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How Do We Save the Iconic Monarch Butterfly?

Chip Taylor is the founder and director of Monarch Watch. He talks about the recent decline of the monarch butterfly due mainly to habitat loss, pesticide use and government policies that encourage ethanol production, and how there will need to be a massive effort to plant milkweed if we hope to save this iconic species.
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Connecting Veterans to the Land at Blue Yonder Organic Farm

Sara Creech established Blue Yonder Organic Farm in Indiana, and Alicia Moore soon joined her as a partner in the enterprise. Both are military veterans who want to help other veterans find work and a sense of peace. They are the first Indiana farm that is part of the rapidly growing Homegrown By Heroes initiative, and they talk about their efforts with Mike.
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Improving the Soils in Our Cities

Distinguished soil scientists Sally Brown, Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Rufus Chaney , Research Agronomist for the USDA, and Ganga Hettiarachchi , Associate Professor at Kansas State University, talk about contaminants in our urban soils and the potential for remediating them, including with biosolids.
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What's REALLY Happening
to Our Bees

Some of the most knowledgeable people in the country explain what's causing the disappearance of our bees. And it's not just neonicotinoids. This is the best discussion of the problem that you've ever heard or read. Listen Here.

Amazing Susan Werner in the Studio

Powerful, versatile, hilarious singer/songwriter joins us in the studio to talk about her new tour and album, Hayseed. She manages to stop joking around with Mike long enough to sing a couple of songs. Listen Here.

Making a case for life

Doug Tallamy talks about his book, Bringing Nature Home, How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens. A caller to the program conveniently illustrates the difficulty home owners have in identifying native plants, and Tallamy describes his project to identify which birds consume which insects. Listen here.

What's the Big Deal about Native Plants?

Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden, goes beyond and cliches and oversimplifications and explains just why native plants make for a better, more life-filled garden.
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Mike Nowak has been the Chicago radio voice of gardening and the environment for more than thirteen years. First at WGN Radio and now at Chicago's Progressive Talk, he has informed and entertained his listeners about everything from bugs to battery recycling, from energy audits to echinacea.
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A monarch caterpillar on the monarch flower (milkweed) in
the Green on McLean community garden

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Team member Carol Brewer is "In the Green Room with Mike" to talk about her recent visit to the Global Garden Refugee Training Farm on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago. Then Illinois 14th District Congressional Candidate Dennis Anderson stops by to talk about his stands on environmental and animal rights issues. Joel Greenberg and David Mrazek comment on the centenary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, and preview the airing of their documentary From Billions to None on Chicago television.

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