History http://nhpr.org en 7.09.14: Sialkot Soccer Balls, Thoughts for English Teachers, and Keeping Calm http://nhpr.org/post/70914-sialkot-soccer-balls-thoughts-english-teachers-and-keeping-calm <p>High tech can sometimes mean hand stitching. We discuss the production of World Cup soccer balls in Siaklot, Pakistan with Atlantic assistant editor, Joe Pinsker. Next, a conversation about the intricacies of teaching high school English with writer and teacher Nick Ripatrazone. Then, Dr. Jordan Ellenberg takes us through the most unread books of summer using his formula, the Hawking Index. And, we talk to "Joyland" author Emily Schultz about the strange events that followed the release Steven King's book of the same title. Plus, a look into the history of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster.</p><p>Listen to the full show and <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:12:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 51600 at http://nhpr.org 7.09.14: Sialkot Soccer Balls, Thoughts for English Teachers, and Keeping Calm Revisiting The American Revolution: Nathaniel Philbrick's "Bunker Hill" http://nhpr.org/post/revisiting-american-revolution-nathaniel-philbricks-bunker-hill <p>In a new book, acclaimed historian Nathaniel Philbrick offers the untold back-story to this battle, which he calls the tipping point of the American Revolution.&nbsp; He introduces us to little-known but vitally important characters in this drama, who did much of the heavy lifting of the Revolution in Boston, while the founding fathers were far from the scene, in Philadelphia.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 32620 at http://nhpr.org Revisiting The American Revolution: Nathaniel Philbrick's "Bunker Hill" 7.06.14: TV Openers, Lost Histories, And The Truth About Bug Spray http://nhpr.org/post/70614-tv-openers-lost-histories-and-truth-about-bug-spray <p>Whether it’s a catchy theme song, or a single image - think Mary Tyler Moore tossing her cap into the air – some TV credit sequences are etched in our minds. Today we listen for the greatest TV opening sequences of all time. Plus, a look at a graphic novel that reveals the untold stories of African-American history…including that of Richard Potter, for whom the New Hampshire town of Potter Place is named. Then, tis the season for mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks. How are you preventing pesky bites? We sample the rainbow of bug repellant…from witch hazel to DEET.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:52:47 +0000 Word of Mouth 51144 at http://nhpr.org 7.06.14: TV Openers, Lost Histories, And The Truth About Bug Spray Evolution Of The American Office: Nikil Saval's "Cubed" http://nhpr.org/post/evolution-american-office-nikil-savals-cubed <p>From the early days of counting houses, when office jobs were looked down on but were still considered a refuge from factory work,&nbsp; to the modern day cubicle. We talk with author Nikil Saval about his new book "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace<em>." </em></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>GUEST: &nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Nikil Saval</strong><strong> </strong>-<strong> </strong>an editor of&nbsp; n + 1, a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics. "Cubed" is his first book.</li></ul><p><strong>LINKS:</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 51160 at http://nhpr.org Evolution Of The American Office: Nikil Saval's "Cubed" Writers On A New England Stage: Bill Bryson's "One Summer: 1927" http://nhpr.org/post/writers-new-england-stage-bill-brysons-one-summer-1927 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Bill Bryson, presented by </span>NHPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50364 at http://nhpr.org Writers On A New England Stage: Bill Bryson's "One Summer: 1927" 6.18.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday' http://nhpr.org/post/61814-elevators-life-once-removed-abolishing-happy-birthday <p>Going up? Today on Word of Mouth, we're lifting you to new cultural heights with a look into the history of two architectural advancements in history - the elevator and escalator. We'll hold the door for you when we stop on a story about a family of mannequins. Last stop, a discussion about why we should all stop singing that pervasive birthday song.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 46322 at http://nhpr.org 6.18.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday' 6.11.14: Happy Spending, Tinkering Kids, And The Weird History Of Scarecrows http://nhpr.org/post/61114-happy-spending-tinkering-kids-and-weird-history-scarecrows <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, parents prepare! The end of the school year is nigh. For those looking for ways to get kids off their screens and outside this summer, fear not, we have just the activities in mind. Then, the surprisingly fascinating history of the scarecrow.</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:50:04 +0000 Word of Mouth 50042 at http://nhpr.org 6.11.14: Happy Spending, Tinkering Kids, And The Weird History Of Scarecrows 5. 28. 14: Tacky Museum Gift Shops and Letters Worth Reading http://nhpr.org/post/5-28-14-tacky-museum-gift-shops-and-letters-worth-reading <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The gift shop at <a href="http://www.911memorial.org/">The National September 11&nbsp;Memorial Museum</a> has sparked controversy for such keepsakes as: a plush&nbsp;</span>FDNY<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rescue dog and “survivor tree” earrings. While many find the items tasteless, the impulse to commemorate is as old as the country itself. NHPR's Brady Carlson takes us on a historical tour of tone-deaf keepsakes, from <a href="http://store.nationalww2museum.org/vibrating-stress-grenade.html">toy hand grenades</a> to <a href="http://store.gettysburgmuseum.com/product/confederate-flag-pillow">Confederate flag throw pillows</a>. Plus, we'll speak to the founder of <a href="http://www.lettersofnote.com/">Letters of Note </a>about the beauty and power of handwritten correspondence.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:16:17 +0000 Word of Mouth 49292 at http://nhpr.org 5. 28. 14: Tacky Museum Gift Shops and Letters Worth Reading The Bride Wore Black http://nhpr.org/post/bride-wore-black <p><em>All Dressed in White</em> - it's the title of author Carol Wallace's look into the history of the American wedding, but it hasn't always held true for brides. On the frontier - a culture centered around migrant work &amp; making do - a woman may only have a single good dress, designed for a decidedly different purpose.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:56:25 +0000 Word of Mouth & Word of mouth 48951 at http://nhpr.org The Bride Wore Black Murder Of Joseph Smith: Alex Beam's "American Crucifixion" http://nhpr.org/post/murder-joseph-smith-alex-beams-american-crucifixion <p>We're sitting down with Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam to talk about his new book, "American Crucifixion," examining the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.</p><p><strong><u>GUEST</u>:&nbsp; </strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://alexbeam.net/about-alex/"><strong>Alex Beam</strong></a> – columnist for the Boston Globe and author of <a href="http://alexbeam.net/books/">several books</a>, most recently “American Crucifixion.”</li></ul><p><strong>LINKS:</strong></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 48881 at http://nhpr.org Murder Of Joseph Smith: Alex Beam's "American Crucifixion" 5.19.14: Civil War Re-enactors, Saving The Wild Apple, and Arsenic In Rice http://nhpr.org/post/51914-civil-war-re-enactors-saving-wild-apple-and-arsenic-rice <p>In 1986 there were an estimated 50,000 Civil War re-enactors in the U.S. Since 2000 their ranks have been cut in half. Today on Word of Mouth: the decline of Civil War reenactments, and what drives someone to take on the identity of a 19th century solider. Plus, after millennia of selective breeding, there are now over 3000 known varieties of apple. But, are our beloved Galas and Honeycrisps in peril? Why the extinction of wild apple species in central Asia could spell disaster for their descendants. And, when it comes to rice, why brown may not be the healthier.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:49:20 +0000 Word of Mouth 48748 at http://nhpr.org 5.19.14: Civil War Re-enactors, Saving The Wild Apple, and Arsenic In Rice 5.15.14: Figuring Out GDP, Alternative Labor Unions, and Did Neanderthal Parents Love Their Kids? http://nhpr.org/post/51514-figuring-out-gdp-alternative-labor-unions-and-did-neanderthal-parents-love-their-kids <p>It gets bandied about countless times by economists, politicians, and newscasters, but what exactly is GDP? Today on Word of Mouth, the surprisingly fascinating process of measuring Gross Domestic Product, and what this live or die by economic indicator overlooks<strong>. </strong>Plus, prehistoric humans are commonly depicted as grunting, club-wielding brutes. Now, evidence that Neanderthal parents didn’t just rear children, but loved and cherished them. All that and more on today's show.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:06:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 48556 at http://nhpr.org 5.15.14: Figuring Out GDP, Alternative Labor Unions, and Did Neanderthal Parents Love Their Kids? 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra http://nhpr.org/post/51414-internet-not-killing-religion-years-celebrities-and-female-viagra <p>Over the past 25 years, the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, at the same time, the internet has been widely embraced. Coincidence? Today on Word of Mouth: does the internet spell the fall of religion? Or is it more of a correlation than a cause? Plus, we peruse the new release section of the bookstore and notice a trend, C<em>atastrophe 1914</em>, <em>1914: History in an Hour</em>, <em>1914: Fight the Good Fight.</em> A look into the downside of treating years as celebrities.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:55:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 48483 at http://nhpr.org 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra America's Bitter Debate Leading Up To WWII: Lynne Olson's "Those Angry Days" http://nhpr.org/post/americas-bitter-debate-leading-wwii-lynne-olsons-those-angry-days <p>We're sitting down with Lynne Olson, author of new book "<a href="http://lynneolson.com/those-angry-days/">Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1945</a>." We'll discuss the bitter debate leading up American involvement in World War Two, a critical time in U.S. History.</p><p><strong><u>GUEST:</u></strong></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:40:00 +0000 The Exchange 48147 at http://nhpr.org America's Bitter Debate Leading Up To WWII: Lynne Olson's "Those Angry Days" Kurk Dorsey's "Whales & Nations" http://nhpr.org/post/kurk-dorseys-whales-nations <p>The new book <em>"</em>Whales and Nations" by UNH professor Kurkpatrick Dorsey explores the history of international conservation efforts through the lens of the commercial whaling industry. We’ll talk with him about the whaling in the 20th century and why international diplomacy failed to regulate commercial whaling.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45241 at http://nhpr.org Kurk Dorsey's "Whales & Nations"