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Special Holiday Podcast (12-20-09):
It's a Wonderful Slice of
'It's a Wonderful Life'
Mike does the entire movie in about 12 minutes.
Producer Heather Frey plays Mary and special
guest star, radio show host Scott Austin joins
the festivities. Oh, yeah. There are a few WCPT
characters in the background singing
"Auld Lang Syne." I don't know how they
got into the studio. Honest.

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The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts

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.)

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Download December 1, 2013  12-05-2013 (39.35 MB)

December 1, 2013

  • Mike talks to an Illinois Extension educator about local food and farms, explores the food scrap composting program in Andersonville, and previews a habitat restoration event in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago.

Download October 27, 2013  10-28-2013 (39.37 MB)

October 27, 2013

  • Mike talks to the author of a new book about the benefits (including flavor) of growing and cooking heirloom varieties, then talks about the threat to Chicago posed by piles of petcoke along the Calumet River.

Download October 20, 2013  10-20-2013 (39.43 MB)

October 20, 2013

  • Mike talks to Albert Bates about the challenge of living more sustainably, looks at the Farm Bill and the Food Safety Modernization Act, and talks about the importance of soil health for trees.

Download Will GMO food labeling come to Illinois?  09-16-2013 (12.04 MB)

Will GMO food labeling come to Illinois?

  • Mike previews a public hearing in Chicago about SB 1666, which would require genetically engineered foods in the state to be labeled.

Download September 15, 2013  09-16-2013 (38.91 MB)

September 15, 2013

  • Mike previews a public hearing about whether food products with GMOs should be labeled in Illinois, interviews a Chicago educator about her documentary on ocean micro-organisms, and previews a bonsaid show.

Download It Takes a Village to Create a Farm  09-09-2013 (15.63 MB)

It Takes a Village to Create a Farm

  • Mike chats with young organic farmers and the organizations that are helping them get their operations on their feet.

Download September 8, 2013  09-09-2013 (39.38 MB)

September 8, 2013

  • Mike talks to Dr. Wally about a variety of gardening issues, then holds a rountable discussion about where our young farmers are coming from and they can get help starting their businesses.

Download What's Killing Our Honey Bees? A Conversation with a Trio of Experts  08-13-2013 (16.35 MB)

What's Killing Our Honey Bees? A Conversation with a Trio of Experts

  • Mike talks to Dr. May Berenbaum, Jeffrey S. Pettis, and Zac Browning about why honey bees are dying and disappearing and how agricultural chemicals might be linked to that bee loss.

Download August 11, 2013  08-13-2013 (39.39 MB)

August 11, 2013

  • Mike welcomes Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardening, and a panel of experts, led by Dr. May Berenbaum of the University of Illinois, dicusses the factors behind the decline of honey bees world wide.

Download June 16, 2013  06-19-2013 (38.99 MB)

June 16, 2013

  • The Green Team handles show duties while Mike is away. They talk about farmers markets, CSAs, biking in Chicago, Inspiration Kitchens and more.

Download May 26, 2013  05-30-2013 (39.34 MB)

May 26, 2013

  • Mike gets a report on the state of urban agriculture in Chicago, then talks to a couple of students who represent the new generation of environmentalists.

Download May 12, 2013  05-15-2013 (39.6 MB)

May 12, 2013

  • Mike helps rescue an endangered strawberry (really!), then revisits the City of Chicago's misguided campaign against citizens growing so-called weeds.

Download March 10, 201  03-11-2013 (39.35 MB)

March 10, 201

  • Mike talks to legendary TV news anchor Bill Kurtis, previews the Good Food Festival in Chicago, and interviews Mel Bartholomew, the creator of the square foot gardening technique.

Download January 20, 2013  01-22-2013 (39.26 MB)

January 20, 2013

  • Mike talks about three news stories related to food issues, talks to a bird expert about whether wind turbines in Lake Michigan would harm birds and other wildlife, then looks at a financial plan for supporting organic farms.

Download Blake Davis presents a 50 Year Plan for Surviving Climate Change  01-14-2013 (17.03 MB)

Blake Davis presents a 50 Year Plan for Surviving Climate Change

  • IIT Professor Blake Davis talks about his belief that climate change and economic instability will contribute to the long term decline of our standard of living and how to survive that change.

Download January 13, 2013  01-14-2013 (39.11 MB)

January 13, 2013

  • Mike previews a a comprehensive social justice event in Hyde Park, then talks about what the world will look like in the next 50 years, as climate change combines with economic instability to create a declining standard of living.

Download December 2, 2012  12-04-2012 (38.45 MB)

December 2, 2012

  • Mike gets advice on keeping your trees healthy following a difficult weather year, then welcomes an organic farmer to the studio, and gets an update on the General Assembly veto session in Springfield.

Download September 2, 2012  09-10-2012 (39.52 MB)

September 2, 2012

  • Beth Botts and Heather Frey fill in for Mike and talk about how to take care of trees after a hot, dry summer. Then they preview a green arts fair in Evanston. Finally, Beth shares a family apple cake recipe.

Download August 19, 2012  08-19-2012 (39.47 MB)

August 19, 2012

  • Mike receives an apology for the Chicago Department of Water Management, gets an update from D. Landreth Seed Company, and previews a number of events, including a Veggie Fair where he will be speaking.

Download June 24, 2012  07-01-2012 (39.32 MB)

June 24, 2012

  • Broadcasting from the Center on Halsted before the 2012 Chicago Pride Parade, Mike discusses water reclamation issues with MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore, then examines the progress of the 2012 Farm Bill now making its way through Congress.

Download June 17, 2012  06-17-2012 (39.46 MB)

June 17, 2012

  • Mike talks to a suburban arborist about trees on a city street that might be in danger of being strangled by tree lights, then dicusses the coming elections and whether or not food issues will become campaign issues.

Download And Interview with Carlos DeJesus, Assistant Principal at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago  06-11-2012 (13.45 MB)

And Interview with Carlos DeJesus, Assistant Principal at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago

  • Mike talks to Carlos DeJesus, assistant principal at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood about how his students have enbraced the concept of urban agriculture.

Download June 10, 2012  06-11-2012 (38.79 MB)

June 10, 2012

  • Mike talks about a Kickstarter campaign that will bring together people who grow food with people who want it, then talks to the assistant principal of a Chicago High School that is trying to eliminate an urban food desert.

Download A conversation with Zina Murray on why she had to close the Logan Square Kitchen  05-21-2012 (12.38 MB)

A conversation with Zina Murray on why she had to close the Logan Square Kitchen

  • Mike talks to Zina Murray, who ran the Logan Square Kitchen, an innovative and useful shared use kitchen in Chicago, and how a bureaucratic buzzsaw forced her to close her business.

Download May 20, 2012  05-21-2012 (39.09 MB)

May 20, 2012

  • Mike reports on a meeting this week where the Illinois EPA will answer questions about the permitting process for an open pit sand mine outside of Starved Rock State Park, then talks to Zina Murray about why she is shutting down Logan Square Kitchen.

Download Is the Michigan DNR trying to outlaw heritage breed hogs in that state?  04-01-2012 (10.59 MB)

Is the Michigan DNR trying to outlaw heritage breed hogs in that state?

  • Mike talks to a Michigan farmer who tells a disturbing tale of fighting to keep his family farm alive in the face of a new law that might have national repercussions.

Download April 1, 2012  04-01-2012 (39.24 MB)

April 1, 2012

  • To welcome the month of April, has live musical accompaniment in the studio. He talks to a Michigan farmer who explains how that state's DNR is virtually outlawing all heritage breed hogs. Then Mike prepares to shoot Dig In Chicago this week.

Download March 11, 2012  03-12-2012 (39.35 MB)

March 11, 2012

  • Mike previews a seed swap at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, looks forward to the Good Food Festival, talks about whistleblowing on CAFOs is under attack, and checks in on LaSalle County residents trying to protect Starved Rock State Park.

Download February 26, 2012  02-26-2012 (39.45 MB)

February 26, 2012

  • Mike gets schooled by the teachers and students at a Montessori school in Joliet, then gets some learnin' from some of the people behind The Plant on the south side of Chicago.

Download One Seed Chicago 2012: The Great Herb Debate  02-05-2012 (10.75 MB)

One Seed Chicago 2012: The Great Herb Debate

  • Representatives of three herbs--basil, chamomile and cilantro--debate their worthiness to be voted as plant of the year for Chicago.

Download February 5, 2012  02-05-2012 (21.67 MB)

February 5, 2012

  • Mike talks about how America's environment will be affected by the 2012 elections, then moderates the Great Herb Debate as part of One Seed Chicago 2012.

Download A Conversation with Lisa Kivirist, co-author of Farmstead Chef.  01-02-2012 (4.19 MB)

A Conversation with Lisa Kivirist, co-author of Farmstead Chef.

  • Lisa Kivirist, who, with her husband John Ivanko, runs a bed and breakfast in Wisconsin called Inn Serendipity, talks about their new cookbook, Farmstead Chef.

Download One Seed Chicago Announces Its 2012 Ballot  01-02-2012 (10.21 MB)

One Seed Chicago Announces Its 2012 Ballot

  • Ben Helphand of NeighborSpace and horticultural blogger Mr. Brown Thumb unveil the three herbs that are competing in this annual online competition.

Download January 1, 2012  01-01-2012 (39.45 MB)

January 1, 2012

  • On the first day of the new year, Mike gets an update from Barbara Melera, owner of D. Landreth Seed Company, reveals the contestants in the One Seed Chicago competition, and talks about the new cookbook, Farmstead Chef, with co-author Lisa Kivirist.

Download December 4, 2011 - The WCPT Holiday Harvest Broadcast  12-04-2011 (57.67 MB)

December 4, 2011 - The WCPT Holiday Harvest Broadcast

  • Mike joins Mike Sanders of WCPT's Our Town in a three hour broadcast to encourage people to donate to the WCPT Holiday Harvest Food Drive.

Download November 27, 2011  11-27-2011 (39.38 MB)

November 27, 2011

  • Mike previews the WCPT Holiday Harvest food drive from December 1 through December 11, and learns how the National Forest Foundation is stepping up to help the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie restoration effort.

Download Suzanne Keers of Local First Chicago talks about Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local  11-20-2011 (5.16 MB)

Suzanne Keers of Local First Chicago talks about Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local

  • Suzanne Keers, co-founder and executive director of Local First Chicago, urges people to shop local for the holidays to pump money back into local economies.

Download Barbara Melera returns to talk about the fate of D. Landreth Seed Company  11-20-2011 (10.58 MB)

Barbara Melera returns to talk about the fate of D. Landreth Seed Company

  • Two and a half months after the D. Landreth Seed Company was told to pay up or go out of business, owner Barbara Melera announces the release of its beautiful 2012 catalog.

Download November 20, 2011  11-20-2011 (39.74 MB)

November 20, 2011

  • Mike follows up on D. Landreth Seed Company's attempt to sell 1 million catalogs, talks to the company that invented the Number 2 pencil on its 250th Anniversary, and encourages people to Unwrap Chicago: Eat, Drink and Buy Local.

Download November 13, 2011  11-13-2011 (39.35 MB)

November 13, 2011

  • Mike talks about how to prepare your garden beds for winter, promotes America Recycles Day, and previews the WCPT Holiday Harvest food drive by talking about canned and preserved foods.

Download November 6, 2011  11-06-2011 (39.44 MB)

November 6, 2011

  • Mike Nowak and Mike Sanders preview WCPT's Holiday Harvest food drive from December 1 through December 11, then talks to Suzanne Malec-McKenna, former commissioner of the Chicago Department of the Environment.

Download An Interview with Michael and Amelia Howard  10-31-2011 (11.54 MB)

An Interview with Michael and Amelia Howard

  • Mike welcomes Michael and Amelia Howard, two south side Chicago environmentalists who helped to transform a dump site into a nature center that serves to teach children and their parents how to create and care for urban eco-systems.

Download October 30, 2011  10-31-2011 (39.38 MB)

October 30, 2011

  • Mike interviews a south side Chicago couple who helped to transform a brownfield into a nationally recognized nature center, talks about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's food summit, and previews this season's winter farmers markets in the Chicago area.

Download The Inspiration Kitchens visit The Mike Nowak Show  10-24-2011 (8.51 MB)

The Inspiration Kitchens visit The Mike Nowak Show

  • Mike talks to some of the people who work at Inspiration Kitchens, which provides job training for the homeless, ex-offenders and low income citizens.

Download A conversation with Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky  10-24-2011 (5.75 MB)

A conversation with Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

  • Mike talks to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about Food Day, the Move the Money campaign and Occupy Chicago.

Download October 23, 2011  10-24-2011 (39.37 MB)

October 23, 2011

  • Mike discusses a new report about climate change with meteorologist Rick DiMaio, talks to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about Food Day, welcomes some of the people behind Inspiration Kitchens to the studio and chats with commuter farmer Kim Marsin.

Download October 16, 2011  10-20-2011 (32.8 MB)

October 16, 2011

  • Mike previews an early Food Day event, learns about gardens along the Magnificent Mile, and discovers that there's a lot he didn't know about how his orange juice is made and marketed.

Download A follow up interview with Barbara Melera of the historic D. Landreth Seed Company  10-03-2011 (8.19 MB)

A follow up interview with Barbara Melera of the historic D. Landreth Seed Company

  • Barbara Melera reports on her progress to sell one million catalogs in an effort to save the 228 year old heirloom seed company.

Download September 18, 2011  09-18-2011 (39.37 MB)

September 18, 2011

  • Mike previews the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees in Virginia, talks about National Public Lands Day, and checks out chickens in Chicago.

Download An Interview with Barbara Melera of the Historic Landreth Seed Company  09-11-2011 (5.8 MB)

An Interview with Barbara Melera of the Historic Landreth Seed Company

  • Mike talks to Barbara Melera, owner of Landreth Seed Company, about her efforts to save the 228 year old heirloom seed business by selling one million catalogs in one month.

Download September 4, 2011  09-05-2011 (39.37 MB)

September 4, 2011

  • Mike talks about new challenges for the Logan Square Kitchen, urges people to support an iconic American seed company, previews the opening of a unique Midwestern preserve, and talks to an organic farmer about how weather has changed his operation.

Download Zina Murray of the  Logan Square Kitchen takes on Chicago's Department of Public Health  08-28-2011 (6.55 MB)

Zina Murray of the Logan Square Kitchen takes on Chicago's Department of Public Health

  • Zina Murray, owner of the Logan Square Kitchen, talks about her battles with the Chicago Department of Public Health over licensing and other issues.

Download August 28, 2011  08-28-2011 (39.39 MB)

August 28, 2011

  • Mike talks to a local food innovator who is fighting back against unreasonable city regulation, gets an earfull about the over-hyped Hurricane Irene, and is warned that a newly discovered disease could wreak havoc on Illinois black walnut trees.

Download August 21, 2011  08-21-2011 (39.38 MB)

August 21, 2011

  • Mike gets help for a cucumber beetle problem in his community garden, discovers how billions of passenger pigeons were wiped out a hundred years ago, and asks whether Rahm Emanuel will help urban agriculture flourish in Chicago.

Download August 14, 2011  08-14-2011 (39.39 MB)

August 14, 2011

  • Mike previews Monday's #gardenchat event in anticipation of the IGC Show in Chicago, urges people to come to Thursday's CRC benefit and see the documentary "Scrappers," and visits once again with a "commuter" organic farmer.

Download August 7, 2011  08-07-2011 (39.37 MB)

August 7, 2011

  • Mike previews Veggie Fest in Naperville, talks to Duluth Real Women model and farmer Rebecca Claypool, gears up for a Toxics to Treasures tour, and gets a status report on the storm-damaged Garfield Park Conservatory.

Download July 3, 2011  07-04-2011 (38.69 MB)

July 3, 2011

  • Mike gets a report on clean up at the hail storm damaged Garfield Park Conservatory, previews next week's Canoes for a Cause on the Chicago River, and talks to a local filmmaker and an organizer about local food issues.

Download June 12, 2011  06-12-2011 (32.4 MB)

June 12, 2011

  • Mike tells a tale of a fire hydrant across from his community garden, talks to the founder of a company that is launching a for-profit recycling program in Chicago, and follows up with a local "commuter farmer."

Download June 5, 2011  06-07-2011 (32.23 MB)

June 5, 2011

  • Mike reports on the progress of the Green on McLean, previews a "Hosta Happening," chronicles a victory for Friends of the Forest Preserves, and talks about a new farmers market at Loyola University.

Download May 29, 2011  05-29-2011 (32.66 MB)

May 29, 2011

  • Mike talks about why the Chicago River is still too polluted, gets advice from a couple of gardening activists about how to set up a community garden, and examines current and future City of Chicago food policies.

Download An interview with Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association  05-15-2011 (6.12 MB)

An interview with Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director of the Organic Consumers Association

  • Mike talks to Alexis Baden-Mayer about her action in Chicago that shows how many food products contain Genetically Modified Organisms.

Download May 15, 2011  05-15-2011 (32.26 MB)

May 15, 2011

  • Mike talks about GMOs, how to preserve funding for Illinois Extension, promotes a Garden Writers Association program on Chicago's south side, and looks at the new farmer's market finder on The Local Beet blogsite.

Download An interview with Taggart Siegel, director of  the documentary "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?"  05-01-2011 (7.11 MB)

An interview with Taggart Siegel, director of the documentary "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?"

  • Taggart Siegel, director of documentary "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" discusses the film and what the disappearance of bees--or Colony Collapse Disorder--means to the food production on Earth.

Download May 1, 2011  05-01-2011 (32.27 MB)

May 1, 2011

  • Mike gloats over his--and Swiss chard's--victory in the 2011 One Seed Chicago vote, interviews the director of the documentary "Queen of the Sun," talks about how to keep critters from eating your spring plants, and introduces Wild Goose Farm.

Download April 24, 2011  04-24-2011 (32.23 MB)

April 24, 2011

  • On Mike's 3rd Anniversary Show on WCPT he recaps the City Council hearing about the Clean Power Ordinance, talks about "Wicked Bugs," and chats with a USDA spokesman in the new show segment "Sustainable Food Fundamentals."

Download April 3, 2011  04-03-2011 (32.24 MB)

April 3, 2011

  • Mike talks about a local congregation that is practicing social justice by gardening, questions the Daley Administration's last-minute attempt to revive the Blue Cart Recycling Program, and talks to an organic farmer about her first tractor auction.

Download March 20, 2011  03-20-2011 (32.25 MB)

March 20, 2011

  • Mike previews a fashion show where the clothes are made from plant material, discusses organic lawn care in advance of a natural lawn care conference, and talks to a farmer about what it was like to be an early propoent of organic growing.

Download March 13, 2011  03-13-2011 (32.23 MB)

March 13, 2011

  • Mike talks about training college horticultural students, and previews this week's FamilyFarmed Expo in Chicago with founder Jim Slama and two presenters at the event.

Download February 27, 2011  02-27-2011 (32.23 MB)

February 27, 2011

  • Mike previews the Fernwood Botanical Gardens Spring Garden Symposium in Buchanan, Michigan, has an in-depth talk about the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, and get's the latest from The Local Beet about Chicago-area CSAs.

Download January 16, 2011  01-19-2011 (32.21 MB)

January 16, 2011

  • Mike and Connor Shaw of Possibility Place Nursery discuss the state of the horticultural industry, Ron and Vicki Nowicki preview a permaculture conference at the Morton Arboretum, and Beth Osmund talks about Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm.

Download January 9, 2011  01-09-2011 (32.22 MB)

January 9, 2011

  • Mike talks to Howard Learner of ELPC and Jerry Adelmann of Openlands about the Green Growth Platform for Chicago mayoral candidates, Zina Murray of Logan Square Kitchen talks about city licensing problems, Mr. Brown Thumb reports on One Seed Chicago

Download August 29, 2010  10-06-2010 (32.22 MB)

August 29, 2010

  • Fall starter vegetables, vegetable garden in the front yard, how to deal with all of the vegetables that end up in your kitchen.

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