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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.

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 November 17, 2013  11-17-2013 (39.36 MB)

November 17, 2013

  • Mike recaps a Chicago community meeting against petcoke piles on the Calumet River with Lisa, previews a light show at the Morton Arboretum, talks about sustainability in the Edgewater neighborhood, and explores new ways to promote CSAs.

Download Petcoke Comes to Chicago  10-28-2013 (14.32 MB)

Petcoke Comes to Chicago

  • Mike talks to three environmentalists about the growing problem of storing petcoke, the by-product of tar sands oil refining, in Chicago and Detroit, and the continueing danger posed by transporting tar sands oil through pipelines.

Download Albert Bates and the Ecovillage Response to the Crises of Our Planet  10-21-2013 (8.06 MB)

Albert Bates and the Ecovillage Response to the Crises of Our Planet

  • Albert Bates, author, lecturer and permaculturist with the Ecovillage Training Center, talks about how appropriate, sustainable choices are the key to the future of America and the planet.

Download October 13, 2013  10-13-2013 (39.53 MB)

October 13, 2013

  • Mike and Lisa Albrecht discuss the upcoming Solar Power International Convention in Chicago, then Mike talks to scientist and activist Sandra Steingraber about fracking in Illinois, New York and the rest of the country.

Download Michele Hoffman Trotter Talks About Her Documentary Microcosm  09-16-2013 (10.1 MB)

Michele Hoffman Trotter Talks About Her Documentary Microcosm

  • Michelle Hoffman Trotter talks about Microcosm, the film documentary about our oceans and their smallest but most vital organisms

Download August 25, 2013  08-28-2013 (39.41 MB)

August 25, 2013

  • Mike talks to three environmentalists about the new Illinois fracking legislation signed into law by Governor Quinn this summer, then talks to a researcher about the amount of plastic in our Great Lakes.

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 To Spray or Not to Spray: a Conversation about Mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus in Chicago  08-07-2013 (10 MB)

To Spray or Not to Spray: a Conversation about Mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus in Chicago

  • Mike talks to Dr. Cort Lohff from Chicago Department of Public Health and Ruth Kerzee from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center about the efficacy of spraying for adult mosquitoes in Chicago.

Download A Conversation with Ed Brown about his Film, Unacceptable Levels  07-22-2013 (11.3 MB)

A Conversation with Ed Brown about his Film, Unacceptable Levels

  • Just before the Chicago premiere, Mike talks to filmmaker Ed Brown about his documentary film, Unacceptable Levels, which explains just how many chemicals we've unleashed upon ourselves in less than a hundred years.

Download Mike Talks Bedbugs  06-04-2013 (10.12 MB)

Mike Talks Bedbugs

  • Mike talks to Rick Moscovitz, George Manning and Kaye Kharasch about how bedbugs have become a national problem and how to manage them with a new technology.

Download An Interview with Mel Bartholomew, the creator of Square Foot Gardening  03-11-2013 (13.92 MB)

An Interview with Mel Bartholomew, the creator of Square Foot Gardening

  • Mike talks to Mel Bartholomew, who created the square foot gardening concept more than 30 years ago. His book on the subject has sold more than two million copies.

Download November 18, 2012  11-25-2012 (39.29 MB)

November 18, 2012

  • Mike discusses the two-pronged dangers of fracking in Illinois and the assault on farmland by the fracking industry to obtain the sand used in the process.

Download A Conversation about CAFOs with members of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water.  10-02-2012 (12.35 MB)

A Conversation about CAFOs with members of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water.

  • Mike talks about the rise of CAFOs in the Midwest with members of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water and others who are fighting to keep them out of Illinois and other states.

Download September 30, 2012  10-01-2012 (39.45 MB)

September 30, 2012

  • Mike gets a report from a giant pumpkin weigh-off, talks to an organic farmer about fall and spring cover crops, and gets the latest on the fight against CAFOs in the Midwest.

Download August 5, 2012  08-06-2012 (39.33 MB)

August 5, 2012

  • Mike previews three events environmental friendly events in the next week, then revisits the controvery over the planned the open pit silica mine that could be created next to the eastern entrance of Starved Rock State Park.

Download The Good, Bad and Ugly Environmental Legislation to Come Out of Springfield This Year  07-01-2012 (17.13 MB)

The Good, Bad and Ugly Environmental Legislation to Come Out of Springfield This Year

  • Mike talks to a distinguished panel of environmental leaders about the various laws that came out of Springfield in the just-ended legislative session., some of which now sit on Governor Pat Quinn's desk.

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 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 A conversation about preserving funding for Cook County Extension  05-14-2012 (9.68 MB)

A conversation about preserving funding for Cook County Extension

  • Mike Nowak and Beth Botts talk to Julie Emerick about how to keep Cook County Extension from being de-funded.

Download An Interview with Tom Ogren of Allergy-Free Gardening  05-07-2012 (7.06 MB)

An Interview with Tom Ogren of Allergy-Free Gardening

  • Mike talks to Tom Ogren, who is currently in Canada, reporting on how planting of male cloned trees and shrubs contributes to allergy and asthma problems in that country and the U.S.

Download May 6, 2012  05-06-2012 (39.46 MB)

May 6, 2012

  • Mike talks to representatives of two environmental groups fighting to keep Chicago's landfill ban, then explores the theory that planting too many male trees and shrubs is contributing to allergy and asthma problems.

Download An Interview with Cheryl Johnson on the Proposed Ordinance to End Chicago's Landfill Moratorium  03-04-2012 (5.23 MB)

An Interview with Cheryl Johnson on the Proposed Ordinance to End Chicago's Landfill Moratorium

  • Mike talks to Cheryl Johnson, Executive Director of People for Community Recovery about an ordinance proposed by Chicago 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale that would reverse a landfill moratorium that was scheduled to last for another 13 years.

Download January 8, 2012  01-08-2012 (39.46 MB)

January 8, 2012

  • Mike previews KAM Isaiah Israel's third annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Weekend, then talks to citzens and activists in and around LaSalle County who are fighting a proposed open pit sand mine next to Starved Rock State Park.

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 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 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 April 24, 2011 - An Interview with Amy Stewart  04-24-2011 (29.77 MB)

April 24, 2011 - An Interview with Amy Stewart

  • Author Amy Stewart talks about her new book, Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects.

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.

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