-19_11-12-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:38 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, sustainability, green living, LuminAID, solar lanterns, hurricanes, Puerto Rico, Alderman Scott Waguespack, Chicago recycling, yard waste, Rahm Emanuel no Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:22:02 -0700
November 5, 2017 – The Future of Fracking and Energy in Illinois Scott Stewart, Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation, stops in on the eve of its 20th anniversary, and environmental reporter Kari Lydersen, reports on a victory over fracking in Illinois and the future of the Future Energy Jobs Act. Scott Stewart, executive director of the Millennium Park Foundation, talks to Mike and Peggy about how plants, art and design come together in urban parks. Environmental writer Kari Lydersen reports on how a relatively new Illinois law will affect fracking efforts in the state.

 

 

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Scott Stewart, Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation, stops in on the eve of its 20th anniversary, and environmental reporter Kari Lydersen, reports on a victory over fracking in Illinois and the future of the Future Energy Jobs Act. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-10_11-5-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-10_11-5-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:13 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Scott Stewart, Millennium Park Foundation, native plants, Kari Lydersen, Illinois fracking, solar energy no Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:30:39 -0700
November 4, 2017 – Live from the 10th Anniversary Green Living Expo at McHenry County College! Mike and Peggy celebrate their final Saturday show (they’ll still be on Sundays from 9-11am!) at the 10th Anniversary Green Living Expo at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki broadcast their final Saturday show on WCGO from the 10th Anniversary Green Living Expo at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Their guests include Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College, members of the Eco Illini Supermileage Team, Lori McConnville and Freddy Lagunes from Marvin’s Toy Store in Crystal Lake, and Paul LaBarbera, founder and CEO of Magitek Energy Solutions, Inc..

 

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Mike and Peggy celebrate their final Saturday show (they’ll still be on Sundays from 9-11am!) at the 10th Anniversary Green Living Expo at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-10_11-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-10_11-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:38 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, McHenry County College, Green Living Expo, Eco Illini, fossil fuels, solar energy, Marvin's Toy Store, pumpkin composting no Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:54:41 -0700
October 29, 2017 – Survivor Queen Quest The #GiveHealthyMovement, a Green Living Expo, and bad days at Bubbly Creek are covered in the first hour. Bill Whitney from City Bee Savers talks about the search for queen bees that can survive in northern Illinois. Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Amp Your Good, discusses the Give Healthy Movement, which hopes to change the way Americans donate food. Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College, previews their 10th Anniversary Green Living Expo. Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director of Friends of the Chicago River, reports on a mysterious oil slick in the Chicago River. Bill Whitney owner of City Bee Savers, explains how he is looking for what he calls Survivor Queens.

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The #GiveHealthyMovement, a Green Living Expo, and bad days at Bubbly Creek are covered in the first hour. Bill Whitney from City Bee Savers talks about the search for queen bees that can survive in northern Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-01_10-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-01_10-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:47 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, sustainability, green living, Patrick O'Neill, Amp Your Good, McHenry County College, Green Living Expo, Friends of the Chicago River, oil spill, City Bee Savers, survivor queens no Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:17:35 -0600
October 28, 2017 - Miscellany Morning Mike and Peggy cover a range of topics, including an oil spill in the Chicago River, a 10 million dollar prize for cleaning up algae in Lake Erie, and a look back at October weather from meteorologist Rick DiMaio. Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki wax poetic on a potpourri of subjects, including a mysterious oil spill in the Chicago River, a 10 million dollar prize to be awarded to the team that can come up with a solution for phosphorus pollution in our fresh waterways, and the threat of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean (again!) Meteorologist Rick DiMaio makes a special studio visit to look back at the weird October weather.

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Mike and Peggy cover a range of topics, including an oil spill in the Chicago River, a 10 million dollar prize for cleaning up algae in Lake Erie, and a look back at October weather from meteorologist Rick DiMaio. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-01_10-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show1.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-11-01_10-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show1.mp3 52:34 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, sustainability, green living, Chicago River, oil spill, phosphorus run off, Lake Erie, The George Barley Water Prize, Rick DiMaio, climate change no Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:39:08 -0600
October 22, 2017 – A Great Lake on the Brink Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden talks about planting spring bulbs. Molly Flanagan from Alliance for the Great Lakes and Tony Maas of Freshwater Future report on disappointing progress in the fight against algae in Lake Erie. Lisa Hilgenberg, manager of the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has advice for fall gardening, including bulb planting. Molly Flanagan is vice president of policy for Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Tony Maas is manager of strategies for Freshwater Future and the Director of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW Canada). They report on their organizations' battle against algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden talks about planting spring bulbs. Molly Flanagan from Alliance for the Great Lakes and Tony Maas of Freshwater Future report on disappointing progress in the fight against algae in Lake Erie. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-27_10-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-27_10-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:33 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Lisa Hilgenberg, Chicago Botanic Garden, spring blooming bulbs, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Freshwater Future, algae blooms, Lake Erie no Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:18:48 -0600
October 21, 2017 – Keeping Food Slow Jody Osmund of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm and CSA returns to The Mike Nowak Show to talk about the practical and political achievements of the Slow Food Movement. Jody Osmund, who, with his family runs Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, talks about his experiences raising livestock sustainably and humanely, and his work as part of the worldwide Slow Food Movement.

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Jody Osmund of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm and CSA returns to The Mike Nowak Show to talk about the practical and political achievements of the Slow Food Movement. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-27_10-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-27_10-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:37 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, CSAs, omnivores, Slow Food, Slow Meat, Band of Farmers, local food no Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:52:49 -0600
October 15, 2017 – When Plants Fight City Hall Nicole Virgil and Ron Cress each explain why they are fighting their town's laws to grow, respectively, food and native plants. Michele Hoffman talks about a new growing technique that might give the world’s declining coral reefs a fighting chance. Nicole Virgil talks about her family's fight with suburban Elmhurst to keep a hoop house in their yard under which they can grow vegetables. Then Ron Cress reports on his own battle to grow native plants in his DeKalb, Illinois yard. Michele Hoffman returns to the Science Desk to explain about a pioneering technique called microfragmenting that can rapidly grow corals and perhaps help populations rebound in certain parts of the world.

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Nicole Virgil and Ron Cress each explain why they are fighting their town's laws to grow, respectively, food and native plants. Michele Hoffman talks about a new growing technique that might give the world’s declining coral reefs a fighting chance. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-20_10-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-20_10-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:29 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, sustainability, green living, Nicole Virgil, hoop house, extended growing season, native plants, coral reefs microfragmenting, Michele Hoffman no Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:34:15 -0600
October 14, 2017 – Bring Guns, Oaks and Art Paul Coffey from the Art Institute of Chicago and Jeff Levrant of Homan Grown explain how the Oaks of North Lawndale project will bring trees and art to that west side Chicago community. Paul Coffey is Vice Provost & Dean of Community Engagement at the e School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). and Jeff Levrant is co-founder of Homan Grown, a wholesale perennial & tree nursery. They discuss a project called Oaks of North Lawndale, which will see the planting of 7,000 and accompanying art in that Chicago neighborhood.

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Paul Coffey from the Art Institute of Chicago and Jeff Levrant of Homan Grown explain how the Oaks of North Lawndale project will bring trees and art to that west side Chicago community. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-20_10-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-20_10-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 50:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, green living, sustainability, Oaks of North Lawndale, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Homan Grown, tree canopy, Homan Square Campus no Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:09:00 -0600
October 8, 2017 – Start the Garden Revolution Author and native plant landscaper Benjamin Vogt talks about his new book, A New Garden Ethic. Gale Community Academy Principal Augustine 'Augie' Emuwa and A Just Harvest’s Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks and Tonia Andreina a teaching students about growing food Benjamin Vogt is a native plant landscaper and author of a new book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, He and Jeff Swano from DigRightIn Landscaping preview the Impact Conference: Building Sustainable Landscapes, presented by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Principal Augustine "Augie" Emuwa of Chicago's Gale Community Academy is joined by Tonia Andreina and Executive Director Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks  from A Just Harvest about using urban agriculture to create economic opportunity in the city.

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Author and native plant landscaper Benjamin Vogt talks about his new book, A New Garden Ethic. Gale Community Academy Principal Augustine 'Augie' Emuwa and A Just Harvest’s Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks and Tonia Andreina a teaching students about growing food http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-12_10-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-12_10-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:05 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, native plants, sustainability, mass extinction, urban agriculture, A Just Harvest, Gale Community Academy, Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards, economic opportunity no Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:01:38 -0600
October 7, 2017 – Temple of Bloom Landscape architect Carol Yetlen talks about managing the gardens surrounding the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. Tom Klitzkie from Nature’s Perspective Landscaping has advice on keeping your plants well-watered in a dry spell. Carol Yetken from CYLA Design Associates Inc talks about the challenges of being the landscaper for the d The Baha'i House of Worship for North America in Wilmette, Illinois. Founder and owner of Nature’s Perspective Landscaping Tom Klitzkie has advice for watering plants as we head into fall and winter.

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Landscape architect Carol Yetlen talks about managing the gardens surrounding the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. Tom Klitzkie from Nature’s Perspective Landscaping has advice on keeping your plants well-watered in a dry spell. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-12_10-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-12_10-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:10 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Carol Yetken, Baha'i Temple, pruning, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago, Nature's Perspective Landscaping, drought, evergeen shrubs, perennials no Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:25:26 -0600
October 1, 2017 – Seeds, Giant Pumpkins and Solar Panels Sharon Bladholm talks about her latest nature-focused art exhibit. Mike and Peggy interview a man who grew a 1,852 pound pumpkin this year. Erik Carlberg and Doug Snower from Windfree Solar explain why this is a good time for clean energy in Illinois. Artist Sharon Bladholm talks about her exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Soils, Seeds, and Sprouts: Tropical and Temperate. Mike and Peggy congratulate two giant pumpkin growers on their mammoth achievements. Erik Carlberg and Doug Snower from WindFree Solar report on opportunities for clean energy in Illlinois under a new law.

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Sharon Bladholm talks about her latest nature-focused art exhibit. Mike and Peggy interview a man who grew a 1,852 pound pumpkin this year. Erik Carlberg and Doug Snower from Windfree Solar explain why this is a good time for clean energy in Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-05_10-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-05_10-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:26 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Sharon Bladholm, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Openlands, seeds, giant pumpkins, Windfree Solar, clean energy, Future Energy Jobs Act no Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:11:27 -0600
September 30, 2017 – LIVE from the SCARCE Green Fair! Peggy and Mike broadcast live from the SCARCE Green Fair at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, where reduce, reuse and recycle are the words of the day. Mike and Peggy take the show to the DuPage County Fairgrounds for the SCARCE Green Fair, where they talk to SCARCE founder Kay McKeen, staff members and several of the exhibitors at this celebration of how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Peggy and Mike broadcast live from the SCARCE Green Fair at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, where reduce, reuse and recycle are the words of the day. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-05_9-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-10-05_9-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:11 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, SCARCE, Kay McKeen, recycling, reuse, reduce, Illinois Environmental Council, Kimmer's Ice Cream, Three Plaid Farmers, Prairie Food Co-op no Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:46:16 -0600
September 24, 2017 – Toxic Environments Toxicologist David J. Zaber comments on the efficacy of spraying mosquitoes. Kay McKeen from SCARCE promotes their Green Fair. Mike Mikulka from EPA Region 5 visits the Science Desk with Michele Hoffman and reports on efforts to gut the federal agency. In the wake of the Hurricane Harvey rain event in Texas, environmental scientist David J. Zaber discusses the value of spraying to control mosquito populations. Kay McKeen from SCARCE previews their Green Fair, from which The Mike Nowak Show will be broadcasting next week. Michele Hoffman is at the Science Desk, and she brings Mike Mikulka, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, which represents more than 900 EPA employees in the Chicago regional office and across the Midwest, who talks about the fate of that agency.

 

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Toxicologist David J. Zaber comments on the efficacy of spraying mosquitoes. Kay McKeen from SCARCE promotes their Green Fair. Mike Mikulka from EPA Region 5 visits the Science Desk with Michele Hoffman and reports on efforts to gut the federal agency. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-28_9-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-28_9-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:19 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Hurricane Harvey, mosquito spraying, SCARCE, Kay McKeen, recycling, USEPA Region 5, Mike Mikulka, science no Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:01:03 -0600
September 23, 2017 – A Couple of PhDs Talking Tree Extinction Some of our iconic ash and oak species are on the brink of extinction. Dr. Murphy Westwood from The Morton Arboretum and Dr. Rex Bastian from Davey Tree Experts talk about why that has happened and what we do to save them. Dr. Murphy Westwood, director of Global tree conservation at the Morton Arboretum, and Dr. Rex Bastian from the Davey Tree Expert Company, discuss the decline and possible extinction of several ash tree species, as well as threats to various types of oaks.

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Some of our iconic ash and oak species are on the brink of extinction. Dr. Murphy Westwood from The Morton Arboretum and Dr. Rex Bastian from Davey Tree Experts talk about why that has happened and what we do to save them. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-28_9-23-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-28_9-23-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:22 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, ash trees, emerald ash borer, Murphy Westwood, extinction, The Morton Arboretum, Rex Bastian, Davey Tree Expert Company, oak trees, biodiversity no Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:45:08 -0600
September 17, 2017 – Wildcrafting, Tracking Monarchs Lisa M. Rose talks about her book Midwest Medicinal Plants and how you can forage for those plants in your own yard. Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reports on Midwest monarch populations as they begin their migration to Mexico. Author and herbalist Lisa M. Rose talks about her new book, Midwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 109 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness, and how you can use it to create your own backyard medicines. Doug Taron, Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, reports on late summer monarch butterfly spottings in the Midwest.

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Lisa M. Rose talks about her book Midwest Medicinal Plants and how you can forage for those plants in your own yard. Doug Taron from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reports on Midwest monarch populations as they begin their migration to Mexico. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-22_9-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-22_9-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:44 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Lisa M. Rose, Midwest Medicinal Plants, herbalist, wildcrafting, Doug Taron, monarch butterfly, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, endangered species no Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:50:52 -0600
September 16, 2017 – Remaking Plans to Remake Jackson Park Friends of the Parks Executive Director Juanita Irizarry returns to the show to discuss the latest developments surrounding the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Juanita Irizarry is executive director of Chicago’s Friends of the Parks. She reports on the ongoing struggle to bring transparency to the plans for the proposed Barack Obama Presidential Library on Chicago's south side.

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Friends of the Parks Executive Director Juanita Irizarry returns to the show to discuss the latest developments surrounding the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-22_9-16-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-22_9-16-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Friends of the Parks, Obama Library, Juanita Irizarry, Jackson Park, transparency, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago south side, community benefit agreement no Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:34:36 -0600
September 10, 2017 – Reclaiming Plastics and Toxics BK Sharma from ISTC explains how scientists are using pyrolysis to convert plastic back back into petroleum products. Two recycling experts explore the possibilities of reclaiming household storm debris. BK Sharma from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) explains how pyrolysis can transform plastics back into petroleum. Stephen M. Bantillo, executive vice president for the National Recycling Coalition, and William Turley, founder and executive director of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), explore solutions for properly disposing of toxic debris after catastrophic natural events.

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BK Sharma from ISTC explains how scientists are using pyrolysis to convert plastic back back into petroleum products. Two recycling experts explore the possibilities of reclaiming household storm debris. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-21_9-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-21_9-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:24 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, ISTC, Illinois Recycling Association, pyrolysis, plastics recovery, petroleum, National Recycling Coalition, toxic storm debris, construction and demolition no Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:36:06 -0600
September 9, 2017 – The Challenge of Food Waste Gary Oppenheimer, founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvest.org, explains his organization’s mission to enlist backyard gardeners to fight food waste by connecting them to local food pantries. Gary Oppenheimer is founder and Executive Director of the nationwide non-profit AmpleHarvest.org. His organization seeks to end food waste and hunger by enlisting backyard gardeners to locate local food pantries with which they can share their produce.

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Gary Oppenheimer, founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvest.org, explains his organization’s mission to enlist backyard gardeners to fight food waste by connecting them to local food pantries. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-21_9-9-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-21_9-9-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:43 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Ample Harvest, Gary Oppenheimer, food waste, food pantries, compost, hunger, poverty no Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:16:32 -0600
September 3, 2017 – Chicago: City of Big Celery Ken Santowski from Chicago Logistic Service explains to recover Styrofoam. WBEZ’s Monica Eng gives a history lesson on Chicago’s farming past. Michael Howard promotes the Go Fund Me campaign for Eden Place Nature Center on Chicago’s south side. Ken Santowski, President of Chicago Logistic Service promotes the upcoming symposium Revitalizing Plastics Recycling and talks about his mission to recover used Styrofoam. Michael Howard of Eden Place Nature Center urges people to contribute to their Go Fund Me campaign. WBEZ’s Monica Eng tells fascinating tales of Chicago's early days as a food-growing powerhouse.

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Ken Santowski from Chicago Logistic Service explains to recover Styrofoam. WBEZ’s Monica Eng gives a history lesson on Chicago’s farming past. Michael Howard promotes the Go Fund Me campaign for Eden Place Nature Center on Chicago’s south side. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-08_9-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-08_9-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:33 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Illinois Recycling Association, Revitalizing Plastics Recycling, Styrofoam, Michael Howard, Eden Place Nature Center, Monica Eng, WBEZ, Chicago, celery, pickles no Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:17:00 -0600
September 2, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey: Predicting and Coping with the New Normal Harriet Festing from Flood Forum USA and meteorologist Rick DiMaio discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey–the role of climate change in catastrophic weather events and whether we will be prepared for the next one. Harriet Festing is director of Flood Forum USA, an initiative of the Chicago-based nonprofit, Anthropocene Alliance, which she co-founded in April of this year. She joins meteorologist Rick DiMaio in a conversation about the aftermath of Hurrican Harvey and the lessons about climate change and urban planning that can be learned from its devastation.

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Harriet Festing from Flood Forum USA and meteorologist Rick DiMaio discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey–the role of climate change in catastrophic weather events and whether we will be prepared for the next one. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-08_9-2-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-09-08_9-2-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:33 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Harriet Festing, Flood Forum USA, Rick DiMaio, climate change, Hurricane Harvey, Houston, urban planning, FEMA, Anthropocene Alliance no Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:49:24 -0600
August 27, 2017 - Live from Heirloom Fest at the Chicago Botanic Garden! Mike and Peggy head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to broadcast live from Heirloom Fest: Tomatoes and More. Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg from the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden joins them to talk about the 50,000 plants under her care. Mikek and Peggy broadcast live from the Chicago Botanic Garden and its event Heirloom Fest: Tomatoes & More. They are joined by horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg, Director of Interpretive Programs Kristie Webber, Executive Vice President and Director of CBG Fred Spicer, and Assistant Director of CBG and Director of Plant Collections Andrew Bunting.

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Mike and Peggy head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to broadcast live from Heirloom Fest: Tomatoes and More. Horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg from the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden joins them to talk about the 50,000 plants under her care. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-30_8-27-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-30_8-27-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:18 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Chicago Botanic Garden, Heirloom Fest, Lisa Hilgenberg, open pollinated vegetables, Fred Spicer, Andrew Bunting, Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden no Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:19:03 -0600
August 26, 2017 - Hall of Fame Horticulturist Peggy and Mike welcome garden author, lecturer and media star Melinda Myers back to the show. She was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Author, lecturer and horticultural media personality Melinda Myers returns to the show, having just been inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. She covers a wide range of gardening issues with Mike and Peggy.

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Peggy and Mike welcome garden author, lecturer and media star Melinda Myers back to the show. She was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-30_8-26-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-30_8-26-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:38 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Melinda Myers, GWA, pruning, Midwest Gardener's Handbook, Milwaukee, Melinda's Garden Moment no Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:49:06 -0600
August 20, 2017 – Respect for Animals Large and Small Jessica Chipkin from Crate Free Illinois and Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society preview the new Illinois Agriculture Advisory Council. Michele Hoffman of Microcosm and Shedd Aquarium’s Mark Schick report on the future of coral populations. Jessica Chipkin from Crate Free Illinois, and Scott Beckstead of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) promote an upcoming forum on factory farms, where the formation of The Illinois Agriculture Advisory Council will be announced. Michele Hoffman of Microcosm and Mark Schick, Collections Manager at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. talk about the future of worldwide coral populations.

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Jessica Chipkin from Crate Free Illinois and Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society preview the new Illinois Agriculture Advisory Council. Michele Hoffman of Microcosm and Shedd Aquarium’s Mark Schick report on the future of coral populations. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-29_8-20-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-29_8-20-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:00 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, factory farms, Humane Society, Crate Free Illinois, agriculture, Michele Hoffman, Microcosm, Shedd Aquarium, Mark Schick, coral reefs no Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:44:35 -0600
August 19, 2017 – The Dark Side of the Sun Mike and Peggy welcome NASA Senior Scientist Meagan Thompson, who answers questions about the coming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Meagan Thompson is a senior scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She will not get to see the eclipse in totality (except on TV) because she is one of the people holding down the fort in Washington, answering calls as an Eclipse Subject Matter Expert for NASA.

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Mike and Peggy welcome NASA Senior Scientist Meagan Thompson, who answers questions about the coming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-29_8-19-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-29_8-19-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:13 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Meagan Thompson, NASA, total solar eclipse, astronomy, science no Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:47:42 -0600
August 13, 2017 – Cultivating Resilience Peggy Malecki and Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden co-host the show. They talk to Michelle Hickey of The Resiliency Institute about permaculture, then get summer growing advice from plant care specialist Chris Beiser. Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist for the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, joins Peggy Malecki as today's co-host while Mike has the day off. Michelle Hickey is co-founder and vice president of The Resiliency Institute (TRI), a non-profit organization with a mission to transform Chicago’s suburbs into resilient communities based on the concept of permaculture. Chris Beiser, Plant Care Specialist for the Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about what he’s seeing in the way of pests and diseases in the summer garden.

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Peggy Malecki and Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden co-host the show. They talk to Michelle Hickey of The Resiliency Institute about permaculture, then get summer growing advice from plant care specialist Chris Beiser. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-18_8-13-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-18_8-13-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:20 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, Peggy Malecki, Lisa Hilgenberg, Chicago Botanic Garden, fruits and vegetables, The Resiliency Institute, permaculture, plant diseases, Chris Beiser no Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:59:30 -0600
August 12, 2017 – Moms Fight to Breathe Free Peggy Malecki fills in for Mike and welcomes back Kelly Nichols from Moms Clean Air Force to discuss the connection between clean energy and clean air. Rick DiMaio returns to talk about 2016–another year that goes into the record books for extreme heat. While Mike is away, Peggy Malecki brings in Kelly Nichols from Moms Clean Air Force to co-host the show. They talk about clean air issues in Illinois and across the country--including emissions from natural gas and crude oil production, transportation, coal ash and related toxic dust, methane emissions, clean energy jobs,  asthma and more.

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Peggy Malecki fills in for Mike and welcomes back Kelly Nichols from Moms Clean Air Force to discuss the connection between clean energy and clean air. Rick DiMaio returns to talk about 2016–another year that goes into the record books for extreme heat. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-18_8-12-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-18_8-12-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 51:20 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, Peggy Malecki, environment, gardening, Moms Clean Air Force, Kelly Nichols, green house gases, clean energy, asthma, petcoke, public health no Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:24:44 -0600
August 6, 2017 – Breeding Success Mary Hennen and Peggy Macnamara on their new book, The Peregrine Returns; Laura Calvert is new executive director of Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Dr. Harry Klee on his quest to breed the perfect commercial tomato; Jonathan Kruger previews Veggie Fest. Mary Hennen and Peggy Macnamara talk about their book, The Peregrine Returns: The Art and Architecture of an Urban Raptor Recovery. Laura Calvert is the new executive director of Peggy and I are big fans of Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) and she talks about her vision for the group. Dr. Harry Klee from the University of Florida explains his quest for the perfect commerical tomato. Jonathan Kruger previews the 12th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago.

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Mary Hennen and Peggy Macnamara on their new book, The Peregrine Returns; Laura Calvert is new executive director of Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Dr. Harry Klee on his quest to breed the perfect commercial tomato; Jonathan Kruger previews Veggie Fest. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-10_8-6-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-10_8-6-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:43:43 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, The Peregrine Returns, endangered species, raptor recovery, The Field Museum, AUA, Harry Klee, hybrid tomatoes, Veggie Fest Chicago no Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:26:48 -0600
August 5, 2017 – Plastic Behavior Jordan Park of Bring Your Bag Chicago returns to the show to talk about the success of the 7 cent fee on single-use plastic bags in Chicago. Jordan Parker from Bring Your Bag Chicago Facebook page.talks to Mike and Peggy about the successes and failures of the effort to control plastic bag use in the City of Chicago.

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Jordan Park of Bring Your Bag Chicago returns to the show to talk about the success of the 7 cent fee on single-use plastic bags in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-10_8-5-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-10_8-5-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 51:09 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Bring Your Bag Chicago, film plastic, taxes, Jordan Parker, recycling, changing behavior no Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:43:51 -0600
July 30, 2017 – Snipping and Spraying Dan Kosta answers gardening questions and promotes the Prairie State Bonsai Society annual event. Ruth Kerzee from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center and Laura McGowan from Clarke talk about the complexities of controlling mosquitoes in the Chicago area. Show regular Dan Kosta answers gardening questions while promoting the Prairie State Bonsai Society and their annual show. Ruth Kerzee, executive director of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, and Laura McGowan from Clarke discuss the complexities of mosquito abatement in the Chicago area.

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Dan Kosta answers gardening questions and promotes the Prairie State Bonsai Society annual event. Ruth Kerzee from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center and Laura McGowan from Clarke talk about the complexities of controlling mosquitoes in the Chicago area. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-04_7-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-04_7-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:44:01 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Dan Kosta, Prairie State Bonsai Society, Japanese beetles, mosquito abatement, Midwest Pesticide Action Center, Clarke, adulticides, larvicides no Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:31:50 -0600
July 29, 2017 - Fun with Foliage Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, authors of Gardening with Foliage First, explain to Mike and Peggy how to design a beautiful garden while almost making blooms an afterthought. Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz are the authors of  Gardening with Foliage: 127 dazzling combinations that pair the beauty of leaves with flowers, bark, berries, and more. They talk to Mike and Peggy about value of foliage in a garden and how to use their book for inspiration.

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Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, authors of Gardening with Foliage First, explain to Mike and Peggy how to design a beautiful garden while almost making blooms an afterthought. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-04_7-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-08-04_7-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:26 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Gardening with Foliage, Karen Chapman, Christina Salwitz, Fine Foliage, USDA Hardiness Zones, native plants, invasive exotics, garden design no Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:55:00 -0600
July 23, 2017 - Soil Sisters, Ocean's Daughter Farmers Lisa Kivirist and Alison Parker preview Soil Sisters and In Her Boots events. Michele Hoffman previews her trip to Florida to research plankton and the affects of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Coorens reports on a big land use deal in Chicago Lisa Kivirist and Alison Parker preview a couple of events for women farmers--Soil Sisters, A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life, and In Her Boots, Market Farming in Suburbia. Michele Hoffman takes her place at The Mike Nowak Show Science Desk before heading to Florida to do research for her film Microcosm. Elaine Coorens reports on the biggest land deal in the North Branch Corridor that nobody has heard of.

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Farmers Lisa Kivirist and Alison Parker preview Soil Sisters and In Her Boots events. Michele Hoffman previews her trip to Florida to research plankton and the affects of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Coorens reports on a big land use deal in Chicago http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-25_7-23-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-25_7-23-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:41:29 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Soil Sisters, Linda Kivirist, women farmers, In Her Boots, Michele Hoffman, Microcosm, Deepwater Horizon, plankton, Chicago North Branch Corridor, Elaine Coorens no Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:19:00 -0600
July 22, 2017 – The Chef and the Meteorologist Chef Paul Virant previews the 10th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner presented by Angelic Organics Learning Center. Rick DiMaio returns from and educational trip to Iceland to study climate change. Chef Paul Virant previews the Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) 10th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner at which Mike Nowak will be auctioneer. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reports on his trip to Iceland with Loyola University Chicago students to study climate change.

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Chef Paul Virant previews the 10th Annual Peak Harvest Farm Dinner presented by Angelic Organics Learning Center. Rick DiMaio returns from and educational trip to Iceland to study climate change. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-25_7-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-25_7-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 48:44 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Chef Paul Virant, Angelic Organics Learning Center, local food, Rick DiMaio, Iceland, climate change, Loyola University Chicago, geothermal energy, glaciers no Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:55:13 -0600
July 16, 2017 - Floating Gardens, Trash Talking Professors Urban Rivers has an idea for bring floating nature to the Chicago River; Carl Zimring and Kris Kaar explain the IRA event "A Couple of Professors Talkin' Trash;" plus an update on the British Columbia wildfires from Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio. Nick Wesley, Zach Damato and George Brigandi of Urban Rivers explain their plan for creating floating gardens and habitats in the Chicago River. Peggy and Mike get an update on wildfires in British Columbia from David Scott of Spaced Out Radio. Professor Carl Zimring from the Pratt Institute and Kris Kaar, president of the Illinois Recycling Association, preview the talk "A Couple of Professors Talkin' Trash."

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Urban Rivers has an idea for bring floating nature to the Chicago River; Carl Zimring and Kris Kaar explain the IRA event "A Couple of Professors Talkin' Trash;" plus an update on the British Columbia wildfires from Dave Scott of Spaced Out Radio. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-18_7-16-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-18_7-16-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:47:30 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Urban Rivers, Chicago River, floating gardens, habitat, wildfires, British Columbia, Illinois Recycling Association, Carl Zimring, Kris Kaar no Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:42:58 -0600
July 15, 2017 – 49 Years and Counting Former Chicago Gardener of the Year and co-director of the 49th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk Laury Lewis stops by the studio to promote “The Summer’s Best Festival” and talk a little gardening. Laury Lewis is an Illinois Master Gardener and former Chicago Gardener of the Year. He visits the WCGO Studios to promote then 49th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk and talk gardening with Mike and Peggy.

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Former Chicago Gardener of the Year and co-director of the 49th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk Laury Lewis stops by the studio to promote “The Summer’s Best Festival” and talk a little gardening. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-18_7-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-18_7-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:26 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk, native plants, flooded gardens, Laury Lewis, Master Gardeners, Chiicago Excellence in Gardening Awards no Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:44:46 -0600
July 9, 2017 – Of Seeds, Monarchs and Kayaks Lee Buttala from the Seed Savers Exchange seeds, Allen Lawrance from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum updates the monarch butterfly count, and Laura Barghusen from Openlands announces the launch of Paddle Illinois Water Trails for canoes and kayaks. Lee Buttala is the new executive director of the Seed Savers Exchange. The day before his first day on the job, he stops by the WCGO studios to talk about the challenges of being the guardians of 25,000 varieties of seeds. Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, reports on monarch sightings for 2017. Laura Barghusen, Openlands Associate Greenways Director, comments on the launching of Paddle Illinois Water Trails, the first comprehensive guidebook for the canoe and kayak trails of northeastern Illinois.

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Lee Buttala from the Seed Savers Exchange seeds, Allen Lawrance from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum updates the monarch butterfly count, and Laura Barghusen from Openlands announces the launch of Paddle Illinois Water Trails for canoes and kayaks. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-13_7-9-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-13_7-9-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:28 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Seed Savers Exchange, Lee Buttala, species diversity, Allan Lawrance, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, monarch butterly, Openlands, Paddle Illinois Water Trails no Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:11:59 -0600
July 8, 2017 – The Return of the Natives Mike and Peggy talk to Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz about their new book, Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees and the importance of putting native plants in your landscape. Mike and Peggy welcome Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz to the WCGO studios to talk about their latest book,  Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees, and the importance of replacing nonnative plants in the landscape with species that benefit our native insects and other creatures.

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Mike and Peggy talk to Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz about their new book, Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees and the importance of putting native plants in your landscape. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-13_7-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-13_7-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, native plants, trees and shrubs, insects, caterpillars, horticultural industry, oak trees, Douglas Tallamy no Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:41:00 -0600
July 2, 2017 – Carpin’ About Climate Joel Brammeier from Alliance for the Great Lakes reports on Asian carp and the All Hands on Deck initiative. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio and science educator Michele Hoffman come to the studio to talk climate change. Alliance for the Great Lakes president and CEO Joel Brammeier reports on the battle to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes following the discovery of one just miles from Lake Michigan and inside the so-called protective barrier near Lockport. He also promotes the All Hands On Deck initiative for the Great Lakes. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio talks about his upcoming trip to Iceland, and science educator and filmmaker Michele Hoffman discusses her role in explaining climate science in the classroom.

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Joel Brammeier from Alliance for the Great Lakes reports on Asian carp and the All Hands on Deck initiative. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio and science educator Michele Hoffman come to the studio to talk climate change. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-06_7-2-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-06_7-2-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:25 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Great Lakes, Joel Brammeier, Asian carp, invasive species, Rick DiMaio, Michele Hoffman, climate change, science, Microcosm no Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:43:47 -0600
July 1, 2017 – A Tale of Two Counties LaManda Joy from the Peterson Garden Project previews GnomeDependence Day. Mike and Peggy follow up on factory farm issues in Illinois with Karen Hudson from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water and farmers Craig Porter and Carrie Johnson. Peterson Garden Project founder LaManda Joy previews their GnomeDependence Day celebration. Karen Hudson from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water returns to the program to update the attempt to construct factory farms in Fulton and Schuyler Counties. Farmers Craig Porter and Carrie Johnson report on efforts in each county to block those CAFOs.

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LaManda Joy from the Peterson Garden Project previews GnomeDependence Day. Mike and Peggy follow up on factory farm issues in Illinois with Karen Hudson from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water and farmers Craig Porter and Carrie Johnson. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-06_7-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-07-06_7-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:48 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Peterson Garden Project, LaManda Joy, gnomes, community gardens, factory farms, Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Karen Hudson, water pollution, CAFOs no Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:00:34 -0600
June 25, 2017 – Mid-season Form Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden talks veggies, Mike and Peggy follow up on the Enbridge 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, and Lydia Scott reports on the Chicago Region Tree Initiative. Lisa Hilgenberg, Horticulturist at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, mid-season advice for veggie gardens. Liz Kirkwood from the non-profit For the Love of Water (FLOW), reports on legal wrangling over the Enbridge 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. Lydia Scott from the Chicago Region Tree Initiative (CRTI), explains the benefits of tree canopy in the Chicago area.

 

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Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden talks veggies, Mike and Peggy follow up on the Enbridge 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, and Lydia Scott reports on the Chicago Region Tree Initiative. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-29_6-25-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-29_6-25-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:21 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lisa Hilgenberg, Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Enbridge 5 pipeline, For the Love of Water, Lydia Scott, Chicago Region Tree Initiative, Morton Arboretum, tree canopy no Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:37:11 -0600
June 24, 2017 - Acting Koi The Mike Nowak Show hits the road to visit the 25th Annual Midwest Pond and Koi Society Koi Show and Trade Show in McCook, Illinois. The Mike Nowak Show is on location from the Midwest Pond and Koi Society's 25th Annual Koi Show and Trade Show in McCook, Illinois. Guests include MPKS President Dr. Bob Passovoy, Vice-President Ed Buck, and Myron Kloubec from Kloubec Koi Farm in Amana, Iowa.

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The Mike Nowak Show hits the road to visit the 25th Annual Midwest Pond and Koi Society Koi Show and Trade Show in McCook, Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-29_6-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-29_6-24-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:24 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Midwest Pond and Koi Society, Bob Passovoy, Ed Buck, water quality, chlorine, Kloubec Koi Farm, The Max no Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:59:18 -0600
June 18, 2017 – Better Living Through Hops and Rails Mike and Peggy learn about The Elgin Hops Project, preview their broadcast from the Midwest Pond and Koi Society 25th Annual Koi and Trade Show, and examine why electric rail service to the south side is being stymied. Firefighter and paramedic Robert Denwood explains why he started at The Elgin Hops Project. Dr. Bob Passovoy from the Midwest Pond and Koi Society previews their 25th Annual Show, from which The Mike Nowak Show will be broadcasting live on June 24. Chris Johnson from the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Andrea Reed, executive director of the Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce talk about the work of the Coalition for a Modern METRA Electric, which seeks to bring better rail service to Chicago's south side.

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Mike and Peggy learn about The Elgin Hops Project, preview their broadcast from the Midwest Pond and Koi Society 25th Annual Koi and Trade Show, and examine why electric rail service to the south side is being stymied. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-21_6-18-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-21_6-18-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:27 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, The Elgin Hops Project, soil food web, Midwest Pond and Koi Society, The Max, Coalition of a Modern METRA Electric, segregation, Chicago south side no Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:54:37 -0600
June 17, 2017 – The Obama Library: Baby Steps for Transparency Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks, returns to the show to follow up on efforts to hold Chicago accountable for transparency in developing the Obama Library and other facilities in south side parks. Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks (FOTP). follows up on the recent conference Rethinking the Role of Chicago’s Parks: Parks As Democracy? She reports on the first steps by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to include the public in its plans to create the Obama Library and possibily a world class golf course on the south side. Mike and Peggy talk about the sale of Whole Foods to Amazon, and why American consumers won't buy cage free eggs.

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Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks, returns to the show to follow up on efforts to hold Chicago accountable for transparency in developing the Obama Library and other facilities in south side parks. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-21_6-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-21_6-17-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:32 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Obama Presidential Library, Jackson Park, Chicago Park District, Juanita Irizarry, democracy, transparency, Amazon, Whole Foods, cage free eggs, humane treatment of livestock no Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:16:24 -0600
June 11, 2017 – Climate Backup Diane Blazek describes the work and programs of the National Garden Bureau, Josh Mogerman reports on environmental issues for the NRDC, and Breanne Heath from The Pie Patch talks about growing fruit in Chicago. Diane Blazek, Executive Director of the National Garden Bureau, describes the various initiatives of the organization, including the "Year Of" program. Josh Mogerman, National Media Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), talks about the response of environmental groups to the White House decision to pull out from the Paris climate accord. Breanne Heath of The Pie Patch explains what it's like to grow fruits on Chicago's south side.

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Diane Blazek describes the work and programs of the National Garden Bureau, Josh Mogerman reports on environmental issues for the NRDC, and Breanne Heath from The Pie Patch talks about growing fruit in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-13_6-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-13_6-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:25 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, National Garden Bureau, All-America Selections, brassicas, Josh Mogerman, NRDC, Paris climate accord, Breanne Heath, The Pie Patch, urban gardens no Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:42:05 -0600
June 10, 2017 – Keepin’ Energy Clean Mike and Peggy preview 28th annual Energy Fair, sponsored by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer, Wisconsin, then answer some gardening questions. Mark Klein, who is a founding board member of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), previews their 28th Annual Energy Fair in Custer Wisconsin. Mike and Peggy also answer gardening questions from listeners.

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Mike and Peggy preview 28th annual Energy Fair, sponsored by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Custer, Wisconsin, then answer some gardening questions. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-13_6-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-13_6-10-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 50:30 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), wind energy, solar energy, JB Straubel, Tesla Motors, Custer Wisconsin, black knot, fungal disease, Midwest Pond and Koi Society no Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:28:33 -0600
June 4, 2017 – Well-Tended Gardens and Markets Mike and Peggy learn about pruning perennials with Tracy DiSabato-Aust, promote the Sugar Beet Food Co-op, talk green smack with Green Diva Meg, and discuss the work of the Illinois Farmers Market Association. Tracy DiSabato-Aust discusses the latest edition of her classic book, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Chris Roland, general manager of the Sugar Beet Food Co-op, talks about their mission to provide healthy, local and affordable food. Green Diva Meg promotes--what else?--The Green Divas blog, videos, podcasts and more. Janie Maxwell, executive director of the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) explains how the group is connecting farmers markets in the state.

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Mike and Peggy learn about pruning perennials with Tracy DiSabato-Aust, promote the Sugar Beet Food Co-op, talk green smack with Green Diva Meg, and discuss the work of the Illinois Farmers Market Association. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-07_6-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-07_6-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:46:19 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Tracy DiSabato-Aust, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, Sugar Beet Food Co-op, local food, vegetarian, The Green Divas, Illinois Farmers Market Association, ConnectFresh Illinois no Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:46:28 -0600
June 3, 2017 – Parks As Democracy Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks, talks to Mike and Peggy about the future Obama Presidential Library, a proposed south side golf course, and other issues facing park land in Chicago. Juanita Irizarry is Executive Director of Friends of the Parks (FTOTP). She talks about recent issues involving the watchdog organization, including the planned Barack Obama Presidential Libary in Jackson Park, a proposed PGA-calilbre golf course on the city's south side and the group's victory in keeping the proposed Lucas museum from claiming lakefront land. She promotes an upcoming conference called Rethinking the Role of Chicago’s Parks: Parks As Democracy?

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Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director of Friends of the Parks, talks to Mike and Peggy about the future Obama Presidential Library, a proposed south side golf course, and other issues facing park land in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-07_6-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-06-07_6-3-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:42 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Juanita Irizarry, Friends of the Parks, Barack Obama Presidential Library, Jackson Park, Chicago lakefront, Lucas museum, democracy, Rahm Emanuel no Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:38:00 -0600
May 28, 2017 - Veggies, Baby! Mike and Peggy get advice from The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener about strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and more; get a preview of World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden; and explore non-toxic pest solutions from A-Plus Pest Control. Joey and Holly Baird, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, offer advice about growing strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes, and talk about their new radio program in Milwaukee. Kristie Webber from the Chicago Botanic Garden previews their World Environment Day events on June 3. Rick Moskovitz from A-Plus Pest Control and A Plus Natural Enzymes sings a couple of diddies (really) and talks about non-toxic pest control of bed bugs, ticks, mosquitoes and more.

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Mike and Peggy get advice from The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener about strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and more; get a preview of World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden; and explore non-toxic pest solutions from A-Plus Pest Control. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-29_5-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-29_5-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:47:04 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, growing tomatoes, Chicago Botanic Garden, World Environment Day, Tom Skilling, A-Plus Pest Control, bed bugs, non-toxic pest management, mosquitoes, cedar oil no Mon, 29 May 2017 23:06:16 -0600
May 27, 2017 – Made in the Shade Mike and Peggy talk about native plants for woodland areas with Monica Buckley of Red Stem Native Landscapes. Monica Buckley is the owner of Red Stem Native Landscapes. She visits the WCGO studios to talk to Mike and Peggy about native woodland plants, how to get them to thrive in your garden, and their importance to our insect populations She also had advice about certain non-native groundcovers to avoid.

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Mike and Peggy talk about native plants for woodland areas with Monica Buckley of Red Stem Native Landscapes. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-29_5-27-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-29_5-27-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:31 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, native plants, shade gardens, Monica Buckley, Red Stem Native Landscapes, insect biomass, groundcovers, invasive plants, woodlands, sedges no Mon, 29 May 2017 22:38:57 -0600
May 21, 2017 - Name This! Mike and Peggy talk to Dr. Allan Armitage about his new book, Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots, report on a victory for a suburban natural area, and get tree care advice from Skeet of Bartlett Tree Experts. Dr. Allan Armitage is a renowned speaker, researcher and author, whose latest book is called Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots. He talks to Mike and Peggy about the origin of some common plant names. Noreen Edwards Metz reports on the victory of local activists, who have so far managed to preserve a small natural area just north of Chicago. Certified arborist Skeet from Bartlett Tree Experts explains how this spring's weather has affected the health of area trees.

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Mike and Peggy talk to Dr. Allan Armitage about his new book, Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots, report on a victory for a suburban natural area, and get tree care advice from Skeet of Bartlett Tree Experts. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-23_5-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-23_5-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:47:10 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environmment, Dr. Allan Armitage, plant names, Noreen Edwards Metz, Isabella Woods, MWRD, Bartlett Tree Experts, mulch, tree care no Tue, 23 May 2017 15:04:25 -0600
May 20, 2017 – Saving the Monarch Mike and Peggy welcome citizen scientist and author Kylee Baumlee, who talks about her new book, The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. Kylee Baumlee is the author of a book called The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. She talks to Mike and Peggy about the life cycle of this iconic insect, including its extraordinary annual migration; about the precipitous decline in population; and how just about anybody can participate in programs to help save the this fascinating creature.

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Mike and Peggy welcome citizen scientist and author Kylee Baumlee, who talks about her new book, The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-23_5-20-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-23_5-20-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:48 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, insects, monarch butterfly, Kylee Baumlee, migration, chrysalis, pesticides, milkweed, habitat, citizen scientist, caterpillars, native plants no Tue, 23 May 2017 14:11:17 -0600
May 14, 2017 – Bees, Conservation, Green Buildings and More Mike and Peggy start with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, then talk about bees, a camp about reconnecting with the earth, a conservation program coming to Cook County, and the work of the US Green Building Council in Illinois. Mike and Peggy announce the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards. Heather Holm is a horticulturist and biologist by training who has just released a book called Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide. Brett Bloom explains what will happen at the upcoming Camp BreakDown Break Down Pachamanka, a retreat in Freeport, Illinois. Jim Kleinwachter from The Conservation Foundation and Val Kehoe from Illinois Extension talk about how Cook County residents can get involved with the Conservation at Home program. Brian Imus from the USGBC-IL previews their annual Limelight gala.

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Mike and Peggy start with a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, then talk about bees, a camp about reconnecting with the earth, a conservation program coming to Cook County, and the work of the US Green Building Council in Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-16_5-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-16_5-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:44 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards, Heather Holm, bees, Camp BreakDown Break Down, The Conservation Foundation, Conservation at Home, Illinois Extension, USGBC Illinois, retrofitting no Tue, 16 May 2017 23:15:49 -0600
May 13, 2017 - Urban Nature Dan Protess writer and producer of the WTTW digital series Uban Nature, stops by the WCGO studios to talk about his search for wildlife in three major American cities. Dan Protess is the writer and producer of a new 16 part digital series on WTTW called Urban Nature. He talks to Mike and Peggy about how, in the video episodes, he and host Marcus Kronforst tour “overlooked ecosystems” in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

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Dan Protess writer and producer of the WTTW digital series Uban Nature, stops by the WCGO studios to talk about his search for wildlife in three major American cities. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-16_5-13-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-16_5-13-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:27 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Urban Nature, coyotes, bird migration, Dan Protess, WTTW, Marcus Kronforst, Chicago, New York City, monarch butterflies, habitat no Tue, 16 May 2017 22:21:09 -0600
May 7, 2017 - The Future of Natural Areas Mike and Peggy welcome the author of a book about George Fell, discuss the next moves in opening up Lake Calumet to the Public, find out about fruiting shrubs that can be grown in containers, weigh in on a composting operation controversy. Author Arthur Melville Pearson discusses his just released book, Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement. South siders Tom Shepherd and Jerry Brown explain why it is so important to open up the shores of Chicago's Lake Calumet to the public. Layci Gragnani, Program Manager for Bushel and Berry™, talks about growing fruit producing shrubs in containers. Mike argues for the siting of a controversial composting operation in unincorporated Cook County.

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Mike and Peggy welcome the author of a book about George Fell, discuss the next moves in opening up Lake Calumet to the Public, find out about fruiting shrubs that can be grown in containers, weigh in on a composting operation controversy. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-10_5-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-10_5-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:45:57 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Arthur Melville Pearson, George Fell, The Nature Conservancy, Lake Calumet, Illinois International Port District, Bushel and Berry, blueberries, commercial composting, Patriot Acres LLC no Wed, 10 May 2017 22:35:23 -0600
May 6, 2017 – Counting Birds As birders in the Chicago area begin their annual May counts of migrating species, Mike and Peggy talk to a couple of experts about how the Cook County Forest Preserves can be prime viewing areas. Louise Clemency, Supervisor of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Chicago Illinois Field Office and Nina Baki, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, talk about spring migration and the various bird count activities happening this month in anticipation of Chicago’s International Migratory Bird Day Celebration on May 20.

 

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As birders in the Chicago area begin their annual May counts of migrating species, Mike and Peggy talk to a couple of experts about how the Cook County Forest Preserves can be prime viewing areas. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-10_5-6-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-10_5-6-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:38 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, bird migration, US Fish and Wildlife, Cook County Forest Preserves, International Migratory Bird Day, habitat, conservation, urban wildlife no Wed, 10 May 2017 22:12:52 -0600
April 30, 2017 - A Sunday Kind of Show On their first Sunday show at WCGO, Mike andn Peggy discuss natural lawn care, the threat of invasives to the Great Lakes, and unethical and inhumane predator hunts in Illinois. Steve Neumann from Logic Lawn Care offers advice about how to practice natural lawn care. Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, explains how opening up those bodies of fresh water to the world have also opened them up to attack by invasive species. Marc Ayres, Illinois State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, reports on unethical coyote hunting contests in Illinois, and promotes a bill to protect bobcats from certain kinds of traps.

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On their first Sunday show at WCGO, Mike andn Peggy discuss natural lawn care, the threat of invasives to the Great Lakes, and unethical and inhumane predator hunts in Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-05_4-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-05_4-30-17_the_mike_nowak_show_full.mp3 1:38:29 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Logic Lawn Care, Dan Egan, Great Lakes, invasive species, St. Lawrence Seaway, Marc Ayres, Humane Society, coyotes, bobcats, hunting no Fri, 05 May 2017 18:37:57 -0600
April 29, 2017 - Up on the Roof Brad Temkin is a photographer whose images of rooftop gardens was recently shown at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Professor Mike Bryson from the Sustainability Studies department joins him to discuss their collaboration in presenting the show. Photographer Brad Temkin and Michael Bryson, professor and director of Sustainability Studies at Roosevelt University talk about their collaboration on Brad's exhibit, Rooftop: Second Nature, which just closed at the university's Gage Gallery.

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Brad Temkin is a photographer whose images of rooftop gardens was recently shown at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Professor Mike Bryson from the Sustainability Studies department joins him to discuss their collaboration in presenting the show. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-05_4-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-05-05_4-29-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 51:46 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Brad Temkin, photography, Roosevelt University Sustainability Studies, Professor Mike Bryson, Gage Gallery, rooftop gardens, second nature no Fri, 05 May 2017 17:54:35 -0600
April 22, 2017 – Earth Day! Kathleen Thompson and Rick DiMaio report from the March for Science Chicago, and Joe Lamp'l from Growing a Greener World talks about water conservation in the backyard. Show contributor Kathleen Thompson and meteorologist Rick DiMaio report from different parts of the March for Science Chicago on Earth Day 2017. Joe Lamp'l, creator and host of Growing a Greener World, offers some backyard water conservation tips and promotes a the Rain Bird Rain Delay Sweepstakes.

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Kathleen Thompson and Rick DiMaio report from the March for Science Chicago, and Joe Lamp'l from Growing a Greener World talks about water conservation in the backyard. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-28_4-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-28_4-22-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 51:55 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Earth Day, March for Science Chicago, Joe Lamp'l, water conservation, Rain Bird, Growing a Greener World, Rick DiMaio, climate change no Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:15:04 -0600
April 15, 2017 – Wha’d Life Be Without Homegrown Tomatoes? Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, discusses his thirty years of studying the fruit (yes, it is), and reveals his favorite varieties.Kay McKeen previews the Focus on Energy,film festival, which Mike will be emceeing on April 23. Craig LeHoullier is a gardener, educator and author of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time. (Not too much pressure to get it right, eh?) He joins Mike and Peggy to just scratch the skin, so to speak, of the fruit that is most Americans' favorite vegetable. Kay McKeen from SCARCE reports on big plans for Earth Day and for the Focus on Energy Film Festival, which Mike will be emceeing on April 23.

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Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes, discusses his thirty years of studying the fruit (yes, it is), and reveals his favorite varieties.Kay McKeen previews the Focus on Energy,film festival, which Mike will be emceeing on April 23. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-17_4-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-17_4-15-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 51:56 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, heirloom tomatoes, Craig LeHoullier, Epic Tomatoes, SCARCE, Kay McKeen, Focus on Energy, film festival, Earth Day, recycling no Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:24:16 -0600
April 8, 2017 - Siting compost, sighting endangered species Mike and Peggy interview the owner of a proposed composing operation in Cook County about why it is so controversial, and talk to a nature photographer who is documenting endangered species in Illinois. John Lardner is co-owner of a company called Patriot Acres that wants to establish a composting operation on what is now a closed landfill in unincoporated Cook County bordering on Des Plaines, Illinois. The proposal has sparked a backlash in the community from people who fear that the facility will be a source of odors, vermin, and environmental contamination. Then, Carol Freeman talks about The Endangered Species Photography Project, which is an effort to photograph all 483 threatened and endangered species in Illinois, and then to use the photographs to help save these species.

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Mike and Peggy interview the owner of a proposed composing operation in Cook County about why it is so controversial, and talk to a nature photographer who is documenting endangered species in Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-09_4-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-09_4-8-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:33 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, compost, soil, landfills, Patriot Acres, compost odors, Carol Freeman, endangered species, Illinois, photography no Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:54:12 -0600
April 1, 2017 – The Challenge of Upcycling Mike and Peggy welcome Carl Zimring, author of Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective. They talk about recycling, sustainability, innovation and environmental justice. Carl Zimring is an associate professor and coordinator of the Sustainability Studies minor at the Pratt Institute in New York City. He is also the author of Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective. In a wide-ranging interview, Mike and Peggy talk to him about recycling, sustainability, innovation and environmental justice.

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Mike and Peggy welcome Carl Zimring, author of Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective. They talk about recycling, sustainability, innovation and environmental justice. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-01_4-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show_64.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-04-01_4-1-17_the_mike_nowak_show_64.mp3 53:35 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, recycling, upcycling, Carl Zimring, Aluminum Upcycled, Pratt Institute, environmental justice, Chicago Recycling Coalition, history, Keep America Beautiful, Roosevelt University no Sat, 01 Apr 2017 21:26:55 -0600
March 25, 2017 – LIVE from the Chicago Flower & Garden Show For the second straight week, Mike and Peggy are on the road, this time to the Chicago Flower and Gard Show, where they talk to a wide range of guests about everything from roses to bird-friendly natives to composting to backyard water features. Mike and Peggy are on the road again, this time at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier. Among their guests are Tony Abruscato, President and Director of the Flower Show; Chris Van Cleave, The Redneck Rosarian, Nathaniel Miller, Director of Conservation for Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) and our buddy, Nick Fuller of Natural Communities Native Plants; Ahmed Hassan from the DIY Network; Brian Helfrich of Aquascape, Inc, and more, including an extra segment with Meteorologist Rick DiMaio.

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For the second straight week, Mike and Peggy are on the road, this time to the Chicago Flower and Gard Show, where they talk to a wide range of guests about everything from roses to bird-friendly natives to composting to backyard water features. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-26_3-25-17_flower_show_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-26_3-25-17_flower_show_full_show.mp3 1:43:00 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Chris VanCleave, roses, Ahmed Assan, Audubon Great Lakes, native plants, Brian Helfrich, Aquascape, Rick DiMaio, climate change no Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:48:51 -0600
March 18, 2017–Live from the Good Food Festival and Conference For the second consecutive year, The Mike Nowak Show broadcasts live from the Good Food Festival and Conference. Mike and Peggy talk to guests talking about issues ranging from sustainable fish to sustainable soils. Mike and Peggy take The Mike Nowak Show to the 13th Annual Good Food Festival and Conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Their guests include Nic Mink from Sitka Salmon Shares and Amber Petersen of The Fishmongers Wife, who talk about sustainabile seafood; Jennifer Filipiak from American Farmland Trust and Barry Fischer of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, who report on how scientists and farmers are working to make our soils healthy; Billy Burdett from Chicago-based Advocates for Urban Agriculture, with an update on composting laws in Chicago; and Jen Miller and Chris Trogg from Band of Farmers, which has just released a terrific list of CSAs. And listen for a cameo from Rodlene Paul of Hellshire Foods.

 

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For the second consecutive year, The Mike Nowak Show broadcasts live from the Good Food Festival and Conference. Mike and Peggy talk to guests talking about issues ranging from sustainable fish to sustainable soils. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-22_3-18-17_good_food_festival_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-22_3-18-17_good_food_festival_full_show.mp3 1:40:12 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Good Food Festival, FamilyFarmed, Sitka Salmon Shares, The Fishmongers Wife, American Farmland Trust, healthy soil, USDA, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Band of Farmers no Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:59:56 -0600
March 11, 2017 - Countdown to Good Food A week before The Mike Nowak Show broadcasts from the Good Food Festival, Mike and Peggy talk to the founder of that event, Jim Slama from FamilyFarmed. They also discuss several environmental topics, including potential cutbacks at the EPA. Jim Slama is founder and president of FamilyFarmed, and he created the Good Food Festival and Conference in 2004. He previews this year's conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago, where The Mike Nowak Show will be broadcasting Saturday, March 18 at 10am. Mike and Peggy also discuss a number of environmental issues, including proposed cuts to the EPA, which could endanger the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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A week before The Mike Nowak Show broadcasts from the Good Food Festival, Mike and Peggy talk to the founder of that event, Jim Slama from FamilyFarmed. They also discuss several environmental topics, including potential cutbacks at the EPA. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-13_3-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-13_3-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:37 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Good Food Festival, FamilyFarmed, Jim Slama, local food, EPA, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Lake Erie, pollution no Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:36:44 -0600
March 4, 2017 – Good Food, Good Gardening Mike and Peggy welcome the folks from Honey Butter Fried Chicken, the recipients of the FamilyFarmed 2017 Good Food Chef of the Year award, and Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Mike and Peggy talk to the winners of the Good Food Chef of the Year award, Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Their food — much of it locally and sustainably sourced — comes with a large side of social conscience, which is why they are receiving the award at the Good Food Festival and Conference. Then, Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show stops by to promote a Chicago tradition dating back to 1847. The Mike Nowak Show will be broadcasting live from each event on consecutive Saturdays--March 18 and March 25 at 10am on 1590 WCGO.

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Mike and Peggy welcome the folks from Honey Butter Fried Chicken, the recipients of the FamilyFarmed 2017 Good Food Chef of the Year award, and Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-07_3-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-07_3-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 50:56 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, local food, Good Food Festival, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, sustainability, social justice, Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Tony Abruscato, Navy Pier, 1590 WCGO no Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:39:50 -0700
February 25, 2017 - Keeping Seeds and Making Films Carol and Kerrie from the Seed Keeper Company visit the studio to talk about encouraging kids to grow plants from seed. Mike and Peggy interview two filmmakers from the 2017 One Earth Film Festival, opening on March 3. Carol Niec and Kerrie Rosenthal are the founders and owners of The Seed Keeper Company. They drop by the WCGO studios to talk about their annual event, The Seed Keeper Project, which recognizes school gardens across the country. The One Earth Film Festival returns for its sixth year, expanding to two weeks with showings all over the Chicago area. Mike and Peggy talk to two of the filmmakers for this environmental event--Catherine Zimmerman, director of a film called Hometown Habitat, and Gwendolen Cates, who directed The Good Mind.

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Carol and Kerrie from the Seed Keeper Company visit the studio to talk about encouraging kids to grow plants from seed. Mike and Peggy interview two filmmakers from the 2017 One Earth Film Festival, opening on March 3. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-01_2-25-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-03-01_2-25-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:38 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, The Seed Keeper Company, seed starting, One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections, Catherine Zimmerman, Hometown Habitat, Gwendolen Cates, The Good Mind, Under the Canopy no Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:38:24 -0700
February 18, 2017 – Will Chicago Divest from Fossil Fuels? Alderman John Arena from Chicago's 45th Ward and Chicago 350 founder Melissa Brice talk to Mike and Peggy about the debate in the Chicago City Council about divesting from fossil fuel companies. John Arena, Alderman from Chicago's 45th Ward, and Melissa Brice, founder of Chicago 350, stop by the WCGO studio to talk to Mike and Peggy about the how the City of Chicago might divest certain funds from the fossil fuel industry.

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Alderman John Arena from Chicago's 45th Ward and Chicago 350 founder Melissa Brice talk to Mike and Peggy about the debate in the Chicago City Council about divesting from fossil fuel companies. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-20_2-18-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-20_2-18-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:11 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, fossil fuels, Alderman John Arena, City of Chicago. Rahm Emanuel, climate change, Chicago 350, Melissa Brice, EPA, Chicago City Council no Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:28:46 -0700
February 11, 2017 – The Beauty and “Chicugly” of Nature February is the month for indoor environmental events and Mike and Peggy cover two of them--the Bioneers Speaker Series at McHenry County College and the biannual Wild Things Conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Kim Hankins, director of the McHenry County College Sustainability Center, talks to Mike and Peggy about their annual Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker Series, a way to connect MCC employees, students and residents to cutting edge environmental topics that directly impact the local economy and community. Robb Telfer, Calumet Outreach Coordinator for The Field Museum, will be the plenary speaker, along with Emily Graslie, at the upcoming sold-out Wild Things Conference in Chicago. He explains their talk, Chicugly: Redefining Natural Beauty in Chicago.

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February is the month for indoor environmental events and Mike and Peggy cover two of them--the Bioneers Speaker Series at McHenry County College and the biannual Wild Things Conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-15_2-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-15_2-11-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:41 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, McHenry County College, sustainability, Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker Series, resiliency, Wild Things, Robb Telfer, Emily Graslie, The Field Museum, The Brain Scoop, Chicugly no Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:25:13 -0700
February 4, 2017 – On the Front Lines of the Factory Farm Fight Mike and Peggy break the story about how a factory farm in Fulton County, Illinois reapplied for a permit just days after withdrawing it. Illinois farmers and activists Karen Hudson and Craig Porter call in from from central Illinois. Karen Hudson from Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water (ICCAW) and Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP). and Craig Porter, member of the Isabel Township Board of Trustees, talk to Mike and Peggy about the threat to small farmers and rural citizens by factory farms. They are both farmers and members of Illinois Farm Bureau, which they claim isn't acting in the interest of its constituency when it comes to factory farms. They also advocate for a change in Illinois law to empower local governments to be able to reject the siting of CAFOs.

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Mike and Peggy break the story about how a factory farm in Fulton County, Illinois reapplied for a permit just days after withdrawing it. Illinois farmers and activists Karen Hudson and Craig Porter call in from from central Illinois. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-05_2-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-05_2-4-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:09 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, factory farms, CAFOs, Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Karen Hudson, Craig Porter, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture, IEPA, water pollution no Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:22:50 -0700
January 28, 2017 - Melinda Myers Is in the Yard Mike and Peggy talk winter tasks, including pruning, with nationally recognized gardening expert Mellinda Myers. Mike and Peggy welcome Melinda Myers once again to the show. She has more than 30 years of horticultural experience, and has written more than 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook.

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Mike and Peggy talk winter tasks, including pruning, with nationally recognized gardening expert Mellinda Myers. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-01_1-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-02-01_1-28-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 46:07 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, Melinda Myers, Great Courses, pruning, Can't Miss Small Space Gardening, trees and shrubs, winter garden care, Rick DiMaio, climate change no Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:44:10 -0700
January 21, 2017 - The Plight of the Bumble Bee Mike and Peggy talk to a couple of experts about the recent decision to put the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. Allen Lawrance from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Rich Hatfield from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation discuss the recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

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Mike and Peggy talk to a couple of experts about the recent decision to put the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-25_1-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-25_1-21-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 53:07 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, rusty patched bumble bee, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Xerces Society, pollinators, extinction, Endangered Species Act no Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:47:52 -0700
January 14, 2017 – Secrets of Selecting Seeds Mike and Peggy welcome Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden, who talks about her favorite seed catalogs and how she makes selections for the 50,000 plants she grows at CBG. Lisa Hilgenberg is Horticulturist at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Not to put too fine a point on it, but she’s in charge of 50,000 vegetable plants, which people pay to see. No pressure at all. She stops by the 1590 WCGO studios to talk to Mike and Peggy about which seed catalogs she thinks are best and how she makes the seed selections for the garden each year.

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Mike and Peggy welcome Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden, who talks about her favorite seed catalogs and how she makes selections for the 50,000 plants she grows at CBG. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-15_1-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-15_1-14-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 46:04 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, Peggy Malecki, Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, seed catalogs, hybrids, GMOs, heirloom plants no Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:26:29 -0700
January 7, 2017 – A New Year, a New Radio Station 1590 WCGO is the new home for The Mike Nowak Show, Mike and Peggy welcome Robert Nevel from KAM Isaiah Israel and Dr. V. Bala Chaudhary from DePaul University to talk about the 8th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. With this show, Mike and Peggy move to their new home, 1590 WCGO Radio. They welcome Robert Nevel from KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago's Hyde Park Neighborhood, and Dr. V. Bala Chaudhary from DePaul University. KAMII presents its 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sustainability Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend from January 13 to 15, and Dr. Chaudhary will be one of the many presenters. Carly Persson, Winter Farmers Market Coordinator for Faith in Place, talks about their Winter Farmers Markets.

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1590 WCGO is the new home for The Mike Nowak Show, Mike and Peggy welcome Robert Nevel from KAM Isaiah Israel and Dr. V. Bala Chaudhary from DePaul University to talk about the 8th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-07_1-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2017-01-07_1-7-17_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 52:44 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, gardening, environment, WCGO, KAM Isaiah Israel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., food justice, sustainability, Faith in Place, winter farmers markets, Rick DiMaio no Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:08:34 -0700
Smart Lighting for Chicago With Chicago poised to change 270,000 streetlights to LEDs, Mike and Peggy talk to a panel of experts about why it is likely that the lights will be too bright and the direction of the lamps uncontrolled. Audrey Fischer of the Chicago Astronomical Society stops by the Que4 Studio to talk about the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which is already being tested in seven neighborhoods, as the City replaces some 270,000 streetlight. She is joined by Dr Fabio Falchi, who is co-author of The New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness, and is one of the world’s leading experts in the area of dark skies research, and Dr Mario Motta, a past board member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the lead person for the American Medial Association declaration on human health and light pollution. They discuss what the City of Chicago needs to do to create a safe, effective lighting system.

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With Chicago poised to change 270,000 streetlights to LEDs, Mike and Peggy talk to a panel of experts about why it is likely that the lights will be too bright and the direction of the lamps uncontrolled. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-29_12-18-16_what_is_smart_lighting_for_chicago.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-29_12-18-16_what_is_smart_lighting_for_chicago.mp3 37:45 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, light pollution, Chicago Astronomical Society, Audrey Fischer, Dr. Fabio Falchi, The New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky Brightness, Dr. Mario Motta, International Dark-Sky Association, City of Chicago no Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:14:47 -0700
December 18, 2016 – We’re Moving to 1590 AM WCGO Radio…with Mighty House! Mike and Peggy talk about the show's move to 1590AM WCGO with Ron Cowgill of Mighty House. A trio of light pollution experts weigh in on whether Chicago will get its new lighting system right. The CEO of Amp Your Good talks about a new model for giving. On January 7, 2017, The Mike Nowak Show moves to 1590AM, WCGO Radio to be back to back with old friend Ron Cowgill and his Mighty House Home Improvement Radio. Mighty House airs from 7-10am, Mike and Peggy go from 10am-noon. Ron visits to talk about the new venue. Audrey Fischer of the Chicago Astronomical Society stops by the Que4 Studio to talk about the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, which is already being tested in seven neighborhoods. She is joined by experts Dr Fabio Falchi and Dr Mario Motta, and they discuss what the City needs to do to avoid over-illumination. Patrick O’Neill, CEO of an LLC called Amp Your Good, explains how it is changing the way people participate in food drives.

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Mike and Peggy talk about the show's move to 1590AM WCGO with Ron Cowgill of Mighty House. A trio of light pollution experts weigh in on whether Chicago will get its new lighting system right. The CEO of Amp Your Good talks about a new model for giving. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-26_12-18-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-26_12-18-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:15:00 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, green living, Mighty House Home Improvement Radio, Ron Cowgill, light pollution, Chicago Smart Lighting Project, urban crime, Audrey Fischer, Amp Your Good, food drives, hunger in America no Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:18:35 -0700
November 27, 2016 – The Good, the Bad & the Weird of Green Holiday Gifts Mike, Peggy and Michelle Byrne Walsh run the gamut of green holiday gift giving, Lurie Garden director Scott Stewart expounds on the value of the winter garden, and Sarah Surroz talks about her role as new exeutive director of Conserve Lake County. Michelle Byrne Walsh from Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and State by State Gardening helps Mike and Peggy come up with green holiday gifts that are good, bad and just plain weird. Scott Stewart, director of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, waxes poetic on the fall/winter garden and explains how just five acres of land has transformed Chicago's lakefront. Sarah Surroz is the new executive director of Conserve Lake County and she explains her vision for utilizing both public and private lands in the service of nature.

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Mike, Peggy and Michelle Byrne Walsh run the gamut of green holiday gift giving, Lurie Garden director Scott Stewart expounds on the value of the winter garden, and Sarah Surroz talks about her role as new exeutive director of Conserve Lake County. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-01_11-27-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-12-01_11-27-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:15:59 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, green holiday gifts, Chicagoland Gardening, State by State Gardening, Scott Stewart, The Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, plant communities, Sarah Surroz, Conserve Lake County, habitat, natural areas no Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:35:00 -0700
November 20, 2016 – The Wilds of Chicago and of Chicago’s Farmers Markets Mike MacDonald talks about his 22 year journey to create a photo book about Chicago's natural areas. Representatives of Plant Chicago, The Urban Canopy and The Experimental Station examine why some urban farmers markets succeed and others fail. Mike MacDonald is photographer and author of My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland’s Startling Natural Wonders. He talks about how, by by picture, prose and poetry, he wants others to share his passion for Chicago's natural areas. Liz Lyon, manager of the Plant Chicago Farmer’s Market, Alex Poltorak, founder of The Urban Canopy, and Corey Chatman, project manager at the Experimental Station, discuss why running a successful farmers market can be so difficult.

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Mike MacDonald talks about his 22 year journey to create a photo book about Chicago's natural areas. Representatives of Plant Chicago, The Urban Canopy and The Experimental Station examine why some urban farmers markets succeed and others fail. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-23_11-20-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-23_11-20-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:09:16 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, natural areas, Mike MacDonald, prairie, woodland, savannah, Chicago farmers markets, Plant Chicago, The Urban Canopy, Experimental Station, food deserts, nutrition no Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:36:00 -0700
November 13, 2016 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse, Rethink and Compost! Mike and Peggy welcome artist Mary Ellen Croteau, Food Tank president and founder Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank Summit participant Roger Thurow, Kay McKeen from SCARCE and Erlene Howard from Collective Resource. "Artist and agitator" Mary Ellen Croteau , who creates works from unused and discarded plastic bags and bottle caps, talks about why she is driven to create art with those items.  FoodTank President and Founder Danielle Nierenberg, and Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow of Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. discuss the 2016 Food Tank Summit that happened on Wednesday, November 16. Kay McKeen from SCARCE, and Erlene Howard of Collective Resource, Inc., explain their similar missions to reclaim the value of manufactured items and food once they has been used.

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Mike and Peggy welcome artist Mary Ellen Croteau, Food Tank president and founder Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank Summit participant Roger Thurow, Kay McKeen from SCARCE and Erlene Howard from Collective Resource. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-17_11-13-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-17_11-13-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:11:36 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, deep green, Mary Ellen Croteau, plastic bottle caps, recycling, reuse, Food Tank, Danielle Nierenberg, Kay McKeen, SCARCE, Erlene Howard, Collective Resource, food scaps, composting no Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:30:06 -0700
November 6, 2016 - From Big Marsh, IL to Cannon Ball, ND to the Food Tank Summit Tom Shepherd from SETF previews the opening of a bike park at Big Marsh on Chicago's southeast side, investigative journalist Steve Horn reports on the continuing Standing Rock Tribe protests in ND, two presenters preview the 2016 Food Tank Summit. Tom Shepherd from the Southeast Environmental Task Force talks about the opening of a new bike park at Big Marsh on Chicago's southeast side, and expresses hope for the currently fenced-in Lake Calumet. Investigative journalist Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog talks about his work covering the protest by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe water protectors in North Dakota. Lisa Moon, President & CEO at The Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris, COO at Farmer’s Fridge, preview the Food Tank Summit in Chicago and its theme, Chicago, We Can Change the Food System.

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Tom Shepherd from SETF previews the opening of a bike park at Big Marsh on Chicago's southeast side, investigative journalist Steve Horn reports on the continuing Standing Rock Tribe protests in ND, two presenters preview the 2016 Food Tank Summit. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_11-6-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_11-6-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Southeast Environmental Task Force, Big Marsh, bike trails, Lake Calumet, Steve Horn, DAPL, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Food Tank Summit, The Global FoodBanking Network, Farmer's Fridge, food security no Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:59:00 -0700
Talking Food Tank Summit, Part 1 Lisa Moon from the Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris from Farmer's Fridge discuss their roles in the upcoming 2016 Food Tank Summit in Chicago. Lisa Moon, President & CEO at The Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris, COO at Farmer’s Fridge, preview the Food Tank Summit in Chicago and its theme, Chicago, We Can Change the Food System.

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Lisa Moon from the Global FoodBanking Network and Shayna Harris from Farmer's Fridge discuss their roles in the upcoming 2016 Food Tank Summit in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_11-6-16_food_tank_-_moon_and_harris.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_11-6-16_food_tank_-_moon_and_harris.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, local food, Food Tank Summit, Lisa Moon, The Global FoodBanking Network, Shayna Harris, Farmer's Fridge, food security, food scraps no Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:53:00 -0700
October 30, 2016 - Desperately Seeking Bison Mike and Peggy preview the Green Living Expo at McHenry County College, celebrate #BatWeek with Bruce D. Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals at the Field Museum, and recap their visit to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to look for bison. Kim Hankins, director of the the McHenry County College Sustainability Center and Caron Wenzel, owner of Blazing Star native seed company, promote the annual Green Living Expo. Bruce Patterson, the MacArthur Curator of Mammals in the Integrative Research Center at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History extols the virtues of bats during the National Park Service’s annual Bat Week. Earlier this year, President Obama designated bison as the National Mammal of the United States. To help celebrate National Bison Day on November 5, Mike and Peggy welcome Wade Spang, Prairie Supervisor, USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Duane Lammers, movie consultant on the 1991 Academy Award-winning film Dances with Wolves, and Keith Aune, bison program director with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

 

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Mike and Peggy preview the Green Living Expo at McHenry County College, celebrate #BatWeek with Bruce D. Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals at the Field Museum, and recap their visit to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to look for bison. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-03_10-30-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-03_10-30-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, McHenry County College, Blazing Star, Bruce Patterson, Field Museum of Natural History, Bat Week, National Mammal, National Bison Day, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, endangered species no Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:52:00 -0600
Bringing Bison Back In honor of the first National Bison Day at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, Mike and Peggy discuss the reintroduction of bison to Illinois with Wade Spang, Duane Lammers and Keith Aune. Earlier this year, President Obama designated bison as the National Mammal of the United States. To help celebrate National Bison Day on November 5, Mike and Peggy welcome Wade Spang, Prairie Supervisor, USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Duane Lammers, movie consultant on the 1991 Academy Award-winning film Dances with Wolves, and Keith Aune, bison program director with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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In honor of the first National Bison Day at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, Mike and Peggy discuss the reintroduction of bison to Illinois with Wade Spang, Duane Lammers and Keith Aune. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_10-30-16_bringing_bison_back.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-11-09_10-30-16_bringing_bison_back.mp3 36:24 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, endangered species, bison, genetic diversity, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Dances with Wolves, Duane Lammers, Wildlife Conservation Society, biological diversity no Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:37:00 -0600
October 23, 2016 - Moms Clean Air Force; Smart Drug Disposal; Chicago Wilderness Congress Mike and Peggy talk about why moms are getting involved in the clean air fight, what Cook County, IL is doing to keep pharmaceuticals from getting into our water, and why you should attend the upcoming Chicago Wilderness Congress. Mike and Peggy recap their visit to The Talking Farm's 2016 Hullabaloo. Kelly Nichols, Illinois Feld Organizer for Moms Clean Air Force, talks about her work fighting against air pollution and the challenge of climate change. Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) explains why a proposed Cook County ordinance to keep pharmaceuticals out of the water supply is so important. Karen Lewis, Project Manager for Chicago Wilderness, previews their upcoming Congress.

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Mike and Peggy talk about why moms are getting involved in the clean air fight, what Cook County, IL is doing to keep pharmaceuticals from getting into our water, and why you should attend the upcoming Chicago Wilderness Congress. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-26_10-23-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-26_10-23-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:04:08 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, The Talking Farm, Moms Clean Air Force, climate change, air pollution, Debra Shore, MWRD, Cook County, pharmaceuticals, Chicago Wilderness Congress, priority species no Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:43:57 -0600
October 16, 2016 - 30 Days of Doing; Friending 69,000 Acres Mike and Peggy invite staff from the Peterson Garden Project into the studio to talk about their 30 Days of Doing. Benjamin Cox from Friends of the Forest Preserves reports on the state of the largest forest preserve district in the world. LaManda Joy is founder and executive director of the Peterson Garden Project. She talks about their 30 Days of Doing campaign with Breanne Heath, Program Manager of Gardens and Education, and Christina Bello, Program Manager of the Community Cooking School. Benjamin Cox, President and CEO of Friends of the Forest Preserves. reports on the progress of the Cook County Forest Preserve District over the past 18 years.

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Mike and Peggy invite staff from the Peterson Garden Project into the studio to talk about their 30 Days of Doing. Benjamin Cox from Friends of the Forest Preserves reports on the state of the largest forest preserve district in the world. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-18_10-16-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-18_10-16-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Peterson Garden Project, LaManda Joy, commmunity gardening, 30 Days of Doing, Friends of the Forest Preserves, invasive species, Cook County no Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:58:00 -0600
Are Living Corridors the Only Way to Save Our Native Species? Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki talk Pam Todd and Arthur Smith from the newly formed Chicago Living Corridors about their goal to win a 100 million dollar grant to reverse the damage of ecosystem fragmentation. Pam Todd and Arthur Smith belong to an organization called Chicago Living Corridors. They're trying to win a 100 million dollar grant from the MacArthur Foundation to help private landowners play an important role in reversing the negative impacts of ecosystem loss and fragmentation, land and water pollution, and climate change.

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Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki talk Pam Todd and Arthur Smith from the newly formed Chicago Living Corridors about their goal to win a 100 million dollar grant to reverse the damage of ecosystem fragmentation. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-12_10-9-16_are_living_corridors_the_only_way_to_save_our_native_species.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-12_10-9-16_are_living_corridors_the_only_way_to_save_our_native_species.mp3 35:29 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Chicago Living Corridors, Doug Tallamy, ecosystem loss, monarch butterflies, climate change, MacArthur Foundation, native species, biodiversity no Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:40:52 -0600
October 2, 2016 - Trashing the Dude, Teaching Vocations, Active By Design Mike and Peggy report on Rob Greenfield's latest environmental adventure, talk to a couple of teachers who are making a difference on Chicago's south side, and explore how good municipal design can help to keep people healthy. Rob Greenfield is sometimes known as the dude making a difference. His latest campaign is called Trash Me, during which he wears all of the trash he creates for an entire month. Regina Hawkins and Marisa Manker from the Southside Occupational Academy (SOA) explain how they work to give vocational opportunities to high school students with disabilities. Dr. Anne Nagle, Beth Drucker from Go Green Wilmette and Nancy Wagner of the Active Transportation Alliance promote the Active by Design Summit, along with Mark Fenton, who is a keynote speaker.

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Mike and Peggy report on Rob Greenfield's latest environmental adventure, talk to a couple of teachers who are making a difference on Chicago's south side, and explore how good municipal design can help to keep people healthy. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-07_10-2-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-10-07_10-2-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, sustainability, Rob Greenfield, dude making a difference, Trash Me, Southside Occupational Academy, students with disabilities, horticultural education, Active by Design, Go Green Wilmette, Active Transportation Alliance, Mark Fenton no Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:57:00 -0600
September 25, 2016 - Giant Pumpkins, Aggressive Strawberries, Losing Trees Mike and Peggy welcome a couple of Illinois giant pumpkin growers, examine why Ron Cowgill's Marshall Strawberries are out of control, and visit a south side park that has lost all of its century-old trees. On September 24, Mike attended the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off at Siegel's Cottonwood Farm in Lockport, Illinois. He and Peggy Malecki talk about the event and interview two contestants--George Janowiak and Greg Sliwka, who grew his 1,468 pound beauty in a community garden! They are both members of the Illinois Giant Pumpkin Growers Association and they talk about their peculiar obsession. Ron Cowgill from Mighty House Home Improvement Radio explains how one Marshall Strawberry plant has increased to a patch that is threatening to take over his yard. TreeKeeper Karen Roothaan and Chris Mest from Tree Guardians tell the story of a south side park that had a grove of century-old trees clear cut and replaced with lawn. 

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Mike and Peggy welcome a couple of Illinois giant pumpkin growers, examine why Ron Cowgill's Marshall Strawberries are out of control, and visit a south side park that has lost all of its century-old trees. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-28_9-25-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-28_9-25-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mikek Nowak Show, environment, sustainability, giant pumpkins, Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, Ron Cowgill, Mighty House, Marshall Strawberry, Tree Guardians, TreeKeepers, Karen Roothaan, Chicago Park District no Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:52:00 -0600
September 18, 2016 - A Visit from Dallas Goldtooth Mike and Peggy welcome Dallas Goldtooth, who is a Native American activist and comedian. He talks about being at the site of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. Dallas Goldtooth is and activist and the Keep It In The Ground campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network.a But he is also an entertainer and co-founder of the 1491s comedy group. He comes to the Que4 Radio studio, fresh from the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline being staged at the Sacred Stone Camp by the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes. In a wide-ranging conversation, he talks to Mike Nowak and Peggy Malecki about Indian tribe names, social justice, humor as political strategy, being hip and more.

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Mike and Peggy welcome Dallas Goldtooth, who is a Native American activist and comedian. He talks about being at the site of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-19_9-18-16_a_visit_from_dallas_goldtooth.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-19_9-18-16_a_visit_from_dallas_goldtooth.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 1491s, Sacred Stone Camp, Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux, social justice, native Americans no Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:54:00 -0600
September 18, 2016 - Farm Strolls; 12 Special Species; A Visit from Dallas Goldtooth Mike and Peggy preview a farm stroll in McHenry County, promote a Chicago Wilderness crowd funding campaign to save 12 crucial local species, and talk to activist and comedian Dallas Goldtooth about the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Michelle Byrne Walsh is an editor for State-By-State Gardening Magazines. She is also a McHenry County Master Gardener who is one of the folks behind the 2016 McHenry County Farm Stroll and Market on Sunday, September 25. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, executive director of Chicago Wilderness, discusses that organization's One Home: A Campaign to Support Our Species, which will raise money to protect crucial species in this area. Dallas Goldtooth--Native American activist, comedian and Keep It In The Ground campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network--comes to the Que4 Radio studio from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota to talk about life in the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

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Mike and Peggy preview a farm stroll in McHenry County, promote a Chicago Wilderness crowd funding campaign to save 12 crucial local species, and talk to activist and comedian Dallas Goldtooth about the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-19_9-18-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-19_9-18-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, farm stroll, McHenry County Master Gardeners, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Chicago Wilderness, monarch butterfly, One Home, Dallas Goldtooth, Dakota Access Pipeline, Sacred Stone Camp, Indigenous Environmental Network no Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:40:00 -0600
September 11, 2016 - Factory Farm Summit Mike and Peggy travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to broadcast from the 2016 Factory Farm Summit, presented by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) Mike and Peggy Malecki head to Green Bay, Wisconsin to broadcast live from the 2016 Factory Farm Summit, presented by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP). During the program, they talk to activists from across the country who are finally making headway in the battle to stop the land, air, water and moral pollution created by factory farms worldwide.

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Mike and Peggy travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to broadcast from the 2016 Factory Farm Summit, presented by the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-12_9-11-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-12_9-11-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Factory Farm Summit, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, SRAP, water pollution, antibiotics, CAFO, Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Food and Water Watch, Great Lakes, First Nations no Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:54:00 -0600
September 4, 2016 - DiMaio-Palooza! Mike and Peggy talk weather and how it relates to climate change with iconic Chicago meteorologist Rick DiMaio. Mike and Peggy talk weather and how it relates to climate change with iconic Chicago meteorologist Rick DiMaio.

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Mike and Peggy talk weather and how it relates to climate change with iconic Chicago meteorologist Rick DiMaio. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-05_9-4-16_dimaio-palooza.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-05_9-4-16_dimaio-palooza.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, climate change, Rick DiMaio, meteorologist, hurricane season, drought, climate change, n no Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:57:00 -0600
September 4, 2016 - DiMaio-Palooza! and Death of a Farmers Market? Mike and Peggy investigate the closing of the South Shore Farmers Market, get an update from the Chicago Farm Report, and spend an hour talking about weather and climate issues with meteorologist Rick DiMaio. Qae-Dah Muhammad is a founder and manager of the South Shore Farmers Market in Chicago. She explains why she was forced to shut the market down, at least temporarily. Barry Patrick from the Chicago Farm Report talks about the recent stories on his blog. It's DiMaio-Palooza as meteorologist Rick DiMaio comes to the Que4 Radio studio to talk weather and climate issues.

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Mike and Peggy investigate the closing of the South Shore Farmers Market, get an update from the Chicago Farm Report, and spend an hour talking about weather and climate issues with meteorologist Rick DiMaio. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-05_9-4-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-09-05_9-4-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, sustainability, Chicago South Shore Farmers Market, economics, Chicago Farm Report, Rick DiMaio, climate change, weather no Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:57:00 -0600
August 28, 2016 - Protecting Our Land, Our Water and Our Right to Play Mike and Peggy preview the opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus at the Chicago Botanic Garden, talk to the director and starring actress in Turn Here Sweet Corn, and report on protests against the Dakota Acces and Enbridge 5 pipelines. Eileen Prendergast, Education Director, previews the opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Director Scott Jones and actor/storyteller Megan Wells discuss their collaboration on the world premiere of Turn Here Sweet Corn at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, September 1-4. Mike and Peggy interview Mitch McNeil from Surfrider Chicago about the Pipe Out Paddle Protest at Montrose Beach on September 1 to call attention to the Enbridge 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, then talk to Joseph Chasing Horse, a Sundance Tribal Ceremonial Elder, about the Dakota Access pipeline protest in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

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Mike and Peggy preview the opening of the Regenstein Learning Campus at the Chicago Botanic Garden, talk to the director and starring actress in Turn Here Sweet Corn, and report on protests against the Dakota Acces and Enbridge 5 pipelines. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-29_8-28-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-29_8-28-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Learning Campus, Scott Jones, Megan Wells, Turn Here Sweet Corn, Atina Diffley, Surfrider Chicago, Pipe Out Paddle Protest, Enbridge 5 pipeline, Dakota Access pipleine no Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:55:00 -0600
August 21, 2016 - Launching G-Ride, Building School Gardens, Planting Natives Mike and Peggy welcome the founder of G-Ride, the world's first green ride sharing program, discover how one group is helping Chicago Public School studens learn about growing plants, and get advice on late season native plants. Stephen M. Cutter, Jr. is one of the founders of G-Ride, the first eco-conscious ride share company, which utilizes hybrid and electric vehicles and which will plant a tree for every ride. He announces the launch of G-Ride's Indiegogo campaign to get the company off the ground. Whitney Richardson and Tovah McCord from The Kitchen Community explain how they hope to establish Learning Gardens in 200 Chicago Public Schools. Nick Fuller from Natural Communities Native Plants talks about how to add natives to your garden in the fall to give them a head start in the spring.

 

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Mike and Peggy welcome the founder of G-Ride, the world's first green ride sharing program, discover how one group is helping Chicago Public School studens learn about growing plants, and get advice on late season native plants. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-24_8-21-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-24_8-21-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, green living, G-Ride, green ride sharing, hybrid and electric vehicles, The Kitchen Community, Chicago Public Schools, local food, vegetables, Natural Communities Native Plants no Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:52:00 -0600
August 14, 2016 - Happiness Is...LEDs, Beer and Reusable Bags Mike and Peggy preview the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, revisit the Chicago plastic bag ban, and talk to the creator of an LED light that could help grow plants indoor more efficiently. Gary Cuneen is founder and executive director of Seven Generations Ahead, which is sponsoring the 9th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review, which helps to raise funds for the sustainable organization. Jordan Parker comes to the Que4 Radio studio to talk about the one year anniversary of the ordinance banning certain types of plastic bags in Chicago, and to examine its shortcomings. Victor Zaderej from Happy Leaf LED explains how he's working to create a better light for indoor plant growing. Josh Nelson is teacher of agriculture at Oregon High School in Oregon, Illinois. He is working to create an off-grid greenhouse that will be a teaching laboratory for students. They have both presented at the the annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair, which is presented each year by the Illinois Renewable Energy Association.

 

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Mike and Peggy preview the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, revisit the Chicago plastic bag ban, and talk to the creator of an LED light that could help grow plants indoor more efficiently. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-18_8-14-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-18_8-14-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, gardening, Seven Generations Ahead, Oak Park Micro Brew Review, Jordan Parker, Bring Your Bag Chicago, Victor Zaderej, Happy Leaf LED, Josh Nelson, renewable energy, Oregon Illinois High School no Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:53:00 -0600
August 7, 2016 - The Air We Breathe and Some Insects That Fly In It Mike and Peggy talk to Kathleen Thompson about how mold in the Midwest is a more serious allergen than many people realize. Entomologist Doug Taren talks about butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies and other insects. Kathleen Thompson, part of The Mike Nowak Show team, explains how potent an allergen mold can be, and how some people who suffer from anxiety might actually be experiencing the effects of sensitivity to mold. Doug Taron, who is curator of biology at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, talks about why the monarch butterfly is an important species, his work restoring and preserving other butterfly populations, and why some folks are afraid of dragonflies.

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Mike and Peggy talk to Kathleen Thompson about how mold in the Midwest is a more serious allergen than many people realize. Entomologist Doug Taren talks about butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies and other insects. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-08_8-7-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-08_8-7-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, Kathleen Thompson, mold allergy, Chicago, Doug Taron, entomology, insects, monarch butterflies, dragonflies, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum no Sun, 07 Aug 2016 10:58:00 -0600
July 31, 2016 - Veggies and Bonsai and Fruits (Oh, my!) Mike and Peggy talk bonsai with Dan Kosta, urban growing with Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and the state of fruits and veggies with Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden. Dan Kosta is a friend of The Mike Nowak Show who works at Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is also a long time member of the Praire State Bonsai Society, which is holding its annual bonsai show at the Morton Arboretum this week. Billy Burdett, executive director of Chicago's Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), talks about their various programs and promotes their 2nd Annual Grown in Chicago: Summer Soiree & Showcase, to raise money for their advocacy, outreach and education work. Lisa Hilgenberg drops by the Que4 Radio studios to describe her work at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden.

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Mike and Peggy talk bonsai with Dan Kosta, urban growing with Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and the state of fruits and veggies with Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-02_7-31-31_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-08-02_7-31-31_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, environment, sustainability, Prairie State Bonsai Society, Chicago Advocates for Urban Agricuture, composting, CUAMP, Chicago weed ordinance, Lisa Hilgenberg, Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, growing tomatoes no Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:10:00 -0600
Linda Chalker-Scott and the Science of Plants Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott talks with Mike and Peggy first about her book, How Plants Work, then about her work with The Garden Professors blog, and the controversy surrounding her work at Washington State University. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is extension urban horticulturist at Washington State University. Mike and Peggy Malecki talk to her about her latest book, How Plants Work, The science behind the amazing things plants do. The also discuss the growing significance of The Garden Professors blog, which she helped create, and the misguided efforts of WSU to dismiss her for incompetence.

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Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott talks with Mike and Peggy first about her book, How Plants Work, then about her work with The Garden Professors blog, and the controversy surrounding her work at Washington State University. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-22_linda_chalker-scott_and_the_science_of_plants.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-22_linda_chalker-scott_and_the_science_of_plants.mp3 38:59 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, Linda Chalker-Scott, university extension services, How Plants Work, science, biology, Washington State University, The Garden Professors, environment, gardening myths no Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:40:00 -0600
July 17, 2016 - The Science of Plants; The Magic of Cocktail Hour Mike and Peggy welcome C.L. Fornari, author of The Cocktail Hour Garden, and Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, author of How Plants Work. C.L. Fornari is the author of The Cocktail Hour Garden: Creating Landscapes for Relaxation and Entertaining. She talks about how to utilize the many different attributes of plants when designing an outdoor space. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is the extesion urban horticulturist at Washington State University. She discusses her book, How Plants Work: The science behind the amazing things plants do as well as her work with The Science Professors blog and the controversy surrounding WSU's attempt to get her fired for incompetence.

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Mike and Peggy welcome C.L. Fornari, author of The Cocktail Hour Garden, and Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, author of How Plants Work. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-20_7-17-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-20_7-17-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 2:02:28 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, C.L. Fornari, The Cocktail Hour Garden, garden design, native plants, Linda Chalker-Scott, How Plants Work, The Garden Professors, science, environment, gardening myths no Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:33:00 -0600
July 10, 2016 - Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Garden Walks Mike and Peggy talk about the evolution of garden walks in the 21st Century and welcome Laury Lewis from the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk and Saima Abbasi from Go Green Wilmette to discuss their different events. Laury Lewis is co-chair of the 48th Annual Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk. He stops by to talk to Mike and Peggy about the challenges of incorporating a tour of 95 gardens into what has largely turned into a music festival. Saima Abbasi from Go Green Wilmette talks about how their Alternative Garden Walk highlights sustainable practices in backyards.

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Mike and Peggy talk about the evolution of garden walks in the 21st Century and welcome Laury Lewis from the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Walk and Saima Abbasi from Go Green Wilmette to discuss their different events. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-12_7-10-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-12_7-10-16_the_mike_nowak_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak The Mike Nowak Show, Sheffield Garden Walk, Laury Lewis, Illinois Master Gardeners, sustainability, Go Green Wilmette, native plants, pesticides, environment no Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:56:00 -0600
June 5, 2010 Special Broadcast: "Our Community Garden" Special Broadcast: "Our Community Garden" from Family Focus Our Place, 2010 Dewey in Evanston, sponsored by CEDA. Conversations about the Health & Wellness Fair and Community Garden Unveiling.

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May 23, 2010 Live Broadcast, Leave No Child Inside Month initiative, other guests. Pesche's Garden Center in Des Plaines. Guests: Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller talks about the initiative with Chicago Wilderness called Leave No Child Inside Month; Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator, Dr. Earth, Inc.; Wally Schmidtke (a.k.a. "Dr. Wally") from Pesche's.]]> Live Broadcast, Leave No Child Inside Month initiative, other guests. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100523_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100523_mn_full_show.mp3 1:51:12 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:44:19 -0600 April 11, 2010 Opus Environmental, North Lake Shore Community Earth Day 2010: Recipe for a healthy planet, 49th Alderman Joe Moore's Chicago Clean Power Ordinance. 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Green Sugar Press on his environmental books for children; Brian Granahan of Environment Illinois talks about various green issues, including the drawbacks of nuclear energy and the future of cap-and-trade in America; Josh Mogerman from Natural Resources Defense Council discusses the threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes.]]> Environmental books for children, drawbacks of nuclear energy and the future of cap-and-trade in America, threat of Asian carp to the Great Lakes. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091129_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091129_mn_full_show.mp3 1:53:06 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:27:27 -0600 November 22, 2009 Horticultural topics, comedial improvisation. Horigan Urban Forest Products, Inc., Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm, and a special appearance in the second hour by arborist Guy Sternberg of Starhill Forest Arboretum. 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Landreth Seed Company's attempt to sell 1 million catalogs, talks to the company that invented the Number 2 pencil on its 250th Anniversary, and encourages people to Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local. Barbara Melera, owner of D. Landreth Seed Company, previews the release of the 2012 Catalog and reports on progress to sell one million copies to erase their debt. Mike talks pencils, other writing tools and the environment with Jamie Gallagher, President and CEO of Faber-Castelle USA/Creativity for Kids. Suzanne Keers, co-founder and executive director of Local First Chicago, promotes their campaign Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local. Mike counts down to the WCPT Holiday Harvest broadcast on December 4.

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Mike follows up on D. Landreth Seed Company's attempt to sell 1 million catalogs, talks to the company that invented the Number 2 pencil on its 250th Anniversary, and encourages people to Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2011-11-20_20111120_20111120_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2011-11-20_20111120_20111120_mn_full_show.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak D. Landreth Seed Company, heirloom seeds, American history, Barbara Melera, Faber-Castelle, carbon neutral, Local First Chicago, food drive, WCPT Holiday Harvest no Sun, 20 Nov 2011 10:58:00 -0700
May 15, 2010 Special Broadcast: "Growing In Austin" Special Broadcast: "Growing In Austin" from the Third Unitarian Church in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago. A discussion of Urban Agriculture issues with a wide-ranging panel of experts: urban organizers and urban farmers.

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December 6, 2009 Chicago French Market, decorating holiday trees Guests: Chicago French Market co-developer Bob Wislow, and Dimitri Fayard, co-proprietor of vendor Vanille Patisserie. Shawn Kingsette and Thom Kraak from The Care of Trees discuss indoor and outdoor holiday trees--how to decorate them and keep them healthy.

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Chicago French Market, decorating holiday trees http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091206_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091206_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 11:05:00 -0700
July 18, 2010 The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees show. The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees launch from Millennium Park, to benefit the TREE Fund. Guests: Scott Jamieson from Bartlett Tree Experts; riders Andrew Fittsley, Beth Buchanan, John Kirchner and Kristin Wild; Geoff Cowan from The Davey Tree Expert Company and Shawn Kingzette from The Care of Trees; Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Environment Suzanne Malec-McKenna; and rock icon and world class tree farmer Chuck Leavell.

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The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees show. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100718_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100718_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:59:00 -0700
January 24, 2010 Receiving the 5th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award, Go To 2040 initiative Guests: The Resource Center's Ken Dunn is receiving the 5th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award this Wednesday, January 27, at the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ. Ken and Pam Richart of the Eco-Justice Collaborative talk about the event (which I am emceeing). Also on the show, CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn on the Go To 2040 initiative; Dave Snyder from Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP).

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Receiving the 5th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award, Go To 2040 initiative http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100124_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100124_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:59:00 -0700
March 21, 2010 Jennifer Brennan, Earth Hour. Guests: Jennifer Brennan, horticulture information specialist at The Chalet, sits in for the entire show. Alicia Ontiveros (@EcoChicago) of EcoChicago talks about an EcoChat on her website tomorrow about this Saturday's Earth Hour.

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Jennifer Brennan, Earth Hour. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100321_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100321_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:59:00 -0700
April 25, 2010 Academy for Global Citizenship, sorting and weighing waste. Guests: Dan Schnitzer, Director of Sustainability and Operations, Academy for Global Citizenship; and the Rappe Family: Scott, Grace, Matthew and Nicholas, who spent an entire year sorting and weighing all of the waste they created.

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Academy for Global Citizenship, sorting and weighing waste. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100425_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100425_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:59:00 -0700
March 14, 2010 Anna Pavord's book Bulb, "The Lost Victory Garden Seed List of 1943," documentary "A Chemical Reaction" Guests: Anna Pavord, author of the gorgeous book, Bulb; blogger and Twitterer LaManda Joy, a.k.a. @TheYarden, who talks about "The Lost Victory Garden Seed List of 1943"; Paul Tukey, founder of SafeLawns.org discusses the Chicago premiere of his documentary, "A Chemical Reaction" with Mike and Steve Neumann from Clean Air Lawn Care Chicago.

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Anna Pavord's book Bulb, "The Lost Victory Garden Seed List of 1943," documentary "A Chemical Reaction" http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100314_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100314_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:58:00 -0700
April18, 2010 Perennials in Focus, Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, privatizing Chicago's water system. Guests: Todd Jacobson and Deirdre Toner from Perennials in Focus; 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore talks about his Chicago Clean Power Ordinance with Faith Bugel, senior attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC);32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack discusses the implications of privatizing Chicago's water system with Jon Keesecker of Food and Water Watch and Baxanhall from U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group).

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Perennials in Focus, Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, privatizing Chicago's water system. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100418_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100418_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:58:00 -0700
January 17, 2010 Relief for victims of Haiti earthquake, 7th Annual Gardening Show, Mike and Heather talk about relief for victims of Haiti earthquake; Guests: Maureen Phillips talks about the 7th Annual Gardening Show presented by the Porter County Master Gardeners Association. Speakers for the show include Connor Shaw from Possibility Place Sursery and writer Jean Starr from Chicagoland Gardening Magazine.

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Relief for victims of Haiti earthquake, 7th Annual Gardening Show, http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100117_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100117_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:58:00 -0700
The Dirty Dozen Most of us can't afford to buy organic all the time. So here are a dozen foods for which you should definitely spend the cash to buy organic. Every week, Mike Nowak presents the Environmental Report on the Wisconsin Gardener radio show. In this report, he talks about the dozen kinds of produce that have the highest pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group.

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Most of us can't afford to buy organic all the time. So here are a dozen foods for which you should definitely spend the cash to buy organic. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-03_6-15-16_dirty_dozen.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2016-07-03_6-15-16_dirty_dozen.mp3 mike@mikenowak.net (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak org no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0700
December 20, 2009 X-Mas X-Travaganza, premiere of It's a Wonderful Slice of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' The Mike Nowak Show X-Mas X-Travaganza! Guests: Joe Heidgen from Shady Hill Garden; Scott Austin , who has hosted his own radio show in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada for 21 years. And the WCPT premiere of It's a Wonderful Slice of 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

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X-Mas X-Travaganza, premiere of It's a Wonderful Slice of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091220_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091220_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0700
December 27, 2009 Mike looks at the stories of 2009 that fell through the cracks. Mike looks at the stories of 2009 that fell through the cracks.

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Mike looks at the stories of 2009 that fell through the cracks. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091227_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091227_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0700
March 7, 2010 Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Amanda Thomsen's new book, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, FamilyFarmed Expo, "To Dump or Not To Dump," whether to expand DeKalb County 's landfill Guests: Authors, bloggers, Tweeters, podcasters and kibitzers Jean Ann Van Krevelen (@JeanAnnVK) and Amanda Thomsen (@KissMyAster) talk about their new book, Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food. We even sneak in some conversation about the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Local Foodies Jim Slama and Vicki Nowicki preview FamilyFarmed Expo. The continuing saga, "To Dump or Not To Dump" in DeKalb County continues. Dan Kenney of Stop the DeKalb County Mega-Dump is back to report on the week-long public hearing about whether to expand the county's landfill.

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Jean Ann Van Krevelen and Amanda Thomsen's new book, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, FamilyFarmed Expo, "To Dump or Not To Dump," whether to expand DeKalb County 's landfill http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100307_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100307_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0700
February 28, 2010 Birding America ViII, Joe Wail on the trumpet...over the phone Guests: Foresight Design Initiative Executive Director Peter Nicholson; Dan Kenney, chair of a group called Stop the DeKalb County Mega-Dump; Joe Lill, Vice President of the Chicago Audubon Society talks about Birding America ViII. But who knew that he had prodigious musical talent? Check out the final ten minutes of the podcast to hear Joe wail on the trumpet...over the phone, no less.

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July 25, 2010 Helping Gulf Coast musicians, The Chicago News Cooperative and the state of recycling in Chicago, how the product Clear Choice can help consumers. Guests: Paul Sanchez and Chris Joseph of Threadhead Records (THR) talk about their mession to help Gulf Coast musicians keep producing music for the world, and Mike plays one of their songs; Mick Dumke talks about his new gig with The Chicago News Cooperative and the state of recycling in Chicago following his final article for the Chicago Reader, titled "Why Can't Chicago Recycle?"; Reinie Drygala explains how the product Clear Choice can help consumers who want to cut back on chemical herticides.

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Helping Gulf Coast musicians, The Chicago News Cooperative and the state of recycling in Chicago, how the product Clear Choice can help consumers. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100725_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100725_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0700
October 18, 2009 climate action, pumpkins Guests: Photographer Ernest J. Schweit of Wisconsin Barns, Jamie Henn of 350.org, local organizer Dave Lloyd of 350 DuPage--Sights and Sounds for Climate Action, John Didier and Gene McMullen of 2009 Great Pumpkin Weigh off at Didier Farms

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August 1 , 2010 KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Food Producing Garden, 9th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair, compost pile. Guests: Robert Nevel and Gloria Needlman of KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park talk about the KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Food Producing Garden; Bob Vogl, president of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association previews the 9th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair with Victor Zaderej and Ron Cowgill of Mighty House; Green Correspondent Leah Pietrusiak heads north to Milwaukee to jump in a compost pile with Sarah Christman of Growing Power.

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KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Food Producing Garden, 9th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair, compost pile. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100801_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100801_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:56:00 -0700
September 27, 2009 Monarch butterfly, Safe Pests Guests: Monarch butterfly correspondent and member of Monarch Watch Bob Erlich, Morton Arboretum Community Trees Advocate Edith Makra, Safer Pest Control Project's Steve Pincuspy

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Monarch butterfly, Safe Pests http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-09-24_20090927_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-09-24_20090927_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:56:00 -0700
February 7, 2010 Latest developments in the Asian Carp crisis, Mr. Brown Thumb's Twitter followers, Chicago Health Department destruction of thousands of dollars of fruit purees Guests: Natural Resources Defense Council's Josh Mogerman talks about latest developments in the Asian Carp crisis; Mr. Brown Thumb invades the studio with his legion of Twitter followers; Chicago Tribune writer Monica Eng and Flora Confections Chief Operating Officer Lee Greenhouse discuss the heartbreaking action of the Chicago Health Department, which destroyed thousands of dollars of fruit purees in a licensing dispute. (This link contains the video that is posted on my home page.)

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Latest developments in the Asian Carp crisis, Mr. Brown Thumb's Twitter followers, Chicago Health Department destruction of thousands of dollars of fruit purees http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100207_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100207_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:55:00 -0700
January 3, 2010 One Seed Chicago, Winter Farmers Market Guests: NeighborSpace Executive Director Ben Helphand talks about One Seed Chicago; Robin Schirmer of Churches' Center for Land and People and Rob Gardener of The Local Beet discuss Winter Farmers Markets in and around Chicago.

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One Seed Chicago, Winter Farmers Market http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100103_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100103_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:54:00 -0700
July 11, 2010 Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival preview, Prairie State Bonsai Society's annual show, 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees, Neptune's Harvest fish fertilizer, Andersonville Green Week, Dearborn Garden Walk Laury Lewis previews the Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival; Dan Kosta plugs the Prairie State Bonsai Society's annual show next Saturday and Sunday at the Morton Arboretum; Mary DiCarlo from the TREE Fund talks about next week's broadcast of The Mike Nowak Show from Millennium Park for the 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees; Ann Molloy extolls the virtues of Neptune's Harvest fish fertilizer; Nina Newhouser invites folks to attend Andersonville Green Week; Woody Olsen touts next Sunday's Dearborn Garden Walk.

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Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival preview, Prairie State Bonsai Society's annual show, 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees, Neptune's Harvest fish fertilizer, Andersonville Green Week, Dearborn Garden Walk http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100711_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100711_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:54:00 -0700
November 15, 2009 Chicago gardener of the year, America Recycles Day, new Illinois food scrap composting law Guests: Chicago Gardener of the Year Ellen Moderhack and family, representing Franklin Fine Arts Center; Mike Mitchell, executive director of the Illinois Recycling Coalition, talking about America Recycles Day; Kay McKeen of SCARCE previews this Thursday's conference for people and organizations that want to learn about the new Illinois food scrap composting law.

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Chicago gardener of the year, America Recycles Day, new Illinois food scrap composting law http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091115_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091115_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
May 2, 2010 Live Broadcast, Dr. Earth, Inc, monitoring frogs, "Keepin It Fresh" contest. Live Broadcast from Pesche's Garden Center in Des Plaines. Guests: Milo Shammas, Founder & Formulator, Dr. Earth, Inc.; frog monitor Matt Hokanson; Marjorie Hess from Gary Comer Youth Center about CEDA's"My Backyard Garden: 'Keepin It Fresh" contest for students from grades 8 through 12.

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Live Broadcast, Dr. Earth, Inc, monitoring frogs, "Keepin It Fresh" contest. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100502_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100502_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
May 16, 2010 Colony Collapse Disorder, other guests. Guests: Ken Haller, former president of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association in a discussion about Colony Collapse Disorder; Steve Reick from the Fertisorb Company, Amy Gulick, photographer for the book Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest, Rick Moskovitz, President, A-Plus Pest Control, Inc .

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Colony Collapse Disorder, other guests. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100516_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100516_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
June 20, 2010 CEDA's "My Backyard Garden: Keeping it Fresh" Contest, critter control in the garden, improving your home's exterior, farmers market in Beverly Guests: Tayler Ulmer, Jose Bhagwandeen and Celeste Campos, winnders of CEDA's "My Backyard Garden: Keeping it Fresh" Contest; Greg Ecsedy from the Bobbex company on critter control in the garden; Lenny "Kaz" Kazlauskas from Artesa Home Visions--a sponsor of the "Ultimate Backyard Makeover" Contest--talks about improving your home's exterior; Mike Nowak Show reporter Leah Pietrusiak visits a farmers market in Beverly.

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CEDA's "My Backyard Garden: Keeping it Fresh" Contest, critter control in the garden, improving your home's exterior, farmers market in Beverly http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100620_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100620_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
August 22, 2010 Purple Asparagus Benefit, Hosta Happening at Rich's Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock, New Orleans musicians interview. Guests: Purple Asparagus founder Melissa Graham talks about the Purple Asparagus Benefit on Sunday, August 29 at Uncommon Ground Restaurant in Edgewater; Rich and Susie Eyre and Rich's mom, Margaret, the Hosta Queen, preview next week's Hosta Happening at Rich's Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock; PLUS we catch New Orleans musicians Shamarr Allen & Paul Sanchez at the airport for a five minute conversation about their new album Bridging the Gap (and then we play as much music from it as we can during the show).

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Purple Asparagus Benefit, Hosta Happening at Rich's Foxwillow Pines in Woodstock, New Orleans musicians interview. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100822_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100822_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak family dinner, habitat for humanity, Shamarr Allen, Paul Sanchez, New Orleans music no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
February 21, 2010 Beth Botts fills in for the vacationing Mike Nowak. Beth Botts fills in for the vacationing Mike Nowak. Guests: Diane Blazek of All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau; Jim Kleinwachter, head of the Conservation@home program for the Conservation Foundation; garden designer Andrea Green of Gardens by Design in Oak Park.

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Beth Botts fills in for the vacationing Mike Nowak. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100221_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100221_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:53:00 -0700
January 31, 2010 Funding crisis for Illinois Extension, the economy in horticulture, stop whining about snow, answering gardening questions Beth Botts co-hosts. She and Mike talk about the latest funding crisis for Illinois Extension, the state of the economy in horticulture, why you should stop whining about snow (it's good for your plants), and they answer a few gardening questions along the way.

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Funding crisis for Illinois Extension, the economy in horticulture, stop whining about snow, answering gardening questions http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100131_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100131_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:52:00 -0700
June 27, 2010 safety of the Great Lakes, answering gardening questions, Stanley Cup Josh Mogerman of the Natural Resources Defense Council talks about the safety of the Great Lakes following the capture of an Asian Carp in Lake Calumet; Mike answers some gardening questions, with the help of friend Dan Costa; Heather Frey talks about her attempts to get close to the Stanley Cup.

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safety of the Great Lakes, answering gardening questions, Stanley Cup http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100627_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100627_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:52:00 -0700
May 9, 2010 Atrazine in our water, alternatives to plastic pots, Micro Brew Event. Guests: Julia Govis, author of Who's Poisoning Our Children? and Josh Mogerman of the the Natural Resources Defense Council talking about Atrazine in our water;; Beth Botts, who has written about alternatives to plastic pots in her blog, Growing in Chicago and Drew Effron, product manager for Ball Innovations, a part of Ball Horticultural Company, which is working on these alternatives. Beth also talks about the inaugural "Beer Under Glass" Micro Brew Event to benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory.

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Atrazine in our water, alternatives to plastic pots, Micro Brew Event. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100509_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100509_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:52:00 -0700
October 25, 2009 350.org, Climate Action Day, Blue Cart rollout backing out Discussions on 350.org International Day of Climate Action and City of Chicago's backtracking on Blue Cart rollout. Guests: Urban Worm Girl Stepanie Davies, Compost Queen Lynn Bement, Shedd Aquarium horticulturist Christine Nye, and Charles Martin of Terra Biotics.

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350.org, Climate Action Day, Blue Cart rollout backing out http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091025_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091025_mn_full_show.mp3 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:40:00 -0700
August 8, 2010 safety of vegetables gardens, 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees reunion. Guests: Illinois Extension Fruits and Vegetables Educator Maurice Ogutu, about the safety of vegetables gardens that were flooded by recent heavy rains; 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees reunion with Mary DiCarlo of the TREE Fund, and riders Pam Pinkley, Mark Younger, Greg Cadieux, John Kirchner and Jim Skiera.

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safety of vegetables gardens, 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees reunion. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100808_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100808_mn_full_show.mp3 1:52:35 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:39:00 -0700
November 8, 2009 New non-native insects and diseases regulations, recognition of Starhill Forest Arboretum, 61st Street Garden Guests: Faith Campbell , senior policy representative at The Nature Conservancy, on new regulations proposed by the USDA to keep non-native insects and diseases out of the country; Guy Sternberg from Starhill Forest Arboretum on the latest recognition of this downstate treasure; Connie Spreen, co-founder and executive director of Experimental Station, on the final days of the 61st Street Garden in the Lawndale neighborhood and a public meeting scheduled for November 12 on moving forward.

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New non-native insects and diseases regulations, recognition of Starhill Forest Arboretum, 61st Street Garden http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091108_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20091108_mn_full_show.mp3 1:53:23 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:38:00 -0700
April 4, 2010 Cob Connection, "Tweet Home Chicago" competition. Guests: Chad Bliss and Justin Quinones from Cob Connection; Sarah Abu-Absi, WRD Environmental Consultant for the Chicago Department of Environment on "Tweet Home Chicago" competition.

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Cob Connection, "Tweet Home Chicago" competition. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100404_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100404_mn_full_show.mp3 1:52:40 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:35:00 -0700
March 28, 2010 Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science - practical application, The Seedkeeper Company, Ecological Restoration. Guests: Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, author and editor of Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science - practical application; Kerrie Rosenthal and Carol Niec from The Seedkeeper Company; Jack Pizzo of Pizzo & Associates Ecological Restoration.

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Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science - practical application, The Seedkeeper Company, Ecological Restoration. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100328_mn_full_show1.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100328_mn_full_show1.mp3 1:52:35 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:35:00 -0700
January 10, 2010 the Martin Luther King, Jr.Social Justice Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel, saving the historic Osage-orange tree in Kewanee, opening of Verbatim Verboten: The Words You Long to Hear Guests: Robert Nevel, Joel Smith and Terra Brockman discuss the Martin Luther King, Jr.Social Justice Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel January 15th & 17th; Guy Sternberg, Mayor Bruce Tossell and David Ellis talk about saving the historic Osage-orange tree in Kewanee, Illinois; actor/producer Michael Martin and Chicago actor Richard Henzel preview the opening of Verbatim Verboten: The Words You Long to Hear at Hamburger Mary's in Andersonville on January 13 (yes, I'm in the show).

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the Martin Luther King, Jr.Social Justice Weekend at KAM Isaiah Israel, saving the historic Osage-orange tree in Kewanee, opening of Verbatim Verboten: The Words You Long to Hear http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100110_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100110_mn_full_show.mp3 1:52:48 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:34:00 -0700
October 4, 2009 Forest preservation, harvesting plants and insects Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune writer and author of her own blogsite Growing in Chicago, co-hosts. Guests: Friends of the Forest Preserves Executive Director Benjamin Cox on Hinsdale land grab, conversation about the problems of harvesting plants and insects from the wild.

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Forest preservation, harvesting plants and insects http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-09-25_20091004_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-09-25_20091004_mn_full_show.mp3 1:53:02 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:34:00 -0700
June 13, 2010 TV documentary "Jens Jensen Harmonious World," second annual Summer Solstice Celebration, The Peterson Garden Project, recycling in Chicago. (Note: Due to technical problems, audio on this podcast is sub-standard. My apologies.) Guests: Filmmakers Carey Lundin and Mark Frazel, who have created the television documentary "Jens Jensen Harmonious World"; Martha Boyd from Angelic Organics Learning Center on their second annual Summer Solstice Celebration; LaManda Joy updates The Peterson Garden Project; Mike rants about recycling in Chicago.

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TV documentary "Jens Jensen Harmonious World," second annual Summer Solstice Celebration, The Peterson Garden Project, recycling in Chicago. http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100613_mn_full_show.mp3 http://67.20.95.179/podcasts/?name=2010-10-06_20100613_mn_full_show.mp3 1:52:30 info@onehistory.org (Mike Nowak) Mike Nowak no Sat, 01 Jan 2011 09:33:00 -0700