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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.