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.)
Mike visits the Giving Garden in Maywood, Illinois, a project of the Proviso Partners for Health. The garden is just one of the ways that the group is working to promote health equity there and in neighboring suburbs where residents face food insecurity issues. A number of the folks involved in the project talk to Mike about the garden and their mission to make it a launching pad for healthy eating, entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency.
Tim Pollak is an outdoor floriculturist for the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is also the caretaker for nine Titan Arums, one of which, named Spike, is about to bloom for this first time in its twelve year old existence. Mike talks to Pollak and to CBG public relations director Gloria Ciaccio about the science and the spectacle currently surrounding this plant, which produces a foul odor to attract pollinators. Then, Mike and Kathleen Thompson attempt to figure out why the Ginkgo biloba in their backyard suddenly died this year.
Kelly Farley is Executive Director and Bryant Williams is Senior Director of the Rebuilding Exchange in Chicago. Mike sits down with them to discuss the mission of this not-for-profit organization, and to promote its upcoming fundraiser, Madison and Wabash Bash. Leah Gauthier reports on her continuing mission to reintroduce people to the exquisite taste of the Marshall Strawberry.
Dr. Harry J. Klee is a professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. For about twenty years, he has been trying to hybridize a tomato that will survive the rigors of mass marketing and still have enough flavor to rise above the horrible, barely edible fruits that are now sold and that are considered the best we can grow.
Lauralyn Clawson of Growing Power Chicago explains why the new composting ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council is a vast improvement over the old laws. Dr. Cindy Skrukrud, Clean Water Advocate for the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club, talks about how the state is attempting to reduce the runoff of nitrogen and phosphorus into our lakes and streams.