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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12-12-2013 (39.32 MB)
- Mike helps people to have a very green holiday season with EcoCosumer Tom Watson from King County in Washington State, then talks gardening with author and media personality Melinda Myers.
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.
11-12-2013 (39.38 MB)
- Mike talks to LIsa Albrecht about her testimony before the U.S. EPA regarding carbon emissions, is introduced to an invention to protect outdoor lighting connectors, and gets efficiency tips from ComEd's Energy Doctor.
11-07-2013 (39.32 MB)
- Mike and Lisa Albrecht re-cap their experiences at the Bioneers Chicago event, Mike encourages people to support The Plant via their Kickstarter campaign, and Christy Webber introduces INUAg and waxes poetic about the horticultural industry.
09-24-2013 (39.36 MB)
- Mike and alternative energy expert Lisa Albrecht talk about the future of solar and wind power in Illinois. A scientist and an arborist discuss how climate change will affect tree choices around Chicago in the next one hundred years.
08-23-2013 (2.32 MB)
- Mike talks to Rob Greenfield, who just finished a 4700 bicycle trip called Off the Grid Across America to raise consciousness about environmental issues. .
08-07-2013 (8.3 MB)
- The Pond Guy, Greg Wittstock, talks about how his business has evolved from simply creating ponds to helping people collect and store fresh water.
08-06-2013 (39.37 MB)
- Whether or not to spray for mosquitoes in the city, an interview with The Pond Guy, and a report from Lisa Albrecht about her experience at the recent Climate Reality training in Chicago, which was taught by Al Gore.
06-27-2013 (39.4 MB)
- Mike explores organic solutions to dealing with aphids, gets a report on an alternative energy fair in Wisconsin, helps celebrate 100 years of Cook County Forest Preserves, and talks to a certified arborist about vascular diseases of trees.
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.
04-23-2013 (38.95 MB)
- Mike celebrates his 5th anniversary on WCPT Radio with Dig In Chicago co-host Jennifer Brennan and ComEd Energy Doctor Sandra Henry.
04-07-2013 (7.7 MB)
- Mike talks to city planner Chris Ziemann about the first steps in bring Bus Rapid Transit to Chicago.
04-07-2013 (39.47 MB)
- Mike talks to city planner Chris Ziemann about Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago, welcomes Dr. Wally back to show to answer gardening questions, and promotes the new Amy Stewart book, The Drunken Botanist.
03-24-2013 (38.96 MB)
- Mike welcomes three environmentalists, who talk about the progress of a fracking moratorium in the Illinois General Assembly, talks to a woman who picks up home food scraps for composting, and talks about some invasive plants.
02-10-2013 (11.8 MB)
- Rich Fischer from Evolve Recycling talks about why his company reuses rather than recycles ink and laser cartridges.
02-10-2013 (39.43 MB)
- Mike announces that he will be at the Climate Forward rally in Washington, D.C., previews the MELA conference, talks about reducing ink cartridge waste, and previews an electric car rally that re-creates the first car race in America in Chicago in 1895.
02-02-2013 (39.32 MB)
- Mike and his guests talk about how community gardeners are working together in Chicago, then he previews a food scrap composting seminar, and talks to Farmer John Peterson about his KickStarter to raise money for Angelic Organics.
01-22-2013 (9.14 MB)
- Bob Fisher of the Bird Conservation Network talks to Mike about the potential--good and bad--for wind turbines in Lake Michigan.
12-17-2012 (39.27 MB)
- Mike and Lisa Albrecht talk to authors of books about the environment and green energy, then talk about a suit filed in Springfield against the IDNR as a way to stop a frac sand mine outside of Starved Rock State Park.
12-11-2012 (39.35 MB)
- Mike, Lisa Albrecht and Sarah Batka discuss books in the gardening, environmental and green living categories that would make good holiday gifts, then talk to a couple of engineers about an anaerobic digestion system on Chicago's south side.
10-07-2012 (39.44 MB)
- Lisa Albrecht and Sarah Batka join Mike in the studio as he talks to Joe Gardener about pruning tools, does a simulcast with another radio show in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and previews GreenTown Highland Park.
09-16-2012 (39.76 MB)
- Mike previews the 2012 Windy City Coop Tour, which gives folks a chance to connect with chicken enthusiasts, then talks fall lawn care with Melinda Myers.
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.
08-14-2012 (39.37 MB)
- Mike gets some late summer gardening tips from Jennifer Brennan, and talks about a new food composting initiative at the Morton Arboretum.
07-31-2012 (14.46 MB)
- Beth Terry talks about her personal journey towards a plastics free life and explains how others can reduce the use of plastics in their own lives.
07-30-2012 (39.46 MB)
- Mike talks about riding a zip line, how the City of Chicago is waging war on the trees on his block,then talks about ridding the world of plastic, and previews the Monday protest of fracking in Illinois.
07-23-2012 (39.48 MB)
- Mike talks about non-threatening sustainable interior design, then chats with an author and naturalist about prairies and Project Passenger Pigeon.
04-15-2012 (11.95 MB)
- Mike talks to Benjamin Cox, Executive Director of Friends of the Forest Preserves, about clearing of 45 acres of trees in Evergreen Park to construct a shopping center.
01-22-2012 (39.33 MB)
- Mike previews Decision Chicago! The Great Herb Debate on February 5, then interviews Openland's Julie Samuels about two classes that will help Chicagoans learn about urban gardening.
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.
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.
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.
06-12-2011 (8.23 MB)
- Mike talks with Steve Holland, founder and CEO of Free Green Can, a company attempting to create a new recycling model in Chicago.
04-23-2011 (32.43 MB)
- Mike and Heather wax poetic on honey badger, then Mike talks about Poo Free Parks, the 9th Annual Growing Home Benefit, the Garlic Mustard Challenge, "Where's My Walderman?" and rezoning the city to accommodate agriculture. Whew!
04-04-2011 (5.76 MB)
- In the wake of reports that outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley will privatize the Blue Cart recycling program in Chicago, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack and Mike talk about the timing of the move and whether it will result in any benefits to the city.
03-29-2011 (32.24 MB)
- Mike talks about a six-week weatherization and greening series for your home, then interviews the man who is responsible for the best selling rose in the HISTORY of the planet.
02-20-2011 (32.23 MB)
- Mike talks briefly about GMOs and protesting union workers in Wisconsin, then previews next week's WPPC Conference in McHenry County and talks to the owner of a company that offers year-round home delivery in the Chicago area of local and organic produce.
01-09-2011 (8.43 MB)
- Conversations with Howard Learner of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Jerry Adelmann of Openlands about the 20 green questions posed by Chicago environmental and conservation groups to the Chicago mayoral candidates
11-08-2010 (32.23 MB)
- Mike and guests talk about Winter Farmers Markets around Chicago, "wicked" plants that can kill you, and a class that teaches people about farming.
10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)
- Illinois Solar Energy Tour recap, answering gardening questions, GreenTown Chicago conference.
10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)
- Renovating O'Keefe Elementary School memorial garden, managing the garden, oil spill in Romeoville and the wisdom of continuing U.S. dependence on tar sands oil.
10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)
- Organic soil amendments, peat moss alternative, mission of Monarch Watch.
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