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, Zach Nugent, 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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12:09 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Social Media Predictions

Photo by Michelle Tribe, courtesy of Flickr creative commons

NHPR’s resident web trawler and afternoon host Brady Carlson is here plays Nostradamus for our Word of Mouth Futurama Edition, making some educated guesses as to where the social media explosion that’s figured so profoundly in our public and private lives in recent years will go going next.

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12:09 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

2012 Publishing Predictions

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Winter is a bountiful time for booklovers…the choices are abundant, and publishers and retailers are tripping over themselves to get people buying books - in any format.  The e-book has breathed some life into the publishing industry, but traditional books are still selling at independent bookstores. As part of Word of Mouth’s 2012 Nostradamus Edition, Jason boog, blogger and editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, makes his predictions for what the publishing industry will face in the coming year.  

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8:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

A Whole Week of WoM Weekend!

(Photo by Rebecca Lavoie via iPad)

We're taking a break this week, but that doesn't mean we're off the air. Tune in for a week of broadcasts of Word of Mouth Weekend...Monday through Thursday at noon and nine PM.

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10:21 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Word of Mouth for 12.24.2011

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Part 1:

Why Music Writing Matters in 2011

In his introduction to an anthology of The Best Music Writing 2011, Alex Ross shares a selection of tweets reacting to bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding’s upset over teen star Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy.

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3:16 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Produced by Avishay Artsy

Word of Mouth revisits a Christmas classic; producer Avishay Artsy speaks with contemporary editors about the significance of Virginia O’ Hanlon’s classic letter to the editor.

Producer's note:

This piece was edited slightly to cut date-pegged references. /RL

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12:57 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

The Overlooked Books of 2011

Photo by: hashmil

The publishing industry stayed afloat this year by designing and selling books for e-reader; those devices jumped from novelty items to the mainstream. Brick and mortar booksellers had a rougher time. Biblio behemoth Borders closed stores across the country. Closer to home, RiverRun Books in Portsmouth nearly closed its doors, but was saved by a swarm of Locavestors. The indie bookstore is one place where unsung gems can shine. We’re ticking through some of the year’s books that didn’t have big names, big budgets, and big promoters to sell them.

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12:34 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

A Tuba Christmas

Photo by: missgeok

Whether you’re listening to a Glee Christmas, or you’re stuck on Perry Como, whatever paints your peppermint, Christmas music is in the ear – or maybe memory – of the beholder. We spoke to a man who’s Christmas spirit springs not from a specific era, genre, or artist – but from an instrument…the tuba or a euphonium…your pick. A

Naperville Illinois Tuba Christmas

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12:31 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Why Music Writing Matters in 2011

(Photo by Nicole Abalde via Flickr Creative Commons)

In his introduction to an anthology of The Best Music Writing 2011Alex Ross shares a selection of tweets reacting to bassist and singer Esperanza Spaulding’s upset over teen star Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy.

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11:58 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Holiday Labor Inequality: Who's Really Wrapping the Gifts ?

Photo by: drafthorsedressage

While taking a break from the online portion of my Christmas shopping the other day, I discovered a colorful conversation ballooning on Facebook about a disgruntled minority that isn’t part of the 99 percent. That is, the overwhelming percent of all Christmas chores thought, bought and wrapped by the women of the household. This, of course, was not a conversation backed by facts or data, but an informal survey based more likely on the spirit of Christmas exhaustion.

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10:57 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Last of The Retail Politicians ?

Photo by: blackburnlabour.org

The non-profit organization Americans Elect is making waves by petitioning for a national, online nominating process that would offer an alternative to the state-by-state primary nominating process. This isn’t the first – nor the only conversation about the relevance of holding early contests in small states, but brings to light a conundrum for lesser known and lesser funded candidates.

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10:14 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Science Fiction Flash Back

Photo by: Ole A Kjennerud

When this year’s golden globe nominations were announced, 3D, CGI, and IMAX were all bested by a silent, black and white film – The Artist, set in 1927 Hollywood, got more nods than any other nominee. 

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9:56 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Love Untranslatable

Photo by: Darwin Bell

The English language is remarkable for the richness of its vocabulary. The revised Oxford English Dictionary includes over 600,000 words, however English is the only language that has, or needs, a thesaurus. There are twice as many words in common use in English than in French. Nonetheless, sometimes English words fail us -- at least when it comes to love. Our guest has compiled an illuminating top-ten list of foreign words describing nuances of love and relationships.

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12:35 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

The Mystery of the Arm in the Ice

(Photo by Johan Wieland via Flickr Creative Commons)

In 1948, a plane crash in a remote Alaskan mountain range killed everyone on board …twenty-four merchant mariners returning to the US from Shanghai, and six Northwest Airlines crew members. The crash site was quickly covered by snow and eventually entombed in ice…where it remained until 1999. It was then that a pair of former US Airforce pilots turned their hobby of solving forgotten aviation mysteries into an investigation.

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12:14 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

How Lego stacked itself out of the ashes

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Contrary to the buy now messaging of the season, kids aren’t looking only for instant gratification. Take Lego.  In 2005, Lego Corporation came back from the brink by capitalizing on research showing  that kids are inspired by the difficulty and process of mastering a complicated model. So, rather than dumbing down to compete with the plug-in immediacy of video games, Lego ramped up the sophistication of its models.

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11:55 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Notes from a Maine Kitchen

However you celebrate the holidays, we are now in deep. Hannukah begins at sundown tonight. There are five more shopping days and umpteen things to do until christmas…the holiday parties, the food shopping, the secret santa gifts, school plays and pick-ups. Time seems to compress as our wish to enjoy each other in this dark season expands.

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