One More Thing on the Renaissance (508 #356 w/Noah Bombard)

posted by Mike on December 11th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Noah Bombard of masslive.com about journalism, the Worcester Renaissance, murder, and commodities.

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Franz Jägerstätter shirts

posted by Mike on December 6th, 2019

I’m collaborating on some t-shirts celebrating the martyr Franz Jägerstätter, a farmer from Sankt Radegund, Austria, who was beheaded for refusing to fight for the Nazis. Here’s the first version of the shirt.

Blessed Franz has long been an interest and celebrated on this blog down through the years.

The great Terrence Malick has a movie about him coming out next week. Till then, enjoy an Austrian TV movie on his life from the early 1970s:

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Worcester Public Market (508 #355 w/Tina Zlody)

posted by Mike on December 3rd, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Worcester legend Tina Zlody about the Worcester Public Market, the Market Pantry, and tips for spearheading new projects in the city.

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Long-Term Commercial Lease (508 #354)

posted by Mike on November 19th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Lt. Jason Menard, commercial taxes, Underdog, and Worcester Plaza Tower.

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Short film about Net of Compassion: “Bread of Life”

posted by Mike on November 13th, 2019

Here’s some beautiful people and a tough side of the city.

Net of Compassion – Bread of Life from Votary Films on Vimeo.

Richie, Elizabeth, and their whole “Net of Compassion” crew do some amazing work, most visibly offering services in a series of tents along Worcester’s Main Street each Saturday. They also collaborate on “Hotel Grace,” turning the basement of St. John’s Church into a 50-bed homeless shelter any night the temperature in Worcester is expected to drop below freezing. And they are looking to do more. If you are curious about helping the down-and-out in our city, getting involved with Net of Compassion is a great way to start.

posted by Mike in Religion, The Street, Worcester | on November 13th, 2019 | Permanent link | No Comments »

Season Finale (508 #353)

posted by Mike on November 12th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about tax deals, election results, crime stats, bad/good driving, vapes, tarot, the CEMANECT economy, and the season finale of our favorite non-scripted TV drama, “Worcester!” Here’s the Cowen/Gioia interview Mike recommends.

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Lawn Signs (508 #352)

posted by Mike on November 5th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the 2019 municipal election and the lawnsigns thereof.

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Borrow My Flashlight (508 #351)

posted by Mike on October 29th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about death and crime in Worcester, Post-Christian America, opioids and religion, property taxes, election mailers, and flashlights.

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Institutionalized (508 #350)

posted by Mike on October 16th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the loss of institutions like the Columbus Day Parade, the Dive Bar, and pencils.

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Stoned Driving (508 #349)

posted by Mike on October 9th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about public health policy and NATO watch bands.

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