November 5, 2017 – The Future of Fracking and Energy in Illinois

Mike and Peggy welcome back Scott Stewart, Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation, on the eve of that group’s 20th anniversary, and environmental reporter Kari Lydersen, who reports on a victory over fracking in Illinois and the future of the Future Energy Jobs Act.

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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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October 8, 2017 – Start the Garden Revolution

Author and native plant landscaper Benjamin Vogt talks about his new book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future. Gale Community Academy Principal Augustine “Augie” Emuwa and A Just Harvest’s Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks and Tonia Andreina are teaching students about growing food.

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