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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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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  • 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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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.

4.4.17: Series of Tubes, North Sense, & Messy

Apr 4, 2017
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  • Director Michael Venn, Producer Karlina Lyons and Recovery Advocate Sandi Coyle talk about their new documentary The Heroin EffectThe film premieres Thursday, March 30th at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.
  • "The Golden Age of Black Baseball" - Before Jackie Robinson, there were the Negro Leagues -- home to some of the greatest untold stories in baseball. Listen to this story again at prx.org.
  • Lez Zeppelin. All girls. All Zeppelin. We talked to Steph Paynes, founder and lead guitarist about playing the music of Led Zeppelin. You can see them live on Friday, March 31st at The Flying Monkey. And Saturday, April 1st at The Middle East in Cambridge, MA.
  • 10-Minute Writer's Workshop - Mario Batali

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Writers on a New England Stage: Krista Tippett

Mar 24, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Krista Tippett recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. She’s the New York Times best-selling author of Einstein's God and more recently Becoming Wise, and host of the public radio show and podcast On Being. Since the program launched in 2003, she's spoken to hundreds of activists, scientists, scholars, religious leaders and spiritual seekers. Becoming Wise draws from that store of accumulated knowledge to reveal creative, original thinking and approaches to living a whole-hearted, hopeful life. 

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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  • 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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