television en 2013: The Year Of The Apology <p></p><p></p><p>As we look back at 2013, we’re struck by the number of mishaps made by politicians, celebrities, athletes and companies…followed of course, by the oh-so-heartfelt public apology. Word of Mouth's senior producer Maureen McMurray and producer Taylor Quimby join Virginia Prescott to talk about the year of saying sorry…or in some cases, the year of the non-apology. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:45:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott, Maureen McMurray & Taylor Quimby 41025 at 2013: The Year Of The Apology Word Of Mouth 11.16.2013 <p>Not sure how you're going to muster the energy to rake another pile of leaves this weekend? Let us make the chore a little easier by distracting you with a solid hour of public radio encouragement. The Word of Mouth Saturday show is carefully designed to take you on a sound odyssey that's perfect even if you decide to forgo the leaf raking for another day.</p><p>On this week's show:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Please don't send shoes</a>: <strong>Jessica Alexander </strong>makes the case for sending money instead of food or clothing when disaster strikes.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why is Sweden so good at pop music?</a> <strong>Nolan Feeney </strong>outlines the many reasons Sweden is a country of hit makers. We dare you to not get "The Sign" stuck in your head.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Talking about death</a>: It's not an easy subject, but a new Showtime series, "Time of Death" approaches the taboo with unflinching realism. <strong>Jaweed Kaleem</strong> from the Huffington Post, and <strong>Miggi Hood</strong>, co-executive producer of the series join us to talk about death.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Warren Commission 50 years later</a>. <strong>Justice Richard Mosk</strong> was a 23-year-old attorney when he became the youngest member of the commission established by President Johnson to investigate the murder of JFK and his assassin. He tells us about the commission and why conspiracy theories can be harmful.</li></ul><p><em> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:50:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38543 at Word Of Mouth 11.16.2013 Letters To Jackie Kennedy: Condolences From A Mourning Public <p>Fifty-years ago, on November 22nd, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot while traveling in his motorcade through Dallas. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 12:30 pm central time that day. By Monday, 45,000 letters of condolence had arrived at the White House. Two months later, nearly 800,000 had arrived -- addressed mostly to Jackie Kennedy and her family. Over the next two years, that number doubled. Handwritten, typed, and cabled, those letters captured the collective grief of the nation and the world and were then filed away for nearly forty six years.</p><p><em>Letters to Jackie</em>, released in 2010, was a compilation of hundreds of those letters by history scholar, UNH professor, author and our guest <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ellen Fitzpatrick</a></strong>.</p><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy</a>” is a new documentary based on her book and features a selection from those letters read by movie and theater actors. The special makes its television premiere on TLC this coming Sunday, November 17th.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:00:31 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38531 at Letters To Jackie Kennedy: Condolences From A Mourning Public New Showtime Series "Time Of Death" Takes An Unflinching Look At The End Of Life <p>If you’ve ever avoided a conversation about death, you are not alone. While death scenes are plentiful in movies and on television, witnessing the real, degenerative, disorienting process of death and dying is avoided…unmentionable…a taboo. &nbsp;A new Showtime series faces that taboo head-on. “<a href="" target="_blank">Time of Death</a>” follows eight terminally ill people ranging in age from nineteen to seventy-seven over the course of nine months to their final hours and even moments of life.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Reviews</a> and conversations cropping up around the series praise its raw, sometimes agonizing realism and wonder if anyone will watch; if our death denying culture can take such an unflinching look at death? The <a href="" target="_blank">Huffington Post’s</a> religion reporter <strong>Jaweed Kaleem </strong><a href="" target="_blank">wrote about the series</a>. He’s covers one of HuffPo’s most unusual beats: death.</p><p>Also joining us is <strong>Miggi Hood </strong>co-executive producer for the Showtime series, “Time of Death.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:52:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38371 at New Showtime Series "Time Of Death" Takes An Unflinching Look At The End Of Life Your 'Breaking Bad' Hotline Messages <p>Many of you called our <strong>Breaking Bad Hotline</strong> to let us know how you felt after the credits rolled on the finale. Here are just a few of the messages you left for us...and we&#39;ve made them SPOILER FREE!</p><p>Just remember...WE&#39;RE the ones who knock! Or something.</p><p>And if you&#39;re not ready to let go of our favorite meth cooks yet, check out some of our favorite &#39;Breaking Bad&#39; memes:</p><p>&#39;Breaking Bad&#39; theme, played on meth lab equipment:</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:56:35 +0000 Taylor Quimby 35798 at Your 'Breaking Bad' Hotline Messages Supreme Court Ruling On DNA Gathering Could Force Screenwriters To Find New Plot Twists <p>Early in June, the Supreme Court <a href="" target="_blank">cleared the way</a> for police to take DNA samples for people they arrest, without a warrant. The decision has stirred concerns among criminal justice and privacy advocates. The challenge of legally obtaining DNA samples from suspects is an essential plot point in police and court dramas – driving the action across two or even three commercial breaks. New York Times television critic <strong>Neil Genzlinger</strong> <a href=";" target="_blank">wondered what effect</a> the high court ruling could have on TV crime shows.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:44:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 30003 at Supreme Court Ruling On DNA Gathering Could Force Screenwriters To Find New Plot Twists Will The Next 'Doctor Who' Be A Woman? A Whovian Weighs In <p>From the outside, <em>Doctor Who</em> has never been anything but strange. The BBC’s long-celebrated protagonist is a time-bending, space-traveling alien, whose adventures can, and have, taken him anywhere and anytime in the universe. He can also regenerate into a new body when he dies, a plot trick which has gifted the show a much longer than average life-span. For the past fifty years now, the doctor has been portrayed by no less than eleven, white, British men. Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, has announced that he plans to leave the series this winter. The question many <a href="" target="_blank">Whovians</a> are now asking is: should the next Doctor Who be played by a woman?</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mac Rogers</strong></a> is a Brooklyn based playwright and culture writer, who contributes to Slate’s “Doctor Who TV Club”. He spoke with Word of Mouth’s <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> about gender-bending the BBC series <em>Doctor Who</em>.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:06:36 +0000 Zach Nugent & Molly Donahue 29204 at Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters <p>The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, <em>Word of Mouth</em>, and <em>The Exchange</em>.</p><p><strong>1. <a href="">The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial</a></strong></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:38:06 +0000 NHPR Staff 29181 at Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters Cut The Cord On Cable, Still Watch Your Favorite Shows...Legally <p>Premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime, and AMC are pricey, and with&nbsp; many programs available on Netflix, Hulu, and other online sources, viewers are cutting the cable cord.&nbsp; Those hanging on say they want to watch what they want, when they want it.</p><p>Joining us to give us some practical tips on cutting the cord to premium cable&nbsp;was <strong>David Sirota,</strong> a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and contributor to Salon, <a href="">where he wrote about his own exodus from cable.</a> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:23:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28598 at Cut The Cord On Cable, Still Watch Your Favorite Shows...Legally Is Journalism's "Golden Age" A Myth? <p>After every errant tweet from another major news outlet, or the announcement of fresh layoffs from another print newsroom, many shake their heads and talk about the good old days, before false reports of WMD’s and internet news aggregators. We remember a time when Edward R. Murrow and other icons of objectivity were our revered national watchdogs, serving up the newspaper column or TV broadcast at a time.&nbsp; &nbsp;But what if our idealistic view of American journalism's "golden age" is nothing but a nostalgic myth?<strong>&nbsp; Todd Gitlin</strong> teaches journalism and communications at Columbia University. His <a href="">recent article</a> “The Myth of Journalism’s Golden Age” was recently featured in the <a href=""><em>Utne Reader. </em> Mon, 13 May 2013 14:34:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27373 at Is Journalism's "Golden Age" A Myth? Word Of Mouth 05.11.2013 <p>In this special edition of Word of Mouth: Girl Power Interrupted.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26798 at Word Of Mouth 05.11.2013 Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 <p>In this special edition of Word of Mouth: are we catching up with technology? This week we'll explore the very human way we interact with technology; resistance is futile.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:47:19 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 26795 at Word Of Mouth 05.04.2013 Jews In Toons: A Simpsons Writer On Cartoons and Religion <p>Springfield’s evangelical Ned Flanders and Hindu Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu are frequent foils to satirize and explore religious belief systems on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Simpsons</em></a> -- America’s longest running scripted TV show.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mike Reiss</strong>, </a>four-time emmy winning writer for The Simpsons is interested in teasing out another brand of animated spirituality – Judaism.&nbsp; &nbsp;He’s presenting <a href="" target="_blank">“Jews in Toons” </a>-- discovering Jewish themes across Springfield’s twenty-four year history.&nbsp; His talk takes place at the <a href="" target="_blank">New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival </a>at Concord’s Red River Theatres on April 14<sup>th</sup>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:59:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25298 at Jews In Toons: A Simpsons Writer On Cartoons and Religion Word of Mouth 01.26.2013 <p>Word of Mouth's weekly show that wraps up the best of our content in one great-to-listen-to package.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:26:42 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 20785 at Word of Mouth 01.26.2013 Remembering Rex Trailer, the Cowboy from Boston's "Boomtown" <p>Northern New England has lost its most famous cowboy. <a href="" target="_blank">Rex Trailer</a> died this week at his home in Florida. He was 84.</p><p>For decades Trailer hosted the children’s TV show “Boomtown” from Boston’s WBZ-TV. To look back at his life and career we turn to Boston filmmaker <strong>Michael Bavaro</strong>. He worked with Rex Trailer for a number of years and filmed a documentary about his career. He talks with NHPR's Brady Carlson about Trailer's life and career.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:53:49 +0000 Brady Carlson 20044 at Remembering Rex Trailer, the Cowboy from Boston's "Boomtown"