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April 24, 2016 - The "Whole Foods Effect," privatizing water systems, native plants full episode, 142:12 min.
Mike is back after surgery, along with co-host Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine. Patrick Barry has a Chicago Farm Report about the "Whole Foods Effect." Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch warns of privatization of public water systems. Author and landscape designer Keith Nowakowski and Nick Fuller of Natural Communities Native Plants take some of the mystery out of using natives. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reflectson climate change and the role of local weather reports in educatimg the public to fight the same.
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April 17, 2016 - Illinois energy update, I Grow Chicago and teaching kids to eat right full episode, 118,13 min
Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine fills in as host with team members Sarah Batka from Illinois Extension and alternative energy expert Lisa Albrecht from the Illnois Solar Energy Association. Stephany Price, of I Grow Chicago,tells how her group serves children and at-risk community members through sustainable farming, art and nutrition programs. Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, of Pilot Light and Kathleen Bolin from Angelic Organics Learning Center, preview the AOLC Come to the Table Dinner Series .
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April 10, 2016 - Dear President Obama
Environmental activist Ashley Williams introduces Mike to film director Jon Bowermaster,creator of the documentary Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now. Author and nutritionist Carol D'Anca and organizer Joan Levin preview the 1st Annual North Shore VegFest . Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore discuss HB 4659, which would enable the MWRD to establish residential cost-share programs to help mitigate urban flooding damage. Shore then sticks around to talk to Mike about the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies.
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Rep. Elaine Nekritz and MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore on protecting our water and helpng homeowners dedicated podcast, 36.21 min
Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekrtiz and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore talk about HB 4659 , which would enable the MWRD to establish residential cost share programs in partnership with local units of govarnment. Shore also talks toMike about the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies and a proposed Cook County ordinance to help people disposed of them properly.
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April 3, 2016 - Band of Farmers Is in the House!
Peggy Malecki from Natural Awakenings Chicago sits in as co-host. Patrick Barry presents the first Chicago Farm Report segment on The Mike Nowak Show. Members of the Band of Farmers -- Marcy Prchal from Troggs Hollow , Jody Lee Osmund from Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm and Stephanie Douglass from Growing Home, Inc. promote the 4th Annual Farmer Talent show and talk about why supporting CSAs is important. Kane County recycling program coordinator Jennifer Jarland and Walter Willis , executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO) , talk about how the Illinois electronics recycling law has sputtered and what can be done to fix the problem.
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March 26, 2016 - Live from the Good Food Festival and Conference
Mike takes his show on the road for his first remote broadcast on Que4 Radio . The event is the 2016 Good Food Festival and Conference and Mike has a long list of guests. They include Patrick Barry from Chicago Farm Report , Bob Benenson from FamilyFarmed , Liz Fiorenza of Wind Ridge Herb Farm , Alex DeSorbo Quinn from Pilot Light , Hannah Krum from Kombucha Kamp , David Miller of Iroquois Valley Farms , Louis Zapp of Zapp's Dancing Grains , Jen Miller from Sandhill Family Farms and Peggy Malecki from Natural Awakenings Magazine.
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March 20, 2016 - Beth Botts on gardening; Previewing the Good Food Festival
Chicago garden writer Beth Botts returns to the show to discuss her new book, Month-By-Month Gardening: Illinois, Indiana and Ohio . Jim Slama , founder and president of FamilyFarmed , and Andrew Lutsey of Local Foods Grocer and Distributor in Chicago preview the annual Good Food Festival and Conference at the UIC Forum this week.

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March 13, 2016 - Mike Moves to Que4 Radio! [121.38 min.]
The Mike Nowak Show moves to Que 4 Radio at the familiar time of 9 to 11am Sundays. Mike welcomes meteorologist Rick DiMaio, renewable energy specialist Lisa Albrecht , environmental activist Ashley Williams and Que4 Radio host W.C. Turck . In advance of the Good Food Festival and Conference, he talks how state seed laws could adversely affect seed sharing libraries all over the country with Rebecca Osland of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.
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Snow Comes to Chicago--Mike at Large, November 20, 2015 [18:16 min]
Meteorologist Rick DiMaio talks about the first Chicago snowstorm of the 2015-2016 season(and what a storm it was!) and how the strong El Nino will affect the region's winter weather. It's not exactly what you'd expect. And neither is Rick.

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When Philosophy and Recycling Collide--November 17, 2015 [58:07 min]
Ken Dunn has spent decades in Chicago working on ways to increase the reuse of practically everything in an attempt to achieve zero waste. He talks about the projects of organization, the Resource Center, and its fundraiser at the Greenhouse Loft in Chicago. Susan Harris is one of the founders of the popular blog Garden Rant , and she reveals that sometimes you need to have a thick skin to write about controversial issues.
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SPILL: The BP Disaster on Stage--November 8, 2015 [55:44 min]
Leigh Fondakowski is the writer and director of the play SPILL , which is running at Timeline Theatre Company in Chicago. She went to Louisiana coast to interview people connected to the 2010 BP catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico,, which resulted in the deaths of eleven people and the release of five million barrels of oil into the Gulf--the worse marine spill in history.Mike talks with Fondakowski about the disaster, the reaction of the people who lived it, and how that story was brought to the Chicago stage.
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The Possibilities of Proof--November 1, 2015 [Full episode, 57:26 min.]
Grace and Corbett Lunsford are embarking on what they call the Proof is Possible Tour, which will take them across the country on a journey of art, empowerment and science based home improvement. Thad Smith is on a mission. He and his colleagues John Hansen and Naaman Gambill have created Westside Bee Boyz , which promotes urban beekeeping and works to give back to Chicago communities.
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The Wilds of Chicago--October 25, 2015 [Full episode, 57:17 min]
Mike MacDonald is a photographer, author, educator, comedian and much more, who has spent the past four years putting together a coffee table book called My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland's Startling Natural Wonders . He's hoping that people will help to support the book through his GoFundMe campaign . Mac Austin talks to Mike about her work as a volunteer with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
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Dangerous Coal-Tar-Sealants and Mission Accomplished for Green on McLean--October 18, 2015 [Full episode, 57:05]
Dr. Barbara Mahler of the U.S. Geological Survey comes to the Chicago area to explain why coal-tar-sealants are a potential danger. Mike joins his fellow workers from the Green on McLean community garden to celebrate and say good-bye to the plot of land that changed their neighborhood. Green Divas Meg and Lynn drop by to chat about GDGD Radio .
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It's the Record-Setting Pumpkin, Gene McMullen!--October 11, 2015 [Full episode, 57:03 min]
Gene McMullen , a factory worker in Streator, Illinois who recently grew the heaviest pumpkin ever recorded in North America, at 2145.5 pounds, talks to Mike about the unpredictability of growing giant pumpkins. The Reverand Linda Wygant of Grace Seeds Ministry talks about her award-winning Share the Harvest Project, and Marina Post of INUAg , explains why her organization is distributing grants to Wygant's and worthy groups worldwide.
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Girl Waits with Gun, Golf Course Waits for Compost--September 27, 2015 [Full episode, 56:08 min]
New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart appears at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, where Kathleen Thompson interviews her about her first novel, Girl Waits with Gun , based on a true story. Mike heads to North Shore Country Club in Glenview, where General Superintendent Dan Dinelli talks to him about strategies for making a golf course more environmentally friendly.
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Farm Aid 30--September 21, 2015 [Full episode, 57:51 min]
The legendary Willie Nelson and his friends come to Chicago to present Farm Aid 30 , where thousands of people gather not only to listen to some of the biggest stars in the musical world, but to talk strategy about how to help family farmers all over the country. Mike and Green Diva Lynn talk to many of these folks and, among others, you'll hear artists John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young talk about the need to change the way we think about food production in the U.S.
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Birds, Wind Farms, Winter Veggies and Stinky Flowers Redux--September 13, 2015 [52:46 min]
Mayo Underwood has gone from selling heirloom seeds in Chicago to working to preserve historic Amherst Island in Lake Ontario from a wind farm that could pose a threat to local bird and bat populations. Pam Tallon also lives in Ontario, but on the shores of Lake Superior, and she talks about growing vegetables in winter. Mike heads to the Chicago Botanic Garden to find out why Spike the Titum Arum failed to bloom, and what happens next to the plant.
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Roundup v. Vinegar: The Ultimate Test?--September 9, 2015 Full episode, 57:29 min]
Dave Marciniak has a landscape design company called Revolutionary Gardens in Culpeper, Virginia. After seeing a popular homemade weed killer recipe on the Internet, he decided to test it against Roundup, and made a video about his results. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reports on the development of an El Nino in the Pacific Oceans and the effect it will have on local and global weather
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What Happened
to Spike?

The Straight Skinny on the Corpse Plant that Didn't Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Mike interviews Tim Pollak, the guy who raises the Amorphophallus titanums at CBG.

Proviso Partners Fights Suburban Food Insecurity--August 30, 2015 [56.08 min]
Mike visits the Giving Garden in Maywood, Illinois, a project of the Proviso Partners for Health. The garden is just one of the ways that the group is working to promote health equity there and in neighboring suburbs where residents face food insecurity issues. A number of the folks involved in the project talk to Mike about the garden and their mission to make it a launching pad for healthy eating, entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency.
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  • Hedgerows and Grass-fed Beeft
  • Cook County Steps Up to Keep Demolition Debris Out of Landfills
  • Angel Azul...or Can Art on the Bottom of the Sea Save our Coral Reefs?
  • Busting Gardening Myths with C.L. Fornari, Author of Coffee for Roses

. . . and more!



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