Maureen McMurray en Poll: Should Handwriting Be Taught In Schools? <p>On <a href="">today's show</a>, we talked about whether or not handwriting really matters. How about you let us know what YOU think? Should handwriting even be taught in schools anymore?</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:31:35 +0000 Maureen McMurray 50115 at The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets <p>The gift shop at <a href="">The National September 11 Memorial Museum</a> has raised eyebrows and ire for selling items like "survivor tree" earrings and plush FDNY rescue dogs, but tone-deaf keepsakes are hardly unprecedented in America.</p><p>We scoured the on-line gift shops of museums and memorials dedicated to significant events in U.S. history and found plenty of examples of tacky tchotchkes. Click the photo above to see a slide show of some of the most cringe-worthy.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:05:09 +0000 Maureen McMurray 49297 at The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets Jim Florentine: Prank Call King <p>Growing up, making a prank call was as easy as picking up the rotary phone. Nowadays, telecommunication developments, like caller ID, have made the crank call nearly obsolete. While it may be more difficult to anonymously prank your principal, the tradition hasn't completely disappeared. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:24:09 +0000 Maureen McMurray 46002 at Jim Florentine: Prank Call King Jesse Thorn's Podcast Picks <p>With so many choices, exploring the wild frontier of podcasts can be overwhelming. Don't fret, we have a great starter package for you. &nbsp;We asked <a href="">Jesse Thorn</a>, host of NPR's <a href="">Bullseye</a> and founder of <a href="">Maximum Fun</a>, to share five of his favorite podcasts with us. He delivered six. Full disclosure, Jesse admits a slight bias in selecting some podcasts from his podcast network, Maximum Fun, but made it exceedingly clear that he is not directly involved in their production. We present Jesse Thorn's podcast picks, in no particular order, of course.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:42:38 +0000 Maureen McMurray 42632 at Jesse Thorn's Podcast Picks State Of The Union Bingo! <p></p><p>Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card <a href="">here</a>, and keep your ears open. We'll also be <a href="">live-tweeting </a>the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp! &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:07:06 +0000 Maureen McMurray & Sara Plourde 42583 at State Of The Union Bingo! Rethink 2014: Football <p>Despite lockouts, replacement referees, and a lawsuit to settle brain trauma-related lawsuits, America's passion for football remains in play. We continues our series Rethink 2014 with America's beloved pastime, football. We begin at the college level, where many professional football careers begin. Critics charge that&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that the danger and violence inherent to the game have no place in academic institutions.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR's program <a href="">Intelligence Squared U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:00:08 +0000 Maureen McMurray 41558 at Rethink 2014: Football 2013: The Year Of The Apology <p></p><p></p><p>As we look back at 2013, we’re struck by the number of mishaps made by politicians, celebrities, athletes and companies…followed of course, by the oh-so-heartfelt public apology. Word of Mouth's senior producer Maureen McMurray and producer Taylor Quimby join Virginia Prescott to talk about the year of saying sorry…or in some cases, the year of the non-apology. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:45:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott, Maureen McMurray & Taylor Quimby 41025 at 2013: The Year Of The Apology Dana Gould On B-Movie Legend, Lon Chaney Jr. <p></p><p></p><p>2013 had its fair share&nbsp;of bad movies, but Hollywood has a long history of producing schlock. Comedian <a href="">Dana Gould</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;host of <a href="">The Dana Gould Hour</a>, brings us this story of&nbsp;one of the genre's&nbsp;most prolific stars, who bore the heavy mantle of a famous name.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:32:21 +0000 Maureen McMurray 40950 at Dana Gould On B-Movie Legend, Lon Chaney Jr. Volunteering: EMT's And Paramedics <p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:03:21 +0000 Maureen McMurray & Emily Corwin 40325 at Volunteering: EMT's And Paramedics