Logan Shannon http://nhpr.org en Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-cool-vs-uncool-quiz-dan-kois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Virginia’s conversation with </span><a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.dan_kois.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Slate senior editor </a><a href="http://www.dankois.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Dan Kois</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about all things cool, we thought it would be helpful to quiz Dan on what </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cool and what is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">not</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Without further ado, we present Word of Mouth’s “Cool vs. </span>Uncool<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Quiz” with our host Virginia Prescott.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:11:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Logan Shannon 37927 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois Manchester Peregrine Finds New Mate http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-peregrine-finds-new-mate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wmur.com/escape-outside/female-falcon-in-nh-finds-new-mate-after-male-suffers-broken-wing/25322640" target="_blank">Union Leader</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported that the peregrine family nesting high above Manchester had found a new papa bird. After her previous mate injured his wing and was taken in for surgery, the female falcon eventually left the nest in search of food. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:33:24 +0000 Logan Shannon & Andrew Parrella 46456 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Peregrine Finds New Mate Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! http://nhpr.org/post/sick-snow-use-it-track-some-winter-wildlife <p>While it may be March, it’s still very much wintertime. If you’ve been cursing the snow and ice and desperately longing for spring, you’re not alone. But let’s look at the bright side - all that frozen water offers certain opportunities that just aren’t available in the spring. And I’m not talking about expensive and time consuming snow-sports, I’m talking about wildlife tracking. To give you an introduction to tracking, We&nbsp; headed for the woods of Barrington, New Hampshire with <strong>Dan Gardoqui, </strong>one of the founders and directors of <a href="http://www.whitepineprograms.org/" target="_blank">White Pine Programs</a>, a nature connection non-profit in Southern Maine.</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:09:14 +0000 Logan Shannon & Sam Evans-Brown 44629 at http://nhpr.org Sick Of Snow? Use It To Track Some Winter Wildlife! The Return Of A Comic Book Heroine: Nelvana Of The Northern Lights http://nhpr.org/post/return-comic-book-heroine-nelvana-northern-lights <p>It seems like every summer, another classic superhero gets ripped from the pages of Marvel or D.C. comics and is adapted, or rebooted, for the big screen. You don’t have to be a comic book super fan to recognize icons like Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman, but what about the telepathic Nelvana of the Northern&nbsp;Lights?</p><p>What, you never heard of her?</p><p>Two Canadian comic book fans,&nbsp;<strong>Hope Nicholson</strong>&nbsp;and <strong>Rachel Richy,</strong>&nbsp;are hoping to change that <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hopelnicholson/nelvana-of-the-northern-lights-canadas-first-super">with a Kickstarter campaign</a> to fund the first ever reprint of Nelvana comics for a new generation of fans to enjoy. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:44:19 +0000 Logan Shannon 37723 at http://nhpr.org The Return Of A Comic Book Heroine: Nelvana Of The Northern Lights 6 Trailer Parks In Super Posh Locales http://nhpr.org/post/6-trailer-parks-super-posh-locales <p>Our <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/humble-trailer-park" target="_blank">story today on trailer parks</a> got the Word of Mouth team dreaming about the perks of living in a home on wheels. Here's our list of some of the nicest mobile home parks in the best locations. Because even in the world of mobile real estate, it's all about location, location, location. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Logan Shannon 27456 at http://nhpr.org 6 Trailer Parks In Super Posh Locales The Shocking Truth Behind Pistachio Pricing: The Ones With Shells Cost MORE! http://nhpr.org/post/shocking-truth-behind-pistachio-pricing-ones-shells-cost-more <p>When it comes to food I can be a bit of a cheapskate. If I can’t tell the difference between two similar products, the first thing I look at to determine which to buy is the price tag. But sometimes, being a frugal shopper means more than picking the right brand – sometimes it’s about getting your hands dirty.&nbsp;</p><p>Take pistachios for example. I always buy them with the shells on.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because they’re cheaper. Presumably, consumers are paying extra for the privilege of not having to split a thumbnail cracking them open. But when we asked around the office at our Concord studios, it turned out there were lots of reasons people choose to buy whole pistachios.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:58:00 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Logan Shannon 34751 at http://nhpr.org The Shocking Truth Behind Pistachio Pricing: The Ones With Shells Cost MORE! NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts http://nhpr.org/post/nasa-test-effects-space-travel-twin-astronauts <p>Astronauts &nbsp;Mark and Scott Kelly are the only siblings who have both traveled in space. The fact that they are identical twins makes them unique test subjects for a new scientific experiment being conducted by NASA to study the effects of long term space travel on the human body.</p><p><strong>Jacob Aron </strong>is a technology reporter for New Scientist and creator of the website, “Just a Theory.” He <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23999-astronaut-twins-could-reveal-genetics-of-space-health.html#.Uh-MAX8iySo">wrote about the Kelly brothers</a> “Twin Mission” in the latest issue of New Scientist magazine.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:14:23 +0000 Logan Shannon 34056 at http://nhpr.org NASA To Test Effects Of Space Travel On Twin Astronauts We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms http://nhpr.org/post/we-are-literally-obsessed-contranyms <p>The recent outrage over Google providing the WRONG—in our humble opinion—definition of <a href="http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally">literally</a> as a viable one, got the digital team thinking about other words whose meanings have changed over time. These so called ‘Janus Words’ or ‘<a href="http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/06/contronyms/" target="_blank">contranyms</a>’ are single words that have two opposite, but ostensibly correct, meanings. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:11:13 +0000 Logan Shannon 33242 at http://nhpr.org We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms What To Do With Daikon Radishes http://nhpr.org/post/what-do-daikon-radishes <p><em>“Also known as Japanese horseradish or mooli, daikon looks like a bigger, uglier, knobbier parsnip and, if its flavor can be likened to anything, it is reminiscent of a finer, less fiery radish.”</em></p><p><em>-</em> From the cookbook<em> </em><em>Cooking Vegetables.</em></p><p>If you have a CSA subscription, chances are you have found a daikon radish in your share recently. Daikon radishes are a staple in Asian cuisine, the name daikon is actually Japanese for "great root." They're a prolific vegetable and can often grow up to 20" in length with a diameter of 4"! Recently, reporter Josh Rogers was the recipient of a rather large daikon radish, and asked: what do you <em>do</em> with this?</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:17:50 +0000 Logan Shannon & Sara Plourde 31559 at http://nhpr.org What To Do With Daikon Radishes 5 Moments In Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart http://nhpr.org/post/5-moments-sports-will-maybe-break-your-heart <p>I’m am not qualified to make a list of the Top 5 most memorable sports failures, which is why I asked <strong>Eric Simons</strong> to help me create a list of moments he felt fit the bill. To say that he waffled about what moments to include is an understatement; sports fans are notoriously opinionated when it comes to moments that define heartbreak. I took his suggestions and then sprinkled in a few that I grew up hearing about.&nbsp; Without further ado I present to you: “5 Moments in Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart”. We encourage you to disagree and submit your own.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:15:51 +0000 Logan Shannon 30017 at http://nhpr.org 5 Moments In Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart Funspot's 15th Annual International Classic Video Game Tourney http://nhpr.org/post/funspots-15th-annual-international-classic-video-game-tourney <p>This past weekend, <a href="http://www.funspotnh.com/" target="_blank">Funspot</a> arcade in Laconia, New Hampshire, played host to the International Classic Video Game Tournament. Gamers from all over the world have been traveling to Funspot for the past 15 years to compete against each other, sometimes on video games that were born long before they were. For many, it's a chance to play rare games that they've only heard about. For others it's a great chance to connect with like-minded friends over a friendly, albeit competitive, game of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapper" target="_blank">Tapper</a>.</p><p>The competition runs for four days as participants try to post the high score on each of the tournament games. Outside the cordoned-off area reserved for the tournament, the rest of Funspot's <a href="http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/index.html" target="_blank">American Classic Arcade Museum</a> is open to the public. Mixed in amongst the novice players, you're likely to see world record holders trying to beat their high scores in between their tournament play. I spoke to three gamers who have made the nostalgic trip to Funspot repeatedly, enticed by the pristine machines and the sense of camaraderie among the players.</p><p><em>Special thanks to Derek Janiak for his help wrangling the elusive video gamers in their</em> <em>natural habitat.</em></p><p><em> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:37:01 +0000 Logan Shannon 28794 at http://nhpr.org Funspot's 15th Annual International Classic Video Game Tourney Word Of Mouth's Audio Clip Of The Week http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-audio-clip-week <p>It's only Tuesday, and we've already got our winner for audio clip of the week from <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/xbox-one-everyone-and-thats-problem" target="_blank">our story on the Xbox One</a>:</p><p>We got the clip from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/AngryJoeShow?feature=watch" target="_blank">Angry Joe's YouTube</a> channel; the vlogger went on an angry tirade after the Xbox One reveal proved to be completely disappointing for hard-core gamers.</p><p>"Don't. Do. The RE-VEAL!" is our new mantra.</p><p>If you'd like to watch the entire Xbox One rant, here's a <a href="http://youtu.be/9ekOtn7L1N0">link to the full video</a> (it gets a little NSFW for language) from the Angry Joe Show.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 18:05:12 +0000 Taylor Quimby & Logan Shannon 28337 at http://nhpr.org The "Quantum Internet" Explained...In Amateur Illustrations http://nhpr.org/post/quantum-internet-explainedin-amateur-illustrations <p>A government lab announced earlier this month that it’s been <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/view/514581/government-lab-reveals-quantum-internet-operated-continuously-for-over-two-years/" target="_blank">operating a quantum internet</a> at Los Alamos for the past two years. Which led us to wonder, um, WHAT IS A QUANTUM INTERNET???</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:23:09 +0000 Logan Shannon 27268 at http://nhpr.org The "Quantum Internet" Explained...In Amateur Illustrations What's For Dinner? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-dinner <p>My mother loves to cook, and as a result she raised an entire family of food obsessed children who also love to cook. My father rarely cooked but was a big fan of eating and proclaimed after every meal, “Dear, this is the best [insert main course here] I’ve EVER had!” She would roll her eyes at his genuine but exaggerated praise and I would chime in with, “Mom, this was the worst dinner ever.” A big grin would spread across her face as she leaned over to pat my head; my mom gets me. Because she cooked an amazing, well-balanced meal nearly every night, my siblings and I were consistently robbed of what we felt was the holy grail of eating: the frozen TV dinner.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:24:00 +0000 Logan Shannon 26944 at http://nhpr.org What's For Dinner? A Day In The Life Of An NHPR Intern http://nhpr.org/post/day-life-nhpr-intern <p>What’s a typical day like for the Word of Mouth intern at NHPR? I’m so glad you asked. (And even if you didn’t ask, I’m sure my mom and dad will be interested, so it's cool.)</p><p><strong>8:30:09</strong></p><p>Having really accurate clocks all over the place can make a person like me who hates being late and is mildly obsessed with numbers a little anxious. For example: I try <em>really</em> hard to walk into the Word of Mouth pod at <em>exactly</em> 8:30:00. Sadly, it has yet to happen. I’m either too early, or in this case, a wee bit late.</p><p><strong>8:52:38</strong></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:29:33 +0000 Logan Shannon 26377 at http://nhpr.org A Day In The Life Of An NHPR Intern