Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott. Airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, weeknights at 9 pm, and noon on Sundays.

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The Demon Barber of Bellows Falls

Mar 16, 2017
Virginia Prescott

Sweeney Todd, the 1979 Sondheim revenge tragedy musical set in Victorian London, is a challenging and musically complex play to stage even for professional companies with big budgets - even more so for the Vermont based non-profit, Main Street Arts.  Sweeney Todd is part of a larger strategy to build community and coordination between a number of small arts organizations on either side of the Connecticut River - a collaboration that defies the sinister nature of the plot. 

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3.13.17: Civics 101 & The Stranger in the Woods

Mar 13, 2017
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On today's show: 

  • We spoke to Wesley Lowery about his experience reporting on race and activism, and the myth of objectivity. His recent book is They Can't Kill Us All.
  • "Oil, Water" from Nate DiMeo and The Memory Palace. Listen again at prx.org
  • Civics 101: The Nuclear Codes
  • A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman
  • "Cycling 101 for Adults" from producer Sarah Elzas and Radio Farnce International. Listen again at prx. org

3.8.17: Series of Tubes & The Guys Next Door

Mar 8, 2017
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On today's show:

  • A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman
  • "Oil, Water" from Nate DiMeo and The Memory Palace. Listen again at prx.org
  • The Guys Next Door is a documentary from Directors Allie Humenek and Amy Ferrer. It is one of the films being screened at Red River Theatre in Concord on Saturday, March 11th. For details follow this link. [Segment starts at 13:09]
  • "Cycling 101 for Adults from producer Sarah Elzas and Radio Farnce International. Listen again at prx. org
  • Learn more about NHIA's Storytelling festival at this link.

3.7.17: The Nuclear Codes & Overheard

Mar 7, 2017
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3.6.17: Overturning the SCOTUS & The Caped Crusade

Mar 6, 2017
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Human beings spend a lot of time satisfying primal urges, but relatively little talking about or studying them. On today’s show, what we can learn by studying hedonism.

Also, hell can mean a bad day, other people, or a threat to sinners, but it wasn’t always so. We'll talk about how hell has evolved, from a place of flaming torture, to tangible horrors here in the real world.

And, at the height of the Ebola epidemic last fall, the hardest hit areas in West Africa not only struggled with containing the virus, but respectfully burying the dead. We’ll take a look at how funeral rites were handled during history’s worst epidemics.

3.01.17: Federal Courts & Sex in the Sea

Mar 1, 2017
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On today's show:

  • Our Civics 101 podcast looks into the process of impeachment
  • "The Best and Worst a Country Has to Offer" from producer Virginia Lora. Listen again at prx.org.
  • Writer Ismail Muhammed talks about his piece: "The Misunderstood Ghost of James Baldwin" - Interview starts at 12:10
  • Tomorrow is the last day of the RPM Challenge. Producer Taylor Quimby checks in on Rob "RC" Thomas as he wraps up his 10 songs. - Interview starts at 26:00

The Oscars, A Series of Tubes, & The Ostrich Paradox

Feb 24, 2017

On this weekend's show: 

  • Walt Hickey talks to us about 538's Oscar Tracker and which categories will be the most interesting to watch.
  • "Now There's Only Time to Live Forever" from producer Jessica Ripka. Listen again at prx.org.
  •  A Series of Tubes with Rob Fleischman, our new series all about tech. 
  • We talked to Robert Meyer about the book he co-wrote with Howard Kunreuther called: The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Underprepare for Disasters.

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2.21.17: Executive Orders & The Ostrich Paradox

Feb 21, 2017
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Presidents' Day 2017

Feb 20, 2017
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Episode 7: Executive Orders

Feb 13, 2017

You may have heard of executive orders, but how about executive memoranda? Today, we talk about the different tools of executive action that the President uses to direct his administration, and enforce public policy. Are they laws? Can they be revoked by Congress? How are they vetted? Karen Hult, Chair of the Department of Political Scientist at Virginia Tech, fills us in.

Episode 5: Calling Your Congressperson

Feb 9, 2017
Logan Shannon

We're often urged to call our elected representatives to voice opinions on the issues, but what happens after that call is made?  Where does the message go? And do those calls ever sway decisions?  In this episode of Civics 101, we go into a congressional representative's office to find out.

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All this week we're revisiting some of our favorite Writers on a New England Stage interviews featuring two Supreme Court Justices, a SCOTUS scholar and a presidential scholar. Here's the schedule for this week: 

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On today’s show, we’ll talk to the host of The Lonely Palette, a podcast that aims to put art appreciation back in the hands of the masses, one painting at a time.

Plus, the Grammy-award winning group OutKast has had an undeniable impact on hip-hop, and put southern hip-hop on the map. Now that musical legacy is being deconstructed for college credit. We’ll talk to the professor behind a new upper level English class that puts OutKast on the syllabus.

And we get ready to kick off the 12th year of the Portsmouth-based RPM challenge, when artists around the world try to write and record an album in just 28 days.

Logan Shannon

You've probably heard the term "comment period", but do you know what it means? What exactly happens when a government agency opens a proposed rule to public comment?  And do these comments ever sway decision making? Today, a look into the notice and comment rule making procedure. 

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