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The Mike Nowak Show

Your host Mike Nowak with Peggy Malecki and special contributors Rick DiMaio (weather) and the Green Diva!

MikeNowakNow it it's 21st year, The Mike Nowak Show is all about gardening, the environment and green living on Chicago Radio and Television. For a decade, Mike hosted WGN Radio's "Let's Talk Gardening", leading to a 7-year expansion on WCPT and Que4 Radio. In early 2017, Mike and company made the move to 1590 WCGO with his live show, every Sunday morning from 9:00AM to 11:00AM. Along the way, he's also co-hosted the popular TV gardening and cooking show "Dig In Chicago". Mike also appears on WGN-TV, CBS 2 Chicago and the DIY Network. When he's not in the studios doing his show, Mike is often seen throughout Chicagoland working with various food co-ops, gardening centers, sustainable living programs and teaching our community to live better through responsible farming, gardening and environmental consciousness.

Co-host Peggy Malecki has, for the past eight years, published Natural Awakenings Chicago magazine, an independent monthly publication focused on living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Living green is important to Peggy, who strives to incorporate sustainable habits into her everyday life and teach others to do the same.

Although she Peggywithmicgrew up on the northwest side of Chicago, Peggy says she spent countless childhood hours    with her grandparents in then-small-town Antioch, IL, learning how to compost, grow veggies without chemicals and appreciate the outdoors.  She currently lives and gardens in the suburbs, and still spends lots of time in the city.

In prior business incarnations, Peggy specialized in marketing, technical and process documentation, training development and delivery and product and project management. She’s also developed website content, penned newsletters, chaired national sailing regattas and published a sailing magazine. An avid sailor, Peggy was the first (and only) woman commodore and board president of the North Shore Yacht Club, and served as a Lakefront Commissioner with the City of Highland Park. She is also a Highland Park beach captain for the annual Adopt-A-Beach clean-up.

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Podcasts

  • Gardening expert Melinda Myers has late season advice for hydrangea care; Dr. Jack Gilbert, author of Dirt Is Good talks about why protecting your kids from germs might not be the best thing for them.

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  • Marta Touloumes Keane, Recycling Program Specialist for Will County, explains what can and can’t be recycled, and why. Rich and Susan Eyre from Rich’s Foxwillow Pines prepare for their Hosta Happening Finale.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Why Recycle?

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  • Susan Hand Shetterly, author of Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge, reports on how seaweed harvesting could be the next biological frontier. Marvin Strauch, and Chicago teacher Joe Lentino explain the Trout in the Classroom program.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Seaweed Chronicles and Trout Tales

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  • Arborist M.D. Skeet from Bartlett Tree Experts talks summer tree issues. Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash: The Story of Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, reports on a huge court judgment against the Monsanto and its weed killer Roundup.

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  • With the Garden Writers Association coming to town, Mike and Peggy welcome GWA members C. L. Fornari, Andrea Whitely and Mary-Kate Mackey in studio, who will be joined on the phone by James A. Baggett, who is being inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - An Infestation of Horticulturists

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  • Landscape horticulturist Dolly Foster teaches you how to make your garden pollinator friendly. Tom Buechel explains how the Plant Sentry program will theoretically keep plant e-commerce free of invasive plants and pests.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Pollinator-palooza 2018

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  • The Spirited Gardener Julia Bunn has rain garden advice. Dan Kosta reports on the Prairie State Bonsai Society annual show. KC Tomato talks–what else?–tomatoes. Stephanie Walquist and Terry Guen preview the Wild Ones West Cook Native Garden Tour.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Bonsai, Tomato and Native Plant Rock Stars

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  • Corey Chatman explains how SNAP purchases at farmers markets across the country are at risk. Green Diva Meg talks about her new podcast at The Green Divas. Nick Mink of Sitka Salmon Shares addresses the challenges facing Community Supported Fisheries.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - SNAP SNAFU

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  • Chicago Master Gardener Laury Lewis previews the 50th Annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk. Kayri Havens and Jennifer Schwarz Ballard from Project Budburst are looking for citizen scientists to participate in the Nativars Research Project.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - The Budburst Challenge: Natives v. Nativars

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  • Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus celebrates a milestone for the Greenest Region Compact. Tony Abruscato of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, previews the 811 Chicago Garden at Taste of Chicago.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - What If Communities Actually Worked Together to be Sustainable?

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