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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.

 LIVE Sundays 9:00am - 11:00am...only on 1590 WCGO...Chicago's SmartTalk!

  Visit the Mike Nowak Show website for podcasts, blogs and more!

 

Podcasts

  • Gardening expert Melinda Myers returns to talk about late season strategies for your outdoor garden and early season strategies for indoor plants. Mike and Peggy report on post-election environmental stories.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - The Return of the Gardening Queen

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  • Carrie Schloss, author of The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook, talks about recipes featuring honey, while Jerry Gudauskas of the Illinois Beekeepers Association reports on the insects that make the honey.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - A Sophisticated Taste of Honey

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  • Indiana State University’s Joy O’Keefe explains why bats are so important and so misunderstood. Madison Hopkins from the Better Government Association follows up on her wave-making article about recycling in Chicago.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Learning to Love Bats

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  • Horticulturist Dan Kosta has advice about spring blooming bulbs. P.J. Miller tells you why Happy Leaf LED grow lights are a great way to jump start your seedlings. Mike and Peggy report on environmental issues for the 2018 elections.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Fall is for Planting Bulbs…and Votes

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  • Landscape architect Thomas Rainer offers some heretical advice on what makes plants happy. Peggy and Mike welcome some winning gardeners from the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards ceremony.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - We Are the Champions

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  • Folk musician Mark Dvorak and Stephanie Schrodt promote Folktober Fest. The Wisconsin Vegetable gardener has tips for your fall harvest. Marcus de la fleur talks about the difficulty of finding companies that will maintain native plant landscapes.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Mark and Marcus: Music and Sustainability

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  • NOTE: SOME AUDIO BREAKUP EARLY ON. Mike and Peggy are live at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, just southwest of Chicago near Wilmington, Illinois, and talk to range of guests about one of the great restoration projects in the history of the planet.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Live from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie!

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  • The cast and crew of Green Scene’s play “Helianthus!” talk about this theatrical history of the plant we call a sunflower. On the final day of Food Waste Weekend, Gary Oppenheimer of AmpleHarvest.org promotes distribution of excess food in America.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Helianthus!

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  • Members of the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts promote the 2018 Windy City Coop & Eco-Yard Tour…and provide some musical entertainment. Doug Taron, PhD from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reports on large numbers of migrating monarch butterflies.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts - Crazy About Chickens and Monarchs

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  • 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.

    The Mike Nowak Show Podcasts

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