Word of Mouth
2:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

7.06.14: TV Openers, Lost Histories, And The Truth About Bug Spray

Credit Joel Christian Gill

Whether it’s a catchy theme song, or a single image - think Mary Tyler Moore tossing her cap into the air – some TV credit sequences are etched in our minds. Today we listen for the greatest TV opening sequences of all time. Plus, a look at a graphic novel that reveals the untold stories of African-American history…including that of Richard Potter, for whom the New Hampshire town of Potter Place is named. Then, tis the season for mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks. How are you preventing pesky bites? We sample the rainbow of bug repellant…from witch hazel to DEET.

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7.01.14 Full Show

TV Opening Sequences

TV critic Alan Sepinwall and his colleagues at Hit Fix compiled a list of the 25 greatest TV opening sequences of all time. He joined us to discuss the elements of a truly great opening sequence.

TV Opening Sequences

An Adult Confession for a Middle School Crime

It’s practically inarguable…teenagers sometimes do dumb things. Sometimes they get caught and sometimes they get away with it….or in this case, sometimes they get away with it for 22 years. Roman Mars of 99% Invisible brings us the story.

An Adult Confession for a Middle School Crime

Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History

Joel Christian Gill is an Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts and author of the graphic novel Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History, which he spoke about with us.

Strange Fruit, Volume 1: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History

The Truth About Bug Spray

Kiera Butler is senior editor at Mother Jones and wrote the article “The Truth About Bug Spray.”  She was here to help us choose the best bug repellent for our upcoming summer activities.

The Truth About Bug Spray

Reflections of Fathers

In this installment of Animals and Other Stories, John May tells a story about his father and his love of the strange and beautiful while walking through the May Natural History Museum.

Reflections of Fathers

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