Zach Nugent

Producer, Arts & Culture

Zach graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a B.A. in New Media/Communications.  Since graduation, he has kept very busy with a number of different work experiences, mostly working in the outdoors in conservation projects.  Included in his experience are crew member and leader with the California Conservation Corps and the Northwest Youth Corps, respectively, and Assistant Hut Master with Maine Huts and Trails.  He also spent several months in France with Wwoof, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.   Zach lives in Concord, New Hampshire.


Word of Mouth
1:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Art Of The Emoji Translation

Credit Emoji Dick

While researching our story on why there isn't a hot dog Emoji (it's more complicated than you think), we came across the interesting phenomenon of people translating things into Emoji. Here are some of our favorites:

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Audio Orchard For March

Credit Sara Plourde

Each month producer Zach Nugent handpicks his favorite new songs for a playlist called 'The Audio Orchard'.

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Word of Mouth
1:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Can I Return This?

Credit _Weidz via flickr Creative Commons

I decided to officially test the limits of a no-questions-asked return policy and recreated a few 'real-life' return scenarios to one of L.L. Bean's PR representatives. Here's his response:

You can hear the full segment, and Virginia's interview with Adweek's Robert Klara right here.

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Word of Mouth
12:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Marissa Nadler

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The Boston Globe describes Marissa Nadler's  voice as “an intoxicating soprano drenched in gauzy reverb that hits bell-clear heights, lingers, and tapers off like rings of smoke."

On Sunday, March 9th, Marissa Nadler will be performing at the Portsmouth Book and Bar. Producer Zach Nugent spoke with Marissa and asked why her new album is called July, when her music is often described as dark, sparse, and even frosty.

Word of Mouth
6:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

A Love Supreme: Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Dating Profile

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's (fake) dating profile, as imagined by Word of Mouth.
Credit Sarah Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is looking for love! She recently joined Word of Mouth for Writers on a New England Stage and revealed she is open to meeting that special someone. Well, we think Justice Sotomayor is a great catch, so we took the liberty of creating a video dating profile for her.

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Pond Hockey : The Tradition Continues

Zach Nugent NHPR

Pond hockey has been a favorite winter activity for many hearty New Englanders since 1883, when the first hockey game ever played in the United States happened on the ponds at St. Paul’s school right in Concord. This weekend the pond hockey tradition continued at the 4th annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship at White Park in Concord.

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Word of Mouth
2:54 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Help Us Name Our Children's Song!

Producer Taylor Quimby and his ukulele
Credit Zach Nugent

Our interview with Chris Ballew, also known as Caspar Babypants (also the frontman for the band The Presidents of The United States of America!) made us want to try and write a children's song.  SO WE DID! But we need your help naming it.

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Wed January 8, 2014

We Asked Listeners, "What If NH Didn't Host The First Presidential Primary?"

Credit Aaron Web via Flickr Creative Commons

Here's what you had to say:

"I'd feel like we'd become more insignificant than we already are."

"Wouldn't bother me at all."

"It would be a real blow to the economy and to the ego of the state... I think the nation would lose out if we didn't have the presidential primary anymore.

"[I would feel] less stressed."

"I'm not really into politics.  I probably wouldn't care."

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

We're On A Break

The Northern Lights in Finland
Credit Visit Finland

The Word of Mouth team is taking a break to spend time with friends and family, but don't worry, some of our best interviews from Writers on a New England Stage will keep you company while we're away. We'll be back with an all new show on December 30th.

Monday - Writers on a New England Stage: Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Word of Mouth
11:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Volunteering: Animal Shelters

Steve Roberto and a couple of his friends.
Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR

This week we’re shining a spotlight on some of New Hampshire’s most kind-hearted souls – volunteers who freely give their time and talents to the community. We’ve heard from volunteer tax filers, emergency responders, and today we’ll hear from Steve Roberto who, for the last nine years, has dedicated himself to helping animals; volunteering at shelters around New Hampshire.

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Word of Mouth
2:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

This Weekend's N.H. Arts Scene: Mary Pickford And Fountains Of Wayne

Mary Pickford

For anyone who’s ever driven by a crumbling old New Hampshire barn and wondered what could be in there, here’s one answer…a stack of dusty old film reels that turned out to be the only surviving reel from a long lost 1911 film. The movie, called Their First Misunderstanding , was written by and stars Mary Pickford, one of the most beloved actresses of the  silent film era. We spoke with Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at Keene State College Dr. Larry Benaquist about the discovery of this rare, important and now celebrated film.

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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue October 1, 2013

David Lockwood, Live From Studio D

Inspired by the Modern Love section of the Sunday New York Times,  each song on David Lockwood's new album is based on a deeply personal essay about love and relationships. David visited NHPR’s Studio D to play a few of his new tunes, and talk about the stories behind “Modern Love”. You can check out the essays that inspired the songs David played for NHPR here: Love Like This, Come Back Here, and Gone

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Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

This Weekend's N.H. Arts Scene

Darlingside in Studio D at NHPR
Credit Logan Shannon for Word of Mouth

A round-up of this weekend's New Hampshire arts events, including:

Hawk and Dove & Darlingside, playing Friday at the Capitol Center for the Arts

The Telluride by the Sea film festival in Portsmouth, and Telluride at Dartmouth

"The Mudroom," a story-telling event at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon

Watch Darlingside perform Live From Studio D at NHPR:

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sam Amidon Reimagines The Music Of Others

Credit via Sam's Facebook page

Sam Amidon, the Vermont born musician, grew up in a musical family touring New England and playing traditional folk songs. Now Amidon tours the world playing his own music, though he’s not exactly writing his own songs. Whether it’s a traditional Irish folk song or Mariah Carey, Amidon is known for reshaping and reimagining the music of others. We caught up with Sam Amidon before his set at the Ottawa Folk Festival. He will be playing at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth tonight.

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Word of Mouth
2:31 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

NASA's Simulates Asteroid Impacts Using A Really Big Gun


There are some ways NASA can learn about deep space without sending anyone – or anything – into orbit.  For example, scientists are studying meteorite impacts by recreating them here on earth at the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range… the gun shoots projectiles up to fifteen thousand miles per hour into materials designed to simulate the surface of the moon, Mars, and even asteroids. Producer Zach Nugent spoke with Adam Mann, an astronomy and physics reporter for Wired, who visited the Ames facility to see the gun in action.

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