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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 June 26, 2016 - Protecting Monarchs and the Great Lakes  06-28-2016 (53.84 MB)

Duration: 117:37 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

June 26, 2016 - Protecting Monarchs and the Great Lakes

  • June 26, 2016 - Protecting Monarchs and the Great Lakes
  • Mike and co-host Peggy Malecki chat about Mike's semi-viral post for Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and the demise of the proposed George Lucas museum in Chicago. 

    Kay MacNeil is the chair of the 2015-2016 Milkweed for Monarchs project of the Garden Clubs of Illinois. She talks about how that state organization is encouraging its members to plant milkweed whenever and wherever they can in an effort to help the monarch butterfly population rebound from record low numbers.

    Lyman Welch, Legal Director for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, provides insight into the decision this week to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap into Lake Michigan water, though technically it sits outside of the Great Lakes Water Basin.




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Download At the Fork--or The Omnivore's Humaneness  06-20-2016 (18.12 MB)

Duration: 39:35 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

At the Fork--or The Omnivore's Humaneness

  • At the Fork--or The Omnivore's Humaneness
  • John Papola is the director of At the Farm, a film documentary about the lives of the animals we raise for food, and also the lives of the farmers who raise them. He and his vegetarian wife Lisa, who is the film's producer, set out on a journey across America and discover that farmers and ranchers face questions about life, death and morality every single day. Kevin Fulton operates a holistically managed organic grazing operation in Nebraska. Chris Petersen has been an independent family farmer his whole life, raising row crops, livestock and local foods. Mike and Peggy Malecki talk to them about the rise of factory farms, and how to preserve small farms and with them the humane treatment of livestock.

    The film premieres in Chicago on July 13, 2016. You can get tickets here




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Download June 19, 2016 - Big Crickets; Traveling Soilmobile; At the Fork Chicago Premiere  06-20-2016 (57.77 MB)

Duration: 126:12 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

June 19, 2016 - Big Crickets; Traveling Soilmobile; At the Fork Chicago Premiere

  • June 19, 2016 - Big Crickets; Traveling Soilmobile; At the Fork Chicago Premiere
  • Jason Schuster works for Big Cricket Farms, the first state and federally approved edible insect farm in the country, and Mike questions him about the growing market for edible bugs. Sandy Syburg is president of Purple Cow Organics, and Mike interviewed him as he drove something called a Soilmobile to Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse in Chicago to promote the idea or organic growing. At the Fork is a powerful documentary film premiering in Chicago and elsewhere on July 13, 2016. Mike talks to director John Papola, Nebraska rancher Kevin Fulton and Iowa family farmer Chris Petersen about the message of the film--that people need to be more aware that there are humane ways to raise the aniimals that we ultimately consume.


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Download De-Lighting the Chicago Night  06-13-2016 (18.04 MB)

Duration: 39:24 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

De-Lighting the Chicago Night

  • De-Lighting the Chicago Night
  • The City of Chicago is preparing to replace 270,000 lights in a massive switch to LEDs, which can save energy and money. However, Audrey Fischer from the Chicago Astronomical Society says that Chicago is already has the most light polluted city on the planet, and if the change is done incorrectly, that could get worse. She is joined in studio by students from Chicago Amundsen High School, who put together the award-winning Starry Chicago project, which they will present at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Astronomer Diane Turnshek of Carnegie Mellon University joins the conversation from Pittsburgh, which has had its own problems with a switch to new lighting.


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Download June 12, 2016 - Victory Farming in Naperville: De-Lighting the Night in Chicago  06-13-2016 (54.77 MB)

Duration: 119:39 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 64 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

June 12, 2016 - Victory Farming in Naperville: De-Lighting the Night in Chicago

  • June 12, 2016 - Victory Farming in Naperville: De-Lighting the Night in Chicago
  • Entrepreneur and educator Veronica Porter, prime mover of Veterans Victory Farm and Ask Aunt V in Naperville explains how she works to help people grow and cook healthy, organic food. Patrick Barry talks about three of his recent stories for Chicago Farm Report, including a fascinating story about how Chicago preps vacant land for farms and a woman's search for local food in DeKalb, Illinois. Audrey Fischer from the Chicago Astronomical Society joins Diane Turnshek from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Starry Chicago students from Amundsen High School in Chicago to talk about why it's so important to reduce light pollution in Chicago.


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