Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, weeknights at 9 pm, and noon on Sunday.

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott, and produced by Taylor Quimby, and Logan Shannon. Our Senior Producer is Maureen McMurray. Check out a playlist of music used on the program on Spotify. You can leave us a message on the Word of Mouth Listener Line anytime. We reserve the right to use your message on the air: (603) 223-2448

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Word of Mouth
1:53 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

9.30.14: Preserving The Moon & Why Men Need To Make More Friends

The Moon is just super.
Credit Davide De Col via flickr Creative Commons

As more and more countries plan their future lunar missions, the question becomes, who gets to decide what happens to the evidence of past missions that has remained perfectly preserved on the surface of the moon? We'll hear from a space law expert and an anthropologist about plans to preserve America's lunar legacy. Plus, a sociology professor thinks that men need to make more friends. A study published by the American Sociological Review found that white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends of any American demographic – which may be why the 'bro-mance' movies like I Love You, Man hit so close to home.

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

On Demand: What's New To Netflix, Redbox, And Amazon Prime For October 2014

Picking out a movie can be a lot like browsing the cereal aisle - the more options you have, the harder it is to decide what to watch.  It's especially difficult for subscription-based services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, which offer you more programming than you can even browse in one sitting. In our monthly segment "On Demand", we help make your movie nights memorable by offering our favorite movies and shows being made available this month.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

9.29.14: Alternative Medical Treatments & The Power Of Product Placement

From the Manual of Directions for Nurses in Army Hospitals, 1861
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Think juice fasts are tough? Try blood-letting. On today's show, we’ll hear about some of the alternative medical treatments of the nineteenth century and how they laid the groundwork for modern medicine. Plus, we take a look at the funniest and most culturally resonant examples of product placement from the last ten years.

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Word of Mouth
12:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

9.28.14: Enchanted Objects, Regulating Robots, & Prison Gang Origins

The Glow Cap pill bottle lights up when it's time to take your medicine.
Credit glowcaps.com

In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, fear of future technologies takes center stage in the form of Hal 9000, the sentient, yet sinister, computer in charge of spacecraft Discovery One.

On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful.

Plus, we’ll take a closer look at prison gangs, their ability to maintain order behind bars and how they influence life on the outside.

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

9.25.14: The Science Of Happier Spending & The N.H. Highland Games

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The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, NHPR's North Country reporter Sean Hurley attended the Highland Games last weekend and ran into 'The Mountain' on Loon Mountain.

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

9.24.14: Drug Tourism, Graham Cracker Origin Story, & Why We Make Things

Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) - Hallucinogenic Plants A Golden Guide
Credit Howard G Charing via flickr Creative Commons

If your last vacation took you to a tropical island or a snow capped mountain, you might find the very idea of traveling to another country in order to try native hallucinogens a little bizarre. On today's show we'll talk to a writer who traveled to Peru to investigate the growing trend of 'Drug Tourism' for herself. Also, a craftsman talks about why making things matters. Plus, the origins of graham crackers might have you looking at your afternoon snack a little differently.

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Word of Mouth
4:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Reporter Graeme Wood Responds To Critics

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On September 21st, Shane Bauer wrote an article for Mother Jones, How Can The Atlantic Give Us 5,000 Words on Prison Life Without Interviewing Prisoners? Bauer called out Graeme Wood and his article for The Atlantic, How Gangs Took Over Prisons, for not interviewing any prisoners, as well as for his depiction of solitary confinement c

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Word of Mouth
2:10 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

9.23.14: The Origins Of The Prison Gang & Rejecting Corporal Punishment

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California’s Pelican Bay state prison houses gang leaders high on the food chain. Contrary to popular myth, they run the joint like a well-oiled machine, with chains-of-command, communication networks, even a system for intake.

On today’s show: a glimpse into the surprisingly orderly life behind bars, and the influence of gangs on life on the outside.

Also today, an African-American woman says it’s time to reject the notion that beating kids is part of black culture.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Nuclear Tourism

After a nuclear accident in 1986, nearby Pripyat, Ukraine, was abandoned. The desolate city is now open to tourists. Among the sights: dolls posed by visitors in unsettling scenes.
© Gerd Ludwig/National Geographic

You can read George Johnson's full article and see more photos from his trip at this link: The Nuclear Tourist and also in the October print issue of National Geographic.

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Word of Mouth
12:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

9.22.14: Objects In The Future Will Be 'Enchanted' & Nuclear Tourism

The Living Room of the Future! From the 1979 book Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century
Credit Matt Novak via flickr Creative Commons

In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, future technologies take center stage in the form of Hal 9000, a sentient, yet sinister, computer aboard the spacecraft Discovery One. On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful. 

Plus, a science writer plays nuclear tourist and visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, where he finds some surprising imagery.

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Word of Mouth
5:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

9.21.14: Kids Are Not So Wild, Researching Funny, & Turtle Power!

Sexting, sex bracelets, sex parties. The media would have you believe that 21st-century teenagers are out of control, but are they? Today’s show takes an objective look at teenage sexual behavior, and explores what’s driving the hype.

And from teenage sex to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – how a simple sketch made in Dover, New Hampshire became a multi-billion dollar franchise.

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Word of Mouth
2:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Impossible World of M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher, Waterfall, 1961, lithograph
Credit © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company- The Netherlands. All rights reserved. / mcescher.com

We spoke to the Currier Museum of Art's Senior Educator, Jane Oneail about the M.C. Escher retrospective that opens September 20th on the show today and in the process of prepping for that interview we discovered a few things about M.C. Escher that you might not know.

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Word of Mouth
2:47 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

9.18.14: Dinner With The Smileys & The M.C. Escher Exhibit

Getting together for dinner on a regular basis can be tough for any family, but it is especially hard for military families during deployments. On today’s show: how one mother of three dealt with her husband’s deployment, by asking guests to fill his empty seat once a week. Then, the artist M.C. Escher may be best known for his repeating patterns and mind-bending optical illusions, but a new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art, touted as the most comprehensive retrospective of Escher’s work, is highlighting his lesser known illustrations.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

9.17.14: Are Historic Homes Worth Preserving & A Craftsman's Legacy

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New England tourism is built on fall foliage, winter skiing, and American history – for example, there are two New Hampshire house museums dedicated to President Franklin Pierce. But with low attendance and outmoded practices, are historic house museums really worth preserving? And, the host of a new TV show about craftsmanship talks about why handmade objects endure.

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Josh Ruben On Impersonating Celebrities Who Have Died

For Gilda Radner, it hinged on a slight speech disorder. “I’m Baba Wawa.” For Eddie Murphy it began when he was a child and would imitate what he saw on the screen: Buckwheat.

For Josh Ruben, it all starts with a breath.

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