Technical Difficulties w/Kayti Burt (508 #281)

posted by Mike on January 16th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we have lots of audio and video trouble, including losing most of the first half of the show. On the plus side, pop culture journalist Kayti Burt joins them to talk about the pros and cons of life in Worcester and the stories we tell about it.

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Cheers, Worcester (508 #280)

posted by Mike on January 10th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Brendan and Mike discuss the stories we tell about Worcester, which ones are helpful, and which ones we should reexamine in 2018. This show was taped in the studios of Unity Radio, broadcasting with 0.0000001 gigawatts of power on 102.9FM in Worcester. It’s possible this setup was too much for Mike to manage…

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Sata vuotta sitten – one hundred years ago

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 3rd, 2017

Pohjois-Haagan veljeshauta
My rough translation of a first-hand account of the Finnish Civil War, from a 1960 book. The citation and a link to the original text is at the end.

On the way to armed struggle

Dr J. A. Pärnänen had been the headmaster of the Workers’ Education Institute [in Tampere] since 1908. He made sure that the lecturers were not only academics with just master’s degrees or mere doctorates, but also professors from universities – occasionally also lawyers. As 1918 approached with all its tensions, he wanted a lawyer to come to explain to the youth about the new Acts on local elections, which were passed after much controversy. The job fell on the secretary of the city council, a young lawyer [the author himself]. Continue reading »

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Busking in Worcester (508 #279)

posted by Mike on August 11th, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Joyce Mandell talks with Julius Jones about the ins and outs of busking in Worcester.

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Joyce Mandell: A San Francisco/East Bay wake-up call — will Worcester’s renaissance benefit all?

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Jaana Hallamaa

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 18th, 2017

Ei kukaan saa yksin mitään aikaan. Vain paha on yleensä nopeaa, ja silloin se vaikuttaa välittömään reagointiin, välittömään muutokseen. Hyvähän on yleensä hidasta, koska hyvä rakentaa jotakin perustaa. Hyvä on hyvää vain, jos se on toisen käytössä, jos se on sellaista, mitä toinen voi käyttää. Hyvä antaa asioita toisen käyttöön, jolloin sen toteutuminen on kiinni myös siitä, mitä se toinen tekee.

Jaana Hallamaa haastattelussa Etsijä-lehdessä 1/2017.

Loosely translated:

Nobody gets anything done just by themselves. Usually, only Evil goes quickly, and invites immediate responses – knee-jerk reactions. In contrast, the Good is often slow, because it builds something radical. The Good is only good, if it is such that the Other can use – at the service of someone else. The Good gives for someone else to use, and gets things done taking into account what the Other is doing.

Jaana Hallamaa in an interview in the journal Etsijä 1/2017.

I refer you also to the theory of the Good by Robert Merrihew Adams; and to Henri Nouwen who talked about the spectacular Death which goes “boom” (e.g. in The Road to Peace edited by John Dear).

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Protestors (508 #278)

posted by Mike on May 2nd, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with people at the weekly peace vigil in Lincoln Square, a demonstration that’s been going on for nearly 30 years.

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508 #277: VegWorcester

posted by Mike on March 22nd, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Nicole Melone and Greg Opperman about the history of Vegworcester and the upcoming 8th annual New England VegFest. (Sunday, April 30, 2017, 11am-5pm, DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.) Also: Crime.

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Antifascist protesters block streets, hit reporter, get arrested in Worcester

posted by Mike on February 19th, 2017

Kim Ring for the T&G: Protesters who blocked streets, chanted slogans arrested in Worcester:

A group of 50 young men and women, many wearing handkerchiefs tied over their faces, carried an effigy of Donald Trump and a large sign reading Antifascist Action New England.

I am told 3-7 6 7 people were arrested. This was an “Anti-President’s Day” event.

Kim was the reporter who was hit: “Thanks guys! I’m fine. Took a couple of whacks. I wish the protesters would have commented what they were protesting.”

This is really, really not my kind of protest, but I post it here as part of my general interest in civil disobedience (broadly defined) in Worcester. This has got to be the first Worcester protest with both some violence and multiple arrests in a long time.

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508 #276: Ones to Watch 2017

posted by Mike on January 26th, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican and Juliet Feibel. We talk about The Pulse magazine’s “2017 People to Watch.” We also talk about ways in which 2016 was a great year for Worcester, art in the city, and housing policy.

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Closing Guantanamo in 2017

posted by Mike on January 11th, 2017

As on many past January 11ths, I’m here in Washington, D.C. fasting and working with Witness Against Torture to end torture and indefinite detention, and to close the prison at Guantanamo.

The connotation of “Close Guantanamo” has changed in recent years. Time was, most of the men detained there were innocent or irrelevant. Now, only 55 detainees remain: 19 approved for release, 3 convicted by military commission, 7 on trial before military commissions, and 26 considered too dangerous to release but can’t be put on trial (because the evidence against them wouldn’t be admissible).

So you might have different motivations to Close Guantanamo in 2017 vs. 2007.

In some ways this is the least important time to be worrying about Gitmo, a little prison with 55 inmates in a world full of so many bigger things to worry about. My own worry is that this will turn out to be the most important time to worry, as Donald Trump will soon become president after a campaign in which he enthusiastically embraced the expansion of Gitmo and torture.

Will my worries turn out to be premature and misplaced? I hope so.

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