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.
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, theResource 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. Listen now.
SPILL: The BP Disaster on Stage--November 8, 2015
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. Listen Now.Read More.
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. Listen NowRead More
A Stinky Flower and a Dead Ginkgo--August 23, 2015 (full show, 56.29 min.)
Tim Pollak is an outdoor floriculturist for the Chicago Botanic Garden . He is also the caretaker for nine Titan Arums, one of which, named Spike, is about to bloom for this first time in its twelve year old existence. Mike talks to Pollak and to CBG public relations director Gloria Ciaccio about the science and the spectacle currently surrounding this plant, which produces a foul odor to attract pollinators. Then, Mike and Kathleen Thompson attempt to figure out why the Ginkgo biloba in their backyard suddenly died this year. Listen NowRead More
Dr. Harry Klee and the (Nearly) Perfect Tomato (full show, 57.30 min.)
Dr. Harry J. Klee is a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. For about twenty years, he has been trying to hybridize a tomato that will survive the rigors of mass marketing and still have enough flavor to rise above the horrible, barely edible fruits that are now sold and that are considered the best we can grow.
Gardening and Biodiversity Matter (full show, 56:22 min)
Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy wrote the book on how our gardening habits can destroy or rebuild local wildlife and our relationship with nature. The book in question, Bringing Nature Home, is a landmark in environmental studies, and Tallamy is on the roll of great names that includes Rachel Carson and Michael Pollan. Mike interviewed him recently at the Living Landscape Conference in River Forest and intercuts that conversation with Talamy's presentation about his book. Listen Now. Read More
Melinda and Mike Geek Out on Gardens (full show, 56:53 min)
If you've been listening to The Mike Nowak Show for a while, you know
Melinda Myers. She's a horticulturist, author, radio & TV personality, educator and much more, from the garden state just to the north of Illinois. When she and Mike get goind, it's garden geekery all the way. They exchange information and opinions about gardening topics all over the map, including growing tomatoes, straw bale gardening, and natural lawn care. Listen Now. Read More