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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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Solving Civic Problems One App at a Time

Derek Eder is co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data. He talks about using data to tackle social issues such as mass transportation, urban flooding, transparency in government and more.

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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.

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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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.

Chicago Market: The Making of a Food Co-op

Gregory Berlowitz, founder of Chicago Market, a food co-op, and iconic Chicago chef Ina Pinkney, an owner Chicago Market, talk about the rising number of food co-ops and why people think they're necessary. Listen Here.

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Mike is talking books today and here's the kicker. They're other people's books! First there's the legendary Roy Diblik and his Know Maintenance Perennial Garden. Shawna Coronado joins Mike to talk about her new Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, and live from the West Coast, it's Susan Lendroth and Old Manhattan HasSome Farms.

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This week's featured talk
Good Planets are Hard to Find

Like many of you, Mike Nowak has been around to observe the successes and failures of the environmental movement in its short history. There's some gardener out there right now asking, what in the world does that have to do with me? As a founder of the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association and president of Chicago Recycling Coalition, Mike will answer that question, presenting new ways of looking at pests, pathogens and low-impact gardening solutions and, in the process, perhaps persuading you that ants, grubs and yes, even slugs, are less threatening than you ever imagined.

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Top Green Talk Show Hosts

"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."


Mike and the Frozen Robins on NBC's Chicago Fire.

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at Around the Block Press.

Mike and the Frozen Robins at Christkindlmarket

"HA! Take THAT, Mother Nature! The temperature gets to 50 on the last day of November and I get ALL of my bulbs planted and safely tucked under a layer of leaves. HA, say I!"


The Frozen Robins standing in for Santa


How Do We Save the Iconic Monarch Butterfly?

Recently Mike interviewed Chip Taylor, the founder and director of Monarch Watch .They talk 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 monarch plant (milkweed) if we hope to save this iconic species. Click above to listen to the podcast.