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5.24.17: Spring Picks

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It's spring picks week on Word of Mouth. We've scoured our playlists to bring you some of the most powerful audio we've heard in recent months. And we start with the story of a community gripped by the opioid epidemic, and how some locals are trying to stop it.

Plus we’ll hear what happens when Terry Gross switches roles and becomes the interviewee.

Links to all of today's picks can be found below.

5.23.17: Spring Picks

May 23, 2017
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It's spring picks week on Word of Mouth. The crew has scoured the airwaves and handpicked stories and interviews that will entertain, delight, and maybe even challenge you. Up first, a reporter takes an unflinching look at an uncomfortable topic: what is whiteness?  

Then, a candid and compelling conversation with an ex-con who wants to have his swastika tattoo covered up.

Finally we head to The Magic Castle—a private club for magicians in Los Angeles—to find out what distinguishes a delightful trick from a dirty con.

5.22.17: Spring Picks

May 22, 2017
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It’s spring picks week here on Word of Mouth. The crew—plus a special guest—have tilled the audio soil, and handpicked a beautiful bouquet of stories that will entertain, delight, and sometimes challenge you.

We kick off with a story that poses a complicated question: why is northern New England so overwhelmingly white? Then, astronomer Phil Plait ponders this conundrum: why are humans so quick to give aliens the credit for the mysteries of the cosmos?

Then we’ll find the unexpected joy in hearing someone read a local newspaper's police blotter. Links to all of today's picks can be found below.

Political Speechwriting, Wishbones, & Every Body Yoga

May 19, 2017
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As head baker at King Arthur Flour, Martin Phillip makes hundreds of loaves of bread a week. But just over a decade ago, Martin was working in the frenzied world of investment banking in New York City. Virginia and producer Hannah McCarthy visited Martin to get the story behind his rise to head baker.

Author Virginia MacGregor on Her New Book, Wishbones

May 18, 2017
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Feather is the complicated, feisty central character in a new YA novel called Wishbonesthe third novel by Virginia MacGregor, who now lives in New Hampshire.

You can join her for the Wishbones launch party on May 23rd at Gibson's Bookstore

 

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On today's show:

  • Feather is the complicated, feisty central character in a new YA novel called Wishbones, the third novel by Virginia MacGregor, who now lives in New Hampshire. You can join her for the Wishbones launch party on May 23rd at Gibson's Bookstore
  • "The Working Tapes: Taxi Driver" is a raw recording of Studs Terkel's field interviews, conducted while researching what would become his seminal book Working. You can listen to this interview again at PRX.org
  • As head baker at King Arthur Flour, Martin Philip makes hundreds of loaves of bread a week. But just over a decade ago, Martin was working in the frenzied world of investment banking in New York City. Virginia and producer Hannah McCarthy visited Martin to get the story behind his rise to head baker. He’ll be sharing life stories and playing the banjo at the Capital Center for the Arts Salon Series this Saturday, May 20.
  • 10-Minute Writer's Workshop: Anita Shreve

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Writers on a New England Stage: Diane Rehm

May 12, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Diane Rehm recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The Peabody Award-winning public radio host of The Diane Rehm Show has written four books, including one with her husband, John Rehm, about the rewards and challenges of a long marriage.

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On today's show:

  • Civics 101 - Departments of State & Defense
  • "The Working Tapes: Phone Operator" from the Studs Terkel series on Work. Produced by Joe Richman and Sarah Kramer. Listen again at prx.org.
  • We talked to Wisconsin Public Radio All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about "the front page of the internet", Reddit.
  • Television viewers have likely seen dozens of autopsies, but they're not as realistic as they might seem. Rachel Wilkinson attended an autopsy at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, and wrote about the real thing for The Atlantic.

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On today's show:

  • Civics 101: Congressional Caucuses
  • Producer Leila Day brings us the story of A Park Ranger and a Buffalo Soldier. Listen again at PRX.org.
  • Confederate Monuments aren't just a relic of the South. David Graham wrote about the persistence of Confederate Monuments and commemorations throughout the country for The Atlantic. Read his article: "The Stubborn Persistence of Confederate Monuments"
  • "Lottery Walk" was produced by Hillary Rea. Listen again at PRX.org.
  • On Tumblr, outside stores and littering the walls of college dorm rooms, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster has become so prevalent and its versions so numerous. We talked to Henry Irving about his article for theconversation.com in which he explores the surprising World War II origins of this slogan.

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On today's show:

  • Civics 101: Senate Rules
  • Bias in algorithms. We looked at the controversy surrounding the popular FaceApp and listen back to a previous discussion with Rose Eveleth, host of the podcast Flash Forward about the inherent bias in facial recognition apps.
  • "The Ents of Melbourne" from the podcast, HumaNature. Listen again at prx.org.
  • 10-Minute Writer's Workshop - John Scalzi

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5.1.17: The Cabinet, CSI: Walmart, & Three Squares

May 1, 2017
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4.27.17: Term Limits, Ginny Moon, & A Series of Tubes

Apr 27, 2017
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On today's show:

  • Civics 101: Term Limits
  • 700 Fathoms Under the Sea was produced by David Schulman. Listen again at PRX.org
  • Benjamin Ludwig is the author of Ginny Moon and he stopped by the studio to talk about his debut novel. On Monday May 1st, at 7:00p, Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH will be hosting a launch party for the book. 
  • A Series of Tubes, our semi-regular series on tech, tackles password managers.

On today's show:

  • A conversation with Matthew Crawford about his book The World Beyond Your Head.
  • The Memory Palace - Family Snapshot. Listen to this segment again at prx.org.
  • Charlotte Perkins is a Senior at Kearsarge Regional High School and the New Hampshire State Champion of Poetry Out Loud. She's competing at the National Championships at the end of the month and Virginia spoke to Charlotte and her mother Beth about the experience.
  • Overheard - A weird new video game, a mystery on a mountain, a band you should check out, and Tracy Morgan reads his own audio book. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Anthony Doerr

Apr 21, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Anthony Doerr, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See tells the stories of two teenagers swept up in the brutality of World War II. Much has been made of the fact that the book was a ten-year journey for Doerr, but during our conversation, it became clear that that novel was just one facet--and one result--of his free-range inquisitiveness and sense of wonder. Anthony Doerr stood to one corner of the stage with an excitable restlessness, beside a giant screen and a variety of slides, which he used to help tell the story of how his ten-year novel came to be.

4.20.17: MONIFF, Poetry Slam, & Tana French

Apr 20, 2017
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4.19.17: The IRS, Stop and Frisk, & The Bookshelf

Apr 19, 2017
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4.18.17: Vetoes & Kinan Azmeh

Apr 18, 2017
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On today's show:

  • Civics 101: Veto
  • "Crazy Bet" from producer Nate DiMeo and The Memory Palace. Listen again at PRX.org. 
  • Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh was born in Damascus, but now lives in New York, where he wakes up to bad news each day. He’s going to be performing with the Kinan Azmeh CityBand at Phillips Academy Exeter tonight at 7:00pm and at the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts tomorrow, April 19th at 6:30pm to celebrate the band's 10th season together. This is our previous conversation with Kinan and composer Kareem Roustom, recorded in 2013.
  • "The Gift of Music" from Masumi Hayashi-Smith and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Listen again at PRX.org. 

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Virginia Prescott

I’m in a food rut. I really do love to cook, and love the idea of eating locally-sourced food, but by mud season my culinary motivation—and taste for squash and potatoes—grows stale.

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