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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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Do males make you sneeze ?
Tom Ogren has been studying the effects of allergenic pollen on gardeners and the general population for twenty five years, writing numerous books on the subject, including Allergy-Free Gardening. Now he is in Canada, where he is performing an allergy audit. That is to say, he is tasked with examining the effects of planting too many male cloned trees and shrubs, where they can contribute to allergies and asthma. Listen here.

Nuclear Energy. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

A Conversation with David A. Kraft of the Nuclear Energy Information Service. Listen Here.

The Marshall Strawberry in Mike's backyard made it through this truly brutal winter.

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. Check out the website, but more important, check out "The Mike Nowak Show."


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"Let's take a look at our top 5 green male talk show  hosts on radio. Of course, there are others worth noting, but these ones will surely get you hooked on listening to green tips, news, and other ecological concerns. These talk show hosts are not only wildly entertaining, but they are also intellectuals who know theirgreen stuff. . . . [Mike Nowak]'s one of the best environmental hosts that you will find."


Lovely orange tulips in Mike's backyard

And puskinias clustered on the berm in Mike's backyard







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There's a lot going on this Earth Day week. Mike and Sarah Batka talk about the Morton Arboretum's most recent Plant Health Care Report and doings by the Master Gardeners. Mike hears from Mary Beth Rebedeau of Green Parents Networkabout the Green Metropolis Fair, talks with Tom Shepherd about the city council hearing on petcoke, and gets the news about the Trans-Pacific Partnership from Carson Starkey..

Mike at the Good Food Festival

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