Taylor Quimby

Producer, Word of Mouth

Taylor Quimby started his career in radio in 2010 as a part-time board operator for NHPR. As Producer of Word of Mouth, he cultivates ideas, writes and produces segments, shapes the sound of the program, and sifts through endless emails. Taylor also lends his voice to the show as an occasional substitute host and contributor, and is responsible for the blog Abbrev. Movie Reviews.


Ways To Connect

WOM's 2012 Commencement Speech

May 16, 2012
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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.

Last weekend, the box-office bowed to the marvel blockbuster dream-team The Avengers, which pits a group of righteous superheroes against their greatest villain yet:  their own neuroses.

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Recently, popular books like Max Brook’s World War Z, and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One took serious literary stabs at the realm of the living dead.

You asked for it...

May 1, 2012
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Last week, we reviewed new experiments in spoken word with Marc Masters of music review site Pitchfork. He told us about the new spoken word album Sex Magic – a poetic reading of lyrics from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s 1991 release, Blood Suger Sex Magik…

Afterwards, we asked listeners to suggest songs for us to “Blankenship,” our new term for reading song lyrics as poetry.   Here’s the best one we came up with.

Today, we celebrate National Poetry Month with a mix of audio craft and spoken word.  Poetry Out Loud was a band of poets which experimented with spoken word forms in the 1970s.

In 2006, Wells Fargo became the first bank to offer one-on-one psychological consults to wealthy customers. Unlike the counseling offered for debt-ridden, financially insecure Americans, Wells Fargo’s therapists were there to address emotional issues associated with having a huge portfolio. The service is becoming an industry standard for banks and brokerage firms.

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The average college graduate today will walk away tens of thousands in debt, fewer job opportunities and lower relative wages than previous generations.  While some students increase their post-college chances by majoring in trending fields like science and engineering – others follow less practical paths in the study of  philosophy, religion…and cartooning.  Yup, cartooning.  

21 Jump Street sits atop the box office this week. It is a reboot of the late 1980's television hit about cops going undercover in high schools.  Turns out there are real-life police officers on the high school hallway beat, and, as Slate reporter Will Oremus uncovered, there are specific strategies these fre

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Making it to the NBA or any pro sports league is an expensive, potentially dangerous undertaking with extremely tough odds.  For homeschooled kids, the likelihood of a career in sports is especially tough. For years, many states barred kids from outside the public school system from playing on their athletic teams. Now, 25 states allow homeschooled students onto varsity teams, signaling a change in attitudes -  along with more room for debate on whether and how to integrate them.

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Superheroes are heavy on the summer blockbuster schedule. A reunion of Marvel Comics “The Avengers” hits theaters in May, followed by the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. In July, we get a reboot of the Spiderman epic. The new film adaptations promise new gadgets and CGI effects to stir moviegoers fantasies of and aspirations of superpowers. 

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Who are the "brave" men and women who volunteer for active duty in reenacted wars? I spoke with Nick 
Kowalczyk, Professor of Writing at Ithaca College and war correspondant...of sorts. He covered a re-enactment of the Siege of Niagara, a battle from the French and Indian War, for Salon. 




In describing a novel, a literary scholar might describe how narrative “unfolds.” In the case of Kenan Rubenstein's micro-comic series “the Oubliette,” the meaning is literal.  

Like elaborate high school love notes, Rubenstein’s comics are contained on single sheets of 8 ½ X 11” paper, each crisply folded into 3 inch booklets.  It’s not a lot of space to tell a story – but Rubenstein manages quite nicely. 

iLove Don'ts

Feb 14, 2012
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Hallmark holiday or not, Valentine’s Day carries joy, expectations, sadness, and more than its share of tired tropes for just about everyone. What, we wondered, signals love in the age of digital-era dating? Synching calendars on Outlook? Downloading a marriage counselor app on your smart-phone?

A One-Man Mapquest

Jan 24, 2012

Maps are a calling for Dave Imus. Late last year, his teeny company -- Imus Geographic’s beat out National Geographic, and the US Census Bureau to win the annual “best of show” award from the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. It’s pretty much American mapmaking’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. We were intrigued by an article about Dave’s map of the United States in Slate Magazine.

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Results are still coming in, and candidates are still hitting the podium - but here at Romney HQ, all has gone quiet after an early victory speech from Mitt Romney.  The event space cleared quickly after Romney made his way around the room.  Only staffers and media remain - the latter quietly continuing to log election coverage as it airs across  several flat screen televisions.

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Mitt Romney speaks over repeated cheers from an ecstatic crowd of supporters.  "Americans know that our future is brighter and better than these troubled times."  He also alludes to recent attacks he absorbed from his fellow candidates for his time at Bain Capital, saying, "President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial, and in the last few days we've seen a few Republicans join him."  He made a chant of the message you've seen plastered from campaign signs and stickers, shouting "We still believe!"



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Everybody is calling the race for Mitt Romney - the question now is by how much?   The mood upstairs reflects  his likely victory; supporters are dancing enthusiastically and waving campaign signs.  They're packed shoulder to shoulder in what is probably a very warm and sweaty room...  Nice and cool down here in the media room.

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A few dozen Romney supporters are chatting downstairs at Romney HQ after having been told by an apologetic staffer that the main event hall is filled to capacity.  Earlier tonight, a campaign staffer told the press that a SNHU scheduling conflict with FIRST Robotics is the cause of tonight's limited space.

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Political Reporter Josh Rogers listens in to NHPR's special coverage in the press area at Mitt Romney's HQ.

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Jim Bragg, who calls himself Mitt Romney's "button-guy" is downstairs selling Romney campaign buttons, stickers, and blue and pink warm winter hats.  Bragg was selling buttons at the Romney camp in Iowa during the caucus, but says the New Hampshire supporters tonight are much more enthusiastic.  "This is a madhouse here," he says.  

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Supporters of front-runner Mitt Romney are gathering downstairs in the dining hall at Southern New Hampshire University.  All the action will take place upstairs, but it won't be another 30 to 40 minutes before they start admitting the general public.  A group of young staffers say they're very optimistic about Mitt's chances of placing first.

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Whether you’re listening to a Glee Christmas, or you’re stuck on Perry Como, whatever paints your peppermint, Christmas music is in the ear – or maybe memory – of the beholder. We spoke to a man who’s Christmas spirit springs not from a specific era, genre, or artist – but from an instrument…the tuba or a euphonium…your pick. A

Naperville Illinois Tuba Christmas

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Part 1: Auto Paparazzi

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When I read about the New York City Beard Competition on the New York Times's City Room blog, I had to find out more about it...can you blame me? Turns out, Matt Flegenheimer was the guy to call.


Whisker Wars on IFC


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 “Clean coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gases and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. “Carbon Sequestration” is an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. We spoke with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor for Boing-Boing; she visited a carbon sequestration demonstration in Alabama.


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Our very own Taylor Quimby runs down some of the weirder products inspired by the Twilight franchise.


Bella's Engagement Ring

Twilight "Manllows"

Twilight (and other really weird) Condoms

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Novelist Chuck Palahniuk of Fight Club fame reads his funny but disturbing short story, Romance, then discusses 12 step programs, Occupy Wall Street, and his latest novel Damned with WoM host Virginia Prescott.  Enlightening conversation - but not for the faint of heart.   This broadcast contains adult material (and censored curse words) that may not be suitable for kids and could be considered offensive to some listeners.