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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12-05-2013 (39.35 MB)
- 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.
10-28-2013 (39.37 MB)
- 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.
10-20-2013 (39.43 MB)
- 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.
09-16-2013 (12.04 MB)
- Mike previews a public hearing in Chicago about SB 1666, which would require genetically engineered foods in the state to be labeled.
09-16-2013 (38.91 MB)
- 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.
09-09-2013 (15.63 MB)
- Mike chats with young organic farmers and the organizations that are helping them get their operations on their feet.
09-09-2013 (39.38 MB)
- 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.
08-13-2013 (16.35 MB)
- 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.
08-13-2013 (39.39 MB)
- 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.
06-19-2013 (38.99 MB)
- The Green Team handles show duties while Mike is away. They talk about farmers markets, CSAs, biking in Chicago, Inspiration Kitchens and more.
05-30-2013 (39.34 MB)
- 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.
05-15-2013 (39.6 MB)
- Mike helps rescue an endangered strawberry (really!), then revisits the City of Chicago's misguided campaign against citizens growing so-called weeds.
03-11-2013 (39.35 MB)
- 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.
01-22-2013 (39.26 MB)
- 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.
01-14-2013 (17.03 MB)
- 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.
01-14-2013 (39.11 MB)
- 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.
12-04-2012 (38.45 MB)
- 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.
09-10-2012 (39.52 MB)
- 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.
08-19-2012 (39.47 MB)
- 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.
07-01-2012 (39.32 MB)
- 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.
06-17-2012 (39.46 MB)
- 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.
06-11-2012 (13.45 MB)
- 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.
06-11-2012 (38.79 MB)
- 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.
05-21-2012 (12.38 MB)
- 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.
05-21-2012 (39.09 MB)
- 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.
04-01-2012 (10.59 MB)
- 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.
04-01-2012 (39.24 MB)
- 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.
03-12-2012 (39.35 MB)
- 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.
02-26-2012 (39.45 MB)
- 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.
02-05-2012 (10.75 MB)
- Representatives of three herbs--basil, chamomile and cilantro--debate their worthiness to be voted as plant of the year for Chicago.
02-05-2012 (21.67 MB)
- 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.
01-02-2012 (4.19 MB)
- 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.
01-02-2012 (10.21 MB)
- Ben Helphand of NeighborSpace and horticultural blogger Mr. Brown Thumb unveil the three herbs that are competing in this annual online competition.
01-01-2012 (39.45 MB)
- 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.
12-04-2011 (57.67 MB)
- 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.
11-27-2011 (39.38 MB)
- 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.
11-20-2011 (5.16 MB)
- 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.
11-20-2011 (10.58 MB)
- 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.
11-20-2011 (39.74 MB)
- 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.
11-13-2011 (39.35 MB)
- 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.
11-06-2011 (39.44 MB)
- 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.
10-31-2011 (11.54 MB)
- 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.
10-31-2011 (39.38 MB)
- 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.
10-24-2011 (8.51 MB)
- 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.
10-24-2011 (5.75 MB)
- Mike talks to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky about Food Day, the Move the Money campaign and Occupy Chicago.
10-24-2011 (39.37 MB)
- 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.
10-20-2011 (32.8 MB)
- 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.
10-03-2011 (8.19 MB)
- Barbara Melera reports on her progress to sell one million catalogs in an effort to save the 228 year old heirloom seed company.
09-18-2011 (39.37 MB)
- Mike previews the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees in Virginia, talks about National Public Lands Day, and checks out chickens in Chicago.
09-11-2011 (5.8 MB)
- 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.
09-05-2011 (39.37 MB)
- 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.
08-28-2011 (6.55 MB)
- Zina Murray, owner of the Logan Square Kitchen, talks about her battles with the Chicago Department of Public Health over licensing and other issues.
08-28-2011 (39.39 MB)
- 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.
08-21-2011 (39.38 MB)
- 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.
08-14-2011 (39.39 MB)
- 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.
08-07-2011 (39.37 MB)
- 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.
07-04-2011 (38.69 MB)
- 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.
06-12-2011 (32.4 MB)
- 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."
06-07-2011 (32.23 MB)
- 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.
05-29-2011 (32.66 MB)
- 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.
05-15-2011 (6.12 MB)
- Mike talks to Alexis Baden-Mayer about her action in Chicago that shows how many food products contain Genetically Modified Organisms.
05-15-2011 (32.26 MB)
- 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.
05-01-2011 (7.11 MB)
- 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.
05-01-2011 (32.27 MB)
- 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.
04-24-2011 (32.23 MB)
- 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."
04-03-2011 (32.24 MB)
- 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.
03-20-2011 (32.25 MB)
- 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.
03-13-2011 (32.23 MB)
- 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.
02-27-2011 (32.23 MB)
- 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.
01-19-2011 (32.21 MB)
- 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.
01-09-2011 (32.22 MB)
- 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
10-06-2010 (32.22 MB)
- 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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