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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

  • Dan Gibbs, The Backyard Gardener, talks about how to plan your home grown crops. FamilyFarmed founder Jim Slama previews the 15th Annual Good Food EXPO.

    The Mike Nowak Show - How to Become a Backyard Farmer

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  • Jason Hammel, founder of Lula Cafe and recipient of the Good Food EXPO Chef of the Year Award, explains why farm to table food has been successful at his restaurants. Austin Hall talks about why he bought Greenwise Organic Lawn Care and whether there will be a new direction for the company.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Farm to Table to Good Food EXPO Chef of the Year

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  • Ed and Dale Hubbard outline the challenges of running a composting operation in Chicago. William Moss the Garden Boss and Tony Abruscato preview the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Opening a Can of Vermicompost

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  • Journalist Steve Horn returns to the show to talk about his new position at the Climate Crisis Bureau for The Real News Network. Joey and Holly Baird, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener, visit Mike and Peggy in the Evanston studios of WCGO.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Dispatches from the Climate Crisis Bureau

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  • Teresa Speight from Cottage in the Court talks about passing along her passion for gardening. Joel Karsten explains why the techniques in Straw Bale Solutions have become popular throughout the world. Marcy Cravat returns to the One Earth Film Festival with a documentary about our hopes for sequestering carbon.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Straw Bale Solutions, Carbon Solutions

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  • Certified arborist David Story from Bartlett Tree Experts talks about winter care and answers your tree questions at 877-711-5611. Crate Free Illinois founder Jessica Chipkin and Josh Richards from The Humane League preview Tuesday's screening of the documentary film Eating Animals.

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  • Claudia West and Benjamin Vogt will be at West Cook Wild Ones The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference. Nick Lucas of Advocates for Urban Agriculture previews the 7th Annual Urban Livestock Expo. Tom Szaky from TerraCycle explains how the Loop program could exponentially increase packaging reuse.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Plants, Animals and Their Communities

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  • Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist for the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, has seed choosing and seed starting tips. Lan and Pam Richart from Eco-Justice Collaborative follow up on efforts to protect the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in Central Illinois from coal ash contamination.

    The Mike Nowak Show - It’s the Seed-i-est Time of the Year!

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  • Commissioner Debra Shore returns to talk about the challenges facing the MWRD as it copes with the uncertainty of climate change. Susan Martin and Laura Deeter preview the Perennial Plant Symposium at The Morton Arboretum.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Safe Water in the Era of Climate Change

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  • Green Diva Meg returns to talk low stress ways of being sustainable. Gary Oppenheimer of Ample Harvest explains how they're working to help food pantries deal with the government shutdown. Robert Nevel of KAM Isaiah Israel and Terri Reardon of the Chicago Park District preview the 10th Annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend.

    The Mike Nowak Show - The REAL National Emergency: Food Justice and Food Insecurity

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  • Landscaper David Pearling tells you how to plan a simple, effective garden design with five simple rules. Civic educator and warrior Tom Tresser talks about fighting for open spaces and community justice in Chicago.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Five Easy (Garden Design) Pieces

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  • Conservationist Robb Telfer previews the 2019 Wild Things Conference. Adam Goldstein from Do the Right Thing! Recycling, talks about why it's still important to recycle a Christmas Tree. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio recaps the 2018 climate and weather year.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Wild Things Is Back!

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  • A retelling of the Dickens classic by Mike Nowak for the November-December 2018 issue of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine

    The Mike Nowak Show - An Xmas Carol

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  • On the Christmas Show, the Not-Ready-for-Anytime-Anywhere-Players help Mike and Peggy perform It’s A Wonderful Slice of It’s A Wonderful Life. On the serious side, Judy Pollock stops by to report on the Audubon’s 119th Christmas Bird Count.

    The Mike Nowak Show - It’s A Wonderful Slice 2018!

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  • Sitka Salmon Shares CEO Dr. Nicolaas Mink comes to the studio to talk about how their company and Community Supported Fisheries are part of sustainable harvests. Photographer Carol Freeman returns to talk about her photos of endangered Illinois species.

    The Mike Nowak Show - A Species Friendly Holiday Season

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  • Nic Romano and Bill Turck on practical ways to help the homeless. Mandy Bayer from U Mass Amhurst has advice on de-icing products for your walks and driveways. Lisa Albrecht and Clay Sterling promote solar installation training classes in Illinois.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Making a Difference for the Homeless

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  • Crystal Clair, Thad King and Karen Hudson on the fight to keep a CAFO out of Adams County, IL. Nicole Doucet from Open Water explains why they're selling water in aluminum cans rather than plastic bottles. Bill McLaughlin and Joe Heidgen on poinsettias.

    The Mike Nowak Show - What’s Wrong With This Picture? The Tyranny of CAFOs

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  • Liz Moran Stelk of Illinois Stewardship Alliance and farmers explain why growing industrial hemp makes sense for the state. Chicago Alderman Scott Waguespack and others talk about the fight for open space in the new Lincoln Yards neighborhood.

    The Mike Nowak Show - Illinois Hemp, Lincoln Yards Controversy

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  • William Moss The Garden Boss returns to the show to offer gardening advice. Mike and Peggy examine the latest in the battle regarding whether the carriage horse industry will continue in Chicago.

    The Mike Nowak Show - (William) Moss, Leaves and Carriage Horses

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  • 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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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 - Why Recycle?

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