social media en 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The 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 7.16.14: Kinder Surgeons, Infection Detecting Dogs, And The Coming Out Simulation How To Delete Your MySpace Profile <p></p><p>Myspace. The velvet leisure suit of social media.&nbsp; Fewer than six short years ago, <a href="" target="_blank">MySpace boasted more members than Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody who admits to having an account. The thing is, you know lots of people who have a MySpace profile – but many of them haven’t logged in for years.&nbsp; You might even be one of them.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:55 +0000 Taylor Quimby 46858 at How To Delete Your MySpace Profile 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project <p>Facebook is making headlines once again with its two billion dollar acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Today on Word Of Mouth, a look into why the social network has put so much stock in virtual reality. And it’s opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Baltimore Orioles today. Fans are hoping this year’s roster will bring them to the World Series again, but how much can we <em>really</em> predict at this point in the season? And are stats the final word?</p><p>Producer <strong>Zach Nugent</strong> has been scouring record stores for the best new music offerings in a new segment we're calling The Audio Orchard.</p><p>Then we talk with a <em>National Geographic</em> columnist who argues for lifelong love of&nbsp; dinosaurs.</p><p>Finally, NHPR environmental reporter <strong>Sam Evans-Brown </strong>brings us the story of a UNH "pee bus" project. Urine, it turns out, can be pretty useful.</p><p></p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:55:21 +0000 Word of Mouth 45910 at 3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard, Dinosaurs & The "Pee Bus" Project Breaking Up With Facebook <p>I met Facebook June, 5 2008. I broke up with Facebook December, 25 2013.</p><p>When I first joined, I had been encouraged by friends to abandon MySpace, the major player in the social media scene. The simplicity of Facebook was foreign to me. I was initially resistant and weary of Facebook's cool nature. It was so <em>clean. </em>So <em>nice. </em>Myspace had the rugged appeal of tattoos: customizable backgrounds, cursors, and music on profile pages. I could even keep my best friends close and my frenemies closer with the option of highlighting my Top Eight.</p><p>But Facebook was the nice guy that won me over.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:31:07 +0000 Sarah Thomas 42782 at Breaking Up With Facebook NHPR's First Facebook Posts <p></p><p>To say "happy 10th birthday" to Facebook, Word of Mouth asked the staff of NHPR: What was your first Facebook status update?</p><p>Here's what they shared:</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:30:30 +0000 Word of Mouth 42799 at NHPR's First Facebook Posts Rethink 2014: Teens and Technology <p>Teenagers are the most tech-savviest among us with their heads glued to their screens, posting stylized selfies on Instagram and compulsively checking Facebook. Or are they? Our guest Cliff Watson challenged our conceptions about the digitally-driven lives of teens. <a href="">“Teens aren’t abandoning ‘social,’ he writes in an article for Medium, “they’re just using the word correctly.” </a> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:35:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41396 at Rethink 2014: Teens and Technology Celebrity Cheerleaders Of Instagram <p>Cast your mind back to high school.&nbsp; The social hierarchies, the rivalries, the cliques?&nbsp; Were the cheerleaders at your school at the at top of the pyramid? It should come as no surprise that popular kids still ‘own’ high school. Some are also getting famous online, in the halls of social media. enter the world of the “cheer famous." Joining us is Allie Jones, she writes about politics and fashion at “The Wire”. <a href="">She wrote about the “The Private Lives of the Cheer-lebrities of Instagram”. Her article has since spawned the kind of drama that reads like a hollywood cheerleading movie script.</a> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:47:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41134 at Celebrity Cheerleaders Of Instagram Brady's Top 10 Web Trends Of 2013 <p>New Year’s Eve is a day of reflection and celebration and each December we mark the passage of time by inviting NHPR’s own Brady Carlson on the show to share his list of the year’s biggest web trends. <a href="">Last year his list included: Kony 2012, Kickstarter, and Gangnam Style</a>. Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? Brady joins us again to reflect on the web trends and memes of 2013, and what they reveal about our collective state this year. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:21:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Brady Carlson 41012 at Brady's Top 10 Web Trends Of 2013 Buying Stamps For Profit, Popular Science Ends Comments, & A Typewriter Causes An Internet Stir <p>On today's show:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Gangs Take Their Street War To Social Media:</a><strong> Ben Austen</strong> is a magazine writer based in Chicago. He <a href="">wrote in <em>Wired</em> magazine</a> about how hundreds of youth gangs of Chicago are using social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Weirdest Get Rich Quick Scheme: Buying Stamps</a><strong> Allison Schraeger </strong>is an economist and writer whose work is featured regularly in Quartz, where she and Ritchie King co-wrote a <a href="">step-by-step guide</a> to making big money from tiny stamps.</li></ul><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:51:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39613 at Buying Stamps For Profit, Popular Science Ends Comments, & A Typewriter Causes An Internet Stir Word Of Mouth 11.02.13 <p>Listening to Word of Mouth's Saturday broadcast is like sitting around a campfire and chatting with a bunch of super-smart, super-interesting people.&nbsp; So go sharpen a stick, grab your bag of marshmallows and pull up a log - here's what's coming up this hour:</p><ul><li>The Science of Superstition:&nbsp; Psychologist <strong>Stuart Vyse</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">explains </a>the collective power of the Red Sox beards.</li><li>MORE COWBELL!!!&nbsp; From Strauss to Def Leppard, writer Lori <strong>Rotenberk</strong> traces the <a href="" target="_blank">musical history</a> of the cowbell.</li><li>A Grimm Cinderella Story:&nbsp; Author <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Adam Gidwitz</strong></a> shares the original gruesome version of the classic fairy tale, and explains why Disney has done the Brothers Grimm a disservice.</li></ul><ul><li>#NoFilter<strong>: Brian Ries</strong>, social media guru for The Daily Beast, on how a growing number of private dealers are legally selling<a href="" target="_blank"> guns on Instagram</a>.&nbsp;</li><li>WHEN JELLYFISH ATTACK!&nbsp; They're clogging nuclear reactors, capsizing ships, wiping out fish populations, and causing cerebral hemorrhages... So basically, <a href="" target="_blank">jellyfish are scarier than sharks</a>.&nbsp; There, I said it.&nbsp; Quartz reporter <strong>Gwynn Guilford</strong> explains. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:27:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37820 at Word Of Mouth 11.02.13 Instagram: Hipster Photo Tool Turned Legal Gun Market <p>As Instagram passes its third birthday, a small but growing community of users are beginning to utilize the website for the private exchange of goods. Two million of the site’s annual photo uploads are items being put up for sale, with the actual negotiations taking place via comment threads and private messages.</p><p>Among the many items being legally sold through Instagram are firearms. &nbsp;<strong>Brian Ries&nbsp;</strong>is Senior Social Media Editor at <em>The Daily Beast </em>and joins us to explain.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:37:54 +0000 Taylor Quimby 37572 at Instagram: Hipster Photo Tool Turned Legal Gun Market Gangs Take Their Street War To Social Media <p>Gang violence is nothing new, but the rise of social media has catapulted even local gangs into the spotlight...for the police, and for each other.</p><p><strong>Ben Austen</strong> is magazine writer based in Chicago. He <a href="">wrote in <em>Wired</em> magazine</a> about how hundreds of youth gangs of Chicago are using social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:23:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36465 at Gangs Take Their Street War To Social Media Loneliness Can Kill <p>Humans are vastly more social than most other mammals. Neuroscientists point to the development of our social brain as key to the survival of our species; early humans survived by cooperating with each other in the rearing of children, by hunting in bands, by organizing night watches. A battery of research reveals that people still need people.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:02:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27458 at Loneliness Can Kill Tweeting A Taboo Topic: Death <p>In July, NPR host Scott Simon <a href="">started tweeting</a> from the Chicago hospital room where his mother, Patricia, landed after complications from surgery. For the next week, Scott tweets became a real-time record of her decline for his more than 1.2 million followers on twitter. His raw, often bittersweet posts went viral among celebrities, media outlets and strangers drawn by his example of public grief.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The extraordinary response to Scott’s twitter vigil stirred up conversations about the taboo topic of death in America – and a debate on social media’s place in mourning. <strong>Paul Bisceglio</strong> <a href="">edits</a> the online literary magazine <em>The Land That I Live.</em> He <a href="">wrote about</a> how social media is changing the way we approach death for <em>The Atlantic.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:52:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34050 at Tweeting A Taboo Topic: Death Communicating About Crime: Manchester Police On Social Media <p>More and more, <a href="" target="_blank">police are using social media </a>as a way to connect directly to residents in their communities. But as NHPR’s <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Michael Brindley</strong> </a>reports, the Manchester police department has yet to join the ranks of agencies on Facebook and other popular sites.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:34:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33076 at Communicating About Crime: Manchester Police On Social Media