Maureen McMurray

Senior Producer, Word of Mouth

Maureen started her radio career as an Associate Producer on s The Leonard Lopate Show and has been a Supervising Producer on both the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and on Martha Stewart Living Radio.  More recently she has been a contributing reporter for New Orleans Public Radio and served as Editor and Producer of NPR Intelligence Squared US.  She has a BA in Film Studies and History from Wesleyan University.

Word of Mouth
9:20 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Finding Laughter In Loss: A Comedian's Take On Impersonating Celebrities Who've Died

This story originally aired on 9/15/2014 

For Gilda Radner, it hinged on a slight speech disorder. “I’m Baba Wawa.” For Eddie Murphy it began when he was a child and would imitate what he saw on the screen: Buckwheat.

For Josh Ruben, it all starts with a breath.

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Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Haunted Hillsboro: Trip To Haunted Pond In Francestown

Author Eric Stanway
Virginia Prescott NHPR

It was a sparkling fall day with trees ablaze in Francestown, New Hampshire.

Senior Producer, Maureen McMurray and I, met historian Eric Stanway on the town green in Francestown just as the bells of the white clapboard community church pealed noon. From there we then followed him to a small beach at Haunted Pond; a lovely, shallow pond rimmed with summer cottages, birches and pines -- the picture of serenity despite the number of people who met their ends there. Listen to the spooky story below.

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Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Poll: Should Handwriting Be Taught In Schools?

On today's show, we talked about whether or not handwriting really matters. How about you let us know what YOU think? Should handwriting even be taught in schools anymore?

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The 9/11 Memorial Gift Shop Has Nothing On These Tacky Museum Trinkets

'Dog Cap' $8.99. The Battle of Gettysburg claimed the lives of over 50,000 soldiers. "Never forget," says Fido.
via Gettysburg Heritage Center

The gift shop at The National September 11 Memorial Museum has raised eyebrows and ire for selling items like "survivor tree" earrings and plush FDNY rescue dogs, but tone-deaf keepsakes are hardly unprecedented in America.

We scoured the on-line gift shops of museums and memorials dedicated to significant events in U.S. history and found plenty of examples of tacky tchotchkes. Click the photo above to see a slide show of some of the most cringe-worthy.

Word of Mouth
3:24 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Jim Florentine: Prank Call King

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Growing up, making a prank call was as easy as picking up the rotary phone. Nowadays, telecommunication developments, like caller ID, have made the crank call nearly obsolete. While it may be more difficult to anonymously prank your principal, the tradition hasn't completely disappeared.

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Word of Mouth
3:42 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jesse Thorn's Podcast Picks


With so many choices, exploring the wild frontier of podcasts can be overwhelming. Don't fret, we have a great starter package for you.  We asked Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and founder of Maximum Fun, to share five of his favorite podcasts with us. He delivered six. Full disclosure, Jesse admits a slight bias in selecting some podcasts from his podcast network, Maximum Fun, but made it exceedingly clear that he is not directly involved in their production. We present Jesse Thorn's podcast picks, in no particular order, of course.

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Word of Mouth
3:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Of The Union Bingo!

State Of The Union Bingo
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Planning on watching the State of the Union address this evening? Why not have a little fun and play State of the Union bingo with us. Simply print out our fancy bingo card here, and keep your ears open. We'll also be live-tweeting the speech, if you'd like to join the conversation online. It all kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp!     

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Rethink 2014: Football

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Despite lockouts, replacement referees, and a lawsuit to settle brain trauma-related lawsuits, America's passion for football remains in play. We continues our series Rethink 2014 with America's beloved pastime, football. We begin at the college level, where many professional football careers begin. Critics charge that  that the danger and violence inherent to the game have no place in academic institutions. NPR's program Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

2013: The Year Of The Apology

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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.

Word of Mouth
1:32 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Dana Gould On B-Movie Legend, Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man

2013 had its fair share of bad movies, but Hollywood has a long history of producing schlock. Comedian Dana Gould,  host of The Dana Gould Hour, brings us this story of one of the genre's most prolific stars, who bore the heavy mantle of a famous name.    

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Volunteering: EMT's And Paramedics

Stephanie and Chris await incoming calls.
Emily Corwin