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

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Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

10.9.14: What Happens When You Survive A Lightning Strike & The Truth About Amazon Women

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Tesla cars…Louis Vuitton luggage…Philippe Patek watches…luxury brands are selling well. How about a $10,000 cell phone? On today’s show, we’ll learn about the new handcrafted cell phone with optional concierge service that’s become a new symbol of conspicuous consumption.

Also today, from fierce fighters in the Trojan wars to Wonder Woman, Amazons have been described as figures of myth. A classics scholar sifts through new DNA evidence and other proof that these female warriors on horseback were real.

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Word of Mouth
1:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Good Gig: Rare Books Dealer Ken Gloss

Good Gig is a series of conversations with individuals who have landed their dream job. 

We're kicking off the series with Ken Gloss, the proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, one of the largest--and oldest--antiquarian bookshops in the country. He has also been an appraiser of rare books and manuscripts for The Antiques Roadshow since 1998.

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Word of Mouth
1:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

10.8.14: Soldier's Farewell Letters, Grief Can Kill, & Good Gig

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From the Trojan war to the current war in Afghanistan, soldiers have been penning farewell letters for centuries. On today’s show, a look into the deeply private “death letter” tradition throughout history.

Then, we’ll kick off our new series, “Good Gig”, with a rare bookseller who found his dream job among the binders on a dusty shelf.

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Word of Mouth
12:56 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

10.7.14: Big Brother In Your Car & Bob Odenkirk's New Book Of Essays

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From dash cams to the EZ Pass lane, big brother is in our passenger seat, whether we realize it or not. But just how much are drivers being monitored? And who is benefiting from the surveillance? On today’s show, the future of car surveillance.

Then, a conversation with actor and comedian, Bob Odenkirk. While many know him as strip mall lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, he has achieved near cult status for his contributions to sketch comedy. We’ll discuss his storied career, the legacy of Mr. Show, and his debut collections of essays, A Load of Hooey.

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Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

10.6.14: Inside The Secret Senate Handbook & Supernatural Destinations Around the World

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USA Today recently published the U.S. Senate handbook, a 380 page document of rules intended to keep Senate offices running smoothly. On today’s show, from carpet color to telephone hold music, we reveal the handbook’s most confounding regulations.

Plus, ‘tis the season of ghosts, witches, and vampires. We’ll explore how cultures around the world interpret the supernatural.

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Word of Mouth
2:10 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

10.5.14: Nuclear Tourism, Computers That Deceive, & M.C. Escher

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Some people spend their vacations relaxing on a beach, others visit museums and fine restaurants. On today’s show we go off the beaten path to look into nuclear tourism . A science writer visits the site of the Chernobyl disaster, and finds it not the wasteland you may expect.

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
12:52 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

10.2.14: Embracing Invasive Species & The Rise Of Refrigeration In China

Magnificent, though invasive. This bee originates in the South China, Korea, Japan part of the world, but has been introduced into North America now and spread as far as Colorado, likely will go all the way to the West Coast.
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Invasive species like zebra mussels to Asian carp, are destroying biodiversity across North America. Or are they? On today’s show: the upside of invasive species.

Then, a look into China’s push to build a frozen food infrastructure. The number of urban Chinese households with a refrigerator has risen from just 7% to 95% in a decade. We’ll find out what that means for global climate change.

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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

10.1.14: Is Kindness A Virtue In Surgeons & The Evolution Of The House Key

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Surgery requires years of education, steady hands, extreme confidence, and…kindness? On today's show we ask: when it comes to being a good surgeon, does bedside manner matter? We'll also look into the growing digital house key market and the complicated math behind queue design.

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Word of Mouth
1:53 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

9.30.14: Preserving The Moon & Why Men Need To Make More Friends

The Moon is just super.
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As more and more countries plan their future lunar missions, the question becomes, who gets to decide what happens to the evidence of past missions that has remained perfectly preserved on the surface of the moon? We'll hear from a space law expert and an anthropologist about plans to preserve America's lunar legacy. Plus, a sociology professor thinks that men need to make more friends. A study published by the American Sociological Review found that white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends of any American demographic – which may be why the 'bro-mance' movies like I Love You, Man hit so close to home.

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

On Demand: What's New To Netflix, Redbox, And Amazon Prime For October 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
12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

9.29.14: Alternative Medical Treatments & The Power Of Product Placement

From the Manual of Directions for Nurses in Army Hospitals, 1861
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Think juice fasts are tough? Try blood-letting. On today's show, we’ll hear about some of the alternative medical treatments of the nineteenth century and how they laid the groundwork for modern medicine. Plus, we take a look at the funniest and most culturally resonant examples of product placement from the last ten years.

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Word of Mouth
12:55 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

9.28.14: Enchanted Objects, Regulating Robots, & Prison Gang Origins

The Glow Cap pill bottle lights up when it's time to take your medicine.
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In Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001 A Space Odyssey, fear of future technologies takes center stage in the form of Hal 9000, the sentient, yet sinister, computer in charge of spacecraft Discovery One.

On today’s show, an instructor at the MIT Media Lab envisions a brighter future, in which the interaction between humans and technology will be useful, and even playful.

Plus, we’ll take a closer look at prison gangs, their ability to maintain order behind bars and how they influence life on the outside.

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Word of Mouth
2:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

9.25.14: The Science Of Happier Spending & The N.H. Highland Games

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The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, NHPR's North Country reporter Sean Hurley attended the Highland Games last weekend and ran into 'The Mountain' on Loon Mountain.

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Word of Mouth
1:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

9.24.14: Drug Tourism, Graham Cracker Origin Story, & Why We Make Things

Ayahuasca Vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) - Hallucinogenic Plants A Golden Guide
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If your last vacation took you to a tropical island or a snow capped mountain, you might find the very idea of traveling to another country in order to try native hallucinogens a little bizarre. On today's show we'll talk to a writer who traveled to Peru to investigate the growing trend of 'Drug Tourism' for herself. Also, a craftsman talks about why making things matters. Plus, the origins of graham crackers might have you looking at your afternoon snack a little differently.

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Word of Mouth
4:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Reporter Graeme Wood Responds To Critics

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On September 21st, Shane Bauer wrote an article for Mother Jones, How Can The Atlantic Give Us 5,000 Words on Prison Life Without Interviewing Prisoners? Bauer called out Graeme Wood and his article for The Atlantic, How Gangs Took Over Prisons, for not interviewing any prisoners, as well as for his depiction of solitary confinement c

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