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
2:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

The Impossible World of M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher, Waterfall, 1961, lithograph
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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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Word of Mouth
11:45 am
Tue September 16, 2014

The Bad Impressions Show

We’ve all fumbled a first impression at some point or another. Look no further than Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Before it was published in 1814, its working title was First Impressions which probably referred to protagonist Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy’s very first encounter – which as initial impressions go, was pretty abysmal.

But who knew getting off on the wrong foot was so easy?

This show is all about bad impressions. From bungling a business meeting, to what not to wear on a first date.

Plus, a comic tells us what happens when his go-to impression loses its appeal.

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Word of Mouth
1:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

9.15.14: Today's Kids Are On The Mild Side Of Wild & A Classroom Without Cellphones

The High School dance circa 1960.
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Sexting, sex bracelets, sex parties, the media would like you to believe twenty-first century teenagers are out of control, or are they?

Today’s show takes an objective look at teenage sexual behavior, and finds out what’s behind all the media hype. Then, we’ll hit the classroom and hear from a psychology professor who conducted an experiment of her own: offering students extra credit in return for a phone free environment.

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Word of Mouth
2:27 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

9.11.14: The 'History Guys' On Federal Holidays & Why 9/11 Isn't One

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From President’s Day to Veteran’s Day, federal holidays are often an excuse for a day off and mattress sales. On today’s show: the history guys tell us how federal holidays get established, and why more recent events--like September 11th --won’t likely be among them.

Upon its opening, the gift shop at the September 11th Memorial Museum sparked controversy for such keepsakes from an FDNY rescue dog vest to “survivor tree” earrings. But the impulse to commemorate is as old as the country itself. We’ll take a historical tour of tone-deaf trinkets.

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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Researching Funny: The University Of Colorado's Humor Lab

Are puns funny? Only when told by a cute Husky dog.

The University of Colorado's Humor Lab even has a catchy nickname: HuRL. The director of the lab, Peter McGraw, spoke with us about his work studying the reasons we laugh and why we think certain things are funny, while others are decidedely not. Staffed by the Humor Research Team which is also known as HuRT--we're noticing a trend here--the lab's theoretical foundation is the "Benign Violation Theory."

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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

9.10.14: Researching What Makes Something Funny & Designing Technology To Deceive

This cat, is not amused.
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At her funeral on Sunday, fellow comedians applauded Joan Rivers for her sharp wit, biting humor, and irreverent routines. What really made Joan Rivers so funny? On today’s show, the director of the Humor Research Lab offers some theories into what makes us laugh. Plus, from walk sign buttons that don’t reflect reality to digital signs over-estimating wait times at amusement parks; we’ll consider why technology is sometimes designed to give us the illusion of control.

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dover, New Hampshire: Birthplace Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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In 1984, the heroes in a half shell -Turtle Power!- burst onto the comic scene, and the sewers would never be the same.

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Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

9.9.14: Predictive Policing Becomes Scientific Reality & The N.H. Origins of 'TMNT'

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Minority Report is a science fiction story that was made into a film, which envisions a time when criminals are apprehended before they can do harm. On today’s show we’ll hear about American cities using predictive policing – mining data and social media to calculate where criminals will strike. Also today, what started as a sketch made in Dover, New Hampshire is now a multi-million dollar comic empire and has spawned another blockbuster movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Word of Mouth
1:36 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

9.8.14: Is Social Media Making The Israel-Palestine Conflict Worse & A 'Twitch' Primer

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Israelis and Palestinians recently agreed to a cease fire, but while the conflict may be on hold in Gaza, it continues to erupt online.  On today’s show: from Hitler hashtags to Facebook groups seeking revenge on Hamas, is social media trolling, stoking Israeli-Palestinian tensions? 

Then, late last month Amazon bought the online video platform “Twitch” for nearly one-hundred million dollars-- we’ll find out why the streaming service is such a hot commodity and why people would want to watch someone else play videogames in the first place.

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Word of Mouth
3:16 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

9.7.14: The Case Against Football & Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

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Patriots fans across New England are gearing up for another season of big wins, hard losses, and epic hits. On today’s show, the author of a provocative new book makes the case for why not to watch football. Plus, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with about 200,000 diagnosed under the age of 65. An intimate new documentary follows a family grappling with early onset Alzheimer's. And life after the nude celebrity photo-leak: the podcast TLDR examines security in the age of cloud-based storage.

Word of Mouth
1:39 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

9.4.14: A Documentary On Alzheimer's & Do You Believe In Soul Mates?

Plaque from the birthplace of Dr. Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915).
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An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with about 200,000 diagnosed under the age of 65. On today’s show, a new documentary provides a glimpse of a family grappling with early onset Alzheimer’s.

Then, romantic comedies capitalize on romantic notions of people finding their one true love, but a social psychologist explains why the concept of discovering your soul mate may not be the best strategy for long term relationships.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Thu September 4, 2014

3 Kids, 2 Parents, 1 RV: An Exeter Family Gives 'Roadschooling' A Try

L to R: Baby Enzo (2), Brecht, Madeleine (7), Becky, Vince (5) and their dog Ted.
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Brecht Palombo runs a software company from a home office. He and his wife Becky – a stay at home mom – have cultivated a kind of flexibility their parents never dreamed of: they can live anywhere they want to. The problem is – they haven’t found that perfect place.

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