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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 entry page for audio files of Mike Nowak's full shows on WCPT Radio, Chicago.

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Download December 8, 2013  12-12-2013 (39.32 MB)

December 8, 2013

  • 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.

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 November 10, 2013  11-12-2013 (39.38 MB)

November 10, 2013

  • 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.

Download November 3, 2013  11-07-2013 (39.32 MB)

November 3, 2013

  • 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.

Download September 22, 2013  09-24-2013 (39.36 MB)

September 22, 2013

  • 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.

Download The Man Who Pedaled 4700 Miles Stops in the Studio and Takes Off His Shirt.  08-23-2013 (2.32 MB)

The Man Who Pedaled 4700 Miles Stops in the Studio and Takes Off His Shirt.

  • Mike talks to Rob Greenfield, who just finished a 4700 bicycle trip called Off the Grid Across America to raise consciousness about environmental issues. .

Download A Conversation with The Pond Guy, Greg Wittstock of Aquascape, Inc.  08-07-2013 (8.3 MB)

A Conversation with The Pond Guy, Greg Wittstock of Aquascape, Inc.

  • The Pond Guy, Greg Wittstock, talks about how his business has evolved from simply creating ponds to helping people collect and store fresh water.

Download August 4, 2013  08-06-2013 (39.37 MB)

August 4, 2013

  • 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.

Download June 23, 2013  06-27-2013 (39.4 MB)

June 23, 2013

  • 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.

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 April 21, 2013  04-23-2013 (38.95 MB)

April 21, 2013

  • Mike celebrates his 5th anniversary on WCPT Radio with Dig In Chicago co-host Jennifer Brennan and ComEd Energy Doctor Sandra Henry.

Download A Conversation with Chris Ziemann about Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago  04-07-2013 (7.7 MB)

A Conversation with Chris Ziemann about Bus Rapid Transit in Chicago

  • Mike talks to city planner Chris Ziemann about the first steps in bring Bus Rapid Transit to Chicago.

Download April 7, 2013  04-07-2013 (39.47 MB)

April 7, 2013

  • 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.

Download March 24, 2013  03-24-2013 (38.96 MB)

March 24, 2013

  • 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.

Download A Conversation With Rich Fischer from Evolve Recycling  02-10-2013 (11.8 MB)

A Conversation With Rich Fischer from Evolve Recycling

  • Rich Fischer from Evolve Recycling talks about why his company reuses rather than recycles ink and laser cartridges.

Download February 10, 2013  02-10-2013 (39.43 MB)

February 10, 2013

  • 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.

Download January 27, 2013  02-02-2013 (39.32 MB)

January 27, 2013

  • 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.

Download Will Wind Turbines in Lake Michigan Be Dangerous to Birds and Wildlife? A Conversation with Bob Fisher of the Bird Conservation Network  01-22-2013 (9.14 MB)

Will Wind Turbines in Lake Michigan Be Dangerous to Birds and Wildlife? A Conversation with Bob Fisher of the Bird Conservation Network

  • Bob Fisher of the Bird Conservation Network talks to Mike about the potential--good and bad--for wind turbines in Lake Michigan.

Download December 16, 2012  12-17-2012 (39.27 MB)

December 16, 2012

  • 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.

Download December 9, 2012  12-11-2012 (39.35 MB)

December 9, 2012

  • 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.

Download October 7, 2012  10-07-2012 (39.44 MB)

October 7, 2012

  • 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.

Download September 16, 2012  09-16-2012 (39.76 MB)

September 16, 2012

  • 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.

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 12, 2012  08-14-2012 (39.37 MB)

August 12, 2012

  • Mike gets some late summer gardening tips from Jennifer Brennan, and talks about a new food composting initiative at the Morton Arboretum.

Download A Conversation with Beth Terry, Author of Plastic Free, How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too  07-31-2012 (14.46 MB)

A Conversation with Beth Terry, Author of Plastic Free, How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

  • 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.

Download July 29, 2012  07-30-2012 (39.46 MB)

July 29, 2012

  • 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.

Download July 22, 2012  07-23-2012 (39.48 MB)

July 22, 2012

  • Mike talks about non-threatening sustainable interior design, then chats with an author and naturalist about prairies and Project Passenger Pigeon.

Download Why Were 300 Trees Chopped Down in Evergreen Park?  04-15-2012 (11.95 MB)

Why Were 300 Trees Chopped Down in Evergreen Park?

  • 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.

Download January 22, 2012  01-22-2012 (39.33 MB)

January 22, 2012

  • 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.

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 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 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 An interview with Steve Holland of Free Green Can  06-12-2011 (8.23 MB)

An interview with Steve Holland of Free Green Can

  • Mike talks with Steve Holland, founder and CEO of Free Green Can, a company attempting to create a new recycling model in Chicago.

Download April 17, 2011  04-23-2011 (32.43 MB)

April 17, 2011

  • 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!

Download Privatizing Recycling: A Conversation with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack  04-04-2011 (5.76 MB)

Privatizing Recycling: A Conversation with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack

  • 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.

Download March 27, 2011  03-29-2011 (32.24 MB)

March 27, 2011

  • 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.

Download February 20, 2011  02-20-2011 (32.23 MB)

February 20, 2011

  • 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.

Download Green Growth Platform for Chicago's Next Mayor - January 9, 2011  01-09-2011 (8.43 MB)

Green Growth Platform for Chicago's Next Mayor - January 9, 2011

  • 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

Download November 7, 2010  11-08-2010 (32.23 MB)

November 7, 2010

  • Mike and guests talk about Winter Farmers Markets around Chicago, "wicked" plants that can kill you, and a class that teaches people about farming.

Download October 3 , 2010  10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)

October 3 , 2010

  • Illinois Solar Energy Tour recap, answering gardening questions, GreenTown Chicago conference.

Download September 19, 2010  10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)

September 19, 2010

  • 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.

Download September 12, 2010  10-06-2010 (32.23 MB)

September 12, 2010

  • Organic soil amendments, peat moss alternative, mission of Monarch Watch.

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