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Special Holiday Podcast (12-20-09):
It's a Wonderful Slice of
'It's a Wonderful Life'
Mike does the entire movie in about 12 minutes.
Producer Heather Frey plays Mary and special
guest star, radio show host Scott Austin joins
the festivities. Oh, yeah. There are a few WCPT
characters in the background singing
"Auld Lang Syne." I don't know how they
got into the studio. Honest.

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The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts

The entry page for audio files of Mike Nowak's full shows on WCPT Radio, Chicago.

If you missed a show or just want to browse through some past shows, here they are, in their entirety. (Since this is new, we're working out the bugs. If you have any complaints, comments, or suggestions email the webmaster. Please.)

Download Frac Sand Mining Comes to Starved Rock State Park - How Illinois Fails to Protect Its Natural Areas  05-01-2016 (18.52 MB)

Duration: 40:27 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Frac Sand Mining Comes to Starved Rock State Park - How Illinois Fails to Protect Its Natural Areas

  • Frac Sand Mining Comes to Starved Rock State Park - How Illinois Fails to Protect Its Natural Areas
  • 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.


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Download May 1, 2016 - Another Bad Day at Starved Rock; The Downsized Veggie Garden  05-01-2016 (56.77 MB)

Duration: 124:02 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

May 1, 2016 - Another Bad Day at Starved Rock; The Downsized Veggie Garden

Download April 24, 2016 - The "Whole Foods Effect," privatizing water systems, demystifying native plants  04-24-2016 (65.09 MB)

Duration: 142:12 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

April 24, 2016 - The "Whole Foods Effect," privatizing water systems, demystifying native plants

  • April 24, 2016 - The "Whole Foods Effect," privatizing water systems, demystifying native plants
  • After a week off due to surgery, Mike is back, along with co-host Peggy Malecki of Natural Awakenings Chicago Magazine. Patrick Barry has a Chicago Farm Report, featuring a story about something that called the Whole Foods Effect. Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch warns of creeping privatization of public water systems. Author and landscape designer Keith Nowakowski and Nick Fuller of Natural Communities Native Plants attempt to take some of the mystery out of using natives in backyard planting. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio reflects on challenges to fighting climate change and the role of local weather reports in education the public to the same.


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Download April 17, 2016 - Illinois energy update, I Grow Chicago and teaching kids to eat right  04-22-2016 (54.12 MB)

Duration: 118:13 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

April 17, 2016 - Illinois energy update, I Grow Chicago and teaching kids to eat right

Download Rep. Elaine Nekritz and MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore on protecting our water and helpng homeowners  04-11-2016 (16.64 MB)

Duration: 36:21 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Rep. Elaine Nekritz and MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore on protecting our water and helpng homeowners

  • Rep. Elaine Nekritz and MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore on protecting our water and helpng homeowners
  • Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekrtiz and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore talk about HB 4659, which would enable the MWRD to establish residential cost share programs in partnership with local units of govarnment. Shore also talks toMike about the issue of pharmaceuticals in our water supplies and a proposed Cook County ordinance to help people disposed of them properly.




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