508 #241: Stone Soup

posted by Mike on March 22nd, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we hang out at the grand reopening of Stone Soup, an artist/activist community center. And we talk to a few of the people involved.

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508 #240: Think Tank

posted by Mike on March 11th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guests are Lauren Monroe and Adam Zelny of the Think Tank, an alternative education center.

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508 #239: HX Library

posted by Mike on March 2nd, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, the HX library of radical and science fiction books moves to Stone Soup. An uncut, uncompromising look.

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Ron Wehrle, 1936-2014, RIP

posted by Mike on February 28th, 2014

Ron Wehrle, beloved member of Worcester’s Catholic Worker community, passed away on Monday. His funeral was this morning.

For some classic shots of Ron brandishing his cigar, re-watch this lovely video about Worcester’s Catholic Workers:

A Life Worth Living from Doug Rogers on Vimeo.

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508 #238: Weed

posted by Mike on February 26th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about medical marijuana, the plan to find a new City Manager, a new city health plan, the South Worcester Industrial Park, trees, and free public wifi.

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Transform Now Plowshares activists sentenced; and, the Worcester connection

posted by Mike on February 19th, 2014

Reuters, yesterday:

A U.S. judge sentenced an 84-year-old nun, Sister Megan Rice, on Tuesday to 35 months in prison for breaking into a Tennessee military facility used to store enriched uranium for nuclear bombs.

Two others accused in the case, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, were sentenced to 62 months in prison. The three were convicted of cutting fences and entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July 2012, embarrassing U.S. officials and prompting security changes.

Tom LewisA fourth “participant” in the breakin was Worcester’s own Tom Lewis, the late artist-activist. As the Washington Post reported in an amazing article about this act of protest last spring:

They spray painted the building’s north wall, which was designed to withstand the impact of aircraft but not the words of the Book of Proverbs. They poured and splashed blood that had once been in the veins of a painter-activist named Tom Lewis, one of the Catonsville Nine who, on Hiroshima Day 1987, hammered on the bomb racks of an anti-submarine plane at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station near Boston. In 2008, Lewis died in his sleep, and his blood was frozen so that he might one day participate in one last Plowshares action.

In bright red rivulets, the last of Tom Lewis streaked down the concrete.

508 #237: The City Manager Hunt

posted by Mike on January 30th, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Nicole Apostola, Chris Robarge, and Tracy Novick.

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We talk about the reopening of Stone Soup, Worcester Magazine’s story on the American Antiquarian Society, the hunt for a new City Manager, and how to explain the role of the Worcester City Council to political newbies.

508 #236: Surveillance

posted by Mike on January 22nd, 2014

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the Pulse’s “14 to Watch in 2014″ and PILOT.

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508 #235: The Woo, ctd.

posted by Mike on December 17th, 2013

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Lucas Glenn, Eric L’Esperance, and Juliet Hurston about big things brewing at the Woo church.

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508 #234: Rebirth

posted by Mike on December 4th, 2013

508 is a show about Worcester. Today’s guest is Noah Bombard, Digital Editor for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. We talk about the Artichoke Co-op closing, Stone Soup reopening, new politicians being elected, and the future of the T&G.

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