Wu-Sox (508 #307)

posted by Mike on August 18th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan talk about the logic of SimCity, “Holden Man Gets 5 Years for Worcester Sandwich Shop Robberies,” the lack of master thieves, the NM couple who left behind a $100 million stolen painting, the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist, how home ownership influences political behavior [PDF], how the demolition of Notre Dame des Canadiens is the Altamont of Worcester Catholicism, “Assumption College President Cesareo to Oversee Allegations of Sexual Misconduct at Seminary,” does the Worcester Catholic church have the cultural relevance of an Applebee’s? (to use Steve Siddle’s expression), the generations-long work of dealing with clergy sex abuse, the Wu-Sox, Worcester’s Greatest Needs (circa 1901), do we have more dignity attached to the mayor’s office?, do we have higher and more virile citizenship?

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The Truth About Worcester (OFFICIAL) (508 #306)

posted by Mike on August 13th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we discuss a non-renaissance framing for city events in 2018, MassLive on Worcide, volunteer fixers, Father John Madden on panhandling, YIMBY dynamics, and the sad truth about happiness scales.

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National Sword (508 #305 w/Geri DiNardo)

posted by Mike on August 12th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Geri DiNardo about helping found Worcester’s Mustard Seed Catholic Worker community and soup kitchen, Ofo bikes, the wisdom of not framing 2018 Worcester as a “Renaissance,” recycling (Worcester, Australia [PDF]), how Boston increases Worcester housing costs, and the future of handicapped transit.

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Gentrification (508 #304 w/Tyler Brown and Nori Needle)

posted by Mike on July 21st, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with documentarians Tyler Brown and Nori Needle about “Uncommonwealth: Permit To Build” and gentrification in Worcester.

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It’s a Germ! It’s a Worm! (508 #303 w/Olivia W-B)

posted by Mike on July 14th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about leaving Worcester, the recently-demolished Worcide, the long-demolished Davis Tower, the continuing (!) Catholic sex abuse scandal, Peach Rockets, gypsy moths, and state-of-the-art litter surveillance with Olivia W-B.

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KLANSMEN BEATEN IN STREET (508 #302 w/Kayti Burt)

posted by Mike on June 30th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about next season’s Worcester storylines and the Klan Meeting & Riot of 1924 with Kayti Burt.

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Bruce ‘n’ Bill (508 #301 w/Bruce Russell and Bill Shaner)

posted by Mike on June 30th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about suicide and remaking Main Street with Bruce “Snow Ghost” Russell and Worcester Magazine writer Bill Shaner.

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300 (508 #300 w/Kevin Ksen)

posted by Mike on June 20th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the last 11 years in Worcester and 299 episodes of the 508 show with Kevin Ksen, the sexiest of men.

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Something About Worcester. (508 #299)

posted by Mike on June 14th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan ramble about old-timey Worcester stuff like the 1924 Klan riot and the sleigh business.

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Capital Improvements (508 #298 w/Colin Novick)

posted by Mike on June 14th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about hiking, the city’s capital improvement budget, and opioid overdoses with Colin Novick.

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