August 13, 2017 – Cultivating Resilience

Mike’s taking a couple of days off and Peggy Malecki sits in the pilot’s chair for today’s show. Lisa Hilgenberg, mega-horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, joins Peggy in-studio as they welcome Michelle Hickey of The Resiliency Institute to discuss using permaculture, growing food security projects and using community engagement to build resilient communities. Then Peggy and Lisa welcome Chicago Botanic Garden plant care specialist Chris Beiser for a lively discussion of late summer gardens, plant problems and yellow jacket wasps.

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August 12, 2017 – Moms Fight to Breathe Free

Peggy Malecki takes the reins as Mike Nowak takes a couple of days off. She 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.

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August 6, 2017 – Breeding Success

Mary Hennen and Peggy Macnamara talk about their new book, The Peregrine Returns; Laura Calvert talks about the challenges of being the new executive director of Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Dr. Harry Klee reports on his continuing quest to breed the perfect commercial tomato; Jonathan Kruger previews the 12th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago.

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