Movies en 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival <p>It’s been <em>25 years</em> since Larry David’s “show-about-nothing” debuted on NBC, but it lives on. Recently a critic made the argument that <em>Seinfeld</em> not only transformed the sitcom but paved the way for television’s anti-hero dramas. Plus, not even a month into summer, you may already be approaching capacity on grilled burgers and hot dogs. JM Hirsch, food editor for the Associated Press joins us to inject new ideas into the outdoor cooking season. And, a sneak peak of bands heading to western Massachusetts for this weekend’s Green River Festival.</p><p>Listen to the full show and <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:23:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 51663 at 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift <p>The National Institute of Justice estimates that up to 40,000 unidentified human remains have been collected and stored in evidence rooms across the country. Today, we talk to Deborah Halber about the growing number of internet sleuths trying to solve America’s coldest cases. Then, we look into the growing digital house key market. Plus, a heartwarming tale of a man and his owl.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 51211 at 7.02.14: Amateur Sleuths, A Pet Owl and Oculus Rift Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are so proud to have been voted </span><a href="" 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="">B</a><a href="">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 Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show The Debate: Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read YA? <p>When Ruth Graham published the Slate article “Against YA” there was an immediate push back. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorites for both sides of the debate.</p><p><strong>Nay to YA</strong></p><p>“<a href="">Against YA</a>,” by Ruth Graham for Slate.</p><p>Here it is, the original article. It’s well-reasoned with a lot of good points, even if it’s getting billed with the uber-polarizing line, “you should be embarrassed to read YA.”&nbsp; Many criticisms seem to skip straight to the part where Graham says adults shouldn't be reading YA, but there's more in here, so take a look.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:37:49 +0000 Molly Donahue 49993 at The Debate: Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read YA? What Is "Twee"? <p>We spoke with <strong>Marc Spitz</strong> about his new book <a href=""><em>Twee</em></a>, in which he tries to give a comprehensive and explanatory history of “the gentle revolution.”</p><p><em>(You can hear that conversation <a href="">here</a>.)</em></p><p>The tenants of Twee are varied but they come down to this: there is darkness in this world that can only be overcome by cultivating passions that foster beauty and evoke a sense of innocence, goodness, and childhood.</p><p>In other words, when the world gets scary, <a href="">just put a bird on it</a>.</p><p>As with any cultural movement, the question of Twee can spark long debates (and trying to sort through “Twee vs. Not Twee” makes an awesome party game). To get you up to speed, here’s a handy list of things that are definitively Twee. As Twee defies categorization, we present this to you as a holistic experience, books mixing with music mixing with…hairstyles?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Molly Donahue 49822 at What Is "Twee"? 6.04.14: The Hygiene Behind Bacteria-Rich Body Sprays, And The Thing In The Spring Hits N.H. <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 6.04.14: The Hygiene Behind Bacteria-Rich Body Sprays, And The Thing In The Spring Hits N.H. On Demand: What's New To Netflix And Redbox For June 2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you subscribe to Netflix Instant you already know that its selection is vast, but finding something you really want to watch can still be a challenge. &nbsp;There are dozens of new titles added every month, and although&nbsp; many of them aren't exactly fresh, there's still plenty worth watching, even if it is for the second time. Here are a few of the best Netflix offerings for June, both new and old.</span></p><p><strong>Orange is The New Black: Season 2</strong></p><p>Netflix may not have a lot of new movies to offer this month, and I'll get to that in a bit, but they're making up for it by serving up the highly-anticipated second season of their original show, <em>Orange is the New Black</em>. &nbsp;<em>Available June 6th. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:43:34 +0000 Taylor Quimby 49657 at On Demand: What's New To Netflix And Redbox For June 2014 Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals <p>No matter your opinion on them, grand musical numbers are notorious earworms. Here we’ve compiled some of the most famous, beloved, and recognizable movie musicals. Go on, sing along, everyone else will too. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Top Hat </em></strong><strong>(1935)</strong></p><p>This was the first screenplay that was written specifically for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though they would go on to do at least 6 more movie musicals together. The movie helped to save RKO from bankruptcy with $3 million in box office revenues and it was only beaten by <em>Mutiny on the Bounty</em>, which would go on to win the 1935 Best Picture. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:56:10 +0000 Molly Donahue 49382 at Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. We go behind the glimmering </span>façades<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David </span>Kontak<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a New Hampshire musician who makes instruments out of found objects. Plus, Sean Hurley shares the story of a band that deliberately created the world's most endangered song.</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:20:31 +0000 Word of Mouth 49370 at 5.29.14: Movie Musicals And David Kontak, Live From Studio D Oscar-Winning Alumna Addresses UNH Class of 2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">University of New Hampshire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> celebrated commencement yesterday with an </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">address</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from an Academy Award-winning alumna.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 48674 at Oscar-Winning Alumna Addresses UNH Class of 2014 Film's Greatest Elevator Scenes <p></p><p>Andreas Bernard, author of <em>Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator</em>, calls the elevator a kind of "secular confessional".</p><blockquote><p>The moment where people get stuck in an elevator together is always a moment of truth.&nbsp; Let's say a couple who has hidden secrets gets stuck together - they confess it.&nbsp; The room, which is so narrow and which is so close, is like a real confessional - a space where you're forced to say the truth.</p></blockquote><p>That push towards truth is just <em>one</em> reason elevators have played so many pivotal roles in film and television. Whether cramped or quiet, large or small, slow or altogether stuck, elevators have served as makeshift matchmakers, provocateurs, and architectural comedians. Here are a a few of our favorite elevator scenes from film.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Taylor Quimby 46336 at Film's Greatest Elevator Scenes 2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man <p></p><p></p><p>Word of Mouth is putting on the glam, rolling out the red carpet, and practicing our best paparazzi poses for the Academy Awards this Sunday. (Isn't everyone?) But first we're preparing with some film history – smear campaigns, artistic title sequences, and controversial kisses in films have been wowing fans and critics for decades. This Sunday marks the 86th Academy Awards, but not all movies are Oscar-worthy. Hence The RAZZIES, whose goal it is to recognize the worst of the worst. So whether you're preparing for the red carpet or a drive to the office, we've got a star-studded show worth that extra time in the makeup chair or pickup truck.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:25:15 +0000 Word of Mouth 44244 at 2.27.14: Oscar Smear Campaigns, Title Sequences, The RAZZIES & The Omega Man 25 Best Netflix Documentaries <p></p><p><a href=""><strong>Ross Scarano</strong></a>, deputy editor at <em>Complex</em>, compiled a list of the<a href=""> </a><a href="">25 best documentaries on Netflix</a>. He spoke with <strong>Virginia Prescott </strong>about his top picks.</p><p>Scroll down for the full list and to see what Ross has to say about each.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:41:20 +0000 Word of Mouth 42916 at 25 Best Netflix Documentaries And The Golden Globe Goes To... <p>It’s about that time in January when you’ve just about had it with “THE BEST ____ OF 2013!” lists… a sure sign that it’s time for awards season. As far as the <em>industry</em> is concerned, the Oscar race begins with the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday night. The ceremony takes place right about the time thousands of members of the Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences are filling out their Oscar ballots - which is exactly what makes the approximately 90 obscure journalists who are members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association so influential. They alone determine who goes home with a Golden Globe Award…and they are wined, dined and stroked by studios and stars accordingly.</p><p>We’re going to talk about predictions and snubs with a pair of our own influencers today…<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Amy Diaz</strong>,</a> editor of the Hippo Press, and NH filmmaker <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Adam Jones</a>, </strong>a voting member of the Director’s Guild of America.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:05:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41544 at And The Golden Globe Goes To... A Taxonomy Of Spoilers <p>Spoiler Alert!</p><p>If you have <u>not </u>seen “The Empire Strikes Back,” Darth Vader reveals a shocking secret to Luke Skywalker:</p><p><strong>"Luke, I am your father." </strong></p><p><strong>"NOOOOOOOOOOOO!</strong>!!!!!"</p><p>Now, think back, did that scene completely surprise you, or did someone tell you it was coming? Since the film came out in 1980, we’re pretty sure that <u>we </u>didn’t ruin it for you. Today, however, spoilers flourish on social media where there are no rules for revealing the surprising twists and plot devices in movies or T.V. shows. <strong>Chris Klimek </strong>has come up with some guidelines for reviewers, he’s a freelance writer and frequent contributor to <em>Slate</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>, and <em>The</em> <em>Village Voice</em>, where we found his taxonomy and guidelines, “<a href="" target="_blank">The Four Types of Spoilers and How Reviewers Should Handle Them</a>.”</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:24:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37989 at A Taxonomy Of Spoilers