Rebecca Lavoie

Digital Director

As Digital Director, Rebecca is NHPR's social media manager, site editor, and leads a variety of new media and technology initiatives.

In 2010 Rebecca made the transition to radio from her career as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. The co-author of three nonfiction true crime books, she has written countless articles for local and national print and online publications including the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Magazine, Around Concord, Newsweek, Playboy Magazine, and Playboy.com. 

Rebecca was formerly the Senior Producer for NHPR's magazine program Word Of Mouth, for which she produced interviews, sound pieces, and blogs, sat in as host, and developed and managed the shows digital presence and social media feeds.

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Word of Mouth
1:16 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.12.2013

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The best and brightest segments from our daily program.

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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

10 Monster Trucks With Not-So-Tough Names

The real Half-Pint, people

Sean Hurley's story on Monster Trucks got us thinking about all those awesome Monster Truck names, like Gravedigger and Big Foot. Anyone with a TV knows those names sound great with heavy metal and lots of reverb designed to make us run (NOT WALK!!!) to the arena on Sunday (SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!) So we were  surprised to find so many Monster Trucks have names that are...well...kind of lame. Check out our list, and listen to what a commercial might sound like if they got top billing:

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Note to Listeners

Only the extra-good can hope for Taylor under the tree.
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Word of Mouth is taking a break for the holidays...to check out a complete list of the special programming airing in our stead, click here.

We'll be back on the air in the New Year with some fresh ideas, new conversations, and radio to satisfy your curiosity.

Have a great holiday week!

-Rebecca, Taylor, Zach, Jon, Ali, Bill, and Virginia

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Word of Mouth's "End of the World" Playlist

Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack.  It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.  

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Word of Mouth
4:39 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

5 Shows We Hate-Watched in 2012

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A new TV trend has emerged, "hate-watching," or staying true to shows that make you feel a little bit bad about yourself the morning.


This year we found hate-watch blogs on TV Guide, The Root, and TV.com, among other places. We've also compiled our own list, curated by Senior Producer and resident television addict Rebecca Lavoie.


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Word of Mouth
3:46 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What Myers-Briggs "Types" Work in Public Radio?

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Today's interview on the legacy of Myers-Briggs with Washington Post reporter Lillian Cunningham got me wondering about the personality"types" working right here at NHPR.

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Word of Mouth
2:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

A Note to Listeners

Earlier this week, Word of Mouth aired a segment on "Machine Gun Safari," a recreational attraction in New Hampshire that allows visitors to fire assault rifles in a safe, controlled environment. In response to today's breaking news from Connecticut, we have unpublished the blog associated with that segment. We made this decision not to create the illusion that we did not air this story, but in keeping with our desire to be sensitive to our audience and staff as details of today's tragic story unfold. 

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Word of Mouth
12:39 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Top 5 Audiobook-Celebrity Pairings of 2012

Lucky for all of us, Snookie isn't reading any books on tape...yet.

Today we spoke with Robin Whitten, founder and editor of AudioFile magazine about the best books read by celebrities in 2012.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly

GO TO JAIL. How fun!
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I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing  your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.


The most popular game in the world, according to this amazing article in Harpers, is, simply put, theft. And it has an incredible, almost unbelievable history:

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Word of Mouth
3:37 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

5 Gift Ideas for the Robot in Your Life

Because who doesn't want their vacuum to look like an Orca?

When we first saw Robert Ito's Pacific Standard piece on folks who've fallen in love with their robots, we were all....huh? So of course, we booked him on the show. You can listen to that interview here:

But all that talk about human-robot love got us thinking...if a robot is the love of your life, how do you show it? Here are some ideas we dug up:

1) Buy him a snazzy costume!

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Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Wed October 17, 2012

What Is Your Dog Thinking About?

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It’s not often that we stumbled across a story like the one we found in the latest edition of one of our favorite magazines, Mental Floss. It’s a profile of Alexandra Horowitz, who earned her PH.D. in cognitive science and teaches psychology at Barnard College.

Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Here's What's Awesome! Debate Edition

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More Specifically: We're talking debate memes, and how they are made.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Later this week...

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Virginia and be attending the PRPD conference this week, and will be airing some vintage episodes of Word of Mouth. Never fear, though, we'll be back live on the air on Monday.

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Putting Your Paycheck Out There. WAY Out There.

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The popular website glassdoor has thousands of people posting their salaries, reviews of their companies, and other juicy corporate tidbits online for all to see. Does this mark the end of salary secrecy? And what do companies think about it?

Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Fake Science 101

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Science is one of those topics it seems you either get or you don’t. If you fall in the latter category, you might have wished at some point – maybe during a high school physics test – that you could just make up the answers and get credit for being clever.   Well, our next guest makes his living doing exactly that. Phil Edwards is the author behind the Fake Science blog, and a new sort of textbook called Fake Science 101.

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Word of Mouth
11:37 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Rise of the Gay Male Comic...Finally

According to New York Times Comedy Reviewer Jason Zinoman, comedian James Adomian could very well be the first openly gay male comedy star. One question comes to mind...why hasn't there been one before?

Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Groove Interrupted

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As Hurricane Isaac continues to creep over the Gulf Coast and cause massive flooding, we can’t help but think of Katrina, and the devastation that storm left in her wake. Images this week of weary Louisiana residents make it difficult to remember the hopeful, yet not always easy rebirth of New Orleans after that storm.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mayor "disturbed" by latest hate crime

Photo by the Concord Police Department

Concord’s mayor Jim Bouley says the city isn’t going to tolerate hate crime against its refugee residents. On Sunday morning, a racist message written in black permanent marker appeared on the house of a Somali family in the city’s South End. Bouley stopped by NHPR to talk about this latest incident, which was nearly identical to graffiti that appeared on three refugee homes last fall.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

From Classic Rock to Classical Pop

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Listeners tuning in to WWHK in Concord might remember the station as the “The Hawk,” which had a classic rock format.

Now, the station has changed its tune in a big way.  Classical covers of songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” are all that have played on 102.3 for weeks. The music, recorded by the L.A.-based Vitamin String Quartet, is a placeholder, and not likely to last. 

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Word of Mouth
1:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

We're on a break...

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Word of Mouth is taking a short break this month, but we'll be back on the air soon. In the mean time, enjoy our broadcast of the TED Radio Hour from NPR.

Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Ballet is for Boys too!

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We’ve recently noticed a trend of all-boys ballet classes popping up in dance schools, including the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, herself the mother of two boys, wanted to find out more about all-boys ballet, so she reached out to that school’s artistic director, Patricia Lavoie (just coincidence…no relation) for more on their all-boys ballet program, and the trend of these classes popping up all over the country.

Word of Mouth
7:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Jumping for Gold...Someday

Rebecca Lavoie for NHPR

One New Hampshire rider is sure to be glued to the TV for the crown jewel of Olympic equestrian contests: jumping. That's because she might very well join them...someday. Elise Lesko is just ten years-old, but it seems she's got the patience (and the pony) to see this dream come true.

Watch Elise and Snitch jump 3'6"...a little too close for comfort:

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Word of Mouth
10:45 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Your feedback...

Katie Paine proves farm machines aren't just for "boys!"

Spanking is controversial! Tractors aren't just for boys. Those postcard guys hit some snags. And you REALLY want to know who Tim Scott is!

Yes, I really read all your email, Facebook posts, and tweets. Today, I get to talk about a few of them on the show.

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Fifty Shades of NHPR

Sam Evans-Brown gets his Grey on
(Photo by Rebecca Lavoie)

While we were prepping for today's segment on audio books, we couldn’t help but wonder about whether we could pass as audio book producers…perhaps even elevating a book of dubious quality by getting just the right people to read it. So, we took dramatic  stab at an excerpt from the hottest book around, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L.

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Word of Mouth
10:15 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Architectural Forensics

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Smartphones make it relatively easy to record and monitor suspected law-breaking in real time, but what about crimes in the pre-smartphone era? Word of mouth producer Rebecca Lavoie tagged along with an unusual gumshoe…one who scours old buildings for evidence of architectural crimes.   

 

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Word of Mouth
1:12 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

So, how'd it go?

Earlier this week, we talked to our go-to internet guy about a switch to be flipped on a whole new version of the internet. Yesterday was World IPV6 Day, and as tech decoder Rob Fleischman explained, converting to the new web protocol was designed to solve the impending problem of the internet running out of IP addresses…those are the numerical codes designating the addresses of websites, pages, computers and hardware on networks. Well, Wednesday passed…the conversion happened…and our computers are still working.

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Word of Mouth
12:19 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

From Police Report...to Prose

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If If fiction writers can learn from police reports, true crime writers have the tricky task of transforming those reports into prose. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie is also a true crime author. She and her husband Kevin Flynn have written and published two books, in the genre.

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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

My Client, the Frozen Egg

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If grandparents paying for potential grandchildren to be put on ice sounds a little strange, how about the emerging legal field of trust and estate rights for frozen embryos, eggs, and other, well biological material? When word of mouth senior producer Rebecca Lavoie read a Bloomberg Business Week article about a Manhattan lawyer representing frozen embryos in trust cases, she went right to the source to find out more.

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Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Here's What's Awesome...

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Here's What's Awesome...

Plagiarism doesn't work.

Science suggests consuming organic food has an effect on our morals.

What's Internet Explorer? Chrome becomes number one browser!

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

WOM's 2012 Commencement Speech

Yay! Now we can start paying back our loans.
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Charles Wheelan’s unconventional advice for graduates got us talking about the twists and turns of our own post-graduate lives. The path life takes, as we know, zigs as often as it zags…so Virginia Prescott asked a few colleagues to record what they wish they’d been told on that expectant day.

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