Word of Mouth http://nhpr.org en Historical New Hampshire: Cultural Highlights In The Southern Counties http://nhpr.org/post/historical-new-hampshire-cultural-highlights-southern-counties <p>New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book <a href="http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-9781626194236-0"><em>Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters</em></a>. Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:38:46 +0000 Molly Donahue 52444 at http://nhpr.org Historical New Hampshire: Cultural Highlights In The Southern Counties 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America http://nhpr.org/post/72314-nhs-hidden-treasures-casual-dining-wars-and-gross-america <p>New Hampshire bills itself as having a terrain for all seasons – the mountains offer climbing and skiing, the forests shelter innumerable hiking trails, and the lakes and rivers draw people in summer and winter alike. We speak with <strong>Lucie Bryar </strong>about some the state’s best spots for exploring. And, casual dining chains have been experimenting in extreme discounts. We take a look at the logic behind it and speak with one reporter who put these policies to the test. Then, in case you’ve run out of vacation ideas, we have a list of America’s ickiest attractions.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:25:07 +0000 Word of Mouth 52430 at http://nhpr.org 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America 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 Beethoven To Beyonce: Can Music Really Make Babies Smarter? http://nhpr.org/post/beethoven-beyonce-can-music-really-make-babies-smarter <p>For years, the fact that classical music helps little brains grow and develop has been common knowledge. It appears in books about raising kids, comes from other parents, and spurs sales of CDs with names like “Bach For Babies.” But is it actually solid advice? We spoke with Jayson Greene who wrote the article <a href="http://pitchfork.com/features/overtones/9450-mozart-makes-you-smarter-and-other-dubious-musical-theories/">“Mozart Makes You Smarter…And Other Dubious Musical Theories." </a>He says no, it isn’t.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:14:49 +0000 Molly Donahue 52302 at http://nhpr.org Beethoven To Beyonce: Can Music Really Make Babies Smarter? 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression http://nhpr.org/post/72114-numeric-personalities-tipping-tendencies-and-botox-depression <p>Why is six scared of seven?<em> Because seven, eight, nine. </em>Jokes like this are only one example of the ways that we humans like to assign personality traits to the numbers that dictate our world. Today on Word of Mouth we explore this seemingly universal tendency to create emotional associations with numbers.&nbsp; Then, is tipping culturally determined?<em> Freakonomics </em>investigates the nuances of tipping in the United States with the help of Cornell professor <strong>Michael Lynn</strong>. Plus, Botox is well known for freezing the faces of many a Hollywood starlet, but how about freezing out negative emotions? We hear from journalist<strong> Taffy Brodesser-Akner </strong>about how Botox is being used to treat depression.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 52304 at http://nhpr.org 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression 7.20.14: TV On The Radio http://nhpr.org/post/72014-tv-radio <p>From airplanes to high school cafeterias, television is everywhere these days. Whether you are a <em>Game of Thrones</em> diehard or an<em> Orange is the New Black</em> binger, most of us have found ourselves entrenched in what some call the Third Golden Age of Television. Today on Word of Mouth we talk all things television. First<strong>, Matt Zoller Seitz</strong>&nbsp; makes the case that <em>Seinfeld</em> was the original anti-hero. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:21:15 +0000 Word of Mouth 52185 at http://nhpr.org 7.20.14: TV On The Radio Yoyos: Coming Back Around http://nhpr.org/post/yoyos-coming-back-around <p>Back in 2013, downtown Concord, NH welcomed a new, unusual, addition. Yoyo Heaven is owned and operated by the father and son team Andy and Dan McBride, and it’s exactly what you could expect from the name. They sell assorted ‘skill toys,’ anything that engages people physically and can help build coordination, but the focus is on yoyos. They sell a wide range of yoyos and prices range from $5 to more than $200, and are more than willing to explain the different attributes of all of them.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:16:54 +0000 Molly Donahue 52113 at http://nhpr.org Yoyos: Coming Back Around 7.17.14: Nipsters, Yoyos On The Rise, And Raising Readers In A Digital World http://nhpr.org/post/71714-nipsters-yoyos-rise-and-raising-readers-digital-world <p>With their shaven heads, combat boots and bomber jackets, neo-Nazis used to be pretty easy to pick out of a crowd. Today, not so much. We explore why Europe’s young hyper-nationalists are opting for a more hipster look. Plus, common sense tells us that reading to children is good for them, but it’s more powerful than you might imagine. We’ll look into the practice of interactive reading and share tricks for bringing up book worms in the age of screens and digital devices. And, not all princesses are polite and demure. We remember some princesses for their bad behavior.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:13:45 +0000 Word of Mouth 52107 at http://nhpr.org 7.17.14: Nipsters, Yoyos On The Rise, And Raising Readers In A Digital World 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The Coming Out Simulation http://nhpr.org/post/71614-kinder-surgeons-infection-detecting-dogs-and-coming-out-simulation <p>Surgery requires <em>years</em> of education, steady hands, extreme confidence, and…kindness? Today we ask: when it comes to being a good surgeon, does bedside manner matter? Then, we head into the OR to find out what some surgeons listen to while their patients are under the knife. Plus, how some European hospitals are harnessing beagles’ sense of smell to detect superbugs. And, one game designer has come up with a simulator which allows players to experience what it’s like coming out to your parents.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:22 +0000 Word of Mouth 52041 at http://nhpr.org 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The Coming Out Simulation 7.15.14: MLB Interpreters, English's Loaned Words, And The Arsonist http://nhpr.org/post/71514-mlb-interpreters-englishs-loaned-words-and-arsonist <p>With more than a quarter of the players born outside the US, professional baseball is the UN of American pro sports. We take a look at a position <em>crucial</em> to a team’s success:&nbsp; the interpreter…and how the job requires more than mere translation. Plus, France’s government is banning English words like ‘fast-food’ and ‘hashtag’ in the name of cultural preservation…we find out why the words are unlikely to disappear from the vernacular anytime soon. And, Sue Miller speaks about her new book, <em>The Arsonist</em>.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:01:54 +0000 Word of Mouth 51948 at http://nhpr.org 7.15.14: MLB Interpreters, English's Loaned Words, And The Arsonist Summer Bird Watching In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/summer-bird-watching-new-hampshire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are birds galore here in New Hampshire. We love to watch them, talk about them and photograph them, but let's be honest...not all of us are experts.&nbsp;</span>Today on Word of Mouth we talked to protection specialist Eric Masterson who filled us in on the birds to look out for during this New Hampshire summer. Get in on the fun and see if you can spot a few of these yourself!&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:34:08 +0000 Alexis Chapin 51898 at http://nhpr.org Summer Bird Watching In New Hampshire Adults Who Wear Kids' Clothing: Saving Money Through Size http://nhpr.org/post/adults-who-wear-kids-clothing-saving-money-through-size <p>I’ve got a little confession to make.&nbsp; For about three years now, I’ve been buying and wearing boys' underwear.&nbsp; Not toddler-sized briefs with Iron Man or Thomas the Tank Engine plastered on the butt, I’m talking about plainly colored, Boys' XL boxer briefs. The waist is the same as what I used to buy (a Men's Small) and the differences in style are negligible, but the price is another matter. In the case of one brand for example, Fruit of the Loom, a package containing three pairs of men’s small boxer briefs is $12.99.&nbsp; A boys' XL of the same brand contains four pairs, and is priced at $9.99 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:58:26 +0000 Taylor Quimby 51884 at http://nhpr.org Adults Who Wear Kids' Clothing: Saving Money Through Size 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession http://nhpr.org/post/71414-tv-research-and-delusions-and-undergarment-confession <p>Underwear, television and delusion. No, not a David Sedaris essay. These are some of the topics we are exploring on today’s Word of Mouth. Join us for an interview with psychiatrist Joe Gold about increasing prevalence of “Truman Show Delusions,” wherein people believe their life to be an elaborate reality show. Then, we talk to NY Times TV critic, Neil Gezlinger, about why television might not be the brain melting fluff we have been taught to think. Plus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, producer Taylor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quimby</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;makes a startling confession about his undergarments. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, birds are in our trees, on the beach and constantly in sight during the summer months, so we bring you two stories featuring these graceful creatures.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Listen to the full show and&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Read more</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:14 +0000 Word of Mouth 51893 at http://nhpr.org 7.14.14: TV Research And Delusions And An Undergarment Confession 7.13.14: Summer Brews and Foods http://nhpr.org/post/71314-summer-brews-and-foods <p>Today Word of Mouth explores new approaches to summer eating and drinking. First, we talk to Brian Aldrich and Michael Meredith, authors of the new book “New Hampshire Beer: Brewing from Sea to Summit.” Then, a conversation with AP food editor J.M. Hirsch about his creative endeavors in summer grilling. Plus, the newest movement in fighting off the threat of invasive species: eating them.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:32 +0000 Word of Mouth 51750 at http://nhpr.org 7.13.14: Summer Brews and Foods