Love http://nhpr.org en Word Of Mouth: 2.15.14 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-21514 <p></p><p>Valentine's Day may be over, but Word of Mouth is still in the mood. We poured all the love we have to offer into our Saturday show. Listen to the full show and read more about each segment below.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:53:20 +0000 Word of Mouth 43591 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth: 2.15.14 No Such Thing As Animal Love? http://nhpr.org/post/no-such-thing-animal-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Valentine's Day alone were not a slippery slope, consider this question: Muskrat Love?</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Science long taught its practitioners--biologists in particular--to avoid ascribing human emotions or attributes to animals. But are we not animals ourselves? For the past century, animals were afforded no emotions despite exhibitions of behaviors humans recognize as emotional: anger, revenge, fear, and love.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:48:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 42701 at http://nhpr.org No Such Thing As Animal Love? 2.13.14: Love In The Digital Age, Love Songs Vs. Breakup Songs, And Romantic Dining At Hooters http://nhpr.org/post/21314-love-digital-age-love-songs-vs-breakup-songs-and-romantic-dining-hooters <p>As editor of The New York Time’s “Modern Love” column since 2004,<strong> </strong>our guest<strong> </strong>Daniel Jones has read over 50,000 love letters.&nbsp; Well, not love letters exactly, but letters about love.&nbsp; Okay, and most of them aren’t actual physical letters, but emails.&nbsp; Which says a lot about the state of romance in 2014, given how much of it sparks, burns, and is often extinguished from behind a computer screen.&nbsp; Technology’s impact on modern love features heavily in Jones’ new book “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/books/review/love-illuminated-by-daniel-jones.html?_r=0">Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject with the Help of 50,000 Strangers</a>”.</p><p></p><p><strong> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:14:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 43517 at http://nhpr.org 2.13.14: Love In The Digital Age, Love Songs Vs. Breakup Songs, And Romantic Dining At Hooters Love Is A Battlefield: Final http://nhpr.org/post/love-battlefield-final <div class="cp-si-caption cp-hidden"></div><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13bC9cRAhO9WCQ2oWQHRtWCI6M0U-eAkVzCGDYRewfhY/viewanalytics" target="_blank"><font color="#0c4ca2">Results for round&nbsp;3 are in</font></a>, and oh how the mighty have fallen! In the love category: Etta James trounced Paul McCartney. In heartbreak, Bill Withers narrowly beat Bonnie Raitt. Shocked by the <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13bC9cRAhO9WCQ2oWQHRtWCI6M0U-eAkVzCGDYRewfhY/viewanalytics" target="_blank"><font color="#0c4ca2">results</font></a>? Let us know on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank"><font color="#0c4ca2">Facebook page</font></a>, so we can all commiserate together.</p><p>Listen to the list of songs below, and then <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QDUH3mvY0PnOx_IE0eVNtalmqktIN1vw6yWnvGyWfB4/viewform" target="_blank"><strong><font color="#0c4ca2">vote right here</font></strong></a>!</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:39:43 +0000 Word of Mouth 43503 at http://nhpr.org Love Is A Battlefield: Final Love Is A Battlefield: Round 3 http://nhpr.org/post/love-battlefield-round-3 <p></p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13bC9cRAhO9WCQ2oWQHRtWCI6M0U-eAkVzCGDYRewfhY/viewanalytics" target="_blank">Results for round 2 are in</a>, and oh how the mighty have fallen! In the love category: Etta James narrowly beat out The Righteous Brothers and Paul McCartney handily vanquished Billy Joel. In heartbreak battles, Bonnie won out over Smokey and Adele, poor sweet Adele, was positively trounced by none other than Bill Withers. Something tells us she would probably understand. Shocked by the <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13bC9cRAhO9WCQ2oWQHRtWCI6M0U-eAkVzCGDYRewfhY/viewanalytics" target="_blank">results</a>? Let us know on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, so we can all commiserate together.</p><p>Listen to the list of songs below, and then <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HTm4Kf1Q7cy0Zzisdhrkazsaqm1eXx81FAZI9CXufDk/viewform" target="_blank"><strong>vote right here</strong></a>!<iframe frameborder="0" height="315" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HTm4Kf1Q7cy0Zzisdhrkazsaqm1eXx81FAZI9CXufDk/viewform?embedded=true" width="560">Loading...</iframe></p><p>Round Three begins NOW!</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:15:34 +0000 Word of Mouth 43427 at http://nhpr.org Love Is A Battlefield: Round 3 Love Is A Battlefield: Round 2 http://nhpr.org/post/love-battlefield-round-2 <p></p><p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OM1hN6f57DsJnDBLPxZcwQfBfW0MNyBFFjMbPymfvOo/viewanalytics" target="_blank">Results for round 1 are in</a>, and the competition is heating up! Tempers of love are flaring in the Word of Mouth cube. Senior producer <strong>Maureen McMurray </strong>was none too happy to hear&nbsp; Etta James' At Last is moving on to Round 2 over The Beach Boys' God Only Knows. Producer <strong>Taylor Quimby </strong>was concerned about the fate of Van Morrison's Sweet Thing.&nbsp; And it turns out that nothing compares to Someone Like You; Adele managed a slim victory of Sinead O'Connor. What songs are you sad to see left behind? Comment on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, then vote for the remaining contenders.</p><p>Listen to the list of songs below, and then <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13bC9cRAhO9WCQ2oWQHRtWCI6M0U-eAkVzCGDYRewfhY/viewform" target="_blank"><strong>vote right here</strong></a>! Round Two begins NOW!</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:25:10 +0000 Word of Mouth 43366 at http://nhpr.org Love Is A Battlefield: Round 2 Love Is A Battlefield: Round 1 http://nhpr.org/post/love-battlefield-round-1 <p></p><p></p><p>Here it is, you lovebirds, you. The Word of Mouth sappy song bracket. Pat Benetar had it right. Love <em>is </em>a battlefield, and we've laid it out for you to see. At least, the songs. On one side, the songs of love. Ballads of the heart. Musings of adoration. Ruminations of... OK you get the idea. On the other side, songs of heartbreak. Those tear-inducing slow jams no one can resist.</p><p>Listen to the songs below, and then <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OM1hN6f57DsJnDBLPxZcwQfBfW0MNyBFFjMbPymfvOo/viewform" target="_blank">vote right here</a></strong>! Round One begins NOW!</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:43:19 +0000 Word of Mouth 43206 at http://nhpr.org Love Is A Battlefield: Round 1 Word Of Mouth's Super Sappy Bracket Contenders http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-super-sappy-bracket-contenders <p></p><p>Dim the lights, pour a glass, and press play; Word of Mouth is about to woo you. We reached out for the sappiest song<em>s </em>on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth">Twitter </a>and compiled the best of the best. Naturally, the next step is to make love a competition, right? Get ready, because your submissions are going head-to-head in our super sappy bracket. Who will come out on top? <em>Love </em>or <em>Heartbreak</em>? <em>Bill Withers </em>or <em>Bill Withers</em>? Before voting begins, take some time to get to know each song.&nbsp; Check out the contenders, and prepare to fall in love.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:24:03 +0000 Sarah Thomas 43181 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth's Super Sappy Bracket Contenders Word Of Mouth Seeks Love Song Clichés http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-seeks-love-song-clich-s <p></p><p>... and long walks on the beach. Really, though. We need your help to find the most overused and overcheesed love song clichés to create one majorly sappy song. Do you have that lovin' feeling? Then leave some love on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio">Facebook page</a>. Just as Michael Bolton couldn't live without his love, Word of Mouth can't live with you. *Sob*.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:25:54 +0000 Sarah Thomas 43128 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth Seeks Love Song Clichés 'The Love Doctor' Weighs In On The Science Of In-Law Relationships http://nhpr.org/post/love-doctor-weighs-science-law-relationships <p>With Thanksgiving just around the corner, ‘tis the season for awkward dinners with your loved ones’ parents. It’s no secret that <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/11/17/the-weird-science-laws/oxS966evzs9ymeZrWKDlEP/story.html" target="_blank">navigating your relationship with your in-laws</a> can feel like walking through a minefield, but a new study suggests that keeping close to them is a sign of a healthy marriage – for some. According to <a href="http://www.drterrithelovedoctor.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Terri Orbuch</strong></a>, men who get close to their in-laws within a year are 20% less likely to go through divorce later in life, but women who do the same are 20% <em>more</em> likely to split with their husbands down the road.</p><p><a href="http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/lcd/orbuch.html" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Terri Orbuch </strong></a>is a professor of sociology and a regular contributor to the <em>Huffington Post</em>, where she’s known as “The Love Doctor.” This year, she published a 26-year study looking at love in relation to the in-laws.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:29:12 +0000 Taylor Quimby 39143 at http://nhpr.org 'The Love Doctor' Weighs In On The Science Of In-Law Relationships Ryan Glitch: Geek Pimp http://nhpr.org/post/ryan-glitch-geek-pimp <p>If the number one comedy on prime time TV is any indication –the CBS show <a href="http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_bang_theory/video/?ttag=mktg_ntp_BBT_vid_0125_go" target="_blank">The Big Bang Theory</a> holds the coveted title--nerds are experiencing a kind of cultural renaissance. Despite the increased popularity of sci-fi conventions, cos-play, and board games, finding a mate who shares a love of all things nerdy can still be a challenge. Enter the cupid of nerds, <strong>Ryan Glitch, </strong>the creator and president of “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SciFiSpeedDating/info" target="_blank">Sci-Fi</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SciFiSpeedDating/info" target="_blank"> Speed Dating</a>.” <strong>Glitch</strong> launched his speed dating enterprise in 2010 at a Star Wars convention and he’s been making matches at cons ever since. &nbsp;IGN, a popular gaming and entertainment web site has created a web series about Ryan’s enterprise, called “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/show/geeklove" target="_blank">Geek Love</a>” which airs on their YouTube channel.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:23:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37252 at http://nhpr.org Ryan Glitch: Geek Pimp Looking For Love? Try The Internet. No, Really! http://nhpr.org/post/looking-love-try-internet-no-really <p><a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/31/1222447110.full.pdf+html" target="_blank">A new study</a> from the University of Chicago shows that couples who meet via online dating sites tend to have better relationships than couples who meet for the first time in person. Here to tell us more about these findings is <strong>Ingrid Wickelgren</strong>, editor with Scientific American MIND.&nbsp; She wrote the article, “<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/06/04/does_meeting_your_spouse_online_lead_to_a_stronger_marriage_partner/">Does Finding Your Spouse Online Lead to a Stronger Marriage</a>?”</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:13:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29182 at http://nhpr.org Looking For Love? Try The Internet. No, Really! Dollars And Sex http://nhpr.org/post/dollars-and-sex <p></p><p>At its most transparent, Valentine’s Day is a holiday built for consumption. That may sound like a bit of a buzz kill, but there is loads of research activity connecting our romantic ideals and more base human motivations to our decisions to spend and save…mostly spend. Joining us, is <strong>Dr. Marina Adshade</strong> who teaches Economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She hit a nerve there in 2008 when she launched an undergraduate course called <em>Economics of Sex and Love</em>. It was an instant hit among students, and led to the launch of the <a href="http://marinaadshade.com/" target="_blank">Dollars and Sex</a> blog and now, a book of the same title. It uses market research and economic analysis on matters of the heart and other anatomical bits.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:16:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21974 at http://nhpr.org Dollars And Sex Relationship Advice From Dear Prudence http://nhpr.org/post/relationship-advice-dear-prudence <p>Dear Prudence (or Prudie as she is known by her fans) has the answers to all manner of relationship issues, handling delicate matters with aplomb, sensitivity, and humor. <strong>Emily Yoffe, </strong>a.k.a. Prudence, writes the <a href="http://ww.slate.com/articles/life/dear_prudence.html" target="_blank">Dear Prudence column </a>for Slate and joins us to offer some last minute advice on Valentine’s Day.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:24:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21964 at http://nhpr.org Relationship Advice From Dear Prudence 5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life http://nhpr.org/post/5-gift-ideas-robot-your-life <p>When we first saw Robert Ito's <a href="http://www.psmag.com/magazines/november-december-2012/social-robots-aibo-paro-roomba-48793/">Pacific Standard piece</a> on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:</p><p>But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot <em>is</em> the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:</p><p><strong>1) Buy him a snazzy costume!</strong></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:37:23 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 17658 at http://nhpr.org 5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life