The Alien Cafe (508 #361)

posted by Mike on February 12th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about H.R. Giger, mini city hall, cubicle housing, our forthcoming tiny house villages, the baseball stadium deal, malls, and the Skate Mayor.

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John Aylward (508 #360)

posted by Mike on February 5th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with John Aylward about music in Worcester, teaching at Clark University, and the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

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Numbers (508 #359)

posted by Mike on January 29th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we note that in 2019 homelessness in Worcester was down 19%, and that the Diocese of Worcester lost $1.5million. We try to understand these findings, and generally fail to do so.

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Scott Schaeffer-Duffy (508 #358)

posted by Mike on January 15th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with “Worcester’s most-traveled, most-jailed, and most notorious political radical since Abbie Hoffman” about getting hit by a car, cost overruns for the baseball stadium, war with Iran, the bus, and YIMBY consequences.

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s2020e01 (508 #357)

posted by Mike on January 8th, 2020

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about property taxes, Worcester Magazine, Yeats, listener feedback, state capacity libertarianism, and getting through a singularity crisis.

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One More Thing on the Renaissance (508 #356 w/Noah Bombard)

posted by Mike on December 11th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Noah Bombard of masslive.com about journalism, the Worcester Renaissance, murder, and commodities.

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Worcester Public Market (508 #355 w/Tina Zlody)

posted by Mike on December 3rd, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Worcester legend Tina Zlody about the Worcester Public Market, the Market Pantry, and tips for spearheading new projects in the city.

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Long-Term Commercial Lease (508 #354)

posted by Mike on November 19th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about Lt. Jason Menard, commercial taxes, Underdog, and Worcester Plaza Tower.

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Short film about Net of Compassion: “Bread of Life”

posted by Mike on November 13th, 2019

Here’s some beautiful people and a tough side of the city.

Net of Compassion – Bread of Life from Votary Films on Vimeo.

Richie, Elizabeth, and their whole “Net of Compassion” crew do some amazing work, most visibly offering services in a series of tents along Worcester’s Main Street each Saturday. They also collaborate on “Hotel Grace,” turning the basement of St. John’s Church into a 50-bed homeless shelter any night the temperature in Worcester is expected to drop below freezing. And they are looking to do more. If you are curious about helping the down-and-out in our city, getting involved with Net of Compassion is a great way to start.

Season Finale (508 #353)

posted by Mike on November 12th, 2019

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about tax deals, election results, crime stats, bad/good driving, vapes, tarot, the CEMANECT economy, and the season finale of our favorite non-scripted TV drama, “Worcester!” Here’s the Cowen/Gioia interview Mike recommends.

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