humor http://nhpr.org en Word of Mouth 4.19.14 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-41914 <p>Life can be awkward.&nbsp; Dinner conversation even more so.&nbsp; Elevator encounters?&nbsp; AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard <em>not</em> to be awkward, but hey... <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/campaign-end-awesome-noooo" target="_blank">even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes</a>.&nbsp; On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?&nbsp; It's awkward.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:21:19 +0000 Word of Mouth 46932 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 4.19.14 4.17.14: Cringe Humor, An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry http://nhpr.org/post/41714-cringe-humor-ex-conspiracy-theorist-poetry <p></p><p>We've all felt it before, that cringe when you witness something awkward that you have absolutely no control over. Let's admit it, though, <em>we don't ever actually look away. </em>We might cover our mouth and contort our face when watching the king of awkward bosses Michael Scott up the awkward ante, but without the Michael-isms, The Office just wouldn't be the same campy success that it was. Today's Word of Mouth delves into those cringe-tastic moments to reveal why it is now the pervasive comedy style.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:36 +0000 Word of Mouth 46918 at http://nhpr.org 4.17.14: Cringe Humor, An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry 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 The Art of Procrastination http://nhpr.org/post/art-procrastination <p>Feeling guilty about putting off something important?&nbsp; Can’t seem to finish that daunting task at the top of the to-do-list?&nbsp; Here’s a philosophy book for you: <a href="http://bookaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-art-of-procrastination-by-john-perry.html"><em>“The Art of Procrastination:&nbsp;A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing</em>”</a>.&nbsp;<strong> John Perry </strong>is an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, <a href="http://philosophytalk.org/blog/2011/09/procrastination">and an admitted chronic procrastinator</a>.&nbsp; He wrote the book as a way of avoiding doing something else – a principle he calls “structured procrastination".</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:31:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 15393 at http://nhpr.org The Art of Procrastination Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler' http://nhpr.org/post/nicholson-baker-paul-chowder-and-traveling-sprinkler <p>Author <strong>Nicholson Baker</strong> joins us to talk about his recurring character Paul Chowder. The procrastinating poet first tuned up in Baker's novel <em>The Anthologist</em>, and is now the center of his latest book,<em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/books/review/nicholson-bakers-traveling-sprinkler.html?_r=0">Traveling Sprinkler.</a></em></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:51:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37573 at http://nhpr.org Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler' The Healthiest Man in the World? http://nhpr.org/post/healthiest-man-world <p>A.J. Jacobs follows all sorts of health advise and chronicles it in a new book.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:29:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3147 at http://nhpr.org The Healthiest Man in the World? 11/26/11 PART 2 http://nhpr.org/post/112611-part-2 <p>A Constitutional scholar's new book focuses on the more out there bits of our land's most revered document.</p> Sat, 26 Nov 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 585 at http://nhpr.org 11/26/11 PART 2 P.J. O'Rourke Goes to Heck and Back http://nhpr.org/post/pj-orourke-goes-heck-and-back <p>Former war journalist turned humorist P.J. O'Rourke talks about travel writing, and living in the family war zone.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:20:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 577 at http://nhpr.org P.J. O'Rourke Goes to Heck and Back