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.)
Lake Calumet has long been a neglected and even abused part of the City of Chicago. Yet, it remains the largest body of water within the city limits and an area that hold promise for restoration from its days as a dumping ground for industry. The Southeast Environmental Task Force invited folks to come to the shores of this lake on Earth Day 2015 to look for birds and other wildlife and reflect on what has been and what might be for this once natural but now quite unnatural area.
Nance Klehm calls herself a steward of the earth and has been described as a "renegade researcher." Regardless of labels, she is a person looking for solutions to the problems created by the degredation of our soils. That's why she has created a program called The Ground Rules, which is also the subject of an Indiegogo Campaign. Among other things, it helps people find new connections with the land on which they live by re-examining the food waste they create.
Carol Niec and Kerrie Rosenthal are the founders and proprietors of The Seed Keeper Company, which was created to help gardeners organize, plant and store their seeds. Mike chats and jokes with them about the starting 2015 gardening season. Nancy Klehm explains how The Ground Rules will change urban soils and the way people think about them, as she promotes the Indiegogo campaign to get the concept up and running.
Benjamin Vogt is a writer, speaker and native plant advocate who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Recently, in his blog The Deep Middle, he posted an entry called The Ultimate Pollinator & Native Plant Gardening Guide, which lists websites and books that can help ordinary folks do extraordinary things to help protect and increase the populations of these important flora and fauna.
Karen Hudson is is an Illinois farmer and co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, She reports that that a hog factory farm has been proposed for Menard county, near the historic site of Abraham Lincoln's New Salem home. And she notes that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) seems to be having a difficult time doing an inventory of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) in the state.