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." CALL-IN PHONE NUMBER
Sunday from 9 to 11am WCPT 820AM and 92.5FM, 92.7FM, and 99.9FM
"One of the five shows we're listening to" Garden Design magazine"
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.
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. Listen Here.
Improving the Soils in
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. Listen
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. Listen Here.
Check here to learn about book events. Read all about Attack of the Killer Asparagus,
and order your own copy,
at Around the Block Press.
Next Event . . .
Photo courtesy of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine September 27 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Growing Place in Naperville
630/355-4000 It's the Fall Planting Celebration Weekend at The Growing Place in Naperville and Aurora on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28. Enjoy refreshments, informative talks, landscape advice, a silent auction and, of course, Mike, who will do a short talk at the Naperville location, then sign books.
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 at Lurvey Landscape Supply and Garden Center, signing a book
for loyal listeners Matt and Mary.
Photo courtesy of Steve Stout, The Times, Utica, Illinois
Mike with a group of LaSalle county homeowners and farmers
who are trying to save their land from open-pit sand mines.
Listen to the show
today to hear about it.
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.
And here are some little ones doing their bit for the monarchs
by releasing monarch plant (milkweed) seeds at the Green
Mike talks to Melany Vorass Herrera, who has written a book called The Front Yard Forager: Identifying, Collecting, and Cooking the 30 Most Common Urban Weeds. 'Nuff said. Team member Lisa Albrecht is in New York City and reports on the Peoples Climate March. Greg "The Pond Guy" and Carla Wittstock come to the studio to talk about the Nat Geo WILD TV show "Pond Stars." Mike just spent a couple of days in LaSalle County, Illinois, where he interviewed the people who are in the midst of the "frac sand rush." Two of them, Diane Gassman and Ashley Williams, are on the program this morning.
Mike tells the story of his community garden, Green on McLean, located in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago. Just three short years ago, it was a overgrown and litter-filled backdrop to gang activity and drug deals. Then, the people in the neighborhood said "Enough!" and decided that they would take matters into their own hands. They cleaned up the trash in the vacant double lot on the corner, capped the lead-laden soil and planted their first garden. Three years later, the gangs are gone, and the lot is a place where organic produce is grown by people of all ages and backgrounds, where people sit in the shade on hot summer evenings, and where the community comes together to have pot luck gatherings on the weekends. It's an inspiring story but just one of many that are repeated throughout Chicago and suburbs--and across the country--every day.
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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."