508 #254: Questions

posted by Mike on April 30th, 2015

Every election year, inspired by Jay Rosen, we ask: “What do you want the candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes in this year’s Worcester City Council election?”

We sift through the suggested questions and pick 3 or 4. Then, we try to interview every City Council challenger on the show, asking those same questions.

To prime the pump, this week we get some suggestions from Brendan Melican, Bill Coleman, and Virginia Ryan.

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508 #253: Making Our Mark

posted by Mike on February 8th, 2015

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with some Worcester Public Schools art teachers, at the opening of their group show at the Sprinkler Factory, “Making Our Mark.” Guests include Keri Anderson, Jay Benotti, Christine Cross, Alana Juneau, Stacy Lord, Cory Shepherd, Michael Walden, and Fran Warner.

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508 #252: You Won’t Believe What These Journalists Just Said About Worcester

posted by Mike on January 31st, 2015

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guests are former Worcester Magazine editor Brittany Durgin, and former T&G online director Mark Henderson, now of The Worcester Sun. We talk about the state of Worcester journalism, exciting new projects, and staying warm.

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Staying warm:

508 #251: #blacklivesmatter

posted by Mike on January 24th, 2015

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guest is Julius Jones. We talk about the Pulse’s “Ones to Watch” list, Communities United and #BlackLivesMatter, and the rapidly diminishing ranks of local pro journalists. Also: Follow us on Twitter.

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508 #250: So Much Stuff

posted by Mike on October 11th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guest is Chris Robarge. We talk about our new permanent City Manager, eight stolen gargoyles, and Jodorowsky.

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508 #249: Politics and Journalism

posted by Mike on September 14th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guest is Noah Bombard of MassLive. We recap this week’s primary election, talk about the state of the Telegram & Gazette and the future of local news, and ask if there’s any non-conspiracy-theory way to understand Worcester’s City Manager search.

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508 #248: The Presence of Metal

posted by Mike on August 4th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan talk about crosswalks, internet silliness, and municipal broadband.

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508 #247: Indian Lake

posted by Mike on July 28th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guest is Jim Kersten. This week’s show was taped on a raft floating in Worcester’s Indian Lake. We talk about blue-green algae in the lake, the search for a new head librarian, the American Antiquarian Society and Wormtown Brewery winning national awards, and openings on Worcester’s municipal boards and commissions.

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508 #246: Wayfinding

posted by Mike on July 21st, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we walk around downtown Worcester talking about the wayfinding project [pdf], the legal uses of the City Seal, and changes to the Common.

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508 #245: NewsBitz

posted by Mike on July 13th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about what we need to research before discussing the T&G resale, the push for a strong mayor, state political races, panhandling, local drones, SWIP, marijuana, veg food, and maker spaces. We forgot to talk about West Tatnuck.

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