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For the two weeks leading up to May 15, thousands of people around the globe participated in actions that were part of an effort called Break Free from Fossil Fuels. On May 15, the final day of the effort, more than a thousand people gathered in Whiting, indiana as part of Break Free-Midwest. Mike talks to two of them--Thomas Frank, who later that day would be one of 41 people arrested for peacefully protesting at the BP Whiting plant, and Ashley Williams, activist and part of The Mike Nowak Show team. Then, Dan Kosta from Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale, Illinois talks to Mike about how the cool local spring has been affecting garden plants, and encourages Mike's listeners to give growing bonsai a try.
Sonja Parks is a veteran actor based in Minneapolis and Texas, who plays 14 different characters in a play for young people called Seedfolks, about creating a community garden in Cleveland. The production is by the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis and is running at the Chicago Children's Theatre at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through May 22, 2016.
For almost four years, a plan to site an open pit frac sand mine outside the eastern entrance to Starved Rock State Park was put on hold as environmental groups fought the matter in court. Recently, that court case was decided in favor of the mining company. In an exclusive report, Mike talks to environmental attorney Alberrt Ettinger, who was involved in the lawsuit, about how and why the case was lost and how the deck is stacked against average citizens who try to protect natural areas in Illinois. Cindy Skrukrud from the Illinois Sierra Club and LaSalle County citizens Merlin and Susan Dodd Calhoun join the conversation.