Trends en The Art Of The Emoji Translation <p>While researching our story on <a href="">why there isn't a hot dog Emoji (it's more complicated than you think)</a>, we came across the interesting phenomenon of people translating things into Emoji. Here are some of our favorites: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:01 +0000 Zach Nugent 46144 at The Art Of The Emoji Translation 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 The Hottest Food Trends Of 2013 <p>New Year’s Eve is a day of indulgence, the last chance to gorge on delicious treats and beverages before cleaning the slate. What’s on your menu tonight? Does it involve kale or Siracha, or a Cronut? According to our guest <a href="">J.M. Hirsch, food editor at the Associated Press</a>, those were among the hottest foods of 2013. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:58:52 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41019 at The Hottest Food Trends Of 2013 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 If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' <p>Whether it&#39;s a blinking laser gun, a noisy video game, or a robot doll that cries real tears, chances are this year&#39;s biggest selling holiday toys will be high-tech, battery operated, and chock full of bells and whistles.</p><p>Fighting back against the trend toward bright, noisy toys is <strong>Thierry Bourret</strong> of the toy company <a href="">Asobi</a> and founder of&nbsp;<a href="">Slow Toy Movement</a>, a website dedicated to promoting toys that educate and engage without plastic or power sources. Later this month, he will be announcing the winners of the 2nd annual Slow Toy Awards, and joins us for a preview.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:06:11 +0000 Taylor Quimby 36550 at If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' Hello-Flo Is Not As Revolutionary As We Think <p>The advertising industry has made a bundle pitching feminine hygiene products, but even that expression, “feminine hygiene products,” illustrates how ads for tampons and pads avoid addressing what they are actually used for. But maybe you’ve seen the viral video that bucks the tradition of menstruation stigmatization…no blue liquid, no white tennis outfits, just a sassy twelve year-old girl, telling it like it is...</p><p><iframe height="315" src="//" frameBorder="0" width="560" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:29:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 33220 at May The Vows Be Ever In Your Favor: Lessons From Dystopian YA <p>The success of <a href=""><em>The Hunger Games</em> </a>and the <a href=""><em>Divergent </em></a>series opened the floodgates for young adult novels set in a dystopian future. Readers are gobbling up dark stories set in bleak landscapes where the authorities can’t be trusted and young protagonists rebel against a world built to subdue them. And of course, there is room for romance to rise from the ashes. &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Margaret Bristol</strong> is an editor at Bookish where she wrote the article, <a href="">“What I Learned About Getting Married From Dystopian YA.”</a> A dedicated fan of the genre, she’s here to discuss the sometimes valuable, sometimes hyperbolic messages people can glean from the dark world of dystopian fiction.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:13:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31941 at May The Vows Be Ever In Your Favor: Lessons From Dystopian YA Your Beanie Babies Are Worthless, Along With A Bunch Of Other 'Collectibles' <p>You know those Hummels your great aunt had covering every available surface of her house? Worthless. Those Cabbage Patch Kids that were never taken out of their box? Similar ones can be <a href=";rt=nc&amp;LH_ItemCondition=1000">found on E-Bay</a> for just over retail price. It turns out, a great many collectibles that once commanded high-prices and fantasies of early retirement haven’t lived up to their promise.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:43:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31867 at Your Beanie Babies Are Worthless, Along With A Bunch Of Other 'Collectibles' Good Things Come To Those Who Wait...In Lines <p>Long lines are a part life for most of us…at the DMV, grocery store, post office… we line up by choice for some things…maybe you’ve heard of people queuing up for hours outside the New York City bakery that sells the <a href="">“Cronut”</a> – an apparently delicious cross between a croissant and doughnut.&nbsp; <strong>Francesca Gino</strong> wrote about new research suggesting that one reason we’re willing to wait in long lines for midnight movies, the latest smartphone, or bizarre baked delicacies is because they help us learn more about ourselves.&nbsp; <strong>Francesca </strong>is a behavioral scientist and associate professor at Harvard Business School. She wrote about <a href="">the psychology of waiting in line for Fast Company</a>, and joins us now on the line.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:06:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31614 at Good Things Come To Those Who Wait...In Lines The Dirty Truth Behind Idyllic Farm Photography <p>As farming takes off for a new generation of hip young homesteaders, beautifully crafted farm photos have made an impression in digital media – who hasn’t seen an adorably old-fashioned photo of sun-drenched pasture on Facebook… or a picturesque sunrise over a dewy, field of grazing grass-fed livestock on Instagram?</p><p>As a goat farmer and freelance photographer based in Vermont,<strong> Stephanie Fisher </strong>worries her own idyllic farm photos might be sugarcoating a job that’s often tougher than it looks.&nbsp; She spoke with word of mouth producer <strong>Taylor Quimby</strong> about her recent article in Modern Farmer, <a href="">“The Side of Farming You Won’t See on Facebook”.</a></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:27:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29196 at The Dirty Truth Behind Idyllic Farm Photography The New Literary Sensation Rising From The Street: Thug Lit <p>Depending who you ask, the literary genre known as street lit began when Charles Dickens published <em>Oliver Twist</em> …or in 1969, when<a href=""> Iceberg Slim </a>came out with <em>Pimp</em>. These gritty, slightly lurid, often violent stories focus on the underside of city life.</p><p>People like <a href="">Wahida Clark</a>, a <em>New York Times </em>best-selling author three times over, are becoming more and more successful as thug lit comes into its own. Other popular titles in the genre include <a href=""><em>Brother and the Dancer </em></a>and <a href=""><em>The Ski Mask Way</em></a>. Now, with several new imprints and tie-ins with the hip hop market, street lit is making a play for the mainstream market. <strong>Darren Sands </strong>is a New York based writer and a freelance reporter for the<em> New York Observer</em>, where he wrote an article called <a href="">“Holler if You Read Me: African-American Writers -- and Readers – Fret Over the Future of Thug Lit.”</a> We spoke with him about the state of thug lit and its rising popularity.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:11:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28856 at The New Literary Sensation Rising From The Street: Thug Lit The New Confessional Booth Conveniently Located In Your Computer <p>Time for a high school confessional…the digital edition. Teenagers and young adults often get stern warnings against over-sharing on social media…one incriminating photo or post could torpedo a college or job application, after all. Now, students across America are turning to online confession pages – anonymous forums for relaying painful experiences, grievances, and the baring of souls.&nbsp; The appeal of anonymity and ease of use found on Facebook makes confession pages extremely popular among young adults. For example, UNH’s Facebook confession page has more than sixty-four hundred followers. &nbsp;<strong>Justine Sharrock </strong>is West Coast editor at; she joined us to talk about high school confession pages.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:19:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28696 at The New Confessional Booth Conveniently Located In Your Computer The Rise Of The Hijab Blog <p>Bathing suit anxiety takes on a whole new dimension for Muslim women…so do skinny jeans and other body-conscious fashion trends. &nbsp;A spate of blogs and podcasts aimed at Muslim women have grown along with the fashion blog trend. Blogs like Hijab Trendz, Dianrainbow and Slice of Lemon feature tips and creative approaches to dressing with style as well as modesty.</p><p><strong>Mariam Sobh</strong> is a Chicago-based journalist and public radio colleague from WBEZ in Chicago. She created <a href="">Hijab Trendz </a>in 2007, which averages 2 million page views a month.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 13:47:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28403 at The Rise Of The Hijab Blog The New Year in Video Games <p><strong>Clay Wirestone</strong> is Arts Editor for the <a href="">Concord Monitor</a> and our favorite video game freak. He joins us to run down what's coming in gaming in 2013...and kills the screen on the trends of 2012. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:30:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 19425 at The New Year in Video Games The Word of the Year <p></p><p>In December and January, programs like ours will be littered with nostalgic <a href="">end-of-year material</a> designed to help put 2012 behind us.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:29:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16762 at The Word of the Year