Frank Kartheiser (508 #315)

posted by Mike on November 19th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Frank Kartheiser about how Worcester could annex Holden, the Mustard Seed, Worcester Interfaith, and community organizing.

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City on the Move (508 #314)

posted by Mike on November 18th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about being a gay-friendly city, crime, the transit service cuts that never came, a new platform at Union Station, the Research Bureau’s transit report, and the 100th anniversary of the death of Cornelius Kelley.

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Joe Finneral (508 #313)

posted by Mike on November 16th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Worcester legend Joe Finneral about theater in Worcester, growing up in Lowell, being a pedestrian, looking like Gandalf, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Tom Wolfe, Emily Dickinson, Jim Carroll, the spirit of New England, the 100th anniversary of the death of Cornelius Kelley, the birth and growth of Kelley Square, and why Kelley Square isn’t like a werewolf.

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Romina Barria (508 #312)

posted by Mike on October 26th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk to Chilean immigrant Romina Barria as she prepares to move from Worcester to Oregon. We also cover George Frisbie Hoar vandalism, stART, the ACLU’s COPD, pervasive surveillance, why are conversations limited to four people?, giving MDMA to octopuses, giving LSD to dolphins, Worcester’s most-endangered buildings, and the Mt Carmel deed restriction.

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Worcester’s Excellent Drivers (508 #311 w/Kevin Oliver)

posted by Mike on October 15th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with once-and-future-Worcesterite Kevin Oliver about Worcester’s excellent drivers, the midwest, Kelley Square, how to get a square named after you, the World War I Worcester Telegram, Cornelius Kelley falling off a tiny train, does the parking part of the stadium deal make sense?, psychopathy by U.S. state, great city council orders.

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Yuppie Diversion (508 #310)

posted by Mike on October 8th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Worcester’s bad drivers, yuppie diversion, the liking gap, and the beautiful Holy Cross campus.

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The World’s Worst Game of Telephone (508 #309)

posted by Mike on September 7th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about baseball sloganeering, why the pope should not resign, and our favorite moments from this week’s episode of “Worcester, Massachusetts.”

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Flemish Bond (508 #308 w/ Brian Goslow)

posted by Mike on September 7th, 2018

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Holden Man, the “perfect game,” the “poorly-attended game,” and the Worcester Red Sox with Worcester baseball historian Brian Goslow.

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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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