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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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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.

CRC Recycling Survey

About 600,000 blue carts have been rolled out in Chicago. And yet, the City's recycling numbers can best be described as a work in progress.

Are you happy with recycling in Chicago? Help the Chicago Recycling Coalition understand your views on how the city is doing with recycling and yard waste pick-ups by participating in their Recycling Survey .

Please take 3-4 minutes to complete the Recycling Survey . Your answers will help the Chicago Recycling Coalition and Chicago's recycling community push for new and better recycling policies throughout Chicago.

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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Garden Design magazine

The crowd responds to Mike reading from Attack of the Killer Asparagus at the book launch at Women and Children First bookstore.You can read all about it, and order your own copy, at Around the Block Press. ( Kickstarter premiums will continue to be shipped and other orders filled this week.. )

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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."


Golden beets just harvested from the Green on Mclean
community garden

Golden beets on a bed of sauted kale, spinach and beet greens,
all from Green on McLean

A monarch caterpillar on the monarch flower (milkweed) in
the Green on McLean community garden

First monarch sighting of the season in Mike's backyard

Whate are these butterflies doing? Yup, that's right.

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Mike's Attack of the Killer Asparagus Summer 2014 Book Tour hits Oak Park next week, when he appears at the Sugar Beet Co-op Edible Garden Tour. In the Greenroom, he talks to Sugar Beet Co-op founder Cheryl Muñoz. Mike then switches to the City, where another co-op, Chicago Market, is looking for "owners." He chats with founder Gregory Berlowitz and iconic Chicago chef Ina Pinkney. Rick Moskovitz from A Plus Pest Control stops by to talk about ants, bedbugs and mosquitoes...and to help out the Tree Fund's Mary DiCarlo on the eve of the 2014 Stihl Tour des Trees.

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