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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Curious about things you've seen, heard, or experienced in our state? Send us your "Only In New Hampshire" questions here!

Word of Mouth Presents: Dinner Party Download

21 hours ago

"Look Up and Listen!" is an audio odyssey designed to reacquaint the busy human with the wonders of nature! Hosts Rico and Brendan-- two bonafide city slickers-- will stumble their way through the woods (and ultimately into space, and around the world) gleaning wisdom about the great outdoors from unexpected sources: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes, a talking wolf named "Nick Offerman," and more. This hour is best experienced OUTSIDE, so pack a night picnic, lay out a blanket...and look up and listen. ("LUAL!" is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.)

Word of Mouth Presents: Masters of Scale

Aug 15, 2017

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman explores theories about scale that are bold, new and sometimes contrarian. It’s a series that easily jumps fields, connecting the dots between seemingly disparate stories, all with the aim of illuminating big concepts and simple hacks that can change everything. Much more than an interview program, Masters of Scale is a genre-defining series on how to think boldly and differently about the world.

From Small Mountains to Twin Peaks

Aug 11, 2017
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Diehard New Hampshire hikers tend to fixate on four-thousand footers, but as any peak bagger who's climbed Owl's Head or Mount Isolation knows, big mountains aren't always the best mountains.

On today’s show, a day out with a heartwarming hiking group that's been shouldering packs since 1979: the Over the Hill Hikers.

We continue with a seemingly simple listener question about the Wapack Range that sends our producer into a geological can of worms for this week's Only in New Hampshire segment.

And, Twin Peaks is back and weirder than ever. We’ll talk to Kristine McKenna, the author who collaborated on a forthcoming memoir and biography of David Lynch, about the filmmaker's life and career. David Lynch is being honored at this year’s Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough.

Via the NH Division of Historical Resources

As part of our continuing series Only in New Hampshire, we're answering questions posed by Granite Staters about their communities. Producer Molly Donahue tackled this one:

"Is it true the NH Division of Historic Resources has a secret list of archaeological site locations to protect them from looting and development?"

The short answer? Yes. (Sort of.)


Photo courtesy of the Over the Hill Hikers

There are loads of hiking groups in New Hampshire—groups for women, families with young kids, birders...a quick search on Facebook will turn up one or more that fits your style. The Over the Hill Hikers club has been climbing New Hampshire’s mountains since 1979. Back then, the group's schedule was mailed out by hand. 

Word of Mouth's Virginia Prescott recently took a hike with the club, and came back with plenty of stories to tell.

Via the NH State Parks Blog

When we started asking for questions from our listeners about the state, we got pages and pages of submissions online; so many we couldn’t answer them all. 

So I combed through and picked one that sounded interesting to me. And that’s how I ended up calling a woman named Jen, and asking one of the stupidest questions I’ve ever asked.

Paul Hutchinson is a Boston University lecturer and co-curator of an exhibit on New Hampshire’s summer camp history.  It's on view at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth until September 13. I went to the museum to see the exhibition and to talk to Paul about the long history our state has as a summer camp getaway. 

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Kelly’s dad grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She remembers her father, George, telling stories of growing up in "Irish Harlem", a pretty rough neighborhood squeezed between Spanish Harlem, Black Harlem and Columbia University. George was a straight-up "city kid", but each summer from about the age of 6 or 7, until he was a tween, George escaped to New Hampshire, and a Catholic boy’s camp called Camp Notre Dame on Spofford Lake.   

Summer Camps, Only in NH, & Civics 101

Aug 4, 2017
Photograph courtesy of Camp Pasquaney

New Hampshire is the mainspring for America’s summer camp story. The birthplace of a tradition that has shaped the lives of not only local kids, but kids we'd now call "at risk". Kids who'd never been out of their city or even neighborhood. And a number of celebrities spent their summers tucked away at Squam, Spofford, or Winnipesaukee lakes. People, like Paul Fireman, the founder of Reebok. James Frey, the once disgraced then quasi-redeemed author of A Million Little Pieces. Actors and siblings Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, Fight Club's Edward Norton; The Breakfast Club's Judd Nelson. Generations of adults forged in the shared experience of camp, the bunk-beds, the letters home, the bug bites and the bad food.

Today on Word of Mouth, we go back to camp. Plus we’ll answer one of your questions from the Only in New Hampshire mail bag, and we’ll go to civics class to learn more about The Speaker of the House. 

Word of Mouth Presents: Selected Shorts

Aug 1, 2017

This week we continue our summer audio tour of some of the best podcasts and programs we've heard. On Tuesday, we begin a trio of specials from Selected Shorts. If you're not familiar with the show, it's made from recordings of primo actors reading short stories and distributed by PRI, Public Radio International.

On today's show:

  • Only in NH: You asked, we answered! Why does New Hampshire still require annual car inspections? NHPR's Casey McDermott went in search of answers. 
  • Our very own Jimmy Gutierrez talked to Margaret Gillespie a naturalist at Squam Lake Science Center about Animals with Bad Reputations and then talked to the team about a creature that might deserve its bad rap: the tick.  You can visit the Red Barn Speaker Series at the New Hampshire Audubon to hear a talk about some animals who get a bad rap, and why you might want to give them a second chance. 
  • Keb' Mo stops by WMOT Roots Radio to discuss how he lives life and how he loves music, including his new TajMo collaboration with Taj Mahal. Listen again at PRX.org.

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7.25.17: Nerdette's Summer Homework Special

Jul 25, 2017
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On today's show, we're tuning into WBEZ's Nerdette, hosted by Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen! In this Summer Homework Special, we’ll get homework assignments from astrophysicists, writers, sex therapists, and even Tom Hanks.

Ghostowns, Civics 101, & Andrew Greer

Jul 21, 2017
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The woods of New Hampshire are scattered with signs of civilization: crumbling foundations, railroad spikes, scraps of unidentifiable metal.

Find enough of these in one place, and you're probably looking at a ghost town - a place people once called home, and have long-since abandoned. 

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Word of Mouth Presents: HumaNature

Jul 10, 2017
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All this week we're sharing episodes of Wyoming Public Media's podcast HumaNature.

Word of Mouth Presents: BackStory

Jul 3, 2017
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All this week we're sharing episodes from the podcast all about American History: BackStory.

BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are.

Word of Mouth Presents Invisibilia Season 3

Jun 26, 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 just released season 3 of the show in our time slot. Catch up below if you miss the broadcast.

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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On today's show:

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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