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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

  • Green Diva Meg has smart ways of being sustainable. Gary Oppenheimer of AmpleHarvest.org is helping food pantries deal with the government shutdown. Robert Nevel and Terri Reardon preview the 10th Annual KAM II MLK Food Justice & Sustainability Weekend.

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

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