October 15, 2017 – When Plants Fight City Hall

Nicole Virgil wants to grow vegetables in a backyard hoop house and Ron Cress wants to grow native plants on his lot, and they both find themselves fighting City Hall to make it happen. Michele Hoffman welcomes Dr. David Vaughan to the Science Desk to talk about his new growing technique that might give the world’s declining coral reefs a fighting chance.

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August 20, 2017 – Respect for Animals Large and Small

Jessica Chipkin from Crate Free Illinois and Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society preview the new Illinois Agriculture Advisory Council. Michele Hoffman of Microcosm and the Shedd Aquarium’s Mark Schick report on the future of the oceans’ coral populations.

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July 23, 2017 – Soil Sisters, Ocean’s Daughter

Farmers Lisa Kivirist and Alison Parker preview coming Soil Sisters and In Her Boots events. Scientist, educator and filmmaker Michele Hoffman previews her trip to Florida to research plankton and the affects of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Elaine Coorens explains a coming deal for new land use in the North Branch Industrial Corridor in Chicago.

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