This is the free feed of Worcester's Good But Hurts, for the full feed, head over to the Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/wgbh) or subscribe to Worcester Sucks And I Love It (billshaner.substack.com)A Worcester Sucks production, Worcester's Good But Hurts (WGBH) is a weekly recap of the significant happenings in Worcester, Massachusetts, a city widely regarded as mediocre, frumpish, cartoonish, down-on-its-luck, gritty, terrible, smelly, trashy, worthless, insignificant, destitute, inconsolable, irreparable etc. The podcast is hosted by Worcester Sucks and I Love It author Bill Shaner and Dan Anderson, fellow co-host of Highway 69 and an apprentice at the Worcester-based Ideal Americana Tattoo Company.
BONUS: ARPA money with Public Hearing
Couple weeks ago I went on Josh Croke's Public Hearing podcast to talk about ARPA funding and the problems inherent in the way the city has decided to administer it. Public Hearing is about as good a podcast as you could hope for on governance and Worcester. Lots of great interviews and interesting topics. Check it out and get it in the rotation!
Episode 10: One venti union drive please (ft. Jacob Roessler and Chanel Rodrigues)
Worcester Starbucks is unionizing baby let's freakin go!! I sat down with Jacob Roessler and Chanel Rodrigues, two partners at the East Central Street Starbucks (across from the post office), to talk about their decision join the national movement to unionize Starbucks employees. A few days ago the team there authored a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz announcing their intent to join Starbucks Workers United. They've got union cards and they're headed toward an election!
Music this week by The Oracle and you can find it on their bandcamp.
Bonus: An interview with Thu Nguyen
Brought new City Councilor Thu Nguyen on the program and at the right time I'd say! Earlier this week, Nguyen had an order on the City Council agenda which caused quite a stir and moved the ball in a big way on Worcester's failure to hold onto a chief diversity officer. I wrote about that whole thing at length on the newsletter this week. But that was just part of a long-ranging conversation in which we touched on the expectations of a campaign versus the reality of holding the position, approaching City Hall as an outsider to the networks of power around it, and about what a city councilor is, what it can be, and what it should be.
Episode 9: Sitting here like a dead duck
We go over the absolutely ludicrous discussion of nuclear disarmament on the City Council floor last week, which I also wrote about on the newsletter this week, and update the folks at home following the Worcester Police Department's Cocaine & Jenga Controversy. Why can't the City of Worcester keep a chief diversity officer? Maybe racism? And finally, what you should not, under any circumstances, do with a dog.
Music this week by Worcester's own speed metal champions Seax, with the fitting "Nuclear Overdose." Check it out on their bandcamp.
Episode 8: Very Interested In Tigers
What were the motivations of the Worcester man arrested recently for jumping into the tiger's den at the Franklin Park Zoo recently? We try to find out. And if you're listening, please come on the show. We also talk about the unnecessary and disheartening right wing hubbub in Shrewsbury around a poem that was literally written by a high school student. What is critical race theory? Does anyone know? Does it even matter? No is the short answer. Meanwhile the fascists demonstrated outside an anti-fascist bookstore in Providence and the war in Ukraine continues to worsen. In war the only victor is death. That's why at Applebees we're offering bottomless shrimp all month. Eatin good in whats left of your neighborhood!
Bonus: Public records deep dive with Andrew Quemere
I brought on Andrew Quemere, an independent journalist and public records watchdog, to discuss the Telegram's recent victory over the City of Worcester in its lawsuit for police misconduct record access. We talk about the decision, what it means for public records access in Massachusetts, and more importantly about how the city handled this lawsuit like a little piss baby.
Quemere wrote a long and substantive piece on the subject for Dig Boston and he publishes The Mass Dump, a newsletter focused on public records.
Music this week yet again by Worcester legends Facepaint. The song's called Devil's Bride and you can find that and more on their bandcamp.
A beacon of truth in dark times
I write this review telepathically from a state of deep meditation at the bottom of the Sea of Okhotsk. My journey began decades ago, when a three-breasted tummler sold me her teeth in exchange for an amphora of exquisite pangolin bile I had stolen in Zanzibar. I was swindled - they were orphan’s teeth - but I walked away with a treasure far more dear. Over negotiations she recounted the many benefits of this podcast. I am a sure the reader is aware of the ancient skaldic incantations in this program. They will be pleased to find it also contains the plaintext to the last Zodiac cipher, Isaac Newton’s jenkem recipe, and a rather compelling palindrome purporting the veracity of the Robert Muller - D. B. Cooper sex tape of which we are all familiar. Should an odious bastard find themselves in doubt of the quality of the program, meet me this midsommar at the grave of Vercingetorix for a duel by elephant gun.