Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth airs at 2 pm Monday through Thursday, and noon on Saturday.

Word of Mouth is the sound of new ideas, hosted by Virginia Prescott, and produced by Taylor Quimby, Zach Nugent, 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
2:21 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Word of Mouth 4.19.14

Avoiding awkward conversation on our lunch date - The "W" is startlingly good conversationalist.
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Life can be awkward.  Dinner conversation even more so.  Elevator encounters?  AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard not to be awkward, but hey... even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes.  On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?  It's awkward.

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Word of Mouth
12:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

4.17.14: Cringe Humor, An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry

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We've all felt it before, that cringe when you witness something awkward that you have absolutely no control over. Let's admit it, though, we don't ever actually look away. We might cover our mouth and contort our face when watching the king of awkward bosses Michael Scott up the awkward ante, but without the Michael-isms, The Office just wouldn't be the same campy success that it was. Today's Word of Mouth delves into those cringe-tastic moments to reveal why it is now the pervasive comedy style.

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4.17.14: Cringe Humor, Ex-Conspiracy Theorist & Poetry

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Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Hannah Burke

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We're continuing our Poetry Out Loud feature with Hannah Burke,  a Junior at Jesse Remington High School. Hannah joined us in studio to recite the poem that won her the competition, "Sanctuary" by Jean Valentine.

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Word of Mouth
1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

4.16.14: The Art Of Conversation

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're talking about the art of talking. It's not always easy, it's not always fun, but it's often necessary. So how do we avoid those awkward pauses, non sequiturs, and uncomfortable topics? Sometimes we don't, and our first guests implore us that it's OK. They're breaking the rules of conversation and expanding our potential talking points from the weather to spirit animals (spoiler, Virginia's is apparently the attic raccoon). Listen to the show and then continue the conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

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4.16.14: The Art Of Conversation

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Frentzen Pakpahan

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Continuing our celebration of the talent from Poetry Out Loud, today we he hear from Frentzen Pakpahan, a sophomore at Dover High School. Pakpahan joined us in studio to recite "The Gift" by Li-Young Lee.

Poetry Out Loud: Frentzen Pakpahan

 

Listen to fellow competitors Eden Suoth and Aliyah Brown.  If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

How To Delete Your MySpace Profile

Looks like I'm not the only one trying to scrub my social media past...

Myspace. The velvet leisure suit of social media.  Fewer than six short years ago, MySpace boasted more members than Facebook.  Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find anybody who admits to having an account. The thing is, you know lots of people who have a MySpace profile – but many of them haven’t logged in for years.  You might even be one of them.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

4.15.14: Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry And Silence

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Crowds are gathering in Boston today to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Today on Word of Mouth, we remember the victims, the injured, the first responders, and all of those who offered help.

4.15.14: Remembering Boston The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry and Silence

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Word of Mouth
1:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

“Our Marathon: Boston Bombing Digital Archive”: Dr. David King

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The dedication of Dr. David King, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is unparalleled. Dr. King was heading home after finishing the Boston Marathon one year ago when he heard news of the blasts and immediately turned around and headed into the chaos to treat victims. Here he is sharing his story with the WBUR Oral History Project. The marathon reflection was produced by Kelly Horan for the WBUR Oral History Project, in collaboration with Northeastern University's “Our Marathon: Boston Bombing Digital Archive.” Oral historian Jayne Guberman conducted the interview with Dr. David King.

WBUR Oral History Project: Dr. David King

Word of Mouth
1:27 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Aliyah Brown

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Continuing our celebration of the talent from Poetry Out Loud, today we he hear from Aliyah Brown, a junior at John Stark Regional High School. Brown joined us in studio to recite "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats.

Poetry Out Loud: Aliyah Brown

Listen to fellow competitor Eden Suoth recite "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman here.  If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

4.14.14: The Age Of Radiance, The Girls Of Atomic City, Russian National Fitness & Poetry Out Loud

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Happy Monday, everyone! Halfway through April and the nice weather is finally here. There's a little bit of every subject on today's Word of Mouth. We start with science, move to a look into women's history, and even have lesson in physical fitness before concluding with poetry. Put on your headphones and listen today's show, then join the discussion on our Facebook page!

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Word of Mouth
3:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetry Out Loud: Eden Suoth

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What national competition includes poetry, high school students, and more enthusiasm than e.e. cummings with an all-punctuation typewriter? Poetry Out Loud, of course! Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest in which high school students memorize and recite poems in front of an audience. The 2014 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Championship took place last month in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord, and our very own Virginia Prescott was  a gracious and impressed master of ceremonies.

Eden Suoth reads "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman

Eden Suoth was one such enthusiastic high school student, and a wildly talented one at that. A twelfth grader at Spaulding High School, Suoth impressed the judges and became a top 4 finalist. We invited him into the studio to read one of the poems he recited at the contest, "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night" by Walt Whitman.

If you or your school is interested in getting involved in Poetry Out Loud, there's more information how to make that happen here.

Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Your Public Radio Haikus!

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It's National Poetry Month - but let's face it - verse isn't for everybody.  That's why we're celebrating the occasion with a low-stakes challenge that every NHPR junkie can enjoy: the Public Radio Haiku!  Whether you're a Nobel laureate or a poetry novice, writing haiku about your favorite host or program is fun, easy, and like pledging your support to NHPR (see what I did there?) it only takes a minute or two.

Submit your three-line poem in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter - and give it the tag #radiohaiku.  Just make sure you've got the right number of syllables (5,7,5) as we'll be counting on our knuckles to personally ensure that every submission qualifies. 

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Word of Mouth
11:41 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Word Of Mouth 4.12.14

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Beside the weather, the signs of spring might still be few and far between. Not to worry! We checked the forecast for this weekend, and sunny and (close to) seventy is more than enough reason to celebrate with a healthy helping of the best of Word of Mouth. If you're driving with the top down, turn it up. If you're running with your ear buds in, tune in. All you weekend workers and weekend warriors out there, pop on some headphones and be inspired by our Saturday show!

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Word of Mouth
2:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

4.10.14: Science Of Laughing, NH's Psychic Community, Neurocomic & Listener Submissions

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Today on Word of Mouth - laughing! And why we do it. We're getting science-y with the giggles before moving on to a less-than-scientific community: psychics. Then, the art of the brain takes over with a look at graphic novel that takes place inside the brain. Finally, what happens to digital art, and how do we restore it?

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Word of Mouth
2:03 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Neurocomic

Nobrow Press

In their new graphic novel "Neurocomic", authors Dr. Matteo Farinella and Dr. Hana Ros have created a visual, story-based guide that makes brain exploration exciting and understandable for all ages. Check out a slide show of some of the beautiful artwork above.

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