The entry page for audio files of Mike Nowak's full shows on WCPT Radio, Chicago.
If you missed a show or just want to browse through some past shows, here they are, in their entirety. (Since this is new, we're working out the bugs. If you have any complaints, comments, or suggestions email the webmaster. Please.)
For almost four years, a plan to site an open pit frac sand mine outside the eastern entrance to Starved Rock State Park was put on hold as environmental groups fought the matter in court. Recently, that court case was decided in favor of the mining company. In an exclusive report, Mike talks to environmental attorney Alberrt Ettinger, who was involved in the lawsuit, about how and why the case was lost and how the deck is stacked against average citizens who try to protect natural areas in Illinois. Cindy Skrukrud from the Illinois Sierra Club and LaSalle County citizens Merlin and Susan Dodd Calhoun join the conversation.
After a week off due to surgery, Mike is back, along with co-host Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine. Patrick Barry has a Chicago Farm Report, featuring a story about something that called the Whole Foods Effect. Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch warns of creeping privatization of public water systems. Author and landscape designer Keith Nowakowski and Nick Fuller of Natural Communities Native Plants attempt to take some of the mystery out of using natives in backyard planting. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reflects on challenges to fighting climate change and the role of local weather reports in education the public to the same.
Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine fills in as host. She welcomes team members Chicago Master Gardener Coordinator Sarah Batka from Illinois Extension and alternative energy expert Lisa Albrecht from the Illnois Solar Energy Association, who reports on the issue for long suffering fans of rewable energy in the state. Stephany Price, executive director of I Grow Chicago, explains how her organization serves children and at-risk community members through sustainabale farming, art and educational programs in nutrition. Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, executive director of Pilot Light and Kathleen Bolin from Angelic Organics Learning Center, preview the AOLC Come to the Table Dinner Series.
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.