Mike Nowak has been the Chicago radio voice of gardening and the environment for
more than thirteen years. First at WGN Radio and now at Chicago's Progressive Talk, he has informed and entertained his listeners about everything from bugs to battery recycling,
from energy audits to echinacea.
Check out the website, but more important,
check out "The Mike Nowak Show." CALL-IN PHONE NUMBER
Sunday from 9 to 11am WCPT 820AM and 92.5FM, 92.7FM, and 99.9FM
"One of the five shows we're listening to" Garden Design magazine"
Derek Eder is co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data. He talks about using data to tackle social issues such as mass transportation, urban flooding, transparency in government and more.
Connecting Veterans to the Land at Blue Yonder Organic Farm
Sara Creech established Blue Yonder Organic Farm in Indiana, and Alicia Moore soon joined her as a partner in the enterprise. Both are military veterans who want to help other veterans find work and a sense of peace. They are the first Indiana farm that is part of the rapidly growing Homegrown By Heroes initiative, and they talk about their efforts with Mike. Listen Here.
Improving the Soils in
Distinguished soil scientists Sally Brown,
Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Rufus
Chaney , Research Agronomist for the USDA, and Ganga Hettiarachchi ,
Associate Professor at Kansas State University, talk about contaminants
in our urban soils and the potential for remediating them, including
with biosolids. Listen
to Our Bees
Some of the most knowledgeable people in the
country explain what's causing the disappearance of our bees. And it's
not just neonicotinoids. This is the best discussion of the problem
that you've ever heard or read. Listen Here.
What's the Big Deal about Native Plants?
Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden, goes beyond and cliches and oversimplifications and explains just why native plants make for a better, more life-filled garden. Listen Here.
Gregory Berlowitz, founder of Chicago Market, a food co-op, and iconic Chicago chef Ina Pinkney, an owner Chicago Market, talk about the rising number of food co-ops and why people think they're necessary.Listen Here.
The gingko in Mike's backyard is showing off its fall colors
Jack o' Lanterns carved by Mike, Kathleen Thompson, Andra Medea, Bonny Flaster, Hilary Mac Austin. Betcha don't know which one is Mike's.
Mike at the Garden Clubs of Illinois Conservation Conference.
Mike at the Illinois Environmental Council dinner with, from left to right,
Peggy Salazar, Tom Shepherd, and Bryant William, all of the
Southeast Environmental Taskforce
Recently Mike interviewed Chip Taylor, the founder and director of Monarch Watch .They talk about
the recent decline of the monarch butterfly due
mainly to habitat loss,
pesticide use and government policies that encourage ethanol production,
and how there will need to be a massive
effort to plant monarch plant (milkweed) if
we hope to save this iconic species.
Click above to listen to the podcast.
And here are some little ones doing their bit for the monarchs
by releasing monarch plant (milkweed) seeds at the Green
Mike talks to Lucie Amundsen from new sponsor Locally Laid Egg Company about why hens that are treated with respect produce better eggs. Kay McKeen of SCARCE talks about the first ever Pumpkin Pitch to recycle this iconic Illinois vegetable. Writer and native plant specialist Benjamin Vogt argues for a new way of thinking about our landscapes. And Mike finally talks about the City of Chicago's inadequate yard waste pickup efforts.
This week's featured talk Good Planets are Hard to Find
Like many of you, Mike Nowak has been around to observe the successes and failures of the environmental movement in its short history. There's some gardener out there right now asking, what in the world does that have to do with me? As a founder of the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association and president of Chicago Recycling Coalition, Mike will answer that question, presenting new ways of looking at pests, pathogens and low-impact gardening solutions and, in the process, perhaps persuading you that ants, grubs and yes, even slugs, are less threatening than you ever imagined.
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Top Green Talk Show Hosts
"Let's take a look at our top 5 green male talk show hosts on radio. Of course, there are others worth noting, but these ones will surely get you hooked on listening to green tips, news, and other ecological concerns. These talk show hosts are not only wildly entertaining, but they are also intellectuals who know theirgreen stuff. . . .
Mike Nowak's one of the best environmental hosts that you will find."