508 #134: Party harder

posted by Mike on October 29th, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican and Chris Warren.

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508 #133: A sober look at bank reform

posted by Mike on October 23rd, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, some fat cats talk about banking reform.

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508 #132: Relics

posted by Mike on October 15th, 2010

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel includes Jen Burt, the Venerable Man Shing, and Brendan Melican.

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508 #90: Performance Oval

posted by Mike on October 30th, 2009

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Gabe Rollins.

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We talk about Gabe’s attempts to send his own survey to the City Council candidates; the “performance oval” behind City Hall; the Worcester energy barnraising; and the pros and cons of voting.

508 #85: Grace Ross

posted by Mike on September 25th, 2009

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Brendan Melican and I talk with Grace Ross, candidate for District 4 City Councilor.

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Also: Mike reads a great letter in Worcester Magazine and begins a Clay-Shirky-inspired rant he doesn’t have time to finish.

The “85%” number suggests 2 projects I didn’t have time to mention on the show.

  1. Figure out how the number was calculated, then apply it to our local situation. I’ve measured the T&G against the Worcester blogosphere in the past. How do they compare by this measure>
  2. Figure out if there are ways Worcester’s bloggers can be one of the 17 5%s Shirky suggests we work towards. Along these lines, start guessing how many reporters are needed to cover City Hall, the police, the schools, and so on, and estimate how a nonprofit doing that job would compare in size with other local nonprofits.

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In the coming weeks we will be interviewing Bill McCarthy and Rob Diaz. Feel free to suggest questions in the comments below.

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Happy 76th birthday, Catholic Worker movement!

posted by Mike on May 1st, 2009

Today, May 1, is the 76th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of The Catholic Worker newspaper, generally recognized as the beginning of the Catholic Worker movement.

Art Laffin of the DC Worker read The Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker at the weekly Friday White House vigil today:

Matt Vogel, managing editor of The Catholic Worker, shares his thoughts:

More thoughs on the anniversary from the Oklahoma City CW.

Fast for Justice Day 3: Obama HQ

posted by Mike on January 13th, 2009

At this point more than 100 people are part of a nine-day liquid-only fast to call for the closing of Guantanamo and speedy justice for the detainees. Today, those of us in DC demonstrated (very briefly) at Obama HQ. David Meieran shot this clip.

Spending several hours wearing a hood, walking and standing quietly amidst dozens of identical figures, was a big change from running around dealing with internet and multimedia stuff. Very prayerful.

Snow Ghost Community Show presents the 2008 Catholic Worker National Gathering

posted by Mike on November 15th, 2008

Some highlights from the Catholic Worker 75th anniversary national gathering, Worcester, Massachusetts, July 9-12, 2008. Brought to you by the Snow Ghost Community Show.

Video: Download the mp4 video directly (342 MB) or see other formats. To burn your own DVD, download the ISO. This program is available for broadcast on your local cable access station; e-mail pieandcoffee@gmail.com for help.

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Short video about “rosary trial”

posted by Mike on September 24th, 2008

For much more info, see: “Rosary” trial verdict: guilty of disobeying orders, not guilty of blocking entrance, $250 fine.

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Peacemaking discussion at 2008 Catholic Worker national gathering

posted by Mike on July 29th, 2008

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Frank Cordaro, Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, and many others discuss peacemaking at the 2008 Catholic Worker national gathering, July 10, 2008, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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