Arts and Culture http://nhpr.org en Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine http://nhpr.org/post/winnipesaukees-mail-boat-part-floating-post-office-part-time-machine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ray Carbone 52176 at http://nhpr.org Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival http://nhpr.org/post/71014-seinfeld-anti-hero-new-summer-grilling-ideas-and-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 http://nhpr.org 7.10.14: Seinfeld The Anti-Hero, New Summer Grilling Ideas, And The Green River Festival The Audio Orchard: A Playlist Of June's Best Songs http://nhpr.org/post/audio-orchard-playlist-junes-best-songs <p>Every month producer Zach Nugent picks a fresh bushel of new music for The Audio Orchard Playlist. Check it out below.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:126466336:playlist:22B3tSqWzKI30EljJX0FZq" width="250"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:02:04 +0000 Zach Nugent 51287 at http://nhpr.org The Audio Orchard: A Playlist Of June's Best Songs 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 6.18.14: 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' The Other Songs Of The Summer http://nhpr.org/post/other-songs-summer <p>There’s always debate about what will be the ‘song of the summer,’ a title usually determined by airtime and download statistics. But what about all the other songs that deserve a chance at becoming <em>your </em>summer anthem? Here is an alternative summer playlist, with songs from all across the board. Pick your favorite and listen until you get sick of it, hopefully sometime around September.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:mollersaurus:playlist:1LqfToj9G727PxSmYsKMiE" width="300"></iframe></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:06 +0000 Molly Donahue 50305 at http://nhpr.org The Other Songs Of The Summer 6.14.14: To Twee Or Not To Twee http://nhpr.org/post/61414-twee-or-not-twee <p>First there was rock &amp; roll, then punk, then hip-hop. Today, we’re living in the age of “twee”.&nbsp; And boy is it precious. We'll explore the gentle revolution that is “twee” from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films and why this nostalgia for home-spun innocence is thriving.&nbsp; And, New Hampshire guitarist Michael Blum talks about making a name for himself in the world of Jazz, and plays some music live in Studio D. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd glass. He’s been performing stand-up for decades, but made his boldest move a year and a half ago when he came out as gay on the WTF podcast.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:41:02 +0000 Word of Mouth 50152 at http://nhpr.org 6.14.14: To Twee Or Not To Twee 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass <p>We are in the midst of a cultural movement…it’s called Twee and boy is it precious. Today we look into the gentle revolution that is Twee…from artisanal pickles to Wes Anderson films, why this retro wish for innocence is thriving. Then, we hear from a local jazz musician who has just released his debut album to good reviews. He has a long career ahead of him since he’s only 20 years old. Plus, a conversation with comedian Todd Glass. He’s been performing stand-up since 1982, but he made his boldest move in 2012 when he came out publicly as gay on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Word of Mouth 49893 at http://nhpr.org 6.9.14: Understanding Twee, Michael Blum, And Comedian Todd Glass 6.07.14: The Power of Music http://nhpr.org/post/60714-power-music <p>Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s nothing quite as divisive as the movie musical. Word of Mouth goes behind the glimmering façades and dance numbers to examine how movie musicals reflect American culture. Then, a conversation and in-studio performance from David Kontak, 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.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:42:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 49805 at http://nhpr.org 6.07.14: The Power of Music Live From Studio D: David Kontak Ensemble http://nhpr.org/post/live-studio-d-david-kontak-ensemble <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4qO_fwl-G3c" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The David Kontak Ensemble invaded Studio D with a bevy of strange instruments and put on quite a show. Check out the performances to see the group "playing" Slinkys, original instruments called 'Babels', and glow in the dark handheld fans.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:37:37 +0000 Word of Mouth 49381 at http://nhpr.org The Audio Orchard: A Playlist Of May's Best Songs http://nhpr.org/post/audio-orchard-playlist-mays-best-songs <p>Every month producer Zach Nugent picks a fresh bushel of new music for The Audio Orchard Playlist. Check it out below.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:126466336:playlist:22B3tSqWzKI30EljJX0FZq" width="250"></iframe> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:22:39 +0000 Zach Nugent 49374 at http://nhpr.org The Audio Orchard: A Playlist Of May's Best Songs 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" http://nhpr.org/post/52114-veterans-writing-project-music-rivalries-and-making-exile-main-street <p>As a soldier, an army officer, and then a Foreign Service officer Ron Capps experienced five wars in ten years, and came home with severe PTSD. Today on Word of Mouth, he discusses founding the Veterans Writing Project, and the power of the written word in coping with the psychic wounds of war. Then, from Scottish bag pipes in the mid-18<sup>th</sup> century to Metallica in the mid-2000s, we’ll take a brief tour through the history of music as a weapon of war. Plus, a diehard Oasis fan is forced to admit that the band’s rivalry with Blur has unfairly colored his perception for the past 20 years.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 48826 at http://nhpr.org 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" The Audio Orchard For April http://nhpr.org/post/audio-orchard-april <p>Each month producer Zach Nugent handpicks his favorite new songs for a playlist called 'The Audio Orchard'.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:126466336:playlist:22B3tSqWzKI30EljJX0FZq" width="250"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:22:10 +0000 Zach Nugent & Word of Mouth 47738 at http://nhpr.org The Audio Orchard For April What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? http://nhpr.org/post/what-exactly-cool-anyway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The search for “cool” has been a quintessential cultural quest for decades: we all want to be cool, but by definition only a select few will ever achieve it, and only for an instant. So what is “cool,” anyway, and why are we so fascinated by the people who make cool? Here to answer that question is<strong> Dan Kois. </strong>He's Senior Editor at <em>Slate</em>, which is doing a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/cool_story/2013/09/the_history_and_future_of_cool_what_does_the_term_mean_in_2013.html">month-long series </a>on the nature of cool.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:51:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37925 at http://nhpr.org What Exactly Is 'Cool,' Anyway? 4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions http://nhpr.org/post/41014-science-laughing-nhs-psychic-community-neurocomic-listener-submissions <p>Today on Word of Mouth - laughing! And why we do it. We're getting science-y with the giggles before moving on to a less-than-scientific community: psychics. Then, the art of the brain takes over with a look at graphic novel that takes place <em>inside the brain. </em>Finally, what happens to digital art, and how do we restore it?</p><p></p><p></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 46529 at http://nhpr.org 4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions