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
10:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

9.1.14: The Job Show

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 This is a re-broadcast of the Job Show which originally aired on April 9, 2014.

Johnny Paycheck famously sang, “Take This Job and Shove It.” In this economy? Not so fast. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about jobs.

Find out what happens when salary negotiations go a step too far, plus, a wholly unglamorous portrait of a freelance writer trying to make it in the big city. We’ll also talk to someone who has a very unique job: the official sketch artist for the Supreme Court.

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9.1.14 - The Job Show

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

8.31.14: The Changing Face Of Hunger, NASCAR Concussions & The Artificial Womb

Grand Grocery Company. Lincoln, Nebraska, 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by John Vachon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
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During the Depression, the face of hunger was easy to spot: gaunt, worn, and hollow-eyed. Today’s malnourished are tougher to spot. We’ll get a close up of the new face of American hunger. Plus, over 46 million Americans are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The average daily benefit per person per day is four dollars. We’ll find out what living on a SNAP budget really looks like. And, how is America’s sweet tooth may be rooted in Prohibition?

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8.31.14: The Changing Face Of Hunger, NASCAR Concussions & The Artificial Womb

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

On Demand: What's New To Netflix, Redbox, And Amazon Prime For September 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
1:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

8.28.14: Facebook's Positive Feedback Loop & Steve Almond's Anti-Football Manifesto

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The preseason has already started, and football fans across the country are gearing up for another action-packed season of hard losses, big wins, and epic hits.

On today’s show, a provocative new book makes a case for why not to watch football. Plus, Iraqi cities under siege, Ebola cases climbing, unrest in Ferguson; despite the tough news, your Facebook news feed may look remarkably chipper, we’ll look into Facebook’s carefully orchestrated positive feedback loop.    

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8.28.14: Facebook's Positive Feedback Loop & Steve Almond's Anti-Football Manifesto

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Word of Mouth
1:33 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

8.27.14: The Case For Later School Start Times & Why Artists Should Get Paid

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recently stated that a later start time could improve the sleeping patterns and grades of middle and high school students. On today’s show: what sleeping in could do for budding minds.

Then, we’ll sleep in a bit longer to take a look at lucid dreaming, the phenomenon of being aware that you’re in a dream, even while asleep.

Plus: from La Boheme to the musical Rent, ”the starving artist” has been romanticized in popular culture. We strip away the rose-colored glasses to make the case for paying artists.

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8.27.14: The Case For Later School Start Times & Why Artists Should Get Paid

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12:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

How The Cookie Crumbles: What It's Like Being An Adult Girl Scout

This was from an embarrassingly recent Memorial Day.
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Everyone has an ice-breaker fact about themselves right? Something quirky, cute, not too heavy? Then there those other facts, the ones you don't necessarily hide, but that you don't bring up either. This is one of those. Now, this is nothing that people close to me don’t already know. It even features on my resume, and almost always comes up in job interviews.

I’m an adult Girl Scout.

I know, it’s an oxymoron. Kind of like jumbo shrimp. But believe me, anything you have to say, I’ve heard it. I’ve gotten the confused looks and fielded the burning questions, for example:

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow

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Pop in some Marvin Gaye because these ice pics are steamy. The shape. The clarity. The perfect size for the perfect cocktail. So refreshing.  Who knew ice could invoke so much raw feeling? But this isn't just any ice - this ice is carefully frozen, crafted, and shaped to complement cocktails in the absolute best way possible.

Browse the slideshow of ice art and join the new ice age discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Then listen to Virginia's conversation with Camper English, who wrote about the history of ice here!

Word of Mouth
2:20 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

8.26.14: The Unhealthy Secret Of Brown Bag Lunches & Vocal Fry's Professional Impact

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  While me may not remember classmates’ names, or the books we read, there’s something about school lunch that stays with us long after graduation. Today, Word of Mouth investigates the content of children’s brown bag lunches, and discovers they’re not always healthier than cafeteria fare.  Then: a growing number of young Americans are lowering their vocal registers. We’ll look at the speech pattern known as vocal fry, and find out why women who speak with a creak have worse job prospects than their higher-register peers.

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Word of Mouth
12:42 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

8.25.14: The Climate Saving Power Of Whale Poo & China's Internet Superpower

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  Today, about 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen comes from marine plants. We slip beneath the surface to find out how a rebounding whale population could help spur phytoplankton growth…and slow climate change. But first: more than 4000 wells have been drilled since 2008, and the county expects to be pumping for decades. A UNH professor explains why he set out to learn more about North Dakota’s oil country, by walking 65 miles across it. Plus, we take a look at the China-based e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, the most powerful company you’ve never heard about.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Sun August 24, 2014

8.24.14: The New Retirement, Korean Cool, & The Future Of Clowns

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  Last week, the Federal Reserve released a startling statistic: one in five people nearing retirement age have no money saved for it. On today’s show we pose the question: have we reached the end of retirement? Plus, forget the fashion of New York City, London’s music scene, and the bright lights of Tokyo. Why South Korea may become the coolest place on the planet. 

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Word of Mouth
9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

8.21.14: Marty Glickman, The Art Of Tinkering, Element Names & Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds

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In 1936 18-year-old Marty Glickman was one of the fastest sprinters in the country, earning him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and a trip to the Berlin Games. Today on Word of Mouth, we have the story of how he was removed from the competition to appease Hitler and how he then became a legendary sports broadcaster. Then lessons in science with The Art of Tinkering and a conversation about how elements were named.
Finally, Producer Zach Nugent spoke with front-woman Arleigh Kincheloe of the band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Their new album is called Fight.

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3.27.14: Marty Glickman, The Art Of Tinkering, Element Names & Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds

This show originally aired on 3.27.14. 

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Robin Williams: The Most Iconic American Clown

Robin Williams as Patch Adams

In the wake of Robin Williams' death, we spoke to freelance writer Leigh Cowart about her recent experience at a clown convention. After the interview she shared her perspective on Robin Williams, a man whose humor and compassion had the power to bring so many people out of the depths. 

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1:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

8.20.14: NASCAR's Concussion Problem, Artificial Wombs & The History And Future Of Clowns

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NASCAR drivers can reach speeds of 200 plus miles per hour. Remarkably, when wrecks occur, drivers overwhelmingly survive the accidents, but they don’t always walk away unscathed. On today’s show: concussions in NASCAR, and the challenges drivers face after the smoke clears. We'll also talk to a futurist about ectogenesis, or artificial wombs. Often referenced in science fiction, the idea of children being grown outside of a mother's body is inching closer to reality. Plus, earlier this year, the New York Daily News reported that the U.S. is in grave danger of a clown shortage. We head to a clown convention to find out why membership is down, but why clowns are unlikely to completely disappear. 

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8.20.14: NASCAR's Concussion Problem & The History And Future Of Clowns

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Word of Mouth
2:18 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

9 Things You Didn't Know About Movie Making In N.H.

Our cinematic state has a larger share in the film industry than many people realize.
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It’s crazy-serial-killer-in-the-woods time of year in New Hampshire.

You might not know it - and you perhaps should tell your kids if they’re at summer camp - but right now location scouts are scouring Granite State lakes and campgrounds for the picture perfect backdrop for movies, TV shows, and commercials...and we’re in the thick of horror film season.

We checked with Matt Newton of the NH Film and Television Office to tell us some things we didn’t know about how Hollywood finds its way to New Hampshire towns from Hollis to Hudson to Hanover.

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Word of Mouth
2:16 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

8.19.14: Narcissism, Selfies, & New Hampshire's Big Break

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  Anyone who has taken a personality test knows that they tend to be long, indepth, and even invasive. But today we discover how a group of researchers is testing levels of narcissism with one simple question. And, we’ll look into what an inflated sense of self means for society at large. Then, a philosopher and ethicist joins us to discuss the delicate balance between confidence and vanity in the age of the selfie. Plus, New Hampshire has a bigger role in cinema than you may have realized. We look at what roles put our state on the map.

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