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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Word of Mouth Presents Invisibilia Season 2

Jun 20, 2017

NPR's Invisibilia is a show about the invisible forces that control human behavior which first debuted in 2015. All this week we're airing episodes from the second season of the show in our time slot, and next week we'll be airing the third season. Catch up below if you miss the broadcast.

6.19.17: Soo Sunny Park, Threshold, A Look Ahead

Jun 19, 2017
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On today's show:

  • A conversation with artist and Dartmouth Associate Professor of Arts & Sciences, Soo Sunny Park. See photos and listen to this piece again at this link.
  • Threshold Season 1 Episode 6: Territory Folks Should All Be Pals
  • Starting tomorrow, we're airing Season 2 of Invisibilia, Virginia talks to the hosts of the show about Season 3 which will air starting next Monday!

Civics 101, Soo Sunny Park, & Threshold

Jun 16, 2017
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Virginia Prescott

The Currier Museum of Art’s website describes the current installation by Soo Sunny Park, titled BioLath, as: “an immersive sculptural environment that explores the effect of light on visual perception.”

On a recent visit to the Currier with some Manchester Elementary students, I witness the effect first hand: the kids are enthralled and immersed in the installation, and more comfortable than most adults when it comes to talking about contemporary sculpture.

Beyond the initial ooh-ing & ahh-ing effect of BioLath, a close look at the work reveals how meticulous and labor intensive its construction is.

6.15.17: Civics 101 & Threshold

Jun 15, 2017
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6.14.17: Civics 101 & Threshold

Jun 14, 2017
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6.13.17: Civics 101 & Threshold

Jun 13, 2017
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6.12.17: Civics 101 & The Threshold Podcast

Jun 12, 2017
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On today's show:

  • Civics 101 - Declaring War
  • "'Please Call Stella': Capturing English, from Afrikaans to Zulu." Producer Rebecca Sheir taks a look -- and listen -- inside the world's largest online database of English accents. Listen again at prx.org.
  • All this week we're playing episodes from the first season of the podcast Threshold. Today we talk to the host of the podcast, Amy Martin and share Episode 1. Listen to this Episode 1 here. To learn more, see photos, and listen to bonus interviews, head to thresholdpodcast.org.

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6.07.17: Why We Write About Ourselves & Hi, Anxiety

Jun 7, 2017
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Into the Archives: The Shame Show

Jun 6, 2017
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Today's we're diving into the archives and listening to one of our favorite theme shows: The Shame Show. Listen to the full episode and read more here

6.05.17: Nonstop Metropolis & Words on the Move

Jun 5, 2017
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Whether it's the overuse of like, saying "nuculear", or using the word "literally", figuratively, misuse of language has a way of getting under our skin. A linguist assures us that language is always changing...so loosen up. Today, why dictionaries and grammar sticklers can't stop improper language.

Plus artists, researchers and cartographers re-interpret the city that never sleeps... Illustrating its distinctive culture, history and variety through maps.

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6.1.17: Civics 101, Pauli Murray, & the WNBA

Jun 1, 2017
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For nearly a decade, Peterborough NH has hosted *broke: The Affordable Arts Fair. It’s a refuge where frugal or budget-conscious art aficionados get connected with local artists and makers who are offering their wares for fifty dollars or less. The arts fair is part of Peterborough’s annual music festival, The Thing In The Spring, and it kicks off this year on June 10th.

 

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5.25.17: Spring Picks

May 25, 2017

It's spring picks week on Word of Mouth. We've scoured our playlists to pass on some of the most powerful audio we've heard recently. Like a new series from Audible that invites you to eavesdrop on a real couples therapy session.

And, after spending years on-line trying to find "the one" a woman revisits the men who rejected her.

Plus, we'll hear what happens when adults read from their teenaged diaries-on stage.

5.24.17: Spring Picks

May 24, 2017

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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