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.
Check here to learn about book events. Read all about Attack of the Killer Asparagus,
and order your own copy,
at Around the Block Press.
Next Event . . .
October 4 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Vern Goers Greenhouse
630/323-1085 Vern Goer's Fall Festival features pumpkin decorating and a coloring contest for kids, a festival raffle, reduced prices on perennials, pottery and garden accents and more... including Mike, who will sign books and crack wise. He might even make bonsai expert Dan Kosta say a few words.
Mike at the Growing Place on Saturday
Rick DiMaio Reports
August 2014 Global Temperature Anomaly
August 2014's globally averaged surface temperature was one for the record book: at 61.45°F (16.35°C), it was the hottest August since record keeping began in 1880. Compared to the average surface temperature over land and ocean combined for every August from 1901-2000, this year was 1.35°F warmer. To take the top spot, August 2014 surpassed the previous record set in 1998 by 0.07°F.
Average global sea surface temperature in August 2014 also entered the record book, setting two new records. The month not only beat the previous record for August set in 2005, it also beat the previous all-time record set just two months ago in June 2014.
Colors show how average monthly temperatures compare to their long-term average. Blue areas were cooler than average; red areas were warmer than average. The darker the color, the larger the difference from the average temperature.
Temperature readings for the map come from weather stations in the Global Historical Climate Network. To calculate temperature anomalies, climate scientists subtract each station's average monthly temperature from its 1981-2010 average for the same month and produce a map of the results. Data visualizers apply a mathematical filter to the image to fill blank spots and smooth color transitions across the map.
Please take 3-4 minutes to complete the Recycling Survey . Your answers will help the Chicago Recycling Coalition and Chicago's recycling community push for new and better recycling policies throughout Chicago.
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 ponders the question, what is a Radical Mycology Convergence with
Nance Klehm, Maya Elson and Willoughby Arevalo. Giant pumpkin grower
George Janowiak reports from the 2014 Illinois competition at Bengston's
Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen. Permaculturist Vicki Nowicki previews the
first Liberty Gardens Seed-Lending Library Seed Swap next week in
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.
Chicago Green Events Calendars! If you want to know what's going on in Chicago's green community, from local food to fighting the man on coal-fueled power plants, these sites will give you the skinny, the scoop, the . . . whatever.
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."