science http://nhpr.org en Sex In The Wild: The Cliffnotes http://nhpr.org/post/sex-wild-cliffnotes <p>Dr. Joy Reidenberg<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/72214-sex-wild-chuck-klosterman-tackles-villainy-and-first-fireworks"> caught us up</a> on the new PBS series she hosts, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/program/sex-wild/"><em>Sex in the Wild</em></a>. She brought some crazy stories and fun facts with her, the best of which we’ve compiled here. We’ll add a quick warning: Dr. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:02:17 +0000 Molly Donahue 52366 at http://nhpr.org Sex In The Wild: The Cliffnotes 7.22.14: Sex In The Wild, Chuck Klosterman Tackles Villainy, And The First Fireworks http://nhpr.org/post/72214-sex-wild-chuck-klosterman-tackles-villainy-and-first-fireworks <p>Today, we have a conversation with an anatomist behind a new PBS series that puts the lens on mammals who reproduce under extreme circumstances, like dolphins. And if you think it’s tough for mammals to find a mate, try finding one in the vast ocean when you’re a nearly microscopic crustacean. We’ll look into the mating rituals of copepods. And then, a different sort of nature when Chuck Klosterman tells us more about the traits of villainy.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:19 +0000 Word of Mouth 52360 at http://nhpr.org 7.22.14: Sex In The Wild, Chuck Klosterman Tackles Villainy, And The First Fireworks 7.08.14: Misused Science Terms, Women's Prisons, And Mental Illness In The NBA http://nhpr.org/post/70814-misused-science-terms-womens-prisons-and-mental-illness-nba <p>Prove it, innate, survival of the fittest, organic… scientific terminology is part of our everyday language, but are we using the terms correctly? Today we’re testing the theory of misusing scientific terms. And, with the state breaking ground on a new women’s prison next month, we’ll consider whether the specific needs of female inmates can be addressed by re-thinking prison design. Then, mental illness creates a stigma that is almost impossible to erase, even for sports celebrities. We wonder: why isn’t Delonte West in the NBA?</p><p>Listen to the full show and <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:59:44 +0000 Word of Mouth 51509 at http://nhpr.org 7.08.14: Misused Science Terms, Women's Prisons, And Mental Illness In The NBA Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-voted-best-nh-radio-talk-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are so proud to have been voted </span><a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show by the readers of <em>New Hampshire Magazine</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Six years after launching Word of Mouth, we still feel like upstarts and appreciate our listeners coming through. Thank you!&nbsp; It's pleasure to bring you stories that spark curiosity and wonder about the world around us, and will continue spreading interesting information the best way we know how: through Word of Mouth.</span></p><p>And not only was Word of Mouth voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show, but NHPR was voted <a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/">B</a><a href="http://www.nhmagazine.com/July-2014/Best-of-NH-2014-Arts-and-Culture/">est</a> FM Radio Station!</p><p>With all that in mind, here is a look back at some of your favorite Word of Mouth stories from the past year.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:39:34 +0000 Word of Mouth 50896 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show 6.21.14: The Germ Show http://nhpr.org/post/62114-germ-show <p>Today on <em>Word of Mouth </em>we're exploring the macro influences of the micro world. First, a conversation with John Timmer about the recently discovered <em>pithovirus </em><em>which</em> has been sealed in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30 thousand years. Then, a look at a new approach to cleanliness: bacteria-rich body sprays. Plus, Jason DaSilva talks to us about his most recent film about his journey with multiple sclerosis.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:07:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 50576 at http://nhpr.org 6.21.14: The Germ Show 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage http://nhpr.org/post/61914-bonobos-granite-state-music-festival-and-found-footage <p>There’s a film festival coming to New Hampshire, but it’s not what you might expect. Instead of featuring independent films by aspiring artists, this festival will screen videos that have been stuffed into storage bins and garbage cans. Today we have a conversation with the curators of the Found Footage Festival. But first, biologist Frans de Waal on altruism, empathy, kindness and ethics among bonobo chimps. Plus, we catch you up with the Granite State Music Festival, coming to Concord this weekend.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:18:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 50494 at http://nhpr.org 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage 6.17.14: Jacques Cousteau's Legacy, "OJ, The Musical", And The Price Of Privacy http://nhpr.org/post/61714-jacques-cousteaus-legacy-oj-musical-and-price-privacy <p>Fabien Cousteau hopes to break the record for longest time spent in an underwater lab, and he's well on his way to achieving that goal. He spoke to us from 63 feet below the surface about Mission 31, a research and outreach adventure intended to promote ocean education and conservation. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware, protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;<strong>Read More</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:20:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 50360 at http://nhpr.org 6.17.14: Jacques Cousteau's Legacy, "OJ, The Musical", And The Price Of Privacy Granite Geek: Can’t Anything Fight Ticks And Leave Everything Else Alone? http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-can-t-anything-fight-ticks-and-leave-everything-else-alone <p>They are one of the least-enjoyed elements of the warm weather landscape in New Hampshire.</p><p>Ticks.</p><p>They bite. They carry Lyme disease and other nasty illnesses – and they’re pretty creepy looking as well.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:14:30 +0000 Brady Carlson 50009 at http://nhpr.org 6.04.14: The Hygiene Behind Bacteria-Rich Body Sprays, And The Thing In The Spring Hits N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/60414-hygiene-behind-bacteria-rich-body-sprays-and-thing-spring-hits-nh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From hand sanitizers to anti-bacterial soaps, we go to great lengths to keep our skin microbe-free, but is all that scrubbing necessary, or even healthy</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">? Today a look at a new approach to cleanliness: bacteria-rich body sprays. Then, The Thing In The Spring is fast approaching, and we’ll speak with the founder and creative director of the festival about some of the acts hitting the stage in Peterborough. Plus, the film </span>“Snowpiercer”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stars two Academy Award winners and is opening the Los Angeles film festival this month. So why is it unlikely to come to a </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> near you?</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:04:54 +0000 Word of Mouth 49681 at http://nhpr.org 6.04.14: The Hygiene Behind Bacteria-Rich Body Sprays, And The Thing In The Spring Hits N.H. Granite Geek: Why Are So Many Gardeners P.M.O. (Pretty Much Organic?) http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-why-are-so-many-gardeners-pmo-pretty-much-organic <p>Gardeners are gearing up for this year's growing season, and many New Hampshire gardeners are hoping to grow their vegetables organically this year.<br /><br />But that term, "organic," doesn't mean that same thing to every gardener.<br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:07:23 +0000 Brady Carlson 48821 at http://nhpr.org Granite Geek: Why Are So Many Gardeners P.M.O. (Pretty Much Organic?) 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 5.14.14: 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 How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO] http://nhpr.org/post/how-stem-became-buzzword-decade-video <p>If it seems like, these days, everyone is talking about STEM - that now common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs - it's because they are.</p><p>In this animated two-way, we take a look at what the push for STEM means for the state - from our public university system, to the State House, and through the business community - and for students.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Deg4t2NixXY" width="520"></iframe></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 05:56:50 +0000 Sara Plourde & Emily Corwin 48120 at http://nhpr.org How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO] Human Behavior In Bonobos http://nhpr.org/post/human-behavior-bonobos <p></p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:44:48 +0000 Word of Mouth 48081 at http://nhpr.org Human Behavior In Bonobos 5.6.14: Human Behavior In Bonobos & The Commencement Speech Heard Round The World http://nhpr.org/post/5614-human-behavior-bonobos-commencement-speech-heard-round-world <p>Have a taste for variety? From human-like bonobos to beauty pageants, we offer the variety you crave. Join us for our Tuesday show and share comments and suggestions on <a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth" target="_blank">Twitter </a>and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook</a>! (Praise also welcome).</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 48077 at http://nhpr.org 5.6.14: Human Behavior In Bonobos & The Commencement Speech Heard Round The World